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Got a bit behind with posting, the pollen count has gone mad here, so much so that you could write your name in the pollen on the cars! Fogging my brain big time.

Time for a quick round up of whats been happening at Billie’s Craft Room

  • The Craft Room Clear up

Over the last month I’ve been having a real blitz on the craft room. It has needed doing for a couple of years, now the weather has warmed up and I can move at bit, I’ve been tackling a small amount at a time and have been getting on very well. Went through boxes and anything in the wrong place got pulled out. Had a life laundry where only kept stuff I loved, or needed. From that selection it got separated into Materials, Tools, Surfaces, Finished objects. Now I’m in the last stage of sorting through those boxes to re-home ie-put back where they should be, anything in those boxes.

It has taken ages, you do need the space to make more mess before it gets better but it has been so worth it. I found my BELLS!!!! Having decided to put bells on my Cable keys for interchangeable needles I promptly lost said bells! Irony eh! but they are back in the room and back in the drawer where they live.

  • Art

Ok between sorting out, so I know where stuff is and hay-fever I haven’t had the energy or brain power to actually create anything arty at the mo. I’m hoping that once I’ve finished the clear out, I’ll have surfaces and know where things are so I’ll want to get painty again. Found some ATC sized card I cut ages ago, so that sounds like a good place to start when I get going.

  • Yarn

Have new pattern, the last one I gave up on. Being newish to knitting and with the dyslexia I find it hard to work out what the instructions are asking me to do. So when I get a pattern I write it out in longhand, each new instruction seperated so I recognise it and know what I’m doing. People say its nuts but it works for me, so its worth it to me. Well on this occasion I’m even more glad I do this, as a third of the way through the instructions had error in them that I couldn’t work out. A pain after all that writing but far better than discovering this after months of knitting!

So started with a new pattern, no more details I don’t wanna hex it. Will give you the full story when its done ;) {tease much!}

Got very excited with a new crochet magazine called Simply Crochet. Bought issue 4 as it had some nice projects and I needed a shawl pin after creating all those shawls. Its really good, home stuff, mandalas, garments/accessories, toys so something for everyone and at the back there are how to tutorials so you can get started right away.

Issue 5 of Simply crochet has features on Granny Square, ohhh love them, love mandalas. The good thing about crochet is as long as you know where you are in the pattern you can stop anytime :) Probably not the ideal way to do it, but when your hands lock up, at least it means you don’t have to battle on to the end of a long row ;)

I’m very boggled by the instructions in the magazine tho, its the brackets that are throwing me. Anyone else got this magazine? Followed the link to one of the designers blogs OMG such pretty things!!!

  • Textiles

After getting very excited watching the Great British Sewing Bee, I bought some patterns when Simplicity had a half price offer. Hoping to make a skirt! Another one I can’t say too much about for fear of jinxing it, but will shout when I get stuck ;)

Invested in a small amount of pattern drafting paper so I can either trace the pattern I have so I can make alterations to it without wrecking the original, since I don’t know what I’m doing yet. Also hope to have a go at finally drafting my own pattern. I love my book Sew What skirts and have fabric, thread and elastic good to go, just needed paper big enough to create a pattern onto. WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spent yesterday going through some books with the Brother (BM2600) in front of me. Made button holes, a casing for elastic (which I’ll need for on of  my skirts).

Talking of The Great British Sewing Bee, after a good look at the book IRL, I bought the sewing bee book from Amazon for £10, I’m happy with it for that price but there are a lot of very valid issues readers have brought up on Amazon about the book, which I agree with. Will review it, once I’ve had a better look through.

Ohh eck! Its a bit of an essay without pictures isn’t it. I have pictures but none that were sorted for the blog, so thought it best to just let you know whats happening.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of my second attempt with knitting cables. This time The Braid Cable.

Braid Cable

Braid Cable

The instructions for how to knit this, were found in The Knitting Guide for Dummies page 169.

Spring cleaning the studio is going amazingly well, the good weather has made a big difference to my ability to move so I’m making the most of it. After over 3 years of being injured one way or another and every move causing so much pain, everything kinda just got dumped in there, rather than going to its ‘home’.

It’s looking like an episode from; The Horder Next door out there at the moment, but its a work in progress so I’m ok with that. I’ve emptied boxes n things out so items are stored together and only in boxes of a required size. Tools are at last together so I’ll be able to find things again. The pile of un-identified stuff on the left hand side, has been categorised into Tools, materials and Surfaces. Anything in cupboards that was in the ‘wrong’ place or had no box in the cupboard also went into those boxes.

Sorting like this creates space to better organize what I have in the cupboards and keeps related things together. The cupboards then end up with a little space which I hope will be enough for when I do the final sort through of the boxes on the left. Now they are in Tools, materials and surfaces they will be quicker to sort through and just go to their related homes. (gotta have a dream ;) )

My biggest issue with creating has been that because things were so all over the place it mean so much searching to get things together to create I didn’t have the energy to actually make things. Hoping now I’ve got it a bit more organized, when the weather and my body can behave that I’ll be more motivated to paint n create again. Have missed painting but its been so dark here.

