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A Creative Weekend

As bloggers we are all creative. Creativity can take many forms and sometimes it’s good to indulge. Over the years I’ve found that doing something regularly is the best way to warm up the creative juices and find something we really enjoy. I’ve blogged about this before when I first joined postaday a few years ago. Now I still post every day – but in a variety of places according to topic. It isn’t the blogging every day that has been important but the doing something that has enabled me to go on and do more.Every day I squeeze in just 15 minutes (obviously more if I can) and do something creative. I keep misquoting Picasso – but as he said ‘Inspiration comes, but it has to find you working’

This coming weekend is destined to be a creative weekend why not join us? Find 15 minutes – more if the fancy takes you – and do SOMETHING! Maybe try something new – or indulge yourself in something you LOVE! Take a look here on Facebook This is the Friday page – but if Saturday or Sunday suit you better then there are events scheduled for then too. Then join us in the group It’s a closed group – that just means that you have to be approved. As it’s me doing the approving you can always let me know who you are blogwise if you wish. So far there are people from the UK, USA, SA,  Aus and NZ. Several from Europe too. After last year’s illness I’m still finding it difficult to do the things I really love – but I’m determined to get back into full flow this year and finish all my outstanding commitments and work on some new ideas.

I hope you will join us, but even if you can’t maybe you will spread the word. It could be a GREAT BUMPER WEEKEND. What qualifies? Almost anything – photography, writing, poetry, blogging, art, textiles, stitching, embroidery, quilting ….. even numbers are creative – so…… what’s your excuse? ;)

See you there…..

A word for the year?

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs with emphasis on a word for the new year. I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.

However,

I’m greedy!

Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. One word is not enough. I’m currently working with far more than one, but today I will only share one with you.

Change!

A New Year brings change, and who knows what the rest of the year has in store. I’m using these words in my art and the second one is Renew. It might be a while before you discover any more – there are quite a few.

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This doesn’t really count as a work of art – it’s just a quick expression.

Time for change – I can feel it happening already.

I need your help

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You have seen these before. I don’t think I told you much about them – and that’s because they are really just samples in preparation for a new body of work. I’ve done a few more since then, and am slowly working my way, now around stitching techniques.

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I spent some time this afternoon creating a few more surfaces – both fabric and paper – like the above. I’ll probably collage a few of them to get the feel of the colours and textures, and then it will time to get on with the stitching. The project is around Dementia and Alzheimers. As I’ve mentioned before my mother has the disease, and I know that it has had an emotional effect on every member of our family. I also know that there are more and more families being affected, and from what we hear the situation will become more and more widespread.

Have you been affected? If so I’d love to hear from you. I would like to hear about thoughts and feelings specifically, but anything you want to add will be treated in the strictest confidence. Some words might be included in the finished artwork, but anonymously and only with permission. If you aren’t specifically affected but know someone who is, please will you point them to this blog – or to the page accessed via the header above.

This will be a longterm project. If you wish to add to your initial information you can do so at any time. Please pass the word.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Companiable

It will come as no surprise to those of you that follow my blog on a regular basis to discover that I share my life with colour. In fact, I think you might be disappointed if I didn’t admit it! I am happiest when I am silently working on a project, whether I am using paper, or fabric. The following gallery is just a glimpse into part of my life. I am totally at ease and comfortable when I am engrossed.

These are just a few of the projects that have taken my time during the last few weeks. I didn’t dare show you all of them. I also included a picture of pears and a plum which is my current choice of inspiration. :) My poor husband tolerates my passion.

Full details of this challenge, and lots more information can be found here. Don’t forget to pop over to Just Snaps too.

Don’t forget to check out the links below too:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Stephen Chapman
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Ese’ s Voice
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable (Bee & Flower) | skpfoto
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Flickr Comments
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable – Joy and Woe
  6. My Companions | On the Streets of San Francisco
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companiable | So where’s the snow?
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | A Little British Pea …
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Travel Monkey
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable | Heather’s Photography
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | MixerUpper.com
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companions | Canoe Communications
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | iChristian
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companiable | Chittle Chattle
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Lonely Travelog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Create A Beautiful Life
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Irregular Ventilator
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Under the Monkey Tree
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable – Bench in a Garden | My.Vivid.Visions
  20. Companionable | Mitten’sKittens
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companiable | Just Snaps
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Wind Against Current
  23. My Therapy Dog | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge : Companionable | Moments In Your Life
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Joakim Knudsen Photography
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable – The Companions | My.Vivid.Visions
  27. Meet Leo « News of Ms. Roberts
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Stevie’s Words
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable « LargeSelf
  30. Cheap Materials Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companion | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | What Is It?!?
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | PSEUDOMONAZ
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | The Creation Around Me
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: ”Companiable” | SPH3RE
  38. Companionable Chaps | Empire of Lights
  39. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Companionable | Perfecting Motherhood
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companiable | suzie81’s Blog
  41. the PEEP SHOW: Weekly Photo Prompt | the TRASH BASH
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: No So Companionable | Slam on the Brakes, Pull Over, Take the Picture
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | Quirky Brunette
  44. This one goes out to “Bu” [a sketch] | so i wrote
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable | The Syllabub Sea
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable | Escape from Chaos
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companion | patriciaddrury
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable Pigs Gossipping | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable | This, that and the other thing
  50. Companion | de Wets Wild

Half way there!

