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[AonP] 2nd to last session =( *pout*

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Right! Just ONE session of arts on prescription left! POO POO POOEY POOP! Yes. That’s my view.

Oh well. Jade got us one extra session, so, today was our SECOND to LAST and I’m alllllllllllllmost good and ready to finish my canvas! here are (just) a couple of pics!

I ABSOLUTELY piled on the paint right to the end of lesson! See how thick and wet my yellow and purple are? So it’ll be ready for me to doodle on and embroider next week! *cross fingers*

Hmmm, I always take pictures of my work at the end of “class”. Then, when writing this blog entry or looking back at an entry I’d previously written I kind of find myself looking at my work with new eyes… Right now I’m thinking I’ll doodle on the canvas and paint with a silver pen, where before this I’d had planned on using black marker. Sorry! This isn’t riveting but it’s TRUE! =P

I liked my felt picture until I saw my photograph of it days later. >.< DOH! But I’m rectifying that and working on it – I even brought it home with me so I can take the piece back to Arts next Monday and hopefully wow Alma with what Sue’s family and I have been up to in the past few weeks!

Another thing I’ve realised? My teacher last year, Andrea, taught us about differentiating colours that have a hint of blue…

from colours that have a hint of yellow

We were also taught about being selective and trying to restrict ourselves to using just three colours:

So I feel kinda naughty about using teal, yellow, purple, pinks, preens, blues ALL on one ever so small canvas! HOWEVER, all of the colours I’m using are on the “blue” side- slightly cooler tones, so to avoid TOO much clashing. Hopefully it’ll work. If not? PLEH! Who cares!?! I’m enjoying this WAY too much.

The other thing I did in “class”? THIS!

Ooooookay, so, it isnt THAT much, but I DID bring it home with me =D so I can enjoy myself with some beading and embroidery! See that flower? I did french knots! Sue taught me! Hmm, let’s see what stitches I can figue out using the tintanet…

Okay! This can be my “before” picture! In a week I’ll post the “after”! =)

Written by Cherise

March 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

[A on P]

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Todayyy (like every Monday) I went to Arts on Presctiption! Last week I had drawn some ideas and drawn on to  felt with glitter glue-type stuff.

This week I did some basic swirly beading

And added some hand-made paper beads

After looking at the felt last week I had decided that I didn’t want to add too many details

So next week I want to embroider the shape of flowers in to one sections and Sue (resident embroiderer) is going to show me how to do french knots and other skills! I can’t wait!

Sue today brought in an embroidered piece she had made in college- DAMN there were lots of fantastic-looking techniques used! I’m glad I got to see it- though when she first walked in with the picture my hands were covered in paint… NO I havent been hand printing again! But I did nicely coat my little canvas in Dulux tester paint

and next week I can hold this canvas to the wall and arrange an over head projection of my drawing on to the wall, pick out sections and details that I want to transfer! =o)

On to this I can also embroider, add buttons and beads! NICE!
This colour is also similar to a tester pot that my sister bought me when I thought of re-decorating my room.

Here’s Sue and her son Johnny, also, check-out Sue’s picture projected on to the wall!

Mural anyone? ; )

Written by Cherise

March 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm

First Friday Crafts!

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Day-time of Sunday 7th of March: Yesterday at Dee’s First Friday Crafts Day we made BEADZ!

Jan was there toooo! Lovely Jan!

One of the bead types we made involved playing near FIRE!

(my blue and green bead)       =o)

We wraped fiber around a copper pole (I asked Dee and she said you can also use metal knitting needles… as long as you don’t plan to used them for knitting ever again- But that’s where charity shops come in! Just ask the cashire for knitting needles because they keep them all behind the counter… around here the knitting needles are as low as 10-20 pence a pair!)…

…Ooh, yes, so, once you’ve wrapped some fabric around a copper pole or a knitting needle… like this…

You then tie cheap and cheerful yarn around the fabric to keep it in place!

You then wrap some organza around the outside/on top of the other fabric, again, securely tying the organza in place!

Next you can hold the fabric close to hot coles in the fire-place (if you dont have a gas fire).

