Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Adventures in watercolour

My pass time since Sunday has been painting along with Youtube watercolour painting tutorials. I've learnt a fair amount about the treachery of watercolour paint... believe me, they can be a real bitch to use. I'm not going to tell you how many I fucked up, scrunched up and threw on the floor. But on the whole the experience was relaxing and I think I've come up with some satisfactory sketches and little art pieces. Behold! The fruits of my labour. What shall I do with them? No idea. Most likely add them to the pile of random skills I possess but have no clue what to do with. You'll notice some Christmas-y ones in there... I'm playing around with some designs to possible print into cards this year, and a few new vectors for the good 'ole bloggity blog. I do know roughly how to DIY vectors and I'll admit that the idea of creating a few sets for sale on Etsy has crossed my mind a few times but I worry that the quality won't be high enough. I'm sure there's a Youtube tutorial on that, or a 'how to for dummies' book somewhere.

So I've had a fabulous day so far despite the tail end of this bloody cold. I had an appointment up at the old hospital this morning that I wandered up to, it's a nice walk up that way, then grabbed myself a coffee from the mobile coffee van (bless mobile vans), then figured I was hungry so headed over to Bel's Bakery for a tasty pie to shove into my face, and after I'd acquired pie I donned the headphones and walked home. Good stuff... and nice to get out and about! Ollie's toys arrived today, too, so he's got something to play with that isn't my hair. Not that I mind him hanging out on the back of my neck but it freakin' tickles.  

Oh... and I'm now officially inked. Check it out, peeps! And no, it didn't hurt. I'm already planning my next one! 

I need a coffee so I'll leave my rambling at that for today, and I hope whatever you do today you enjoy it and take a few moments to chillax. 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

In the garden...

Just a Sunday afternoon photo collage of some of the pretties currently in my garden. I've spent my entire day painting with watercolours, eating Maltesers and Pringles, hanging out with my feathered friend, watching movies, drinking coffee and crocheting! And a VERY good day had by me (and 'Bird'). Tomorrow is tattoo day WHOOP!

Now back to you in the studio, Dave.

Friday, 23 September 2016

I'm going to use the 'C' word

Oh yes, my Christmas heart is certainly a-flutter.

As any Christmas crafter knows now is the time to start on that list of handmade gifts and decorations, and perhaps the more hardcore Christmas crafters have already started on their lists! I've not set my sights too high this yes... usually the festive period comes with the disappointment of not making it through my list of handmade gifts on time. We've all been there with our Christmas card list at least! The Aries in me likes to start out with enthusiasm and high hopes, then it kind of fizzles off. Last year was the exception when I managed to crochet a little hanging stocking for every member of my family. This year I'm not completely sure what, if anything, I'm making as gifts but I do have my heart set on a pretty Christmas heart garland to hang above my kitchen window. That sounds callous of me not committing to hand making gifts but it's important that I not put the extra pressure o myself right now. If I do, I do. If not, it's not the end of the world.

Tonight is the beginning of a week I'll be spending at home alone. At this moment I'm propped up in bed watching World War Z and of course, writing.
I'm bloody knackered after this morning's early start and from being up so late last night with sick bubbas. It's only 8pm and it feels like midnight. I had some wonderful Thai food for dinner.. it seems Thai is my go-to fortnightly Friday food.

So the plan for the rest of the evening is to indulge in a little zombie movie watching, maybe crochet another heart for my garland and then sleeeeeep. Tomorrow I'm going to catch a bus into town and pick up a new cage for our newest family member. Meet 'bird'. He's a pretty little baby budgie who didn't have the best start to life. Too many of his wing feathers have been clipped and his tail feathers are a mess apparently from having a swing too close to the cage. He'll be right as rain though once they all grow back and I hope we'll provide him a happier home. He doesn't really have a name yet, I thought I'd let my eldest name him since technically Mr. Budgie is his birthday present but I have a feeling he may end up being called 'bird'.

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