Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Busy Bee

I am a busy bee. This year I have two courses to do (well, actually I have three, but that is a long and boring story). I am doing A330 Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds and MU123 Discovering Maths. It's proving quite a challenge to fit all the work in and so far I'm a little behind with things. Not to worry, such are the challenges of life. I'm also applying for a postgraduate teacher training course (primary) to begin next September, so fingers crossed for that - I know it's a long shot, what with hundreds of applicants and only limited places.

Hmmm, what else? Oh, I'm working at Mr A's primary school one day a week, helping out in the classroom, which is brilliant - I'm absolutely loving it.

Miss Lucy is getting on well at high school and has changed overnight.... She is growing up so fast...

As for art, craft, anything creative - well, no time for anything really, although I did manage a little jewellery making at the end of the summer which was a great therapy for all that studying.

So, no time to blog either it seems. The intention is always there, just not the time at the moment...maybe one day :) For now I just need to get on and get through this coursework so I can finally have my degree...keeping my fingers crossed that nothing puts me off course.

Did someone mention Christmas?

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


Got the result for my OU course back yesterday. Grade 2 pass. Just one more course to do for my Honours degree. Can't wait to be finished with it all!

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Ribbon rose tutorial video

Here is the ribbon rose tutorial from YouTube that I mentioned in my last post :)

Ribbon Flowers

After watching a tutorial by Donna on YouTube on how she makes lovely ribbon roses, I just had to have a go. My first efforts (from left to right, below) were pretty poor to be honest and I did have a few issues with my glue gun - probably because I've had it for years and used it once!

However, I persevered and the final three were a bit better, although the white one was off centre and the black one covered in glue :) I think it's the kind of thing that needs perseverence and practice to get right - Donna certainly makes it look simple on her video, she is a very clever lady! I can't remember how to link to her video, but I will try and post it up here in case anyone would like to see it. (Excuse the quality of the pics here, but I took them at night and the light was horrible).

I thought that the roses would be nice on handmade mini albums as embellishments, maybe with beads attached? Anyway, I had fun making was good to be creating something :)

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Hi folks! Nothing much to report I'm afraid. Have done a little work on my art journal, but nothing quite complete yet. I will post some pics soon though. In the meantime, if anyone can tell me what I can use instead of ModPodge or what I can put over ModPodge to stop it being so tacky, then I would be grateful. At the moment I am putting tissue or greaseproof paper in between those pages I have modpodged to stop them sticking. I am really enjoying doodling and scribbling in the journal but I seem to have lost my mojo a bit - maybe it's all that studying? It certainly leaves little time for anything else and certainly is not conducive to creativity :( I haven't even done any baking!!! Very unusual. Never mind, I'm sure I'll get back to it even if it's a slow process.

Speaking of studying - my results for this last course should be out any day now. Usually, I'm pretty laid back about waiting for them...some folks are constantly checking online to see if they are out yet, but I usually just wait until someone says they're in. This time though, I am a little nervous as the result I get this time will affect my degree classification. I still have one last course to go to get my Hons, but this result now is the one that's giving me butterflies :-/ Yikes. Keep your fingers crossed won't you, mine are (quite hard to type like that actually...).

Oh, a wee bit of news - Miss Lucy has her own blog and you can visit it here - Cookies Cool Creations .

Monday, 19 July 2010

How the Time Flies

I can't believe it's almost a year since I last blogged. Seriously? Wow. Well, things have been busy I guess. Another OU course completed (awaiting results) and only one to go for my Hons Degree - this is what has taken up all my time. With each course there has been less time to spare for anything else it seems - crafting becomes all but non-existent and the urge to be creative has been squashed into submission. But now that there is a teeny break from study, that urge raises it's head above the parapet again! So, I have done a couple of journal pages so far...nothing terribly ambitious is it?...but still, it's something.

Otherwise, life goes on in it's usual way. Miss Lucy is heading from primary to high school this year and Adam grows in height and confidence every day.

It feels strange to post to this blog again and I wonder if I will have anything more to say?