This is me, trying to do some art and have some fun! AHOY THERE ME H-ARTY'S.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Mixed Media Mermaid

As usual I have left it so long between blogging.  I always think it's only been a week or so when it's usually closer to two weeks!  Time just seems to pass me by without me noticing at all.  Especially since I started working on Snow Bunnys Knits pretty much full time.  I'm super busy and always have a to-do list as long as my arm but because I enjoy knitting and crochet time does go a lot quicker than when i worked in retail.  I do worry about time though, that I'm not getting things done quickly enough, that I'm not updating my shop enough, that new ideas take too long!

Anyway, in a Blog a few months a go I wrote about starting a mixed media mermaid class that was taking me ages to do because i never had enough time (there's that phrase again) to do it.  I finally decided to dedicate a fixed day and time slot to art and I'm so glad I did!  I finally managed to finish her!

I didn't actually have all the right tools or colours but I just went for it anyway and despite the fact the paper is curling up like crazy (pretty sure I shouldn't have used cold pressed paper) and I went crazy with the spray ink at the end and covered her face in a light mist of blue, I'm very happy with the result!!

This is where I last took photos, i forgot to take photos as I was going though DUR!

 Adding colour to the background

 I probably should have left it at this point but I decided to add more colour!

I don't know if you can tell from here but her face is now darker where I tried to get rid of the blue spray :-P

Here is the finished painting.  It's terrible lighting so I will try and take a better one at some point!

I'm going to be starting a new class this week but I will most definitely be going back to the mermaid at some point, with better paper and different colours!  At least I can finally say I finished it though which is the main thing as I never seem to finish any of these personal projects at the moment! So I'm giving myself a pat on the back for that!!

I've also been trying to teach myself crochet and that's going very well indeed!  I'm trying to come up with cute amigurumi animals that i could maybe sell one day (looking in to CE testing has scared me slightly though :-P).

Here is what I have so far! You can't really tell in these pictures but the one on the top has come out a lot bigger because his body is fatter! I really like the big head of the bear though! I'm planning to use the same body and head so they all look similar even when they are different animals.  Which combo do you guys like best?  Ah decisions decisions!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Secret Santa

I'm still trying to catch up with my Christmas posts :-p I'm almost there!  Then I can try and catch up on all the arty stuff I've been doing over Christmas too!!

I participated in two Secret Santa's this time.  I love the idea of secret Santa, getting a complete surprise off someone who could be from anywhere.  For my secret Santa's a bought a few bits that I thought they would like from what I'd seen on FB and their Blogs and i tried to knit them a little something too.  I went to a really big Winter Arts market at the beginning of December so I got a few nice bits from there.  The only problem I have with these sorts of things is that I never know if I've bought enough!

I have to confess that I'm unsure which Secret Santa gift was from which one but either way the gifts where amazing!  The first one included a book about Gaudi, a frozen cocktail, a sketchbook, cat socks, chocolates, nail files and an incense oil burner.  I can't even tell you how amazing this gift is.  It's literally everything I love in one gift!  I am so grateful to Ally for these amazing gifts!

My second gift was from Gertie and me over on Facebook (Here).  These beautiful pieces were hand made for me and i adore them!!  I wasn't expecting something so amazing as these.  I haven't used them yet and I'm not sure if I will.  Again I was hugely grateful for the thought that went in to this.

So there you have my Secret Santa gifts for Christmas 2014.  I will definitely be doing it again this year if I get the chance.  I just hope that the recipients of my gifts liked them as much as I liked mine!!

Signing off for now!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Admittedly tho post should have been done around Christmas but in my defence I was still very ill at that point!  I had a terrible chesty cough that would wake me up in the night!  I barely left the house at all after going to my Boyfriends parents to give them their presents.  I slept a lot and we watched Lord Of The Rings in order.  This took up a good 3 hours of the day but I LOVE those films so I was happy.  I was falling asleep by 10:30 most nights!  Even so I had a really nice Christmas.  I woke up at about 7:30 but I let my boyfriend sleep in a bit, he came down at about fish so we could open the presents.

Tidus and Yuna from my fave computer game Final Fantasy.  These are my pride and joy!

Lovely red gift set.

My Christmas nails

Off one of my best friends and her Mum! Star Trek crafts though!

Off my longest serving and dearest friend.

From the Lovely Carmen.

From my friend Craig who knows how much I love Luigi :-P

This is so handy as I can put all of my current make up in it.

Luigi 3ds off my boyfriend

Commander Shepard from Mass effect

From my Boyfriends lovely Mum

More off my Boyfriend.

He went a little bit crazy

Crochet book@

More Luigi.

From another one of my dearest friends.  This refers to The Rock who used to be in WWE...I adore him! :-P

I have the best friends, they all know me so well and spoil me rotten at Christmas and my Birthday.  I did tell my boyfriend off though as he bought way too much this year!  I still have a few presents to give out myself as I didn't get to visit everyone.  We spent the day watching Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, eating chocolates and making Lego.  I bought my boyfriend a giant Lego Millennium Falcon which took I'm 2 full days to build!

I find Christmas and New Year quite hard since I lost my Mum and Dad.  They were very big Christmas people too and we'd spend the day together having a laugh and eating too much chocolate. The last few Christmases have not really been that great or I can't even remember them because they went in a blur but this year I actually felt OK.  I guess it will never e the same again but at least now I know they will get better and having such wonderful friends around me really does help!

So even though I am SUPER late I do hope you all had a lovely Christmas too :-)

Saturday, 27 December 2014

So now you're back from outer space.....

