18 February 2018

Sunday self-portraits: Selfie spots

A few weeks ago I wanted to get out for some exercise, and came up with the idea of seeking out some fun selfie spots in my local area. I founds lots of great murals all of which are within 5 minutes walk of my house!

16 February 2018

Birdie card

Here's the birthday card I made for my younger nephew this year, to match the book I gave him, Fly by Xavier Deneux. This book is one of the many great book ideas I've got from following Bookbairn on Instagram!

The design of the card was really easy, because it's made up of circles and other simple shapes.

11 February 2018

Colouring postcards

I've been colouring in some more postcards from Secret Japan by Zoe de las Cases. I really love colouring postcards because they are lovely and compact to carry around, and you don't have to worry about colouring into the crease of the page. I love trying to add a bit of depth and shadow when I colour them in, and I'm really pleased with how these have turned out, in particular the sandals.

08 February 2018

Modernist jewellery exhibition

I really love modernist designs, and jewellery, so this exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland was perfect for me. I'd previously been to another exhibition there of Nordic modernist design, which contained a lot of jewellery, but I was pleased that there wasn't any overlap I could see between the items in the two exhibitions. 
This exhibition did have some Nordic designers featured, but had designers from other countries too.
Like at the previous exhibition, I did a drawing in my Moleskine of some of the items that particularly appealed to me, and added colour when I got home.

05 February 2018

Edinburgh Zoo - Chinese lanterns

Edinburgh Zoo has been on my list of places to visit for a while (and especially so since the pandas arrived). I haven't been there since I was a child, and I knew I would enjoy photographing the animals when I finally got round to going, so it's been on my summer "could-do" list for a few years. But when I found out there was an exhibition of Chinese lanterns going on, I just had to go and have a look at that, even though it was the middle of winter!
A couple of my friends had recently been there with their families, so I checked with them whether I needed to book to see the lanterns during the daytime, but it was just in the evening that you need to book. And there was also no need to book the pandas at this time of year, you could come and go as often as you like - this seems to be because they are hiding inside at this time of year, and there was no hope of seeing them!
Like the pandas, a lot of other animals were either hibernating or keeping themselves cosy indoors, so there wasn't a huge lot to see. This is what makes the lantern festival such a good idea - it gives some visual interest at a time when there aren't a lot of animals to see.
However, I did see some animals and of particular note were the meerkats, flamingos, and the penguins. And I did get a few glimpses of the koalas.

The Chinese lanterns were really spectacular, even in the daytime. They were large and brightly coloured, and in the shapes of many animals and plants.

03 February 2018

Snow bunnies

Japanese snow bunnies are something I've fancied making for a while, and at the end of December we finally got enough snow that I could build some. They were really easy to make - I just formed an oval mound of snow, and added berries and leaves for the eyes and ears.

01 February 2018

Moomin display

When I cleared away my Christmas decorations, it was time to think of a new theme for the top of the radiator cover in my hall - because I don't have a fireplace, I think of this as my mantelpiece. I came up with a Moomin theme, so looked around the house for all my Moomin items - books, toys etc.

31 January 2018

This month on emuse

I started off the year with a couple of posts looking forward to the year ahead and back at the one that had just finished:
And I shared some chalk art on a new year theme.

As well as sharing my 2018 goals spread from my bullet journal, I also had a whole week of bullet journal ideas:
And I talked about my collection of doodle / activity books which are a good thing to have around during the winter months when you are stuck indoors.
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