Hello everyone!

We had a long weekend for the Bank Holiday and as usual I lose track of time and dates, so here is my Second on the Second post just in time to link it up this time unlike last month, when I was still late and with no Bank Holiday for an excuse lol.  I looked through the archives and chose this post because it is from May 2020 and we were in lockdown for the first time along with most of the country, and what a scary time that was!  The only thing that made it better was that the weather was unusually warm and sunny so people were spending a lot of time in their gardens if they had one, and so I was in the garden a lot and the cats were sunbathing!  What I failed to mention in the original post is who’s who!  So in the first photo, the kitty sunbathing outside is Miss P, then Mr G is on the chair with the pink blanket and Miss Lily is on the chair with the green blanket.  The post is also about a class project from a site that has since closed its doors.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s Second on the Second Challenge asks that you bring back a post that you’re proud of or an old one that was shared before anyone knew of your blog.    You can read the original post from 30th May 2020 here.

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Hi Crafty Friends!

Happy Saturday or around here it’s definitely Happy Caturday!

The sun has got his hat on and the kitties are enjoying the warm weather – it’s such a novel treat for them given how cold it usually is here. In the sunroom it’s about 35C lol, outside probably around 20C but enough to make everyone happy.

I have been working on my Wellspring 2020 projects all week trying to catch up since I started late. The course I am referring to is of course, Wellspring 2020 by Artful Academy (formerly Mixed Up Creative Academy).  Here’s what they say about the course:

Wellspring is an inspirational, motivational school all about using art for mental wellness and self-care. It runs in our dedicated online classroom from May 1st to August 18th 2020. Through 30 energising and insightful lessons we will explore how and why art can be a powerful tool for mental wellbeing and self-care, and make lots of beautiful projects along the way.  Join us for 18 weeks of uplifting, empowering, thought-provoking, life-affirming art lessons themed around mental wellbeing!

This new lesson is all about Positivity and sure could use some of that.  And here is what I’m working on.


This actually took me all afternoon, but they are now left to dry before moving on to the next stages.  It’s the perfect weather to be making a perfect sunny project like this.  Can you feel the positivity radiating out of it?

When I’m done I may well call my finished project Sunshine in a Bowl because that’s what keeps running through my head while making these backgrounds.

As always, thanks for reading!



HP watercolour paper
Paperartsy Fresco paints
Various acrylic paints including Jane Davenport metallic
Archival Inks – various colours
Various stencils
Fluid acrylics, metallique paint
Background stamps
White gesso
From stash:

I started something new for April and continuing for May:

Since we are all stuck inside and can’t leave the house, I thought I would try and do two things:
1. use this time to finish any unfinished projects
2. use as much recycled materials as possible (I do this a lot anyway) but also not to buy new stuff!
So, with that in mind, I will note the above on any posts, if applicable.
RECYCLED MATERIALS – NO, but nothing new used, no new purchases!


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Bleubeard and Elizabeth
May 3, 2022 10:44 pm

I so enjoyed seeing this second look because it is a first look for me. Your journal pages are beautiful. You have given us lots of colorful flowers, too. These pages scream spring. I really love these pages and enjoyed seeinig the kitties sunning themselves, too. Thanks for sharing this second look with us on the 2nd, dear Elle.

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