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Today is World Calligraphy day, I used to letter before my hands got too sore but Amy Latta has a fab book which helps me make regular writting look like brush lettering. Thanks to Amy’s book; Hand lettering for Relaxation and an Anna Griffin stamp, and Tim Holtz stamp press, I was able to create this card.

Hand lettered card

My first lettered card.

Better than a thousand words card, inside

Inside of my first hand lettered card

Back of the card; Better than a thousand words

Here is the back of the card, Anna Griffin Rose

Base Card: Creative World of Crafts: The essential collection Kraft brown card 280gsm

White card: is WHSmith Sketch pad 135 gsm, its super smooth n lovely for lettering, but it not a fan of water 😉

Lettering: by me (Thanks Amy)

Stamp: Anna Griffin a clear stamp from a collection on QVC years ago.

Fabulous Flowers n Leaves

As well as Amy’s book I am also really enjoying Botanical Line Drawing by Peggy Dean, which has doodle style of flowers and leaves and is a perfect companion to Amy’s book. I seem to remember seeing excepts from this book in magazines and the book is really brilliant, rather then buying LOADS of stamps I look forward to a bit of free hand drawing once I’ve had more practice.

Lovely lettering

Expect reviews of these books when I’ve had them a bit longer but so far LOVE THEM, go buy them. If you can hold a pen n write your name then you are totally qualified to give these books a go, for SO long I’ve wanted to be one of those ppl who can pick up a pen n a book n just create, the stamping and inking was a way in, Jane Davenport classes have helped massivly but these two books don’t need lots of supplies, you can use what you have but also give me a reason to get some of those lovely pens I have out of the cupboard n play.

I struggle with high levels of pain n low levels of dexterity so needed a diversion n something that didn’t need me to get lots of stuff out. These books have been wonderful. I highly recommend them. Especially for everyone who loves that whimsical style of flowers n all that lovely brush lettering that is around but doesn’t have the dexterity, the video Amy made and her book, will let you turn your own handwritting into something magical.

Links

  • Here’s how to create lettering like this from your reguar handwritting, this video is by Amy Latta: Faux Calligraphy
  • Amy Latta Blog: Amy Latta Creations
  • Amy Latta book Hand Lettering for Relaxation on Amazon UK
  • Peggy Dean book; Botanical Line Drawing 2018 edition, on Amazon UK This version has the names of the plants you are illustrating, earlier version of the book doesn’t have those names included.
  • Peggy Dean blog The Pigeon Letters
  • WHSmith sketch pad A4 wire bound and A4 glue bound. There are other sizes A5 and A6 so choose what suits you. I have both kinds. If you are quick with it being summer holidays n all, there is an offer on these, see online for details. I’ve loved these for lettering with microns. Best for pencil n dry media but ok for just lettering if you don’t have super juicy pens, don’t dawdle tho of the ink might soak through too far.

These books are for everyone who wants some time away from screens, with minimal supplies and to create something beautiful, or just fun, just for themselves with just a pen or pencil and a journal.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

 

 

 

 

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Today I’d like to share a picture of two of my resin family, Willow and Arthur together.

Willow and Arthur

Willow and Arthur best friends forever.

 

I need to create a doll profile page for each of them don’t I other wise its a lot of repeated information. I’ll come back and edit this another time.

Short version until I get them a proper profile page

Willow is Myou Delia MSD size

Arthur is Myou Arthur MSD size.

There are so many stories in my head around these dolls, just wish my hands were strong enough to let me write them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie x

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Today I’d like to share a picture of someone very special. His name is Edward Arthur Green, but he prefers to be known by his middle name of Arthur.

Myou Arthur: Edward Arthur Green

Here is my new BJD Myou Arthur MSD size. He is totally amazing.

His is made by a company called Myou and has taken 4 months to be made and get here but boy oh boy if you can forgive the pun, was he worth the wait. Myou dolls have silky smooth resin, and this chap doesn’t just have double jointed peanuts they are different to the body sculpt of ‘Delia’ that I have. His joints are even better and he can pose anyway you like, not just touching his face but anywhere on his face, super pose-able. Looks like he has the V2 boy body MSD size.

I am in love with him, so is Willow (Myou Delia; MSD) I loved his sculpt name of Arthur, and decided to keep it, but as soon as I saw him, how skinny he was, he reminded me of Edward in Twilight. Since the resin they are made of doesn’t do well in sunlight and you have to keep them out of the sun n hot temperatures, even more so. So that’s how I chose his name. The last name is simply that my resin family have all got nature or colour related names.

Hope you like him too, and if you are tempted into getting a ball jointed doll of your very own, I can highly recommend Myou, they are superb quality, they stand (not that I would leave them unattended standing, in case they fell over, resin is breakable) and the stringing is superb they sit, stand and pose like real pro’s. The resin feels super smooth and they are all very well finished off.

His wig is by For My Doll as at the time I purchased him, he wasn’t available as a full set (where you can choose to have wig, shoes and a clothing set included at the time of purchase, for additional fee obvs).

Here is a close up. Forgive a 60s quote but isn’t he just ‘dreamy’. You can see forever in those eyes. So many story ideas come to me as I look at him.

Myou Arthur close up

Close up of Myou Arthur. MSD Ball jointed doll.

Come back soon to see him side by side with his best friend Willow (Myou Delia).

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

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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.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

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.

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.

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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

 

 

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