Monday, October 26, 2015

Crafting365 | Days 15-21

It has been 3 weeks of #Crafting365 already! I made a goal of focusing on finishing projects rather than flitting between lots of unfinished projects, and I've really stuck to that this week. The only project I've focused on is the deer embroidery I started in my last #Crafting365 post, and it has paid off. I'm so close to finishing it!

Day 15: I finished the mountains, stitched little trees at the feet of the mountains, and stitched a lovely red and white toadstool. The toadstools were one of the reasons I picked this project, I love them! I also picked out colours for all the flowers which will be stitched around the edges, and started on a couple of flowers.

Friday, October 23, 2015

#Inktober 2015 | Days 15-21

So week 3 of #Inktober has already been and gone. I am really surprised at how quickly this has gone, and I am so proud of myself for sticking with it! I have less than two weeks left now, and I'm almost a little bit sad that it will be over so soon. Here's what I drew on days 15-21.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Crafting 365 | Days 8-14

So, week 2 of #Crafting365 already! Where is the time going? This was another week of snatched moments of creative time, but I seem to have turned a corner over this weekend and am finding it much easier to fit in more time on projects. It could be famous last words, or who knows, perhaps by next week I might even have actually finished some things. Anyway, here's what I got up to this week.

Day 8 : I tacked the deer's facial expressions on for my deer embroidery. I'm working from a pattern from Mollie Makes Issue 56, but I changed the shape of the deer slightly.

Friday, October 16, 2015

OOTD: Red and Black

It has reached the point in the year where all I want to wear is floor sweeping, flowing, jersey dresses.

Hang on, wait. That's all year round.

These shorter days and darker nights do make me crave darker colours though, so I've made the switch from bright colours to witchy black.

It's also the perfect time of year to adorn my hair with toadstools.

As usual, all my clothes and boots are from charity shops. The dress is originally Laura Ashley, the cardigan is originally Mango and the boots are originally Board Angels. The necklace is from Ebay.

Just because I love them, here's another picture of the toadstool hairpins. I think these may be appearing rather often in future.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Inktober 2015 | Days 8-14

It's time for week two of #Inktober already! The week has just flown by. I've been mostly using my Pentel brush pen this week, as I'm pretty confident with it now. When drawing at the end of busy and stressful days I just want to use something I can rely on, which I'm familiar with.

I am however trying to experiment with different styles and techniques, such as the cross hatching on this teapot drawing from day 8. I drew this from observation, it's my gorgeous Yixing teapot.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Night Sky Fox Paper Doll

Quite a while ago I took part in a paper doll swap on facebook, which brought my attention to this fox paper doll printable created by Mister Finch for Anthropologie. Sadly it's no longer available, but I had printed more copies than I needed for the swap and still had some laying around. I decided to decorate another of them, using a different theme than the one I made for the swap, which was mori themed.

Monday, October 12, 2015

#Crafting365 | Days 1-7

This year has had some big changes for me and been pretty busy, and as a result I had a few months of not being creative at all. I'd already chatted to Laura from Bugs and Fishes about this, and how it can be hard to find time to be creative just for yourself. When I saw she'd started a #Crafting365 challenge, I thought it would be the perfect way to get myself back into being creative regularly, even if it's only for a few minutes a day.

So I decided to get stuck in! On day 1 I started painting a night sky themed paper doll. Even though I've done some painting with ink for #Inktober, I have to admit that it was nice to be able to just paint inside the lines for this!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Inktober 2015 | Days 1-7

Last year, I saw loads of pictures on Tumblr tagged "Inktober". Intrigued, I looked up what it was, and found that it was a drawing challenge for the month of October-produce a piece of artwork, using ink, every day for the 31 days of the month. I really wanted to take part this year, so I bought a brush pen in preparation, and braced myself for a lot of drawing. So far I've found it a really good creative boost, and stating on social media that I was taking part has made me ensure I do a piece each day and don't slack off. It's actually pretty good for me to have that discipline, knowing that each evening I need to sit down, put on my headphones, and create.

Anyway, on to the drawings! 

Sunday, October 04, 2015

OOTD: Warm and Wooly

Continuing in my series of outfit pictures with awkward photos. here's another. This was the first time I got my boyfriend to take the pictures, and I am VERY AWKWARD with people taking posed photos of me. I'm also recovering from a really nasty cold, so I'm still seeking out clothing that feels as much like pyjamas as possible.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

101 Adventures in 1001 Days

I saw this idea on tiny adventures and I thought it was lovely! So I'm going to do it too. 101 adventures in 1001 days. Here goes!