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Weekly Photos 8/52

Another barmy week of St Louis weather!  Temperatures ranging from the high 70’s at the weekend to a snow day on Wednesday. We have settled in the 50’s and 60’s for the time being, but who can tell! This final week of February has seen the last of the Tinkersketch prompts (I am writing a post this week about this challenge) and the end of my month of drawing houses.  I seem to be jumping onto the monthly challenges this year and March sees the beginning of another sketch a day challenge hosted by Creative Bug and presented by Pam Garrison. Sketchbook at the ready! 1. Ice cream in the warm weather, with the essential hundreds and thousands. 2. We woke up to a snow day on Wednesday. 3. I made some lemon and lime lip balms, they smell so fresh and lovely! 4 and 5. I couldn’t resist buying a fabulous romanesco which we ate dipped in ranch and the rest was added to a stir fry. All after I snapped some photos! I …

Paper tube heart stamps.

Make your own fabulous Valentine greeting with these easy peasy stamps which you can make with a paper roll from a toilet roll or kitchen paper towel roll.  I used a kitchen towel roll and cut it into three to make three heart stamps. The paint I used is from Target’s Hand Made Modern acrylic paint range. It is inexpensive but with a great range of colours to choose from. To get the heart shape you have to gently squeeze the tube so that the top folds in slightly and the bottom forms a point.  Squeeze the point to make a sharper shape and ease the rounded top into a heart shape. Once you have your heart/hearts grab some paint and brush some around the end of the tube, coating the whole heart in paint.  If you prefer, you can stomp the heart into the paint to load it, like a traditional stamp.  I like to brush the paint to control how much goes on to the stamp. I started with single colours and then …

‘I Like’ Friday. The snail mail postcard edition.

Postcards.  I like to send postcards just as a little ‘hi there’ in the mail, they don’t take any writing, add the address and a few sentences and ready to go and brighten someone’s day. Of course I wanted to make my own cards to send out. These were all created with the ‘Phonto’ app and the ‘Little Moments by Fat Mum Slim’ app.  I chose these two because they allow you to use postcard dimensions rather than just a square. I used backgrounds from the apps except the one photo on ‘Life is Good’ which I took at the Saint Louis Zoo of the flamingos. They were printed onto card stock and I drew on the ‘postcard’ back to write the address and place the stamp. Ta da, all ready to be written and mailed. Happy Friday and have a fab weekend x  

#WIP Crochet Blanket and Drawing

I am joining Catherine at Saint Cardigan for this post all about some of my work(s) in progress.  I narrowed it down to a couple of projects although I have a week’s worth!  Once you have had a little look at what I am up to, you can pop over to Saint Cardigan and look at what everyone else has been doing. This crochet blanket is my second ever and the one I have already completed is pretty much the same, just in lots of colours.  As you can see, I am no crochet genius, I can do granny square stitch (I am sure it isn’t even called that when it is not an actual granny square) and that is that. For this blanket I decided to start with a dark dark grey and as I crochet out, I will use lighter and lighter shades, ending with white or a super pale grey.  I am currently at shade two and I am liking where I am heading.  The pattern is from Pip Lincolne’s book Craft …

Simple Tie Dye Scarf

What to do when it is cloudy and cold outside and everywhere you might want to hike is a swamp?  Stay in a get bored? No!  Make a scarf of course! I had two yards of cheesecloth fabric (yes, the very same fabric all cool blouses and skirts in the 1970’s were made from) in my cupboard and some dye I had bought ages ago and never used.  The colours I had to choose from were navy, black or brown (obviously I wanted a dark green…), so I picked black. To dye my future accessory a solid black or add a spot of tie dye? I decided to try some very simple tie dyeing using three elastic bands. Sorry about the lack of ‘process’ photos, but when I was doing it, I honestly didn’t think it would come to much, just an exercise to keep me entertained.  Funny how when you do something with no pressure on yourself, it turns out to be rather ace! I secured an elastic band about 3inches from each end …

Weekly Photos 51/52.

