Thursday, 22 June 2017

Infusions Mini-Album–Cutting the Tags

Several of the pages of my mini-album are made from flattened toilet roll cores, made to take tags on which there will be written instructions and explanations of the various samples of uses of Infusions.

07 Starting to Make the Tags

I counted the number of tags I needed from the typed charts I made, and it came to 30. Using some scrap white card, I have cut out these 30 tags, each measuring 2 1/2 x 4 inches. They slide nicely into the flattened toilet roll centres with enough protruding to pull them out, and to allow for some yarn to be threaded through.

Thinking that pulling them out by the yarn would eventually tear the hole, I made a set of reinforcements for the holes, one to be stuck on each side of the tag.

08 Cutting the Tags and Reinforcements

To make these, I punched a small hole in some scrap card, using my Fiskars small single hole punch, and then lined up my 1/2 inch circle punch as best I could so that the small hole was in the centre, and punched it out. Some of them were a little offset but I’m not too worried about that.

The scraps of card left over from the punching are quite interesting so I think I’ll keep them and use them as masks/collage pieces perhaps.

The tags with their reinforcements.

09 Tags with Reinforcements

Order of work:

  1. Mark centre of short edge of tag.
  2. Stick reinforcement over mark.
  3. Line up small single hole punch over the central hole in reinforcement and punch small hole through tag.
  4. Turn tag over and stick second reinforcement over small hole in tag, lining up holes.

Seems to work OK so far!

Next step: to colour the tags ready for adding text. As the Infusions give a very mottled, textured-looking surface, I thought it would be better to colour the tags with Distress Inks and Distress Stains, and add tiny amounts of Infusions afterwards if they needed a bit more interest, probably concentrating on the edges of the tags that will be visible when they are in situ. After all, the focus on the tags must be the text, not the background, which should remain less conspicuous. I can co-ordinate them with their respective pages.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WOYWW 420

Not much change on my desk this week – it’s been a busy week and there have been other things to think about…

WOYWW 420 21-6-17

I’ve got out some of my white card scraps to start making tags for my Infusions mini-album. Quite a few of the pages are made from flattened toilet roll centres, in order to hold a tag giving some explanation about what’s on the page. On the left of my desk you can see the printed sheets I made, with instructions about page order, tag info etc. Once the tags are done, I can begin on the binding.

For those who don’t visit my blog apart from WOYWW, we have some sad news – three weeks after Phoebe died, we lost Beatrice (last Wednesday afternoon). She had been going downhill lately, and the loss of Phoebe upset her more than we expected, and she was obviously grieving, and over her final weekend she stopped eating altogether. If she had been younger and fitter, she might have got over it, but she was nearly 17 and not in good health. She was dying of a broken heart as she seemed to lose the will to live without her little sister.

Daddy Cuddling Beatrice & Phoebe 25-12-15

We are heartbroken to be without our two girlies in such a short time. We are pulling out the stops now to find two new grey tabby kittens – no joy yet, but it’s only been a week, and something is bound to turn up soon. I’ve done a little card and my hubby is putting them in various different vets’ surgeries – we did this last time and it was very successful.

Kitten Ad June 2017 Blurred

If you want to read about the lives of our two beautiful kitties and their sisters who we lost when they were both quite young, please click here. Lots of photos and some of their fun antics.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Phoebe and Beatrice RIP

Beatrice and Phoebe Cuddled Up on Bed 19-2-06

Beatrice and Phoebe, February 2006

We are feeling very sad at the moment. In the space of three short weeks, we have lost both our beloved kitties.

On 23rd May, Phoebe, the younger of the two, had to be put to sleep.

Phoebe in Fruit Basket 10 Mar 04

Phoebe, March 2004, 9 months old

She had been suffering from bowel cancer for a while, and we’d been keeping a close eye on her. She had been doing pretty well, and managing to eat, with occasional episodes of vomiting. For the final few days, however, she was not eating at all, and was very subdued and obviously not herself, and we knew that the time had come. My hubby took her on that Tuesday afternoon and brought her little body back and buried it at the top of the garden. She was a month short of 14.

She had been very well for most of her life, but after we moved here 3 years ago, she developed epilepsy and had numerous severe grand mal seizures until the vet finally managed to stabilise her, and in the past year she had only two, about 4 months apart. She took her medication readily, a few drops on her food twice a day, and she was under regular observation at the vet for liver and kidney function, and was pretty well, until she started to vomit. The vet examined her and found a mass which she determined to be a cancerous growth in her bowel.

