Wednesday, 14 February 2018

DIY - Tea Box Makeover

I got this mini chest of drawers from my brother in law and his partner a couple of years ago as Christmas present and while they mentioned that I could do anything I wanted with it (knowing my crafty inkling), it sat there unused for quite some time before I decided to give it another life. I wanted to try something different using decoupage paper (I have never tried this technique before), various paints (acrylic, chalk paint and chalkboard paint) and repurposing some brooches that I really liked but never worn.The result is a pretty box that I can use to store my tea bags and the good news is that I love it!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

New Cook Book: Sensational Salads

I know that making salads doesn't involve too much cooking, but I needed a book to give me more ideas than my usual onion, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper and feta cheese salad. As I like variety and trying new things all the time, a book containing 101 salad ideas is right up my street. And I wasn't disappointed. First on the list: anchovy salad - lettuce, tomatoes, anchovies and olives plus white vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice for the dressing. Other salads were equally delicious: green bean & walnut salad, potato salad, and walnut, pear & crispy bacon salad - four down, 97 more to go and yes, there are fruit salads too. Result!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

January Sketchbook

One of my new year's resolutions is to try and sketch something every day, even though not everything will become a finished painting. Sketching is good to jot down ideas or just record something that inspired you on the day. As I normally paint directly on canvas images that I have in my head, sketching proved to be quite a challenge. I am more about painting and creating textures than drawing, but I must admit that I enjoyed my little drawings. Here are a few images from my sketchbook drawn throughout January, some became paintings, some are just there to inspire me for future paintings and some are just drawing exercises. I will come back with an update later this year.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Saturday, 30 December 2017

December Art Beads Challenge

Now the Christmas is over and we had a few days of 'back to normal' before New Year's Eve, I thought I would embark on this month's challenge over at Art Beads Scene. The artwork is Still Life with Tulips and Fruit Bowl by Susan Valadon created in 1924 in oil on canvas.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas Gifts Wrapping Ideas

My wrapping is a mixture of use-what-you-have, recycled paper, readily bought accessories and some imagination. Some of the materials include recycled brown paper, readily bought wrapping paper with a Christmas theme (I really liked the simplicity of it), raffia, chalkboard paper, chalk pen, cupcake Christmas accessories, ribbon, decorated cellophane and various containers such as willow basket and jars. I really enjoyed wrapping the gifts as well as photographing them. Enjoy!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Handmade Christmas

It is not entirely handmade, but most of our decorations are as well as the table arrangements and other accessories, namely ceramic mini mugs and owls candle holder.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Thursday, 7 December 2017

DIY - Christmas Trees and Presents Decorations

After last week's project, I just entered into a creative mode and I wanted to make some more decorations, namely trees and presents. Making your own Christmas decorations is easy and fun and your tree can look pretty and stylish without breaking the bank. Just use what you've got and put your creative mind to good use.