Friday, 4 April 2014

Crown of Thorns–April challenge at Jenniebellies

Jenniebellies Workshop Journals has started a monthly challenge so I thought I would join in and get an art journal started using the challenges as inspiration.  This month's challenge is Messy Monochromatic.  Rather than go with black and white I thought I'd pick a colour that I don't often work with which is shades of purple. Next in my thought process was to try and find out some meanings or phrases that included the word purple.  I came across Mark 15:17 'And they clothed him with purple and platted a crown of thorns and put it about his head.'  With it being Easter this month I thought it was an appropriate verse to use and that is how my page started to evolve.
I rummaged through my vast paper and card stack and picked out some that I knew I wouldn't mind tearing, inking and gluing   Next up was to find an image of a crown of thorns that was free and could easily be re-sized and cut out to go over the cross.  I've managed to use up letters from various alphabet sets which is always a bonus.  These have been coated with gesso before being inked with distress inks then embossed with clear embossing powder before stamping onto them with an archival ink pad (all ideas I picked up at Wednesday's tag workshop at Scrapbook Magic)  The page was finally finished off with the verse being added.  This was great fun to do and I'm already looking forward to next month's challenge.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Wedding card

Something other than stitching to share today.  DH asked me at the weekend if I had any wedding cards made up – not something I generally have a stock of.  He needed it for today so this is what I have come up with.  The embossed background was from a freebie embossing folder with one of the card making magazines I believe.  The dies are all Spellbinders and the lovely silver glitter card is SU, although it’s not showing up as nice in the photo as it is in real life.  Hopefully the bride and groom will have a wonderful day and the sun will shine down on them.

Monday, 31 March 2014

March freebie stitch

I was looking through my magazines this morning and came across this perforated notebook kit that came free with Cross Stitcher – just perfect for a quick freebie stitch.    So three finishes this month for me.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

There’s no place like home

Especially on Mother’s Day and also when you have all your children visit you during the day and you have all your grandchildren with you too.  It’s been a beautiful sunny day.  We visited both mums with their cards and presents this morning and then enjoyed time with our own children.  While David was here he helped Bryan and Ian in the garden and the right hand side of the garden has been dug over and a large planter installed.  The gooseberry bush has been put in the planter along with the rhubarb – hopefully we won’t have killed them by moving them.  I am going to get a blackcurrant bush to go in there as well so we should have lots of fruit for the summer months.  All we need now is another two tonne of gravel and a few more smaller planters.

While the men were hard at work us mums enjoyed seeing the grandchildren play together in the garden.  They had a lot of fun and so did Max chasing them to try and get the ball.  It’s not often I get a chance to have them altogether for a photo so this was very precious.  Logan unfortunately has tonsillitis so wasn’t able to join in quite as much as he would have liked.
I’ve also been able to spend some time baking two lemon cakes, one for work and one for home.  While they were cooking this evening I have been able to finish off The Wizard of Oz.  I have thoroughly enjoyed stitching this one and very much enjoy the look of stitching over one – it is so delicate and neat.  The only minor downside to this stitch is that the pink and white on Dorothy doesn’t show up as much as I would like with my fabric choice, but I still love this piece.  I was checking when I started this and didn't realise I only started it at the beginning of the month so am really pleased to have had two finishes this month.
So what will now take it’s stitching place?  I’m not sure yet. I haven't stitched a freebie chart yet this month so might challenge myself to stitch up something quick tomorrow or I might spend the next week working hard on the landscape and see if I can finally finish the top half of this before the end of April.

I hope you have enjoyed your Mother’s Day as much as I have.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Spring has sprung

I’ve finally finished March’s Daffodil.  Remember I mentioned I had an annoying frog with the white daffodil – well it would appear that he didn’t go away completely.  I found him lurking today as I was working my way down the left hand border.  Just as I was getting to the bottom I realised it wasn’t going to match up.  The mistake I’d made wasn’t in that border but in one of the first sections I had worked on.  I couldn’t face unpicking the stems of the daffodils so I made some minor adjustments to the placement of the wording instead.  While I think this is a pretty stitch I am sure glad that it is now finished.
The boys have been busy in the garden today.  We had a tonne of gravel delivered yesterday to the front of the house which then had to be shifted to the back today.  A lot of shovelling and pushing of a wheelbarrow took place this morning.  After lunch they made two more planters to go with the ones they have so far made and then the gravel could be put in place.  So far we have had two tonnes of gravel delivered and we think we are going to need at least four more to cover the ground required in the garden.  This is just a small section of the garden – still it will keep them busy for a few months LOL.  Tomorrow I will be adding some more plants to the planters and deciding how many more I will need and what sizes for the rest of the area to be worked on.  While it still looks quite bare at the moment it’s a darn sight better than a load of black ground cover with weeds growing through it.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Live, Love, Laugh

I was lucky enough to receive these two lovely charts through the post today.  I received these from Lynda of Purple Pixie Dust blog who had already stitch the Live, Love, Laugh and offered it as a giveaway.  The snowman chart was an unexpected bonus and is so cute and funny.  Thank you so much Lynda – I will enjoy stitching these, hopefully before the end of the year.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

A host of golden daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. William Wordsworth

Most mornings I take Max for a walk along by the creek which is just a short distance from our house and at this time of year between the undergrowth there is always a huge variety of beautiful daffodils growing.  This is a sure sign that Spring is on it’s way.

March’s Daffodils is coming along nicely.  I was able to do some more this afternoon and have almost completed half of this months picture.  It looks like I should get it completed by the end of the month.  I must make a start on turning them into blocks to make into a quilted book so that I don’t have to do that all in one go.  I’ve picked out the fabric for January’s Snowdrop and I have in mind the fabric for this month but I am still undecided for February’s Primrose.
Lots to look forward to at the weekend as I have the Exeter crop to go to on Saturday – hoping to finish a few projects that I started earlier in the year.  Friday we have some more gravel and timber arriving so I am hoping the DH and DS2 will be making me some more raised beds on Saturday while I am at the crop.  Fingers crossed the weather will be dry on Sunday and I can get out and fill up some of the planters with the honeysuckle, jasmine and sweet pea plants that have been bought ready for them.  I also picked up some sweet heather which had a yellow tinge to it today while out with mum to go in the front garden alongside the pink one we already have there.  I also have some poached egg plant seeds to go in the front garden which should give us some nice ground cover and hopefully cut down on the weeding in future years.  Lots of work to be done still in the garden before I can consider it to be looking respectable but we are slowly but surely getting there.