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Breaking out the Moleskine

The sudden rush of activity? All due to the fact that we had a bit of a cold week - and me, being the fair-weather gardener that I am, spent most of my time indoors drawing and reading. The sun is shining again and hay carting is about to begin........so........

Anyway, this week I cracked open one of my moleskine folios. It's been ages since I've done a bit of random doodling, so I guess it was time.


Some time back I did a series of these once a week, but I'm not really very good at long-term projects, so I didn't keep it up for long. If you're interested you can check out all the moleskine posts here.
Here's my second 3.5 inch challenge square for the FB Group: Square One Zentangle - this week it was to use Assunta. Since I've been having an Inapod romance this week, I combined the two. I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying freewheeling on the smaller format.

Around home: 
I put my name down on the swarm list with my local bee group - and got a call…

Turning Old into New Challenge

Brace yourselves, it's a long one!

This weeks challenge put together by Sandy Hunter was to tackle the basic structure of a pattern i.e. free form or grid, and turn it on its head by gridding up a freeform pattern, or doing the reverse.  Brilliant - just the sort of thing I love to do!

I regularly take gridded patterns and turn them into a freeform design, so I decided to take a cruise through the pattern folder and find some freeform patterns to turn into a grid.

Here are the results (along with some earlier blog images using the patterns where I could find them):

INAPOD

Love, love this as a grid and will be definitely using it again. 
Here it is in a wonky grid:

and a freeform version I did in Feb. 2013

LEAFLET

Leaflet already utilises a framework of S-strokes, which can be regimented or very loose, but I wanted to try drawing it within the confines of a grid and, again, love how it turned out.
Leaflet on a loose S framework:

MARYHILL

MOOKA 

I played with this one a bit and coul…

Sails - PATTERN

So, I've got all these pattern ideas on scraps of paper strewn around my desk - I've been avoiding them as I wasn't planning on posting any more this year as the 2014 Pattern Folio is completed, ready  to go and I'm not adding to it............but, I just couldn't help myself from playing with one, and then I loved it so much I wanted to post now......so, here it is, an early 2015 pattern.

I've called it Sails. Now,  you may have guessed that I don't really think all that much about pattern names......pretty much the first thing that pops into my head when I get to that stage is "it". This pattern in it's basic format reminded me of windsurfer sails.

The basic pattern:


What I've found particularly fun about this one is the seemingly endless permutations using straight, curved or s strokes to form the grid, changing the direction of the curved fill strokes or shading choices - I could have done quite a few more, but decided to stop at 8 var…

full throttle........

Life. Is. Crazy. Spring time here is pretty much all about the gardens. Mostly the veggie garden.

In the past 2 weeks I've started a dedicated cut flower garden (10m x 1.5m), done a stack of work in the veggie garden (middle pic, it's huge), completed first section of potager (3/4 the way there in pic 3 - this first section of the new garden is about 7metres by 4 metres - there will be another 3 or 4 stages until it is done - not all this year, though!). The potager will have branch structures which I am going to love making. Like my pants? I dress up for gardening :)


Picked up my new bee hive! So excited!


Lots of planting and seed raising going on in order to be ready for the mass production in Summer/Autumn. Couldn't do it without my trusty garden helpers - Ollie, in particular (black cat on left) loves it! Belly just wants to roll in the sawdust on the paths.The garden visitor (King Parrot) on the right followed me around this morning until I gave him some seed (after I…