Show & Tell: Eye-candy in various forms

Over the last week or so I've been enjoying Summer's last blooms - they won't be around for long now that the rain and winds have arrived. The pictured flower was growing alongside the footpath on our dog walk and it would be very easy to walk past - compared to the summer displays they are not very impressive -  but in a matter of weeks I know I'll be longing for those random bursts of colour. I haven't had a chance to draw them so I've taken photos and intend to transfer some of the flower shapes and colours to my sketchbook as soon as I have the time (more on that below).

Juggling lots of projects alongside my family commitments is fun, and keeps me out of mischief, but I seem to have forfeited my doodling time lately. Thankfully Leisure Arts sent me a copy of a colouring book for adults (in return for an honest review). I've kept it in the kitchen where I can do "just a little" while waiting for water to boil and so on. It's much quicker when you're not drawing the shapes as well as colouring them, and easier to pick-up-and-put-down!

Anyway, I'll tell you more about the book: firstly there are 24 attractive designs which are printed on thick paper - the printing is on one side only which is great. (I've bought other colouring books for grown-ups and my pens bled through, ruining the design on the reverse.) The pages are perforated so they can be removed and used - put in a frame, used for collages or art journaling, or made into gift tags perhaps? This certainly compares favourably to other colouring books I've bought. Made in the USA, readers there can order direct, and the same brand is also widely available through the usual retailers such as, here in the UK or (inc. Prime delivery).

On the subject of international readers, I don't pay much attention to blog 'stats', but a few days ago I realised quite how far away the majority of readers are located. I don't often share images of our home county but wanted to show you this short video by Scott Wright Photography (his YouTube channel is here). It shows a few minutes of edited drone footage over Sussex, and was taken in the early hours of summer. We are 30 mins inland and can easily get to so many beautiful spots. You'll probably see why I love living here so much. (Watch it full screen if you can!)

As soon I cross another project off my whiteboard, I'm planning to catch up with Lisa Congdon's latest Creativebug classes. You may remember that I really enjoyed the last one (and got some design ideas for my geometric projects from my sketchbooks as a result - the Lowlands Bag and the eReader cosy for KnitNow magazine are two of them). Lisa's new four-parter includes even more sketchbook exercises and I can't wait to get some free time to try them out. If you're already taking part, leave a comment and let me know what you think, and how it compares...

COMING UP: Tomorrow we'll be kicking off the 'Socktober' make-along for knitters and crocheters, which I think will be good fun, and on Thursday I'll publish the pattern for my Lowlands Bag. Hope to see you back for those. 

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