How does your garden grow?

In my case, not very well! Every couple of years I decide to try to grow some vegetables at home. One year I even went as far as getting an allotment! That was a complete disaster and I think I visited the plot a total of 3 times in the entire year. Not one of my better ideas! In my defense the plot was horribly overgrown and covered in weeds, it was horrifically hard work to even clear a tiny patch, and no-one wanted to help me. So I gave that up. But it didn’t stop me wanting to grow my own, even though I have a terrible history with plants. I regularly buy potted herbs from the supermarket, only to forget to water them and they end up drying out on the kitchen window sill and landing in the bin. I bought an orchid because they are so beautiful, but that lasted only a few weeks. I am having some success with not killing cacti, though!

 Anyway, this year I’ve decided to give it another go. I’m starting small and not too ambitious. Our garden is quite tiny, so I have decided containers are the way to go. We have one of those plastic greenhouse thingies, and I have sown some seeds! By the summer we will have a wonderful homegrown selection of cherry tomatoes, various lettuce, beetroot and runner beans! Keep an eye on my instagram account for regular updates on the growth of my seedlings and keep your green fingers crossed for me!

 Do you grow your own veges? Do you have any tips for me? Let me know in the comments section – because let’s be honest, I need all the help I can get!

Swish swish!

The sun is shining and it is a very welcome 18C here today!

I finally got round to finishing off my first little collaged mermaid … here she is in all her blue glory!  What you can’t see is that she has a final coating of shimmery blue watercolour over her scales, and her crown is made from sparkly stickles … I think she’s cute :0

I’m also doing another course that the moment. The wonderfully inspirational Jeanne Oliver is running an amazing 4 week course called The Journey of Letting Go.  The first week has been very special!  Uplifting discussion videos from Jeanne along with loads of arty gorgeous goodness!  Amongst other things, I made a coptic bound journal from watercolour paper and canvas for the cover.  This was a tricky little bugger, taking three attempts to actually get it right (*note to self* don’t attempt coptic binding at midnight!), and clearly my technique needs some work, but I love it! I went large for this one, the journal is A4 sized.

Happy Sunday! Hope the sun is shining where you are 🙂

Mermaid Circus part 1

I think this is going to be fun! When I saw the first video, my heart kind of sank a little.  I’m not a huge fan of shaped journals or books, and the first project is a book in the shape of mermaids.  I nearly ignored the first lesson but I decided in the end to go with it.  I made my book smaller than suggested, and it really is quite cute and dinky!  We’ll see how it progresses …

A whole journal!

I can’t believe it – I have finally completed a whole journal from start to finish!  I’m not a very organised art journaller, and tend to flit from one book to the next, starting a new one on a whim without finishing the previous one.  I have never actually filled every page in a journal … until now!  Hurrah!

I made this journal based on one of Kelly Kilmer’s online classes – I think it was the Journey Within class.  I started it in November 2012 and finished it today!  I had a long period of a couple of months where I did not journalling whatsoever in any journal (not unusual for me), so I’m pretty pleased with myself for getting this done!

Wanna see?!

Project Life Week 4!

This is about the only thing I’m getting done this week!  I’m not sure about the yellow background on these pages … I’ve used plain white up to now.  I may change this!

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