Category Archives: children’s art

Seed

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growing and playing

burning curiosity

revealing secrets

 

 

One of the things I love doing most with my grandchildren is sowing seeds and sharing in their wonder as they see the seedlings appear. The top right picture is of some double sided sellotape laid on paper for sticking collage material on. Click any photo to see it larger.

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week = SEED

Cathy and I have put together a list for the year, you can see all the prompts here.

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge prompts = SECRET and BURN.

Join us in the Photo Challenge and add a link in the comments below.

Happy Snapping!

 

Seahorse Giveaway: The Results

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I’m sure you have all been on tenterhooks! Ha!

The winners for the Seahorse Giveaway were drawn on 11:11, sorry to have taken this long to let you know.

I wrote a list of the entrants and gave each one a number

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and put them in a little pottery cupcake

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painted by Little Miss M

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Then Miss E, Master R and Little Miss M each picked a number.dsc_0081

They immediately wanted to know who had won, but I had left the list at home.

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Miss E thought there ought to be a prize for the best idea too. They are away at the moment, when they return I’ll ask them to choose what they think are the best ideas and let you know.

So

Drum Roll please!

and a swim past by the shoal (herd?) of Seahorses …………….

Number 3: 10000hoursleft

Number 8: JPeters from Onto My Next 40 years

Number 13: Judy of Edwina’s Episodes

And for the new Followers, only one entry

The Peelings

CONGRATULATIONS!

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And Cathy of Nanacathy, had a cunning plan – she suggested we swap a Tinsel Owl for a Seahorse

Ollie arrived! And immediately made friendsdsc_0007

then this happened!

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Hmmm! I’ll have to watch that owl!

I decided 2 seahorses should swim their way ‘up North’ as a swap, and so after a final farewell hug they are now on their waydsc_0003

thank you Cathy for suggesting such a lovely way to exchange handmade gifts.

A huge Thank You to everyone who took part in the Giveaway and contributed so many creative ideas – I love co-creating things so much and hope to put the ideas to good use over the coming months.

It has been fun!

If you are one of the winners please go the the ‘Contact Me’ Page at the top and let me know colour and yarn preference and your postal address and I will be delighted to send the 4 seahorses on their merry way.

For anyone wanting to make a seahorse, the pattern is now available on Ravelry and Etsy.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along.

 

Monster

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monsters creep
deep from our psyche
hearts racing

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Ronovan’s prompts: Creep and Race

Photo Challenge Prompt: Monster

Pictures drawn on the ferry ride back from Brownsea Island last week. All drawn by Little Miss M, aged 4, apart from the one top left, by Master R aged 7.

To join in with the Photo Challenge or the Phaiku Challenge which combines the two challenges, please leave a link in the comments.

Next week’s Photo prompt

HUNT

Artist at work

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Little Miss M (age 4) spent the afternoon with Granny.

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We had a heavenly time.

The sunset tonight seemed to take its inspiration from  her painting.

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I played around with painting on tin foil.

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Well why not!

 

Photo Challenge Round-Up: Zest

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This painting shrieks ZEST to me!

paint squirted

happy shouts of glee

create art

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Jane at Rainbow Junkie……. …………… ……St. Clements

Cathy at Nanacathy…….. ……. ……….. …….Search

💜 me at Wild Daffodil……… ……… ……….   Degree

💜 Denis at Haiku Hound…….. ……….. …… blossoms

Christina at A Look at the Little Things ……. …Dad

Del at CurlsnSkirls ……………………………mmmm  chocolate

Dorris at Dig With Dorris ……………………. Abundance

 

The 💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Please let me know if I have missed anyone

Thank you everyone for your entries all so full of ZEST

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

 

Next photo prompt is

STRENGTH

Check

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home schooling:

free rein on the quest

for knowledge

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Last week Miss E and I went on the train to the Lymington Museum and Art Gallery where 22 Home Schooled children gathered to take part in the most wonderful workshop based on an exhibition of work by many different artists all creating pictures of trees.

The children were invited to leap into a painting and imagine themselves there – what could they hear, see, touch, smell. What would they need to take with them. how did they feel whilst they were there.

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They then chose a painting to look at for 10 seconds then turn away and draw from memory, then a different painting to draw just the outlines for 5 minutes, then 5 minutes to use colour. After that we went to the craft room to create a printing block of their drawing in polystyrene, to print on coloured paper.

