This week I plan to make more masks like the one above.
I've also been playing with paints and printing.
|Strawberry cake made for my daughter and decorated by her daughters!|
|It tasted good.|
|A Jenny Stacy doll. Shall I make more now?|
|Beautiful crab apples|
|Bargain of the week. 5 metres of soft cotton at £3 a metre.|
|My latest painting of zinnias. Jenny Stacy|
|First attempt at painting zinnias. Jenny Stacy|
|Grapes and quince growing in the Physic Garden this week|
|A print from a gelli plate|
|Pleased with this print from a gelli plate. Jenny Stacy|
|Grow your own, Alfalfa seeds sprouted on wet kitchen roll.|
|Inside Long Barn store on the outskirts of Alresford|
|Candle display in Long Barn|
|The Fulling Mill on the Millenium Walk|
|Steam train station|
|Map of Alresford|
|Watercolour flowers I painted yesterday|
|Pretty fabrics in Cabbages and Roses window|
|For the garden|
|New improved masks I've made this week|
|Painting flowers with watercolour|
|A first attempt at watercolour flowers|
|Spotted - a Red Admiral butterfly|
|Sweet peas for sale|
England is not used to this heat. 35 degrees and too hot to go for walks. So today I've been painting. Just experimenting with watercolour pencils and paints. I do enjoy it but feel guilty about not getting enough exercise. Perhaps tomorrow will be cooler...
This heat is a reminder that global warming is with us now. Our governments need to act to bring down our carbon footprint to stop the planet getting hotter and hotter each year.
i hope you are managing to stay cool.
|Heron flying. Photograph taken by my daughter as we walked along the canal near her home.|
|Spotted in Wendover|
|Beautiful red apples in someone's garden|
The upside of lockdown for me is discovering how much I enjoy walking. Walking alone or walking with a friend or members of my family - it's always just so nice to be outside and to be able to appreciate Nature.
I've been staying with one daughter and, as we walked we saw a heron camoflauged on the opposite bank. As we approached it flew and my daughter took this beautiful picture. I don't think I've ever seen a heron in flight before.
My other daughter and her children have been staying this week and they love Petersfield. We discovered a playground with a zip wire. We saw a box of black French beans outside someone's house with a note to Please Help Yourself. We did and they were delicious for supper that night. Plus we bought cottage garden flowers that my daughter chose from my favourite place to walk to -The Harrow Inn at Steep.
I hope you have good 'Sights' to walk to near you and that you enjoy your week.
|This bold robin perched really close to me|
|Beautiful, bold dahlia|
|Close to me bee|
|Leaf prints lesson|
This week we printed with leaves. It's really easy and produces great results.
The trick is to find thicker leaves and paint the underside of them then press down onto any sort of paper. These were done on white copy paper.
I got the girls to draw a tree trunk and then print leaves in three different shapes onto it. I think it worked well.
All these photos appeared on my Instagram feed @jenny_handmade_happiness
I post often on Instagram but not so often here. If you are already on Instagram please follow me. I say this because most of you reading this don't live in the UK. Most of you live in the USA.
Wishing you a good week.X
|Making paper beads with family|
|Favourite flower and collage|
|Spotted a white tailed bumblebee|
|Making more masks with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. These are drying outside|
|A huge dahlia in a bunch of flowers from the Harrow Inn at Steep|
|Masks I made with Kaffe Fassett designed fabrics|
|Cherries seen when out walking|
I feel a bit confused at the moment. I heard on the radio that hundreds of scientists now believe the virus is airborne. If this is true there's no point social distancing. It's thrown me a bit. I wonder when we'll ever feel completely safe?
Meanwhile my joy of the week has been buying flowers from this pub near me called The Harrow at Steep. I've walked there twice recently and returned home with bunches of beautiful garden flowers which they sell in aid of local charities. I love the colours in these zinnias. I've also bought sweetpeas and dahlias and now my house is full of flowers in vases in all the colours of the rainbow. It's been so long since I bought anything other than food that I don't feel guilty about spending money on flowers at all!
Nature has healing powers. I'm sure everyone feels happy to be outside. I often wish I knew more so I could correctly identify trees, birds and plants. So this week the local library re-opened (hurray!) and I got out three books with photographs of trees, birds and plants. Hopefully I'll soon be able to put a name to what I see on my walks.
I hope you are finding joy too now that things are slowly returning to normal.
|Making more masks|
|Found these when sorting|
|Beautiful wall of hollyhocks in Sheet|
|Met these sheep on a walk yesterday|
|Walking down a disused railway track|
|Spotted these wild cherries|
Being out in nature is the best thing when life and the future seem uncertain.
Sorry I'm repeating myself. But everything feels more positive when we are outside and it's safer too.
I have made many more masks since the picture above was taken including some in Kaffe Fassett fabrics which are very colourful. Here in the UK it is compulsory to wear masks on public transport and personally I feel better wearing a mask in a shop too although you don't have to.
Yesterday I went on a long walk with a friend. It rained all day but we sheltered in a wooden bus shelter for a picnic lunch and kept on walking. Exploring new places to walk has been one of the joys of lockdown for me. I feel lucky to be able to do that.
I hope there are some hidden upsides to being restricted for you to.
Take care and I hope you stay well too.X