Jenni Bowlin Inspired One Little Word Canvas & Blog Hop

Phew, that must be my longest blog post heading ever! Mind you the post is long enough to match! 🙂

Welcome to the One Little Word blog hop. If you are on the hop you would have arrived here from Margaret at Gutsy Mum.  Read through to the bottom for the next stop on the blog hop. You’ll also find a list of all stops at the very end of the post.

As I have already shared here and here too about my One Little Word for 2011, I thought it would be good to give you a look at my layout for Ali Edwards BPS class – and then onto a little project I completed this week using my one little word.

This ended up slightly rearranged, printed, cut up and added to the 9 ATC page protector in my album.I will share that in a later post but for now lets get on with my Jenni Bowlin Canvas showcasing my OLW.

Jenni Bowlin Inspired Canvas Art

During the Cocoa Daisy trip to Mykonos island in Greece late last year I had the opportunity to spend time, not only with Ali Edwards, but also the awesome Jenni Bowlin. Jenni is such a sweetie and, while the hi-light was getting to know her, another fab experience was doing a class with her.

It was supposed to be a “home” canvas but morphed into what was going to be a memory board incorporating memorabilia from the Mykonos trip. I had a little issue challenge with my paint not drying and the thing not coming together like I was wanting it to. Of course with traveling away again so soon after getting back from Greece it just sat there.

And sat there, and sat there, right through Christmas and New Year. Finally it came down to do something with it – or throw it away. Which wasn’t really an option because of my one little word. Balance for me is making do this year which extends then to using things already stashed rather than buying more. Up-cycling, re-purposing , and re-inventing uses for things to bring them into where I am right now.

Which is why the unfinished canvas board project from Jenni Bowling morphed into my inspirational one little word canvas.

This is how it looked when I returned from Greece. You can see a bit of the photo that it should have looked like from Jenni Bowlin on the left. Armed with the leftover bingo cards and other items from the class kit I got to work on it.

Luckily for me the word Mykonos and the word Balance have the same amount of letters. 🙂

Inking up the edges of the punched bingo card numbers and layering them over the top of the others was easy. Just needed to change the last number of the year date. After making some “butchers twine” from DMC# 5 in ivory and light blue I corded it and glued it along the top edge to resemble bunting.

I wanted to keep the essence of Jenn’s project so based the added elements and ephemera around the her butterfly rub-on.

I made the pocket using some packaging and nestabilites. Of course a girl has to have some bling too.

The card sitting in the pocket will have my list of priorities that I hope to work on for my one little word. The main area’s and things I most want to find balance in.

Jenni’s bingo cards and buttons are the cutest touch. I made the tag behind the bingo with one that came on a parcel for hubby and adding the word  family with a 7 gypsies stamp. The vintage cotton lace came from my stash. 7 Gypsies and House of 3 stamps helped fill in the background too.

The butterfly is sprinkled with glitter an raised up on a pop dot for dimension. Pretty!

So there you have it – my finished “Balance” canvas with much thanks to Jenni Bowlin for the original inspiration.

Your next stop on the blog train is Tere, pop on over and enjoy the rest of the hop.

Here is the rest of the OLW BLOG LIST (Jan)


Recycled Oatmeal Boxes

Look what my girls made today. Just too cute!


We have been saving the oatmeal boxes up for some sort of project. Both girls were in a crafting mood so I supplied them with cutters and edgers,stamps and ink, ribbons, glue and scrapbooking papers then left them to it.

While it would have been very easy for my to show them what to do, being a firm believer that children can do anything given enough time and encouragement I wanted them to try it out for themselves. They learn more from thinking it through and seeing what works out – and what does not.

Making a “mistake” is fine too. Each time is an occasion to learn something. After all craft is really in the eye of the creator and therefore nothing is “wrong”, just unique.

They must have learnt by osmosis or hanging around in my craft spot while I am working because they managed to create these wonderful and useful containers. First they both chose the papers they wanted to use and combine. They stamped their names on, added some cut out flower elements, and one added a ‘hair bands’ tag to hers. Not bad for a pre-tween and just teen.

Both tubs now hold pride of place on their dresser. I am sure we’ll be seeing more craft projects from them very soon.