Thursday, 3 August 2017

Strathmore Drawing pads

Life's a little hectic at the moment; caring for Amelia, decorating, supposedly packing for our hols, pain management sessions, trying to help Chris with some paperwork...just generally running around like a headless chicken!!!

I NEED to start prioritising and as much as I really don't want to, I think I will need to put the decorating on hold!

Crafting has been as good as non-existent but I have treated myself to a few new drawing pads so that am all good to go.

I ordered from the Strathmore 400 Series, 1 pad in Toned Grey and the other  general Drawing Paper, not sure how my Prismas will work with them but I am eager to try....especially with the Grey!

I have quickly stamped a few Chrismassy images using some of my recent buys, but that is as far as I have got....hmmm.....painting the conservatory or colouring Xmas images...what would you do?

Right, best get a move on, our Brucie Boy is having a much needed haircut this morning and I have my last session of Pain Management this afternoon....and I haven't even got into the shower yet!!

Must dash


Monday, 31 July 2017

How does your garden grow?

Or more precisely, your tomatoes. Ours are growing well, very well for us, but no signs of any starting to ripen yet. They get a lot of sunlight and I am trying to cut back the foliage where I feel I should but I am not sure what else I should be doing!e

We have a couple of different varieties but none of them have ripened yet...obviously waiting and we will have a glut of nice rosy red tomatoes while we on our holibobs probably. LOL

Any tips would b much appreciated.



Sunday, 30 July 2017

London tourist!

Hubby is starting a new project at work, in a hospital just off Harley Street and needed to be present for some work on site at 8am this morning. Seeing as Amelia is staying with her Nan and Grandad for a few days, we decided to make the most of the opportunity and I travelled up to London with him. I took my Kindle and expected to sit in some drafty corridor or at best, a hospital cafe while I waited for him. He signed in and asked the Estates Manage if there was anywhere I could wait, he guided my to the Library, a lovely, fairly plush room with Royal connections, fine artwork on the walls and cabinets displaying jewellery and items of historic value! I sat and read my book in luxury and comfort. Result! LOL

Once Chris was finished we had a coffee and a bite to eat and had a wander around London. It's something I have done so little since moving out of London and then leaving Lloyds Bank back in 1994!!!!EEK despite that it was the first time I walked around and felt like a tourist.

Amongst the places we visited were Neal's Yard, crammed full of people and colour and a place I have only ever seen before online.

After that we strolled along to Covent Garden and watched some of the street entertainment. Where else could you go from seeing a man on a unicycle whip a flower from between the butt cheeks of his fellow performer and then on to listening to the cultured sounds of a string quartet! LOL

After that a quick tipple in a nearby pub before we ventured back home via Ebbsfleet high speed train service. Such a lovely day, just wandering around as and where we pleased with no real agenda.

Suffering this evening though even after a few pain killers and a very long, hot bath of Epsom Salts and Lavender oil! If I am determined not to let the pain stop me from doing some of the things I want to do, then I need to accept the increase in pain that follows! 

Would I do it again if I had the chance.....of course I would. Lovely day with hubby, thank you.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Craft Time and Goal setting ideas

As part of my Pain Management Program we talked about setting some goals, now I really struggle with goal setting as my mind goes off at so many different tangents with so many ideas on so many different areas of my life. I feel I am struggling to fully complete any task in what I feel is an acceptable time as I need to break so many things down into smaller, more manageable chunks. I end up feeling that I am not making any progress....yes, I know I am but I do love a bit of impact and that feeling that something is done thoroughly from top to bottom so I can, mentally or otherwise, cross it off my list! I am was a list person, but once again, stopped making lists as it was only making me feel more negative about my achievements, or the lack of them. LOL

Now I started a Journal at the beginning of the year, expecting it to be all pretty and creative but to be honest I am not really using it for anything apart from a habit tracker each month in an attempt to live and happier, healthier and less painful lifestyle...not sure that's working but hey ho!

I have set myself a couple of different goals, some short term, some longer but 2 of my short term goals where 1.To make more time for me to be creative. 2.To try meditation.

I haven't really thought them through properly yet and I need to sit down and throw some thoughts around as to making these SMART goals...but I remember seeing a journalling idea somewhere on the big WWW where they recorded moods I think it was, using little rows of flowers. So, I set to work on a journal page slightly different from my norm.

I am thinking along the lines of colouring 1 flower for every day I manage to spend some time crafting and 1 flower for every crafty blog, as that I way I feel I can record what I have managed to do, however little it may be!

