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Here is a picture of a recent Zentangle I drew.

Getting Tangled with Zentangle

Getting Tangled with Zentangle

I’m learning to Zentangle to help me relax and the principle of doing something repetitively and with no pressure works. The book I’m using is;

One Zentangle a Day book.

One Zentangle a Day book.

Not getting along overly well with it, there are a lot of tangles in it and it has more wording than I’ve seen on previews of other Zentanlge books on Amazon preview, but I’m not sure how and when to turn the card, so kinda winging it. I also get the feeling that the style show in the way it is in the book puts pressure on and leads you to over think things a bit.

I have really enjoyed Tiffany’s tutorials on Zentangle on You Tube as you see the tangle created and are then able to use the design show in a more freestyle way. Have to say I’m on the fence about Zentangle, the relaxation part works but as yet haven’t created something that I ‘love’ at the other end. Maybe because I’m still learning. There seem to be a lot of ‘rules’ about Zentangle which to me flies in the face of it being a calming thing. But hey, I guess The Tea ceremony and calligraphy are also zen like activites and they too have a set way of doing things, so maybe it isn’t so strange.

Do you tangle? Would love to see what you have drawn, there seems to be a wide range of ways people use this art form. If you have found any great tutorial sites do let me know and I’ll try and add them to the Art tab at the top of the blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Thanks to all those who offered words of support while they baby budgies were in the vets. I’m happy to report they were able to come home after 5 days, then we had to give them oral antibiotics for a week or so and now they are in much better spirits and health. I had to learn how to catch them with a cloth, like the vet did and moving their cage to the coffee table so it was a different way round while we did all this and then returning it to its usual position afterwards has kept them chilled with hands and not too territorial about their cage. I put my hand in to change seed pot and offer treats or toys most days.

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.

They have settled well and developed their personalities, Sunshine is a dear little soul, very sweet natured, she will eat millet through the bars from me as well as from my palm in the cage, she nibbles my hand but doesn’t bite. She loves to play but is getting pushed aside more and more by Charlie which is making her more timid.

Charlie who was chosen first for his/her colouring is proving to be a GIRL! I’m not being sexist here by my following comments, just classic girl budgie! She is gobby, she is pushy, she is a really hard biter! She is getting tame in that she will hop on and off my hand for food or toys but once they are gone she bites and gnaws at me :( Girl budgies are like that, moody and can be viscious. I’m hoping she’ll improve in a few months and that I can introduce them to Robin in the big cage once quarantine is over. Vet said 3 months, a month to get over the infection and then the usual 2 months wait.

I had to put them on a plainer diet as the Premium Pets At home seed has oats in which was getting them hyped but in the small quarantine cage not enough room to fly off the energy and it got them very bicker with each other. Charlie also enjoys throwing everything in beak range! Veg I can understand, my other flock did that too, but since I stopped with the oat filled seed she has taken to grabbing beakfuls of the plain seed and spitting it out uneaten on the floor?! Later they both go down on the floor to eat some?!

Baby birds sure do do some odd things! but love them lots and will take the scars to help them get used to hands bringing toys or millet etc.

Links

I joined a new budgie forum called Adorable Budgies its wonderful, lots of budgie chat from wonderful friendly people. If you have and love budgies do come and visit them too.

Best wishes

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a new Filofax page that I designed for planning meals for using with my A5 Finsbury.

Filofax Meal Planner: A5 page

Filofax Meal Planner: A5 page

When life gets hectic and you want to keep on track of meal planning for shopping lists etc, this is helpful. Especially if like me you have a terrible memory.

I designed this using Serif Page Plus 7 software, and was very pleased with how it turned out. Page Plus is great for designing layouts like this in as there is a table function and you can set your page margins so you make sure you aren’t designing in an area that will be punched through. I like to leave the pages clean for those I’ll be writing more in, but you could always use rubber stamps, doodling or Zentangle to embellish your pages.

Hope you like it. I’m playing with the idea of making some of these pages as downloads at some point, please leave me a comment to let me know if you would be interested in Filofax downloads, if there is enough interest I’ll look into how to achieve it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share a pic of my new sewing book

Pattern Making book

Pattern Making book

Its Patternmaking for a perfect fit by Steffani Lincecum. I took her Patter Drafting from Ready to Wear class on Craftsy (once I worked out how to turn the HD off) and loved the class. She mentioned her book during the first episode and as our connection to the internet is flakey I decided to order the book. The class online covered using your favourite item of clothing and creating a paper pattern from it.

