Jun 26, 2011

Altered Childrens Book - Dumbo AJ

Just a quick look at the pages I worked on this weekend.

Dumbo AJ - Front Cover

Dumbo AJ - Inside Cover

Dumbo AJ - Time to Fly

Jun 25, 2011

Tri-Blue Poncho

I wanted to try out this poncho pattern because it's a pattern handed down from my grandmother, my mother taught me. It's a very simple pattern & I have seen this style of poncho many times before.

I have gone a lil' poncho crazy actually. I have almost finished a pink swirly style one for my niece & I have just started a joined motif poncho in a nice grape colour for myself. The weather is ideal for ponchos right now & I need some more winter accessories like scarves, mittens & beanies!

Jun 23, 2011

What to choose?

I want some new doodle books, notebooks, sketchbooks etc . . . I do have a few but they all have a purpose already so I think it's more of a need! Oh but what to choose, I have found so many wonderful, cute, useful books . . . I can not pick just one?

1. Alice in Wonderland Altered Journal/Notebook/Diary - AnistaDesigns
2.  Mountain Monster Screen Printed Pocket Moleskine - finestimaginary
3. Plum-Tastic in Green Extra Small Blank Journal - parksideharmony
4. Blog Mouse/Doddle Pad - lazaflair
5. Dangerous Animal notebooks -  MonkeyDogStudio
6. Little Red and Wolfboy Notebook -  theblackapple
7. Wire Bound - Hardback Journal - My Very Important Notes - PressaRussa
8. White Rabbit Altered Journal/Notebook/Diary - AnistaDesigns
9.  Green and Blue on White Mix Tape Journal - NerdJerk

I really love the Blog Pad & I think it will be great to use, especially since I need help in doing more on & with my blog. I'm a sucker for Alice in Wonderland & I love the leather look of these books. I don't know what to pick!!

Apr 8, 2011

Paper Play into AJ

One of the things I love about being on holidays is that I can sit around in my daggy clothes. I am planning to have a shower & become presentable shortly. First, I wanted to pop on & share what I was up to this morning with my little paper squares. I have put them into my AJ. I have no idea what I'm going to do now, but they are in there.

Apr 7, 2011

Paper Play

I wanted to have a creative play today but I wasn't sure what exactly to do. I bought a box of crayons a few weeks ago & I decided to try them out. I got some scrap patterned paper out & a few other tools to play with. Here is what I came up with.

I ripped the scrap into small squares which I am yet to decide what to do with. At the moment I'm leaning towards using them in my AJ.

My 1st Doily & this morning so far . . .

Tadah! I got this on the 3rd attempt but at least I didn't throw the towel in. I had trouble getting grasp of the pattern, but when I figured out what I was doing wrong it went smoothly. I made this doily from the Berroco yarn website.

This morning I got up early-ish & started to do some . . . creating (I'm not to sure what to call it) with crayons, watercolours, papered paper & bubble wrap. So far so good. But I have no room. My desk is a mess, I need to tidy up. So I'm going to make a fresh cup of tea (my other went cold while I was in my creative tunnel :P), tidy up & get back into it.

Apr 3, 2011

Lists 1-8 in Everything Journal

As mentioned before, I have started to put my lists from the 30 Days of Lists challenge into my Everything Journal. I haven't included much for the month of March yet so this will be a good record of what was going on during my life around this time.

I also wanted to share a taste (the yarn I used) for a crochet project that is almost finished. I have a week off work next week so I'm looking forward to using my time productively.

Apr 1, 2011

Final Lists (30 Day of Lists) on Listography

30 Days of Lists has ended & here are my final lists.

I bought Crobots by Nelly Pailloux. I'm so excited with what there is to make! Which is exactly what I needed because I have not made an amigurumi in a while. The Babybot on the front cover is so cute. They are quite small though & I'm used to making more medium sized toys. Learning how to attach beads etc & embroider is something I'm looking forward to. I just hope it isn't to fiddly . . .

Other interesting things I want to try:
1. Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread. Yum!
2. Awesome & adorable Leather Coin Purse
3. Workshop - 30 Days of Play
4. Funny Bunnies are so clever & cute!
5. Painted Cross Stitch Wall

Mar 27, 2011

Chicken Dumpling Soup

I like soup. I like eating soup & making soup. I seem to make the same soups though. Pea & Ham mainly. So time to try some new soup/s. I used less chilli then the recipe said. I like chilli but you never know how hot it could be. I will be making this one again (with more chilli). Yum!