Beatrice, our older cat, had not been enjoying good health for a long time. For many years she had suffered from various food intolerances, being sick if she ate regular cat food, so since that time she had been having Hill’s Prescription Diet food which we bought online for her – latterly the variety was changed from the one for delicate gastro-intestinal systems to one designed also to protect her bladder health. She was getting recurrent UTIs, necessitating  repeated doses of antibiotics, until the vet said that in view of her age, it wouldn’t do her any harm to be maintained permanently on a low dose antibiotic, and this certainly did the trick. The vet told us that eventually this would cease to be effective and that damage would occur to her kidneys, but in the end the treatment gave her several more years of happy and full life.

Beatrice on Hippo Bottle

Beatrice on my hot water bottle, November 2003

She was a sensitive little soul and was easily upset by changes to her life and routine. When I first came out of hospital after my cancer surgery, she wouldn’t come near me and was obviously distressed. All we could think was that somehow I smelt different to her, with an ileostomy bag. Gradually she got used to it and was back to normal by the time I started my chemo a couple of months later, at which point she freaked out again and gave me a wide berth. At this time she began losing the fur from her hindquarters, and the vet said since there was no evidence of skin disease or allergy, this was over-grooming due to stress, and asked my hubby if anything had changed at home. He told her that his wife had just started her chemotherapy, and the vet said that this was the cause. We tried Feliway plug-ins (a cat-like synthetic pheromone which calms nervous cats) but to no avail. It was months after I finished my chemo that the fur started to grow back.

In recent weeks, Beatrice’s back legs started to get really wobbly and she would fall over, and be unable to jump up (using my poor hubby’s legs like tree trunks, climbing up onto his lap, with claws!) and the vet said she thought she had a compressed disc in her spine which was causing some nerve problems. There was some associated incontinence with this too. One Sunday morning I was due to sing in church and had left my stuff out overnight in order to have a final practice before setting out, and she had peed in my guitar case! My hubby told me she had led him to it when he first got up, as if to say, “Sorry – I had an accident!”

Both kitties being on different medications, and eating different foods, they had to be fed separately, with Beatrice being shut in the downstairs loo – and sometimes getting forgotten for several hours, poor little thing! – however, she never bore a grudge but was just happy and grateful to be released. Life was complicated as they got older and started eating little and often, and there was no way we could go away and leave them in the care of even the most sympathetic and caring neighbour (they had never been in a cattery) because you can’t expect them to hang around all day!

Just after we moved here we got both of them MOT’d by the vet, who discovered a lump on the back of Beatrice’s neck, which she said should be removed, and it might be cancerous. It was quite a major operation for her, leaving a wound several inches long, and she’d had to cut deep to remove it all, but it proved to be benign, much to our relief. The vet told my hubby to get her a T-shirt to wear, to stop her scratching it, but she was a very small cat and everything was going to be too big. Eventually he went to Mothercare and the assistant told him they often get requests like this, and she produced a babygro for a premature baby girl which fitted perfectly. It also had a little frilly skirt on it, and she looked so cute in it! She was as good as gold and never tried to pull it off. When she was getting better, she looked so funny climbing up the apple tree and onto the roof of the summerhouse, like a little tomboy in a frilly dress.

Post-Op Beatrice 1 - 13-02-14

Beatrice in her frilly dress, February 2014

The two kitties were never that close. They were not related. We got Beatrice and her sister Bella in 2000, and before Bella’s second birthday she was killed on the road outside our house, and I broke my heart over that – she was the sweetest kitty and I loved her to bits. Beatrice went into mourning and sat by the cat flap for two days waiting for her to come in, which broke me up even more. Eventually she became accustomed to her absence, but it was hard. They were very close, and would snuggle up together and Bella used to wash her sister – Beatrice has always been the Alpha Cat in the family!

Beatrice and Bella on Scratching Post Autumn 2000

Beatrice and Bella, September 2000, aged about 8 weeks old – little balls of fluff

Bella and Beattrice Falling Out of Kitty Bed Autumn 2000

Bella and Beatrice, Autumn 2000 – two loving sisters

To keep her company after Bella’s death, we got two new kittens, Phoebe and Chloe, born in 2013. Not a success to begin with – Beatrice hated them!

Chloe & Phoebe on Kitchen Chair 1 Dec 03

Phoebe and Chloe, December 2013, about 6 months old

Eventually, after about a year, she accepted them and they all got on fine. A few years down the line, Chloe, who was the most beautiful cat we had ever had, was also killed on the road, so we were left with the two, unrelated, three years apart in age.

