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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Craft A Scene - April 7th - Farm or Western scene

Here we are at the second week of April and the second week of the latest challenge at Craft A Scene, which is to create a scene of Farms or Western scenery, depending on where you live or what stamps you have.

I am lucky enough to have three different sets of Hobby Art stamps, all on the theme of the farm and countryside.  They are really good and will mix together to create different scenes.  There are three or four different groups of sheep to make quite a good flock.

Just take care when you start a scene like this and make sure you have your fences etc the right way up.  How do I know this?  Oh yes, I managed to get the wall on top of the fence - don't think that would work in real life, and there was no way to get out of that one.  Just take a deep breath and start again.  The other thing I have learned is that you do not need to colour every leaf on each tree separately, a little white space between gives a better effect.  I was never taught that in art classes at school.  It was only by listening to talented people like Barbara Gray that I understood that.

Any farmer would have a fit (unless he was an organic farmer) if he saw the poppies in the corn or wheat fields in the background, but they do brighten up the view.

Another gem I heard from Barbara Gray was how she now looks at everything with a different eye while travelling round the countryside.  I know just what she means, I find myself looking at things in a totally different way now, looking at the way the hills fold and change colour for example.  When I was teaching a few years ago, I encouraged the children to look carefully at things and draw what they can see, not what they think is there.  I very much hope that I did not put them off drawing in the way I was put off in my own time at school.

I also hope very much that seeing  what I can do will show you that anyone can do it.  Come on, take a deep breath and join in with our challenge over at Craft A Scene.  I know you can do better that I can. 


Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous scene you have created Maggie. I love all the beautiful images you have used.

Linda xxx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

This is lovely Maggie, great scene
jacqui x

Deanna said...

Cute scene! While growing up my grandparents use to mix a row of flowers in their fields too So gram could enjoy the scenery while doing dishes. This brought back some memories-hugs Deanna

Helen in the UK said...

What a fantastic scene! You've made a great composition and blended the images together so cleverly. I hope to be able to enter this month's challenge and this is great inspiration :)

Di said...

Oh Maggie, I just read your very sad news about Geoff on Facebook. I'm so very sorry - although I'm sure you were a couple who did much more in your years together than many others do.

I doubt if blogging is anywhere in your thoughts right now but wanted to let you know that when you feel like crafting and blogging again we'll all be here, waiting with open arms. Love and a hug, Di xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah Maggie, a wonderful scene creation - you are clever and so know what you mean bout deep breath and then starting again.. do that too stamping upside down ah testing is always good if frustrating,
Sending many prayers and bloggy hugs, Shaz in Oz.xx

Hazel said...

I've just seen your sad news - praying for comfort for you and your family as you suffer the loss of a dear husband, father and friend xx

Anonymous said...

Dearest Maggie
Di has posted today about your sad news. I just wanted to stop by and offer you my sympathies, and a virtual hug, to you and your family.

Thinking of you all,

MaryH said...

Maggie, this is just a most lovely scene...and your farmyard looks so realistic.
Just read your sad news at the Playground this morning, and wanted to convey my heartfelt sympathy to you & your family. My thoughts & prayers are with you. God Bless.

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Maggie. Love the crocuses on your top photo too!

Angie said...

My thoughts are with you ...hugs xx