Finally back! And a Happy New Year to all

I can’t believe my last post was in August 2017… Well I did say that things were about to go crazy at work, and they did and they didn’t let up till Christmas!  I went on holiday in October though, but as soon as I got back I fell ill (think I caught something on the plane). And that didn’t help.  I did manage to make a few cards – even some for challenges – but didn’t get enough time or energy to post them.

Well, my word for this year is JOY – make joy, find joy – because I’ve been a miserable old thing ever since mum died in 2016 and it’s time I made an effort…  and making cards gives me JOY so hurrah! And so does writing and blogging….

Here is a belated posting of my Christmas tree this year. Made from sparkly silver wallpaper and old book pages from an ancient dictionary which fell apart.

Christmas Tree

My birthday was in this period too and I managed to make it to a creative evening my friends organised for me at Debbie Bryan’s – it was a vintage-inspired jewellery making workshop.  Thoroughly recommended! Here is my steampunk inspired necklace:

necklace

And I hope to see you around in blogland in 2018. Happy New Year!

And today’s haiku based on my word of 2018:

Blue skies and prospects
Of new creativity
Promise I’ll find joy!

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Chinese peonies

Today I had the privilege of attending a Chinese brush painting workshop. (Jack) Jiang Hongsheng is currently artist in residence in the library at work and offered a workshop to staff who were interested. Craftiness in work time! I leapt at it as you can imagine.

So this afternoon I spent two hours learning how to paint a peony in the Chinese style.

He was a good teacher and I was delighted at what I managed. I came last in art at school all those years ago…

Two Chinese Peonies

I have been really struggling with my mojo for making cards in the last couple of weeks so now I feel really inspired and invigorated! Thanks, Jack.

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