Friday 26th April 2013
It's been a while my friends..spring is such a busy time of year..
..I've been planting seeds, potting-on my seedlings, sorting the greenhouse , making up my hanging baskets (though of course it's too early to put them outside yet..they're keeping snug in the greenhouse for the time being)..and even in a moment of spring fever and a day of unexpected temporary warmth I got my shorts on and sanded down then painted my garden trellis ; blue paint of course!! (Garden Shades "Barleywood")
It's in the evenings that I can most often find time to do a spot of card-making..last Friday I got out my alcohol inks in three shades of blue, watched Masterchef, and the fun started. In case you're wondering, that is a bowl of ground rice pudding with a dollop of wild strawberry jam..the ultimate comfort food..hardly Masterchef standard stuff but filling, cheap and evoking childhood memories.
It was a couple of days later before I got round to finishing the cards.I mounted the ink images, some on turquoise mulberry paper, some on soft blue/grey mulberry paper and some straight onto plain white cards..not sure which I prefer. Sadly the photos don't show the rich vibrancy of the alcohol inks but you get the general effect...
I've also been printing on my home-made gelatine plate. I took one look at those Gelli plates and thought there's no way I can justify the high cost and set out to make my own. It was easy-peasy and a matter of minutes to make for about a tenth of the cost! I won't show you my first efforts yet as I haven't had time to play about as much as I'd like but I will tell you all about it soon.
The first warm weekend of the year and the sea was calling us. The first glimpse of the sea at my beloved Rhosneigr when you climb through the sand dunes is so thrilling...
Shiny sparkly sunny sea makes me so happy..all cares and stresses simply melting away...
After the "wild food foraging" afternoon my first thoughts were "is it edible" but perhaps not, though certainly good for feeding the garden.
Daughter reverting to childhood !
Hometime, back through the sand dunes, we slept well that night.
**Bargain of the week** I found these lilies at the supermarket, a bouquet of buds which looked like they might not open but for £1.50 I was willing to take a chance..look what difference a few days have made.Not only that..I made an art lesson out of them and drew them for my clients at work to paint. Aren't they lovely. Bye for now, xx.