Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Life documented 

Week 38: Theme for September-Admit You're Happy-Do what makes you happy 

Quote: It is not how much you have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Prompt: Use very basic supplies to create an art journal page, focusing on technique, not art supplies.Technique: Use paper and scissors to create your own circles, or any other shapes that make you happiest.

Week 39 

Theme: Admit your happy do what makes you happy

Quote: The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.  It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. Ashleigh Montague

Prompt :Use distress inks to make your journal page background and add pockets to represent what makes you happy.  I have decided to do seven pockets which represent family, art,Christmas,  birds and nature, sewing, tea and friends. .so many things make us happy.

Life documented & Journal 52

Week 40 

Theme: Admit your happy do what makes you happy. Quote: How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and colour are their last few days.  John Burrows

Prompt:  To use something from nature to create a spread that represents the changing of the coming season.//FALL: Descend freely by the force of gravity. The season when leaves fall from trees: Autumn. Synonyms: Descent, dive, decline, diminish, drop, decrease, fall off, reduction. Prompt: Create a spread that honours fall – either the season, or the experience of falling (away from, into, out of…). Oracle: What is falling away? What are you falling into? What are you falling out of?

Journal 52

NURTURE:To help someone or something grow. To hold something, such as an idea or a strong feeling, in your mind for a long time. Synonyms: Cultivate, encourage, incubate, foster, nourish. Prompt: Create a spread that celebrates the things that nurture you/the ways you nurture yourself/the way you nurture others. Oracle: What needs to be nurtured in your life right now?

STRENGTH:The quality or state of being physically or emotionally strong. The ability to resist being moved or broken. The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way. Synonyms: Energy, force, might, muscle, potency, power, vigour. Prompt: Create a spread that celebrates your most potent strengths. Use strong, bold, forceful colours & symbols.  Oracle: Where is your strength required at this time? Where can your strengths be most useful? What force are you exerting? How strong are you feeling? How might you feel stronger?

Art journal journey 
Week 40 

  1. Image: sports/ball/equipment. Word: challenge. Prompt: the science of solitude. Technique: stamp your page with bubble wrap or other unique texture. Quote: don't take every challenge as a problem, take every problem as a challenge.

Sunday, 15 October 2017


I've started to play catch-up....

Life documented 

Week 37 Quote: Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.  Paramahansa Yogananda (From Brainy Quotes)Prompt: Use a stamp as your focal point.Technique: Stamp, collage and drippy paint

Art journal journey 

Week 38 Door / entrance 

Week 39 Image: letter or mail. Word: connection. Prompt: write a letter to your future self. Technique: incorporate dictionary definitions or pages. Quote: connection is the energy that is created between two people when they feel seen, heard & valued.

Our inchie is bear...

A little button that has been in my collection for about a decade!

And finally I thought I'd share a picture of my new thumb's a silver Demi-tasse coffee spoon!

Saturday, 7 October 2017


The weekend came around very quickly and it's almost time for me to return home to Scotland, the foliage has been slow to turn this visit thanks to some warm weather which has been very welcome.

We had several days out visiting Freeport, old Port where a couple of cruise ships were in, cape Elizabeth lighthouse where my stepdaughter got married, even got somewhere new...Gardiner - we went over Columbus weekend for the Swine & Stein event and I drank some very nice local cider or cidah as they say around these parts!

Sunday we went to the Fall Festival in Freeport & I got a new silver ring!

It's time for me to share my latest inchie....

And my next post will be made from Scotland, we return on Wednesday's gone by so fast :-(

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Still away

I managed to get my hands on a dylusions journal with 40% off voucher this week but no way of doing anything art wise! 

We went back to Freeport this week and had a wander round taking more photos...

