Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Hello friends

How are you?  I really hope all is good.

I’ve had a wonderful weekend, the weather has been very springlike and sunshine always raises my spirits.

Friday evening I attended a quiz at the local library with a bunch of friends.  We didn’t do very well at the quiz but we had loads of fun and a fish & chip supper.

On Saturday morning we had the quarterly meeting of the local history group and that was really enloyable.  I gave my Chairman’s report first and then a few other people from the group gave their reports and the meeting was concluded with an interesting talk about a hotel in Ryde that was demolished in the 1930s.  Afterwards a few of us went out for lunch.

When I got back home I decided to cut the grass in the back garden.  Unfortunately the lawn mower died just as I finished so I don’t know when it will be cut again.  I just don’t feel like paying out for a new mower just yet.

Today T has been working in the garden and I decided to start tiling the kitchen walls.  Yes the kitchen is almost finished now – there is still that one cupboard to build and hang on the wall and the tiles (which I bought last week).  The kitchen is looking good but until the tiles are put up it won’t be finished.  Unfortunately there was so much preparation to do on the walls that I haven’t managed yet to put one tile up today!  We did manage to get the splashback (which T insists on calling the ‘flashback’) up. Next weekend we have 4 days off work so the kitchen should be finished by the time we go back to work on Tuesday. (But don’t hold me to that)!

This afternoon I have been for a walk in the cemetery with a friend and visited Mum and Dad.

So all is good with me :-)

The page above is from my Teesha Moore inspired ‘Amazing 16 page journal’.  I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I like the colours and the quote, and I’ve always been attracted by the Wild Side :-)

I’ve posted the image below before, but I’m reposting it again today.

When someone shows you who they are

I made this page in response to some nastiness that was going on in my life, if you are interested you can read the post here.

I am posting it again today to remind myself what a valuable lesson I learnt from a very nasty, stressful and difficult time. Something similar happened recently but this time my reaction was different. Eventually the ‘story’ being told about me got back to me, but this time I just laughed. I’ve grown, I’m happy and confident with who I am, if people want to believe lies about me, then it’s really none of my business. As Gandhi said “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet”.

Have a great week everyone

Big Love

AJ :-)

 

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Travel the Universe

Travel the Universe

Hello friends

I’m back!  I hope you are all fine, happy and following your creative flow.

Finally on Friday we had the water and gas reconnected in our new kitchen (we were almost a month without that luxury) and things are slowly getting back to normal again. Prior to that we had a few set backs and problems which we thought were going to cost a lot of money to sort out, but eventually our fantastic plumber worked it out and managed to do the job fairly quickly so hopefully his bill won’t be too huge when it arrives.

Still to do: build one more cupboard and hang it on the wall, sort out a back for the cupboard under the sink and finally buy tiles and fix them to the wall, then bring all the kitchen stuff that has been stored in T’s room since February back into the kitchen, oh and there will be several trips to the local landfill site to dispose of rubbish and accumulated stuff. I think we are coming to an agreement on which tiles and which colours to use. The kitchen is already looking pretty fabulous but the tiles and backsplash will complete the job. I don’t know if you will be interested but I will show you before and after photos once it’s finally complete. I am NEVER going to do a big job like this again, it has been really hard work and we will both be glad when it’s finally completely finished and actually now that it is almost done it’s a bit of a struggle to keep going and finish it.  Fortunately when things have gone wrong we have managed to keep each other’s spirits up.

The page above is another in my Amazing 16-page journal.  I had loads of fun with this page which is good, because I’m really not sure about the end result. but it is what it is. The quote is by Andre Robillard, a French artist I only discovered recently and whose work I absolutely love.  It may be a little difficult for you to read the words so here is what they say: “An artist is like an astronaut, with your mind you can travel the entire universe”.

I need more time, there are ideas forming in my mind for new projects, but I have too many other projects and commitments at the moment to bring them to fruition.  I guess I’ll just have to write the ideas up in my note book for future reference.

That’s all for now folks, have a great week and I’ll see you soon.

Big love

AJ :-)

 

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Balance

Balance

Hello friends!

I hope all is good in your part of the world.

It’s bright and sunny here today, but still cool. Nice though :-)

The clocks went forward last night and this always confuses T and me, still at least we got the right day this year!  It will be lovely this evening when it stays lighter for longer.

