Random Bullet Points of Life

For the little things in life worth recording but possibly not worth a full entry

  • I usually tell people that if an entry appears on my blog before about 9:30 it’s because I wrote it in advance and scheduled it.  But it’s 08:42 and I’m actually writing this live so to say.  I’m waiting for carer, it’s been put back to just after 9 today.
  • Lately I have not been reading.  I did just start an audiobook which I like (Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen which I got from the e-library). And I must finish my library ebook this morning as the time on it runs out just after lunch.  It’s good I just had no motivation to read for a few weeks so abandoned it with less than 100 pages to go (that’s Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon)
  • I’ve been working on crochet squares for Woolly Hugs and sent a pile of 10 12 inch squares off to them last week – I’d been working on them on and off since January.  At the moment I keep starting new things and abandoning them.
  • I can’t help feeling I’ve shared the above point before but that might have been on facebook
  • My next craft maybe some decopatch though – my carers keep commenting on my decopatch “Love Books” on my book cases so I’ve told several about it.  One came in a couple of days ago and said she’d had a go and is clearly now hooked. And it’s got me wanting to do some too!
  • Writing is going well.  I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo with an hours goal (and I definitely blogged about that before) but am really beginning to wish I’d stuck with my word count goal as it feels more achieveable. Next time!
  • Isn’t the weather lovely?
  • I’m going to see my favourite musical next week!
  • The Citizens Advice office I volunteer for is taking part in #CABLive over on twitter for the first time this week. I set it up (for us to take part) and I’m enjoying see it run.

My First Decopatch Projects

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I got some decopatch materials for Christmas and planned to try them out this year (as an aside, a couple of the other things on that list are either booked or in progress). Someone asked when I wrote that earlier post if decopatch is the same as decoupage? Basically they are very similar but decopatch is less involved. I found this blog entry which explains it in more detail.

Mum had done some decopatch last year so we planned that I’d go to her house and she’d help me with my first project. Then that had to be cancelled twice when first I was ill, then she was. But on Sunday we both managed to a) be free and b) be well so I headed to her house for an afternoon of decopatch and then dinner.

I worked on letters that spell out Noel (Christmas present so it had to include a Christmas decoration, of course) when I was there. To start with I wanted to be quite precise and exact and follow a sort of pattern of “If I put a gold bit, then a green bit, then another gold bit” but mum told me that it’s meant to be more abstract and I do have to admit the ones I did completely randomly do look better.  I think if I were to buy myself some more papers I’d probably buy ones with smaller patterns that are less obvious.

The O in the set was a snowflake and whilst I didn’t find decopatch too fiddly once I got the hang of it all the edges on that put me off.  So whilst I decopatched the N E and L with left over Christmas papers from Mum’s project (she did Merry Christmas last year) on Sunday afternoon I left the O snowflake.  Then I bought some cheapy kids gold glitter paint and painted that instead.

Here is the finished project – I’m pleased with it.

decopatch noel(image description: decopatch letters spelling out NOEL. The N is in green paper with a red/gold pattern, there is a snowflake instead of an O and that’s painted in gold glitter. The E is in a red patterned paper that had snowmen and similar on although they aren’t as obvious and the L is in green paper with a different red/white/gold pattern. Click on the picture to view larger.)

The other item to be decopatched I got for Christmas was a hexagon shaped box and lid. I had a go at doing that on Tuesday.  I really, really like how that came out. I like it more than I do the Noel.

20160218_191657.jpg 20160218_191349.jpg 20160218_191312.jpg(image descriptions: three photos showing different aspects of the hexagon box and lid I decopatched. The top shows the box with the lid on, the second is a close up on the lid and the third shows the box with the lid standing up to one side of it so the detail is visible. The paper used is pink/blue with a gold pattern).

I think I still have a lot to learn with decopatch but I’m loving it so far and have several other ideas for projects!