Sunday, 28 August 2016

Just Playing!

Hello Everyone,

It's a lovely long weekend here in the UK, as we have a Bank Holiday Monday woooHOOOO!!! The weather's not up to much, but that suits me, as I plan to spend some time playing in my room - first I want to catch up on a Life Book lesson I missed, then I want to do some scrapping as I have a delicious new Quirky Kit to play with. My kind of weekend :o)

This week on LifeBook we had a Bonus Lesson - a "mash-up" with LB creator Tamara Laporte and her good friend Jane Davenport in Australia. Their styles are very different and it was interesting to watch them work together on the same piece to create an integrated whole. Tam encouraged us to free up our creativity by trying a new style and using limited supplies.

I chose to be inspired by Jane's style, determined to use only what is in my pen case, and since it was Friday night at the beginning of a long weekend, I decided to further liberate my creativity by doing most of my painting under the influence of one or three Gin & Tonics!! When I got up in the morning, I was pleasantly surprised by what I had left on the dining table the night before ...

It's quite different from my normal style I think - much more loose and scribbly, less controlled than I would usually be. Straight away I wanted to add bits and titivate, but I'm going to leave it and add it to my Life Book as it is.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WOYWW #377

Hello Bloggers and Fellow Deskers,

My working hours have changed, so my Wednesdays are not what they used to be - but the lovely LLJ has very kindly offered to link up for me so I don't have to miss my weekly dose of snouting round other people's workdesks and still get to show you what I've been up to this week. If you would like to join us, please pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and click on Mr Linky.

I've been crafting in the garden again today, making the most of the summer while I can - as I type this at 8.30 on Tuesday evening, darkness is already falling and there are tiny bats flitting about outside, where only a couple of hours ago I was playing with Paper Clay to make this little guy ...

No, it's not Davros - when he grows up, I think he wants to be a mediaeval King's Fool - but he may yet change his mind! On Sunday, I had the most amazing and inspiring day with the talented Tanya Goddard, who creates art dolls. Tanya comes from Russia, where there is a tradition for these wonderful, expressive character dolls. It was such a privilege to spend a day with Tanya, learning all her secrets and I feel SO inspired!! She gave me some Paper Clay to make my homework - brilliant stuff to use, which I believe you can get on Amazon.

At my next lesson, I will learn how to make the body and clothes - I love that Tanya uses recycled materials and things like toilet paper to make her beautiful sculptures, definitely a woman after my own heart!

So, I will checking in at Julia's when I get home from work this evening - see you there!

Thanks for popping in to visit me today :)

Annie xxx

Friday, 19 August 2016

Happy Anniversary!!

Hello Bloggy Peeps,

Saturday 20th August 2011 was one of the very happiest days of my whole life - because I married my Lobster ....

This painting was inspired by a photo of My Beloved taken on a very happy afternoon during our first summer together in 2010. We had just found each other through eHarmony and on this particular afternoon, we met up with some friends at the Duke's Head Beer Festival Somerleyton in Norfolk.

What an amazing time that was - we had just found each other through eHarmony and were beginning to realise that we fitted together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. I've called the painting "Rose  Coloured Specs", because we're still looking through them now :o)

Thanks for visiting today my blogg friends, and if you are reading this too, my Stinky Lobster, Happy Anniversary!!! <3

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

WOYWW #375

Hello Bloggers and Fellow Deskers,

What a beautiful WOYWW morning it is, and I have the whole day more-or-less to myself - the trick is to decide what I really feel like doing and then actually do it, rather than waft about doing nothing in particular and then feeling like I've wasted the day :o)

Here's my workdesk today - after a mammoth clearing and tidying session at the weekend ...

It seemed like a good idea to do it while DH was away on a jolly, as I knew the temporary mess that needs to happen while you're tidying a craft room would drive him nuts. So, I started around midday on Saturday .... by 6pm I was wishing I had never started, but luckily my son was keeping me company and stopped me from throwing the whole lot out of the window ... we stopped for dinner, then I carried on .... he went home about midnight, I still carried on .... it was finally finished at 3.30am!!! Phew !!! :o)

Now I wonder how long it will take me to trash it again?!

What's On Your Workdesk this fine Wednesday? If you would like to show the world, or just have a nosey at what everyone else is up to, please join us over at Julia's Stamping Ground - it's addictive!

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Sunday, 7 August 2016

We All Cast Shadows

Hello my friends,

This week I didn't get a lot of play time, but I did manage to finish a painting. For week 31 of Life Book 2016, we had a lesson with the talented Gillian Lee Smith and I must say it really got my creative juices flowing ... I also got very very messy in the earlier stages :o)

This month Life Book has been all about light and dark. Gillian encouraged us to be brave, and to accept that as we build up layers we will have to let go of part of what was there before, but that's ok because it's all part of the journey and it all helps to bring depth and interest to the piece. She also warned us to be very patient, allowing time for each of the layers to dry completely before going on to the next ...