Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WOYWW 276 (updated after cinema)

I wasn't sure whether to take part this week as I'm not sure how much visiting I will do, then I remembered - some of you may expect new stash on here - and you'd be right!!
Last week I made the short drive over to the Trafford Centre to Event city - it was great to meet up with fellow deskers! Lovely to meet Margaret and Christine for the first time as well as Anne, Jo and Mo(who I didn't realise was somebody I have already met several times at the High Legh craft shop!!) Lots of chat but still plenty of time to spend some cash!
A few stamps, a couple of fancy die sets - at a very reasonable price and some more stencils - half price!!
So, after a tidy up the stencils are ready to go through the big shot
This desk hopping is all, (of course you know), courtesy of Julia of The Stamping Ground.

Would you like a quick film review - 'Before I go to Sleep' was not as scary as I thought - rather suspect that the book may be more so as the imagination does more than a film interpretation sometimes. Still a rattling good film though! Off to see 'Pride' today, the newspaper reviews have been very favourable and it's got Bill Nighy in it too!
Update - definitely a must see film if you are Welsh or English! I don't think it would be as funny otherwise! Lots of laughing from the rest of the audience as well ourselves! (tears too though!)

I'll do my best to see you later. Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

T stands for Tuesday

Today I'm joining Elizabeth for tea, except mine's a coffee and hubby's is a tea.
Yesterday we enjoyed  day out, curtesy of my little bro and his wife! It was our Christmas present last year and we realised that we needed to use it before the end of October! The present was a voucher for afternoon tea and we went to the Wedgewood Visitor Centre in Staffordshire. A factory tour, a wonderful museum, a couple of shops and a fabulous cafe!!
As you see, a reserved table and a Wedgwood tea set
My coffee and the plate of goodies
Naughty but nice!
Yes, we did eat it all!!!
Elizabeth, I know you wonder why I am happy to appear in photos - it's because I don't look too bad in photos if I smile, nothing like the ones that hubby usually takes when I am not aware of the camera - believe me you will NEVER see those!!!!
Did I buy anything? Yes! I may join you again with a very posh mug sometime!

Happy Tuesday!! Chris

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I was honoured when asked by Dianne Marcoux at Magpiedi-Magpiedi if I would take part in a Creative Blog hop, because I just think she (and somebody else you may know) are the bees knees when it comes to using natural products and recycling to make wonderful art!

The first thing is to tell you a little about myself. 
I'm Chris,(sometimes known as pearshaped Chris),retired and love an adventure with my patient husband or our lovely family of 3 boys and 2 grandsons and a grandaughter(even if it's just up to our caravan)
Sometimes I get a bit too adventurous!
My favourite place of all is Paris - there's still so much to see - we've been 6 times now!
My husband, although not interested in crafting, encourages me and sometimes talks me into buying new products!
I can't really say when I started crafting - I used to say it was about six years ago but when I thought about it I used to make things with my Mum - rag rugging, cross stitch, natural dyeing, dressmaking, knitting and I was always drawing and loved Art lessons at school(my best grade at O level) Then, having become a Special Needs teacher had to get my head around Art projects too. When my Mum died I decided to try my hand at scrapbooking - and you know how one thing leads to another and I found out that I just enjoyed making things! When I met a group of ladies (Joanne,She,Gez and Lindsay) back in 2010 we became friends and I was persuaded to blog.
Two years ago we bought a flat in a retirement complex - it has altered our social lives quite a lot and there are often events that we attend. 
I also acquired a craft room (with a fold up bed for my grandchildren to stay in)although I often craft at our caravan table with it's lovely views…..

…..which as you can see influences my colour choices sometimes
I love Lynne Perrella's stamps
and Lindsay Mason's stamps

Yes I know they are totally different styles
I love to use up scraps in my journals

I love pale natural colours….
….and I also love bright colours

What am I working on now?
On my desk is something I am making for a challenge – you may be able to guess the theme…

As well as this I also have a box lid of some little brooches that I sit and make while I am watching TV
Why do I create what I do?
Usually  because I get enjoyment from sitting and creating, be it textiles or paper. I often either make or decorate little books….

….. then of course there’s my journals. My travel journals I make because they contain memories, my other journals are where I go to relax.
How does my creative process work?
If I am working in any of my other journals I just go with the flow! If it's for something like a family birthday card I try to keep the recipient in mind. I do like a challenge though – a proper challenge, something that makes me think, such as the Dragons Dream TIO. I do know that over the years I've changed my way of creating. So I’m sorry but I don’t really have an answer to that.

How do I stay focused and motivated?
Err! Me focus? I do tend to flit a bit and occasionally become frustrated when I can’t do any crafting. The times when retirees used to say that they didn’t know how they found time to work used to really annoy me – now I get it!! Once I'm in my craft room I put my music on and just play. As far as motivation goes it’s you who are reading this and will leave a comment – a little encouragement goes a long way when you are wondering what the heck you are doing!! I also have a lovely family and friends who encourage me in my efforts!

Now this is where I'm supposed to tag someone, but everyone I thought of is working hard and don't have time to take part or they have already been tagged. All I can do is guide you to some blogs that I love and hope that you enjoy them! First my great friend Sarah who makes the most fantastic journal pages, then there's Helen - for the same reason. Last of all is the person I gave a hint about at the top of the page - Elizabeth(and Bleubeard) who at the moment is taking part in a marathon of a challenge but creating the most wonderful pieces of art - as well as lots of other fabulous things to see on her blog. 
I do hope you can find time to visit any of the highlighted links!

Phew!! Sorry, I do go on a bit, hope you have enjoyed finding a little more about me - and I really would love it if you left a comment,
Thanks for looking, Chris

A calm journal page

So after the excitement (previous post)- I went to a page I had started a little while ago when I had a playdate with my lovely friend Sarah. We spent the afternoon using our Gelli plates and this is a second printing.
I added stencilling, stamping to the background but nothing much else.
I came back to it yesterday and stamped and coloured an Indigo Blue image of poppies - repeated across the page, then coloured the poppies - pink and purple(!) using distress inks.
The butterflies are from The Artistic Stamper 'Insects and Butterflies' set. I repeated 'Imagine' (also Artistic Stamper I think) without re-inking, chosen mainly because of the size of the butterflies compared to my little row of flowers
I painted over the butterflies with cosmic shimmer pearl but the camera hasn't caught it (or the fronds of Sakura pen grass either)

Feeling calmer and getting ready for time out with our grandchildren later.

 I am linking to Try it on Tuesdays - 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' challenge (rather strangely, with butterflies this size!)

and also to Stamping Sensations 'Wings and Things' challenge

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Jumping up and down!!!

First can I say a huge Thank You to followers and commenters here on this blog - I really do appreciate every single comment, your encouraging comments spur me on!
It's not often I get this excited but this is something that has made me really happy! I've been feeling a bit down - don't seem to have had any crafty time for myself - busy making table decorations for my sons upcoming wedding next month and trying to find THE outfit!! I think I may have it now - just the Fascinator or not problem to solve (definitely don't do hats!!)

Anyway - went to the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge site and because I like to see the Design Spotlight winners work, clicked on the top number (no name by it) and it went to my blog - thought I'd pressed a wrong key so went back and did it again - double checked on the challenge entry list and Yay! It WAS me!!
For this journal page ……..
… the Bold Stamping Challenge

So after a happy dance along the hallway and back just for once can you forgive me for blowing my own trumpet? It seems I now have to e-mail to get a sticker for my blog! 

I have also found a little time to play in my journals so feel a little calmer and more positive!

  Thanks for looking, Chris