On the train I was allowing the movement of the train to create wiggly lines in my sketch book as a quirky diary/memory of our day.

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Miss E noticed that the rain on the train windows made similar lines when travelling down the windows

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which in turn were similar to the lines of the branches of the trees in one of the paintings

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I just LOVE the way her creative mind flows.

Joining in with our 52 Week Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt CHECK

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: REIN and QUEST.

I’m a little late this week as I have been away for a few days visiting my son and his three girls and then to Chelsea Flower Show with my sister! We had the BEST time – more of that soon. A highlight of the day was meeting up with fellow blogger Dorris – Wow! That was really special!

There’s a Dragon in the Playground

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There’s a dragon in the playground

He’s playing catch with me

There’s a dragon in the playground

Can I invite him round for tea

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There’s a dragon in the playground

He’s playing in the sand

There’s a dragon in the playground

Can he hold my hand

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Poem using DRAGON and INVITE by Miss E.

This is a poem Miss E wrote when she was 6 years old and still at school. The poem won a competition and was published in a book which was sold to raise funds for the school.

When Miss E was thinking of some words for Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge she decided to use words from this poem so that she could share the poem with you all this week.

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Message for Ronovan from Miss E: ” Thank you for using my words” 😀

Cards, Kits and Abstract Designs

I am still loving playing around with colouring the paper using Frances Pickering’s method, which can be found in her book ‘Under the Cover’.

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and thought these might make a cheeky entry into the Daily Post ‘Abstract’ challenge.

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I do love the way the colours blend and am wondering about framing some of them.

They are perfect for making birthday cards and this one went to Big Sister (6) to go with her letter ‘A’

She really liked it and asked me lots of questions about how I had made it. She wanted to make a card like it, but as I did not have all the necessary ingredients with me I said I would send her some of the paper and cut-outs to make some cards of her own – here is the little kit I put together for her.

3 folded cards and some bits and pieces to stick on them.

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I’m looking forward to seeing what she makes.

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iHanna’s PostCard Swap

I have just signed up for iHanna’s Post Card swap again. We each make 10 postcards  for the beginning of May, to send on a particular date, and Hanna gives us 10 addresses from all over the world, so we all get 10 handmade pieces of art back. It is great fun.pc2

The photo above is of a Post Card I sent a couple of years ago. If you put ‘Post Card Swap’ in the SEARCH box you will see my entries for other years.

Miss E absolutely loves to see all the cards coming in from different countries, and this year we will both make the cards together.

I could not copy Hanna’s email exactly, with all her amazing graphics but here is the essence of it.

Hi from Sweden! This is your invitation to join my PARTY – read on!

Dear Sandra!
Hi my old friend Sandra, I don’t know if you’ve missed my Newsletter but it’s been waaaay too long since I wrote you. I’m sorry, I’ll try to do better. If you’ve visited the blog recently you might have seen that you as a subscriber to the iHanna Newsletter have been entered into a fun giveaway!? Awesome huh?

In my next Newsletter I will annonce TWO winners of THREE months of the class The Journey Within – so do not unsubscribe, but rather forward this e-mail to a friend so they can get a chance to win to by signing up…

Also you’ll help me spread the word about the awesome postcard swap:
Join us right now for SPRING 2016 SWAPPING – time to make 10 awesome cards and send them to people from all over the world!
The DIY Postcard Swap
I’ve hosted this fun & big online party twice each year for many years now. The party starts online, but carries into the Real World and spreads a lot of happiness and joy to the homes of hundreds of people… I’d love if you could join us.

“The party” is what I’m calling my lovely brain child the DIY Postcard Swap this year. Many of you subscribe every time I host it so you might already know that you get to create 10 postcards and receive 10 postcards back from 10 other people around the world! It’s global, it’s fun and it’s easy to sign up.

All you need to do is read the rules and then decide if this is something that you’d like to do. Your postcards doesn’t have to be finished until the end of April, so you’ve got plenty of time. Sign up now:

SIGN UP FOR THE DIY POSTCARD SWAP

Questions? All the rules and a quick-to-read FAQ can be found on my blog. If you have further questions just let me know. Also, check it out on instagram: #diypostcardswap

wishing you a happy Easter
lots of love,
/Hanna

Wanna take a peek into my art journal? I hope you’ll agree that it’s someswhat of a
Visual Feast……

Do take a look at her blog iHanna, if you like art or crafting you can find so many tips and inspiration there. And if you sign up to her Newsletter you have a chance to win her online class.

