Tuesday, 31 August 2010

GPPS Street Challenge No. 42!

Another opportunity to take part in this fun challenge event this time using text from magazines or newspapers and a  chance to become a little more familiar with typography, size, shape, colour etc.
Having had an incredibly busy month with visitors from the US, daughter no.2 going back to Uganda and daughter no.4 getting ready to go to Paris for the next 12 months and then a very wet week in Cornwall I have had to be quick about this one.   But I just had to have a go and got busy yesterday cutting out words from the various magazines I had lying around.  Interestingly I found that I couldn't just cut out any old words but the words themselves needed to be meaningful to me!!  So the two layouts below are the finished result.

I used some pages in my journal which I had already prepped using a layer of gesso, a page from an old book and some copper acrylic paint.  The words were then randomly stuck on using my new Sparkle Collage Pauge by Traci Bautista which my friend from the US brought over for me as a gift.  I am not sure you can see the sparkle on the photo but it is definitely there and certainly adds a little something to the page.

This page is a message all about my daughter who is leaving for Paris in the next couple of days.  She has been living with us during this second Uni year and I shall miss her a lot.  She is our youngest and this means an empty nest for the first time.  This season seems to be all about goodbyes so I found myself doing a little message to express some of what I feel just now.  I coloured the page first with blue, green and yellow water colour crayons and then wiped them with a babywipe to get a blended but not too wet combination.  Then again I used the Sparkle Collage Pauge to stick the words on, adding a little text myself (I suspect there will be more!).  Thanks for another fun challenge Michelle!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Thoughtful Friday No. 104

"The main task of a creative person is to move from his or her 
"everyday mode" to that quieter, deeper, more passionate,
more contemplative livelier 'space' where
the creative encounter occurs"
Eric Maisel

The crochet hook has been busy!

Another couple of prayer shawls have been completed! The one above in a lovely blend of red colours for someone who is a good friend to my mother in law and the one below 

for a lovely friend in Wales.  I just felt to choose these colours for her and hope very much that she will like them!  And there is another one on the go - in pink this time, for another lovely friend's birthday at the end of September so it is coming with me to Cornwall where we go tomorrow for a week.  I find the easy treble stitch on these very therapeutic and simple to travel with!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Thoughtful Friday No. 103

What in your life is calling you?
When all the noise is silenced,
the meetings adjourned,
the lists laid aside,
& the wild iris blooms by itself
in the dark forest,
what still pulls on your soul?
In the silence
between your heartbeats
hides a summons.
Do you hear it?
Name it, if you must,
or leave it forever nameless,
but why pretend it is not there?
Don't think for a moment
the Mind
that designed the maple leaf,
the mountain, & the Milky Way,
(our endless need to love & be loved)
has forgotten you.
- The Terma Collective -

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


I love to give and when I finished my portions of the joint quilt I am making with my friend in Canada, it was great fun thinking how I would wrap and send them:

So each 12 inch patchwork square was folded up neatly and tied with a tag, uniquely stamped and decorated and then put into a C5 envelope which was also stamped.  I then posted these so that my friend would get them one day at a time and amazingly it worked!!

Recently we have had a number of visitors, one of whom was my penfriend from France and we had fun celebrating many years of knowing one another.  She loves La Source from Crabtree and Evelyn and as I had some of this given to me while staying in a hotel, I decided I wanted to share it with her but by this time she was back in France.  So a little parcel was made up using voile fabric, stamped with my script stamp and tied with lace and a stamped tag.  She loved it!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Thoughtful Friday No. 102

“Change will lead to insight far more often 
than insight will lead to change.”
Milton Erickson

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Thoughtful Friday No. 101

"Expect nothing.  Live frugally on surprise"
Alice Walker