Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Back to my garden studio

Hooray....I finally got back to my sweet garden studio at the weekend. I really miss my outdoors crafting space over the winter months and after all this good weather it was time to spring clean it.

It was time to open the blinds and let the sunshine in. Out came the vacuum cleaner and water to clean the windows. I always have a grand clear up too so I start the season with a clear clean space. I teak oiled my lovely workbench made lovingly by my Dad.
And cleaned everything in sight
 I love being surrounded by my little bits of art work. Some are mine and some made by my talented crafty friends,
And here is my creative space ready to go. It is never this tidy again until next spring!
 and you will never see my desk so clear.
I had a wonderful weekend out there with lots of crafty time and space to get messy. The new colours in the garden inspired me to get bold with my palette, my first tulips are in flower.

 I decided to have a play with sprays.....ones I made myself with my Paperartsy Fresco paints which I recently won from the  Craft Stamper challenge take it make it challenge. I am going on a Finnabair inspired/Prima workshop on Sunday so I just thought I would have a play with a mixed media style which is new for me and make one of my Moments.

I laid down various textures
made up some sprays.

and added perfect pearls too for some sparkle
I also added perfect pearls to a mister of blue distress ink I made up.
I spent the afternoon adding and blending and getting very messy but boy was it fun.
Here is what I made.
I used one of my "Real" relatives photos, me aged about 7 surrounded by my beloved pets.
I love the way the lace, die cuts and texture paste have soaked up all this glorious colour.

I tried to capture the sparkle with difficulty but you can just see it below.
Here are a few close ups.

I stamped one of my THoltz quotes, I love this one,  and added a few embellishments using Blue archival ink.

 and one last "arty" shot.
I would like to enter my mixed media piece into the following challenges;

Die Cut Divas in the garden
The Ribbon Girl add ribbon or lace
Papertake Weekly words words words
Allsorts bingo I have added ribbon, flowers and die cut
Try it on Tuesdays new beginnings this is the first Finnabair inspired piece I have made and I am hoping to learn lots of tips and techniques at the Prima workshop on Sunday.
Simon says stamp Monday In the middle I am in the middle of my photo surrounded by my pets!
Inspiration Journal Everything goes
Top Tip Tuesday use 3 of something I have used 3 buttons, 1 on each flower and 1 above my photo.
Frilly and Funkie Spring time die cuts
Stamps and stencils  anything goes

We are still enjoying summer weather here in the South of England. It reached 24oc here yesterday and I enjoyed a day out with my girlies in the glorious sunshine. Thanks for all your fun comments on my last post you left for  Billy and for your kind words about my first crochet blankie...and yes Billy loves it. I am really enjoying making some small Nanna  granny squares in shades of green and blue. It's WIP.

If you don't have any sunshine where you are then let me send you some......I took this yesterday with my girlies at Claremont Gardens near Esher, was bliss and as warm as a summer's day.
No outings for me today today though.....I'm off to work..must dash.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Jane what a fabulous post, thoroughly enjoyed reading it:).. It's lovely to see your workspace and what a lucky lady you are to have such a special place! I love what you have created today, and I also would like to venture into other forms of art, and mixed media is one I am eager to try!.. Love the words you have written on your work, would you mind me asking you if they are your own or a stamp!... My granddaughter is going through a rough time at the moment and these words would be lovely to use on a card I want to send her...
    Marjorie xx

  2. Wonderful place! Beautiful Layout!
    Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!

  3. I'm sure you are delighted to get back out into your crafty space again Jane!
    Love the bright spring colours of your piece today, spraying sounds like a lot of fun!
    Our weather hasn't been wonderful this week but it has picked up a bit today and I think the rest of the week is to be good, fingers crossed.
    Happy Wednesday my friend,
    V x

  4. Love your garden crafty hideaway Jane and your mixed media piece is just wonderful - love it to bits - those colours sing to me!!! Big hugs rachel xx

  5. Hi Jane, So nice to see your beautiful space opening up and getting ready for a wonderful summer in the sun and full of creative fun! Loved seeing your crocheting, you are a fast learner, Billy is a lucky boy! Love your new textured and misted card! The quote is wonderful and so good to keep in mind.
    Enjoy, xoRobin

  6. Wow, I am so jealous of your wonderful crafting space, so much light and what an amazing view!! Gorgeous artwork, those perfect pearls really give everything such a great shimmer! Gorgeous colours!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday for our 'New Beginnings' challenge and for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Springtime Die Cuts' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  7. Such a wonderful space do your crafting and a beautiful journal page

    Thank you for sharing it at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. So glad to see you're getting back into your crafty hideaway with that lovely view...especially in this weather we've been having (well, that you've been having - it seems to have missed us today!) It's lovely to see more and more colour in the garden and I love the way you are inspired by the nature around you and life events, it makes your moments so much more memorable! Hugs, Lisa x

  9. Fabulous work!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog :) - Ashli

  10. What a lovely crafty space you have - and I LOVE your gorgeous sheep cushion!

    Your piece is beautiful, so many wonderful colours on the lovely die cuts... Anne xx

  11. Marvelous mixed media project. Lots of fun and glittery goodness. Love the sunny day too.

    Glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas with this wonderful piece.

  12. So glad you can get out to work in your garden studio again, Jane, now that spring is here. It must be so nice there, listening to the birds and with trees and flowers all around. It is certainly looking very tidy. Your new Moment is very pretty, I love all the fresh colours you used.
    Helen xox

  13. don't you just love a clean crafting space and love your creation so pretty
    hugs Kate xx

  14. Beautiful project.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Bingo' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  15. Jane, of course you'd find fresh inspiration along with the spring cleaning at your studio! I can't even imagine what I'd find if I cleaned everything off my desk, even though it seems like it was not so long ago. (It's just a never ending project at my place!) Love the gorgeous tulip, the spring colors of this latest piece, and the sentiment is perfect. Happy sunny weekend to you! :o)

  16. Gorgoeus project and I love you crafting place! Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts and good luck in the challenge.

  17. Dear Jane,

    Hooray, the official start for summer-season 2015 is here: Jane's crafting-shed is open! It all looks so happy&inviting, you will have the loveliest time there creating! And not to mention your weather. wow... Enjoy!

    Lovely weekend!


  18. This is fabulous, love the colours! I trust you and a great time at the Finnabair workshop! Thank You for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  19. Fabulous layout! Love those yummy colours and pearly sheen. Your garden studio looks gorgeous, you are surrounded by inspiration! Thankyou for joining us over at Stamps and Stencils x

  20. Oh Jane what a beautiful garden studio to inspire your lovely work!

  21. Such a beautiful way to celebrate the arrival of the warmer weather with this explosion of beauty and Springtime colours. Have to admit to a pang of envy for your amazing work space too. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with your mixed media piece. Jenny x

  22. What a lovely page, beautiful combination of colours....and love your outdoor workspace! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x

  23. ohhhh WOW what a fabulous working space! Love that and the great make you have done.

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Top Tip Tuesday. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.


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