No you don’t want to see a picture, it ain’t pretty! That said, I have been very disciplined so that I have left at least one surface at the chair out there, clear so I have a space that I could use. I hate the sinking feeling that I got in there, when opening the door and just seeing a whole pile of stuff that needs sorting, instead of the haven of peace and creativity that it once was.

De cluttering is very good, its calming. Now I’m getting the space to make the things I want and need to use easy to get at, rather than a fight. A way to go yet, but a great start. What have you all been up too?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Had to share this picture taken earlier in March.

Daffs in the snow, 12th March 2013

Daffs in the snow, 12th March 2013

Happy Easter and welcome to British Summer Time! The clocks changed last night to BST the joke being that its still like winter! We have been lucky and the snow you see in the picture only lasted a couple of days. Thoughts and prayers for those who weren’t so lucky and have been snowed in and with power cuts. Feel especially sorry for the poor farmers and their animals who have been unable to get to the animals to feed them.

Even the daffodils couldn’t believe the weather

Daffs in the snow, 12th March 2013

Daffs in the snow, 12th March 2013

The cold weather brought the Fieldfare back, will get the picture edited and posted soon.

How have you fared with the weather in the last few weeks?

Best wishes

Billie :)

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Last year I took part in Seth Apter’s online artists survey; The Pulse. This week you can hear me; Tell All, over on his blog.

The Artists Pulse v5 Chapter 8; Tell AllThe Artists Pulse v5 Chapter 8; Tell All

The Artists Pulse v5 Chapter 8; Tell All

Would you like to be involved in The Pulse of Mixed Media? There’s an open call for artists, which if you are quick, you still have time to enter. More details on Seth’s Blog.

Links

Many thanks Seth, for including me in your creative project and for putting this blog on your Art Blog directory. Seth’s work is amazing, whenever I visit his blog, he kicks starts my creativity in new directions. Rush there now, to find out more.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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We made it through another year, and now a new one is upon us. Regular viewers will know I don’t do New Years resolutions, all that I will, I must, rules rules rules that are more about telling yourself off. It’s no wonder by March most have been long forgotten. In their place, I  make a list of things I’d like to try. New things or things I have in my stash but rarely use, now we all have lots of that right? This is a great way to make it through the early months of the year when funds are so tight too.

So for 2013, here’s my wish list.

Digital Art: I’d like to experiment with digital art. Melting images together, that sort of thing. I have Photoshop and some texture images, I’d like to find out how to bring them together with photos to get more arty with it. Art Journalling plus :)

Digikits: I have loads of digikits but either I stick to my favorites or I just search out a particular image. When rummaging through my kits the other day,there were loads that had great stuff on that I haven’t tried before. I’m going to challenge myself to create from a particular kit (with some extras) to stretch my digital palette.

Acrylics & mediums: Now that I have a great collection of paints and mediums, I’m going to have fun exploring with them and share my results with you.

Pencils & Drawing: When dexterity allows, I’m going to explore more with pencils in my art. I have gathered some great supplies, a new book and some DVDs that will help.

Altered art: I want to try to get hold of some boxes and the like and experiment with painting techniques.

Textures: I adore textures, I want to get lots of photos of as many as I can, firstly to use with the digital stuff but also to inspire me with paint techniques.

Photography: I have a great little Cannon Ixus camera, I’ll try to find out more about getting the photos I want to take, using it.

Chocolate. I want to explore in the kitchen and learn how to make more food at home, have had to rely on pre prepped stuff due to health issues but it’s not great. When my body allows I want to try to make more food from scratch. I fancy trying to make chocolates too….could get messy!!!

HAD to show you these;

My First presentable mince pies

My First presentable mince pies

My first mince pies to come out looking presentable. OK I know the pastry is too thick but its the first time I’ve had any success rolling it out!

How about you, stuff the punishments in New Years Resolutions, what would you REALLY like to do this year. Leave me a comment to let me know your dreams for 2013.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Tree Folk

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Does anyone else remember fairy tales from childhood where there were animals or spirits living in trees. Those tales creeped me out. But imagine my surprise when I discovered my very own woodland creature in the bark of a tree in the garden. HAD to take a picture as it reminded me of a horse or perhaps the head of a seahorse.

Tree folk; Lil seahorse

Tree folk; Lil seahorse

Have you ever found animal shapes in tree bark?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Merry Christmas

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I just want to thank you all for coming to my blog this year, each of your visits means a lot to me. It can be a solitary business writing and creating, so to see that others read and come back to enjoy my blog, makes all the hard work worthwhile. I hope you have found ideas to inspire you and links to places of use to you.

Special thanks to everyone who leaves a comment too.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

For any of you reading blogs and wishing you had your own, I do hope you find the courage to take the step to create a blog in the coming year. It’s a great way of sharing your ideas and projects with like-minded people, and to keep to hand your favourite blogs.

Blogging for me is like creating your very own custom creative magazine. Full of ideas and destinations that inspire you.

Who knows where this blog will go in the coming year, now Kenny (my Kenwood Chef) is in my life, I think I’ll need to share some creative ways to package your baked goods. Lots of painting I hope, must get back to bookbinding when the weather lets my hands move again too. More about all that in the new year though.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas/Holiday season

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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