A quick trip over to Arran at the weekend with Flora McPuffin. She had a lovely time seeing all the diverse birds over there.
Today is National Unicorn Day. Yes, really. Some of you might know that the unicorn’s Scotland’s national animal. And in these dark, uncertain days, I think we need a miracle to see us out of Brexit, out of te UK, out of austerity.
Here’s our national animal standing proud on the steps of our Uni chapel.
Happy Unicorn day, all
If a picture is worth 1000 words, I reckon I am giving you 150 words worth in the above image.
How I did this:
- Opened GIMP and found an image I liked from my files.
- Used Filters – Render – Patterns – Grid to impose a grid on the image.
- Dragged the width up so there were exactly 4 rows of boxes
- Used the rectangular tool to make it a 5×4 grid
- Opened a new window and pasted this in as a new layer
- Used the lasso tool to cut out 3 squares (proportion: 150/1000 words)
- Opened a new window and drew a 5×4 grid in above
- Copied the part of the image I had selected with the lasso tool and added as a new layer
- Uploaded to Flickr
I took the photo in the middle of this image yesterday and used it as inspiration for my daily doodle. Such beautiful flowers, fading so fast as we are home all day with the heating on at the moment. Today I used it for the daily create. Here’s what I did:
- Cropped it slightly, then uploaded it to Lunapic and added a filter (beauty).
- Downloaded the result to my PC
- Opened Powerpoint and inserted the original image, resizing it to fit
- Inserted the new image and resized
- Copied the new image 7 more times to tile it
- Selected all and grouped the image
- Saved as picture to my PC
- Opened in Paint and resized to 25% to reduce the file size
- Uploaded to Flickr as a CC-BY-SA-NC
- Added to this post.
- Find a photo (a bunch of tulips, opening and dropping their petals quickly in this heated room)
- Open it in Paint (it’s easy, and familiar)
- Spend ages deciding what words to use (in the end I Google “flower, quote”)
- Paste a few words onto the image and save
- Undo, paste the next few words, save with a new file name
- Repeat for the whole quote
- Head over to Giphy.com
- Upload all of the images and make a gif
- Save to PC
- Upload to WordPress and add to blog post.
Today’s dots – a freshly baked batch of oatcakes. Time is of the essence with these – they need to be quickly mixed together and rolled out while the dough is still warm, else the mixture sets and becomes unworkable. In addition, the more it is rolled out, the harder it is to use, so these are imperfect – quickly cut out and put onto a baking tray. They won’t last long anyway – they are too tasty, we have so much cheese in the house right now, and they are also perfect for a quick snack.
Holiday time is a luxury I appreciate – time to bake, time to relax. Doodling, reading recipes, recharging my batteries. Knitting – always knitting – more dots here in the selection of yarns I have chosen for a scarf for mum – oddments from projects made for family and friends (I will tell her the pale blue is from a sweater I made for dad, she will appreciate that).
No metaphors today, just happy relaxed writing.
Two years ago I bought the material to make a pair of curtains for my bedroom, but the holidays passed and the curtains didn’t get made. The material sat around for a while with Lacey using it as a cushion, and then I packed it away in a bag and shoved it under the sofa. Not quite out of sight or out of mind. I could see the bag out of the corner of my eye, guilt-tripping me, but still they didn’t get made.
Finally, this year – almost two years to the day since I bought the material, I have new curtains. This holiday I have more energy (I have been boosting my B12, maybe that helped; I am happier at work, that definitely helped; a few little motivating things happened, I am sure they also helped).
So here they are. Please note that in order to make these curtains I had two apprentices – one to help with the linings, the other to help with the main material. They were diligent with their help and loyal to their chosen material. Note how cleverly each of them takes the smooth material and ruches it. It’s that attention to detail that I love.
And here they are, hanging at the windowsill at last.
A great daily create today, imo (disclaimer: I submitted the idea). I took a photo of a daffodil that I took a couple of months ago and put it through an online app that turns photos into drawings, and messed around for a few minutes till I had an outline I liked.
Then I printed it out and got out my pencil case. I could already see the makings of a beak and a scruffy body, and this is what appeared.