Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Progress - I think ... and a question for you all

I'm still trying to learn WordPress (in between prepping for classes etc) and am slowly getting there. I intend to start the new site off with a bang - I've been doing a LOT of journalling, so it's going to be all new stuff.
What do you think?
  1. Should I also transfer all the old articles/pix too, and delete this blog apart from a redirect notice?
  2. OR would it be better to leave this one as it, and just put the new link once I'm up and running?


I'm definitely getting a bit more techno - you'll have noticed the Instagram widget in the sidebar. Still only got some pix of coffee (practicing) but at least I've photographed something with the new mobile, and managed to upload it. So it's all good! There WILL be artwork (eventually), promise!


Yes, I tried to take some - but couldn't even see if I was in the picture. So you've seen the results. This is at Waterloo Station, with the raptors from the latest Jurassic Park film, earlier this year. Thought you could all do with a laugh ... at least you can see my eyes ...

And having looked at these pix again, you'll be glad to know I've now changed my hairdresser.


Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Just to let you all know, I've finally decided what I'm doing (which is a miracle in itself) and will be moving my website and all my blogs to WordPress!

It's taken a lot of thinking about, but having the website and so many blogs (this one, Blogology, Computery and Freebies - not counting the test blogs) has become too straggly and overwhelming, and I'm finding it hard to keep up with all of them.

The website is woefully neglected and hasn't been updated for around a year - and due to the computer crash I've lost a lot of the files anyway.

So I'm going to consolidate the lot into a brand new site ASAP. I'm taking a proper course on WordPress, as you'll see in previous posts that I tried several times - and failed miserably. There is a definite knack to WordPress!

Other reasons I'm trying again:
  • In WordPress you own your content and pix
  • In Blogger, Google owns your content
  • In WordPress I'll have the space (as I'm hosting it myself) to have a massive gallery, separate sections for tutorials etc, so it'll be the best of both worlds: blog and website
  • In Blogger, I wouldn't have the room to move everything into the one blog and wouldn't be able to have the gallery I want.

So wish me luck, and watch this space!


Monday, 7 September 2015


I hope you like the new look - all of a sudden my old background style looked cluttered and old fashioned, so I've installed a completely new custom template, header etc.

I've undergone something of a sea change taste-wise, and instead of rich deep colours, I seem to need light, bright and (shock horror) something a bit more minimal. You realise this might not last long ... I have a strong love affair with the colour red (crimson especially).

It's been quite a hiatus - during which time I've been trying to decide where I go from here - and even whether to carry on blogging at all! Or start a new one, switch to WordPress etc etc etc (still haven't made up my mind about that one...)

I've decided to carry on, but am sticking strictly to what I enjoy doing which is journalling, bookbinding and messing around with blog templates and design.

As there are so many changes in the Blogger template, I'm going to make major changes in the Computery and Blogology blogs, and might just delete them (or link them here, or something). You have been warned...


Friday, 23 January 2015


Hi folks

I'm not closing this blog - but I am taking a break for a while.

RE blogging, I'm feeling stale and I definitely need to do an overhaul of my blogs. There are too many (as you can see from the links down in the footer) and I need to declutter, regroup and reorganise.

I'm yet again toying with the idea of decamping to WordPress - and also thinking hard about Tumblr.

So keep checking back for news - I'll keep you updated when I know what I'm doing!

Hugs etc


Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas plaque for BladeRubber Stamps

I've made this plaque especially for BladeRubber Stamps, to wish all their customers a Merry Christmas (although it's still just a leeetle early in my book - my Christmas spirit is still firmly in the bottle, probably around 15% proof, lol).

As always, I'm heavily into Glitter Mode - this one is positively restrained compared to some of my other projects!

I prepped the palette-style MDF pieces with white acrylic, then went back over this with a medium blue and a pale grey, to imitate cold snowy skies. This was topped off with a snowflake stencil, stencilled with metallic pale blue on two edges, and white acrylic in other places. I threw glitter on two of these (glitter will stick to a thick layer of acrylic paint if you apply it while the paint is wet).

I then prepped all my lettering and the snowflakes (die cuts by Woodware in stiff white card.) I've used white acrylic paint all around the sides of the Merry Christmas phrase (which was bright red glitter, from our local supermarket, which I've separated into two pieces so I could space it out).

I drew out my shapes using the fine nozzle of the Glossy Accents bottle - the secret here is to draw around the outline first, then flood in with the glue. If you just want a raised and shiny finish, let it dry as is. If you want glitter etc, spoon it onto the wet glue and leave it to dry completely before shaking off the excess. Make sure you put your letters etc onto a totally flat surface, as this is dimensional adhesive which means it's self-levelling. So if it's on a tilted surface, it'll flow off the edges which is probably exactly what you don't want, lol.

I used glitters by Stampendous: Crushed Glass glitter in silver, Shaved Ice (big irridescent pieces), Crystal Snow, and Silver Halo Glitter Mix.  Also used: Vintage Sparkle glitter in blue (fabulous bottle!) and Stickles Ice Glitter glue dribbled on the tops of the Merry Christmas, to look like snowdrifts.

Once the glitter was dry, I added my letters with Glossy Accents, and the plastic Merry Christmas using a hot glue gun. Finishing touches were artificial fir branches, felt snowflakes, white glitter berries and some fir cones - all applied using a hot glue gun.

The whole piece was hung with a length of copper wire, painted with white acrylic and glittered. I did the same for the snowflakes, wrapping the wire round the end of a paintbrush to get the twirly whirly bits. These were glued at the back of the MDF, at the bottom, with glue gel (and a piece of lace stuck over the top with loads of white acrylic on top to make sure they were stuck really well).

And that's it! Hope you like it - and that you'll all visit and see their Christmas window in person.