Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Creativity Boot Camp

When I first read about the Boot Camp I thought I didn't have the time.  Then it occurred to me that was exactly the reason why I should try to fit some regular creativity into my day.  So I've joined up with Maegan and we'll see what happens!

BTW Thank you to everyone who commented on the It's All About Me post.  It's lovely to read all the comments and to visit your blogs.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

It's All About Me and a blog hop

The lovely Mel suggested another blog hop, this time using the It's All About Me project from Big Picture Scrapbooking.  It didn't sound too difficult so I signed up and started thinking.  The first ingredient was to be an accordion book in a tin.  I had a tin I'd painted years ago and I tried folding wallpaper samples to fit.

But one day I was flicking through Cover to Cover and remembered a favourite type of folded book.

With three cuts a wallpaper sample can become a 16 page booklet

I spent so much time thinking and planning the book that I nearly ran out of time making the book.  So I've been photographing it in artificial light in the early hours of Saturday.  But I hope you get the idea of It's All About Elizabeth before you go on to visit Helena.

The first of my quotes "We are the musicmakers, We are the dreamers of dreams".  The other page has an envelope with some journalling about maths.

A selection from my many tapes and brads, beside an allusion to my favourite shop.

When I was young autumn was my favourite month, now it's spring as I eagerly look for signs of green on the trees, longer days and (slightly) warmer temperatures.  The sea thrills me, especially when the sun is rising over the Isle of Rum.

All being well 2010 will see improvements to a few of our rooms.  (This is our first home and we were married in 1983.)  So our bathroom is not my favourite place but I love taking a bath, and I like the colour turquoise, so this would be a happy place for me.The other picture represents something I do nearly every day.  We love vegetables (being omnivores) and they steam very well in the microwave (which is an absolute essential in my life).

Two pleasures: origami and coffee or

..... what I'd do given some spare time.

How would I describe me in three words?

And colour makes me happy.

The second quote is "I am, yet what I am none cares or knows" and I love words and dictionaries.

Do I have a collection?  Yes, several, but my  button collection goes back to before I was born.

Thank you for exploring my book with me.  I wish I'd had the time to crop and tidy up the pictures but I can already hear the dawn chorus.  Now let's go and see what Helena has done, and many thanks to Mel for the inspiration. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sunday, May 02, 2010

House Party Blog Hop

I was excited when my envelope of bits came from Rinda to make a house.  I had looked at several of her houses and had had some ideas, none of which matched the oriental theme of the envelope.  Because the girl's boyfriend was coming for tea I had cleared the dining table of my craft bits so, after they had gone out, I was able to set everything out and see what inspiration I got.  One piece of patterned paper had curves on it which made me think of curtains, I trimmed the ladies and used Rinda's hint about the ribbon.  I looked through my stamps and found a Ma Vinci one of calligraphy. An eBay purchase of a crane transformed the maroon card and I could use something from my metal stash.  I was in the mood for a quote from Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy (the poem that begins "We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams"). Lo and behold I had a house.

Quite amazingly, I had begun something and finished it in one day.

Now I'd like you to hop over to Amy to visit her house.  I've been keeping a page of her blog open in my TooManyTabs for ages because it reminded me to make origami boxes.  Thank you for visiting me.  Do come back: I might possibly be going to blog my buzz of recent card making!