If you are a parent of a child in preschool or primary school - you will be familiar with BAKER ROSS or Yellow Moon = the cute craft supplies magazine that comes home in school bags. - Well - I am doing some project work for the company - something I am really happy about as the products are amazing.
I already used to purchase lots from them when they contacted me, so I jumped at the chance to work with them. One of the products they sent me, was this SUPER CLAY. This clay is awesome. It feels lighter than you could ever imagine and when you roll it into a ball it actually bounces *much to Finlay's delight!!*
Initially I didn't know what I was going to do with the clay - so I decided to take my lead from Finlay, who opened every packet in joy and started playing and molding it, and after time, I noticed that the therapeutic act of just squishing clay was fun in it's own right :)
But you know me... and I needed to create something that is cute.
One of the cool things about this clay - is that it air dries. So the little guys I am about to show you are still made and hardened, I may even coat them with varnish for a shiny sheen.
1: Family of Easter bunnies
2: Love Bear
3: Easter Chicken
And of course, what Easter scene would be complete without a raspberry blowing dinosaur?
Talking of Easter - have you put an Easter tree up yet?
I love Easter trees - so much cute pastel potential. So when I opened these gorgeous buttons - I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them:
Mini button tree decorations. Threaded on wire to form the shape of Easter eggs.
And - before leave - I have to show you these guys......
So - along side doing project life digitally *have I mentioned this yet?* I am also constantly designing and making things for the shop I currently sell in (Starlings in Bexhill) I have been busy falling back in love with shrink plastic, making tattoo inspired brooches - doodling seagulls and flowers on ceramics, painting pebbles into little scenes, making cards, painting prints, drawing cats and making finger print trees.
I have drawn Steve the Seagull so many times now, that I firmly believe he is actually real.....
I love wandering the beach looking for pebbles that lend themselves to a more exciting painted life, and sitting in a frame, puzzled together to form something new.
I wanted to show you some photo montages of my projects over the last month or so, so you can get a glimpse to what covers my kitchen table day by day.
I think the clock changing days are when you really realise you are a parent.... (sweeping statement?)
10 years ago, the clocks going back would have been considered a huge win.
Extra hour in bed! - the joy of waking up, manually resetting your LED bedside clock and settling back down in the smug warmth of your bed.
Now, as a parent you do the whole "set the clocks back before you go to bed" so when you get woken up at 4:30 by your child making sure you are alive by opening your eyelids for you, your denial of the 'actual' time is easier to manifest.
The bitter sweet combination of bed snuggles mixed with an ungodly hour is always hard to bear - and eventually I persuaded him back to his duvet - only to be woken half an hour later by very loud sobbing coming from his bedroom. I did the only natural thing a mother would do at 5am and woke my husband up.
(if I need to be awake at silly am then he does too!)
I will be the first to admit, that my recent scrapbooking has been non-existent - but - what happened next will change that for me.
Back to the sobbing..... Apparently when my husband went into our son's room, he found Finlay surrounded by my scrapbooks, which, he had mountaineered a shelving unit to get to * 0_o * and because he can now read very well, he was able to read all the journalling for the first time, and he was so overwhelmed by the way I had written about our love for him, that it made him cry!!!!!!
It really make me stop and think about what I have been missing, and how I have fallen behind on project life.
My main aim now before new year - is to finish project life 2013.
Are you doing Shimelle's Learn Something New Everyday?
It is my favourite class of Shimelle's classes. I am currently struggling to find time to scrapbook at the moment, so instead of missing out the class - which would be horrid, I have taken part doing it via Instagram. If you are not sure what LSNED is, you can read more here, but in essence she encourages us every day in Septembe,r to process our day and work out what we have learned.
There are daily prompts and if you paper scrap you will end up with an album full of little life lessons.
I adore this class as I have said.
My intentions are to print my insta's and bind them in a mini book to sit on the shelf with my other albums.
School is out for most - and to avoid the summer boredom or that ever fateful question "What do you want to do today" I have come up with a summer bucket list for my family - and thought perhaps you might like the download to make your own :-)
Right click the image below, save & print.
Fill out with fun ideas and try and complete by the summers end!
Sometimes, and by that, I mean at least twice a day, I log onto my Pinterest account and go giddy at all the eye candy.
I love that so many creative people have made this site so successful. I love more, however, the sheer volume of images, and that no matter what you type in to the search bar *within reason* you get back a smorgasbord of delight!
So what is inspiring YOU right now!?
For me, I am totally embracing the nautical vibe.
I live by the sea, as you all know, so the nautical influence is a part of daily life.
I have fallen in love for a bird than many love to hate,
the humble sandwich stealing seagull.
*I know someone who bought a pasty in a bakers, came outside, opened the bag to eat the pasty inside, and a seagull flew down and took it out his hands!*
I seriously love them though. Black tipped wings, shrieking at 5am, pasty thieving swines that they are!
I am really excited to let you in on my secret - that I have rekindled my love of screen printing - and I will be releasing a line of screen printed designs!
(the one shown is specific to my town - but there will be many others)
I am hugely back in love with the process of creating prints from screens. I love the smell, sound and even the stained fingers from the ink. = this epic little studio in Hastings - East Sussex is the most perfect place to spend the day - the people are awesome and the exposure machine and printing beds are perfect for producing prints and I am, as I said, back in love!
I spent the day on Sunday re-learning the technical side, and had a fabulous opportunity to work with Myles Calvert. - who creates quirky and fun prints, and who teaches at the studio.
I came away with a stack of work - including tea towels.
I don't think I could feel happier about this if I tried.
Printing by hand - awesome!
ALSO - DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE MOO GIVEAWAY!
Just leave a comment on the post advertising the giveaway and if you win - I will pass your details over to moo who will set you up with a code for your own cards.