And enjoying an excellent lunch at Jameson's Tavern

Thursday we went to the Cumberland fair, lost my purse...but it was handed in Intact! I was a very happy girl :-) and the kids were delighted to watch the Monster Trucks, personally the fair has now become old news - the stalls are just so much tat and numbers seem to decrease year on year, replaced by yet more food stalls. All the nice craft ones have disappeared.
Saturday was the Maine lakes Brewfest and we arrived later than normal. The weather was cooler than usual  so we still haven't worked out why the bill started to run out by 230!
On Sunday Bill and our son in law Joe went off  down to Boston to watch Patriots playing American football at their home ground.
Nicki, the grandchildren and I went to get some fresh doughnuts from a local orchard but the lines were too long and then we planned to go to a local beading shop my grandson loves visiting but they were closed! We ended up going for ice cream & then onto go karts.....

Well, a little art on a Monday with my inchie for this week: chameleon!

A good week to you all & ill be back soon.....

Sunday, 24 September 2017


we have flown across the pond and are now in Maine, the colourful Fall has yet to happen locally but we plan to head into the white mountains on Monday so we shall see if things are better there.
Today we are going on a boat trip but we have had a busy week....

Chainsaw carved animals in Freeport at the LLBean "campus"

Metal scrap artwork in Wolfeboro... I wish I could show the fabulous opals that are sold there!

Apple picking yesterday at Thompson's orchard where they do hay rides...

And I have 1 small piece of art this week, my inchie, and it's got nothing to do with the sea!
Boa....but I chose to do snakeskin as I'm not keen on snakes!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

I'm off

I Art prompts galore 

SEPT 12-17: vintage// SCAVENGER : purple: postage stamps, pale  yellow stencilled DI (through sequin waste), something round (sequin waste), something  postal related postage stamps, something with handwriting on it: an envelope , some stamping,a bingo card, scrapbook paper, a piece from your scrap bin: the hand written envelope , white paint or gesso. I managed the vintage part in so far as the stamps all came from my dad's house and the envelope goes back to our time in Abu Dhabi....we left there in 1978 but dad left in 1975!

The British stamps are all pre decimalisation!

Journal 52: EBB: The flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea. A flowing backward or away. Synonyms: Abatement, decrease, diminution, dwindling, retreat, subsidence, wane, waning, withdrawal. Prompt: Create a spread that honours the ebb of the year, or an ebbing that is happening in your life right now. Where are you withdrawing? Where are you pulling in your energy and away from what? Oracle: What is receding, easing up, or lessening in your life at this time? What should you be ebbing away from? How are you allowing ease? What is your relationship with rest?

I wanted rippled sand so I used a chocolate baroque stamp with antique linen distress ink and clear embossing powder. I then used more of the same ink to colour the paper. For the Seaglass I resorted to another stamp from the same set because my printer was not talking to my iPad. Using hydrangea big and juicy inkpad i almost got what I wanted. Another stamp using black ink of a parent and child searching on the sea shore at low tide shows one of my favourite pastimes.

Finally here is my latest inchie, it's supposed to be a trout! Sorry it looks a tad blurred.

We are all set to head across the pond so be on the lookout for colourful foliage soon....

Sunday, 10 September 2017

And more

Life documented 

To create our very own art gallery.. Technique: Create mini pieces of art using a variety of mediums and techniques (ink spray, threads, sewing techniques, sketching etc). Quote:   Creativity takes courage.  - Henry Matisse


Art journal journey 
Image: house or apartment. Word: sanctuary. Prompt: write about the greatest source of comfort in your life. Technique: make your page using the mosaic technique. Quote: it takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Life documented 

Prompt: To use school supplies. Technique:      Using a variety of school supplies feel free and go back to basics. Quote: “I’m still    learning.” – Michelangelo, age 87

Colour me positive 
  1. Embrace uncertainty- some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later.

Art prompts galore 

TOUCH OF COLOUR//SCAVENGER: orange , black, ticket or stub, washi tape, napkin, magazine image, stamped image, piece of music sheet

We are still following a marine theme with our inchie this week....starfish 
And so ends another week and this time next Sunday I shall be flying across the Atlantic to see the family in Maine so my craft time will be on hold and I shall be playing catchup again in mid October!