Thursday, 3 April 2014


I can still find my way around my blog. Amazing because it's been so long since I had anything to blog but last month Michele and I went on a retreat. Mojo was not with us but thankfully lots of nice people were and so we did our best to produce.
First up is a layout I did having challenged Jemma who was sharing our table, to move out of her comfort zone and take inspiration from what I was doing and I would do something graphic from looking at the layout she was doing. 
So here we are:

The story is that we went to the Todai-Ji temple in Nara and had the opportunity of writing on a roof tile to be used when the present tiles need replacing. It was probably a tourist thing to do but to me it felt quite spiritual (despite my middle name being Cynical). 

In Japan there are, as one would expect lots of shops specialising in fans and, in fact, one of the first shops we came across was indeed a fan shop.

Not the most beautiful of the ones we saw but just the first one.

Everything they do in Japan is done beautifully or maybe that should read 'prettily'. we came across quite a few shops in Kyoto selling jars of sweets like these ones:

This latter layout was inspired, I think, by a challenge but can't quite remember where I saw it now. It'll cop me to me. Credits to you if its yours. Let me know.

There were more layouts done on the day but they are not quite finished so I may return sooner than I have this time. TFL.


  1. YAY - you posted! It was fun to swap styles and great to see how brilliant a little mess was (in the right hands/under the right guiding eyes).

    Super pages ... lots of texture, ink and style!

  2. Good to see them blogged :) Fab LO's - I particularly like the stencilled fans! What a great weekend - roll on the next one!

  3. Hey, these are lovely! And welcome back :). I love that stencilling (?) on the page about the fans, and the artsy stitched look on the third one - have you done that on the machine? Super!

  4. Nice to see you again Karen! I love all the pages for different reasons but think the last one is fab with all the stitching, splatters and zingy colours. Love your roof tile story too x