4 weeks to go…woop woop!

hello you leaves

Excitingly, I found this almost-finished collage in my art journal book.  I call it my art journal but I don’t actually do any art journalling in there!  I just use it to make collages that I intend to turn into prints or greetings cards.

I would like to do art journalling and PLAY a bit more, but find I’d rather be doing other more ‘serious’ creative stuff whenever I get the time.

Which I know is actually completely counter-productive because with art journalling you can mess around and play and it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes.

You can experiment and discover new methods and tecniques or whatever, and I would most likely come up with something better or more original than what I create intentionally, but I can’t seem to get myself to do it!

I can’t get away from the idea that I should be doing something concrete that’s going to further my fledgling business…gah!  I didn’t realise I was such a serious person, ha ha!  Any tips?

The words ‘hello you’ make me laugh as well because they remind me of my friend Cath’s lovely boyfriend Diego (who is so chirpy and smiley and genuine the whole world loves him!) who picked up the expression a while ago and didn’t stop saying it every chance he could.

Anyway, I’m pleased to have found the collage, which only needed a couple of finishing touches – as it brings me a step closer to my goal of having 100 items for sale in my Etsy shop.  Woo hoo!  I’m up to 95 at the moment, and I’m determined to make it to 100 before our baby comes.  (4 weeks tomorrow if she’s on time…)

I hope all is well in your world my jelly beans, here’s to an intensely productive 4 weeks!!


Sewing love!

jamie letters


Jamie’s starting to put the letters of his name in the right order so I made him these little fabric letters to help him along.

Plus it gave me a chance to do a little sewing project, which I find sooooo relaxing!

I really should learn how to work my (extremely basic) sewing machine, but there’s something really satisfying about sewing by hand, and the more hand-made it looks the better, as I like to tell myself!

They’re about 10cm long, just the right size for his little hands, and he seems to like playing with them.  I just drew the letters on to fabric using chalk, cut round them, hand stitched then stuffed them with cut up socks…so, yep, feeling pretty smug about this little achievement!  It reminded me about the owls I made just before Jamie was born, in the heat of the summer – we holed up inside under the aircon sewing owls.  It was very therapeutic!

Any little projects you’ve been working on?   Oh…by the way, you probably know it already but I’ve just discovered the Soulemama blog and what inspiration!!!   I want to go out and buy all her books and go and live in rural New England with a dog!  Anyway check it out for a lot of creative inspiration, projects and lovely photos if you haven’t already..

Lots of love my butterbeans,

Jenny xx

Love lives here…

turquoise house 1

turquoise house 3

pink house 1

Happy Tuesday my cupcakes!

Some little wooden decoupaged houses made from off cuts of wood my Dad gave me when we were in the UK.  I think they are still in need of a bit of detail, but cute no?  and so easy to do.  I got the tutorial from Cloth Paper Scissors magazine May/June issue.  Love that magazine!

You basically saw little wood pieces into squares and triangles (or maybe even ask for off cuts at any place they might use wood!!), glue them together, decoupage on any paper, collage or tissue or actual decoupage paper you can get in craft shops.  Outline a bit with gel pens, add a couple of coats of varnish and away you go!  I’ll post pictures of the finished houses once I’m satisfied with them.  I think they’d be really sweet personalised with a name, or house members`names, and favourite quotes.  They would make lovely Christmas or house-warming presents, if you have the time or inclination….

I hope this finds you happy and creative-feeling;  I’ve been spending way too much time in front of a computer lately and need to heed my own advice.  So I’m off to do something with a bag of lemons now!!

With love

Jenny xx

The most simple tutorial in the world! Customise a chair with washi tape and ribbons!


Hello my darlings

As promised not so long ago, here´s a wee tutorial how to make this fun and funky chair, complete with roses!  Of course!!! OK, not make make an actual chair as such, but you know what I mean…

You will need:

  • A chair, old (perfect for Barcelona as not a week goes by without seeing a chair or 3 thrown out on the street) or this plain one from Ikea that I thought needed jazzing up.
  • Washi tapes in contrasting or complementary colours.
  • Ribbons.  I recommend using what you’ve got lying round the house rather than buying expensive new stuff.   String, wool, old ribbons saved from gift wrapping or that come free with some shop purchases, thread, fabric scraps, lace from an old top will all do wonderfully.
  • Artificial flowers or old brooches and ornaments to embellish.  I used flowers that were originally on hair clips.

What to do:

  • Wrap ribbons around chair
  • Add washi tape!
  • That’s it!

Ok that´s the really short version.  Here we are if you would like more details:

  • Clean the chair if it’s old or particularly dirty.  If you don’t want to use as much ribbon or tape then paint the chair first so you’ve got a nice base to work with, that will need less decoration.
  • Start wherever you like on the chair.  I started on the back, the bit that you lean against (does that have a name?!) as this is where the eye will be drawn to first, so I wanted to make it the most exciting.
  • Begin wrapping the ribbon around parts of the chair until you are pleased with how it looks.  If you’ve painted it then you could wrap the ribbon leaving spaces in between to let the paint show through.
  • Add washi tape in strips or smaller pieces if you want a more intricate pattern.  Vertically or horizontally, diagonally or geometrically!
  • For the seat I created a square pattern with the washi tape, which I think looks really effective with the colours I’ve used.
  • To finish off I would recommend applying a coat of clear gel medium or varnish to add a shine or sealed, more finished look. Also from a practical point of view to stop the tape from peeling.
  • Add any flowers or other adornments to your taste!

Et voilà!  How simple is that!

Happy decorating my friends!

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