Chicken Dumplings in Chilli & Ginger Soup

Mar 25, 2011

Some Success So Far . . . Vege Garden Update

The Alysmm has little white flowers which are adorable with their tininess.

Lots of little Salsa Capsicums growing.

Caterpillars had started to have a go at the Basil, but I have gotten it back on track. I still need to find a way to keep caterpillars away. Any suggestions?

The Cucumber I'm unsure of, they are tall with plenty of leaves but the leaves are starting to go yellow. Maybe those bottom round ones are meant to fall off . . . such a learning experience.

The Tomatoes are going great & have needed the least attention so far.
Easy Success.

Finally the Spring Onions that got re-planted by the dog. They are growing but sparingly & unstructured. I planted some more.

Mar 24, 2011

Lists on Listography

I have been participating in the 30 Days of Lists using Listography.com. I mainly use this site to keep track of things like movies I watch, music I like, games I play, current to-do & wish list etc. I like using Listography for this challenge because I can add to it as I think of things, I can link items on my lists & it is quick & easy.
List #22 has been my favourite so far. The inspiration for this list introduced me to Jill's Today I Saw blog. I really like this idea & Jill's drawings of what she sees are fantastic.
Here is my list of what I saw on the 22nd of March.

 I have started to transfer these lists into my Everything Journal which I'm looking forward to posting about very soon.

And something I absolutely have to share, my latest Etsy WANT!

Marion Max Fannie Pack

Other interesting things I want to try:
1. Blind Scribble drawing. Great fun!
2. Using a book for an Altered Art Journal
3. Folded Paper: Froebel Star.
4. A super-easy, super-cute bracelet

Mar 14, 2011

My Vege/Herb Garden

I got a raised garden bed for Christmas, it took a couple of months to finally set up & get the soil then I was able to get planting. I planted seeds for chives, parsley, cucumber, spring onions, sweet basil & lettuce. Now I have sprouts, yay!

Sweet Basil

Burpless Cucumber
Still waiting for the chives & parsley to come up, the spring onions are a bit all over the place because the dog decided to have a dig so I need to plant some more. I also planted pre grown seedlings of beetroot & cherry tomatoes (which are going great), & a already grown salsa capsicum & red jalapeno plant.

Salsa Capsicum

Mar 12, 2011

Mar 5, 2011

EveryDay/Everything Book

I have been inspired to make a small journal for just regular everyday things by this post at Inspiration Everywhere. I love the idea of a SMASH book.

I have the perfect book to do this in. I got it for my birthday. It's cover is made from a recycled license plate.

It's designed as a travel journal but that's not what I'm going to use it for. I like that I can take the individual page out that I am working on. It makes it so much easier especially since the pages are only small. Here are the first few additions to my Everything Journal.

Mar 3, 2011

Why I have been MIA

My last post was at the start of last month, how slack! However most of my spare time (until yesterday) was spent reading a 766 page book. Such a fantastic book that I had trouble putting it down (hence no posts), and all other things got neglected. And now I have learnt that it’s a trilogy!! If they are as big & brilliant as the first one then I’m sorry but more neglect will happen. Hehee.

The second book is scheduled to come out in 2012, thats a long wait . . . and movies after that?! Now my addiction to this book is over I am starting to notice other things to do & I have started working on some projects. I also need to pick the next book to read.

Feb 6, 2011

My Must Haves AJ Supplies

I enjoyed reading about other Art Journal Everyday participates Must Have Supplies over at Blazer Designs
It was interesting to see what other artist use . . . on a regular basis, as I primary set of materials, their favoured tools of creation.
I have decided to share my 5 (set limit) most used medium/tool.

1. Gesso
2. Mod Podge
3. Watercolours
4. Paint Brushes
5. Patterned Paper

Jan 22, 2011

Fix It Fridays are Fun!

Fix It Friday #83 - Such a fun photo to edit this week, I couldn't resist. This is the original:

Colour Edit

Black & White Edit

Vintage? Edit

Not only was this photo fun to edit but it has made me want to take some great, fun, action photos of my own!

Jan 15, 2011

First Fix-It-Friday

I have been following iheartfaces for a little while now & today (finally) I have participated in something from that blog. Fix-It-Friday #82.


My Edit:

I like to play around with the lighting/shadows/highlights first. Sometimes the highkey photo effect is good for this. Then the contrast is the next to change. However when I do this, occasionally it tends to leave the person looking washed out like this:

I'm absolutley not the most experienced person on photoshop (far from it). For me I find that adjusting the skin tone can bring warmth & more of a natural glow to the face.