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They got separated for a while but at last Oscar and his sister Grace were back together again. He has been teasing her, calling her Teddy, as she was wearing a teddy bear hat when he first saw her. She doesn’t care, she is just glad they are together again.

Brother and sister reunited

Oscar Jake and Grace and Holly the dog

Oscar would rather be outside playing with Holly the dog and he wants to show Grace his treehouse but Mum made them pose for these pictures for a while instead.

Oscar and Grace, March 2019

Here they are arm in arm, Oscar and his sister Grace.

It took a while to get this picture, they kept laughing and Holly the dog was jumping up and down barking a lot, so getting them to look at the camera wasn’t easy.

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Billie

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A new Yo-sd joined the family, her name is Grace and she is Oscars sister. Here she is meeting Holly the dog.

Rosen Lied, Tuesdays Child, Pansy with Ipplehouse Beagle

Grace spends time with Holly the beagle puppy.

Sculpt details

  • Grace: Rosen Lied, Tuesdays Child, Pansy
  • Holly: Ipplehouse Beagle

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Billie

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Oscar met Holly today, Holly is the beagle dog that lives with them. They had a wonderful time playing in the woods. Now they are just hanging out and relaxing at home.

Oscar meets Holly.

Oscar meets Holly the dog.

 

Sculpt info

  • Oscar is Illusion Spirit; Qi Xiao
  • Holly is Ipplehouse Beagle.

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Billie

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Much as I still would love to be making art, rubber stamping etc, my dexterity isn’t allowing much of that these days. I would love to post on the art n craft stuff again, when hands allow but that just isn’t possible right now. Rather than abandon this blog, which I don’t want to do. I hope you will join me in a bit of a diversion, an adventure in a new direction. We will be traveling to the wonderful world of bjds.

Some time back I was taking a class with Jane Davenport and she was talking about ball jointed dolls and getting one to ‘alter’, to repaint the face so it can become your artist muse. These dolls are really pose-able so they are great artist models. Oh dear me, typing ‘ball jointed doll’ also know as bjd, into a search engine was fatal, SOOO many pretty dolls, alter them, no thanks they are far too lovely to alter.

One came home, and then another and then… well you get the idea.

I found myself in BJD Land

I fell down the bjd rabbit hole n haven’t seen daylight in a while. They are so addictive and my hording/collecting button is often pressed by them. BUT I am not sorry, they help on so many levels and they are fun.

Its not easy when you live with a lot of pain that limits what you can do, when u live in your head coz your body isn’t playing. These dolls have become therapy, instead of getting so caught up in the pain and what I can’t do, I’ve been reaching for these dolls, imagining the adventures they have and it helps it really helps.

Play really matters, and it really helps. When you are stuck in bed or on the sofa and everything is and feels impossible, then at least I can look over at them and be thinking of their adventures instead. When I can I swap their clothes around n they can look so different they can be someone new. Its just as much fun doing this as it was when I was a kid, whoever said ‘Time to put all that away now’ was a fool. Sometimes play, going to a place where whatever u can imagine can be real, just for a little while can really, really help. Especially when your reality isn’t so pretty.

Would I love to be drawing them, yes but again the body isn’t playing, so instead, I will post some pictures of them and a few lines about their adventures. They are brilliant for provoking story ideas, character ideas.

My life lessons of the recent years are about meeting myself on the page I’m on, doing the best I can with the skills and energy I have and trying, trying so hard to forgive myself for what I cannot do. I may not be able to rid myself of the ‘black dog’, or the chronic pain, but I can do whatever I can to make right now, this moment, feel softer and a little safer. I hope, if you find yourself on a similar page, that you find whatever u can to make the journey just a little bit softer and kinder.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Its been a while, I wanted to share my resin family with you. These are all ball jointed dolls.

Family picture of the ball jointed dolls I have

Willow, Oscar, Billie, and little Fern, my bjd dolls.

Its traditional to refer to them by name (chosen by me) Brand, Sculpt (ie model) and then size, so I think I covered all the bases here. Worry about the spelling on Oscar’s sculpt name but will figure that out n update it.

