Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Framed Lace

In October I showed you the birthday present which I made for my brother
I mentioned that I might have to copy this idea for myself, but this time it's my Mum's & Aunty's turn. It's their birthdays this week and this is their Grandmother's lace. This time I used coffee to stain some watercolour paper, then tore it to size and hand stitched a piece each
These frames again have a spacer to the glass so the lace isn't squashed, but they measure 12 inches square within the frame and the cardboard mount wasn't the same quality as when I did the original project, so this time I mounted them on scrapbook paper. Here they are finished - I like how the paper in the background gives them an added vintagy feel. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Monday, December 11, 2017

One Little Word : December and into 2018

I've been taking Ali Edwards' One Little Word workshop this year. The monthly prompts encourage you to connect with your word throughout the year and I've been enjoying how SHINE has been part of my world in 2017. This month was a time to look back and fill in a worksheet to note down Facts & Feelings and What I want to remember.
I think some of my facts are feelings, but it was valuable to reflect on changes I've made and I'm really pleased to see that when I look back, I have made progress on many of the goals I set in January
While this is the time many are thinking of a new word for the new year, I've decided I'm going to keep going with SHINE with a slight change of emphasis when I explore my word monthly to focus a bit more on being Healthy.
My Word for 2018 is SHINE
S = Share
H = Healthy
I = Inner Work
N = Notice
E = Enjoy

Engage meaningfully with others
Develop relationships
Continue to blog/share on Flickr and my Artist FB page/investigate Insta
Contribute thoughtfully to online class groups
Shine so others believe they can too
BE the light - be the agent of illumination in dark situations
Good eating + Gym habit = Energised
Be mindful
Self-care and self-compassion
Explore intuition and inner wisdom via Tarot and Oracle cards
Build inner strength/belief in myself
Lighten up - try not to sweat the small stuff
Practice gratitude
Reflect on daily activities and make improvements (good habits = easier to shine without effort)
Pay attention to what I will accept (eg. let other people's negativity slide off)  
Practice gratitude (this bears repeating ♥)
Regularly spend time doing what I love : 
- creating
being with my family
meeting regularly with friends
walking on the beach
- lighting more candles
- wearing sparkles when I dress
- reading good books 
- watching good movies and TV series
- listening to good music
Supporting words are Sparkle, Light, Ignite, Glow, Bright, Luminous and Embrace. I had Nourish in 2015 and Transform in 2016. They are great support words as I enter 2018.
Marianne Williamson : 
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. 

Now available on an early-bird price of US$26 until Dec 31 - sign up for Ali Edwards' One Little Word 2018 class HERE. Get a feel for this class by seeing what I did with the prompts this year HERE, and my Flickr album which includes any art featuring my word as well as the class prompts HERE.
Susannah Conway has also released her annual end-of-year FREE offerings. Go HERE for Unravel your Year and you can sign up to find your word for 2018 HERE - 5 inspiring emails over 5 days

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 49

Almost at the end of this project. This week I've done a different take on the prompt from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Prompt: Make an envelope or envelopes
Technique: Print on them, gelli them, collage them, paint them 
and combined it with a response to a lesson by Effy Wild
Rather than make an envelope, I've made use of an envelope! I am always looking for ways to include more stitch in my work, so decided to stitch some small leaves with my machine - I have gone over the lines twice and tried out a couple of different designs.
Then I roughly tore around them. This is fairly easy to do since the stitching perforates the paper. The enclosed leaves worked much better than the swirls.
Effy had a tutorial recently about using photos to focus on what feeds your Soul to get you through her Northern Hemisphere Winter, or my Long Hot Summer. She started with a black background and used black and white photos. If you've seen my spreads in this journal lately, you'll know I'm all about colour!  I wanted to start with a base colour with enough depth to add gold highlights later, and to complement the colours in my photographs. Summer holidays are on their way - my boys have finished school this week and I only have another 5 days to go. Can't wait! 
I need the following to make my Summer holidays perfect : Water - drink lots of it, swim in it, walk beside it to recharge
Holidays means I have time to create - and I make sure I do that A LOT
Connection - I love to share my creativity with you here on the blog and in my various class FB groups
I want to have lots of outings with both friends and family - dinners, barbecues, wine, just hanging out together
but alone time is also important to me 
In my previous post, I shared links for finding a Word of the Year. I don't think I'm done with SHINE yet - all of these things enable me to do that
I am really happy with my completed spread. The lesson was a fun reflection on what makes me happy in Summer ♥
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.
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