Thursday, 26 March 2015

Mixed Media Materials Swap

Look what arrived in the post for me this week!
This box of wonderful arty/crafty goodies came from Pat Brennan,
a fellow Tag Tuesday contributor. We decided to do a mixed
media materials or (stash) swap, as we had both been trying
to use our existing materials in our work, without buying more.
It seemed a good opportunity to do a bit of decluttering, send
each other some nice bits and pieces, and to have the pleasure
of receiving new stuff without going shopping! 
I am looking forward to using these, so thanks Pat!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Tag Tuesday-Spring is in the Air

The topic on Tag Tuesday this week is  Spring is in the Air , 
which is a lovely theme for a tag!
It seemed so apt for the time of year, but when I started 
creating my tag in my studio at the top of the house, 
there was a hail storm, and I could hear the hail stones
coming down loudly on the velux windows!
I have enjoyed all the tags posted over the past couple of weeks, but
haven't been able to fit in playing Tag Tuesday myself.
       For my tag I used some hand made Indian paper, and
stencilled a bird and nest, using Inktense pencils. The
stencil is very old:-it is one my mum bought  me when
I was a little girl, and somehow it is still intact!
I made borders with  Spring flowers, and stamped
tulips, adding some washi tape, and a cluster of
cardboard buttons in the corner to finish it off.
Today Spring really is in the air, no hail storms, and 
the birds are singing at the top of their voices!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Macro shots of Spring flowers

I  have been taking some macro shots of Spring flowers in the house 
and garden. It is amazing how much detail there is in the
petals when you look close up.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Tutorial by Carolyn Saxby

One of the pleasures of blogging is to follow other bloggers who are
interested in the same things. It is lovely to connect with other
people working in mixed media and textiles, and to see work which
is brand new. I like to follow other blogs and to see what is happening.
I find it inspiring to keep up with the work of artists that I admire.
One of these artists is Carolyn Saxby, creator of Tag Tuesday , a mixed
media group that I have been part of for a couple of years now.
When Carolyn posted a tutorial on her blog, I knew I had to have a go.
You can find the link to Carolyn's tutorial here.
It is called The Beekeeper's Allotment.

Here are some photos of my version of The Beekeeper's Allotment
The images I used are from The Graphics Fairy

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Tag Tuesday-In the Style of

The theme for this week's Tag Tuesday is:-
In The Style of.

It took me ages to choose a style for this
week's tag, but in the end I went for
Vintage Victorian, as I wanted to use my new
stamps! I think they are a bit Steampunk too!
A simple tag from me this time, with
a stamped text for background and a lace trim.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Spring is Coming!

Snowdrops at the weekend, now here are some other Spring
flowers I spotted, bringing colour and cheer to a dreary

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Snowdrops at Swyncombe

A couple of years ago, we accidentally came across the Norman church of St Botolph
 at Swyncombe when the snowdrops were out. You can see my post about it here.
It is a beautiful sight, to see the churchyard covered in a carpet of snowdrops
and aconites. I was rather charmed by the idea of Snowdrop Sundays, when the
church is open for tea and cakes for visitors who come to view the snowdrops, and
now it has been extended to Snowdrop Weekends.
Here are the photos I took yesterday.