Friday, 18 February 2011


I am not sure what the problem is but I feel in a rut.When I was doing the daily journal page over at i was motivated every day. Now without that daily prompt i am just drifting. I feel as if i am creating things just for the sake of it. I always know when i get these low moods because i buy things usually that i do not need..Yesterday I received the Tim Holtz Sizzix die leaves which i ordered on a whim. I am pleased with it but i did not need it.

I used it straight away to cut leaves from can lids and then embossed with a texture folder.
And today i ordered more dies so watch this space tomorrow.
This week i also created 4 house ATCs for a swap on these have been sent off to sunny California today.

They look so dark in the photo but are a bit brighter in the flesh. They were actually quite fiddly to do.I  used a clip art picture of a house which i adjusted the size and printed on to tissue not as easy as it sounds. I sprayed a sheet of A4 card with a reposition able glue and stuck the tissue to it. this was so i could put it through the printer. the houses were then applied to the ATC. I then did the same with a photo i had taken of the sunset over the village. Lastly i used a photo of an oak tree in my field and altered it with PICNIK and then printed it on to acetate this was then cut out and attached with foam pads.
I have also got ahead of my self and done the journal pages for Nina's swap and this evening i have started to make bookmarks for another swap.

I have also signed up to swap a piece of art with Nina (Ginger Pickles ) see my blog lists  through although I find this daunting as Nina whats to have this piece on her wall.

Earlier this week when i was just wasting time playing with PICNIK i decided to alter a picture of myself.

original with turkey  neck dark circles and lines

neck and skin smoothed out

and then i added pink hair
This was such good fun that i ordered a tube of pink shampoo which I may use over the weekend i do not think i will get the same depth of colour as my hair has quite dark roots but watch this space.
snowdrops in the ditch

one lone crocus flower by the pavement

a small group of daffodils on the sea wall
I am just going to add photos of signs of spring i saw today while walking Wilson they are not good photos but i feel as if i want to keep a record.
And lastly going back to my original statement about feeling low well i know one of my problems is the fact that i am putting on weight. I know that as i come up to 58 it is harder to keep the weight off but i am finding it impossible. OK I know in my last blog posting i had photos of pizza and eclairs but if i know i will be eating fatty things i cut down during the day. So yes i feel very shallow when i say it is getting me down after all if all i have to worry about is a little weight gain i am a very fortunate woman. which of course i am.


  1. I know what you mean..I feel as if I am drifting too without the daily prompts. so I am looking at her 2010 prompts instead as I didnt do those. I like your bookmarks and the atcs and I like your first photo with the same laughter lines as me but I do like the pink hair though

  2. Ohhh lots to say....Mary you are beautiful and sooo creative. I would so like to learn all that photo-shop-playing-with images. You are so clever, and I think you should host a summer workshop! And I really would love a copy of your coffee table book, with some of your beautiful photo´s! There´s a project for you! As for the daily journal pages, lets do our own! You, me, Lorraine and anybody else who are lost ;-) OK, a very small packet is on its way to Bristol :-) Nice new week to you, xx

  3. I know just what you mean about spending when bored or in a rut! Great to see the pink hair! Love your workx I have put on weight winter l always do..depressing but l am doing some thing about it.xxKnow you will be ok my friend...Art will see you throughxlynda

  4. Hello there Mary. Nice to look in and see your photos. Your Atcs and bookmarks are very interesting, especially the steps you used to make the orangey sunset Atcs. Which are very nice, indeed. So fun to share our art.

  5. Mary, I relate to so much in your writing - the rut, getting more tools or books or supplies that I really didn't need (but thought was really cool) and not making a single thing with any of it. Then you go on to share what you DO make and the swaps in which you participate. Time for me to kick myself in the patoot and make something! Thanks for the inspiration.