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!

Spring Cleaning and April Roundup

Regular readers will notice things have changed a little round here!  I decided it was time for a little spring clean and spruce up and set off on my quest to find a template that met my exacting requirements!  Many, many hours later, here we are.  I apologise for the look of images in older posts – they really don’t look good, but I’m just closing my eyes to them at the moment and waiting for them to disappear off the front page 😀

So on to my April round up.  I actually didn’t read a single book in March and did not pursue any of my other hobbies either.  I have no idea why, but this does happen to me from time to time.  In April, I was very excited to discover that Scribd was available to UK subscribers (albeit with a slightly lesser catalogue, but it’s still great!) and so I signed up for my free trial.  I discovered audio books, which I’d never tried before, and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to three books this month!

First up was Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix.  This was fun to listen to, and I really loved the descriptions of the sinister Ikea-like products, but I think it did lose a bit in the narration here.  I haven’t seen the physical book, but I know it is set out like an Ikea catalogue which sounds great.  The story was fun, the narrator was good.  I gave this 3 stars.

Next up, I listened to Every Patient Tells A Story by Lisa Sanders, who is the technical adviser for the programme House.  This is a non-fiction book about patients who present as medical mysteries, those who are hard to diagnose.  I found this book fascinating and so interesting.  It was narrated by the author, and she was great.  I gave this 4 stars and highly recommend it to anyone interested in medical things.

My final ‘read’ for April was Good Girl by Mary Kubica.  This threatened to be the “next Gone Girl” which put me off a bit, as I really didn’t like that book at all.  But this was much better, pretty gripping though I did guess the ending.  This book is written from 3 points of view, the mum, the policeman, and the “baddie”.  The mum and the police did a fab job, but the other one drove me crazy.  I guess it’s a thing that the narrator tries to differentiate between voices, but I found it extremely irritating when this one put on a pathetic high pitched girly voice for the girl.  It just really got on my nerves and it did affect my enjoyment of his sections of the book.  I gave this one 3 stars.

The bonus of listening to an audio book is that you can carry on with other things while listening, and I was very happy to get back to crocheting this month!  I made some progress on Natasha’s blanket.  The piles of circles are slowly adding up, and waiting patiently to be joined together as hexagons!

They look so cute!

That’s what I’ve been up to in April.  I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing this month – let me know in the comments section!

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?!

Fun fun fun!

So today hubby and boy were at a football tournament and daughter was amusing herself watching pre-olympics programmes on TV, so I had a play in my art journal(s)!

 I went back to Scrapping the Music and had a look through their prompts and was hugely inspired, as always!

I made this page for their Golden Years prompt … the song comes from the movie A Knight’s Tale, one of my all time favourite movies ever in the entire universe, and the clip that this song relates to is the absolute best bit of the entire movie. So funny 🙂 Check out this clip if you haven’t seen the movie!

 

And here’s my page inspired by the song – it has nothing to do with the movie at all 🙂  Excuse the photo! I left it too late and now it’s dark 🙁

Here’s a closer look at the little cutie!

Another of the prompts over there was Just Breathe by Pearl Jam. Now if you know me, you will know that I have a slight obsession with Eddie Vedder, so I just had to do this page right away! Again, the actual page has nothing to do with the delicious Eddie …

AND I made a video of the process! You can see it here:

 

Mega catch up!

I’ve been working hard to catch up on my Art Journal Caravan … I’d kind of stuck way back at week 6 or 7 … but I’m now up to date to week 19! Hurrah! I won’t bore you all by posting all the pages at once, but here’s the first few:

Week 7, with a face!

Week 8, with some inked up paper towel:

Week 9, with a napkin:

Week 10, a quick magazine image collage:

Week 11, a little bit of journalling added to the face I showed you in the last post:

Arty journalling!

So I’ve been getting my fingers inky and painty again … a few pages to show you … my latest fad is faces (again) … still getting the hang of them, as you can see!

This one might need some plastic surgery on her nose and mouth …

This one isn’t quite finished … she needs some journalling … and maybe some corrective eye surgery!

I’m finding it really tricky to get the faces all looking different, but I guess that will come with practice!