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Get Messy Season of Kindness Week 2.



I am enjoying this Get Messy season so far, and working in my little hand made journal is a good place to be.

However, I seem to have started a trend last season when I made a small journal and then I made a big one to give myself more options and ended up filling them both (bear in mind that I don’t put hundreds of pages in my books!).

Following this apparent new tradition, I made another journal this season too!  I really do like to work in different sizes and on different paper when the mood/idea strikes.  For my new book I removed the text block from a children’s cook book and replaced it with hot press watercolour paper and a couple of pages of brown paper from a grocery bag.

The new sketchbook (on the right) is a book I found in a thrift shop and it is the American version of my first cook book when I was a kid in England. I remember making food from it and I loved the cat and dog illustrations.  Very 1970’s!


This next spread was a super fun one, inspired by my creative team pal Sarah.

I started on a gelli printed base page and glued down collaged hearts and shapes, added a splodge of paint and finished with some spray paint through a stencil.



I have also been busy this week making postcards to send to some ace people!

How have you been keeping busy this week?

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Happy Thursday x



Get Messy Season of Kindness Week 1.

A new year and a new season for Get Messy!  The kick off season for 2018 is the Season of Kindness which is an ideal start to the year in my opinion.

I made my journal using a vintage book cover and half ‘warm white’ paper and half ‘cream’ paper.  It has six signatures each with four pages and the book is pretty small at 4 inches x 8 inches.

I decided to make the whole season about being kind to myself and my art journaling as I sometimes put pressure on myself to try all the techniques and then I wander off from what I actually want to do.  This journal is going to be full of stuff I want to do and I think it is going to be pretty simple.  I am not an ‘add all the things’ person, so I will be embracing the keep it simple method I like best!

The first page has literally three components, a cut out window, a gelli print on vintage ledger paper and words typed on.

These next pages are made with gelli prints, sketching, vintage National Geographic images and mark making.




The gelli print behind the gargoyles was made with a lump of wood I found in the woods and I liked the way it printed!



The block of wood prints are on the right and the ones on the left are made from a small sawn off log.  I am now on the lookout for more small logs to print from!

This book is pretty small and I am already thinking I might make a big book of watercolour paper to play in!  Sometimes I need my art journaling space to wash and splat that paint around! I am also addicted to making sketchbooks…

Get Messy  is a fabulous community of artists who love to art journal, create and chat, if you are interested to learn more, click here.

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Happy Sunday x



A year of colour 2018. January.


I decided that this year I would paint a swatch of colour each day, inspired by an article in The Simple Things magazine and a project by Courtney Cerruti, I cut up some hot press watercolour paper and waited for inspiration to strike!

Sometimes inspiration needs dragging onto the page, but I have not missed a day yet and I like that I already have over 30 colour and a little description to accompany each one.

Already I look over them and smile at my titles, like when I was wrestling with iMovie and I almost got beaten good and proper, when I was walking through the woods in the golden hour and wondering at the light, and even when we had a burst pipe at the library and had to close for a day.  It is all there in one colour swatch for that day.

I wonder what the rest of the year will look like.

Happy Thursday x


Daily Moleskine 2018. January pages.

This year I have my trusty Moleskine planner out again and I am creating a little something each day.

January is done and we are almost a week into February so here is a selection of pages from January.











In these pages, I sketched with ink, pen and paint, used my typewriter on an old photo, made some patterns and practiced drawing crystals.

Are you doing a 365 project? How is it going?

Happy Monday x

My Collections – mini collection in a tin.


This vintage chocolate tin has accumulated stuff I have collected and once it was full, I left it full of treasure. When I was a kid I used to collect cool things in a wooden box and I loved to look through it.  This reminds me of that as I don’t take anything out or add anything but I do like to look through the tin every so often.


There is a pile of postcards ranging from 1912 to the 1970’s, some blank rectangles of cardstock, crystal glass necklaces, a selection of spelling flashcards, a beautiful pink decanter or bottle stop, a heap of old cotton reels, a ball of pink nylon and a pack of playing cards.



