Recently I made a small case for my keys from felt and just as the weather turned sunny, my shades are almost in daily use now – and when they are not, they need protection. So I made these two bright-colored cases, too. They are really practical, just I wanted them to be (well they are custommade, aren´t they), and no one else has such cases which I also like :-). I enjoyed this litte creative project “on the side”.
First: a knitted scarf I am really happy with – sporting a quite spontaneous stripe-design, using up some wool I still had in my closet for ages (leftover from a felting-tryout where I discovered I strongly dislike felting). I very much like the colours and the scarf is very cosy, just what I need right now where the November weather is starting to show its nasty side.
Second: some pics of the Thanksgiving Table Decoration I put up when I hosted a small family dinner on that occasion. The menu started with a beetroot-carrot soup accompanied by polenta-cakes and zucchini pesto, followed by two-kinds-of homemade gnocchi (pumpkin & sweet potatoe), brokkoli & romanesco and a light sage sauce, to end with a crumble (blackberries and – of course – cranberries) with rich & fluffy vegan cream. It was lovely. The pictures of wild animals on the menu cards I made take into account each family member´s favourite one – dad´s is the eagle, mom´s is the owl and mine is the wolf :-).
Third: some pics of my favourite walking area bathing in the (last) sunny-golden October-light. I admit I am besotted by the view you have to the left and to the right onto that little streamlet when standing on that tiny bridge. I love it.
This mixed media work is finally finished. I enjoyed working on it, it is a bit different from the stuff I usually do or think about doing, and therefore I am even more content about the outcome. Sticking to same old (working/painting)-routine is something I dislike, from time to time there has to be a challenge, something new to wrap your mind around – the process can be tricky but usually rewarding as such.
so this is another piece of work in progress while “space jungle” is propped up at the easle to look at and contemplate how to go on… This one – working title “color puzzle”- is another one of those upcycled ones put away and pulled up again, somehow that seems to fit my mood these days and trigger my flow. And I still am fond of layering. Well, we´ll see how this one progresses…I do like to have two or more artsy projects in the making to get inspired by one when working on the other, and to combat getting stuck alltogether (which usually happens at one point).
I´ve been working on some collages again, the work in blue tones with the mighty eagle was a present to be used as a cover for a calendar / agenda (which was well received). For this work, I used all kinds of paper with as much structure I could get my hands on, and obviously also some scraps from newspapers / magazines that somehow fittet in the composition I had in mind. For glueing, I used some acrylic binder which gave the overall work a nice rough “DIY” feeling.
The other two are some simple journals I buy & use regularily. I made a habit of putting some colour on those dull covers.
Well, that´s what I called my latest, now completed DIY-project, a meditation pouf (or cussion). Being quite wound up lately, I decided to give Zen meditation another try, to calm my always-busy mind. Simply buying a meditation cussion would be waaaay too easy = boring, so I quickly took stock of the stuff I had handy, saw I had everything I needed to sew such a thing (not surprising), ordered some filling (some kind of spelt wheat) and here is the result:
It is very comfy, its top and bottom is made of soft felt material and the colourfully printed fabric is from Singapore (I still have some of it left, its gorgeous) – it looks nice and the filling reminds me of something I find VERY calming and nice: horses munching their oats ;-). If you are a horse-friend like me and have experienced how absolutely wonderfully calming horses can be while dozing or munching , the fabulous smell of hay and straw and grain in a stable, you might understand why this filling adds perfectly to the oblivion I am working towards in the next months ;-). It sure will be a huge challenge for me to just sit still for some time and NOT think, just breathe…but I am absolutely willing to give it a thorough go.
Here´s a glimpse of a work-in-progress, “Dougal” ready to go hunting stag…well, not ready yet but in a while. I´m using the softer SuperSculpey lately and mix it occasionally with the firmer grey stuff, gives you a nice Zombie-colour but a good consistency for the tiny tiny detailled parts