Monday 25 August 2014


At the moment all other projects are on hold because I am working on ideas for the 4th Artist's Trading Card Swap organised by Ali of Very Berry Handmade.

This is my first card for this swap - I have a few ideas and have volunteered to be a swap angel, so I will have to make at least two.  The theme is "Getting Away from it All" and this scene, which I also photographed for my blog header, is one of my favourite places to do that.  It shows the Bass Rock from the coast.

This is where I have got with it - I'm not sure whether to call it finished.

It is not quite as wonky as it looks from the photos but I had difficulty turning it and I think I may have to unpick it and go back to the drawing board.  Or maybe I have to learn not to be too much of a perfectionist!

Thought it might make you laugh you to see how shamefully messy I am.  The card is only 2.5 x 3.5 inches, but it took this to create it.

I am very happy to have been invited by Nesta of the lovely blog Ella and Nesta's Little Room to take part in a Round the World Blog Hop.  Each blogger on the hop writes a post answering some questions about their creative process and gives a mention to a handful of other blogs.  Nesta has her own Blog Hop post today - please check it out, and if you are visiting from there hello:-)   I'll be doing my own Hop post next Monday, so I hope you might come back and see what's going on here.

Friday 15 August 2014

Back in the saddle again - ATC swap

Once again I have joined up with Ali at Very Berry Handmade and am taking part in the fourth of her Artist Trading Card swaps.

I love the challenge of making something very tiny - if you want, you can see some of my earlier efforts, but you should definitely check out the cards in the Flickr group where you can see ones from the current swap, both finished and in progress, and have a look at some of the others from previous swaps too.  They are all beautiful and the difference in techniques and choice of subject matters is always really interesting.

The theme of this swap is "getting away from it all" - to be interpreted in any way you like, so I'm having fun trying to think of things that this idea means to me, that would be in any way implementable in a 3.5 x 2.5 inch format!

Very Berry Handmade

I'm back!:-)

Apologies for running late with the Slow Blog linky!

We arrived back from our summer hols on Monday, school started again on Wednesday, and I am only just catching up.  I have one piece of creativity to report.  Terrible picture but you get the idea.  If you are having deja vus this is indeed another robot quilt for one of my nephews who was very envious of the one I made his brother.  As a loving auntie I obviously had to oblige.

The rest of the summer has gone by in a flash.  I spent a special birthday in the highlands with my beloved and had this view from my window

and views like this outdoors:

We climbed Arthur's Seat for a view of Holyrood House and the Firth of Forth,

and spent a week in this - first camping trip with children, and a great success largely due to fantastic weather and to camping next door to my in-laws, including my brother-in-law the professional chef!  

Back to reality with a bump now.  What about you?    If you are a Slow Blogger feel free to link up a post of creativity or other distractions!


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