Maybe There’s A Maybe

I feel like the little man.
A small voice, a ball and chain,
Orb of low, rusty links of anxiety,
Letting others rule and reign.
I have imagined having some power
But not to be greedy or inhumane,
Just my small voice to be heard,
Not passed off as a nagging woman’s gain.

The weight hasn’t lifted off my ankle,
I’m still plagued with doubt in the brain,
Yet a hope I believed wasn’t breathing
Has reached up calling to campaign.
Maybe one person can speak loud.
Maybe it can be heard by the main.
Maybe there’s a maybe.
Maybe the future isn’t so plain.

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Prague – March 2016
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Craft Wars: Lucky number 27 – Inspired By White Collar

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Welcome to the very first day of a new series. If this was TV it’ll start with a bang to get your attention. A murder or explosion, there’d be a car chase or a drug deal gone wrong, or a sex scene gone right, something jaw dropping that screams THIS IS AWESOME that will hook you and reel you in. You’ve been captured. We are all fish my friend. Sadly I don’t want to risk going to prison or hurting anyone for the sake of my blog, sorry, so lets imagine the bang and say it happened.

Woah, that bang was crazy, amirite?! Good, you’re getting it now.

My partner and I like to find that programme to watch together and then binge. Not binge and do nothing else with our lives (partly a lie, but you are still coming down from that bang and won’t realise), but if we decide to start we have the capability to watch episode after episode. No pee breaks. Eyes getting more square by the minute. It’s a tough life.

Sometimes the show doesn’t work out and we give up. Or we watch it all at once. For me I like real, I like nitty gritty, and usually English humour. My partner likes all cheese. I could compliment his character a bit by continuing that sentence – he does like cheese, but he still likes unusual things, it’s not all bad –  but my distaste is clearer this way. I had to do it. So, we have to find the right balance of cheese and realness for it to mesh well for us. At the moment White Collar is the one that made the cut. Definite cheese there, but it’s also cool.

What’s your point, Emily? Well, Emily, this new series of mine is a competition between my partner and I. Friendly, of course.. During an episode of White Collar we discussed Neil’s super cool apartment, and we both liked the number 24 on his shelf..

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.. and thus we decided for whichever show we are obsessed with at that time we will both create that piece of artwork from it – and see who’s is better. For #1 in our series we both made something inspired by this number 24.

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Our supplies were basic, we didn’t spend a lot of money. We, more or less, followed this amazing post by Lil Blue Boo. Corners were definitely cut, and lets say it was out of efficiency and not laziness.

We used the blu tak glue to stick the newspaper onto our canvases, then painted them white. Even at this stage we were going for different techniques. His was more orderly, which was surprising, if you knew him you’d agree, and mine was more random. He then did two coats of paint – he’s wild I tell you!

With the stencil masking taped down, I dabbed the red paint onto the canvas, but he brushed it on. Then he had to touch it up with the white after. I do feel obliged to mention the stencil was his idea though, I was going to free ball it, but backed out at the last moment.

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We sanded our canvases down, which makes them look more vintage.

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Then we watered down some brown paint and brushed it over the top, then rubbed it off while still wet. Can you believe it ladies and gentlemen, we are done! This project was so satisfying, and I was buzzing for two days after – from crafting something that wasn’t too difficult but looks good, to doing it with my partner and watching him enjoy it! Call me sad, but that’s the dream right there.

They’re definitely our own version but an homage to the show, and that part of our lives that it has taken up. I’d happily hang mine sideways somewhere.

I know you’re thinking it, but I’m definitely aware that this isn’t the number 24. And considering this show is about an amazing artist which forges beautiful pieces of artwork, which you see in most of the episodes, this is the thing that caught our eye?! The world is a mysterious place.

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If you’d like to get involved with some friendly competition, let me know which one you like the best!

Toddler Crafting: Photo Cut Out

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Not much feels better than when a vague idea floating around in my head is executed perfectly. From Little Man painting perfectly, and fuss free, to me carefully cutting his shape out with no problems – even managed to get his eye lashes. The only slight problem was with the printer, but everything was too good to be true, something had to happen, and better the printer than my own capabilities.