Chloe on Bed Exposing Everything 5 Aug 05

Chloe relaxing on the bed, August 2005 – Modesty? What’s that?

Phoebe and Chloe Vignette 2-7-04

My favourite photo of Phoebe and Chloe, July 2004

When Phoebe died, we were surprised at the depth of Beatrice’s grief over her because they were not so close. She sat for days by the back door, looking out, wondering where Phoebe was. There was a place in the corner of the lawn under the little hedge, where Phoebe always liked to sleep, and Beatrice never went there, but after Phoebe’s death, she spent most of her days there, and at night, on the patch on the landing carpet that had also been a favourite sleeping place of Phoebe’s. It was almost as if she was deliberately invading Phoebe’s special places, in the hope that Phoebe would come back to claim them.

During this time Beatrice was very subdued and quite unlike her usual self. She was unsettled, refused cuddles a lot of the time, and started not eating. My hubby took her to the vet and she gave her some liquid medicine that smelt like marmite, to build her up and ease the constipation she was suffering, but she refused it, and then eventually, last weekend, refused food altogether. By Wednesday she was painfully thin and weak, and in a bad way. It was as if she had given up the will to live. My hubby took her to the vet and again brought back a little body to be buried beside Phoebe at the top of the garden. She spent her last day lying on the warm path in the sun, just as Phoebe did on her last day.

Beatrice's Last Day 14-6-17

Beatrice’s last day, 14th June 2017

Since then the house has felt empty and dead. We are missing them dreadfully. We knew we would probably lose them both this year, given their age and general state of health, but had no idea they would both be gone in the space of three weeks.

My hubby has been particularly affected by the loss of Beatrice as those two were joined at the heart. When we went to collect Beatrice and Bella from the place where they were born, we went through the cottage to the French doors at the back which led to the walled garden where the kittens were outside playing, and as we crossed the room, this little fluffy grey bumble bee waddled across the floor and straight into my hubby’s arms, and into his heart, and neither of them ever looked back. All through her life, if she was sitting on my lap and he came in, she’d be straight off me and onto him! I could have been jealous, but one look at the two of them, and how could I be?

Beatrice Cuddling with Daddy 11 May 10

Joined at the heart, May 2010

Phoebe loved him too, and often he would sit with two kitties on him, and I would have none!

One on Each Knee Sept 14

Daddy always the favourite, September 2014

Beatrice was the most intelligent cat we have ever had. She was very communicative, and always had to be at the centre of the action. If anyone came, she had to be there, centre of attention, and would engage in attention-seeking behaviour if she thought we were too involved in conversation with each other and not with her! She had the most winsome ways and even non-cat people loved Beatrice. Where we used to live, when a neighbour started feeding them when we went away, she left a note to say “little blue-collar has stolen my heart.” She had this effect on people. The vets all loved her too.

She was always into things, and the most nosey of all the kitties we have had. She was banned from my studio because she always had to rummage through everything, and pull things out, and she could be quite destructive! When she was younger and had her full set of teeth, she was always doing what we called “chewdling” – she chewed cardboard, important correspondence of my hubby’s, cables (discouraged in the strongest possible terms!) and a series of collars – even the so-called “indestructible” ones! She was a great hunter in her youth and her favourite was bunnies. We had a lot of bunnies where we used to live, in the country, and we were treated to a succession of gory half-eaten corpses with the guts hanging out and then, because she couldn’t restrain herself and would attempt to eat her weight in bunny flesh, heaps of sicked up bunny too… and she generally did it when we had visitors. (Sorry, probably TMI!)

She was also the Computer Queen of the family. She was always on one or other of our laptops.

Beatrice on Laptop 16-12-04

She was very computer-literate and came up with stuff like this:

Beatrice's Typing 5 Logging On

Attempting to log on, January 2011 – what was her password, I wonder?

Beatrice's Typing 7 Working in Word 6 Feb 11

Helping me with my Bible study group preparation, February 2011

Beatrice's Typing - Run Menu

Running programmes, April 2013

Beatrice's Typing 6 File Sharing

File sharing, January 2011 – she could do this before I learnt how to do it!

