Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Georgian Garden In Autumn

The Georgian Garden is a sweet little walled garden, open to the public, and planted to re-create the formal gardens of the Georgian period. It's a lovely place to spend a few quiet moments, as it is quite tucked away. I like to pop in between museum visits or shopping, if I'm in the area. As it is completely enclosed, and I have never seen anyone else in there, it feels a bit like stepping into another world, or the pages of a storybook.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Deer Embroidery

So here it is! My finished deer embroidery. I've been wanting to stitch an embroidery in a hoop frame for ages now, and when I saw the alpine deer design by Kirsty Neale in Mollie Makes Issue 56, I knew I had to make it! I really liked the original design and I mostly stuck to it, but I did end up making a few changes to make it more "me". I'm happy with the result, although I think most creative people will empathise with the need to put it away and not look at it too much for a while! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My Alpine House Box Collection

I've always been a bit of a collector, possibly influenced by my interest in museums. As a result, I've ended up with lots of small collections of unusual things. They are all fairly invaluable, I just collect them because I like them and I find them interesting. I thought I'd start sharing my little collections on the blog, and I'm starting with my alpine house box collection.

I have three alpine house boxes, which all came from charity shops. They were all very cheap, between £1 and £2. They are extremely kitsch and old fashioned, and not to everyone's taste, but I think that's part of their charm. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Autumn Walk

Unfortunately this year I haven't managed to find time to get to the woods for a walk among the autumn leaves, which makes me sad. I have however managed to squeeze in a few walks in parks, which are also filled with beautiful autumn colours.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mini Art Haul

I love having interesting, beautiful images on my walls, and now that I'm past the phase of papering my walls with magazine pages, I've been keeping an eye out for lovely artwork.

I was really happy to find MyFairPixel's shop, as her art style is exactly my cup of tea, and her prints are very affordable. I love the intense yet dreamy colours she uses, the hints of fantasy and the cosmic influences. I bought two of her nebula prints, and I'm amazed by the quality of them. The colours are really strong and they look like originals! The blue one is currently up on my bedroom wall, and the purple one is just waiting for a suitable frame. MyFairPixel also has a gorgeous blog.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Crafting365 | Days 29-35

I've struggled with motivation for days 29-35 of #Crafting365, and I think not having the structure of doing my Inktober drawing and then my crafting has thrown me a bit. I think one of the problems is that I don't always plan my projects first and tend to jump straight in. I'll be spending more time planning and sketching ideas in future, hopefully it will help!

On day 29 I worked on my Den Tree doll. I'm starting with the face, and experimented with different eye colours. I still wasn't happy with how it was turning out though.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Autumnal Haul

To be honest, I tend to buy pretty autumnal looking things all year round, as I like colourful things and leaf motifs. But I seem to have bought especially seasonal items recently, so I thought I'd share.

First up are these gorgeous maple leaf earrings. I don't have my ears pierced so these are clip ons. I was surprised to find these because they're quite simple, and clip on earrings always seem to be a little OTT. I really like the colours of these and I love their backstory-they had a price sticker on the back which said "Niagara Falls", so they were obviously bought as a souvenir on someone's holiday. You can see me wearing these in this post.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Black and Orange

This is what I wore on October 31st, when I felt it was necessary to go a little witchy. I wore a long black skirt and a black long sleeved top, with black boots.

Monday, November 02, 2015

#Crafting365 | Days 22-28

On day 22 I finished the first layer of shells on my shell picture frame. I also stuck some more rhinestones onto this very sparkly treasure chest.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

#Inktober | Days 22-31

Inktober is over! I'm not sure how to feel about this. One the one hand it is a relief, but I think I'm going to miss the discipline of knowing I need to draw every day. For the final ten days of Inktober I was feeling like I wasn't producing anything remotely good, so maybe it is time for a break...but looking back at these now I'm pleasantly surprised!

Day 22 was a deer silhouette, because I'm still very much in love with the paper cut silhouette work of Jan Pienkowski, and I think we have all realised my obsession with deer by now. I like how dark and fairytale-esque it turned out.