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Would you like to see where I create? I’m everso nosey and love a look round the internet to see how others organize their creative spaces, so today I’ll share a picture of my studio. Its during a project so there’s STUFF everywhere ;)

In the studio; my work desk, paint everywhere hehe

In the studio; my work desk, paint everywhere hehe

To the right of this is, more cupboard space and what was drying area..before I covered it in other stuff oops

In the studio; the right hand side of the room

In the studio; the right hand side of the room

Its no good I refuse to show you the other side of the room, its a mess! Yup worse than these two sides. Its an orgazined mess, in that there are things I’ve made, and stuff for making things, mostly in boxes but it looks like a horders dumping ground (which it kinda is) but I’m too ashamed to put that pic out there {blushes}

Instead a close up of the ATC project I was working on at the time I took these pictures, check out my ‘new to me’ paint colours, pastel! Yes I’m still in shock too, they are very nice but I’m still getting used to what to do with them and what colours they will play nicely with.

In the studio: A close up of the creative space

In the studio: A close up of the creative space

Hope you have enjoyed a look round my studio, maybe I’ll post some more pics soon of after the tidy up ;) Holler if you want to see the ‘after’ pictures hehe.

Where do you create? Love a nosey round studios online, go on show us your studio pics and maybe we can have our own little blog hop, post your craft room pics in a blog post and link up in your comments below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

 

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Last Friday 4th July these two beautiful baby Rainbow budgies came home with us. The one with the yellow face I’ve called Sunshine and the blue one I’ve called Charlie. They were born 1 may 2014.

Sunshine (at the back) and Charlie (at the front) Rainbow budgies.

Sunshine (at the back) and Charlie (at the front) Rainbow budgies.

Sunshine was a bit sneezy on Monday but they were both perky enough, however on Wednesday morning Charlie started breathing hard and fast and wheezing! Although at times, he looked like everything was fine and was eating and drinking, preening and playing, when you looked under his tail you could see he was still breathing far too fast. DH phoned the avian vet and we took them both over in the afternoon. By that time Charlie’s wheezing was worse and more noisy. They were amazing in the car, I talked to them all the way and when I peeped under the cover both were sitting on the perch near me, like it was helping them.

The vet was too worried about handling them with Charlie’s breathing so fast, and they had to stay in. The vet thinks its a repertory infection of some kind given the sneezing Sunshine had exhibited previously and they would have had the condition before we brought them home but the stress of moving them to home had likely set it off.

Sunshine looked it better shape as her breathing was ok but the vet thinks she’s likely a carrier and her immune system was just stronger than Charlie’s. They needed antibiotic injections :( and would need another each day so although I was heartbroken to be parted from them so soon, it was important to do what ever would give them the best chance of survival. So they are in there till Saturday so they can be kept medicated as needed and nebulised/ crop fed if necessary. So worried for them they are so little, the shop said they were born 1 May 2014 and they looked so small in the cage, it broke my heart as they are so bonded to each other, quite tame about hands at the moment and also were just at the stage where both were taking millet from my hand through the bars, its a critical time for our bonding and taming. But I just want them fit and well.

Luckily thanks to an online forum I already knew where our nearest avian vet was, they are excellent and have treated our other birds for many years.

Sunshine (yellow face) and Charlie my two Rainbow budgies. Just over 2 months old.

Sunshine (yellow face) and Charlie my two Rainbow budgies. Just over 2 months old.

Please send healing thoughts and prayers for their recovery. The vet phoned Thursday morning to say no change to Charlie but only had the one dose of antibiotics yet so it was what they would expect at this point. Sunshine is still doing ok. At least Charlie made it through the night which I had worried about last night.

Billie

Always know where a proper Avian vet is BEFORE you get birds! Its heart-breaking enough when they get poorly but many vets are not highly trained for birds and the birds are very vulnerable when they get sick and need expert assistance as soon as you see issues. Birds are also very good at hiding illness, at first glance Charlie looked ok but look closer and his breathing issues were still apparent. Time is a deal breaker for weather they survive a health issue, you don’t want to be doing a search for a vet at the last minute.

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I love Craftsy but get very annoyed at how hard it is to stream their videos smoothly. I tried their suggestions;

  1. Watch in Google Chrome (this is a must the platform seems to hate anything else)
  2. Let Craftsy test your connection and choose the best speed at which to send you the video
  3. Press play, then pause for a while then replay

But it was so much simpler than that in the end.

How to turn off the High Definition option on Craftsy videos

  1. Use Google Chrome (this seems a must)
  2. Having chosen let Craftsy decide on the stream rate, then press play on the video you want to watch
  3. This is the key bit. On the right hand side, just under the video you will see a ‘HD’ logo, meaning the video is High Definition, all you do is right-click on it to TURN OFF the HD. Yey happy dance, it worked a treat!!!!!

When I clicked play the video gave the dotted polo for 5 seconds then the whole video played the smoothest I’ve ever had it play. I was watching upstairs with the laptop on a wired connection rather than WiFi as a usually do but I can arrange to be on that now and then but this simple toggle off of the HD has solved my issues.

So I humbly apologise to Craftsy for my grumpy rant on Twitter the other day, this has allowed me to watch your excellent videos at last. I’d have bought more long ago had I been able to watch them.