Photo Challenge Round Up: Outline

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Miss E’s first Lino Cut design.

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Outlines of the week:

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Cathy at Nanacathy

💜 Melissa at The Aran Artisan

💜 me at Wild Daffodil

💜 Roz at Umpteen Things

💜 Cathy at Rambling in the Garden

Jen at Let the sewing begin.

Christina A Look at the Little Things

Dorris at Dig with Dorris

Ali at Thimberlina.

Srivi at The Piscean Me

Dennis at Haiku Hound

 

💜 Tells you there is a haiku in the post entering Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge

I sure I will have missed someone this week. i am on the iPad again and the WiFi conections are slow. PLEASE let me know if I have missed anyone and I will add them.

UPDATE

I missed Becky G – sorry Becky here it is at Becky G

 

Next (THIS) Week: SPRING

 

Duck Tape wallet

Today is a Homeschooling day with Miss E. I really look forward to Wednesdays!

Miss E always arrives brim full of ideas of what she would like to do and last week she wanted to make a card wallet for her Mum for Mother’s Day.image

The local newspaper have been offering vouchers to collect for annual family tickets for the Weymouth Sea Life Centre. Each member of the family have been issued with a card and Miss E wanted to make a special wallet to keep the 5 cards in.

we used some of the advertising cards that have been sent to me to make sure we had the size just right.

There are always frustrating moments in the making process, and it was hard for Miss E to keep the tape from wrinkling. I have found a useful little mantra to keep frustration at bay

it is not wrong, it is just not yet finished

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So we stuck a fish shape over the wrinkles, and Miss E realised that mistakes can lead to improvements. We added a length of black elastic recycled from some packaging to wrap round it, a couple of stitches to make it the right size, and Miss E put a little strip of Duck Tape to cover the stitches. Ta dah!

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Excitement

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crazed muse moves the pen

scrimbling with excitement

creates peaceful mind

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Joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: MUSE and PEN

The two sentences work like this:

crazed muse moves the pen, scrimbling with excitement

scrimbling with excitement, creates peaceful mind

Did I manage to have opposite meanings in the two sentences do you think? I think I did – that, to me, is very exciting! (but not the main reason I’m excited this week)

Maybe it also conveys a little message – not a traditional moral tale or words of great wisdom perhaps, but that scribbling and scrimbling can be like a meditation and a stress-buster.

Have you heard of ‘scrimbling’ it is a kind of two-handed scribbling that Miss E did at school to help with learning to write and well as to calm the mind and help with concentration. Perhaps that was what Jackson Pollock was trying to do – to calm his troubled mindautumn-rhythm

I found scribbling and scrimbling on a large (A1 or larger) piece of card to be very freeing and wonderful to do.

EXCITEMENT is a very timely photo prompt this week! I’m VERY excited as I am preparing to go away to the land of the Haiku!!!

I am going on an organised textile tour and will be visiting artisans in their workshops. We have been told that the Japanese like to swap business cards, so I made some to take with me.

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So relaxing to do – just tear up old magazines and place randomly til the whole area is covered – I did this whilst sitting in my sweet little caravan in the garden, called Pippin.DSC_0652

When the card is covered and the glue  has dried doodle all over it with a silver penDSC_0663

It is great to know that it will all be cut up anyway so you can just do loads of random doodles.DSC_0634

Then came the delight of scribbling all over the back of it – gosh it’s good to do this – taps into the inner child and feels SO relaxing and silly and fun all at the same time.

 

I cut the card up into business card sized pieces and printed out my details to stick on the back with the scribbling as a background.DSC_0638 (1)

 

To do this I used this wonderful little gadget – ooh I do love a crafty gadgetDSC_0634 (1)

A Xyron sticker maker. I also have a 5″ wide one as well for making bigger stickers, called a Xyron Creative Station. The grandchildren LOVE them. DSC_0636 (1)

You push in your artwork or printed paper one side and pull it out the other and hey presto! it is sticky on the back – magic!

 

We have been told that the Japanese also like to give little presents so I’m making some little crochet offerings to take with meDSC_0639

Have you been to Japan? Any timely tips?

Joining in with Bluedaisyz Photo Challenge: EXCITEMENT

Next week’s photo prompt: SHARP

Pop on over to bask in Cathy’s ‘excitement’.

And for a beautiful, romantic Haiku see Liz’s, here.