The tall one in the big dress, is Willow; she is Myou Delia MSD and is 44 cm tall she’s the Mummy.

Oscar Jake, who arrived today is Illusion Spirit Qi Xiao; Yosd 27cm tall

Billie: Blue Fairy Tiny Fairy Sarang (MSD) at 40cm tall

Fern: Myou Feng Linger, 1/8 doll at 17cm tall.

The Dad is on order 😉 still figuring the family out, so dynamics with the little boy may change a bit.

Oh you should have seen Oscar when he arrived, this morning. Taking him out of his shipping box he looked so grumpy. He literally came out of his pillows looking like this, bless him.

Oscar Arrives

Oscar arrived looking a bit grumpy. but after something to eat and meeting his new family he settled down and is happy.

Oscar had something to eat, met his new sisters and new Mum Willow and is now very happy, he can’t wait to make a den in the tree house. Fern is a bit miffed that I didn’t wait to post this till her wig arrived. We both hate the wig she shipped with, you could see the wig cap through it and it falls off a lot so she had a crochet hat instead. Lets just say this hobby is ALL about the waiting.

Jane Davenport is to blame for all this, in one of her classes she posted about creating your own muse with dolls. I’m not ready to do face ups (where u take off the painted face on a doll and create your own version on there), these dolls are far too beautiful to do that with. But when my first looked up BJD it was love at first sight. I only wanted one to help me with my sketching. But its addictive and I fell down the slippery slope, down the rabbit hole and here we are. ‘Dad’ is on order, he will be Myou Arthur but they take many months to arrive after you order them because they are made to order and come all the way from China or Korea.

I like to imagine stories about their lives and write those stories when my hands allow, (which isn’t often) but its just as much fun playing with dolls now as it was when I was a kid. File it all under ‘sorry not sorry’. Life is tough and these dolls are therapy on so many levels.

In other news, computer is still low on memor which makes taking photos is limited for me. I will reply to comments eventually, so please bear with  me if it takes me a while. I don’t have much use of my hands, so things take as long as they take.

Thanks for dropping by and if you still follow this blog, thanks because I haven’t posted in AGES.

Billie x

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So I’ve been under a rock, at the back of the cave n have totally missed the whole Bullet journalling craze, but if you will still have me, I’m IN! As a stationary junkie it doesn’t just call to me it positively screams. Pens, pencils, planners mmmmm nom nom nom.

Being Present

Winter is hell on wheels for my anxiety and depression and I’m trying to approach this season with a little more TLC, and some stash to keep me company under the purple fleece blanket fort. What better than a mug of tea, a mug of pencils, a mug of pens and a journal? 1st November also starts PAD (Poem a Day) challenge over on Writers Digest blog. So my moleskine will be there for that too.

It still is all about the stash, isn’t it. Oops!

I’ve been tracking what I eat and activity in the day to try to manage anxiety and depression, seeing what foods make it worse or what helps. I have a bit of a mixed view on mindfulness BUT I’ve just been investing in Lou Collins pens and last night some of Kelly Creates pens and stamps and some other planner stamps. Amazon UK currently have a book called How to bullet Plan: Everything you need to know about journalling with bullet points by Rachel Wilkerson Miller I got the Kindle version for 99p last, its good but not easy to see the illustrations, I’ll try looking at it on the laptop reader n see if they show up better.I think I’ll be getting this book in paperback too. I treated myself to a Morsler Bullet journal stencil set from Amazon too. I have a collection of fine liners and a stash of various brush pens to play with once I get the hang of it.

Planners?????