These are the snapshots of Llangollen which is a town in Wales where I used to go on holiday with my family as a kid. I think these photos would be from the 1920’s or 30’s as they were taken on the No. 2 Brownie camera.  I love old photos and these are some of the first I bought.


Some old postcards from across the decades! The postcard of the highway cracks me up and on the back it reads ‘Rolling along to school. See you soon Love Marguerite’, this was to Lillie and postmarked 1969.


The sepia card on the bottom right is the one from 1912, and was written to Elsie from Mabel B promising a letter when she has time.  Some things don’t change!

Do you have collections?  How do you store them?

Happy Wednesday x

Taking Stock January 2018


First stock take of the year.  Inspired by the lovely Pip at Meet me at Mikes blog, if you want to take your own stock, there is a blank list of starting words at the end of this post.

These posts are a fun way to see what is going on and they are great to look back on and see what you were up to at the time.

Here goes –

Making :  Mandalas in my sketchbook.

Cooking : Chicken tikka masala for dinner.

Drinking : Nothing, but now I want a cup of tea.

Reading: Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin and Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich.

Wanting: A cup of tea, hold on while I put the kettle on…..

Looking: At my kids doing homework as I write this.

Playing: With my new/old typewriter now it has a shiny new ribbon.

Deciding: What to wear for work.

Wishing: My clothes ironed themselves!

Enjoying: My part time job at the local library.

Waiting: For the dishwasher to finish.

Liking: The new layers in my hair.

Wondering: Shall I make cinnamon muffins?

Loving:  ‘Episodes’ on Netflix.

Pondering: Whether to invest on some gouache paints or stick to watercolors for now.

Considering: What to do this weekend.

Buying: New noodle bowls (hopefully, I saw them today and I WANT them!)

Watching: Lisa Congdon’s daily class on Creative Bug.

Hoping: For a nice weekend of weather.

Marvelling: At all the things to learn.

Cringing: At the crazy things people do to make a video.

Needing: Lip balm.

Questioning: Why I haven’t cleared more clutter out of our basement.

Smelling: Tuberose essential oil.

Wearing: Jeans and sweatshirt.

Following: Lots of new blogs on Bloglovin’ and trying to be a good bloggy pal by reading them all.

Noticing: How nice the table looks when it is clear and polished.

Knowing: I need to learn iMovie.

Thinking: Constant ideas, I have to write them all in a little book!

Admiring: All the clever creative people.

Sorting: Book covers to make myself an art journal.

Getting: Excited to make a new art journal.

Bookmarking: Pages in magazines as I slowly read them. I buy magazines then don’t give myself time to read them!

Coveting: Old photos and postcards.

Disliking: Super dry overheated winter air.

Opening: A box of parchment paper to make muffin cases as I have run out!

Giggling: At ‘Project Runway Allstars’ new season.

Feeling: A bit chilly.

Snacking: On Penguin biscuits.

Helping: Anyone I can and needs my help.

Hearing: All the podcasts, I am liking ‘How She Creates’ and ‘Radiolab’ at the moment.

Here is your list and happy Friday x

Making :

Cooking :

Drinking :







































Ten things to do with a vintage typewriter.



1. Use it as decoration.

2. Type some letters to some friends.

3. Type over a vintage photo, a poem or a letter to the people in the photo.

4. Type random words, cut them up and make a poem.

5. Take photos of it (they are so stylish even the beige ones are cool).

6. Learn to type properly or at least how your old typewriter works (this is on my list!).

7.  Start that book, type that novel.

8. Write a love letter.

9. Type a joke.

10. Type on some fancy paper, find some vintage typing paper and type on that.

Yes, I just got a lovely new/old typewriter and as I wait for a new ribbon for it, I am having all the ideas of things I can do and write with it!

Happy Wednesday x