Sunday, 27 November 2016


Hello everyone.
I've been away, off-line, for a week and am now looking forward to being back both in Real Life and in Blogland.

I was staying at my sister's and Riaham's house where I was looked after so well in every way.  

Riaham says hello.

My sister made the magnificent crocheted blanket.
I made Riaham's hat and frock coat.

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Susi at "Art Journal Journey" has given us the unusual and fun challenge to make a collage with no faces, wings or leaves.

I made two for the challenge before I went on holiday.

First a textile collage called "Treasure Chest"

made with 
black fabric mono-printed with acrylics,
dyed fabrics,
beads and sequins and 
hand and machine stitching.

The second collage is postcard size (6 x 4 inches)

and is made from 
washi tape,
three painted houses cut out and pasted,
the house on the right being first pasted on to an acrylic painted background and
the background coloured in a patchwork fashion.


limmelon said...

Say hello to Riaham for me. Fancy Knitting!! Super multi-media treasure chest. All your collage effects are tremendous. Love it, Awesome !!

Valerie-Jael said...

What fun your collages are, I especially like the little textile one. Glad you had fun visiting Riaham and your sister! Have a nice evening, hugs, Valerie

My name is Erika. said...

Wow- so many eye catching things to look at Sheila. I love you collages- the first one has some great symmetry and looks like one of those kids toys you look into and spin to create some cool images-the name is escaping me right now- and I love the various fabric pieces on your other collage. You created some great effects by adding the various beads and stitching. I also love your sister's crocheted quilt. Its beautiful. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Hugs-Erika

SusuPetal said...

Welcome back! That crocheted blanket looks so cozy! I love to crochet and also made quite a few blankets.

And Riaham, so chic!

Your houses look homely, maybe I move in....

sirkkis said...

What a joyful post, Sheila. I'm glad your holiday went greatly. My best wishes to the cute Riaham and your sister, too. Beautiful crocheted quilt.
Your Treasure chest collage is amazing with fine details. It is a real treasure. I like the other ones, too.
Have a happy evening ❤

Let's Art Journal said...

So pleased your back and it sounds like you had a wonderful time visiting your sister :-). Riaham looks wonderful and the crocheted blanket is stunning - I can see that your sister is also very talented too :-). Your collages are fabulous, the textile one is amazing with the dyed fabrics, beads, sequins and hand stitching. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and wishing you a happy start to the week! J :-)

Tammie Lee said...

I am so glad you had a nice time away.
Your sisters blanket is lovely, sweet colors.
Riaham is looking rather dapper in his new clothing.

Your art is a joy to see, something fun and innocent about each piece.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Great to have you back Sheila and to hear that your visit was fine! Lovely planket and your nice out-fit for her teddy is lovely! Thank you for making collages for AJJ . I love both - always fond of little houses and the fabric collage is wonderful with all this little beads-
Happy new week ahead dear Sheila!
oxo Susi

Meggymay said...

Glad you had a lovely time away. The bear on the lovely blanket looks so sweet.
Fantastic pages , the treasure chest is great super details.
Yvonne xx

Annie said...

Riaham (interesting name) looks ready to be the honored guest at a party. A beauty of a hat and frock coat. Such pretty colors. Beautifully stitched! And that crocheted blanket is a real beauty too! Gorgeous work. The treasure chest is worthy of much awe. Beautiful bits and baubs and stitches. I'm really drawn to the black background with the pastel brights atop. Then the three houses postcard...your neighborhoods are the best ever! Wonderful mixed media piece.

Rike said...

Glad you are here again! Your digital piece looks stunning - with words like in a mirror!
I say "hello" to Riaham, so nice with his hat and frock coat sitting on this wonderful crocheted blanket. Your textile collage is a real "Treasure Chest" - fabulous sewing artwork! The three houses collage is exciting - the style, the colors, the grass and I like the frame of washi-tapes.
I love all your wonderful pieces!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have to admit you have more than made up for being gone a week. You have outdone yourself. I like the symmetry of the first piece, but I was truly blown away with the dyed fabric and hand stitching. It truly is a treasure chest.

The three houses were YOU. So cute and clever, each one different and fun to see.

I so enjoyed meeting Riaham all dressed up in new finery from a favorite aunt. Your sister's blanket is well made and lovely, too.

Again, I'm in awe of all you accomplished in so little time.

ULKAU said...

Your fabric collage is so beautiful! It is an abstract work with so different materials. Through the dark background I must think a bit of the universe, I see strange galaxies ... and the pearls are stars!
Great again is the house card, a typical Sheila art - the 3 houses together look like a castle
Greetings from Ulrike

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

Hello Riaham, you are well dressed.
Love Sheila your collages look great, whether textile or painted, wonderful.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Lots to see here today:) I love the crochet blanket (by your sister) and the hat and coat you made for Riaham, very beautiful. Also your artwork is fantastic, love it. Have a great day xx

Giggles said...

Welcome back Sheila...your post today is a treasure trove of creativity! Great blanket and I love the outfit you made for Riaham, so adorable!! Great colours too!! You are so talented with textiles...great collage and your houses are adorable too!!Thanks for sharing!

Hugs Giggles

johanna said...

oh, i adore your fabric Collage so much. love the Abstract style with all These different Details, the sequins and the beads. and your postcard size houses-Collage is so "you":)
awesome clothings for riaham, so useful for winter. compliments to your sister, too, her crocheting Looks awesome! These grannies seem to survive the centuries...
have a great week, sheila, xox

Evergreen Mo said...

Your sisters blanket looks so bright and cheerful. Granny squares never date. The hat and coat make for a very fashionable bear. I like the postcard size collage.The patchwork background works really well

kat said...

Oh so much here! That teddy is so cute, you did a beautiful job of her hat and coat, she looks warm and so happy, what a lucky little bear and your sister's blanket is beautiful and looks so comforting, made with love for sure!
You must have had a great break, but I'm so happy you are back with your wonderful art. That textured collage really attracts, it is quite unique indeed, a "treasure chest" of delicate beauty and mystery, I love it! The three houses make me smile, original and full of your own special style and flare, I love them too!

riitta k said...

Your Treasure Chest is very beautiful, I love the colors.

The Happy Whisk said...

What a great time it must have been. Wonderful. Love the bear and the crafty work you two did.

Annette P. (aka LonettA) said...

Wonderful and very inspiring post with so beautiful work! Especially I like your fantstic textil collage!
Hugs, Annette

Kristin said...

Oooh this is so cool! First of all, thank you so much for my sweet comment! You really made my day. AND I love what you did with that little bear (that hat!) and the textile collage is just lovely. It really inspires me to try it too, I just love it! xo