I woke during the night - at 10 to 3 in the morning !!- to dazzling rips of lightning & roaring thunder - just another day in a seemingly endless string of days of these storms !
It's been over a fortnight now and although we have the odd days lull, back they come !
In my home town of Hastings a huge section of the cliff - in an area we call Rock A Nore down in the old part of town - collapsed dramatically into the sea ! The videos on line show the scale of it !
Along the Welsh coasts, nearer to where I currently live, we have also had extensive damage & flooding - with stones & sea walls ripped up & deposited onto roads & homes flooded - poor people struggling on everywhere !
Anyway Much Beloved & I decided that we would stay hunkered down in our nest the whole weekend - we ventured out for our weekly trip to the swimming pool and that was it !
We even got our groceries delivered !
So I had a luxury lie in until half 8 Saturday morning & then a very indulgent weekend at my craft desk !
First I set about remaking the calendar I had ripped apart last week - I decided to replace the photos with some collage and quotes - here's where I started ...
And here's the 12 page for each of the months ...
It was quite time consuming but I really enjoyed messing around with the lovely new papers I found as a bargain in Homesense & dipped into my stash to add die cuts, stamps & distress inks.
It is rather bulging now but I am very happy with it !!
With this completed, I then got inspired to set about some Finnabair style projects - I wanted to use the techniques I learnt on the workshop I attended - and the embellishments & paints I had for Christmas - and found in the bargain bucket at the Dunelm store on Boxing day ! So I had a number of UFO's (unfinished objects !) that had been looking accusingly at me from the top of my storage unit - nothing I had tried to finish them looked right or pleased me ... but once I set about using this style of embellishment I was much more pleased with the results !
Here's a letter A (my initial !!) which I had painted months ago but could decide what to use next !
And finally a frame - also bought months ago & abandoned when what I had done failed to inspire me !
Now I just have to think what I put in each part of the frame !!
Quotes maybe ?
I think photos or stamped images may look a bit overwhelmed by the frame - what do you think ?
This colour looks a bit "flat" in this photo but the paint (Luminate Silkarts Cinnamon Brown) has a lovely lustre sheen to it & the highlights are Treasured Gold rubbed on !
Anyway it was an ill gale that blew me no good - a weekend at the craft desk was a happy place to shelter from the storms ... hope you are all safe too !
Have a great week .. Ali x