Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Relax, breathe and Zentangle

We have been trying to make the most of the lovely weather we are having here in Wales, we have mainly been lazing around the garden and in the hot tub. Playing a bit of badminton or basketball or just running around with the dog.

It was our 19th Wedding Anniversary yesterday so after a Buck Fizz Brunch we packed a picnic ans set to Clun Castle for a few hours.

Apart from loads of eating and drinking, we have done little else so far, just loads of time together relaxing-bliss.

I have tried to keep myself occupied with some Zentangle, but as much as I enjoy the actual basics of drawing the various "tangles" I do struggle and severly lack confidence when it comes to composing a design. Hopefully, I will gain more confidence with a bit more practice.

This also feels very self indulgent, I am not making anything of any purpose or use, just me doodling in a note book! How selfish!


Monday, 15 August 2016

It's holiday time, Wales, the chaos has arrived

We started our journey on Friday morning, expecting a very long and stressful journey. The children don't get along well at the best of times but being stuck in the back of a car together for several hours is normally a recipe for disaster. This time we also had our little, fluffy, four-legged friend sat between the children on the back seat in his new doggy seatbelt/harness!

Well, things really could not have gone any smoother, the children slept on and off and little Brucie Boy must have had such a positive influence on them. Considering it was his first ever long car journey he behaved amazingly.

The cottage is lovely, very quiet and relaxing but I have struggled to keep myself occupied. Yesterday I decided it was time to do a bit of Zentangle and I was ashamed to say I opened up my drawing book only to discover it has been almost a year since I have done any! But who wouldn't find inspiration and motivation in this little haven.

It was hard to just pick up and carry on with One Zentangle a Day after so long but I soon got into the swing of it again. I lack confidence in my ability, but that's something I have never really had so I don't miss it! LOL

I still have a long way to go, but enjoying the journey. 


Saturday, 9 July 2016

New beady stash to soften my fall!

As if I wasn't in enough constant pain I decided to go for "a little trip" yesterday morning and narrowly avoided smashing my face into our large solid wood dresser! I have been dosing myself up with pain killers and treated myself to a very long, hot bath with lavender oil and epsom salts!

Feeling even more tender than usual and rather sorry for myself I decided to play with some of my new beads!!!! BEADY THERAPY!

I went for quite a lot of naturals this time!

Today I have made 3 more wrap bracelets, the first on a lovely moss green leather cord....

and two more men's bracelets, one on brown leather and the other on black waxed cord.

I am loving the Celtic Knot button, must get some more of those!

Oh decisions, decisions! What should I try next?

Monday, 27 June 2016

Men's leather bracelet

Here is my next beady attempt, made on 2mm leather cord with Czech glass beads. I made this one larger to suit a man......but then Chris tried it on and kept it so I had to make another one!

Having fun with my little beading attempts.

Bye for now.


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Laddered wrap bracelet

Here is one of my latest bracelets, I have made 3 since the 5 wrap bracelet I last showed here. Despite the torrential rain and thunder storms we have been having, I am optimistic that we will actually get SOME Summer and I wanted to do some prettier, lighter colours.

The first two pictures were taken in my conservatory, but throughout the day the clouds have cleared so I ventured out into the garden to experiment with a few photographs in actual "sunlight!"

Not sure which sort of pictures are best IF I am ever going to attempt at putting these onto some sort of selling website. Opinions would be much appreciated please.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Bead therapy......... name is Adele and I am becoming a bead addict!

So glad Mr Postie arrived with these little beauties this morning as it's turned into yet another dull, thundery day with torrential rain. I NEEDED something to brighten my day didn't I?

Tee hee, well hubby had to work this morning too so I am not going to feel guilty! 

I finished my first 5 wrap bracelet today, I tried out a few new "stitches" which I have really enjoyed and looking forward to making up a few more different colourways.

Ooooo, what colours next?

Bye for now.


Monday, 20 June 2016

A little bit of beading...the start of a bracelet.

Have a "to do list" as long as my arm but I cannot remember there being any beading on it! Ooops.
Oh well, it must have been good for the soul to do something just because I wanted to! LOL

Not finished yet, I followed instructions which gave measurement for a 2 wrap bracelet but in fact I should be able to get 4, or even 5 wraps from this length.

I have a yearning to place a beady order....VERY SOON.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Waffle, goals, mojo, pilates.......journal?

My thoughts, ideas and emotions are all over the place at the moment. Yes, I am in constant pain, yes I am fed up of not having any answers, yes I am going around in circles and getting nowhere but I need to kick start my life and just cope with all. Life is just too short and too precious not to.

I have been looking at all the lovely journalling ideas on Pinterest recently and although I don't think I am ready to jump in on the idea completely yet, I am starting to take a few ideas out and work with them to try and give me some direction.

I have loads of crafty things on the go and I need to start tying up a few loose ends before I go off at tangents with several more scatter brained ideas.

I have loads of half finished projects in the house and  several more "pie in the sky" ideas I'd like to look into too.......converting the garage, getting a solid roof on the conservatory, actually getting the staircase done and having the hallway carpeted.

Every drawer, cupboard, wardrobe, nook and cranny needs a complete and harsh de-clutter. I need to start soon before I become like one of those obsessive, compulsive hoarders you see on TV.

Yesterday I started myself a chart for the month, I do LOVE a bit of Excel, putting down some ideas of what I would like to do throughout the month. Not necessarily daily for everything but I do like the feeling of checking a box to get that feeling of actually achieving something.

One item on my chart which I started today wad a Pilates Challenge, not sure what it's like but it did the job of getting me motivated and checking off the cell in Excel.

If anyone cares to join me the link is here:

Right, off to see what I can tick off next!