Well Spring is hopefully on its way and we shall all be spring cleaning, although I feel like I've been at it ages. We have recently bought a house nearby so we can alter it and make it suitable for our disabled son to live in when he leaves school so he has some degree of independence but isn't too far away from help should he need it. The problem and the reason for the spring cleaning, well the couple who we bought the house from had split and neither could agree who was responsible for clearing the house of things they no longer wanted. Now they did agree to a small allowance that would cover the cost of a skip or two but I think they were the winners in that agreement. All I will say is I would has felt ashamed to leave the amount of rubbish they left. From the master bedroom I removed 16 bags of rubbish , including clothes still with labels on and a burn bin full of insulin syringes, used I might add and it took me 2 full cylinders of my vacuum cleaner to see the carpet and that was just that one room. The other rooms weren't quite as bad but not far off. There was a problem with the boiler which was in the loft along with the instructions I was told, so I decided I'd best check it out before calling in a repairer. The loft ladder was 2 feet short of reaching the floor and swung as it was attached to a piece of wood that balanced on the hatch. I got a different and safer ladder. I climbed in, fortunately the light worked and sat on the edge of the access, but couldn't see the boiler, I managed to stand and saw the boiler at the far side of the loft ,the other side of near waist high junk. I managed to clear a path and get the repairer in , so far I have cleared about a third of the loft and have used 60 black sacks and am part way through a roll of 50. Now you know why I feel like I've been spring cleaning for weeks. There are out buildings full too and all the garden rubbish and toys too, a long job but I keep telling myself that I'm getting there and it will be worth it for my son.Moan over sorry all.
Anyway I thought I'd have a go at the challenge at Make it colourful which is make it shine. Not sure if I've managed it but thought I'd colour in this Meljen image and start a recipe book for my son as he's decided he wants to start cooking more.
I used 2 mediums Promarkers and sakura. The sakura glaze pens were a bit of a cheat as they shine anyway but I tried to add some depth I used a glitter silver and a grey glaze.The Promarkers I used pastel blue to outline and swirls. The caddies were coloured in marsh and olive green the cherries in red and poppy and walnut for the stalks. The ribbon I used crimson and berry red, and to help with the highlights I used a blender pen.
Not sure I got it perfect but for a first try and quite pleased with the result.
I would like to enter my wee book into the following challenges:-