Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying our beautiful summery days. It was so nice yesterday that we had the barbeque going to cook our evening meal. Oh man what a lovely day it was.

Yesterday was quite an exciting day. It was our step out to collect our click & collect grocery shopping day. It took us a few weeks to be able to get a collection slot but I persevered and we got there in the end. Now I don’t have to hit the supermarket at all. I must admit that I feel safer and more relaxed knowing that I don’t have to set foot in a supermarket. I do miss clothes shopping. It just goes to show you how we can learn to adapt to situation beyond our control. My shopping list is getting longer by the week.

Now, today is day 51 of messing around with art supplies. This is today’s effort …..

Social Distance

Once again I kept it simple. I added some more stencilling, some paper tags, washi tape, pen doodling and water colour pencil shading. This page started off looking like this …..



In between a few household chores, I prepped a few more art journal pages. Here are my next six endeavours ……

Prep a1

Prep a2

Prep a3

Prep a4

Prep a5

Prep a6

A little paint and some stencilling make such a difference to a blank page. The most difficult part of art journaling is actually doing some with a white page. That first splodge of paint is such a relief. I try not to think about it hard. I choose a colour and add it to the blank page. Once that’s done it gets easier. I don’t worry about spoiling the pages anymore.

I mentioned that I was hankering after doing a little appliqué work using one or two of my art journal pages. Quite a lot of my journal pages could be translated into appliqué work. They would have to be resized but would work quite well. They wouldn’t look exactly like the journal pages but quite similar if you closed one eye.

So, my lovely friends, I guess that’s my little report for today. Rest assured that here at happy stitching manor, life is ticking over nicely. Things are getting done at a slow and measured pace. We are settling into the new normal. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x


  1. Lucie, you are genius at making the pages look so different, then decorate to take them further. Ah, washi tape. I’ve got some too, but haven’t used for ages. I tried one sheet of white paper with paint, but it looked quite silly, so gave that up. Maybe I’ll have another try soon, as yours look so good. BBq weather & we’re freezing, though we still use it in winter on a nice evening. Take care, stay safe & huggles.


    1. Hi Susan, washing tape is a fun way to embellish. I dont have a huge collection of it though. Maybe once the shops open and I get braver about going out I might venture out to purchase a few more bits of art supplies. For now I’ll stick to what I have. Rest assured that staying safe is the order of every single day around here. Take care Susan x


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