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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