Beatrice's Typing 8 Help and Adjust Col Settings

Adjusting my settings, May 2011

We never knew what we’d find when we came back and she’d been having a session on the computer. I would find music or videos playing, word documents full of what looked like gobbledegook to me but were probably quite sensible kitty-language stuff… My greatest fear was that she would discover my Paypal password and run up huge bills, buying expensive stuff for herself and Phoebe on Ebay…

Phoebe, by contrast, was a simple little soul and she had no interest in computers, despite Beatrice’s efforts to teach her (she also wanted to start some online computer courses for cats but I drew the line at that). We used to call Phoebe our little Devon Dumpling in her chubby years – there is a pub we go to in Torquay called the Devon Dumpling and we always call it Phoebe’s Pub!

Fat Phoebe in the Hammock

Devon Dumpling, July 2010

Phoebe’s name means “radiant brightness” but unfortunately she didn’t live up to it. She was slow to learn the cat flap and it took her quite a long time to relate to us and build a relationship with us. She was the runt of the litter and lagged behind Chloe in everything, and was extremely timid and never spoke, all the time we had Chloe, but after that she started to blossom. Prior to moving here, if anyone visited, she would disappear upstairs, but after she got used to Mum in the house, she  realised that other people apart from my hubby and me were OK, and she became very friendly and relaxed with everyone. She also found her voice and would communicate with us quite a bit, with a sweet, high-pitched attempt at a miaow. She was adorable with her affectionate little ways, and the fact that she remained like a little child, and for most of her life, she would bury her face under my hubby’s arm, looking for milk, and would suck a finger if you offered it.

Beatrice’s name means “Blessed” and it was often used in the context of “That blessed cat!!” when she had done something particularly naughty!

We have 14 and 17 years of happy memories, respectively, of two beautiful, happy, affectionate and loving kitties who gave us endless entertainment value and joy, and for this we shall be endlessly thankful. Once the sharpness of their loss has passed, this is what we will remember.

We are now busy looking for two new baby sisters to lavish our love on. So far, no joy – we are trawling the Internet and putting out feelers to everyone we know. We are hoping for grey, or silver tabbies; we love these pretty cats who also have lovely temperaments. They will have a good life with us.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

WOYWW 419

WOYWW 419 14-6-17

My desk after I’d finished the latest session on my Infusions Mini-Album. Please see previous post for details. The pages of Book 3 are all laid out so that various ones can dry, and if I don’t lay them out, I shall get them out of order. On the craft sheet is an experiment – I’ve stuck down some cling film with transparent gel medium – this may or may not work! Beside it is the open box of my pens. You can also see the pages of Books 1 and 2 stacked up and secured with rubber bands, and the little pile of rejects/spare pieces which I am glad to say I am managing to use up for title pages.

Last week I also completed a spur-of-the moment project, my “Second Wind” mini-album. I had great fun with my first attempt at a Coptic binding.

01 Front Cover

Beatrice

Beatrice in Study Drawer 13 Mar 10

(Photo taken in 2010.) We are getting very concerned about Beatrice. She has been grieving for Phoebe and over the past few days we’ve had a job to get her to eat anything at all. My hubby is taking her back to the vet again tomorrow – he took her a few days ago and she gave her some medicine that smells like Marmite, to keep things moving – she was producing very small hard little poos – and to give her some extra nutrition. She hates having anything put into her mouth (giving her pills has always been a complete nightmare!!) so doesn’t relish this being squirted in with a syringe and shakes her head and spits it all out, and since she’s not really eating, it’s hard to get it into her on her food. We think her time may be rapidly approaching now, only three weeks after Phoebe, but we’ll see what the vet has to say tomorrow. We thought we would probably lose both of them this year but I didn’t think it would be so close together.

Walk-in Pantry

09 Ventilator Plaster Completed

The plaster is now all completely dried out, since the above photo was taken.

If the carpenter is able to stick to his schedule, he should begin work on my pantry on Monday, and I am so looking forward to this. I’ve coped very well in Mum’s little kitchen but can’t wait to spread my wings a bit and be able to do some more adventurous cooking again. At the moment if I do more than the basics, I am walking to and fro all the time between the two because what I want is always in the other one! I am very much looking forward to bringing the food back into the main kitchen and organising my new pantry, and I’m keen to know what the carpenter has planned for the door and one or two other details. Discussing it with my hubby the other day, I’ve decided to bring the small fridge through from Mum’s kitchen and ask the carpenter to allow space for this underneath the stone slab. After Mum moved here, my old fridge, which exactly filled the space under her counter, decided to give up the ghost (probably didn’t like moving house!) so we got her a new one, but it’s too small for the space really. If we need to equip the little kitchen fully in the future, we can always get another one, and in the meantime, I might as well have the use of it in a more convenient location. It’s very useful as an overflow, especially now the summer is coming, and I have never had anywhere to put it in my kitchen.

