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(oops… forgot the title, so here it is ‘updated’)

I have been rather busy this last week.  Not always the way I want to be, but, we can’t always have everything our own way.  I haven’t been able to read a lot of my emails, or blogs, so next time you post I will try to catch up, reading multiples as I get to them.  I try not to let them sit in my inbox for too long, this is how I ended up with over 300 of the suckers.  I did delete many, but as I said, I will return and catch up.

Hubby was home so we took a day trip to the Airwalk (there’ll be a post later on that one), we helped my parents with wood and moving furniture around for my mum’s shop, I started on my Circles project (which got me thinking about something else again) and then there was the general kids, work and weather which wasn’t always playing nice, making it hard to do things we wanted to.

I have a market coming up this weekend which I have been organised for (for once, early) although I will re pack my boxes just to make sure I have everything… some things have changed.

My circles are coming along nicely, the finished product looks like it might actually look good!
This gave me another idea. And now a new way to move forward (I seem to be doing a lot of this lately).
I found that doodling with the paint, and playing with material on a canvas gave me another sense of freedom to explore and express and be creative.  Mixed Media.  That was it.  Doing and making more items that are not strictly jewellery or bags, but could be collage, artwork, wearable art… whatever takes my fancy basically.  And as I have resin, clay and stamping tools I can add all or any of these items in – this is precisely what mixed media is – to make some cool items.

This idea was first sprung when a good FB friend suggested I use some of my nature shots on cards to sell.  She is impressed by my ‘skills’ as a photographer.  My mind then went zooming about at a million miles an hour – as it does anyway – and soon I am thinking “why not?”

I have some more mini canvases that I am going to collage and take to the market this week.  It is a bigger market than my usual one, and going on the first one they had, plenty of people coming through. So plenty of feedback.
I shall become a mixed media artiste. lol.
(At least my business name will cover all avenues I choose to do)

So with that I must fare thee well, and head off to bed.  After the last few nights, and especially yesterday (leave home at 9.30am and return at 10.40pm, with many ‘nothing-to-do’ gaps in between the jobs and not getting to bed for another hour)  I am now feeling weary; and if I am to survive a busy day tomorrow and do my walk at a reasonable hour of the cold winters morning…. zzzz

good morning, good afternoon and good night, for wherever you may be 🙂
Jennifer

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Circles….

A month ago I received an email from CRAG (channel regional arts group) about an upcoming exhibition in my area. When I say my area, I actually mean the town village closest to me. The whole Channel is ‘my area’.
Anyhoo, it is titled ‘Circles’ and you have the option of using their 20cm square mdf piece or something of your own size and creating a circle. It can be anything – painting, textiles, mixed media… so long as there are circles incorporated.  Or some arty new way of looking at a circle.

I picked up my mdf today after doing some doodling and trying to figure out what I’ll do.  Some of my clay discs were a little over cooked, so instead of wasting them completely, I’m going to paint the board then somehow attach them to the board.
I did a couple of doodle and couldn’t figure out which one I would do, so tomorrow I shall see if I can pick up another board and enter 2 pieces.

It is not a competition so my skill level and self-esteem will not be tested when I see everyone elses work.
Items can be for sale – but will incur a commission fee – no worries as I’m not even sure yet whether  they will be good enough to sell.  I may want to keep them as a ????.  I’m thinking now, that if someone wants to buy them, then they can ring me.  I have to supply all my details anyway.
My doodles, pictured below,  are not so good. What I see in my head, does not come out of my hand looking the same, although I understand what I am getting at.
(Doodles are fantastic, ask any designer, and they will have books or sheets of paper with all sorts of ‘pretty’ pictures on them).  Of course, what I eventually do may or may not hit the mark, or look like this.  But I have to be registered by Friday (16th) ready for the 29th so I’d better get my thinking cap on. And ask mother dearest if I can borrow her paints again…



The actual size of the board we are recommended to use…

The first part is done… now to print and fill out registration forms and get creating 🙂

Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

For one to Believe – it doesn’t matter how it is spelt – you just need hope & courage :)

