St. Agnes thatched church, Freshwater Bay

Our local church is St Agnes, just a short walk from our home. St Agnes is the only thatched roofed church on the aisle of Wight and one of only a handful in the entire UK.
The view from the window onto Tennyson down is peaceful and perfect for reflective thought.
The local ladies have hand stitched the prayer cushions, arts and crafts are very much alive on the island. I have only been home a week but have managed to attend a craft class and today I made a cushion for my parents home.

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And here is my master piece, I am very proud of this little craft project.

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Charming Winkle St. Calbourne, Isle of Wight

Yesterday we had an outing to one of the most charming areas on the aisle of Wight. Calbourne has a lovely church and a beautiful rectory. Winkle street has the most charming teeny tiny cottages I have ever seen. What do you think?

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Outside the church on the village green we saw the resident peacock, such a beautiful blur color.

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We visited All Saints church with its beautiful stained glass and hand made prayer cushions.

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The rectory is a stunning home, beautiful sweeping lawn and a perfect mature garden. It became cold and blowy as the weathervane swung around wildly.

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The beautiful Isle of Wight.

The beautiful Isle of Wight is so inspiring today as it has been for hundreds of years. Yesterday I went for a walk in the beautiful village of Bonchurch and stumbled upon an ancient church 1070 AD
A former residence that Charles Dickens stayed at. I admired the scenery and the wonderful homes. The church was most captivating and I sat on an old bench in the sunshine looking out onto a bed of bluebells and ancient graves. Enjoy my pics of my day at St. Boniface church.

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A winter scene of the church

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Hong Kong memory chest

Last weekend I was kindly invited to join a weekend retreat of very talented and dedicated scrap bookers. The retreat was held in a Discovery Bay, Hong Kong over a Friday & Saturday.
These ladies are serious with more stamina that I possess. The retreat started at 10am and ended at 10pm! On Friday and Saturday it came to a close at 6pm. That’s plenty of time to get creating master pieces for the photograph albums. I have never tried scrap booking before, infact I had trouble finding photographs on hand to take. I have 18,000+ on my iPad.
These girls are making beautiful keepsakes for their families, something to hold and cherish, I’m sure my iPad pics won’t get the same appreciation!!
There was a huge product display with hundreds of patterned papers, inks,stencils, cutters etc etc to purchase. Here is my digital scrap book of my time with the Hong Kong Memory Chest.

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If you would like to join in or buy supplies click on the above link, happy scrap booking.

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Recycling for Arts sake

Messing around with paints is a lot of fun but cleaning up and wiping up is not and also creates a lot of waste. As I need to use of lot of paint that is very liquid I came up with the bright idea of re- using empty vitamin bottles and my empty Jo Malone ( my very favourite) bath oil bottles. It’s genius!!
I don’t have a dedicated art space 😦 so I use my kitchen counter to create and half my dining table to complete the art work; which can take days. When I want to eat I just clear a little space and eat of my crafting/ cutting mat! No need for a placemat. Here are my new paint bottles in delicious colours. I mixed oil paints with odour free white spirit.

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It is my dream to have a little art room with a sink, aaah, one day maybe.

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Faberge & The legacy of Imperial Russia

Yesterday I was invited to join my friend at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum to view the beautiful intricate Faberge eggs. We spent a couple of hours viewing all the gems and beautiful craftsmanship of the Faberge workshop. Pictures were not allowed so I have photographed the pages from the brochure, enjoy viewing a tiny amount of riches that the Tsar owned.

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Pretty peacocks

I have been having a lot of fun making more bird painting but quite a different look to my last collection.

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A very loose and flowing method, I hope to make a few more.

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