Thursday, 25 July 2013

New to Me in July 2013

It's the 25th of the month already, so time to link up what you have tried out this month that is New to You.

This month I have been all at sea :)

At the beginning of the month we went on our first-ever Cruise.

This was our ship at Bergen, Norway the last port of call before we sailed back to the UK. We really loved Bergen and will definitely go back there someday, hopefully not on a Sunday when the quilt shop in town is closed though!

So we spent a lot of time occupying these

 and even more time admiring views like this.

On days at sea the ship held a craft class in the afternoon, so when I managed to tear myself away from the loungers and the view I got to try my hand at something else New to Me too.

My very first attempt at painting with watercolour pencils with a bit of decoupage thrown in :) The card front is a stamped image, which was painted by either dampening the watercolour pencils on a palette and applying as paint, or, as I did, lightly colouring the image with the pencils and then softening the applied colour with a damp paintbrush. I really enjoyed having a go at this, and as I have a set of watercolour pencils that I bought to mark quilts with, I will definitely have another go at it. In fact, I may just have bought some stamps that were 70% off in the garden centre yesterday for exactly that!

So that is what I have been up to that is New to Me this month, now it is your turn to link up your New to Me activities.

Link them up below and share your triumphs and/or disasters.

As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Check out the other links and leave a comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until July 31st so if you haven't already tried something new you still have time :)


  1. Threading my overlocker all by myself was my 'first' for this month, Fiona, and one I thought I'd never be able to do. I've since threaded it 3 times and it gets easier each time... as you would expect, but it still surprises me. My husband is really pleased I don't have to ask him anymore.

  2. I missed last month when I tried my first attempt at machine quilting, but this month was making a zipper pouch. Thanks for hosting this - it makes me realise how much I am progressing with my sewing :-)

  3. oh well done with the painting, are they inktence. pencils? does the stamp kind of contain. the wet paint? i found it spread a bit

  4. Gorgeous photos, looks like you had a great holiday! Love the watercolour too x

  5. That looks like a fab cruise. BTW, you can get water filled brush pens to turn the watercolour pencils into paint on those images, you get a bit more control than a brush. Also, if you heat emboss them, then the ink won't ever run either :oD

  6. Your cruise looks idyllic and I love your picture :)

  7. Love your watercolour, it is beautiful and Norway is a place I have never visited, but it looks lovely.

  8. You have been busy on land and sea! Beautiful memories and take aways! I am adding your button to my blog ASAP!

  9. I have been rubbish. I've barely made anything and certainly haven't tried anything new. Bad Wendy.
    Your watercolouring looks fab, looking forward to seeing more.

  10. Your watercolour painting is beautiful! Thanks for hosting :) x

  11. The cruise looks magnificent. I love how the boat houses look like little barns. Yes you definitely have to go back when the quilt shop is open!

  12. What a lovely card! I enjoy working with watercolor pencils. Your first attempt looks far better than my first attempt! Looks like you discovered a new skill. I found you via the Sew Many Ways blog....looks like you had a wonderful cruise!

  13. Hi, I joined the tried something new (accidentally put my name in instead of the thing I tried - I will know for next time). I all for trying new things so I think I'd better follow you!

  14. Oh, and can you help me add the button to my side bar? I've never done that before.

  15. The photos from your cruise look fantastic, so peaceful and relaxing.
    Your watercolor painting is so beautiful you should definitely do some more.


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