Tuesday, 15 May 2018

A few photographs I will use to inspire my painting and embroidery.







 If anyone wants to buy an embroidery please email me for details on carol.arnall@ntlworld.com
I was inspired by the sky to paint and embroider the first embroidery above.
The 2nd embroidery is a mix of acrylic paints, gold paint. I cut out small circles of material and made the added flowers.
The third epainting and embroidery I based on one I saw in a book, Layer, paint and stitch. I was quite pleased with the effect I achieved.

I take photographs and videos and use them to inspire me for my embroidery and painting.

Here's a video I took recently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MisS0HrqRfY 
It will be a reminder later in the year of the morning light and bluebells when I sit down to start a painting. Below are a few inspirational photographs.




Here's another inspirational photograph to keep me going.



Thursday, 3 May 2018

A blog about the supernatural. Here I discuss ghosts.

Since I was very young I have been interested in the Supernatural. From ghosts, clairvoyants, mediums, tarot cards, spiritualist churches you name it I've been involved in the subject at some point, apart from witchcraft. I have never found myself drawn towards it. I know that people who become witches are a force for good and work for charities and communities but it's not something I am drawn towards.
The subject of ghosts always fascinates me, 'are there really ghosts?' I  am often asked, or, 'do you believe in ghosts?'
Aa far as the first question goes my usual reply is, like millions of other people around the world I do not know. This is partly why the subject is so fascinating. To my knowledge no one has ever actually proved that there really are ghosts or spirits.
OTOH, many thousands of people claim to have seen a ghost(s) 
 I happened to read an interesting story not so long ago about how a woman discovered that she had actually spoken to someone only to discover a short while later that the person she had been speaking to  had died years ago. It was fascinating.
In fact I have frequently read similar stories like the above where someone has told a friend or relative a similar happening. I find it all so intriguing.
This turned my thoughts once again to ghostly happenings and things to do with the supernatural. I am constantly questioning whether ghost stories are true or not. I do believe that the majority of people who claim to have seen a ghost definitely have seen something. But is it a ghost? Or is something else happening that gives an impression that they have seen a ghostly apparition?
Not for one minute do I doubt their integrity. I mean many people are too embarrassed to admit to having seen a ghost. They do not want to be derided or called an idiot or be told they've been watching to many programmes, such as, Most Haunted or the like.
Below is a page from a book about ghostly sightings that I have written.
 For many years I visited mediums and clairvoyants. You may ask why I did this? To put it in a nutshell, I was interested, and I wanted to find out if mediums really could speak to the spirit world and I visited clairvoyants because I wanted to know my future. Did it become a bit of an obsession? I think it did!
From an early age, I was interested in ghosts and other worldly things and would go out of my way to watch or listen to any programme on the television or radio devoted to this fascinating subject. I adored reading ghost stories, any book or magazine that published a story about the world of the supernatural would soon be in my eager hands. As a youngster, I became addicted to the subject. 
Other young people of my time would be addicted to different television programmes, a pop singer, or dance, or the latest fashion or hairstyle. Not me, ok, so I knew what was happening in the world, but my obsession did not allow me to pursue different avenues. I focused my world on the supernatural.
In fact, I saw my first ‘ghost’ when I was about 7 years of age. I was walking back to school after lunch, head down looking at the floor when, for some reason or other, I glanced up. Not far ahead of me, I saw a young girl around my own age walking in the same direction. She was dressed in a similar dress to the one I was wearing. I wondered who she was.
The street was deserted apart from the two of us. I tried walking faster to catch her up, but the distance between us remained the same. Try as I might, I couldn’t shorten the distance. It was strange to say the least.
I watched her intently, determined I was going to catch her up. I started to run and she promptly disappeared in front of my eyes.
I rubbed my eyes not believing that someone could disappear like that - but she had. I knew I had seen a ghost; there was no other explanation. This incident did not frighten me at all. Despite being young, or perhaps because of it, I accepted that ghosts existed. My family would have scoffed at me if I had told them, particularly my three brothers. So I kept the ‘girl ghost sighting’ to myself. I never found out who she was, but I have never forgotten her.
Over the years, my interest in ghosts deepened. I read everything I could on the subject. At times, I must admit I questioned whether I had actually seen a ghost and wondered if it had been my childish imagination. Who knows? But it began a life-long interest that has never diminished.
When I started work, and later met my husband to be, I did not forget about my interest, but obviously, my focus shifted dramatically! A few years later -I was married and had children by this time- I heard talk about something called a Ouija Board. Apparently, this board enabled people to contact the Spirit World. Of course, I just had to have one. 
The day I bought the board I organised a get together with a few friends so that we could try it out. The board is self-explanatory. Instructions and a planchette are provided. Two people place a finger on the planchette, ask the question, ‘is anyone there,’ and if there is the planchette will move swiftly across the board to the word yes.
We did not receive a response at first, but after a while, the planchette glided effortlessly to yes, no or to spell out messages from the alphabet. It even gave dates.
At first, it was simply good fun. The trouble was its thoughts, or maybe someone in the room began thinking somber thoughts, whatever, the board began leaving death messages. Time to pack it away or throw it away.
The messages it originally gave were written down, and many of them were predictions that came true during the following few years.
After the episode with the Ouija Board, I wondered if there was another way of contacting the spirit world. Indeed there was! I found out that by writing the letters of the alphabet down on paper and placing them in a semicircle, also adding yes and no, a glass or any object that will slide over the surface where the semicircle is answers to questions can be received.
I tried this method, sometimes I must say that although it did seem as if the glass was guided by some other force the messages received were never as dramatic as we received via the Ouija Board. It was very interesting though. Perhaps I should have pursued it more.
A word of warning. At the time that Ouija Boards were popular, there was a lot of controversy surrounding them. They were said to be dangerous, in particular to the children. Despite being marketed as a game. Personally, I do not think youngsters should use them.

