Wednesday

Workspace Wednesday - still obsessed with the blurry look


 


So I haven't been able to sustain the daily painting practice I've been hoping for as I navigate my schedule for 2022. But I've been able to do it every other day. Which I'm going to claim as victory because doing something is better than doing nothing right? *winks*

Just a work-in-progress piece...still obsessed with the blurry look. *LOL*

Hope you are having a great week so far friends! I bought all my baking stuff today so the CNY baking starts tomorrow! 

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Tuesday

Tuesday's quick decorated paperbag


 


So it's exactly ONE week to CNY 2022 and your gal hasn't even started baking yet. But of course she had some cute stuff lying on and around her desk (no butt getting out of chair movement required...*LOL*).


And a sturdy paperboy to upcycle.....


As usual, I had fun putting the random bits together. :)



Happy Tuesday friends! :)


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Monday

Make Stuff Monday - a layout using packaging as inspiration


 


In today's Make Stuff Monday, I'm sharing how I used packaging as inspiration to pull the pieces of my layout together. Can you tell which is the packaging on my layout? *Go look...I'll wait for you.*


Maybe a little closeup will help a little??? *winks*


Yep...it's the cardboard packaging from an eyeshadow palette (nobody is surprised...*LOL*).



And here's the palette in case you were wondering...yeah bright vibrant colours are so up my alley...:)


Anyway, back to the layout...My sister's friend sent her a bunch of purple balloons for her birthday so I had the right prop for the photo background. Which went well with the harlequin design on the packaging. Then I just pulled random stuff from my stash to finish up the layout.


I think it turned out quite lovely, eh? *winks*


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Friday

Friday's desk- real life versus fantasy life


 


        Me: I want to have a desk by the window so that I can paint in natural light. 

        Also me: Plant babies take up half the desk space.


Yep, my friends. Real life is a far cry from the fantasy life *LOL*

Happy weekend friends!


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Thursday

The one about steak day


 


It was my sister's birthday and she brought the folks out for lunch to celebrate. So it was just nephew #1 and me. Well, you know how I love to spoil "my" kid.


We had a steak day! I also tried out a recipe for baked potatoes (crispy skin and fluffy insides) which I served with butter and melted cheese. And lots of veggies (gotta have a well-balanced meal).


Of course, I got the obligatory kid smiling at the camera photo too. :)


The kid was very happy with his steak and mine (he ate 1/3 of it...). Yep, teenage boys are expensive to raise because they eat so much. (Later that night, we had roast chicken, a cheese plate and a birthday cake to celebrate my sister's birthday....no prizes for guessing who ate the most...*LOL*),

Happy Thursday friends! :)


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Wednesday

Meet my new friend - my first Le Creuset


 


You know your gal is serious about cooking when she invests in her first Le Creuset French Oven. Isn't my new friend so pretty? I decided to go for the classic Volcanic Flame...deep red at the edges bursting into a bright orange. So far she's been on the stove ONCE but hasn't set foot in the oven yet. *winks*

They say you never stop at just ONE Le Creuset once you've gotten one. Well, I would need to use her more to find out. Next up I will try a French classic - Potatoes au Gratin (Dauphinoise).

What about you? Do you have a French/Dutch Oven? Do you have any recipes to share?


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Tuesday

Workspace on a Tuesday - trying out the bokeh effect


 


Eh...so I may be a tad obsessed with the bokeh effect. Because it takes my fave technique of wet-in-wet watercolour painting up a notch and makes my painting look ethereal and somewhat dreamy (let's leave out the covering up of mistakes part shall we? *winks*)

What do you think?


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Monday

Mixed Media Monday - pages from my art journal


 


I really wanted to do a reflections post on 2021 because it was a really challenging year for me on all fronts. But I didn't know how to share my personal journey without sounding like a total baby. Because there was lots of crying and feeling sorry for myself involved. *sombre music plays in the background*


I decided that I could just "throw" them all in my art journal....so I scribbled my 2021's life lessons on my art journal pages, then went crazy with mixed media madness as a reflection of my chaotic year.


The many layers of paint, ink, oil soluble/water soluble crayons, stencilling and doodling reflect the multiple challenges I had to face. Added responsibilities at home because of my mum's health issues. Having very little me time. Being a "parent" to the teenage nephew who is experiencing the usual teenage angst. Being stuck at home nearly every single day because of COVID restrictions. Having to prepare and cook lunch and dinner (almost) every single day. 

The bright and vibrant colours on the page reflect the happy bits that shone through despite the difficulties.  Like better organization of my time and taking ONE day off a week when my kitchen is closed for the day.  Or switching up my exercise routine to keep it fun. Like having a morning routine of watercolour practice or journaling. Or just getting my makeup done even though I'm just going to be at home (when you look good, you feel good). ;)


On hindsight, 2021 was a great year for me. It was challenging no doubt. But it forced me to be stronger in both mind and spirit. I no longer get stressed up over cooking meals. Or get upset when I get complaints about the way I hang the laundry/clean the kitchen/organize the pantry etc. With the exception of that "time of the month" when I might cry a lot because of hormonal fluctuations (hey, I'm only human..*LOL*), I am pretty chill these days. 

Playing along with More Than Words



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Friday

Friday's painting practice - an abstract seascape


 


Happy Friday! How about an abstract seascape painting? I've been good this week and have been painting every day (yay me!). Hope you are getting into a lovely routine for yourself in 2022.

Enjoy your weekend friends! :)


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Thursday

Fussy-cutting a paper bag for my layout


 


Even though I usually bring my own reusable bags when I go shopping, sometimes I do have to take a paperbag from the retailer if the item I buy doesn't fit into my reusable bag. If it's a really sturdy paper bag, I would decorate it as a gift bag. 


This one, from a Japanese retailer usually tears by the time I get it home. But the floral wreath design is really pretty....


So I fussy-cut the floral wreath and used it on my layout. :)


Perfect for a layout with 3 gals...just me and my cousins catching up last Christmas. 

Playing along with Stick It Down.



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Wednesday

Workspace Wednesday - watercolour abstract florals


 


I have been really good so far with the watercolour practice....3 days in a row! *high fives all around* This was this morning's 20 minute messy practice. :)

Just saw that this year's #the100dayproject will be staring on February 13. Not sure what I want to do this year though...should I do watercolour florals? Or portraits? So far, I've only successfully completed the challenge 2x and both times, I did mixed media eye paintings/drawings. 

Any suggestions for something fun that I could do for 100 days without getting bored (and losing momentum)?


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Tuesday

Making sugar cookies with the niece and nephew


 


So I made a batch of sugar cookie dough and brought it with me when I went to my cousin's for Christmas lunch...


As a fun activity for the niece (age 3) and the nephew (age 5). :)


Of course their mothers had to "help" the kids with the cookie cutters...and the kids had to wait for the cookies to be baked and cooled before they could decorate. 


Just look at their cute faces as they ate their cookies! :)


Still having fun with my fussy-cut banners from Christmas wrapping. :)

Happy Tuesday friends! 


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Monday

Make Stuff Monday - 3 items = coordinated gifting set


 


What do you do when you have 3 very different items to upcycle? 


Like a Kraft envelope, a white box and a black paper bag?


How about making a coordinated gifting set? Of course, they can also be utilised separately. :)


I did want the box to fit into the paper bag so I kept the embellishments on the flatter side. :)


I repeated some of the elements (patterned paper, ribbon, washi tape) across the 3 items to ensure cohesiveness as a coordinated gifting set.

What do you think?


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