Sunday, July 31, 2011

Creating at Last!

Phew, what a month I've had while Andy has been away working (and playing) in the States.

Not that I've had a great deal of time to create.... I was rather busy socialising! Friends and family thought I might be lonesome and made cunning plans to occupy me...Much as I appreciated all the visits, 'phone calls and days out, I would have liked a little me time :)

I did try to have a little art time but decided some organisation was in order first :) I started sorting out my room, well, I confess - I am using TWO rooms at the moment! (Our offspring have all flown the nest and so I kind of SPREAD!) However, that project went awry - I tried to sort and I moved things around until I couldn't find anything! Aaargh!

Anyway, this weekend was my final fling to be creative as Andy arrives home on Thursday :D
I have missed him dreadfully.

Yesterday I went to a textile class at the Craft Den, taught by this clever lady - Jo


We made a sewing roll - mine is unfinished - I just have to stitch the edges. I am very pleased with the outcome and enjoyed it very much.

sew...sew like the wind...
Yep - that's my fancy stitching round those hearts - I was dead proud that I managed to make it look this good!

And this is the front - like I said, I still have the binding edge to hand stitch...

This has all been in preparation for my next project to make a patchwork quilt.... which I will begin in a few weeks... (watch this space) I have this sentimental idea that it will become a family heirloom :)

And then today, I went to my FAVE place AFTH for the regular Art Journaling class - it was great to see Dy and hear of her escapades in Chicago and Baltimore. We all loved looking at her fabulous samples and we touched and stroked them (well I did) while she was teaching her masking technique. She set us all off using her NEW stamp sets. They are all fab but if you love art journaling and you love quirky satire, you ought to be getting yourself those quote plates! Fun fun fun!

Here are the two pages I did today...



Oh, and I couldn't resist buying this stamp set while I was there....

And finally, its that time of month again - time to show and tell our 365 Art Calendars (see Kate's blog for more info) ... I was late starting July plus with all the blogger glitches, I didn't manage to leave comments on many blogs last month, I hope to rectify that this month, I enjoy seeing the different pages that everyone comes up with :D


And, going with my mission to use more purple in my art, here is August. Once I'd done the background I felt uneasy for some reason so ended up using some Spring Fling paper for the journal blocks to add a bit of pizazz.

The images are from artchix which I've had for ages - I'm on a mission to use up the stuff that I already have instead of keep buying more - that's one useful tip I gave myself whilst I was cleaning/tidying/sorting my stash!

27 comments:

  1. Yes, we certainly did have a good day sewing, and your's looks fantastic, love the colours. Your journal pages are gorgeous, again loving the colours and of course the stamps, shame I couldn't come. The calendar pages are so creative, wonderful colours and I adore your little drawings. xx

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  2. Oh my, you are an early bird this month! Fab pages as always. I really like the green squares on the purple background of August. Love what you did in the textiles class :-)

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  3. Fabulous journal pages and sewing! Fab day today wasn't it, came home shattered tho, early night for me!

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  4. Hi Sandy, your sewing looks really good. Love your Journal pages....think I'll be treating myself to Dyan's new stamps!! Oh and well done on the calendar too...looking good, I'm a bit behind on mine..nothing new there!! S xxx

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  5. Really LOVE these pages. So enjoyed the lovely eye you drew. You are one creative artist and I love the August pages. Have no idea why you were uneasy with that color.

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  6. Loved reading this post. The sewing roll is gorgeous I would like to see it in RL maybe Friday. Journal pages are fantabulous, too tired to blog mine at the moment, it was a lovely day. August colours are stunning just love the Purple with the green.

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  7. Love those pages that you did at AFTH. Great idea using Gershwins words down the side of the page- hmmmm, food for thought!

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  8. Love your sewing(roll) project and like you August colors!! You have been a busy bee.

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  9. I love the perfume bottles full of nature on your pages!

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  10. Yay for purple - I love it combined with the greena and orange for August's calendar.Nice work on the journal pages too :-)

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  11. Super creation, love your August pages. Like the use of the bottles. :)

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  12. Love purple love your page; Sewing rolls looks lovely too!. Good luck with the tidying! You are cetainly keeping yourself busy
    x Maggei

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  13. Incredible projects and LOVE your calendar pages!

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  14. i have that stamp set in the shop, its gorgeous isnt it !!!! Love your journal pages darling loving the green and purple xxx

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  15. Ooo you have been busy. I love all your projects, particularly that GORGEOUS sewing roll. Wonderful colours.
    x

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  16. Came for your August page (I love ! and happy birthday btw) and found way more. Beautiful work
    isa

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  17. Lovely aug page! The bottles and jar images are great and love your colour combination x

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  18. I'm new to this so taking notes with gorgeous pages like yours! just lovely!

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  19. You can't go wrong with purple! glad your man is coming home.

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  20. Love all your journal pages, and your sewing too! Valerie

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  21. Love the colours of your August pages - great.

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  22. Love the colour of your August pages - great !

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  23. Love the colors too ... very beautiful !!

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  24. You sound like you've had a really busy few weeks, glad DH is nearly home and that you get some quality time together. Rearranging crafting spaces is always hard work but should be beneficial. Your sewing is beautiful as always!

    Hugs

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  25. Love August pages and the images.
    Lovely sewing too x

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  26. Hi Sandra, love your 365 pages, especially like the colours for August :-) Fab pages you did at AFTH and the sewing roll is fantastic.
    Anne xx

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