Sunday, 13 January 2013

Serendipity: Crivens!

When our 365+1 photo challenge was over we decided to keep our gang going with a new blog and challenge, Lucky Snapping. We are all contributing and this week Anne challenged us to look for a serendipity moment.


The act of finding something valuable or delightful when you aren't expecting it.

This week I have taken as my serendipity the utter bliss that has been reading The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett to Ali. 

He is a tough audience, not much captures his imagination thoroughly. In fact I can't remember any other time that he has not interrupted, told me the story his way, asked questions, told me what was good and not so good. This book (which is one of my favourites as well) was completely different. He just lay quietly with his eyes wide open. One evening I read for two hours, I was enjoying it and I thought it was about 45 minutes. It certainly doesn't get him off to sleep, which was the original plan ;)

Crivens! has long been a favoured exclamation of mine and along with "ye daftie" has now become part of our family language and I love that.

Anne inspired me to have a go at getting messy and painty which I did watching and following a lovely youtube video by Rachel, which I basically used to lift the page entirely. Except, I don't have all the art gear so I had to improvise.

720p from Jennie Hart on Vimeo.

I have added instagrams of the book cover to finish the layout.

Next time I will do something different with the title as it didn't go quite to plan, it has given me the taste to do more though so I guess that is a good thing.
Thanks for a great challenge Anne :)
Chapter 7 tonight.


  1. Oh my Gosh xx love this book!!! The disc world series is fab and I'm actually reading Wintersmith which has the Nac Mac Feegle in! Great minds xxxx
    PS. Great project, great respect as I can't do mixed media myself xxxx

  2. That is so beautiful Jen. Love the colors. xxx

  3. Love the colors of this. I loved tearing to mine when they were young. I really Miss that now they are grown up

  4. Damn this phone reading not tearing *sigh*

  5. Hooray! I thought of Pratchett as soon as I saw your post title :) The Boy and I are big fans - you know there are 3 more Tiffany books after this one? Truckers, Diggers and Wings are good fun, too :)

  6. I can't get into disc world although Peter loves it. I am getting more and more inspired to have a go at making a journal.

  7. Wow to your first attempt at art journaling it is fantastic!! Loved the video lesson and yes I have all this arty stuff and never used it after a class at a retreat last Oct!!

    DIL loves Terry Prachett and has all his books. I have never read any:(

    must look for one on my kindle :) Could get a free sample!!!

    Off to do my Serendipty pages now and my mind is in a whirl with too many ideas!!

  8. Jen that painty page is just stunning. I'm not a TP fan myself but I love that you and Ali are sharing such a special experience.
    Sue x

  9. Terry Pratchett is one of my favourite authors. He has a real skill of getting to the heart of things. I love his new book Dodger but my favourites are the Moist books, 'Going Postal' and 'Making Money'
    Like the video lesson too

  10. I am loving the diversity of what our challenges are bringing from our bloggers, some nice layouts, pictures and art jornalling, plus book reviews too hey! Good on you Jen x

  11. wow you are very talented

  12. I love your artwork!
    Like the video lesson too. You are very talented!
    Have a nice day!

  13. Lovely to see you stepping into mixed media! Hope you continue to enjoy it too ... and Terry Pratchett worlds are wonderful (I'm a Granny Weatherwax fan). I'd forgotton about Crivens! but think I'll be taking it up :).

  14. I love Terry Pratchett, not seen this book so will need to keep my eyes open. I love playing with paint too - enjoy it!


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