More to follow on this fascinating subject in days to come.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The start of a painting, sewing and embroidery project.

 Painting, sewing and embroidery project.

 


 Cut a piece of material to your required size. I have used a piece of cotton material. You could also use calico.
I then painted a picture on the material using fabric paints that I would use in the project. If you are not interested in painting use a picture from some material of your choice.
Cut the material (or your chosen picture) into strips and pin and tack them to the base fabric. You don't have to be precise about the size of the strips as you can mix and match to make the project more interesting.



 For this project I have painted a country scene and cut and tacked it to the base material with blank material in between.
 A couple of strips ready to be cut to size for the project.
Today I hope to machine the strips to the base fabric. 
Before I pin and tack the project I cover the painted fabric with paper before I press it.
Here's a picture I painted ready to cut into strips to be used in the project. When I have sewn the strips it to the base material I will add to paintings and embroider the pictures.


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The Other Time - available in paperback


The sequel to The Other Place

Now available in paperback.

Life has by and large been happy for Chrissie since marrying the love of her life, Dan Breen, and having two daughters. She hopes that her unhappy past is well and truly buried.
Chrissie is shocked when she receives a letter from a woman called Joan claiming to be her sister. After meeting Joan, Chrissie’s life spirals out of control; her family desert her and her company begins to fail. And even worse, her marriage is threatened when a secret she has kept hidden for many years seems as if it might be revealed. The claustrophobia and panic attacks that once blighted her life return with a vengeance.
Will Chrissie be able to accept that her daughter Karen time travels, as she herself did years ago? The Other Time is a story of supernatural happenings, time travel and fractured relationships.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Ghostly Happenings

A book of new ghost stories. I have also included a few of my favourite stories, plus a ghost walk.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Are mediums , clairvoyants, fortune tellers truly gifted people? Part 1 The Early Days

Part 1
The early days
For many years I visited mediums and clairvoyants. You may ask why I did this? To put it in a nutshell, I was interested, and I wanted to find out if mediums really could speak to the spirit world and I visited clairvoyants because I wanted to know my future. Did it become a bit of an obsession? I think it did!
From an early age, I was interested in ghosts and other worldly things and would go out of my way to watch or listen to any programme on the television or radio devoted to this fascinating subject. I adored reading ghost stories, any book or magazine that published a story about the world of the supernatural would soon be in my eager hands. As a youngster, I became addicted to the subject. 
Other young people of my time would be addicted to different television programmes, a pop singer, or dance, or the latest fashion or hairstyle. Not me, ok, so I knew what was happening in the world, but my obsession did not allow me to pursue different avenues. I focused my world on the supernatural.
In fact, I saw my first ‘ghost’ when I was about 7 years of age. I was walking back to school after lunch, head down looking at the floor when, for some reason or other, I glanced up. Not far ahead of me, I saw a young girl around my own age walking in the same direction. She was dressed in a similar dress to the one I was wearing. I wondered who she was.
The street was deserted apart from the two of us. I tried walking faster to catch her up, but the distance between us remained the same. Try as I might, I couldn’t shorten the distance. It was strange to say the least.
I watched her intently, determined I was going to catch her up. I started to run and she promptly disappeared in front of my eyes.
I rubbed my eyes not believing that someone could disappear like that - but she had. I knew I had seen a ghost; there was no other explanation. This incident did not frighten me at all. Despite being young, or perhaps because of it, I accepted that ghosts existed. My family would have scoffed at me if I had told them, particularly my three brothers. So I kept the ‘girl ghost sighting’ to myself. I never found out who she was, but I have never forgotten her.
Over the years, my interest in ghosts deepened. I read everything I could on the subject. At times, I must admit I questioned whether I had actually seen a ghost and wondered if it had been my childish imagination. Who knows? But it began a life-long interest that has never diminished.
When I started work, and later met my husband to be, I did not forget about my interest, but obviously, my focus shifted dramatically! A few years later -I was married and had children by this time- I heard talk about something called a Ouija Board. Apparently, this board enabled people to contact the Spirit World. Of course, I just had to have one. 
The day I bought the board I organised a get together with a few friends so that we could try it out. The board is self-explanatory. Instructions and a planchette are provided. Two people place a finger on the planchette, ask the question, ‘is anyone there,’ and if there is the planchette will move swiftly across the board to the word yes.
We did not receive a response at first, but after a while, the planchette glided effortlessly to yes, no or to spell out messages from the alphabet. It even gave dates.
At first, it was simply good fun. The trouble was its thoughts, or maybe someone in the room began thinking somber thoughts, whatever, the board began leaving death messages. Time to pack it away or throw it away.
The messages it originally gave were written down, and many of them were predictions that came true during the following few years.
After the episode with the Ouija Board, I wondered if there was another way of contacting the spirit world. Indeed there was! I found out that by writing the letters of the alphabet down on paper and placing them in a semicircle, also adding yes and no, a glass or any object that will slide over the surface where the semicircle is answers to questions can be received.
I tried this method, sometimes I must say that although it did seem as if the glass was guided by some other force the messages received were never as dramatic as we received via the Ouija Board. It was very interesting though. Perhaps I should have pursued it more.
A word of warning. At the time that Ouija Boards were popular, there was a lot of controversy surrounding them. They were said to be dangerous, in particular to the children. Despite being marketed as a game. Personally, I do not think youngsters should use them.

 




Photograph below of the Ouija Board