Monday, 28 December 2009


Thanks Brigitte and Pascale for your kind commets and hope you have a happy and creative New Year!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Happy Christmas Bloggers

Just been playing around with Markals on shoe soles, printed card and tracing paper from Lidl - love that place! - and free machine embroidery - Happy Christmas to everyone!!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Long time no blog

Dear me - I haven't blogged in ages.
We went to Ally Pally and had a great time - nice to meet Dale
and Ian at last and receive a wonderful Pommie Bag. It's still taking time to digest everything we saw and put away everything we got!

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Visit to Newark

Went to the Crafty Notions open day in Newark and had a great day being entertained by Sarah Lawrence.
She says "Guess you don't know how I did these"

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Free Postcard

Yesterday I received the wonderful new books"Stitches, Straps and Layers" by Maggie Grey and "Stitching the Textured Surface" by Carol McFee and Linda Monk - they arrived SO quickly too - thanks for that Maggie - such efficiency!
I got this lovely postcard which I'm assuming is one oj Carol's? though it doesn't seem to be identified - anyway thanks! - I'll treasure it and I love the books.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Teapot Day

In response to Dale's Teapot Day - here's my Shelley Teapot and jug - given to my Mum in the '40's - has a look of garlic!

Friday, 12 June 2009

These are a few of my favourite crocs!

Thought I would join in the plate day with Elizabeth - and Dale - - with their plate day - what a great idea Elizabeth!- must learn how to just use people's names as links too - how do you do that?

Royal Worcester Vine Harvest

This cake plate and knife were Mum's - love the grapes - and everything about it really!

Spode Italian

Love love love blue plates! This one is such a lovely cobalt blue...

Clarice Cliff Nasturtiums and Crocus

I love the colours and shapes of Clarice Cliff - The crocus cup and saucer were a"Thank you" for Eileen and Luke's wedding...

Royal Doulton Bunnykins dish

This was bought nearly 60 years ago for my brother as he had a tendency to put plates on his head and this was considered too heavy? It was then used for years as a dog water dish! Rescued now and given pride of place!

Portmeirion Jug

We use Botanic Garden every day - love flowers - must be why I did a botany degree! and love the shape of this jug...

Saturday, 16 May 2009

"Such a Jocund Company"

Finally finished the Daffodils!
The base was covered with a stitched, distressed and sprayed napkin grid then individual daffodils picked out and "enamelled" with Opals embossing enamel.
The whole was then variously french knotted, straight and cross-stitched into.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

and on the beach...

Just had a great weekend with young Alex - in the garden...

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Catalogue killing time again

It's nearly time for Catalogue Kiling with Maggie so I though I'd show some of the ink experiments I did a while ago - all sprayed on gesso with salt added and all exciting - colours would probably have looked better in photos rather than scanned but still reasonable I think.
Inks go left to right: Quink Royal Blue Washable, Quink Blue/Black, Quink Black, Quink Red, WH Smith Brown, WHSmith Black (probably neither still available) and Caran d'Ache Amazon - the star of the show!
Back to the Daffodils for a bit now I think...

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Next thing is to do some sewing, fix it all together and do some more sewing!

Snow - Tex

I piled Snow - Tex onto an art canvas board and sprayed it - looks like a piece of stone!

Daffodil foreground

Played around with different colours of sprays and did more attacking with the soldering iron!

Daffodil background

I wet the bonded serviette then rubbed areas away, sprayed it with Color Wash and Creative Colour Sprays then attacked the edges with th soldering iron. I sprayed it again to cover up the white bits.

Playing with Daffodils

I've been playing around with my favourite flowers - Daffodils.
These are a paper serviette bondawebbed onto white felt.