AND what better motivation for a crafter than to treat myself to some new stash, I was thinking of  fairly quick and achievable goals and perhaps treating myself to £10 of Copics or Prismas/Polychromos. One of my fave online shops does free delivery with a £10 spend and has some great offers and super speedy delivery too.

I have cheated and counted my littlle scrappy attempt at pwetty journalling and this blog post and coloured in my first two flowers!! Tee hee,,,,, let's see how it goes.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Prismacolors...still trying!

I am still trying to make progress with my Prismacolor colouring, I'd like to say I am making some progress and that I am gaining confidence with them...but I can't. BUT am I still enjoying trying them out...definitely YES! I still need to add a bit more definition somehow, for  example the facial details where I am too heavy handed with the pencils!

Trying make a note of some of the different colour combinations I am using.

For the leaves:
PC1089 Pale Sage
PC1097 Moss Green
PC988 Marine Green

For the skin:
PC914 Cream
PC940 Sand
PC939 Peach
PC927 Light Peach
PC943 Burnt Ochre

This little fella is still half done...might try to finish it later on but I am still trying to do a bit of decluttering, decorating and generally running around after Amelia.

Bye for now..


Monday, 24 July 2017


Well, I wouldn't really call it progress, it's more of a continuation of a poor attempt! LOL

BUT, I have really enjoyed the change and challenge of trying something out of my comfort zone. Still got loads of issues I need to work on but as long as I continue to enjoy the journey I am telling myself the results don't really matter!

I got my Prisma pencils years and years ago and I bought them as seconds and unfortunately some of them are unmarked so I don't know what all the colours are but here is my colour list:

For the hair:
PC914 Cream, PC944 Terracotta, 
PC941 Light Umber , PC947 Dark Umber 
 I quite liked how it turned out. It's a much lighter, fluffier sort of finish to
 what  I am used to with my Copics.

For the pinks:
PC994 Process Red, an unknown pink that I believe will become a favourite, 
PC1018 Pink Rose , PC938 White.

For the purples:
 PC 934 Lavender, PC956 Lilac, PC 1009 Dahlia Purple
So, this morning I have filled a few holes in our conservatory walls and woodwork, done a bit of painting and then gave myself a bit of craft therapy time this afternoon to finish the Saturated Canary image I had started. Now I am eager to try my hand at another image I can wreck with a few Prismacolors!

Bye for now.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

I need help with my Prismacolor disaster!!! EEK

SO, late, late last night I started sorting out my Prismacolor Pencils. I printed off a new 
colour sheet and started organising them into colour groups. 

Then I started playing about with a few attempts at blending...considering  my Sansodor 
(I think that was what it was called) is somewhere in my craft room and probably 
covered in an inch of dust.  I wasn't that impressed with my results so I will NEED to dig out
 that blending agent to try again later today.

After a few failed attempts at blending I decided to jump straight in and try to colour and image. Now one thing I have never tried before is to colour onto Kraft card or some of that lovely "toned" card you can get...and is currently on my wishlist just waiting to see how I get on with the Prismas first though. lol 

It was a bit like trying to run before I could walk. Perhaps I should have stuck to working on white card but I felt the white card I use for my Copics was too flat and smooth and as I was trying to blend the Prismas I was getting small clumps of waxy build up on my test patches.

I chose one of my new Saturated Canary stamps but as you can see I really struggled! I just didn't feel I had as as much control as I do with my Copics and without constantly sharpening, the pencil tip just didn't seem fine enough to give me the detail I wanted and I ended up covering some of the lines of the stamped image. I remember seeing some images coloured this way a while back but I will need to see how this is done without covering up too much detail in the like I have done around her eye!!!

Not happy with the skin colour, a bit too pink for my liking so I will have to do some research 
on different skin .combinations.

Oh well, bit of a failure so far but I will not just give in and go straight back into my 
Copic Rut...I WILL persevere.

If you read this and you have any advice, PLEASE let me know!

Bye for now.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Prismacolor pencils!

After "chatting" with a fellow crafter on a forum, we started discussing our favourite colouring mediums. Although I have used other colouring mediums in the past,, as soon as my first Copics were purchased in 2008(?) I really don't think I have used anything else.

Even after years of hardly any crafting at all, I have come straight back in to my Copic colouring rut!

SO, this evening I have dug out my Prismacolor Pencils! EEK, I feel like such a complete beginner with them-don't think I'll have any images to show you yet, it might take a bit of practising.

Hey ho, practice makes they say...and I do like a bit of a challenge.