Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Catching up and Faffing about.

Hello all.
 Ok, so I'm not a natural blogger, that's obvious, but I'm not giving up just yet!  Thanks to the wonderful Taylor Lynn ( find her fabulous blog here - http://dreamsoffae.blogspot.com/  )  I'm back in Blogland.  Taylors a natural born writer and her enthusiasm for blogging has given me the kick in the pants I needed to do a little catching up  :o)  Thanks Taylor Lynn!

Wanted to quickly show you how the plain canvas I showed you yonks ago turned out.  You never know quite where things are going when you're in the middle of a piece do you?, and I kept adding layers and layers and fiddling about with this.  In the end I loved how it turned out.

I  laughed to myself yesterday when I admitted to myself that when something I'm creating seems more fiddly and time consuming than it should be, it's because I've made it that way because I enjoy fiddling with details and faffing about.
The kids are home from school and College for half-term this week and with everyone home I can't get 'in the zone'!  to paint and such, know what I mean?  So, I thought I would make a simple garland.  I've seen lots of fab heart and bird garlands on Etsy and have fancied making one myself for a while.

                                                             Template and test cat

So...... the initial idea was, make a simple garland that is quick and easy to do.  what do I end up doing?  I decide to make a cat garland,because I like cats...then to make life easier I set about making my own templates,a heart and a cat.  Sounds simple, but, this is me we're talking about.  I spent ages sketching and re-sketching and making mock ups before finally making my template,"where shall I put the holes for the ribbon?" "Tail or no tail?" "Markers or watercolours?"  "How should I paint them?"


I create the same way I talk, waffling on and on basically.  Something that could be said in a few words I  say in a hundred words.  A quick simple garland that someone else would make in half an hour, I manage to make last two days, and I moan, but I know really, it is that way because I want it to be that way!  I enjoy it!

I'm interested to know how you guys usually work on your creations.  Do you like to get things done or do you faff about like me?  Please leave me a comment and let me know xxx


  1. Oh wow! It's funny because I clicked on your blog and was going to hide it from my reading list, figuring it just wasn't your thing!! I'm so glad I didn't, what a fun post! You and Taylor together would be lethal, a conversation that would go on for days!! I tend to meander along with some crafts though, scrapbooking was that way especially! A set of pages could take me forever and a day! :)

  2. Welcome back, Julia! Thanks so much for the link to my blog, I appreciate it. And I'm glad to see you back, I like your blog!

    That kitty garland, by the way, is adorable. And the canvas is lovely! Great work, thanks for sharing it!

  3. Melinda, Ooh I blogged just in time then! Yeah I think Taylor and I would have a laugh! As for scrapbooking...I'm always afraid to start a page because it just takes over the dining room! ;o)

  4. Thanks Taylor Lynn! You're so sweet. Thanks for being an inspiration x

  5. You're welcome... and thank you! <3 You're pretty sweet yourself. :)

  6. Lol ~ more like the whole room... ;)

  7. Uhooi,,
    Waw,, It works very good and creative,,


  8. Hi.. love the canvas.. turned out great.. and the kitty garland is too cute.... Mostly I am sorta the same way too.. faffing about forever.. not very often that total inspiration hits and is perfect...lol