Hmm, I can see the appeal of the dots, for precision lining up, and lickable smooth paper (soz I don’t really lick paper but there are pen and paper combos which are like Galaxy chocolate n make me want to) That said my dyslexia would have a melt down with all those dots! With a line of text my eyes already do pinball rally between words, anything patterned or like these dots repeated and my eyes would be all over the place! No don’t think dots will be where I’ll start. I have a lush, truly LUSH Filofax in A5, Malden in the Teal LOVE it, its so smooth and because the leather is soft it lays flat. So while I learn how all this works me thinks, some printer paper and Malden to see how I go, I’m not going out so I don’t have to haul it anywhere and if a page goes awful it will be easier to remove it. I can imagine makeing lettering pages in different sections with quotes on them, like in the Peace planner of Kelly’s. I love that so much but didn’t go for it only because I struggle with dexterity to open ringbinders, at least Filofax has a release mechanism. It also means I can add in various types of papers. Turns out dear Filofax might have noticed their planners being used this way and for those tempted, they also sell dotted paper for the binders. Here is a link to the A5 Filofax dot paper.

Do you have any planner favorites? I’m thinking A5 and smooth paper that won’t bleed through with water based fine liners and brush lettering. Has anyone got a Webster’s Pages colour crush binder in A5? I’m in love with the soft lilac {swoons} Does it lay flat on the desk? I have limited dexterity and don’t want to be fighting with it. Told you I was a stationary junkie.

Blogs n You Tube channels

A change for me, usually I share them this time I’m asking for any of your favorite Bullet Journal You Tube channels and blogs. Please leave details in the comments.

I’m in stationary heaven, I don’t want rescuing but a food parcel would be welcome, I just found the website for Webster’s Pages. Woahhhhhhh! I want to live there.

Thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

 

 

Brush Lettering

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Ohh sign me up, I love a bit of lettering when my hands allow, do you? I pounced on Lou Collins Brush Lettering set on C&C yesterday and have found more inspiration about this on You Tube n Twitter, so here are some brush lettering artists and links for us to enjoy.

Lou Collins

Ohh I got so excited seeing her brush lettering on C&C yesterday, and went for the big kit, which was a bit daft for me, only in that being dyslexic, means that if letters change too much from how I expect to see them, then I can’t read the words BUT she said once the method has been learnt, then you can apply it to whatever style you like. So I’m in and very excited.

Here are a few places you can find Lou’s lettering.

At the time of writing Create and Craft was the only place where you can purchase her product line.

Extra supplies

I have Tombow Art and Graphic pens and other brush markers by Kuretake Zig to play with, like Clean Color Real Brush pens to do this longer term and watercolours so for once, I’ve got half the kit needed to progress. I hadn’t got on too well in the past when I tried brush lettering because like Lou said on the show, I had also used lots of papers practicing and not getting far because the pens and papers I was using weren’t compatible. I like how her practice sheets are wipe clean so you can practice as much as you like without hitting the trees too hard. I love the watercolour backgrounds and would love to use my watercolours and Lou’s markers to create pieces or journal pages with words or phrases that mean something to me. In later show’s she said her markers are pigment ink so you can emboss them if you wish, it also means once dry, they won’t move so I can add watercolour ‘backgrounds’ after I’ve done lettering 🙂 versatile n great for mixed media pieces then. This is going to be fun. I also invested in the smooth cardstock they had on the show for this and so I can see if it will play nicely with getting back to a little Ranger inky action.

Can’t wait to have a play with this brush lettering idea. I can see me putting a sheet of clear acetate over a calligraphy book I have, to learn more alphabet styles this way too.

The lettering style Lou was showing yesterday reminded me of a stylised version of copperplate which gives the thin thick strokes like this. Lou’s pens look easy to use too, less scary than a bottle of ink and a nib you are scared might snap if you press too hard. The other great thing is that you can do this with minimal supplies so if you want to do this when out and about then a small notebook and a pencil case and you are good to go.

Kelly Creates

Kelly Creates Kelly Klapstein is a Canadian artist, can’t tell you more only just found her and want to investigate this too. but sounds like Art from the heart is where you can soon get her products. Ohh yes just had a quick look, bullet journalling and brush lettering this will be a website that will have me reading for hours. Wish I had ink for the printer. Quick tip, if you want to save money on lamination sheets, lay a sheet of acetate over your print outs so you can reuse them. Don’t have acetate, how about those pockets sold for ringbinders 🙂 long as you are using pigment or waterbased pens they will wash off ok. Kelly has You Tube channel too

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie