Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Waiting for Winter

I thought I'd make a Winter Wonderland journal in readiness for the snow, they keep promising it but there's not a flake to be had down here in the lowlands.  I chopped up a fabric napkin for my cover and added a tassely thing to hide the wonky seams, it always starts off looking straight... 
 love love love these colours
stamped vintage numbers ready for action
 I ripped out a couple pages that would have shown me how to write better
 I also cut up the pattern that would have shown me how to knit winter woollies, oh well

 and to finish a Sprüngli chocolate shop ribbon on the spine
 still waiting...

Friday, 13 January 2012

Postcard Challenge

I'm running a little late but have finally made a start on Darcy's fab postcard challenge
the idea is to create two characters who will visit different countries each week for a year (prompted by Darcy) and send each other postcards of their adventures.  I made myself a book to hold my card collection following the YouTube clip from Kerri that appears on Darcy's blog.  I covered the book with an old plastic post bag and Washi Tape around the edges  
 My characters Gloria Able and Jayne Good have been best mates for a lifetime and would normally do everything together however, owing to circumstances beyond their control they've set off on this world tour on their own. All of the events take place before the age of internet and iphones and the gals will keep track of each other via their itineries. 

Week 1- Austria:   Jayne Good (19) is a fun-loving gal but rather more sensible and level-headed than Gloria. 
 She's just arrived for a wellness week at 'The Abstaining Austrian' only to find herself snowed in and trapped in the hotel.  
With little else to do, she fashions a postcard for Gloria out of an old envelope and decorates it with a paper snowflake using the sewing kit in her room.
  Quite when she's going to beable to leave is anyone's guess...

 Week 2:  Gloria (18) the slightly more 'wayward' of the two gals and has joined a Contiki bus tour in Spain. She has a tough partying schedule ahead of her but is confident she can go the distance,
 this girl is ready to rock...

  I plan to decorate the pages of my folder at some stage but I still haven't decided what to do yet.
Check out the Linkys on Darcy's Blog to catch up with all the players, this is a fun challenge to follow!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

All in good time

enter darling daughter: shriek! Mummy you've cut it, shriek! Mummy you've cut up your art! shriek! oh dear, was I not meant to do that? but... you know those projects you begin that go no further?  well this was one of them.  I started this map canvas ages ago with the intention of scattering the butterflies across a textured background, and then it all ground to a halt.  I lost half the unstuck butterflies and it got buried under a pile of stuff! 
 I figured the canvas would make a nice cover for something or perhaps an ATC or two which is what I ended up doing with it.  I cut them out long enough to fold and sew placing a couple of butterflies on the front and leaving the back plain.
I tucked a bit of muslin and frayed fabric under an offcut of my canvas and sewed around the edges.  I think they've turned out ok and now they can be seen and enjoyed, as for the rest of it, well...