Saturday, 18 November 2017

Happy Birthday Beth!

Hello Everyone!

It's been a hectic few days, but my beautiful daughter finally set off on her gap year travels last Wednesday. Her first stop is Hong Kong, where she is celebrating her 23rd birthday today. Here's the card I made for her...

You can follow Beth's adventures on her travel blog at, and on her Instagram @northsoutheastbeth.

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Alison x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tea...A Hug in a Cup

Hello Everyone!

Here's another journal page for Chris' challenge at Art Journal Journey. A bit of collage, paint, and mark making, and tried my hand at sketching a cup & saucer. I used black paint in a bottle with a fine tip for the writing and outlines. I'm also linking to Elizabeth's 'T Stands for Tuesday' Challenge.

And here's a cosy cowl I crocheted using 100% Merino Wool. I'm making full use of it on these icy mornings!

Have a great day!

Alison x

Monday, 6 November 2017

Crochet and Love Keeps Me Warm!

Hi Everyone!

I thought I'd share another crochet project, a very cosy poncho I made recently. The pattern I used is Black Pearl Poncho by Karen McKenna, and it's free on Ravelry. I love it! This is me on Worthing Beach about a week ago.

And, today I created another page in my art journal for Chris' '101 Ways To Keep Warm' Challenge at Art Journal Journey. My wonderful Hubby keeps me warm! And he makes a lovely cuppa! ;-)

By the way, Erika asked where my daughter was going on her travels. Here's the list... Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia...I think that's it! Phew!

Happy Monday! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Alison x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Winter Day Remedies and Bright Crochet

Hi Everyone!

Art has taken a back seat recently, as I was commissioned by my daughter to make a bright and lightweight top for her gap year travels. I adapted a pattern, using a more open and lacy stitch, so that it wouldn't be too heavy in her rucksack. It's basically 4 rectangles stitched together, leaving openings for arms and head, then a border added. She loves it!

So today I got out my paint, found a magazine image, empty teabag, and an old book page, and created a page in my art journal for Chris' challenge over at Art Journal Journey, '101 Ways To Keep Warm'. I should have written Winter Day Remedy, but too late now!

Wishing you all a warm and happy Sunday!

Alison x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Art Journal Calendar - November 2017

Hi Everyone! Happy November!

Here's my art journal calendar for the coming month, inspired by bonfire night, fireworks, and cosy nights in by the fire. I always like to have candles burning this time of year, to scent my rooms and provide a warming glow. My page also fits with Chris' theme over at Art Journal Journey '101 Ways To Keep Warm'.

Have a lovely day, and remember it's less than 8 weeks till Christmas...argh!!

Alison x

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Art Journal Journey - Landscapes Of The Soul

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to make a final page for Elke's Landscapes Of The Soul Challenge at Art Journal Journey, and I really like to use simple collage and mark making. I also did some stencilling with paint, then found the word 'Soul' in my English Synonyms book, cut it out and added it to my page. Hope you like it.

I also made my November art journal calendar, but I'll save that until tomorrow.

Happy Tuesday! I don't do Halloween! :-)

Alison x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

PaperArtsy Pearlescent Challenge

Hello Everyone!
It's my pleasure to tell you that I'm sharing some Autumn cards over on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight.

Here's a peek at my cards, you can see my full project and tutorial HERE.

I hope you'll be inspired to join in with PaperArtsy's Pearlescent Challenge. You can find details and inspiration HERE.

Alison x