Garden

For my birthday, my hubby gave me a water feature for the centre of the lawn. Several months ago we’d looked at them and found that the ones that were big enough to make any impact were too expensive. Unbeknownst to me, he decided to make me one – from an upturned plastic plant tub from B&Q, a zinc tray from Ebay, and some rocks from the garden centre, and a fountain unit given to us!

01 Completed Water Feature

It’s a huge success. The water flows down over the sides of the pot (which of course doesn’t show up properly on the photo). The other day we went to the garden centre and got the little wooden edging (which looks like sponge fingers lol!) and some extra rocks, and the plants. They should grow and spread, and fill the circular bed. Isn’t he clever?

The climbing rose is now in full bloom. It looks better this year than ever before.

02 Climbing Rose and Herbaceous Border

We have got our first sweet pea out!

03 The First Sweet Pea

Diet

Red Letter Day yesterday! Tuesday is my normal day to weigh myself, and yesterday I had reached the grand total of exactly 4 stone lost since I started the 5:2 diet 3 years ago, at the end of June, just after we returned from our holiday! Only a few more pounds to lose and I’ll reach my target weight, after which it will just be a question of maintenance. I am feeling extremely chuffed with myself, not to mention feeling better physically for having shed all that awful excess weight, and enjoying wearing some of my favourite old clothes that I can now get into again after many a long year! It’s like having a new wardrobe.

Have a great week, everybody.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Infusions Mini-Album–Completing the Title Pages

This afternoon I made the title pages for Books 2 and 3 of my Infusions Mini-Album. One or two of them had to be left to dry, and I will complete them after this.

Again, I used up some of the reject/spare pages. For the first one, I should have chosen a stencilled one that didn’t use Polyfilla because there was one of those to come, but once I realised, it was too late! I added text with the white Uniball Signo marker pen and a black archival pen, and added some white Rub’n Buff and Treasure Gold to the raised parts.

115 Making the Stencil Title Page

116 Stencil Title Page

I did the text in the same way on the Stencil with Polyfilla title, and added some Treasure Gold to the raised parts.

117 Stencil with Polyfilla Title Page

Simple text on the next one. I think I had it in mind to add some hand-embossed leaves and flowers to this one so I hope I’ve left room for them!

118 Mask & Spray Title Page

For the Added Texture title page, I thought I’d use a mixture of textures. From left to right: bleached mulberry bark (I tore off a tiny fragment), coarse pumice gel, regular matte gel (for attaching the mulberry bark), glass bead gel medium, and finally crackle paste. These have to be left to dry overnight, especially the crackle paste which needs time in order for the cracks to develop.

119 Making the Added Textures Title Page

Acrylics title page. In addition to the usual pens, I also added some shading to the text, with a soluble graphite pencil and a fine wet brush to blend it out.

120 Making the Acrylics Title Page

121 Acrylics Title Page

For the Gesso title page, I decided not to add any card, but simply to spread gesso onto the squashed toilet roll, taking the gesso over the black painted edges. As I needed two pages for this title (to make the page numbers work), I added some texture by patting the surface gently with the flat of the palette knife, taking this effect over onto the right-hand page a little, but leaving a smooth central part for writing on. Once this was done, I sprinkled on some Black Knight Infusions from Set 1 and some In the Navy from Set 2, and spritzed it with water and left it to stand for a bit, before drying the surface with my heat gun. These pages will have to be left overnight for the gesso to dry completely.

122 Making the Gesso Title Pages

123 Gesso Title Pages

Finally, the Cling Film title. I am not sure whether what I have done will work! I wanted to leave some cling film on the page, so I scrumpled some up and attached it with a thick layer of heavy body clear gel medium. Once it is dry, I shall trim off the excess cling film. This was attached to a spare stencilled piece with a very blurry image on it, from about the third impression of a wet stencil. We shall have to see how this turns out after it’s been left to dry.

124 Making the Clingfilm Title Page

Monday, 12 June 2017

Infusions Mini-Album–Beginning the Title Pages

I resumed work on the Infusions mini-album today, and made the title pages for the various sections of Book 1.

I used the backs of some reject pieces from when I was making the sample sheets, and also cut new pieces of card to size for these. I began by making a title for the colours, made of Infusions from both sets, before remembering that I was going to make a separate title for Set 1 and Set 2, so I put this aside to use elsewhere. I had some fun with this, as I wanted to created  rainbow striped effect, so used pieces of scrap paper to mask off areas where I didn’t want the Infusions to go.