Yesterday I delivered my Introduction to Visual Journaling workshop (which was completely inspired by Teesha Moore) to a group of lovely women at Ventnor Library, it was a really fun day and everyone produced great work. It’s lovely to see how different people, using the same instructions, produce completely unique pieces by the end of the day. My sincere thanks to the Friends of Ventnor Library who invited me to deliver the workshop and to all who attended, I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and, more importantly, that you have been inspired to start your journey into the wonderful world of art journaling.

It’s been almost three weeks now that we have been without gas and water in our kitchen, it’s going to feel so good when it’s reconnected and we can start using the kitchen properly.  In the meantime the worktop has been cut and fitted by someone who knew what he was doing and it looks very professional :-)  It was well worth the money it cost to get someone else do to it for us. We just have a few small jobs to do ourselves, well they appear to be small jobs at the start but usually turn into long and difficult jobs!  There are two more cupboards to fit some doors to go on (once the plumber has been to reconnect the pipes) and then the last big job will be tiling the walls.  At the moment we can’t quite agree on the colours for the tiles but I am sure we will work something out.

The page above is one that I used as an example at my workshop yesterday.  I purposely started with a background colour that I didn’t like.  I wanted to show people that you can work with things that are maybe not ideal and still produce something you like at the end of the day.

OK I have to go now, as it’s a sunny day I have decided to mow the lawn (or more accurately the ‘weed patch’), it will be good to get out in the fresh air and sunshine for a while.

Have a good week and I’ll see you soon.

Big love

AJ :-)

 

 

 

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Good things are going to happen

Good things are going to happen

Hello friends

I hope all is well with you.

We are still living without kitchen sink or cooker, it’s been a week and half now, but we are coping OK.  Things have progressed with the kitchen and tomorrow (weather permitting) someone is coming to cut, join and fix the worktops for us.  We thought about trying to do it ourselves but decided to pay someone to do it properly.  When that is done we can have the sink and cooker connected.  Yay!  We still have the kickboards, some doors and handles to attach and a couple of cupboards to fix to the wall and the last job will be tiling the walls and fixing the splashback at the back of the hob.  I reckon we are still some weeks from completion but it does feel like we are getting near to the end now and the bits that are done are looking good.

The page above is the second page in my Teesha Moore Amazing 16 page journal.  I did lots of penwork on this page, some of which I like and some not so much, but that’s how it goes :-)  I do like the bright colours.

If you haven’t checked out the Artstonauts Club I recommend it.  The Facebook page is an open group so you can see on there much of the work produced by members.  The website is members only but it’s an absolute bargain to join, really there is just so much inspirational stuff on there.

Next weekend I get a whole day off from DIY as on Saturday I am running my Introduction to Visual Journaling at Ventnor Library, I am so looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great day :-)

Have a great week all and I’ll see you soon

Big love

AJ :-)

 

 

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Family Stories

Family Stories

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Hello friends

I hope all is good with you.  I’m still here and I still have all my fingers and a happy marriage.  Today is the last day of my 2 week holiday and it’s back to work tomorrow.

T and I have spent about 8 hours a day for the past 14 days working on our new kitchen . So, is it finished?  No it’s not! But then we didn’t expect to be able to get it all done in 2 weeks.  At the moment we have no water or sink in the kitchen and we would have no means of cooking if a friend hadn’t lent us a portable cooker. However we have made good progress.  All of the units have been fitted along the main wall, the walls have been painted and the ugly pipework from the boiler has been boxed in.  That’s what we set out to achieve this holiday and we did it by close of play today.

When we told people that we were going to be working together for two weeks, most people seemed to think it was a bad idea and a recipe for divorce but the truth is we work pretty good together and between us we can usually manage to work out solutions to problems (and there have been lots of problems).  So even though it’s not finished we are both pretty pleased with what we have achieved so far.

There is still loads to do though, there are three more cupboards to build, the worktop has to be cut and fitted, (that’s the slightly scary bit for me) then we can get the plumber back to connect the new gas hob and the new sink, nearly all of the units that have been installed still have to have the doors fitted, there is a hood and splash-back to be fitted over the cooker and then there will be some tiling to do.  So realistically it’s going to take weeks to complete everything now that we will only have evenings and some weekends to do the work.

