Welcome! This is my very first attempt at doing my own blog so please bear with me!! I am going to combine both my craft work with photos and a brief description along with my main love...which is photography, so I am hoping that there will be a good mix of both.
My first drawing was the toadstool with girl and my girls love it!! I am, at the moment tending to draw flowers, partly because I find it easier but also because I seem to be able to steer away from the drawing looking flat and infact give it some depth with curls from leaves etc.
The drawing to the left is my favourite so far.
This toadstoool and girl was my first attempt!
Thoroughly enjoying this and find it quite therapeutic!
Here is a picture of my second Matchbox shrine swap that I was involved in on UK Scrappers. This one was courtesy of Suzy and as I am sure you will agree its gorgeous! I love it and it now hangs pride of place with my other shrine on the side of my computer screen!!!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this swap! Here's to many more........
I received this gorgeous matchbox shrine from Lexi (Chupachup2009) and I love it. Its in my chosen theme which was 'Vintage'. Lexi also sent some stash too which was totally unexpected but always welcome!!!
I so enjoyed making this little coffin, with its purple velvet interior and little handmade library and bottle of Elixir! It started off as a standard matchbox but look at it now. If I am honest, I was a little sad to see it go and now looking back on these photos a year later I really do wish I had kept it and made something else to send in its place!!
I cant wait to show photos on here of my second matchbox shrine that I posted this afternoon. I dont want it to be a spoiler so I am not going to put any photos on here until I know its been received. (I know the recipient will peek and I want it to be a surprise!)
I was gutted to have to let it go!!!! So silly I know, but I am really proud of my achievements with how it turned out. Alot of stripping it back down to a matchbox shape and starting again, and in one instance it all went in the bin and off to the shops I trekked for another matchbox!!!
I hope the recipient likes it as much I do.
I have finally done my last LO for the current circle journal I am involved in and its theme was 'Pink and Black' so I chose a very understated choice of cardstock but brightened them up with individual poems on the theme.
I must say that on embarking on my very first journal swap, I dont think I realised the concept 'less is more' and I think other members of this swap were horrified at my initial LO for my own journal. Suffice to say, that in these months of varying themes, I like to think that I have learnt soooooo much and that my crafting is changing (for the better). I guess everyone has to start somewhere and we all learn by our mistakes.
I was quite sure when I knew the topic for this circle journal that I would do Sun Island in the Maldives but I decided a place much closer to home and with links to my childhood. Dont get me wrong, Maldives is just heaven in my eyes but Cornwall has such a special place in my heart that it won in the end!!
My choice was Fowey and it truly is beautiful, such a shame my photos cant capture its beauty!!
Well, I thought it would be a doddle to create a matchbox shrine but how wrong you can be!! Working on something so small and fiddly has been a challenge but an enjoyable one!
This swap was on UK Scrappers and I put myself forward to swap not just one but two matchboxes!! My themes were 'Oriental' and 'Grungey,gothicy, stampotique' (anybody dropping by from this swap will now know the recipients!!...sorry if i've spoilt it!!)
I posted my 'Oriental' themed matchbox today and I am rather pleased with the outcome. I made a picture book on the life of a Geisha. Not sure if my recipient will find it remotely interesting but I did!!!
Photos not the best but if was difficult to photograph to get it all in!!
Here's my offering for my current CJ. The theme was 'Best of Scrap'. When I get to add the photos to my blog...why oh why do I look at the finished product and wish I had changed certain things!?? Its so annoying but I guess its all to do with my learning curve. (At least thats what I am putting it down to anyway!)
Suffering today with a sore throat and headache. Went to bed at 8.00pm last night as I felt sooo cold and ached all over. Guessing the school bugs are now doing the rounds with parents too!!!