Art at the Museum

I was so excited about having our art class in the museum I was taking no risk of not finding a car parking space. J left me at Carnalea station and I got the train in.  It was such a comfortable cosy way of transport and I found it so stress free. It was only a 10min walk then to the museum. Julie had already had a look around before she led us to our subject. Going by this photo of her it appears she had already built up a relationship with one of our models.

I opted for the skeletal version and found it difficult to tear myself away from it even for the cuppa and I didn’t stop for lunch til 1430hrs. I can’t wait to go back again for more drawing. I would love to do costumes but when I asked if they had any displays other than military uniforms they have two outfits 2010 and 2011!!! Not exactly what I had in mind, I guess Julie will have to take us to the V+A in London after all.

It was fairly quiet in the museum but a few adults stopped to question what we were doing. After Julie left one man stopped and stated that he supposed all we were really doing was just copying he seemed to think the skill in drawing was only seen if you could do it from memory!!!!!!!!! (just as well she had gone..)

The drawing became more interesting the longer I sat with it. I doubt I have ever spent more than  2mins looking at a dinosaur before .

Coffee and craft last night brought along another lady which meant more crafty ideas to share. Her crochet animals were cute but her info on Tilda dolls was very interesting. I really must check out the craft area at the library. I have started knitting a baby jumper with some wool I picked up at the King’s Hall.

made from my pattern and some scraps

Miss k and I had some fun fingerpainting and made some Christmas gift tags. There is so much more fun when you can get messy.

Smudge and I had our weekly walk with Julie and Minnie and she was exhausted even though it was more gentle than our usual walk as we both had time constraints this week. Thats what happens when I am on holiday!!!!

1st week of Autumn holidays

When I am on holiday it makes me wonder how I actually have the time to work!!!.Most people tend to meet up with friends and although I like to do that too I really enjoy the time to myself.

I had a few coffee and craft sessions as well as spending the day at the craft fair at the King’s Hall with friends. It was very different to Dublin which was good and which also meant there were things I just had to buy. We had a beautiful lunch at the King’s Head as always.

K and I at the duckpond

Clare Glen, Tandragee

Clare Glen

Clare Glen

A few of my craft items were sold on Saturday and as well as finishing items I have also started new ones. I have finished my crochet ripple blanket but I have started a knitted tunic for Lucy. I got half of it knit at mums as Smudge and I decided to spend the night. I hope to finish it in less than a week. It is knit in King Cole chunky. Then I will get back to more socks

Lucy’s tunic

 or maybe some more fingerless gloves as my kids ones sold at the fair. I also have some wool for a baby boys jumper just looking for the right pattern for it.

Smudge loved her time at Grannies

I hadn’t been to Clare Glen for many years but yesterday it was just perfect foran Autumn walk and Smudge loved it. The river level was high and the leaves were layered.

crochet ripple blanket

More coffee and craft sessions coming up this incoming week and we are still focusing on the Christmas theme mostly. I may make a few more tree decorations as we may have 2 trees to decorate this year.

Wendy’s cushion

Today we took a Woodland Walk in Mountstewart. It was cold but no rain and we were well wrapped up. The colours were beautiful and there were so few people around.

Back to my art class this week with Julie D with my first experience of oil paints. My first impression was that I wouldn’t need to be worried about the cost of the paints as no way was i going to be dabbling again. However my mind was changing by the next day. I nipped into the town hall and saw an exhibition by Ards Art Club and the two paintings I loved best were in oil and they were amazing so realistic. …so who knows maybe when I have absolutely nothing else to spend my money on I will get some oils!!!

I am looking forward to joining the class at the Ulster Museum this week and I intend to spend the whole day there, after all I will still be on holiday


This is one of Smudge’s favourite places she got quite excited with the smells. I think she was picking up on a few squirrel tracks.

First week’s holiday ended on a very sad note-remembering Jacky Ingram

This week has been both busy and relaxing. I went to Portadown yesterday to spend the day with mum bringing Smudge with me. We decided last minute to stay the night. It was there I got the sad news of Jacky’s passing. I had no emotion as I was sure it could not be true but this morning when I got back home and discovered it was really true I was in shock, still am. We were inseparable in our teenage years. We weren’t alike but had similar interests. Jacky was full of life, brilliant at anything she put her hand to whether it was her education, singing, drama, whatever. she was a friend to all always bubbling over.  We were seen frequently in the same clothes-long purple quilted coats come to mind, in fact if kept probably would have been back in fashion!!!

We met up again at Millington primary School 40yr celebration and she was planning on a reunion meal with old friends but it wasn’t to be. We had quite a chat about our past and the time between when we had been inseparable. She was very close to her family and loved her son more than herself but then that was Jacqueline always thinking of others.We loved being out and about on our rollerboots and when we couldnt be outdoors we were scheming indoors. We produced a magazine for our community “The rectory Gazette” and were encouraged by her sister Karen. I think we had about 6 customers!!!LOL. We took turns typing on my old Imperial typewriter. She came on holiday with us and we went to the Girl’s Brigade together. Jacky became a christian in those days but her life started to take a different path to mine. I left home to start nursing and she continued with her education. She became involved in Reiki and holistic healing which unfortunately did not give her any benefit in the end. My hope is that her early faith was sincere and that some day we will laugh again together. Prayers go out to her mum,son and wonderful sisters Karen and Susan.

Cleaning,cooking and crafting

J gave the fish a miss he only likes it battered and not on the plate with it’s head and tail

Two weeks holidays ahead with nothing to do but relax at home and finish some projects. Back to crochetting my ripple blanket today and hope to finish it this week. Recently I have woken in the morning with lots of craft ideas, I think my brain goes into overdrive when I am asleep.

1st stage

This morning I awoke thinking abour crackle glazing. I haven’t played with paint techniques in a while and at that it was usually in 1/12th scale but today I went larger.

2nd stage

 Because of all the layers I find it much easier to work many items at the one time and I did manage to do some baking as I waited for layers to dry as well.

I have found my cricut very usefull for negative as well as positive templates. I have used both for these plaques. Since I started art classes last year I haven’t went near acrylic paints but felt they were the best for these projects.

I sprayed them with 101 acrylic glaze at the end for some protection.