Sunday, 2 September 2012

Rainy Play Day !

Today the forecast had been good but we woke to teeming rain - which carried on 'til well past lunch time.
Unlike Monday, when we just hunkered down in the house, we did get a shift on & go swimming - having not swum for a fortnight the normal 50 lengths were a bit of a plodding affair but I got there in the end !
The shops are open earlier than normal for a Sunday for a few weeks - some unfathomable reason passed off to be to do with the Olympics & Paraolympics - so we could get some essential supplies after swimming & still be back home before 10am !!

So I had some play time between a pile of ironing - and an hour & half battling weeds & slugs in the garden when the sun finally struggled out !

Thursday night I realised I had to get a shift on to put together my September Book of Days page - as Saturday would BE September !!
So I picked a colour scheme I had seen featured in a recent craft magazine - white, black & lime green & used a big doodle style funky flower paper I had bought at Ally Pally in April & couldn't think what to do with !

I haven't stuck down the squares from the 22nd onwards as we shall be on holiday in Spain from then & taking the squares is far easier than taking the whole book !

A few weeks back I had bought a tub of Black Gesso in Hobbycraft but not done anything with it - so I had a go laying down a background in my journal.

Only to find it is fabulous stuff ! It gives a gorgeous full coverage & a touch of gloss - this will definitely be something I'll be using from now on !

So in the cause of experimentation I used my new Tim Holtz Autumn stamps (don't normally buy his stamps as they are so expensive but these are gorgeous !) - and used mica powders (had been watching Sheena Douglas on a show I'd taped from Create & Craft whilst I was ironing & she was using Mica Paints so I dug my powders out !!) to show up the stamped images on the back - and then created a journal page to show how I feel about the Autumnal mornings creeping in !

Finally I saw the challenge on the House of Bears blog - inspired by Dickens Great Expectations the them was decay & neglect - so I had a go designing my own Dia De Los Muertos Skull & printed & cut out a graveyard scene I found on the internet .. so this is my entry to the challenge about decay not needing to mean neglect of our departed loved ones if we look to Hispanic cultures for inspiration !


  1. This is fantastic. You've really captured the essence of the festival with the skull. We love the way you've contrasted the image with the graveyard scene to tie it all back to the book, while still achieving something totally different.

    Fabulous work, and thank you so much for taking the time to join in with our fun challenge.

  2. WOW! I love this! This is a fantastic interpretation of the theme. I haven't even thought of my entry yet and your done! Yikes :)