Bright and Beautiful: always makes me happy :D

The last 3 weeks I have been through a hard time and although my head has been overflowing with thoughts and inspirations, the motivation to actually do something was lacking somewhat.  I would start a job, only to do about 10 mins worth and then collapse in a heap…. but (fingers crossed) that time has passed and wont be returning in a hurry.
This week, given the good feelings, comes the energy to create.  And nothing makes me smile and feel happy than bright.   BRIGHT colours and lots of it.  Nothing like standing out among the abundance of muted tones to make you feel happy and want to smile 😀

(Like the funky top I have in white with bright retro patterns that I wear when I want to ‘fake it til I feel it’)

Polymer clay in brights – a graduated blue necklace, and a bright sunny yellow, rings in bright stacked colours, and donut necklaces hung simply on chain with sayings (wise words that are all the rage right now) stamped on them.
Some of them got a little overcooked, so I will make my own necklace to wear from those.

I’m hoping to make the rings and necklaces a regular collection as they can be made in just about any colour combination with any choice of words.

Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer

I think I need to clean…

My creative space is always a work in progress and until I find just the right work tables that will fit my space easily then it will just keep on doing the shuffle…

the bag of grapes I ate whilst tidying up - that and many coffee's

Ok, so I was bored and took pictures of the grapes…

My problems:
– the bay window.  I love the window for the light it lets in and the view but it has made those little weird little corners where nothing will fit.
– there is only a couple of feet before the corner of the house so that creates another corner that makes it awkward to fit furniture in.
– it is through way!  There is a door on one side to the kitchen/dining and just half a wall on the other backing onto the lounge (this wall is partly the chimney).
– then the french doors (right between said corner of house and walkway into lounge.
– on the back side of the chimney someone has ever so kindly put up floating shelves (at stupid heights) so I am limited with what goes underneath…

But am I complaining… well, just a little bit.  I have my tall boy (large chest of drawers, not tall children, although two are taller than me…) under these shelves with a cd rack one side and filing cabinet with jewellery storage on the other.  Works fine.
Against the back wall facing the kitchen is my mega set of shelves (I was so happy when we found these, they are the perfect fit for all my beady boxes).  Next to this was a space that was a pain.  There is a double power point here which means certain boxes or containers cannot fit or have to look messy sitting at an angle.

before - a mess.

I was in a second-hand shop close by the other day and spotted the perfect set of shelves – I measured, ran home (drove), measure my space then went back and paid for them.  They would be the Perfect Fit! And they are.

after - in progress

I just need to find a space for my market boxes when they’re not in use… hmmm.  That is 3 large plastic containers & a suitcase, then two others with odd props and the like in them.  A lot of space required.

My desk, as always was stupidly messy.

new shelves, and an email stating I needed to take my trestles to market this week (guess what I use as a beading table??) meant I had to get to work.

My plan was to put all things from the tall boy into the new shelves and utilse the tall boy for all my materials and sewing bits… ah, yeah… that was a good thought…

will all this fit into the tall boy..?

‘Business’ things fit into some funky baskets on the shelves, then comes the fun part getting all my glass, resin, clay, and light tent to fit in the space so it is easy and I know where everything is…
Well, I got started, and by the time I went to bed was pretty pleased with myself… not for long.  I woke this morning to another stupidly messy desk…. now I could have taken the easy way out and just stuffed everything into boxes and been done with it. But I didn’t. Put everything where it belongs so I don’t have to back track later.

I was meant to tidy the table... I thought so. This is clean compared to the night before.

Now to get all the material to fit in the drawers… like that’s gonna happen!

ooh, look, more little jars to put beads in....

neat, semi sorted beads and findings

a clean and tidy table….

and the piece de resistance….

full, finished and looking soo much better 🙂

I was going to do some more sewing tonight and get some new bags ready for the market – well one is nearly done.  Just a little hand sewing of beady fringelets to do.  the others… nowhere near ready to sew even…

Now the table has sewing all over it, but that will be easy to move later on. Now, I best get back to it if I’m going to get at least one more done..

keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer