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Therapeutic Crafting (Flower Themed)

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At this time of year I sometimes feel quite low, so to lift my spirits I have been busy creating.

I dried Rachel’s wedding bouquet and used the flowers and foliage to decorate wedding invitations. I added some pearl beads from The Bridal shawl that I made for the day to lift them as the flowers were so dark. And a few extra, lighter dried flowers too.

I bought cheap box frames and hand-painted them. These went to the Bride, Bridesmaid, Groom’s Mum and I have one too.

This morning I painted some snowdrops on a slate heart.
I’m quite pleased with the results..painting on slate has its own challenges, but its a nice surface to work on..you get smooth areas and rougher parts. It adds to the interest I guess.

Goy friends have been telling me how they help themselves to lift their spirits during the long cold winter months of January to March when gardening is tricky. I hope you are all feeling bright today!

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I just love to look at my many garden books and plan for the year ahead. We are fortunate here not to get the really horrendous weather that some areas get and can get out and about when the sun shines. I love what you have made! You are very talented !

28 Jan, 2020

 

Thank you Rose. I have a little bit of talent and a lot of laziness! But I am doing more now than I ever have...so that’s good.

28 Jan, 2020

 

Such a beautiful bouquet Karen, very warm dark colours for winter. I love the pictures you've created, all holding wonderful memories. I think you've done really well and it's such a good idea. I especially like the little snowdrop heart...as Rose says, you're very talented.

We've had sun, rain and wind today....no snow as yet thank goodness, but the afternoons are staying lighter longer now and we've turned that corner, you can tell how the light is different. I don't often get down, but if I'm feeling a bit that way, I take Lottie for a long walk, just round my village and chat to so many people who are feeling the same that we give each other a boost.
I have to check my garden every day just to see the crocus and daffs coming and the tulip noses peeping through. Anything practical pleases me, painting a room, making plans for the cottage ( that I never achieve!), just having dreams of what will be in a couple of months time.
Having friends round for a cup of tea and catch up and a laugh..

It'll soon be February, then we're really on our way back to the sun....:))

28 Jan, 2020

 

I love what you have done Karen and the addition of the pearls looks so pretty. The snowdrops on the slate look lovely too.

By the way you never did tell us what happened to all those jelly beans before the wedding!! Now is the time !!!

28 Jan, 2020

 

I too think what you have done is beautiful. I am in total agreement about doing other things when you cant get in the garden. I have started planning a baby quilt [patchwork/quilting] for a friends up and coming grand child.

That snowdrop heart is so pretty.

28 Jan, 2020

 

Thanks everyone, you are all so kind. Now...the jelly beans...what a good question. Well I didn’t eat them as they were actually pretty nasty! Lol! They got stored away and I have no idea where they are now. Probably ended up in landfill I’m afraid! But the favours were very well received and people seemed to enjoy them. Seaburngirl..you’ve just reminded me, I have a lacy poncho on the go too. I must get that out again. I put it away before the wedding and have forgotten it since. Thank you for reminding me with your baby quilt comment!

28 Jan, 2020

 

I love your artwork Karen the picture frames are unique and very special gifts , I'm spending more time this winter reading I can't get my head out of C.J.Sansom books they are brilliant ..

28 Jan, 2020

 

Oh that's interesting Amy, I've read most of who I like from our library here. What type of books are they?

28 Jan, 2020

 

Landfill indeed Karen, I am quite partial to a jelly bean!!!

28 Jan, 2020

 

Janey they're mostly historical ( The Shardlake series ) you would enjoy 'Tombland ' it's about Ketts rebellion especially as your granddaughter is at Uni in Norwich , you would finish up knowing more about the history of Norwich than she does Lol ... I would send you the book but its massive and heavy ..
I've just finished Dominion it's still C.J.Sansom but not one of the Shardlake it's written as though the Germans have invaded England and we are having to live with them ,I won't tell you any more just in case you get the bug and want to read more of his books Haha x

29 Jan, 2020

 

Books sound interesting!

29 Jan, 2020

 

I love them Karen ,its hard to put them down ....

29 Jan, 2020

 

Really innovative idea, Karen. The bouquet is lovely - gorgeous,rich winter colour. You’ve up cycled everything really beautifully.
You’ve a real artistic flair. Love the snowdrops on slate.

29 Jan, 2020

 

Thanks Kate x

29 Jan, 2020

 

Super idea Karen, lovely keepsake. The heart is lovely too. Perhaps you could do one for each season of the year with flowers.

30 Jan, 2020

 

What beautiful keepsakes, Karen, and the slate heart is lovely too. I made a lace horse-shoe for my daughter's best friend when she married a couple of years ago and mounted it in a box-frame afterwards, with a photo of the newly weds as the background. They are expecting a baby in April so plans are in hand to mount a lace rocking-horse in a money-box ( perhaps I should explain, Sam is equine mad).... I have the materials and must soon make a start on the lace-making! :-)

30 Jan, 2020

 

I like your idea Linda, and I happen to have three more slates. One for spring, summer and autumn. I like that idea. Then I could yacht varnish them and hang them in the garden. :)

Xela...that sounds really lovely. And a baby on the way too...lots to look forward to. My niece had a baby just before Christmas and she - Robyn Joy - is just lovely. They brought her around Monday evening and I had a long cuddle. :)

30 Jan, 2020

 

That sounds lovely CK lots of flowers to choose from.

1 Feb, 2020

 

Love the slate painting.....my type of thing......would definitely have it in the garden......and the box framed pics are a stroke of genius......well done, keeping busy is certainly the answer,

11 Feb, 2020

 

Thank you Angela, thats a lovely thing to say about my snowdrops. I have still to varnish it. I’m struggling with this midwinter spell. Yesterday I spent a fortune on plants online! Lol! So far today I’ve managed to keep the credit card in my purse!!

11 Feb, 2020

 

You are so naughty! I have been very good atm......we needed some money spent on the house, so I have had to restrain myself!
Looking forward to seeing what goodies you have bought!

12 Feb, 2020

 

Hmmm... so true. I am very naughty!

12 Feb, 2020

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