Earlier this week I mentioned my attempt to raise £100 during June. As an update, I thought I’d let you all know that I’m already half way there. Thanks to everyone that has contributed, but thanks too to those who have spread the word. I know that we all have our favourite charities so don’t expect everyone to contribute, but spreading the word has resulted in at least a couple of the received donations.

If you want to follow my progress you can find a link to the card I make each day here. I also make a few more ‘Pot Luck’ cards which will be travelling with me later this month when I’m at a couple of selling venues. If I’m likely to see you at one of these you will be able to view them in person.

Crafty bits

Just a quick picture to share with you, I’ll be telling you more after the weekend. These are a few of the bits I’ve been busy with recently.

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I’m hoping they might raise some money for a very good cause. Promise I’ll tell you more very soon.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Color (Colour)

Now, you didn’t think I’d allow this Photo Challenge to pass by without an entry, did you? Honestly? Well, there’s one at Just Snaps too, because I play with colour each and every day. So here’s a gallery for you, some colour studies for an exhibition that will eventually rear it’s head before I know it…..

Now, what shall I find for Just Snaps?

More lovely colour to investigate:

  1. THE BABOON HOUSE, MALACCA | beyond toxicity
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Flickr Comments
  4. Colores en la esquina | La Mandraka
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Ese’s Voice
  6. The Eager Traveller
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | The Eager Traveller
  8. Color | Galang Pusa
  9. http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/weekly-photo-challenge-colour/
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | patriciaddrury
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge – Color (Colour) | Just Snaps
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Fotoreparatøren
  13. Colorful Tattoo Parlor | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | AC’s Sharing Spree
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | AC’s Sharing Spree
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | belgradestreets
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | « The Great Escape » Life from behind a lens
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | बंजारा
  19. Color « Thoughts of a Lunatic
  20. Photoworld 5-4-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  21. Culuhz | wingrish
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: (Color) | NYBOD Photography
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Festival of Colors – Holi | My.Vivid.Visions
  24. Absence Of Color | Eclipse
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose
  26. Color? Me? Color? Yes! | Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  28. WPC: Colour | eljaygee
  29. Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life | Life through a Lens
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | MixerUpper.com
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Children’s Books & More
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | My.Vivid.Visions
  33. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Color | Milka Pejovic
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: ”Color” | SPH3RE
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: COLOR | The Adventures of Iñigo Boy
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge – Colour | Just Sara
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | Three Ladybugs Like to Play
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge – Colour | Min lite av varje
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | ILEANA PARTENIE
  40. Colour me natural. | Multifarious meanderings
  41. Weekly photo challenge: color | fractionsoftheworld
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour – Yellows of Spring | Photograph: To draw in light.
  43. Look out color ahead | Le Drake Noir
  44. WordPress Photo Challenge: Colour | A year in the Life
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | paul dear photography
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color – Nothing Gold Can Stay | SERENDIPITY
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Mind Vibes
  49. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Color | Perfecting Motherhood
  50. Life in Color! | The Voice from the Backseat
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Wind Against Current
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color; The Baha’i Gardens | Stumbling Through Life
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | de Wets Wild
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Diary of Dennis
  55. WordPress Photo Challenge: Color | Woven Decor
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Northwest Frame of Mind
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Color | Lillie-Put
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour | A Little British Pea …

Weekly Photo Challenge – Love

Full details of the challenge can be found here. I’m not taking as easy a way out as you might think! The picture below illustrates not only a universal symbol of ‘Love’, but is made using a process that I ‘love’ to use.

Scraps of hand dyed paper stitched to make a new surface and applied to hand made paper

Scraps of hand dyed paper stitched to make a new surface and applied to hand made paper

There is another similar illustration on Just Snaps

Related posts:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love – Joy and Woe
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Flickr Comments
  3. WordPress Photo Challenge: Love « A year in the Life
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Ese’s Voice
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge – Love | Chittle Chattle
  6. Sculptured Love | Pseu’s Blog
  7. Baby Love « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge – Love | Just Snaps
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | desabrat
  10. Weekly Photo challenge; love « So where’s the snow?
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | my life afterglow
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Chronicles of Illusions
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love « re: fotograficart
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love « the thirdeyeworld
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love. — of the Sibling Sort. « mommyverbs
  17. Love is universal | Thirdeyemom
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Daddy’s Naughty Little Girl
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unspoken Love | My.Vivid.Visions
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Moonlight Reflections
  21. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: LOVE | Nam Writes.
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love « Connie’s World
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love Birds | My.Vivid.Visions
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Wind Against Current
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | LooknWalk
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love « « The Great Escape » Life from behind a lens
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Life With Mike and Lindy
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | The Patient Gardener’s Weblog
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love | Lucid Gypsy
  30. Love |
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Love « ourmulticolouredlife