A recent museum trip provided lots of inspiration- I particularly enjoyed looking at the textiles and natural history exhibits. As you can see here, there were some interesting bird displays, with a wide variety of species from all over the world displayed together.
The Dahlias are still looking gorgeous; I love the gradation of hues, and the structural pattern formed by the petals.
I have a row of orchids on the windowsill in front of my work bench, and never cease to be distracted by them when they are flowering. I love the delicate shapes of the flowers, and find the gorgeous colours particularly inspiring.
Because the foliage of the different plants is almost identical, I often have a nice surprise when they flower, as I have forgotten which one is which colour!
I can’t believe that 2016 is already underway! After a busy Christmas I have started to think a bit about New Year’s Resolutions, and future plans of the creative type.
First of all I plan to repeat a resolution I followed in 2014:
Not to buy any craft materials/supplies during 2016!
Unlike 2014 I will not allow myself to buy or acquire any second-hand materials either (I find a lot of my craft supplies at car boot sales), in an attempt to make a serious dent on my craft stash over the course of the year. In order to make this resolution slightly easier to keep, I will still be allowed to buy glue if required.
I hope that this resolution will help me to be more creative with the materials that I have, and encourage me to complete projects that I have been planning for a while. I expect to engage in a fair bit of upcycling and Make do and Mend as well. I am looking forward to a creative 2016, and a smaller craft stash by the end of the year!
As autumn is now definitely on the way, I am trying to make sure that I notice the flowers before the garden starts to die back. One advantage of a wet summer is that the plants have all flourished!
Life is much more fun when you smile!
Although the ‘summer’ weather here has been fairly changeable lately, we have had a couple of lovely sunsets over the last week. The coinciding high tide has made for some very picturesque scenes that I couldn’t resist photographing…
The way that the clouds mirrored the ripples on the water was particularly eye-catching. Although it wasn’t one of the most vivid sunsets that I have seen, the soft pastel colours were lovely.