Saturday, 2 October 2010

October begins

September completed
The month has been as busy as my pages suggest and is significant in that it has seen the launch of my
Etsy shop which turns me from being retired teacher/pensioner into self-employed crafting business woman (well sort of). My work room has become a bit of a production line lately with several sewing project at various stages, but and it is a big but ... my first love is dabbling so I must build time into my days for this. Of course I am prepared to put in the hours needed at the moment to get the shop up and going, but I hope I can get the balance right. It is very flattering when your work sells and I do like doing a bit of stitchin'

October begins...
I made these pages by first dyeing them with brusho powder watercolours. Rather than cut out the squares, this time I drew them and bleached out the colour. I then drew illustrations. You may notice that the 31st artfully falls from the row like an autumn leaf - or like an erratum slip (when you realise I missed out a  square). This page fulfilled an urge to doodle - now it is back to the sewing machine! I shall find time later to catch up everyone's calendar pages on the flickr site - there are many who have managed to keep going through the month  and well worth a look - it's downhill now to the end of 2010!!


14 comments:

Leenie said...

Congrats on your success in your Etsy endeavors. You do good work.

PaperPumpkin said...

I LOVE how your calendar day falls like a leaf! LOVE this! Thank you for sharing and congrats again on your new and beautiful etsy shop!

harmony and rosie said...

It's beautiful as ever Jill, it's all go isn't it? x

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

Beautiful as always Jill .... it's tricky finding a balance between dabbling and the serious stuff isn't it? I'm looking forward to a few dabbling days and then must get my head around the 'C' word as it's only 84 days away!

thekathrynwheel said...

ooh I saw your October pages on Flcikr. They are wonderful - you're so talented! Love the extra square you added ;-)

flutterbycrafter said...

Love the way you've bleached out the colours, and of course your drawings. I've made a couple of purchases because I saw the work that Pat had bought from you, so couldn't wait to get my hands on your exquisite work. Ann xx

Menopausal musing said...

I always click on these posts of your journal. I just love the colours of the October one and all the details in the corners....... beautiful....

Printed Material said...

Fab colour schemes and techniques. Good to hear that dabbling is still your first love! As much as I want your shop to be a raving success I wouldn't want you to get so busy that you lose the time needed for playing with other ideas. I sense though that if anyone can strike the right balance between things it will be you. Lesley x

Emma said...

Just lovely, so vibrant!

You'll see more pics of the fashion show if flipping blogger lets me! I've been lucky till now!

My parasol has gone to the next fashion show in Inverness & if it comes back in one piece I'll dismantle it (!) & make the flowers into brooches - that's how I could justify time spent!Love yours ;)

Sandra Hall said...

I'm still in the challenge but haven't posted yet! We aren't internet connected yet - this is just a quick delve into blogland while I'm in a wifi area!
Your pages are fantastic Jill, the falling 'leaf' is a wonderful touch!
I still haven't managed to visit your etsy site yet - I'm still snowed under by our move and my frequent visits back to Yorkshire for various reasons! I will visit soon because I can't wait to own one of your gorgeous creations either! x

Amelia said...

you have done brilliantly and thank you for your kind words on my latest blog post! :)

Amelia.x

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Hi Jill, love your journal pages they hold so much promise. The colours are stunning and love those leaves, berries and seed pods. Carolyn.

Chrissie said...

Glad the shop is working out well, but you're right to leave yourself plenty of doodling time! Journal looks so lovely and autumnal.

Eileen said...

Just catching up. Love the autumn colours, and the fallen leaf (sometimes an apparent mistake leads us to our best ideas, I think). So glad the shop is doing well.