Sunday, 18 March 2018

Knitting a Yellow Scarf

Yes, I can knit! Not complicated patterns, but easy and straightforward ones. And I fancied knitting myself a yellow scarf. I have to admit that it took me longer than I hoped, but I got there in the end. Halfway February, I nearly abandoned it for next year; came March with its snow flurry, I thought I would finish it so I can wear it a few days before putting it away. Nope, still not finished until the second snow flurry! So, not only that I now have a lovely yellow scarf but as I said in the previous post, I appreciate more (not that I needed to) handmade items and why is it wrong to think they are too expensive - they are actually NOT! Next on my list: a thicker green scarf and maybe some handknitted items for my family and friends as Christmas presents - I'll have all the summer to do it :).

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Cosy Weekend

Our weekend started Thursday afternoon when my husband came back from work due to the risk of snow and ice. As Thursdays and Fridays are normally my days off from my day job and as I didn't have other commitments with my freelancing business, I took full advantage and got some well deserved rest. I have been so busy in the last two months that it feels like I am half way through 2018 already so the  mini holiday I had was more than welcome.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Spring Flowers: Snowdrops and Daffodils

Snowdrops and daffodils are some of my favourite spring flowers and as I saw them everywhere, despite the cold weather, I wanted to immortalize them in painting so they could live forever. I had a few frames from Ikea, again, so I thought I would use the same method as in this project of painting on an unused canvas, cutting it and mounting it. The result is two mini paintings, perfect for Mother's Day, now available in my Folksy shop.  Next on the list: crocuses and irises, but in the meantime, enjoy the step by step photos. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

DIY - Tea Box Makeover

I got this mini chest of drawers from my brother in law and his partner a couple of years ago as Christmas present and while they mentioned that I could do anything I wanted with it (knowing my crafty inkling), it sat there unused for quite some time before I decided to give it another life. I wanted to try something different using decoupage paper (I have never tried this technique before), various paints (acrylic, chalk paint and chalkboard paint) and repurposing some brooches that I really liked but never worn.The result is a pretty box that I can use to store my tea bags and the good news is that I love it!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

New Cook Book: Sensational Salads

I know that making salads doesn't involve too much cooking, but I needed a book to give me more ideas than my usual onion, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper and feta cheese salad. As I like variety and trying new things all the time, a book containing 101 salad ideas is right up my street. And I wasn't disappointed. First on the list: anchovy salad - lettuce, tomatoes, anchovies and olives plus white vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice for the dressing. Other salads were equally delicious: green bean & walnut salad, potato salad, and walnut, pear & crispy bacon salad - four down, 97 more to go and yes, there are fruit salads too. Result!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

January Sketchbook

One of my new year's resolutions is to try and sketch something every day, even though not everything will become a finished painting. Sketching is good to jot down ideas or just record something that inspired you on the day. As I normally paint directly on canvas images that I have in my head, sketching proved to be quite a challenge. I am more about painting and creating textures than drawing, but I must admit that I enjoyed my little drawings. Here are a few images from my sketchbook drawn throughout January, some became paintings, some are just there to inspire me for future paintings and some are just drawing exercises. I will come back with an update later this year.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Saturday, 30 December 2017

December Art Beads Challenge

Now the Christmas is over and we had a few days of 'back to normal' before New Year's Eve, I thought I would embark on this month's challenge over at Art Beads Scene. The artwork is Still Life with Tulips and Fruit Bowl by Susan Valadon created in 1924 in oil on canvas.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas Gifts Wrapping Ideas

My wrapping is a mixture of use-what-you-have, recycled paper, readily bought accessories and some imagination. Some of the materials include recycled brown paper, readily bought wrapping paper with a Christmas theme (I really liked the simplicity of it), raffia, chalkboard paper, chalk pen, cupcake Christmas accessories, ribbon, decorated cellophane and various containers such as willow basket and jars. I really enjoyed wrapping the gifts as well as photographing them. Enjoy!