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I started with a paper print out of the photo I took, and two extra but in reverse that will be used at the end. Little Man chose his colours and painted the back of the normal photo.

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Once dry, obviously, I cut him out using a very sharp crafting knife. There were dollops of paint, an artist choice I’m sure, so it was thicker in some parts which meant I had to go back over it. It was still a success though. I didn’t let the pressure of ruining Little Mans art get to me, I kept my cool, I had an assistant dabbing the sweat off my forehead and finished without a flat line. I’m basically a surgeon now. No? Okay.

I used a pritt stick and stuck the big painting without Little Man on to one reversed photo, and the cut out of the painting Little Man onto the other reversed photo, then cut them down to their original 7×5 size.

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Now framing. Doesn’t it seem a shame to frame something fun like this in a normal double frame. I brain stormed with my partner, Googled unique ways to frame art, and a few more hundred abbreviations on that but nothing was right, till this idea zoomed in my brain and knocked me off my chair.

I laminated the two photos. I could have stopped here and let Little Man have his pieces of art because they felt indestructible, so that might be an option in the future. Instead I made holes in each corner, found two sticks, and a third to prop it up, and used string to tie it on. (I’m definitely framing something of mine like this one day, but I’ll use pins. I can be trusted with pins. Sometimes.)

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This project is so right up my street I basically live there. It’s so fun, it’s so free, it’s like Gruffalo meet Where The Wild Things Are. Which I think is the inside of a lot of Adults brains anyway.

Have a super day!

 

 

Four Lens Magic

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Every time I use film I’m reminded why I love it so much. I full on heart-eye-emoji and cartwheel all over it.

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This camera has been about for a while, it’s nothing new and exciting like when they first came out in Urban Outfitters – I can’t be the only teenager that would only go in there to gawk at the cameras and ‘quirky’ stuff. I’ve owned it/took from my brother and never thought too much of it other than it being a gimmick. I’ve used it on and off over the years, it’s pretty cool looking back – in the future I’ll make a post comparing photos from when I was 16 and now at 25, using the same cameras. There’s clearly so much you can do with this little guy that I haven’t explored yet, these are just random snaps taken over a few months.

But the photos taken on the overcast day, like YES, right?! Just yes. Yes. Detective/looks like we just buried a body/horror film/did I fall over or something? I have no memory of it. All of the above could have happened. I’m not at liberty to say.

There’s definitely more photos to come, currently loading a film camera as we speak. Not really. Let’s pretend I am. Clearly I’m typing.

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Have a magical day!

The Quote Challenge / Day 3

Welcome to the last day of the Quote Challenge. Thank you Facetfully for involving me! It has been pretty cool searching for quotes that I have connected to in the past, and it’s interesting how the quotes you choose may say something about you as a person – how you like to live, what you agree with, and what your morals are. That is if you read into it, which I totally do.

The challenge is to share a quote a day for three days. A quote that has inspired that something in me (a quote that I will have really tried hard to find) and each day I will nominate three more people to join in the challenge, and big up Facetfully who has nominated me. Sounds cool? (I fear I have written the rules in a confusing way, but I’m okay with it.)

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As I said before I am not a collector of quotes, not to say I don’t like them, but luckily I remembered a youtube video that showed lots of quotes that I really felt in my bones, ya know? I recommend watching this video by Casey Neistat. Seriously cool dude I’m telling you, big inspiration. And this quote? I have learnt this quote is true, and I’ve also learnt to not be scared by failure because mistakes are like successes. How else would you learn what you learnt? If you are scared of failure you won’t do anything. Stuff that, amirite?

I nominate

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Peyton Mckee

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to join in this challenge.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday’s Feels For The Week

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pleased I’m making progress on my knitted blanket.

thoughtful on what I need for a fulfilled life.

annoyed m&ms aren’t vegetarian, I didn’t realise. They have E120 in them. I thought my life was over for a minute.

excited for the weather getting a tiny bit warmer.

down that the sun disappeared this week.

inspired to take photos.

inspired after a little bonding with other fellow bloggers.

inspired to keep waking up early and going for walks.

looking forward to eating fruit in season.

Have a relaxing Sunday!