Thursday, August 21, 2014

Drawing inspiration

When my drawing sessions need a little kick start or I just want to add a little doodle to my journal, I've been turning to these fabulous little books. Line drawing love!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Uppercase Magazine

Have you seen this magazine? Its motto is  "for the creative and curious" and is filled with inspiration. Beautifully designed by Janine Vangool (who is also the editor and publisher), it's a must if you're a paper enthusiast like me!

Monday, August 18, 2014

London travel journal

So 3 weeks after returning from London, I finally finished my travel journal. Here's a glimpse ...

Made the journal while I was at the beach before the London trip. Cover was made with cardboard I had on hand that I then painted.

Interior covers were made with beautiful Japanese papers I picked up at a thrift shop!

Beautiful map of London plus skyline tape that I got at the Tate Modern

Old umbrella flash card is a must for a London journal.

Picture of lovely fabric from a Cath Kidston catalog.

Ticket stubs and picture postcards.

Binding using bits of fabric scraps

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pardon the interruption...

I'm going to interrupt the London travel diary for just a minute because ...

I haven't talked about it on the blog, but we are redoing a house. It's a long process. A really long process. A lot of work has been done on the kitchen, bedrooms, baths, etc. But today, the really important work finally started ... The foundation walls for my new studio were poured. Eeeeeeee!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

London: Day 5

Day 5. Trip outside the city to the Cotswolds. Went to Oxford (saw the obligatory Harry Potter dining hall). Learned Lewis Carroll was inspired to write Alice in Wonderland here. Stopped for lunch in a small town and discovered they were filming a JK Rowling movie (apparently she had hoped to write something anonymously and see if it would be a success without her name attached, but the press found out) Saw little churches built in the 1300s. Then off to Blenheim Palace which has a long history, including the birthplace of Churchill. I've never encountered something like this...the size of it was beyond what I could imagine. And the furnishings and tapestries...jaw-dropping. A duke and his family still live here (in fact they own the entire village). I asked and was told the Downton Abbey house is a fraction of this place.
Oxford University

The Harry Potter dining hall...much smaller in person. It was set up for dinner for non-magical students

Could live on this...

Darling houses all over the Cotswolds

Gates at Bleiheim Palace

One side of Bleinheim

So much beauty in one room

Thursday, August 7, 2014

London: Day 4

Began the day at The Tower of London. This year is the centennial of the start of WWI and they are placing 80,000 ceramic poppies in the moat as a memorial to lives lost. Also visited St. Paul's. The moment we got to the ticket counter, the fire alarm went off! We eventually got back in and made the 500+ step climb to the top of the dome. Crossed the Millennium Bridge (or wibbley-wobbley as it's called) to the Tate Modern for a visit before attending Julius Caesar at the Globe Theatre...a moving experience that I can't adequately express in words...
The Tower of London with the poppies installation

Loving all the signage 

St. Paul's

 Graffiti from 1732!

Millennium Bridge

Love Charlie and Lola!

Monday, August 4, 2014

London: Day 3

Day 3. We started the day with mass at a lovely little old church. Later, high tea at the Savoy. Biked around Hyde Park with my lovely new Cath Kidston tote in tow, and saw Kensington Palace and the Princess Diana memorials. The Eye had the best view of London. On our way, we walked past Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament. That night, we walked around Piccadilly Circus. After all that walking, I had to pop into the chemist for a box of plasters... Pip, pip!

Tea, scones, clotted cream and jam ... heavenly!

You can rent a bike for any length of time ... it's a great way to see the city. Just remember to ride on the left!

Fabulous views from the top of the London Eye

I was surprised how close the major sites were to each other.

Maybe I should consider a paint job for my Mini?