I have been at the trade show in Birmingham, while I was there I listened to a very frank talk by James McIntosh, about how knitting had saved his life.
The Gaurdian had a article recently about how sewing can help with depression.
I have taken courses in the USA and Holland in Zentangle developed by a lovely couple as a form of meditation. h
But anyone who does any crafting will tell you that it doesn’t matter which craft you choose or if you do more than one craft the process is the important part. I also think that workshops are a great way to meet people and build friendships with like minded people.
So make time for you and get crafting! but don’t expect to save money, but you are worth it!
I have had a very quite crafting time for the past few months. I in the autumn I went to a quilting class locally and had fun, so I made a quilt on my own using the same method as I had learnt.
All made from fabric that I had in my stash!
I do like the strip method, but I suppose I should try something else.
But then I have been cheating…
I have made four seat pads that have been stamped and then stitched with a zigzag to make them look quilted. There are great for extra seating or taking outside to add to garden chairs and can just be thrown in the washing machine.
Then I stamped and again embossed with the Aged Bronze powder, this stamp is from the NK Studio range and is called Kaffee Klatsch I have then punched them with the circle punch.
For my journaling I used a blue circle punch to make a mask and the used the sampe stamp
my mask is part of the finished piece too.
Here is a close up of one of the photographs so that you can see where I find the beauty on a September morning. The layers under the photographs are just Hairy Manila cut to the same size as the photographs and scruffed on 2 edges.
Thanks for visiting, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the team’s take on Mellow on Woodware Witterings.
A very simple sketch this month. and here is my take on it.
I have done a DL shaped card. I have used the Dreamweaver Zen Flower Stencil.
I started with an A5 piece of card and stenciled with Aruba Crafter’s ink most of the Zen Flower on it. I had punched out the Scalloped Oval first and used some Sakura Quickie Glue as a temporary glue and attached the punched out piece to the card and stencilled over the top of the 2 pieces. I then trimmed the card so that it fitted exactly on a DL card
I used translucent embossing paste on the punched section and set it aside to dry. After it was dry I used a stencil brush and added Sweet Pea Crafters with a Stencil Brush. I love the contrast of textures that you get with the paste making the centre shinny.
I inked the edges with the Aruba ink and added one of the strips that I had cut off .
A couple of weekends ago I went off to West Yorkshire for a Craft Retreat organised by Gwen from The Stamp Pad in Greenfield Saddleworth, it was a great weekend, and Judith (Mrs Woodware) had a great time and I think she was the only one to finish everything! I of course didn’t do as I was told….
On the Saturday morning we painted boxes with the new chalky finish paint from Americana it is great we then added paper to some of the sides and stencilled some of the other sides, this was my first trip to the dark side…
Well to the BLUE side, instead of using the stencil provided which was very nice and the silver paint I went for ink pads.
The stencil is one of the new Art Screens from ColorBox this one is Bloom.
I even stencilled on the lovely papers.
and inside. We decorated a small wooden frame too.
So well I am pleased to be able to share these with you and they inspired me for my blue project.
I have up-cycled some old wooden coasters.
They have been painted in the same chalky blue on both sides. When painting them do the edges 2 at a time so you can hold the coasters without getting too much paint on your hands.