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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Creatively Speaking: Rectifying Mistakes

This week has been yet more The Kick Ass Writer and Snowflake Method when it comes to writing. I am actually quite enjoying using the Snowflake method to plan my current book as it makes me think about different aspects of the book and I can see the plot and characters taking form without me getting all confused.

I have done some Mastering Manga as well but craft wise I have mainly been working on my goggles and my current cross stitch project. And rectifying mistakes I've made in both of them.

With my goggles I had started papier mache-ing them but I realised that the bases for the goggles, for some reason I'm not sure of, were no longer symmetrical. I'm not overly sure how when I used one as a template for the other. But anyway I've had to cut the base away and created a paper template to start again.

So much like last week they still don't look all that goggle like yet.

And this week I finally got to a stage with my cross stitch where I can relax a little. A couple of weeks ago I noticed I'd missed a line of stitches (who knows how I managed that!) and it was too late to go back and put it in without taking out quite a bit of stitching I had done since.

So I sat there with a pencil faintly marking where certain colours of thread will now have to go in order to balance it back out. And this week I finished stitching the adjustments so now I'm back to following the pattern again. I'm hoping it won't be noticeable once the cross stitch is complete - but we've still got  along way to go until that happens.

Have you had any crafting mishaps recently?

Til next week...

P.S. the first of two posts on how I made my top hat will be posted within the next week so watch this space :)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Creatively Speaking: Steampunk

This week I finally finished my top hat. I hope to have a full post on the creation of said top hat on this blog soon.

I think if I made another one I would make it slightly bigger as this one is a little tight on my head compared to the paper top hat I made as a prototype, but there's not a lot I can do about that now.

But I can get it on my head so at least it doesn't just precariously balance on top of my head.

As for the rest of my week, I started making steam punk goggles this week (and almost returned to my way of forgetting to take photographs). I'm on the papier mache stage. There isn't much to see of them yet so I'll probably post a picture when they look a little more goggle like.

I also doodled a bit - just added to an existing doodle rather than starting anything new. And as for my writing related things I've read some more of The Kick Ass Writer and then I've finished step 3 and started step 4 of the Snowflake Method of writing.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Express Yourself: Expertise


Express Yourself is a weekly meme hosted by Entertaining Interests and Bouquet of Books.

Basically at the beginning of every month the hosts, Dani and Jackie, post a list of what that month's subjects/questions will be.

Then sometime during each week you post about that subject. To sign up/for more information click here.

This week: Everyone has at least one subject matter self-acclaimed experts in (pop culture, monsters, robots etc.). What is yours?

I seem to be fairly knowledgeable on a few things or so I like to think - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, art history, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Greek/Roman mythology

However I think under too much scrutiny my expertise would probably crumble.

So although there are no doubt people out there who know a whole lot more than I do I think I'm going to go with a subject that is actually one of the examples - monsters... in particular vampires and lycanthropes.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Creatively Speaking: Mother's Day... and Fabric and Stuff!

Just a quick post today... hence the lack of photographs.

And as it's a quick post I'll give you the rundown in bullet point form (I know - it's exciting stuff, right?)

This week's creative/writing related activities have included:

  • reading more of The Kick Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig
  • cross stitch
  • a doodle that sort of ended up accidentally looking like a bird (especially after I added eyes and legs)
  • making a Mother's Day Card
  • Putting the flowers I made last week in a old reed diffuser turned vase (I knew I kept it for some reason) and adding some ribbon
  • ordering the fabric for my steampunk/cosplay dress
  • continuing with Mastering Manga by Mark Crilley
  • adjusting step 2 and continuing with step 3 of the Snowflake Method of writing - step 3 is the character profiles and I have discovered just how little I know about my characters... other than my main character.
So that was my week - how was yours?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Express Yourself: Occupations

Express Yourself is a weekly meme hosted by Entertaining Interests and Bouquet of Books.

Basically at the beginning of every month the hosts, Dani and Jackie, post a list of what that month's subjects/questions will be.

Then sometime during each week you post about that subject. To sign up/for more information click here.


This week: If you could try out any occupation for a week, what would you choose?

When I first saw this question, after the day I've had at work, my first thought was:

ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT I DO NOW!

After I'd had a bit of a think I started coming up with things like a librarian at the British Library or a cataloguer/archivist at the British Museum. But then I realised those are things that I'd like to do for more than just a week.

So I had another think and I suppose, for a week, I wouldn't mind having a go at being an astronaut. Granted if I was an actual astronaut for a week I wouldn't get a fraction of the way through training before my week was up :(

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Creatively Thinking: Flowers & Top Hats

Well this week has been so packed with creativeness I actually had to refer to my list to remember it all.

So rather than go day by day I'll just go item by item.

So this week's writing related things included reading some more of The Kick Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig and tweaking step 2 and starting step 3 of the snowflake method.

Then non writing wise I have done some cross stitch and I've done a doodle that has now inspired me to do a watercolour painting in a similar sort of way (yet to be started).

I have finished adding felt to my top hat:

I just want to add some sort of ribbon or trim of some kind and then I will write a post on its creation - I'm even getting better at remembering to take photographs as I work.

And in the UK Mother's Day is fast approaching and although I haven't made a card yet (that will be done in the next week) I have made some crepe paper flowers - which I thought I had taken a photograph of but it seems I didn't... so the "remembering to take photographs" didn't last all that long.

But it doesn't matter as the flowers I made are fairly similar to the ones made in the video tutorial I followed which was made by The Frugal Crafter.



Til next week...

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Express Yourself: Narrator





Express Yourself is a weekly meme hosted by Entertaining Interests and Bouquet of Books.

Basically at the beginning of every month the hosts, Dani and Jackie, post a list of what that month's subjects/questions will be.

Then sometime during each week you post about that subject. To sign up/for more information click here.


This week's question: Who would narrate your life in a movie?

When I first saw this question I had absolutely no idea what to put... none whatsoever.

So then I had a little think...

And then it hit me - Emma Thompson.

She did a good job of narrating in Stranger Than Fiction so, as long as it doesn't go down as it did for Will Ferrell's character, then Emma would be just fine and dandy as my narrator.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Creatively Speaking: Top Hat

This week I have been mainly working on my top hat that I mentioned last week. I've worked on it every day this week apart from Friday. And that was because I had finished the actual cardboard hat and needed to start sticking the felt on. But I wasn't sure where I had put the felt... so I did some cross stitch instead on Friday.

But anyway I have made the hat out of cardboard...

The hat is slightly further on from this stage, I have put felt on the top and the brim. However I haven't got an up to date photo yet as due to the amount of clips I have on it to hold the material in place while the glue dries it doesn't really resemble a hat.

I do intend to write a separate post about the making of the hat once it is finished - so keep an eye out for that.

Today I have also worked on step 2 of the snowflake method for my latest first draft. As I have managed to be creative every day for 2 months now I'm now trying to integrate writing as a separate thing. Rather than just including it under the creative banner, I'm now going to try doing something creative and something more writing related as well.

This week I have also rediscovered that I'm not very good at taking photos for blog posts. Don't get me wrong the ones I take are fine (I think), I mean I'm not going to get any awards for them but they're ok. No what I mean is I have a tendency to get too absorbed in a project and forget to take photos. So I'm afraid the cutting out of my cardboard shapes wasn't documented... or the cutting out of my felt... my photos mainly just show what my hat looks like in between various stages of gluing.

And it was only towards the latter part of this week that I remembered I have a wig stand I could put the hat on to photograph... after I spent most of the week holding it up and balancing it on cushions.

Til next week...

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