(Dee’s BEADZ)

I probably don’t need to tell you this but: Fire, as my mum says is, “Burny hot!” So your copper pole/knitting needle needs to be long!

Also, you only need to hold the bead near the flames for seconds at a time for results to happen- so hold for 4 secons, check, hold in for a bit loger etc untl you’re happy with the pretty (and slightly smelly) effects!

(These are my blue and red beads! The one at the bottom was from us playing with a cellophane/foil wrapper from a twix. However, we learned that if you dont put fabric underneath this it sticks to the metal pole and REFUSES to budge!)

Dee brought this to the table- I had never tried it before and I very much like the effect- I’m not going to sell my beads or give them away, MINE thanks! I’ll make a luuurvely necklace to wear with a t-shirt i’m going to customize and wear in the spring and summer months! =D

Oooh, and did you know that Dee has recently got herself a blog? It’s called Pretty Thrifty! Early days yet but before you know it we’ll have the place looking pretty as a picture and she can write a MUCH better how-to to fit along side mine and show us how it’s really done!

Tomorrow? Tomorrow there’ll be an Arts on Prescription entry, a Brusho entry and a paper/plastic beads entry! All good fun!

Good night!


Earlier in the “day”: at half-past midnight on Sunday the 7th of March:

Dee is a genius and created her “First Friday Crafts” and, on the first Friday of each month, we go to Dee’s to do some wonderful creative things!

We’ve dont knitting, brusho (I haven’t uploaded pics from this, have I? I’ll do it tomorrow.  Between making paper beads, Folksy listing, listening to the LAST EVER Jon Richardson radio show on 6 music, making sunday AND constructing the newly bought bird table… OKAY! I’ll do it on Monday after A on P!), of, and we’ve done Plaster Of Paris…ing… more pictures! and we’ve done printing! (Yup, of that I have uploaded pictures!)

SO! To Do:
– Construct Bird table
– Stand it somewhere that casper can’t reach
– Take pictures of Busho work and of  my plaster of paris construction
– Do some more folksy-ing. Possibly with a blog feature about the new fashionable button bracelets.
– Do an entry to say/ show what I’ve been up to today with Dee and Jasc- minus the yarn porn and minus mine and Jasc’s singing songs.

Easy, right? Okay! another to do: DON’T fall asleep whilst typing this (when did it become 3 minutes past midnight!?! The question is in the answer, I’m sure, but it isn’t allowed to be midnight yet! I demand…)

RIGHT! I’m so snoozy that I’ll have to do the beady How Tos tomorrow after some sleep! Nighty night xxx

5 Mins after this I clicked “shut down” I had fallen asleep where I sat… until 4am… when I woke up, shut the laptop lid, switched of the bedroom light, climbed n to bed and passed out again, this time until 8am =D


Written by Cherise

March 7, 2010 at 12:34 am

Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you…

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I like sleeping.

But here, I am, awake and nervous and doing bobs and bits to prepare for two craft fayres I’m selling at over the weekend.

More sleep please?

It will be SO cold tomorrow and I’ll be out in the morning time, nowhere near warm enough, singing songs to myself and whoever listens to try and take my mind from the hours ahead until I can scuttle home and climb in to bed with my electric blanket on FULL, defrosting then cooking my bones!

Ahem. Sorry for my blue thoughts.

Here are some thing’s I’ve been making:

who doesn't like paisley!?


Craft fayres really do make me so blue and nervous. But tomrrow I’ll be standing by my friend Dee Fairchild as she sell’s her beautiful things and then my photgrapher friend Marie Drouin will come for a visit!


Flowers were the first things I learned to make in beadweaving.

I love this. the colours. Makes me feel as happy as a hippy. Are hippies happy?

So...where was I... OH! yes! Right, well, the first flower I ever made, it was red, and I turned it in to a ring and wore it for SO so so long. Never would take it off. It possibly walked off, annoyed and tired for having to be used for so long....

Brrrr, baby, it’s COLD outside!

I love this, somebody duet with me?

Written by Cherise

December 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm