Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us — as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones. Author

Monday, 27 July 2015

JB Crafting Supplies....A tag with a tale to tell



Todays creation is a design team make for the fabulous JB-Crafting Supplies.
As it says in the title..this is a tag with a tale to tell. Tag art has really taken off in the crafting world and I have to say I love it. Many people would love to try scrap booking but are daunted by the size of the blank pages. If you fancy having a go..why not try telling a story on a tag.My tag is one that I put together in memory of my Grandmother and I began by going through my stash and finding things that reminded of her. I first covered the tag with a sheet of paper from the Craftworkcards..Shabby Vintage paper pads which is available from Julie  at JB Crafting-Supplies. I have two of the packs..one is pink shades and the other is blue and there are 12 papers in the pack. The one that I chose to work with is covered with sewing related pictures. As my Grandmother was an avid seamstress, I thought it would be a perfect start. There are many items on the tag which relate to her life..buttons,and lace because her sewing room always had them. I remember reels of lace and her button box. The button box was a treasure trove to me as a little girl and in fact I still have it. I only have to open the lid and am transported back to being a little girl. I put the banner on because my Grandmother was always involved with the carnival and everyone would gather at the farm to make the float. The saying always reminds me of her and her advice to trust in what you were doing and it would always be okay. I have added roses to represent her rose garden which she tended with great love but also a daisy to highlight her love of nature. She taught me to recognise all the wild flowers. I added a gardening glove and fork to tell of her time spent gardening. The two final items are the butterflies and the pearl strand. She loved butterflies and moths and I have her collection of reference books. And finally is the strand of pearls..she always wore a set no matter what she was doing..from digging in her gardens, working with the animals or cooking. They sit on my dressing table as a daily reminder of her love.

I was really pleased with the work that I managed to get done over the weekend. I'm trying to get the work done for the next couple of weeks because I'm hopefully going to sort out the studio and the large cupboard in the parlour. It will be an adventure to say the least..lol I have a feeling that the back of the cupboard may hold stuff from when I first moved in...25 years ago..lol. It has always been the glory hole and everything went in there that I didn't know what to do with. I've decided to empty it and hopefully have shelves put in there to hold my plastic boxes that are filled with crafting stash.It would make a little more space in the parlour and would make it easier to get at my stash..hopefully..lol As for the studio..I'm going to take everything out that is not art related and it will give me a space to work on large canvases and the printers block which I'm to work on...without the cat help. It would be a good place to work, where I could leave paintings to dry or projects half way through. I'm getting to the point where I'm actually looking forward to the work. We'll all see how I feel midway through..lol

Well the coffee is calling and then I'm off to finish some work. The mists are coming down the mountains and all the cats have settled in for the day. Twinkle is on heat and is making enough noise for all the cats. She is calling all night long and most of the morning. The only time she is quiet is in the afternoons and I'm sure everyone in the house is thankful for that..lol. It is most unusual for a normal moggie to call, normally it's siamese or foreign breeds. I think that she is making up for all the moggies in Britain..lol. So until next time...take care and happy crafting
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