Friday, 31 July 2015

Recent Makes

Time just whips by, and before you know it, August is here! I am currently making a large circle for Linda Sue, but that is not finished yet so no pictures. Here are some other things I made over the last couple of months and why I made them...
 Hazel, a teacher at the Bethnal Green School went off to have a baby near the end of term. I really like her and wanted to make something. I had some octopusses that I have been making for a while, so I added some flowers and made a mobile.
 I also made a card. I stole the idea from Pinterest and made my own version. 
 I made a birthday card for my Mum. I love making these little paper roses. You can make them from a spiral but I have a die that cuts out a spiral with wiggly edges for the very purpose so I used that.
 I made some octopus keyrings for the people in the nursery at the other school. I am going back there in September but only long term for six weeks then back to the daily and supply cover.
 Linda Sue and I went to Greenwich market and this little baby caught my eye. I couldn't wait to try to draw her.
 What a cute face!
 Rachel, the teacher at the local school, left at the end of term, so I got the children to draw themselves, and to tell me something about Rachel. I made the drawings and quotes into a little bound book.

 I made Alice and the other props for the tea party. I really enjoyed making her and want to try more papier mache dolls. 
I found a vintage doily pattern when looking for star patterns so made a few. I have put those on hold for a while though.
 I had some left over felt from school-the unpopular colours! So I have made some bunting to put in the shed. I have a little desk in there. I have not actually sat in there to do anything yet but I intend to.
 I have made a large amount of glue dot glittery things to go on Christmas cards which I intend to start on soon. I have had a few trials and have cut out some felt tree shapes.

 Trying out some pastel pencils I found when tidying the back room. I used acrylic paper which has a texture on it, and quite like that effect.
 My latest project was this little boat. It is Arty Party time again, and the kids made little balsa wood boats in bottles (jars). This is my version. I loved making it! The sails are masking tape stuck back to back on cocktail sticks and poked in. The band is a piece of left over copper from some fish they made. ( I couldn't let the scraps be thrown away so saved them!)
 The anchor is a die cut. The base is an old child's brick. Black acrylic, and a bit of Buff It, a marvellous product-very soft rub on shiny stuff which smells good as well.
This week has been a bit stressful. On Sunday night I had to rush Tiger to the vets, worried that she had thrombosis, which if she had would have meant the end. Luckily it wasn't that and she is fine, but the week began with a very scary night and three hours sleep! Then this morning I went to drive to work and the car wouldn't start. An expensive call to the AA later, ( I had to get home start as I broke down at home) and a bus ride to work, and I had booked a mechanic to come this evening. It was the battery-almost completely dead, so another eighty pounds later I had a new one. I had to help him test it and he explained why they die. We were standing there with the leads attached to the battery and the machine showing bad news. It was like heart surgery for a car. I am looking forward to a weekend with no major dramas!
Our lovely Tiger-still here!


lynne h said...

sarah, you never cease to amaze me with all you do... i love the doll and your painting of it!


Steve Reed said...

Good grief, you HAVE been busy! I'm glad TIger pulled through. Love the octopi!

Linda Sue said...

Beautiful photo of Tiger lily. It is always so troubling when they are not well...they will break your heart a whole bunch of times. You certainly have been productive! Glad to see the baby in painting, very nicely done! As you do! Jealous of your cutter thing!