I am so pleased that we decided to do it now, because it has been really hard work, and I think if we had left it much longer we would not have been able to do it on our own.  We are both pretty exhausted now and the rest of the house is covered in a fine layer of dust and generally needs a good cleaning!

I’ve hardly had any time for art but I have managed a small amount of collage and penwork in my new journal, not enough to be able to share yet though.

The images above are another of the little books I made for friends and family at Christmas.

I hope you are having fun whatever you are doing.

See you soon

Big love

AJ :-)

 

 

 

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Your Heart is as Big as an Ocean

Your Heart is as Big as an Ocean

 

Hello friends!

This is the last spread in my board book experiment.  I just have the cover to do and it’s finished :-)  It’s been an interesting experiment: I started off with a child’s board book and stripped off the wipe-able shiny paper which left me with a plain cardboard book.  I gessoed the pages and let that dry before painting the backgrounds with acrylic paint.

The background is quite rough and scratchy, not smooth like watercolour paper, and it’s not so easy to collage on, and always get a good fix. or to write on.  On the other hand I like it because when it’s complete it’s going to be a good sturdy book.  There are only 5 spreads in the book, so it has been quick to fill up (at least it would have been if it was the only project I was working on).

So, to be honest I didn’t reach any definite conclusion from the experiment. :-)

I really like this spread, I think the colours work and, as I am sure I’ve said before, I really love underwater stuff.  I recently found a book about tropical fish in a charity shop and it’s been great collage fodder.

For me the collage is really like a canvas.  I like the collage because I can’t draw and collage gives me some shapes and structure to work with.  My favourite bit is playing with pens – altering and embellishing what’s on the page.  Sometimes I just get ‘in the zone’ and there is no thought about what I’m doing other than ‘playing with pens’, that’s when magic sometimes happens :-).

The quote is by Rumi (who always makes my heart sing)

The DIY project is progressing slowly, we’ve made some progress, but it’s not as easy as I thought it would be.  The construction is no problem at all, but understanding the instructions is taking some working out, like when you are given two completely different sets of measurements to work to which should you go with!?  Still it’s all cool, we’ll get there – eventually.

See you soon

Big love

AJ :-)

 

 

 

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Welcome to the House of Fun!

Welcome to the House of Fun

Hello friends!

I hope you are doing well, things are pretty good here.  The new kitchen arrived yesterday! It has completely filled up T’s room and part of the living room and kitchen.  There is a lot of it!  Now we just have to figure out how it all goes together – it should be fun (she said)!

So far we have checked the delivery and found just a couple of things missing and a couple of things that we didn’t order have been delivered.

Yesterday afternoon I had to go to the library immediately after the kitchen was delivered as Ryde Social Heritage Group had an Archive day there, apparently it was really busy in the morning.  By the time I go there (early afternoon) it had quietened down a bit although there was a steady stream of people right up until we had to pack everything away at 4pm.

When I got home I built the shell of the first cupboard which all went very well (phew!), it still needs legs and doors fixing to it then there are another 10 cupboards to build and worktops and all those other bits and pieces to fix.    We both have the first two weeks of March as leave from work and are hoping to get most it done then, but I think it will be several months before it’s completely finished.

We have been doing quite a lot of preparation work prior to the delivery and the kitchen is now a complete mess, I’m not really sure how T is coping, he hates mess and clutter and as he spends more time in the kitchen than I do he must be finding it difficult.  He will want to get it finished as soon as possible.

Today we took Mum and Dad out for lunch to celebrate Mum’s birthday, which was actually on Friday, and we had a lovely time together.

I am really loving Teesha and Tracy Moore’s Artstonauts Club, there is so much to inspire and motivate me with my art there.  If you would like to know more about the Artstonauts Club there is an open FaceBook group here and from there you can click on a link that will take you to the Artstonauts Club website with all the amazing goodies.  You have to be a member to have access to the website, but it’s very reasonably priced.

I made one of Teesha’s ‘Amazing 16 page journals‘ from one sheet of watercolour paper.  I have almost completed all the collaging on all the pages, except for the covers which I always leave until the very end, and I’ve started playing with pens.  The page above is the first completed page.  The title “Welcome to the House of Fun” is probably apt for the stuff that’s going to be happening in my home over the next few weeks (or possibly months).