A week to Christmas!  Oh my.  Are you all ready?  I pretty much am, presents are almost wrapped and food is bought. 1. I made some balm for Christmas presents and it smells divine.  Just the right amount of citrus and calming clary sage.  I might need to make some for me! 2. I visited my friend’s new lovely salon this week. 3 and 4. Time to make gingerbread houses!  The kids make them every year and I am so pleased that at 11 and 14 years, they still want to make these sweet masterpieces.  One was made with graham crackers and the other one was made the traditional method with cut out gingerbread cookies which we made the day before. Fun! 5. I picked up this smashing bag at a flea market on Sunday, it is a 1950’s Olson Travel hand luggage bag and it is in great shape. Hurrah for bargains and gingerbread houses!  Have a lovely week and happy Monday x

Coloring Sheets for Adults (or anyone!)

Creativity is a marvelous thing in my opinion and I think we can all be creative in one way or another.  A very popular way of celebrating our personal creativity is a coloring book.  Now adults get their own, instead of shoving the kids out of the way and nicking their favorite pencils, we can officially have our own book and choose our own pencil case and fill it with abandon (or pens, whichever you prefer). I love to doodle and draw and I will often color in my own pictures, but I don’t color in official books.  Having said that there are lots of amazing coloring books to be had, featuring everything from patterns to seasonal pictures via mandalas and animal kingdoms. As I was doodling around and coloring in my sheets of drawings, I thought maybe you might like a coloring sheet to print off and get stuck in, right now!  Grab those pens/pencils/paints/crayons and print one of my coloring sheets.  I made two for you.  Just click on either image to get …

‘I like’ Fridays. The Happy Edition.

Things that have made me happy this week are- Making green tomato pickles. That my kids like the pickles I have already made. Rock cakes. Cutting the branches into a stick pile in the garden. Watching my last four aubergines grow. Playing with Zentangle and finding cool posts like this one from Craftwhack. Looking forward to the November Tinkerlab sketching challenge. Halloween treats from Grandma in England (chocolate eyeballs!). Successful school Halloween parties. Scoring some great bargains at Goodwill, in this weeks haul, we got a 1960’s baby blue typewriter (which was very heavy to carry home!), some milk glass mugs and a ‘Tornado’ maker! Playing Cluedo with the kids. Watching the Great British Baking Show on PBS. The chilly weather and crunchy leaves. Power Yoga at Core 3 Fitness. What has been making you happy?  Lots of things I hope. I have included this week’s Through The Lens Thursday in today’s post as I missed it yesterday (oopsie).  This week’s prompt is ‘Happy’, pop over to Greta’s blog to see her photos too.  She …

Halloween Mandala

Halloween mandala!  Betcha didn’t see that coming did you!?  Okay, maybe a little bit as I drew 100 of them for ‘The 100 Day Project’ earlier in the year. I took a few ‘along the way’ pictures so that you can see how I made this mandala, the main thing is to use your imagination, don’t think about it too much and go for it! You could make one with Halloween stickers or stamps too. To start the mandala I usually make a pencil outline.  For this one, I grabbed my ruler and drew lines which all crossed at the same point in the centre but I didn’t measure, so I ended up with uneven sections for my Halloween mandala.  Then I used my compass and made some circles of different sizes getting bigger and bigger from the centre.  This is your base to fill in the sections you have created. When I have drawn mandalas in the past, I normally start in the centre, but to be honest I couldn’t think of anything for …

Halloween Doodling.

Halloween and ink splat art go together like tricks and treats! Add a spot of doodling and a fun picture is soon made,  to use for a card or for an impromptu gift and you feel all clever and spooky. For this picture, I used watercolour paper which holds the ink nicely, but it doesn’t matter what paper you choose. I used post it notes to mask off a rectangle in the centre which becomes the window. Of course you could use painters tape if you have some knocking about, but I have none which is why I hacked up post it notes for the job. Then comes the fun part, dip your brush into the ink and splash it about, tap the brush and splat the whole brush down for nice big splotches! I did this outside so that the ink didn’t get everywhere, which it did, but the grass doesn’t mind! Once it is all nice and dry, remove the mask in the middle and start to add spooky details to the splats …