Saturday 28 May 2011
Friday 27 May 2011
We have been watching a programme all about unlikely animal friendships-a sheep and an elephant, a polar bear and a dog, a dog and a leopard. This film is of a bear, a tiger and a lion who live together. They were found in a raid on drug dealers and rescued all together. They are just so sweet!
Thursday 26 May 2011
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Tuesday 24 May 2011
Monday 23 May 2011
This is a roof of a building just up the road near the shops-nearly as beautifully decayed as the one in Greenwich the other day.
The cheery Corner Cafe next door to the building above. A very friendly cafe.
More of the same all week-such fun.
Sunday 22 May 2011
This weekend has been busy and pretty sociable really (despite lots of work!) I have chatted to strangers (about knitting socks, vintage buttons, buying beads in Afghanistan, and coming from Maidstone)-in a junk shop and on the market. My brother came up, as he was riding his tandem in a charity event today-for stroke victims. He had his friend who had had a stroke, on the back of his tandem. They survived the day-it sounded pretty hard work to me as half of it was just my brother riding the bike with a heavy passenger. Good thing to do though! He was telling us about something he hopes to compete in next year in Colorado, called the Leadville 100. ("Where attitude meets altitude")It is a run of 100 miles high up in the mountains. He did a similar thing in Scotland last year-45 miles-with his friend who wants to do it. Apparently it is invitation only but his friend has a plan! We looked at the stats of the 2009 race and I was actually quite excited on his behalf-and in awe as I could never do anything like it.
Apeironia, the second doll in the TDP I have worked on, is finally done and packed ready to leave. This is the little postcard in progress that I made to go with her. The animation makes me think of the brain teaser thing that Kat sent me on Friday to test my brain age-it is 41-yes! (I am a secretly very competitive person) My real age is 45 ha ha! Here is a link, should you wish to measure your brain age! There is a game where you have to identify what is changing in the picture you are looking at-starts off quite easy-not as much so as my animation-but becomes very difficult quite quickly. A fun way to spend 2 minutes.
I made another sale-I get very excited when I sell something-and very grateful that I am not trying to make my living through making things! Little felted horse is off to Connecticut tomorrow. Weird to think these things end up in houses of people I will never meet, in places I most likely will never go.
I keep meaning to get some business cards made, but never get around to it. So each time I send off something I have sold, I improvise. Today I used this lovely old postcard of Buckingham Palace, with a pogo photo of the horse on the back.
Friday 20 May 2011
Thursday 19 May 2011
I told him I'd chuck his legs in the Thames."
This is the best overheard conversation (monologue) I have ever overheard. I heard it on the train from Littlehampton to Brighton and I had to write it down super quick so I wouldn't forget it. The phrase 'an array of legs' is just inspired!
Wednesday 18 May 2011
I read in my resin instructions that silicone moulds are good as they don't need to be coated. I do want to make things other than just boxes so I have given it a try. I used cupcake moulds-wrinkly ones(a charity shop purchase intended for school but not taken there) and non-wrinkly ones. The resin comes out so easily.
The seventies here I come! Do you remember all those resin paperweight type things with dried flowers and seashells in? Resin must have been a bit of a craze then. I never liked them but maybe I was wrong! These flowers are not dried-they are picked straight off of the primula in yesterday's post. In my head I imagined the fresh flower, perfectly preserved in all its beauty. As this is as much science as it is art this was only one theory. I wondered if the flowers would somehow rot or be damaged in some way. What actually happened was this-they are preserved perfectly in shape and detail, but bleached to a creamy yellow. The bleaching happened really quickly. Then I remembered that the catalyst for the resin is peroxide-aah-ding-lightbulb!
This is a book with a circle cut out of the cover and lots of layers of paper, china arranged in it, and then filled with resin. I was going to keep the other pages but as it was such a thick book I have taken them out and will have a go at making my own sketch book to put in it. I used tinfoil to make a barrier between the resin and the rest of the pages and then glued many more pages to the back of this where the resin had leaked.
The next thing I am going to try is glitter birds-I have two small bird moulds from Hong Kong-I don't know if they sent me two by mistake or I ordered two by mistake-they have the added bonus of being sent in two separate string tie envelopes-I love those! I am going to add glitter to the resin. When these are dry I am going to encase them in more resin in a box. I think!
Googled resin art-found one I like so far-Brooks Salzwedel
Tuesday 17 May 2011
More quick and easy-this time in the garden-primulas for £1 each from Morrison's-where I also bought some ready grown sweet pea seedlings for £1 each-bargains! I love these primulas and also love sweet peas-but never have much luck germinating them.
Below is some greek basil-with the added colour of a ladybird. This basil is so delicious. It is stronger in flavour I think than the larger leaved basil. These two plants were supermarket basil and completely pot bound and dying because of it. I split the plant and re-potted them and they are thriving. It makes a delicious addition to a cheese omelette-a quick and easy tea!
Two more quick and easy recipes-carrot and coriander soup-a bag of carrots, a stock cube, an onion and a bunch of coriander. Cook the onion in a little oil until soft, add the dissolved stock cube and the chopped carrots. When the carrots are cooked, add the ripped up coriander, blitz in the blender-done-delicious!
Fruity milkshake-handful or two of soft fruit of your choice, enough milk to make it as thick or thin as you like it, a bit of vanilla syrup if you are being bad! Blitz in the blender-yum!
Monday 16 May 2011
Just before bed last night I went to get a drink of water. The light in the kitchen was off and I looked up and saw the moon in the clouds-I love the dramatic look of it when it is like that. The way the clouds have a slight orange tinge.