Monday, 28 February 2011

To boldly go!















































There is a large wall in our kitchen/diner that needs something hanging on it. I bought a large canvas about six months ago which I thought, painted, would be perfect. BUT, there it sits, BLANK! I just haven't been able to decide what to put on the large daunting area. My work is normally quite small, detailed and generally girlie but I quite fancied having a go at something bold and graphic. I designed some small paper ideas that could be blown up but which one should I choose?  Should I go graphic floral or use the kitchen theme?  I've photoshoped them onto the wall so you can see how they would look in situ. Which one do you prefer?

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Treats...........



I would love a cup of tea please navy blue pin brooch
copyright Fluffington
the wizard of oz ruby slippers charm bracelet
copyright Fluffington
tiny Kokeshi girl stud earrings 12mm
copyright Fluffington
......for me. I went to a Vintage and Handmade fair last weekend. It was a very small fair but I found a cute little bunny by Sylvac (or I think is) and discovered a great local lady who sells on Etsy who's stall was just the best. See her shop on Etsy via this link. www.etsy.com/shop/Fluffington

Friday, 25 February 2011

Zingy!



















Apparently neon colours and acid brights are going to be part of our summer essential wardrobe. I'm not sure they will suit me head to toe but I love bright accessories so hopefully I will look "on trend" a little bit! Meanwhile I have a few neon things for my home that really make me feel very happy and brighten my day whenever I see them.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Fruit'n'veg

My children made these

There seems to be a bit of a food theme going on with me at the moment, both on my blog and in my print work. I can't seem to step away from the kitchen so I'm just going to have to keep my apron on until I'm full!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Linda Miller

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A sheltered spot                                         Copyright Linda Miller















I treated myself to a FABULOUS Linda Miller workshop yesterday, a day of sewing, fantastic Linda generously shared lots of sewing secrets, showed us tons of her lovely work (see example above) and taught us many new embroidery techniques.  I was reminded how much I love free machine embroidery, something I haven't done for ages and ages. We spent a day with Linda and we all pretty much completed a design so a very satisfying day all round! Thanks Linda for a fantastic day and for being a very patient teacher. See here for Linda's website and blog www.lindamillerembroideries.co.uk



My attempt, as you can see I need lots more practice.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Baby Shower
















Baby showers aren't that common in the UK but as my friend is having TRIPLETS (yes triplets) it seemed like a good time to have.............a "Shower". Thanks to the lovely lady who organised it, we had a great evening. We drank pink champagne, measured the size of the bump, ohhed and arred at all the tiny baby clothes (they are like dolls clothes as the babies are expected to be premature) and nattered about how on earth she is going to do it. Afterwards it struck me that whatever you call it, Baby Shower, Girls Night or a Mums get together, that what our evening was really about was solidarity. She'll be fine I'm sure, but if she needs anything we are all there for her. Meanwhile I'm going to enjoy some peace and quiet myself and eat the Baby Shower cake above that I bought home and brace myself for half term holidays next week and I only have two "babies"!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Tidy up time...........






















I always love having a nosey at peoples creative spaces, offices, studios or whatever you want to call them.  After a big tidy up I thought I'd share a couple of snaps of what is in my office. If only it could be this clean and tidy all the time!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Guinea pigs
















We have two Guinea pigs, Gloria and Daisy, I wasn't keen to get pets, (more clearing up to do) but they are part of the family now so I'm glad we did. Our friend Joan bought us these gorgeous salt and pepper pots because she knows we are pig mad and I love them. Maybe they are the start of a new collection?

Thursday, 10 February 2011

How old are you?



















I am 21 of course!  I designed these birthday cards for Paperclip Cards. You'll find them in a good card shop near you. Copyright Paperclip Cards.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Stuffies!























Every month I meet up with some crafty friends for a couple of hours and we make something, have a natter and eat cake. What we make can vary. Sometimes one of us has a skill to share or we all learn a new technique together. Some months we meet and just use the time to explore a technique we already know. We exchange ideas swap books and knowledge, forcing us to experiment with a wide variety of techniques and media. At our last crafty "sesh" we made "stuffies" which are a kind of quirky soft character that we designed ourselves and filled with lavender and stuffing. I now have mine perched all over my house cheering me up on a grey winters day!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Freckleface Cards

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Copyright Freckleface Cards

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Copyright Freckleface Cards





































My friend and talented designer "Freckleface" has kindly blogged about me today and said some very nice things about my work. Thank you muchly missus. She is much more experienced at blogging than I so if you want to see how it's done, take a look at her blogspot.
http://www.frecklefaceblog.com
If you want to see the lovely Freckleface Card range please follow the link to her super dooper website.
www.freckleface.co.uk 

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

legless!

















I seem to have an obsession with for things without legs! It all started with my grandmothers salt and pepper pots and has progressed to childrens toys and anything else I can get my hands on. It's funny how these things creep up on you!
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