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Happy Birthday to me, today I am 45 years young and I really don’t consider out of my late 30’s. I never work on my birthday, I made the mistake of doing that last year after many years of taking it as holiday and I didn’t like it. So today I have been painting my day away, watching good tv and chilling out, and it has been a pleasant day.

My whole ethos for this year is Harmony which just in the first 2 weeks has been a real challenge, so I have taken small steps one journal page a week, gentle exercise every day that I can improve upon as the days and weeks go by instead of trying too hard at the beginning, failing and giving up.

So my first completed journal page is below, and it is sometime how I feel that is it raining life, everything coming down on me all at once. Mostly this tends to be work and as much as I try to let it go when you are there over 8 hours a day it is extremely hard.

Raining Life

Really enjoyed using my new Dylusions paints, lovely consistency and go beautifully with the distress paints and sprays. I just love the depth of colour that can be achieved through layering these products, with this in mind I thought I would have a go at painting some clay butterflies I made for my white tree.

White Tree 1

This is just the start and these were the only ones I had ready to paint, I like the look bright and sunny.

Pink Butterfly

Yellow Butterfly

Orange Butterfly

Green Butterfly

And I have started a new journal page  for this week, just loving the colours so rich

New Inspiration

So from doing no art to a fair amount over the last couple of weeks it feels really good to get back into my life again, get some work life balance.

Wishing you a great evening.

Clairester xx

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So what have I been up to, well to help with my anxiety, organising myself and keep track of my life I have started using well originally a Filofax. It focusses my mind and helps me plan better thus keeping some of my worries at bay. I was lucky enough a while ago to order a Kikki K planner from Australia, and it is beautiful.

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Ocean blue with gold dots in leather, I love this type of closure means you can fit more inside. Normally I am a purple girl but I fancied something different and it reminds me of the sea. I love being creative with my diary and it pleases me do something small towards being artistic.

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As much as I like technology I miss writing, I don’t get the same thrill from adding an appointment to my phone and at the moment I have quite a lot of upheaval going on so to be able to order the mind no matter how small is just what is required.

I found out last week that our department is under review for redundancy so none of our jobs are safe and we won’t find anything out till 1st June. My year started out amazing with 2 wonderful holidays and since I have been back I have had challenge after challenge, I just hope I can get through this with my sanity intact.

Wishing you well this evening

Clairester x

 

 

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Goodness me can you believe we are almost at the end of March, this year is already speeding past. Art has taken a small back seat just while I get back into walking, exercise to get myself back on track. I have to say I was absolutely knackered after walking home this week, so really didn’t feel inspired to do much other than read.

This weekend I tried jewellery making, I have wanted to have a go for a while but didn’t know how so found a necklace I liked then found out how to make one. I started with a bracelet, the photo’s have not come out very clear so sorry about that.

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I used nylon cord and hand knotted between each bead, at first took me a while to get going but once you get a rhythm going it is quite easy and therapeutic. With that in mind I made a very long wrap around necklace…….

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Really very boho, what I realised is you need a lot of beads so I am going to need to invest a little, what I love is that they are easy to make and they are unique. So I made one for my Mum for Mother’s Day!

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All this inspiration comes from my obsession with pinterest, I love just looking for new ideas and there is so much inspiration which fills my heart with happiness.

Happy Sunday

Clairester
Xx

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Bit of a slow craft day, had a new idea, yep another project!! To make some jewellery, I was looking for a new necklace and could not see anything I liked, so why not make my own. Over the years I have collected a small supply of beads and such so I will be trying to crochet a necklace much like the one below

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I have ordered the thread and a small crochet hook, so this will be my project for this weekend, really can’t wait. I had a practice with some wool and it was quite easy, I found a tutorial on YouTube. When I have finished one I will post the whole lot plus links, hopefully at the weekend.

Lovely shopping day tomorrow……and no work so relaxing!

Clairester
Xx

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It is true as the years go by the quicker they seem to go and I always feel sadness as the year closes out, so it is important that each moment counts. I don’t regret, sometimes I wish I had done things differently, but I never want to feel that I didn’t live up to my potential.

So that is my theme for 2014 – make each moment count, for yourself, for your family, friends and the world. I want to know and feel that I experienced what life has to offer for me, art, friends, dating, adventure who knows and that should be exciting….watch this space for new plans….

Be Merry this Sunday night

Clairester
Xx

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I cannot believe my last post was 3 weeks ago, as usual life gets in the way well more likely I have been distracted. It is not as if I haven’t been crafting, however I have just found that moving out of dating has been very distracting. I have been learning so much about myself over the last 2 months, understanding why I act the way I do and whether it is beneficial to me. I am so hard on myself mostly because I have become a slave to my emotions instead of controlling them.

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Feeling a bit like I have left this all too late, I think I say this every year about making Christmas stuff and it never changes. Now I gave even started to make decorations for other people, because it gives me joy and I seem to like the added pressure.

This life, my life is all about me, I have confused myself into thinking it is about relationships with others but it is not, it is about my relationship with myself and how I feel. I am excited about who I am becoming, thinking about all the things I want to do, and how I want my world to grow larger. I want to meet people, make connections, and see what happens, I feel 2014 has a lot of potential.

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And next year it really is all about me for once!

Wishing you Sunday love

Clairester
Xx

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This has been a truly exceptional weekend, I spent Friday night and Saturday with Chris, the guy I am dating. First on the plan was dinner and he made honey chicken stir fry which was gorgeous especially as I don’t like honey, then as he had introduced me to airsoft guns he showed me how to strip down and clean then, put them back together.

He was very sweet and had set up his rifles and targets for me to shoot at, who knew how fascinated I would be. Obviously this is in a safe environment but the mechanics are fascinating, apparently I was completely in the zone and it seemed to affect him on an emotional level that he gave me 2 guns, really very overwhelming.

On Saturday I shared art journaling with him and he created 2 very different pieces which are beautiful, he was happy for me to share them with you.

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Chris really threw himself into it, he got to see me at work and we had a really good time sharing something new, it was refreshing to have someone open themselves up to possibility, and a different form if creativity. He normally plays the harp and writes poetry!

This is my effort from the day, I just got to muck around with my paints and have fun.

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Chris opened up and as a result everything felt better. I don’t think this is a love thing, however it us more than friendship and I like it being the same for now, we are having inordinate amounts of fun which is what like is about.

So whilst I still feel messed up and my anxiety wants to play havoc with my mind, I am happy to know that Chris likes me and for now that is enough.

Sending loves this Sunday

Clairester
Xx

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