I have a shirt which I love and wear lots but fashions change so fast that there isn’t anything quite like it around and getting something to fit is so tricky I would love to make a copy of this shirt. Its got to be almost 20 years old so no chance of getting a replacement. In the book Steff covers making patterns from; a skirt, a dress, a blouse and a handbag. I’d like to copy some trousers but the online class assured me that once you have your head around the technique the same principles apply to any garment.

I attempted to copy a t-shirt which, I thought would be a simple place to start but I’ve managed to get the shoulder pieces different widths for front and back so I’ll have a good read of the book to see where I’ve gone wrong. I used the jigsaw together type of play mat that I bought for blocking knitting stuff on to pin the shirt too and pin through to the paper, found a spiky tracing wheel in my late Mother’s sewing box. The concept went well, just need more practice.

The book also makes mention of how to approximate how much fabric your pattern will need and some assembly tips too. I’ll do a full review once I’ve had chance to have a proper read. In the mean time if you want a copy for yourself the ISBN number is; 978-0-8230-2666-1

Still trying to work out how to pad the dressform I bagged on Ebay last winter. She’s got as far as a bra on her padded to size but I’m struggling how to get the rest of her to size no wonder I can’t buy clothes that fit eh! I’d love to drape on her but being an adjustable one the gaps are a problem. Being 5′ 3″ the top section is going to be ok with the form closed, some padding in the bra sorts out the bust. There is quite a gap in the lower section so I’m considering closing the form and mummifying her to the lower proportions. It would be nice if Crafsty did a class on how to transfer your body measurements to a dress form and how to pad one, it sure explains why there are so many forms on the auction sites, sounds like others get overwhelmed and just sell them on too.

What are you sewing at the moment? If you have a well loved item that you would love to recreate check out

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Do you have a Filofax? Like to design and make your own pages? In today’s post I will be reviewing; Rapesco Diary Punch 66-P its just what you need for many sizes of Filofax organizer.

Punch for Filofax organizers; Rapesco Punch

Punch for Filofax organizers; Rapesco Punch

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Rapesco Diary Punch 66-P
  • Item number
  • RRP at time of writing:

Reason For Buying

I invested in a number of organizers over the years, in different sizes but I wanted to make my own pages so needed a punch. This one was great as it will let you punch different spaced holes for more than one size of binder.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Adjustable spacing for the 6 holes. They are set in two groups of three holes.
  • Respect the number of pages it wants to cut and it will last for years. Don’t force it to do more than its designed for.
  • Punches holes for Pocket, and Personal size Filofax organisers.
  • With a little practice will punch A5 Filofax pages too.

Cons

  • Haven’t got any

Build Quality

Excellent. Metal body and has lasted very well I’ve had mine over 14 years and although its had light use it still works fine.

Value for Money

Superb, the fact one punch will work for multiple sizes of page is brilliant.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes

Summing up

This punch has done everything asked of it, you can punch several 80gsm weight papers at a time and I’ve also punched 220gsm card with it. It happily punches holes for Pocket sized Filofaxes and by widening the gap between the sets of three holes you can also punch for Personal size pages.

Setting for Pocket Size Filofax page punching

Rapesco Punch 66-P; set for Pocket size Filofax page punching

Rapesco Punch 66-P; set for Pocket size Filofax page punching

Setting for Personal size Filofax Pages

Rapesco Punch 66-P; set for Personal size Filofax page punching

Rapesco Punch 66-P; set for Personal size Filofax page punching

With a little experimentation you can also use if for A5 Filofax pages, by tracing though your pre punched page and making a card template. You need to punch three holes at a time only for the A5 then turn you page over to do the other three but its possible, making it even more versatile. Because its punching 6 holes you could NOT use it for MINI size Filofax as they have only 5 holes.

Links

If you would like to see a video demonstration of this product for the A5 page leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. Any questions just leave me a comment.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Studio Tour

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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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Today I would like to share a free download with you. A calendar page for August 2014.

Free calendar Page August 2014

Free calendar Page August 2014

How to Use

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Click on File, then choose landscape option for paper orientation.
  • Click Print

To Change the size of the calendar

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Right Click and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • You can print it as, is or open a Word Processing program and insert the image. (Once it is on your machine.) This will give you more control of the final size of the calendar page.

Feel free to tell your friends about this offer and forward them a link to this site. If you missed this month’s calendar page you can find it on the Calendar Downloads page.

Let me know what you think, of these calendar pages. If comments suggest this is popular…it just might become a regular feature.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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