Tuesday 16 April 2019


Last week I ran a bit of an Art Journalling Workshop with a few friends, all of who suffer from chronic health conditions and the associated mental health impact. That might sound as though it was a pretty miserable afternoon, but in fact it was very uplifting. We did some secret writing then used an image of a sculpture  by Celeste Roberge to creat a journal page.

A lovely afternoon spent with lovely people and great to be back into my journal again.

When I got home I thought I’d do a more upbeat page

I love this cowardly lion stamp from octopode. It’s just how I feel sometimes. Thoroughly enjoyed creating this page!
Hope you’re enjoying the sun
X Michelle

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Busy little Bees

I’ve been a bit buzzy, I mean busy, this week. The bee project last week made me think about how we could improve the lot of the bee.  Did you know that In the last century 35 species of bee have become extinct? And that without bees as pollinators we would not be able to produce enough food to feed us? So here’s an idea.....

I’ve designed a wee gift idea. The envelope holds enough bee friendly wild flower seed to sow an area 1m square. Just imagine how much more habitat would be available to our surviving bees if every crafter made one of these to give to someone special!

The fabulous stamp set from Hobby Art is just perfect for the gift and I just loved creating it.
I’ll add the tutorial shortly and would be thrilled to know that you’ve made one!

Big buzzy hugs

Sunday 24 March 2019

Finding my crafting feet!

Well I've had a busy crafting week, renewing forgotten skills and visiting old and some new friends in blog land. It's been lovely to see how some things have changed and how some have stayed just the same!  I received another really quick delivery from Hobby Art this week and quickly inked the stamps up. A subject dear to my heart again, not birds but bees!

Here's   what I made 

I just knew the honeycomb would bridge the gap in another impossible card.  

Not done with the birds though, just arrived home from a run up the dale (I live in the Yorkshire Dales) and I've seen Buzzards, Barn Owls, Pied Wagtails, Curlews to name but a few and hundreds of these amazing birds 

Lapwings. They have amazingly iridescent feathers when you see them in real life. This is a paperweight I picked up from some cheapy shop which originally had an olde worlds map picture in it, so I soaked it overnight to get the picture off then cut a leftover pic of the lapwing from Hobby Arts Seashore Bundle using a spellbinder circular die and smothered it in glossy accents to stick it to the paperweight. 
It has always sat on my desk but now I like the picture that's in it, and when I get bored of it, I can soak it again and change it.

My other business of the week has been tidying my craft room. Unfortunately on the back of one of my cupboard doors I cam across some strips of old denim jeans which have been in the way of the door closing properly for years so I thought I'd tidy them away.

Now I've got to tidy away the peg loom and the bits of thread I've cut off after finishing the rug. Great way to use up old jeans though!

Hope you've have had as enjoyable a day as I have.
X Michelle