Friday, 26 July 2013

Creative Idleness.....

I have been busy doing some more intuitive painting and re-reading Flora Bowley's awesome book BRAVE INTUITIVE PAINTING.   Here's my latest intuitive painting:

I am also busy trying to finish a crochet throw that I started so long ago. It is made with Vinnies Bambi yarn, a blend of cotton and bamboo with a fun hand-spun texture.  Bambi yarn is available from WOOLHOGS .
I am so thrilled with the gypsy feel of this little throw:

 I have been doing quite a lot of baking lately. Here's an awesome fridge tart that can be made in 10 minutes with 3 ingredients:
500ml flavoured yoghurt (of your choice)
1  tin condensed milk
Biscuits for base.

Layer biscuits for the base or crush them and add margarine to make base.
Mix the yoghurt and condensed milk
Pour the mixture onto the biscuit base 
Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
Leave to cool
Put in fridge and serve when cold.

It's really delicious!

Then there was this sweet little crochet bunting I made for the veranda/porch to cheer up the bleak winter landscape. (OK so it isnt that bleak - we've had a very mild winter this year so far).

And these are some crochet cuff bracelets that I made as a gift for a friend. Made with e-cotton, hand-dyed in SA:

And then I have been enjoying doing the art assignments for the e-course FACING YOUR FEARS. These are courage cards which I made using toilet rolls:

For a tutorial on how to use toilet rolls to do art click here:  TUTORIAL

Well I hope you have enjoyed seeing all my WIPs (works in progress) and other creative thing-a-ma-bobs.

Wishing you all a gentle, friendly, happy weekend.
much love


Sunday, 14 July 2013

Intuitive Painting...Part One

This week in our FACING YOUR FEARS e-course we are experimenting with INTUITIVE painting.  I love this part of the course.  You grab a canvass, schmush some paint on it, no thought , no plan, just paint. Then make all the different types of marks you can on it , use your fingers, stamps, stencils, rags, ice-cream sticks......turn your canvass this way and that..... let the paint drip and run.....
This is a step by step of  the intuitive painting I did yesterday. I went in with no idea even what colours I wanted to use.  I just kept going until I was happy with the results.....
talk about BLISS....

This is just the background.... watch this space to see where my intuition leads me next with this painting...

For more on intuitive painting visit FLORA BOWLEY

Or  read her awesome book: Brave Intuitive Painting.

Wishing you all a happy creative week.
much love

"When you permit your fear to make decisions for you, your self-worth plummets."

Monday, 8 July 2013

Facing Your Fears....

I was so delighted to have won a place on an e-course presented by Life Coach and Artist, Stephanie Gagos. The course is titled FACING YOUR FEARS. We are addressing our fears about our Art as well as general life fears.  We are currently busy with week 2 of the 4 week course and it has been very rewarding so far. I am challenged, encouraged and excited!!! 
Read Stephanie's Blog HERE.

These are two of  the art assignments I have completed so far :
 My "wise-self"  encouraging me with the voice of  truth (to counter-act the fear voices)

FEAR keeps you grounded.... FAITH gives you wings.
(facing my fears concerning working with watercolour techniques)

Other news is my knee is getting better and better by the day. Praise the Lord. I hope to be able to drive by the end of this week. I am hobbling around without the aid of a walker and can move quite fast too. :-)

Wishing you all a blessed week.
much love

"Don't be afraid of your fears.  They're not there to scare you.  They're there to let you know that something is worth it."
-C.JoyBell C.-

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

I'm Back! . . .

If you're wondering why I have been MIA , its because I had a freak accident and damaged my knee quite badly. It's been a rough two weeks. I am recovering well and can now hobble about without the aid of wheelchair or walker.  During this time I have really missed my morning walks. In anticipation of resuming my walks , hopefully in a couple of weeks, I made a pouch-thingy-ma-bob to hold my camera and cell phone .

It is crocheted with hand-dyed eco-cotton from ONE OF A KIND YARNS. This varigated blue skein of  their yarn was sent to me as a gift by a very special FaceBook friend.  I crocheted the pouch with a pocket. Thus the main compartment holds my camera and the smaller pocket on the front holds my cell phone.

I then embellished the pocket with fabric and beads and sparkly braid.  I also made a fringe at the bottom of the pouch with beads, a teeny tiny bottle with the word HOPE in it and a feather found in my garden.

I had great fun with this project and cant wait to start using it on my morning walks.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.
much love

"The Part of us that creates is youthful and innocent"
 -Julia Cameron-