Here is some fabulous news: I am going to be facilitating another Teesha inspired Introduction to Visual Journaling workshop at Ventnor Library on Saturday 29 March.  It will be the same as the workshop I did for Ryde Arts Festival almost a year ago, you can read about that workshop here and you can see the book we produced here.  This time we are not making a book (just the first pages for our personal journals) so participants will be able to take away their artwork at the end of the day.  The workshop is being hosted by the Friends of Ventnor Library and there is a very small charge (only £2.50!) for participants. It is a whole day workshop from 09:30 to 16:00 with a break for lunch.  The workshop is for a maximum of 12 people (adults only) so if you are interested please contact Ventnor Library on 01983 852039.

Right, now I have a stack of ironing to do so I am ready for work tomorrow.  I’ll try and post again mid week but if I go missing in action for a while you’ll know I am busy with our DIY project.

Thanks for visiting it’s been a pleasure to have you here.

Big love

AJ :-)

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You have the Power

You have the Power

 

Hello friends

I hope you are all keeping well, dry and warm.  We had a sunny day today, it’s been fantastic and I went out for walk.  By comparison on Friday we had heavy rain (nothing new there) and storms.  The ground is so saturated now, after weeks of mostly rain, there is nowhere for the water to go so on Friday we did have some fairly serious flooding on the Island.  The local newspaper put up a map of the Island on their website and by evening the map was completely covered in ‘road closed’ or ‘road flooded but passable with care’ signs.  When I drove home from work it was quite exciting as I had to drive through several streams that were crossing the road!

On Saturday I had to drive over to the other side of the Island, I was going to postpone my visit but when I got up the rain had stopped and when I checked the map most of the signs had been removed.  I had to take rather a long route to get to my destination but it was much better driving than the day before.

And today we’ve had glorious sunshine all day :-)  It’s been so good for my soul to see the sun again.  I went for my walk on the same beach I visited at the beginning of the month. This time the tide was out far enough for me to be able to walk on the beach and I noticed there was a lot of storm damage, a couple of trees had fallen over and look at this small getty.  The photo on the left was taken on 2 Feb and the one of the right was taken today. The tide was out today so you get to see the horrible seaweed instead of the lovely sea. Although it was rickety looking a couple of weeks ago it did have some planking whereas today there are only the posts and a few cross bars left in place :-(

Binstead getty

 

The page above is in my Artstronauts Journal and it’s a reply to the page I posted in the middle of the week.  I am much happier with this page, the head and hat are a Zetiology stamp and I like the contrast of the black and white against the colourful page.

Right, I need to do some chores and get ready for work again tomorrow.  Have a great week and I’ll see you soon.

Big love

AJ :-)

 

 

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Where’s my Sparkle?

Find your Sparkle

Hello friends

I hope things are good with you.  Here it’s rain, rain, rain and it’s getting to be a drag.  I shouldn’t complain as we’ve had no flooding here but some people have had their homes flooded since before Christmas! It seems every day more and more people are struggling with this atrocious weather.  I hope things calm down and dry out soon.  We need some sunshine and warmth.

The page above is a page from my Teesha inspired board book.  I’m really not sure what to make of this one.  Overall it just doesn’t ‘do it’ for me, but there are some things about it I really love: the colours and especially the piece of collage that looks like it’s been wired (or stitched) to the page, I like the girl’s face which is one of the stamps I bought from Teesha a while ago and I liked taking the image of the girl and completely changing her with collage and pens, but as a piece of art it’s just not ‘floating my boat’.  Ah well never mind, I’m sure the next page is going to be better :-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely rest of the week.

Big love

AJ :-)

 

 

 

 

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Be the kind of woman…

Be the kind of woman

 

Hello friends

I hope you are having a good week, I am struggling a bit with mine. Today I came home from work, had a bath and was in my pyjamas by 6pm!  Well at least I am warm and comfortable now and it looks like I’m going to have a lazy evening.

Today’s image is from another of the little books I made as Christmas presents.  This one was for a colleague at work who always impresses me with her dedication and motivation.

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Page 4On the back of the book I wrote my Christmas message and also “I think you already are that woman”.

Have a great rest of the week all and I’ll see you soon.

Big love

AJ :-)

 

 

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