Seven

I had a lovely request from an Etsy customer to create a colouring sheet with the number 7 included. Her daughter is having an art party. The Pdf will be printed out for all the guests to have a copy to colour.DSC_0637

What a great idea!

I hope she likes it.

Wednesday Walk – to the woods

One day a week Miss E comes to me for art, craft and gardening as part of her home education, sometimes we have Little Miss M with us as well.

It is an absolute delight for me to be part of the H.E. team, and to see how Miss E’s confidence and interest in the world is developing since she has been at home.

She loves to enter competitions and saw one in her Wildlife Magazine that required a picture made with natural materials, so off we went to the woods to gather material.
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It is a favourite walk of ours and we always have to pay a visit to the old tree stump that the kids have named ‘the Gruffalo’s toilet’DSC_0640 DSC_0641

They clamber about on this old tree stump and it becomes all sorts of other things – a pirate ship at sea on this visit.

After gathering pine cones, fallen leaves and ferns they set to work. Miss E always knows just what she wants to do from the start, which can lead to frustration when things don’t work out exactly as she had in mind..DSC_0645

But I try to tell her this is all part of the creative process, and often get her to repeat the mantra “it’s not wrong, it’s just not finished!’

She would not let me take any photos of her early attemptsDSC_0648

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Then off we all went to a nearby café for a hot chocolate.

The photos were sent in and Miss E was SO delighted when her Squirrel appeared on the magazine’s Facebook page.

Happy days!

Do you have any woodland walks near you?

Oh Happy Day

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Joining in with Cathy’s brilliant meme – a In a Vase on Monday.

Hydrangeas and asters with the bag that Miss E (8) is making.

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Last night goes right into the top 10 most surreal nights I have ever spent. I set the alarm for 1.30am so that I could watch the eclipse of the full moon – which was well worth staying up most of the night for. Magical, russet for a while and weirdly beautiful.

I knew the eclipse would take a few hours – what to do – I found a website where I could watch the eclipse in real time on my lap-top, as it was too bright to look at to begin with, got back into bed with lap-top and put a DVD on the TV to keep me awake. Every so often I would pause the DVD, put on my sunglasses and go outside to watch the moon.

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with Simon Pegg – a nice easy watch for most of the time but taking me and my mind on a journey around the world searching for happiness – whilst also watching an eclipse on a computer as well as in reality, outside in the dark with sunglasses on – it sent my brain off in even more weird somersaults than usual, and set me thinking about what made me really happy.

I realised that sitting crafting all day listening to Radio 4, was one of the ways I get to feel that all’s well in my world, and that I have not had a whole day like that for ….. hmmm…… well …… years.

So I gave myself a ‘Happy Day’ and I sat and played with beads and made beaded decorations:

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They are to be sewn onto some tote bags and shoulder bags that Miss EDSC_0662

is making with me. I thought I would make a selection and then she will no doubt come up with her own brilliant ideas to decorate her bag,DSC_0666

and the ones she wants to make for presents

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which I will make some holes in with a bradle that belonged to my Grandmother,DSC_0667

and hang the dingle-dangles from them.

I worked/played from 8.30am til 5.30pm (with a short walk at lunchtime) and then I quickly put a vase together to join Cathy and her gardening pals. I didn’t want to miss out.

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Oh Happy Day!

What would you love to do all day if you could?

Holiday Snaps: Sand

We have just returned from a wonderfully magical week in Pembrokeshire, S.W.Wales.

I went with my daughter and her 3 children, Miss E, 8, Master R, 5, and Little Miss M, 3. The weather, for the first time EVER ( I have been going there for years!), was brilliant for the whole week! Only raining at night, and although sometimes windy, it was never so cold that we needed jumpers – that in itself was a minor miracle.

So we spent almost all of every day on the gorgeous beaches, building sand castles ….

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just digging …..
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and huge sand dragonssand dragon

and boats, and quad bikes, and even a sand sofa ……..

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with very little time for crochet, but it still always went with me of coursecrochet whitesands

and then there was the swimming and the rock pools to explore………

 

Mandala Magic

I am taking part in my first online class.AB Mandala1

Dipping my toe in, I have started with Alisa Burke’s mini-tutorial entitled Mandala Magic.

