Friday, 14 February 2014

L is for

Well hello again, here we are at another letter. This post may be a little shorter than usual as I'm teaching a workshop tomorrow and it takes me a while to put everything together that we'll use in class.

Okay, so today the letter 'L' is for 'Laugh' and I think we need to do this at least once every day. It is a proven factor that it help ease stress, sooths tension, it can help lessen depression but most importantly it lightens your mental load. Now even if this is only for a short time it has to be good for you. Humour has been know to defuse difficult situations and whilst it may not be the best defence against guns and weapons, I would much rather that those in power spent some of their spare time watching comedy programs than playing shoot'em up aracde games if you get my drift.

Workshops are a great place for having a good laugh, I certainly know that the girls that attend mine enjoy the spark of humour just as much as the crafting. Plus we need to be able to laugh at ourselves, and with others, and doing it amongst friends is somehow comforting.

Today's artwork is a selection of tags I made some time ago, when I had both hands on the stamps!

First I randomly sponged a piece of A4 160gsm cardstock with Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress ink. Its much easier colouring a largre piece of paper/cardstock, you invariably have some left over for another time and you can make several backgrounds in one sitting.

I stamped one of the mannequins from the Haberdashery set three times on dry coloured background and then used a selection of stamps from Mini Scripts, Mail Art and Curiosities over the bodice of the mannequin. Each one was then cut out and mounted on a tag using foam pads and finally I stamped the cotton reels and the phrase (again from the Haberdashery set) on the third tag and finished off with orange satin ribbon. By the way all the tags are from Set 4 of my Chic Script printable download collection.

One last thing; we all know life is a serious business, there's no getting away from that, but learning to laugh in the face of adversity definitely helps you get through.

Right that's it for this evening I'm off to prep my workshop, see you tomorrow.


vinny said...

yet another set of stunning tags Lesley. I agree, we all need some laughter in our lives. Miranda and The Middle always have me in fits x Lavinia

Linda Simpson said...

These are beautiful! Love the beautiful backgrounds and dress form.
Linda xxx

rachel said...

beautiful tags - love these xx

jackiescrafts said...

A gorgeous set of tags Lesley. I hope you had lots of fun at the workshop today
Jackie x

Sarah said...

These are fabulous Lesley, and love those beautiful warm colours featuring again. Sarah x

Paula (PEP) said...

I'm still catching up from our stormy weather so I'm going to have to say that I hope the workshop went well. The interest you added by stamping on the dress forms is delightful & I love that orange ribbon - it really helps the tags to sing (exceptionally so in the middle example which seems to include just the right shade in the dress form itself).
Paula (PEP)