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Somewhere...beyond the sea

Scary thing happening tomorrow - my first day at a new job, so there will probably be a little less in terms of posting until I settle in. I've done some this week though.

This was the first piece. I had to show you the background before I put all the ephemera on. It's a few lindy's sprays with the bubble stamp. The thing that makes the bubble stamp pop is the use of white pen to highlight the bubbles. Really makes it come alive.

Here's the finished product. I coloured letters with blue ink, glittered with stickles and coated with UTEE. I cut out plant life and inked it with various colours, as well as stamping a clam and star fish, and colouring with distress crayons. Finally I added a few shells.

Continuing the nautical theme, here is a pair of earrings, made with items from the latest Beadhaul box.

My aunt and uncle have been down for a couple of weeks, and while they were down my uncle painted our staircase. So I made him a thank you card. I chose the Wild at Heart paper collection I just bought for the background. I cut the word thanks out of craft paper (really had trouble with this as the magnetic shim I have for my sizzix machine just didn't want to cooperate today. It's the first time I've used it, and I swear I took half an hour trying to get the letters to stay in place. This was the best I could do unfortunately. Looks ok though. I stamped a stag's head in stazon ink and distress inked the edges, before mounting it onto woodgrain card. Finally I cut some leaves from white card, inked them with peeled paint, folded them to make them a little more dimensional, and used brown perfect pearls as berries.

in a fishing boat
bobbing up and down
on a calm, still sea

Took a day trip to a few places near St Austell this week, as I had a week off between the old job (still so weird saying that) and the new one. One of the things I had planned to do right at the beginning of the year was to take a small boat trip. I wasn't specific about this; it could be anything from a pedalo to a sea trip, but one of the places we went to was Mevagissey, and as we were sat with our legs over the harbour wall eating fish and chips (and watching seagulls attack those who aren't as experienced as us in dealing with them) we saw that there were fishing boats offering a half hour sea trip around the cove for a fiver a head. So we decided to jump on this (not literally of course) and take a boat ride.

I'm not great on the sea. In fact this was one of the yearly targets that unnerved me the most. It's only been a year since I was last on a boat, but that was the ferry ride across from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight, which isn't a great trip. I wanted a boat ride for the journey, not for the destination. It was a lovely trip; the sea was relatively calm, especially as we headed out, and we were actually escaping the ominous grey clouds that had started to hover over Mevagissey. The way back was a little choppier as waves collided with each other, the sea turning an inky black as we headed back into port. The wind was fresh and inviting, the views fantastic, and even the fact that we were nowhere near land at the furthest point did not faze me as I thought it would.

Anyway, as I have said at the beginning of this post, tomorrow marks the start of a new chapter of my life. A new job. It may not be a big thing to some people, but I have been at my previous job for over fourteen years, and I never thought I would change. It may not have been on my yearly tasks, but it was on a bigger one, my fucket list. Honestly, I am petrified about tomorrow, but that is purely because it is something new. So, wish me luck and send good wishes please!



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