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My paper crafting mojo has pretty much disappeared this year, but I did have a brief flash of inspiration recently.

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This is my first solo art journalling attempt since taking classes with my very talented sister-in-law. I think acrylic paints instead of water colours would work better for the backgrounds.

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I stenciled the roof. Background is a google map that I used to find my way in Hong Kong a few years ago. I saved it at the time for an art journal background.

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On this page it’s an old book and some old sheet music. I’m kinda sorta happy with it. The pages done in class are much nicer. I think I need to add some trees and perhaps some small flowers.

I bought this fibre in Poland in 2014. The two braids on the left have been spun already, but the one on the right marinated in the stash for a while.

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It’s all spun up now.

malabrigo nube glitter2Pretty…

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Love how this turned out.

Giant snails

I found some giant snails wandering in our garden.

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I was able to sneak up and get some close-ups.

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Knitted with yarn I spun using roving from Nurturing Fibres.

Pattern available here on Ravelry and here for non-Ravelry users.

They now live on my bookshelf.

When I was in grade three or four, our class was divided along gender lines and we were taught a craft one afternoon a week. The boys got to bang blocks of wood together (and I desperately wanted to do that) and the girls got to do things like embroider (I remember the teacher laughing at me when I asked her to re-thread my string I should have said thread apparently…). After embroidery for a few weeks we were taught to crochet. My classmates churned out dozens of colourful bookworms and I managed to produce a tangled mess. I never did get a bookworm of my own.

When I saw this bookworm pattern on Ravelry I decided it was high time that my eight year old self (and my eight year old daughter) got a crocheted bookworm.

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Mine are in decidedly nicer yarn than was used back then. The green is a cotton yarn from an indie-dyer in South Africa and purple is handspun I dyed myself.

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In its natural habitat.

A scarf

I knitted a scarf.

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Summit scarf – pattern found here.

Close-up.

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It has been blocked, but it’s been so humid that it’s gone a bit curly again.

 

 

Snails

I found some snails hanging out on the kitchen table.

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I love how they have turned out.

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One for Gorgeous Girl and one for her friend.

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Purple is handspun. Pattern can be found here.

A gift

Gorgeous Girl was invited to a birthday party a while ago. We raided the fabric stash to make the gift. Fabric was bought in South Africa, so it’s at least five years old.

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Eric Carle fabric.

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Gifts weren’t opened at the party, so we have no idea if it was well received or not, but Gorgeous Girl and I liked it. It was actually hard to give this one away…

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