Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A glimpse of summer!

Long time, no blog!

Ok, so enough is enough! I've given myself  a stern talking to about keeping up and am feeling chastised and determined to do this right!

So I'm still looming (I've almost finished my poncho...just adding tasssles-can't have a poncho without tassles! I've also made 2 pairs of socks...such fun and quick and easy.

DLP is forever in catch-up mode, I think there's quite  few of us!

And then when I'm not catching up with DLP,  I draw!

Happy creating
Penny B

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Comfy Cowl

So I'm in wool made at the moment and have been knitting and crocheting madly for the last 2 weeks! I bought a round loom set and have made some socks - they were such fun! Our local wool shop has started a baby beanie drive and loads of kids at school, including my youngest, are looming beabies, which are being donated to the Prem clinic next month.

The loom and boys baby beanie...because it's blue!
My socks!

 And for my next trick....
A colleague of mine comes to school 2 weeks ago with a very pretty knitted scarfy-cowl-thing! So fellow wool enthusiast and I respectfully request her to remove it, so we can investigate how it was made! She very kindly obliged...it was originally shop made but it was fairly simple...well I thought so! 

Colleague asks if I could make another one...I say "Sure, just buy the wool" 1 hour later, she's back with wool! I brought the scarfy-cowl home and had a good look and started knitting.....VOILA! It is now named Helena's Comfy Cowl...made and designed by yours truly!

Helena's Comfy Cowl

 Happy knitting/crocheting/looming or drawing


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Back in the land of the living

It's been too long, I know, but I am still around! Life just did one of those "get in the way and move at the speed of sound" things....lol!

Anyway....creatively I've been storming ahead participating in Journal 52 AND the Documented Life Project and then occasionally doing my own thing...on the creative side and the sporting side!

A bit of blue paisley...not sure how much more to colour in.
Some watercolour pencil floral swirls

 A little Zenspiration inspiration

A whimsical house, maybe for a witch or two?!

Spiral zentangles for Challenge #160

Seasonal mandala

I needed to draw, so this is a quick Pinterest inspired sketch

My Documented Life Project...already bursting out of it's binding! The outside of the flaps is for DLP and the inside is Journal 52. Enjoying both of these...and the fact that I can finish when time allows!

Do something with your name...a pattern stack was needed!

J52...rain or shine


DLP...a quote

J52...book inspiration...I couldn't think of any one single book, so I made a "book stack" with all the types of books I enjoy!

You may remember the "hexagons" was making...and I then discovered that they were in actual fact pentagons....sooooo-I undid them all and proceeded to fix them so that they were actually hexagons!
Still not satisfied as they were too small when I wanted to crochet them together, I am now crocheting an extra layer around the edge of each one in either blue or white!
At some point before the end of winter, I will crochet the blanket itself!


As far as my personal challenge of 365 days of creativity are concerned, I have been very good and done something every day (I just didn't feel like posting each and every thing I did as it was getting too much.)

My mid-year resolution is to get back to my once-weekly-posting on my blog!
See you all next week


Friday, March 28, 2014

Holidays looming...

What a term it has been! You know the feeling you get when the washing machine is on the spin cycle and when it's finished, instead of opening the machine to let you out, someone just turns the machine on again?!!

The eldest gannet has had the most phenomenal term with her sport...she made it all the way to Western Province trials with her 800m! She came 8th in her heat but still ran her fastest time! Last week was SA Lifesaving Champs...there were 28 clubs taking part and again she was amazing! She came 5th in the Iron man - a 200m swim, 300m board and 400m ski! Very proud parents xx
Eldest gannet powering her way to the finish.

Hubby and I also took part in the Masters competition! He got 2 bronze medals and I got 5 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze! Super chuffed with myself and very stiff the next day in places I had forgotten could get stiff LOL! World Rescue 2014 is in France this year and I've decided to send myself!

Our Fish Hoek Masters Team

Our Ladies contingent

Flags final!

I've been a busy girl with all my doodling, creating and tangling and actually managed to complete this weeks Diva Challenge!
Challenge #160

Holidays start today for us...a whole week...and then back to school for 9 days, Easter weekend, 2 public holidays and 3 school holidays=10 days and then back to school for the rest of the term! Crazy!!

Happy Creating everyone


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunrise Sunday

A stunning morning this morning. I haven't seen a sunrise like this for a while.  We're on our way to day 2 of Western Province lifesaving Champs with the eldest gannet-a50 minute drive from home...competition starts at 7:30am!!

She won a bronze medal on the beach run yesterday which was an awesome birthday present :)   Today we're hoping for another 2 in ski and board...hold thumbs!

Creativity I've been doing some drawing but not as much as I'd like.  I've been re crocheting my pentagons into hexagons so I can finish my blanket. And I discovered via a friend, a photo a day challenge...going to be fun !

My photo for day 1:

Have a great week everyone
Penny :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's heat wave

Yes I am still around (just in case you were wondering)...my laptop was in hospital with a battery and wasn't working :(  It was there for almost 3 weeks hence the lack of posting!

Life has been busy here in the gannet house...just for a change LOL....and while the rest of the world has been experiencing floods and snow storms, we have our best weather in Cape Town in February. So much so, that the temp has been ranging between 28 and 33 degrees C all week and the sea has been a balmy 22!

The eldest gannet has made us sooo proud this last week...she was awarded teh Junior Victrix Ludorum for athletics after Sports Day and the Girl with the Most Points. All the top athletes went to the Interschools competition on Wednesday and she came first in all 3 of her events: 400m, 800m and a high jump of 1.45m! IN 2 weeks time she goes to the 2nd round of Interschools and is one step closer to making the provincial team! 

I got an early birthday present from my hubby 2 weeks ago...
My Coreban SUP!

I've been playing in my sketchbook/journal with all sorts of drawings, doodles and sketches, trying to work on both sides of the page. I'm trying my hand at art journalling on the back of some of the pages as it thickens the page for watercolour afterwards! 

Watercolour on photocopied music.

New Year tangle #2


I also finally managed to finish the Diva's weekly challenge this week on TIME! I've included last weeks challenge as well because the pattern turned out to look like hearts!

Challenge #153 and #154

Have a great Monday everyone



Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

We 've had the most wonderful summer holiday weather and have made the most of it by spending lots of time outdoors! While my hubby spent more than his fair share of time playing in and on the sea, I did a bit of drawing/tangling....aaaah bliss!

I've been playing with my Christmas present "The Pocket Scavenger" and have done 7 scavengers and 3 alterations...I'm so going to enjoy this book!

I've also being playing with my camera.....

Christmas Day play time

Christmas Dinner table

Sunset family

Kommetjie Beach with Hout Bay in the background

I also did some drawings...
Playing with my lettering
Water coloured journal page (Thanks for the inspiration Megan Suarez)

My New Year tangle

And then finally...I stumbled across a website/blog that is going to be such fun! Journal 52
is an art journaling challenge with a prompt each week for....you guessed it: 52 weeks!

It's going to be a good year this year!

Happy Creating everyone