Oh yes, half term shenanigans! It's never easy to find the time to create once the children are at home for a week from school, but this afternoon I did find a bit of time to play at making some background papers. Ah, making a happy mess was rather blissful!
During the week I just had to grab a bit of time when I could. These days I usually offer to take the kids swimming because a) they are old enough and competent enough to go in without me (always a bonus) and b) that means I get an hour or so without interruptions! Yay, everyone's a winner. This time I took along my 'Art Doodle Love' book by Dawn Sokol, with my pencils, prismacolors, and my Faber Castell PITT pen, my coffee, and spent a very happy hour colouring in :-) ) Look, you can even see the swimming pool in the background.
This next photo sparked a bit of a debate over on facebook. Although I start off with good intentions when I get a beautiul new set of colours, I just can't keep them in order. In fact, after a while I get hugely irritated at having to lift off layers of pencils just to find one colour, so I tip them all out in a shambolic mess. And that's how I like it. So, what about you? Are you a 'neat freak' or a 'tipper'?!
Ooh, look! I don't even have the ends pointing the same way. Shame on me!
And finally, I have always had a thing about things in miniature. When I was younger my grandmother won a tiny matchbox containing a even tinier baby doll inside for me on the bingo at the seaside! I LOVED it, it was very precious and I treasured it. Every time she played bingo I lived in hope of a baby doll in a matchbox. And once I even 'rescued' a dead bird - a blue tit - and wrapped it up and kept it in a little box in my bedroom (until my Mum found it). It was so tiny and so beautiful and perfect I couldn't bear to leave it just lying on the path. True story.
Lately I have been stalking people who make tiny things on pinterest - you can check out my miniatures board here. I used to make altered matchboxes a long time ago but haven't made any for ages so today I decided to make a teeny tiny book in a box. I think I'll make some of these cuties for my Etsy shop ...
Byeeeeeee for now!