Have been dabbling in a bit of paint lately - wanting to step outside of my box and try something new, so for a few weeks I have been just doodling paint onto a canvas. Painting over the top of it, then painting new doodlings. Then one day in a moment of a completely empty house I splashed the black paint across the top of everything and went to town on a self portrait. I love abstract art and have always wished I was clever enough to actually paint an abstract - so this is mine.
This is me.
I used only 3 colors and my fingers to paint with. It means a lot to me and I was quite surprised with how happy I am with the results. I had intended to do some more on it when it dried the next day, not quite happy with a few things, but when my husband saw it he told me not to touch it anymore and said it was great just like it is.
A bit dark and gloomy, I know, but it really is how I was feeling and I felt great after doing it. A bit of stress relief I think!!
This is from an early design I used to use only the head and hooves.......
I had tried to make her into a full doll before but it hadn't quite worked out - and then at about 1 am in the morning whilst trying to get to sleep - Milli popped into my head, so the next day I set about making her. I have plans to do a vanilla and choccy cow as well. And maybe some little poddy calves to go with them!?!
I'm quite happy with her, except her tail needs a bit of work and maybe a few more embellishments too!
My new lil dolli - she's bellas' cousin. And again Hayley says I can't sell her - 'mum...... she's tooo cute'! I don't think Hayley's ever going to let me part with any of the girls!! But I guess since dolls are my fav craft - I should have a few around the house!
I haven't actually read a book in a while but have been indulging in my all time favourite magazines which give me endless supply of country charm and inspiration - and dreams of one day having a house fit for the likes of the pages inside the wonderful cover that is 'Country Sampler'. I have been collecting these mags for over 6 yrs now I think!?!
And can't go past a Cloth Paper Scissors for some more wild and artistic inspiration too.
I'd been up late one night stuck on Pinterest ( I'm sure a few of you are familiar with this scenario) and saw a braided bracelet, forgot to save the link for it so when I googled this one is the one that came up
But I love love love it so much - I had to make one. But being the thrifty girl I am was determined not to buy any thing for it and just use my stash of goodies
The pearls - that were sourced at an op shop were obviously not up to the task and snapped when I was nearly finished the braid - I was a bit short of time at the time so have still to unwrap - restring the pearls and rebraid - I will finish this but wanted to share with you, I thought it was looking great, especially the piece of denim bit I got out of my bin.
Trialing some new types of pumpkins - much quicker and easier to make than my normal pumpkins, but I don't think they are as great looking as my normal. But am going for a shabby chicer style pumpkin - thanks Chris for your inspiration - I'll keep working on them and I'll keep you posted on their progress - oh the pumpkins in the real garden are doing well too - no piccys of them though!!
Picked up this change table on the local buy swap sell page, after some initial confusion over no we're not having another baby and no we didn't buy it for someone who's having a baby - it's to beome my new art trolley - the lady said OH! really maybe I should be keeping for myself - poor thing now she's going to have to go and find herself a change table to convert for herself!
Needless to say it's blood y perfect for an art caddy
A few little beauties I found at the antiques store up the road
A few lil fellas from the op shop
A look at my space today, as is, not sure how I ever actually achieve anything, and no wonder I'm always starting new things without finishing the last - way too much inspiration screaming in my face all day and the more stuff I pull out the worse it gets. It's a very viscous cycle!!!
A small amount of order to my world
Sew....... what shall I go and do??? to paint or sew?? I really think my poor dolls above in pic need clothes- the weather is cooling down rather quickly - I had my scarf on for nearly the whole day today, and the girls need something to keep them warm. But I also have a big order for golliwog dolls and bunting for the shop.... maybe I'll have a cuppa, flick through some blogs and think twice about my next mission.
Till then.........Happy crafting xoxo