OK so I haven't been to space but I have been gone waaaaaay longer than I had planned!  I've been so ill over my Birthday and Christmas! I've only left the house once since 15th December! It started as a cold, then I had terrible sinus pain.  I couldn't sleep because the pain was so bad.  My head was stuffy and I felt quite nauseous! Then I developed a chesty cough which I still have now! Despite all that I actually had a very nice Christmas and Birthday!

My Birthday was spent mostly on the couch, I fell asleep a couple of times but we did get Pizza and watch Hercules with The Rock in (I adore The Rock :-P) and I got some lovely presents.

A DIY vinyl Turret from the game Portal, I can't wait to paint this! Also a creeper hair bow and super cute cat mug!

My adopted Donkey Toby :-D

Thank you Carmen! I can't wait to colour this in!

This is an amazing Unicorn necklace.  I have no idea why the photo has turned itself back round the wrong way after I edited it!!

The Lion King is my fave Disney film! Also going to be knitting some cats!!

Guardians of the Galaxy Groot figure and soundtrack.

Such a pretty photo album.

Eduardo the Llama and cute stationary.

More Vinyl toys.

CSI box set, I am SO pleased with these.

Pretty Swatch watch.

Crochet book and nano blocks.

Pretty Unicorn dress.

I'm so lucky to have such lovely friends who know me so well.  I've already started playing with the doodle colouring book and the nano blocks!  Next on my list is the Zoo animals crochet book.  I am determined that this year will be the year I learn to crochet properly!!  I am also determined i WILL blog more! I keep saying this and it never happens!!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, I am going to try and catch up with my Blog reading now! Ah wish me luck as I'm pretty far behind :-P 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Baby you're a firework, come on show em what you're worth.......

In case you hadn't guessed from the title this post is about Bonfire night! First things first though I BLOGGED TWICE WITHIN 7 DAYS!! Go me haha!! Clearly time management is my strong point this week!! I'm typing this post listening to Ne-Yo and I'm feeling pretty happy! I go through phases of listening to music but when I do I always feel like dancing :-)

Anyways on to Bonfire night! For the last few bonfire nights I've been in work and unable to really go to a display or anything as I was either in until late and missed it completely or by the time I got in from the earlier shift and had my tea I didn't want to go out int he cold again! This year I had heard there was going to be a craft fair on at the same time as the fireworks so I thought why not!  Turns out it was a great idea.  The craft fair was held in this lovely Victorian glass Palm House they have in out Local Park.

This isn't actually a great picture as the light was all odd! But you can just about make out the shape.  You can also get married here, that really would be amazing!!  Outside they had a load of different food stalls!  I ended up with Churros and Belgian chocolate and  a lovely hot chocolate drink! My boyfriend got a hot dog and some gluwein, which I believe is a German hot mulled wine thing but I may be wrong!

WE had a nose around the craft bit too! I love craft fairs, people are just so talented! After that we made our way to were the display was.  I must admit I'm not a massive fan of fireworks when they aren't in a professional display because I always think they are going to land on me and I HATE sparklers! I like to took at them but they terrify me! The display was remembrance day themed and was very good!

It was hard to get good photos but I gave it my best shot :-P We decided to go back to the craft fair again and get some more food.  We ended up with soup, muffins and burgers :-P It was a very food filled night indeed! At this point it was literally freezing, i had no gloves or hat and only my thin autumn scarf on.  We hadn't noticed but it was really foggy too!

It was a good night though so I'm glad we went, even if my fingers were about to drop off in the end haha!!

So that's it for bonfire night! Now I have a photo of the project I was working on all last week!  The customer has received it and seems very pleased with it so that's made me happy too! I already have an order for another one!  It's not in my shop at the moment because I didn't have time to take good photos of it but I do have a couple of ones I took on my phone!

Ta-dah!  What do you all think? The ears are quite big on this one and I would probably do them a little smaller but as I say the customer really liked it so yay!! I'm dying to experiment with different animals!! I've seen a lovely wool that would make a great polar bear :-P I'm just waiting for the wool to arrive before I start the next one!!  Check out Snow Bunnys Knits for more of my knitting...sorry for the shameless self promotion there :-P

Anyways bye for now :-)

Monday, 17 November 2014

Crazy about.......Barcelona!

Ok, so it has been waaaaaaay longer than I planned since my last Blog post! I had a request for my biggest order yet for a snood so I've been working on it none stop since last week!!  It's almost done now though so here I am back in Blog land :-)  I will hopefully be able to post some photos of the special order in the next few days!

Those of you who know me or have been following my Blog will know about my love for Barcelona! There is nothing about the place that I don't like! I love the weather, the atmosphere, the architecture, the culture everything! I would live there if I could, I guess I still hope to one day! I've visited a few times now, and hope to go back again soon.  I love visiting the Sagrada Famillia, it is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen, designed by Antonio Gaudi it should be completed in 2024!

This is a picture i took when I was there in May! This is only one side of it, it has 4 facades that are all different.  The inside is wonderful too, beautiful columns and stain glass windows! 

I bought a make your own paper model version of it when I was away and i can't wait to start it! But on a recent trip to Home Bargains I found a Nano Blocks version of the Sagrada Famillia! Nano Blocks are like Lego but the blocks are a lot smaller.  This is supposedly to make the models more detailed but I'm not sure how true that is! I HAD to buy it!  I don't know if you ever get one of those moments where you literally have to buy something but this was definitely one of those moments!!

I can't even tell you how pleased I am with this :-P To me it is the best thing in the world, even if it doesn't look EXACTLY like it! I've put it pride of place on my shelves in my work room.  It makes me smile when I look at it.  It did take me a few days but I did it as I sat and watched Star Trek....yes I am that cool :-P

That's it for now really! As I say I've been holed up for over a week knitting like a crazy lady haha! I'm off now to have a nose at all your wonderful Blogs!!