Sunday, August 24, 2014

about that wool....

 just a couple of projects finally finished...
above is some knitting that needed extending...
so I crocheted a border...
still small...but that's all there is...
 getting a bit tired of all the red....
found these bits...some knitted...
so dug out some pale tone wool...
and edged them all with crochet and put them together...
I found a moccasin pattern...
for little feet...
not really happy with them so will have to have another go...
they're back in the "think about it" pile...
apologies for the photo quality...
it's the camera's fault...
it can't fix the shaky hand or old eyes..

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Does Your Mum Like To Knit Too?

having a bit of fun mixing the old with the new.
 it's hard to tell what these two are really saying or thinking.
i couldn't resist colouring that jumper with fluoro  pink & orange.
found a couple of old knitting books at the op shop.
layered the old photo from the knitting book over a page of knitting instructions from a new  magazine, painted with acrylic & water soluble crayon.
stamped a border using a cork &  fluoro orange acrylic....

the joy of wool?........i say the "joy of paint"!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Pretty & The Not So Pretty

 Pink Shoes.....corrugated cardboard, paper doilies, wallpaper & acrylic on canvas.
 following on from our previous post * creativity blog hop* katie-randomnest, i am sharing some of my messy behind the scenes photos.
 just two of the  not so tidy shelves  where i paint & store a lot of  "stuff" used in my mixed media work
 Simonne shared what she called some of her "bloopers" are two of mine, paintings of rocks that i thought were "crap".....

 ....this one i didn't even bother to finish.......some days the creativity just doesn't happen.
 i find these are good times to tidy, sort, rearrange & look at some of the things that have been forgotten in the muddle of  all the bits & pieces i have stashed for future projects.......usually i find something that re-inspires me to start again.
 as the work space gets tidier my head space seems to clear as well.
the good thing about acrylic is being able to paint over & start something new!
thank you to all our visitors for stopping by.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Creativity (Blog Hop)

 little girls trousers made out of a pretty skirt that didn't fit anyone...
 mat for the loo made out of old towels...
 starting a "quiet book" for Mr one

 not anywhere finished though...
trying to get inspiration with shapes...

we have been tagged by Katie randomnest to play a game of tag.

#1)- what have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk over the past week or so?
like Katie we both have a computer desk, but create all over the house, inside & out.
sewing & collage , kids craft gluing etc. on the dining table.(not on the same table, we live approximately 250 k from each other).
crochet usually in the lounge room while watching television. there are bags of yarn hanging on the door handles, & sometimes large pieces of completed  crochet  spread out on the dining table along with books & magazines, usually art related. all of which has to be moved when we actually sit at this table for meals ( when it is too much we eat outside).
my eldest grandson helped my husband extend our carport to give me more space to set up easels for painting, so most artwork happens outside. i have shelves & two cupboards for art supplies in the carport but still have an array of art related materials  inside, (books, journals, papers, fabric, glue etc.) Simonne has similar stashes, but she tries to keep it all in one room (i think).
when i asked Simonne if she would like to play this game her response was: "OK..... sounds like fun", but she has decided to post her *bloopers*, which i thought was very brave of her, things that she would not normally post.
this is a good idea as not everything turns out how we expect it to. all the photos are *Simonne's creative doings*, i don't see anything wrong with any of these.
as for me i have been painting ,which in my case takes a lot of time to do. i have taken some photos but haven't taken the time to actually post on the blog, yet.

#2)-Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
my family - a very creative lot, all in their own ways.
art class - my tutor Lyn Fraser-Roberts, class members
internet , television, books, movies,
garden, birds, animals
Seth Apter the altered page

#3) - how important is being creative to you & how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?
being creative is very important to me - if i didn't create i would go nuts!
some people probably think i am nuts anyway.
one of the best questions i have been asked was: "you're not left brained at all , are you?"
my family are used to me by now. i do the things that are at the top of the list & have to be done.
i have found it's all about what is really necessary at this particular point in time & what can wait for another day.
 spend time with the kids & family, they won't remember if your floor was swept, but they will remember that you taught them to draw, knit, sew, crochet, paint, hammer, drill, plant seeds or whatever it is you do!
now i am going to invite lay hoon from, a very creative, busy & talented artist i have enjoyed reading her blog for a few years &
also a fairly new blogger who has caught my eye: Andrea from to participate in this *blog hop*.
their addreses again if you would like to check them out
lay hoon: mescrap &
thanks Katie!
(simonne & raylee).


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