I have dabbled with acrylic painting
for a few years now.
I find it a very therapeutic way to unwind.
The only problem I have is
finding the time to escape from family life
for a few hours to visit one of my most
favourite places in the whole wide world,
It's fair to say,
this is my little bit of serendipity
that I came across quite by chance
and that I love to indulge in,
in an otherwise
very busy life.
Little B is at a VERY clingy
stage at the moment,
which is lovely in the sense that
I feel so needed and loved,
but on the other hand,
I can't even go to the bathroom
So the prospect of leaving him with Daddy
for an afternoon,
whilst I disappear is just about impossible.
It's such a shame because Miss B has
come with me on a couple occasions
and she really loves
her time 'up on the hill' too.
I shall just have to be patient
and wait a little while longer,
and the time will come
when we can 'escape'.
The Crafts House is run by a wonderfully
talented lady called Sandra
and her lovely husband, David.
Sandra is front of house,
looking after all things crafty,
and David is in charge of
creating and cutting all the amazing
that adorn the shelves of the shop.
These blanks all sit waiting for you
to unleash your artistic ideas on.
Sandra helps and guides
you through the process of
conquering the initial fear
of picking up a paint brush,
and realising that painting
is so much fun,
as well as medicine of the soul.
David made some letters
for me quite a while ago,
and in between having children
and juggling work
they got put into the UFO
(unfinished objects) box.
I started working on them about a year ago,
and I am ashamed to say,
it's taken me this long to make the
time to complete them.
An opportunity to get all my paints
out onto the kitchen table
and indulge in some very precious
happened this weekend,
and I loved it.
The kids were 'helping' Daddy clean the car,
a.k.a. the mobile skip,
so I was able to revel in the pleasure of
forty five minutes of peace and quiet.
I had already done all of the
base colour work with Sandra,
so there was only the
decoration to finish off.
I wanted to keep this simple
so as not to look too fussy
when they were mounted on the wall.
The hearts and polka dots
on the 'b' and 'e' were
so easy and quick to do,
but very effective.
The 'k' was just a stitched line
effect created with a white uni-ball Signo pen.
These pens are great for writing
on most surfaces,
but especially black so those
chalkboard labels that are
very popular at the moment
are a doddle with this.
The 'a' was a little more
time consuming with the rose pattern.
I was slightly apprehensive
about this one because I had
to paint roses before.
In actual fact,
they were really simple
but didn't 'come together'
until I added the white accent an dots.
I fixed them to the wall using
These are amazing little strips of
self adhesive Velcro that attach to
the wall and to the thing you want to hang.
It eliminates fiddling about with
picture hooks and such like.
There are no holes in the walls
and no need for bashing the
end of your thumb with a hammer.
The great thing about these
for my wooden letters was
that I could literally stick them
to the wall anywhere in the kitchen.
So after a bit of playing around
and height, etc.
and advice from Mr. B,
I decided above the ovens
was the perfect spot.
I love them and feel really
pleased with the patterns and colours I chose.
Until next time,
enjoy your day.