52 Weekends – No. 3 Autumn Joy

Making the most of the last of the warm weather and enjoying the beautiful light in October by spending the weekend in the garden tidying up and preparing the garden for winter.

My garden is currently full of pinks and reds, the fuchsia are thriving, the leaves are turning, the twigs on the Dogwood have turned vivid red and the Sedums (Autumn Joy) are at their deepest shade of dark pink. It’s my favourite season!

I’m also planning ahead and getting the garden ready for spring by planting bulbs and now is the perfect time to do so. This year I am planting tulips, big double fruit salad coloured (Creme Upstar) ones for me and black ones (Queen of Night) for my husband… very metal. I’ve also planted some Irises (in memory of my Nan who’s name was Iris) and some Snake Head Fritillary which I only discovered this year but was too late in planting them. What a great way to spend an October weekend!

52 Weekends | Stacy Grant | Autumn Joy| Photographer

52 Weekends No.2

This weekend, inspired by the current trend in Pom Pom craft and the colder weather, I decided to make a Pom Pom blanket.

I bought a super soft grey throw for (£1.50!!) in Ikea and wool that I already had in my craft props. I couldn’t decided whether to use the pink or the blue, as I loved them both I decided to do one half pink and the other half blue (turns out that’s the same as last weeks crate… oops, seems I have already created a theme in my projects!).

It’s a super easy project and you can make the Pom Poms whilst sitting on the sofa watching movies! I’m really pleased with how it turned out, I’ll definitely be making more especially as this one was supposed to be for a different bedroom but I thought it looked great in mine!

Craft Photographer Stacy Grant

 

 

 

Pom Poms | Stacy Grant | Craft Photographer

52 Weekends – Project No. 01

These days I mainly blog about my job as a photographer sharing the various projects I’m working Monday to Friday, then at the weekend I shut down work me and it time to relax. I LOVE the weekend! Our house is designed for the weekend… downstairs we have an open kitchen, dining, living space for us all to hang out and most of the time we have a full house. The large dining table doubles as an art/craft table and if I’m not in the kitchen cooking (which I love… but it doesn’t come naturally) I’m usually sat here working on something. I like it because with everyone else hanging out in the same room doing their own thing I don’t feel antisocial as I’m not shut away in another room.

The weekends for me are about being cosy at home, drinking lots of coffee, wearing hoodies, eating lots of food, snuggling on the sofa watching movies, pottering  about in the garden, doing puzzles, going for walks, visiting places, decorating the house and feeding the ducks… proper cosy stuff. Bliss!

As a creative person I’m constantly inspired by the things I see and I have a natural urge to make and create, at the weekends this is my time… I can make anything. 52 Weekends is an insight into my world on my days off and what I’ve been making, creating or doing. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Project No. 1

Crate on wheels – This is a nice fun project to start with… quick, simple. I used a crate from Ikea (I’ve previously used an old wine crate), wheels also from Ikea (but you can find them in hardware stores or Wilko), I use Frog Tape to mask off the area to paint (I love this stuff for masking, it’s the best, remove before the paint dries). I’ll let the pictures do the talking on the steps… I love the final result.

52 Weekends by Stacy Grant | Weekend craft projects

52 Weekends by Stacy Grant | Weekend craft project

Adventures in Wonderland

This week I begin one of my most exciting projects… I’m shooting a craft book where the products are all based on Wonderland! I almost burst with excitement when I was contacted to shoot this book as I’ve been a huge lover of all things Alice since I was a little girl.

So I’ve been rummaging around my house gathering props for the project, some of them I’ve had since I was small… I love putting in personal items that mean so much to me into my work!! Cannot wait to start shoot this book!

Alice in Wonderland Stacy Grant

 

Vintage Retro Camera Display

I’m a collector, I collect all sorts of things, so naturally one of the thing I collect is vintage and retro cameras. They have been gathering on my shelves and been becoming increasingly more cramped. So finally I decided to make them their own display space. I’ve had this large empty frame for tens years just gathering dust with no purpose, so I hung that on the wall, painting the inside space black, then hung two box shelves inside and a couple of hooks and boom, awesome display space… I love it!

Vintage camera display