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Monday Mood Board: Dahlias

SALMON-PINK-DAHLIAS

The Dahlias are still looking gorgeous; I love the gradation of hues, and the structural pattern formed by the petals.

 

Monday Mood Board- Orchid Flowers

purple-orchid

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.

yellow-orchid  pale-yellow-orchid

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!

violet-orchid  lilac-orchid

yellow-and-pink-orchid

orchid-flower  purple-pink-orchid

Miniature Paper Tape Bunting!

 washi-bunting

Bunting is a fantastic way to brighten up a dull corner, and this miniature bunting can find a home in the smallest of spaces! The bunting is made from Washi (paper) tape and cotton thread, and is a quick and easy project, and thrifty too.

washi-tape-rolls

First choose your washi tape- I chose tapes that were all the same width for a uniform look. Next fold short lengths of tape in half over a strand of thread (or wire if you want to shape your finished bunting), sticking them to themselves. The lengths of tape that I used were approimately 3cm long, and I attached them to the thread with 2cm gaps between each ‘flag’.

mini-bunting

Keep adding strips of tape until the bunting is of the desired length. Next, cut the bottom off each piece of tape, making the ‘flags’ into squares.

mini-flags

 You can leave the flags as squares for a bolder look, or trim them into triangles. If making triangular flags then I found that it is best to cut from the top of each flag, downwards, to avoid accidentally snipping the thread!

paper-tape-bunting

And after only a few minutes’ work you have some lovely, cheerful bunting to brighten up a corner of your day!

miniature-bunting

washi-tape-bunting

New Year, New Goal

faded-wild-flowers

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.

faded-flowers

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!

faded-tiny-flowers

Monday Mood Board: Sketch Book

I’ve been having a flick back through some of my sketch/scrap books for inspiration…Sketchbook- Plant Drawing

They contain a mixture of sketches, material samples, scraps, magazine articles and artists cards- in fact, anything I find interesting! In the picture above I had glued a (dried) pressed plant stem on a page next to a sketch of the living plant.

Sketchbook Page 1-001

I try to arrange individual pages around a particular theme, often exploring an idea for a project (in the picture above and the picture below I was looking at the theme of wings and feathers whilst developing a jewellery design).

Sketchbook Page 1-002

In contrast to my slightly obsessive quest for a neat finish when crafting, I quite like the slightly haphazard nature of my sketchbooks, and enjoy spending time adding new ideas.

Monday Mood Board- Late Summer Flowers

FLOWERS

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!

FUSCHIA

LILLIES

BEE

Monday Mood Board: Summer Flowers

fuschias

Well, the ‘summer’ weather here in Devon has been a bit hit and miss so far this year, but the lovely flowers don’t seem to have noticed!

purple-flowers

bright-flowers

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