108 Masking for Striped Colours

I made two more pieces using colours from Set 1 and Set 2 respectively, and after drying them, distressed the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink – I followed this pattern for the remaining title pages, too.

109 Distressing Edges of Colour Title Pages

Adding the text to the colours title pages, using a white Uniball Signo marker pen, and a black archival pen to fill the letters.

110 Text on Colour Title Pages

Here are the remaining title pages for Book 1.

111 Wet Paper Title Page

112 Various Effects Title Page

The next one was done with a small flat brush and white acrylic paint, and outlined with black pen.

113 Painting Title Page

114 Stamping Title Page

I also wrote the names of the colours on all the colours sample pages. I didn’t photograph these as they will be done when I photograph the finished project.

The next task will be to repeat the process for Books 2 and 3, and then I can start working on the tags.

Today I had an idea to deal with the problem of Book 2 being thinner than 1 and 3. It will be bound between the other two, and the addition of some 3-D paper flowers on its front cover will make quite a nice focal point, I think, and they won’t be squashed by the large cover which will bind the three mini-books.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Pottering in the Studio

I really wanted to do some art today, but before attempting anything, I just knew I had to have a clear-up. The mess in my studio was really getting to me! There was stuff encroaching on my main work area, restricting the amount of room  had to work. As I went around the room from the door, on around to the further corner where the drawing area is, I cleared each surface and found stuff that hadn’t been put away since January when I was completing my Mamhead Woods album!! OK, I was ill soon after that and spent 2 1/2 weeks in hospital and then some considerable time recovering, but then I got very busy with other things and kind of got used to the messy state of things over the other side of the room. Funny how you can cease to notice mess after a while… Anyway, having just finished my Second Wind album, I knew I should tidy up before resuming the Infusions album.

I didn’t take any photos of the messy room till it was too late! Believe me, it was messy. Here are the tidy photos, which are a lot nicer to look at!

01 Window

02 Main Work Area

03 Textile Zone

04 Drawing Zone

It feels a lot more restful in there now, and more conducive to creativity.

While tidying up, I’d found one or two bits and pieces that I decided to deal with right away. Over the past few weeks I’d set aside some different materials that I wanted to heat, to see how they would melt, and whether they would be useful in art projects. The first was some fruit labels. I also had a piece of damp proof course that the damp expert kindly cut off his roll for me to experiment with – this black shiny plastic has a rather attractive diamond pattern on it and I wanted to see if it would melt.

01 Melting Fruit Label nd Damp Proof Course

The fruit label shrank up very nicely and got quite wrinkled. I think this might be useful for texture, and it could be gessoed before painting. The damp proof course stuff also shrank up quite a lot, but it got very sticky and tended to stick to itself. I didn’t think it would be so useful in its melted state, but unmelted, I think it could have its uses.

I also tried melting a purple wristband that I had from a conference I attended recently – everyone was given one of these so that they could come and go freely, but be able to prove easily that they were paid up delegates when they came back in. I had been very careful with mine, thinking it was paper and being afraid to rip it, but at the end, when I tried to rip it off my wrist, it wouldn’t, which made me think that perhaps it was made of Tyvek, so I cut it off and saved it, thinking I would melt it and see.

02 Melting Tyvek Wristband

Melting it proved my theory to be correct. This is definitely Tyvek!

All these little bits have now gone into my melted samples box.

Pressed Gingko Leaves 11-6-17

A couple of weeks ago I was given some gingko leaves and I’d put them in my flower press. I got them out today. They have pressed beautifully but they appear to have parallel lines on them from the corrugated cardboard in the press, despite each layer of cardboard being separated by layers of absorbent paper, between which you place the flowers for pressing. I am hoping these lines will disappear once the leaves have been exposed to the air for a bit and had a chance to dry out. I have yet to discover what I am going to use these for. I am thinking of asking for some more, to try doing some eco-printing with. I simply love the shape of these leaves – so unusual.

By the time I’d done all this, I was very tired and my back was starting to ache, so I abandoned any thought of doing any art today. At least the studio is nice and tidy now, and I can begin again when I like.

We had a busy day today – I sang at church, and then we had to rush home and I had to get lunch on quickly because my hubby was going out. Most of the afternoon was taken up with clearing up the kitchen and finishing the rest of the laundry and doing the ironing.

I’ve got a nice sense of achievement now.

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