It’s fun, and concentrating on one simple form suits my need to dip in and out according to the weather and other stuff going on right now.ABmandala1a

Alisa has a very distinct style and at first I thought my mandalas would turn out looking like hers, but no – not at all – I immediately went off in my own style adding colour from the start. AB mandalaThe course provides some wonderful prompts and is hugely inspiring. I’ve started in a small ring bound 6″ square sketch book, so that I can carry it around easily and doodle in odd moments.

I had Miss E and Little Bro here this week. mandalasWe were mainly in the garden, but needing to dodge the showers we retreated to Pippin (my little caravan in the garden) and did some mandala drawing together.

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and because Miss E enjoyed drawing a mandala so much and has a birthday coming up soon I have made her a card that she can continue to embellish herselfb'daycardAnother experiment for the Etsy shop me thinks – maybe others would enjoy colouring this pattern as well, you never know!

Free

fullbowl It certainly was a challenge to come up with a photo for the subject that Jamie at Blue Daisy has thought of for this week: FREE So I had fun going through old photos looking for inspiration. I came across this picture – it is stretching the ‘Free’ subject a little maybe, but when I found it I was so eager to share this very happy memory of  collaborative creativity (my favourite type of art) with you all, so here goes! I used to live in an old farm cottage with a few acres attached and some barns and other old farm buildings. For Dorset Art Weeks (2004)  3 artists joined me to exhibit our art and crafts. For the Private View party I provided drinks, a ploughman’s supper and fruit – I had ordered far too much fruit! There was masses left over and so I decided to continue to offer it to Arts Weeks visitors, and include it as an interactive experience for FREE: sign Someone was very complimentary aboutfree the way the fruit was displayed, saying they did not want to eat any because they did not want to ‘spoil’ the display. I invited them to take a piece and then rearrange the fruit to create another display. This gathered momentum, with families staying for ages arranging and rearranging the fruit. As patternpeople became more inventive I provided knives for them cut and sculpt the fruit …… …. one family even returned bringing more fruit to add to the display, saying their children had never enjoyed an art exhibition so much and that art they could eat was indeed a bonus! wowFREE flowing, FREE style   FREE art Gosh, recounting this story again has made me feel enthusiastic about putting on another such event – however, in my experience, it is difficult to balance the energy output against energy coming in (income) with arts events – it was really good fun though! (What! No Haiku?! – I’m struggling with that challenge as well – I’m hoping inspiration will strike sometime before close of play next Sunday)

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Other photo challenge entries: Erika, a fabulous win; Jamie, free to breathe, stunning Canadian scenery: Melissa, a different take on an anniversary treat; Garry a ‘nip’ at the end of the day.

Create

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First use of thimble,                                                                                                              Her constant companion                                                                                              Held close as ever

 

for Week 8: Create in bluedaisyz 52week photo challenge

Miss E has recently joined Beavers Club, where they have badges for everything – she wanted to make a tractor driver’s badge for when she is on the farm with her Daddy. We had such fun designing and creating this together.

 

‘Create’ with Jamie, Erika, Melissa, Roz, Garry.

Garden Diary

Whilst blog-hopping I came across this blog: ‘My Garden Diaries’, it’s great, have a look. The title woke up that little nagging voice I have been ignoring for a while. That voice says “keep a garden diary”, so that I can look back and know what I was doing (and when) in the garden.

I want to create an Art Journal style diary, and did make a start – YIKES! back in September 2013!01c

Since then other things keep pushing themselves to the top of the priority list and painting, collaging and journalling seem to have slipped away – (sad face!) So, I have a plan: If anything to do with the garden has happened since my last post, I will add a bit under the title ‘Garden’ at the end of each post.

Yesterday I had the joy of picking a bulging bag of rocket and winter salad leaves that were sown by my Grandchildren with seed I had collected from my own plants. rocketVery satisfying, especially in January. The rocket (that bushy row of green on the right of the raised bed) was sown by Master R back in late summer, it is most peppery and delicious. And it is great to look back at the photos of the children painting the boards of the raised bed boardswith left over house paint (add orange and scarlet to the above mix and you see the colours of my kitchen in my former old thatched cottage – I miss that kitchen and its bright welcome!) raised bedAnd then poster paints for their pictures. Miss E had the brilliant idea of sketching her design with water firstsketch

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We put the beds together, and filled them with soil and compost (Master R just LOVES making compost!)

 

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and sowed seeds in pots ready for planting out later

 

 

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and a few weeks later there was planting, weeding, wateringgdn

and more labelling to be done

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