Monday, 20 June 2011

a few weeks ago me and my hubby went to hampton court gardens where i took a few photos of the gorgeous flowers and plants. it was very windy but a lovely sunny day. the colours and shapes were just fantastic so some of the photos i will be able to use in the cards and collages i make. it was just lovely to have the day off and relax in such lovely surroundings.

we finished the day off with tea and cake - the end to a perfect day!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

this is the entrance to my studio. on the wall i painted my daily mantra 'this is a day for throwing bonnets over windmills' which is taken from a book written by patricia wendorf called double wedding ring - a beautiful book which i read at least twice a year because it is so uplifting hence the reason i painted it going into my studio because i find it totally inspiring and it gets me in the right frame of mind to work.

i surround myself with all sorts of things that i love and collect. you can see a gingerbread house i made of photographs and a framed collage.

i thought you might like to see my studio where i work everyday - family committments allowing of course. a few months ago i decided to cover the walls with photos and images that inspire me and make me happy - i love anything colourful and bright as you can see! this is the mantlepiece with all my jars of buttons, ribbons and lace.

this is the studio door covered in more pictures and 3 collages i made a while ago.

this a corner where the bookcase is full of all the books i love like frida kahlo, sewing books and vintage books that i use in my work.

i always listen to my music when i work - quite often it is the inspiration for my collages, and of course you can see my trusted printer which i couldn't live without hidden under a patchwork cloth to keep the dust of it! not that i'm obsessed or anything!!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

yesterday it was finally my hair appointment. hooray! grey hair just does not go with me or my clothes - how can i possibly be old enough to have grey hair?! 3 hours later i come out a ravishing red head once more- phew!! its expensive and hard work being a natural beauty!!!

i came out of the salon feeling like i had my swish factor back. i no longer felt dull, dull, dull, but rejuvinated and full of the joys of spring. it's just a pity that it poured down with rain as i walked back to my car!!xxx

Saturday, 4 June 2011

phew!! what a weeks its been. all on the same day we had no water (so no cuppa!), i had to cancel my bank card because somebody had been using it online to try and make a purchase, and then i had no internet so i couldn't do any work! i was absolutely losing it by lunchtime - and all this without having had my morning cup of cha!! It was lucky for my long suffering husband that it wasn't a * week - if it had been i think i would have been a jibbering wreck in the corner of my studio. To top it all my poor son failed his medical for his navy application because he's got contact dermatitis on his hands. i was totally gutted for him. everthing else was ok - it was such a silly little thing to fail on. he was so upset which of course made me upset because even though he's over 6ft tall he's still my boy and you just want the best for them. i hope he figures out what he wants to do instead. 'into each life some rain must fall' - well as far as i'm concerned it pissed down that day!!! i could only hope that the next day would be better!

the following day - to cheer myself up i went to town and did some theraputic browsing in my local charity shops - guaranteed to lift my spirits because i usually find something that says 'buy me! buy me! you know you want to use me in a project!!' sure enough i found some lace, buttons and fabric that i know i can use for something! - not that i need to add anymore to my growing mountain of fabric stash and jars of buttons, but hey! ho! you can never have too many buttons. but i must confess i use that same excuse for handbags, shoes and hats! what's a woman to do! there are 365 days in the year and every day i wake up in a different mood so naturally i need to wear a different outfit to reflect my inner soul for that day.

since then i have used the fabric to make some cushions and the buttons to trim a favourite cardy of mine because i don't know about you but with this changeable weather i tend to wear lots of layers so that i can peel off and pile back on in accordance to the whim of the sunshine and showers. i just don't know what to wear when i take my dog for a walk - i usually end up in an assortment of wellies, leggings, petticoat under a colourful dress and cardy looking something that's exploded out of an old dressing-up trunk - you know, the sort you find in the attic - you blow the dustbunnies of it, open it up and say 'i totally forgot i had that' and the discarded treasure is taken back out, washed and pressed and cherished once more until something else takes your fancy.

well - i'm going to take my dog out for his daily sniff and search. the sunshine is beautiful, the birds are singing, the grass isn't just green it's REAL GREEN (just testing your general knowledge - Pleasantville anyone?) so i think it calls for my red flowery pumps, green embroidered skirt with petticoat and my frilly parasol to finish the whole ensemble!! have a great day xx