Time For Tea & a Little Bird…

Embroidering has become my newest craft obsession of late and I’ve been sketching ideas down before I begin them on the hoop. I’m really pleased with this bird and tea cup I’ve just finished – I made it for a friend and I know she will be delighted! I even covered the back with some felt to give it a nice finish.

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Textile Adventures and Embroidery Hoops

I love embroidery hoop wall art and when I saw a small hoop in a new craft shop near me, the thought of making one burst into my brain! I wasn’t really sure what to make so just ended up using some material I had left and some cute beads, this fabric dragonfly and star.

I quite like it. I used to do a lot more sewing and things with textiles. I picked up Mollie Makes but also heard about this new magazine called Hoop-La! which is already too cute, so I got that too. Going to start some more hoops soon, I can’t wait! I also got some fabric quarters and am going to try a fabric paint and this wooden stamp for a new cushion. I really have so many projects fighting there way out my mind!!! It’s getting crazy in there!

Hello Photography

Being a visual creature, I love to take pictures with my phone all the time, and also of my art and life generally. I love to share things as well, one of the main reasons for this blog, especially if it caught my eye. So many things do during the day!

In the last few years I’ve become interested in taking pictures of wildlife and nature, although my digital camera started to go wrong, so I am planning on getting a new compact soon. Excited!

I work in a technical support department and, to my surprise, I’ve found I have a natural aptitude and interest in technology. I  am interested in the ways we use technology and how it can improve our lives, the way we connect and express ourselves, and also how we create art. I bought The Busy Girl’s Guide to Digital Photography which is really useful for anyone interested in getting to grips with their camera but is probably more interested in the pictures than the technician side. You do need to understand the basics so you can get the most out of your photography, which is why I decided to get the book. But I can’t wait to start taking pictures! And it is Spring, early Summer so there are going to be a lot of opportunities for wildlife.

Giving myself the chance to slow down and read about something before diving head first is a challenge, I get frustrated with not being able to do something straight away. Yet I want photography to be a new hobby and add a rich perspective to my creative outlets. I really believe trying new ways of being creative and enriching your life feeds back into your main passions, whatever it may be. You gain a new way of seeing, new inspirations and is one of the best ways to channel creative blocks. In a way, photography also fits well with my other interests, such as my blog and website, journaling, mixed media and a cataloging of life events. I’m exploring something cool I knew I would like, I just need to process the materials and tools first. It will be worth it in the end!

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Feed Your Mind ~ Journal Page

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A page I have been working on over the last few days. I wanted to try different things out in this smaller art journal and with a pink page, thought a girl’s face would work. I added the leaf punches and pictures of sweets half way through the doodle to give it a different affect, and the doodles coming from her head made me think of a mind open to ideas.