To all those people swearing at their computers or cursing their internet and the Craftsy platform I hope sharing this will help you too to get the videos you want to see to work on your PCs.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :) :) :) :)

 

 

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Just found out that I’ve been blogging with WordPress for 6 years, they just told me it was my blog birthday :) Do join me for a slice of virtual birthday cake and share your thoughts about this blog. What do you love to read about here, what are your favourite parts or things you’d like to see more of.

Reader wise the blog feels a little neglected compared to the number of people subscribed to the You Tube channel, so if you love this blog do tell others about it. I’ve always blogged for the joy of writing and sharing the links that I’ve found so helpful to save others hours or days of searching for good suppliers and resources. Over the years more subjects have been added and you are likely to see some more articles relating to stationary popping up as I’ve rediscovered my passion for it.

Goals for the next 6 years?

Well I hope to still find interesting things to write about and share with you all the projects I’ve made. I’d really like to get back to making some more videos, when I have some new techniques to share.

As long as you keep visiting, I’ll keep writing. So here’s to the next 6 years, who knows where we will all be by then!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Did you know there was a You Tube channel for this blog? Come and see the trailer and the new look You Tube channel.

Its been a while since I posted a video, due to health and computer issues but DH has sorted out how to get videos online again, and  I was able to create this new trailer.

Hope you like it and I look forward to creating some new videos for the channel, this year. Thanks for sticking with me during my technical difficulties ;) Just need some good weather now, to let me record some new tutorials. I’m thinking marbling, gelli, stencils?

Links

If you liked the trailer, do come and visit me on You Tube, where you can see the new look channel. I’ve gathered related videos into playlists, so I hope you will find it easier to get to the videos, you most want to see.

Do let me know in your comments, what you think about the new design & layout. If you have any requests for projects or techniques you would like to see tutorials for, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Firstly I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Regular readers will know that I don’t go in for New Years resolutions but instead for goals, things I’d like to try in the New Year. Stuff that will make me happy, rather than resolutions that always seem more about giving yourself a hard time.

So here we go, in 2014 I’d like to try the following

Dressmaking

Well making my own clothes. I’d like to make trousers that fit me as I can’t find them in shops, so if I make my own then I can get the fit I’m after, in fabrics I like. It would also be nice to try to make a few skirts as I seem to have reached the age/shape that can’t get away with wearing shorts anymore :( Bit of a dilemma, as I don’t have the feet that go with skirts but that is a whole different story.

This goal has started well, as I was very lucky to bag a dressmakers dummy on Ebay before Christmas so fingers crossed, that will help me sort out a fit for my clothes. I’ve also been collecting dressmaking books and later on last year discovered Threads DVDs, which are wonderful. Craftsy is superb but our internet connection isn’t strong enough to stream the video, so the DVDs from Threads and from Palmer/Pletsch have covered shirts, trousers and now upper body fitting too. Being a visual learner they have been fantastic.

Bring back Art

Doodling

On the art front, because I haven’t turned my back on that, just that my hands let me down last year, I’m having a go at doodling. Years ago I used to doodle quite a lot, but after seeing Zen doodling and Zen Tangle its renewed my interest. I’d like to find out a bit more about Tangling but it makes my eyes go funny, they remind me of optical illusions. That said, doodling shapes and patterns appeals and I fancy giving it a go. It seems to be a nice peaceful way of letting your mind wander and helps you relax. I still couldn’t quite get to grips with art journalling, either because I put too much pressure on myself, in the quest for the ‘perfect page’ or ended up with pieces I didn’t want to share online as they were too personal. So doodling it is, here’s to chilling out with art supplies. :) :) :)

Gelli Arts

The most burning ambition I have on the art front, is to try a Gelli plate. Other things kept coming up and taking the budget and I never quite got round to getting one last year. I had it in my head that I ‘needed’ the 8 x 10″ one, so I could make book covers and that the 6x 6″ plate would be too small. The price of the 8 x10″ one put me off, so round and round I went. I haven’t resolved those issues so when budget allows I hope to get a 6 x 6″ one and give it a go. In all honesty, I haven’t really the space to store a larger one anyway but it would have been nice to have more space on the plate to play on. There I go again DOH!!! Better a small space to Gelli rather than no Gelli at all.

In the meantime, until the light and my dexterity improves, I have my Christmas books n DVDs to read/watch so that will keep me busy. How about you, do you have creative goals for 2014? Do let me know what you would love to create in 2014.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of my creative Christmas gifts from my wonderful husband and friends.

Creative Christmas Goodies of 2013

Creative Christmas Goodies of 2013

Alison Smiths Dressmaking book has been on my wishlist for ages and there are some really good pattern designs in the back as well as all the helpful how too guides along the way.

The Threads DVDs are brilliant, I bought the first one in the series (ignore Amazon UK saying they are for region 1 only, our DVD player can’t play region 1 and they play fine.) They are NTSC but both our TV and DVD player can accommodate this. DH added to my collection with season two and three, have only had chance for a quick look but they are like the first season in that they take you from no prior knowledge of dressmaking and hold your hand along techniques and materials as well as a few projects to demonstrate the concepts they are showing. If you are new to dressmaking and feeling overwhelmed head over to Amazon or Threads magazine online.

The Calligraphy set is optimistic, I begged for the wooden box set when I first saw it as the inks work and dry over acrylic paint, so they will be wonderful for art journalling. The full on pen set is optimizom on DHs side. I used to do a little calligraphy but my fine motor skills especially after last years crochet incident make it beyond me (at least for now).

Really hoping that I can bring some art back into my life in 2014, I have sorely missed it this year.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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