Monday, 29 July 2013

Angels and parties

What a wonderful weekend it's been, a mix of work and play. Saturday morning was spent continuing to work on my Christmas ideas. At the moment I am still thinking about children dressing up and school plays.
If they can't be Mary most little girls want to be angels! Having watched many school plays I know that the children often look around, pick their noses, giggle together and wave at their parents. I remember watching a friends little boy as a shepherd and as the play went on his tea towel slipped further and further over his face. By the end of the play he couldn't be seen! I want to bring this out in my Christmas illustrations.

The afternoon bought a wonderful treat of Helen of Bustle & Sew's garden party. Lionel was invited too and the four of us (my dad, Clive, myself and Lionel) had a great time. Lot's of lovely people, some old friends and some new plus a table groaning with delicious food. Thank you Helen, here's to the next one.

After a lazy start on Sunday and a walk in the sunshine to the estuary we drove my dad and my mother in law to Dartmouth. Whilst wondering along the front we saw a paddle steamer along side all the other boats.

I do love Dartmouth although this time of year it is very busy. One of the nicest things to do is take the small boat out to the castle and enjoy the best cream tea I've ever had in the castle tea rooms, well behaved dogs welcome too.

Friday, 26 July 2013

'Daisyfied' dogs and Christmas in July

Lovely evening with Clive, my sister and brother in law and my dad eating Moroccan food and watching a film. At least once a month we get together for film night and this week we watched 'vertigo' and I cook a vegetarian tagine which much to my surprise tasted good.

This morning I met with Helen of bustle & sew for a business chat over a cup of tea in her garden while the dogs played. They get on so well although these days Ben spend his time asleep in the shade whilst the other two go mad in the garden.

Lionel was well and truly 'Daisyfied' and has been asleep all afternoon.

Although the sun is shining and the window's open because it is so hot I am thinking Christmas. Just initial ideas and drawings at the moment. I love the idea of small children dressing up for the school Christmas production or Christmas fancy dress parties.

I spent many years making costumes, normally at short notice, for my children. I have done Christmas stars, Greek goddesses, The monkey from Aladdin and more recently Cheshire cats and the rock band Kiss! Even when they are 19 and 21 they still dress up! 

I will be back with more Christmas ideas soon.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Today I can draw!

Yesterday was a non drawing day, I find I have them every now and again. For some reason I don't have the inspiration and everything I do goes pear shaped. I wonder if there are other illustrators and crafts people who have the same. The best thing to do on a day like that is get out in the garden or take the dog for a lovely walk.

I happen to be very lucky and live in a small Devonshire village near the sea. Nothing gets me motivated more than taking my 'whipplington' Lionel out for a good walk, or run in his case. I just wish I had his energy.

Today, however, having got my daughter packed for her trip with friends to Sweden I was able to draw again. The Royal baby has been in the minds of many so I took my inspiration from the little chap.

I hope he is a good baby for his parents, one that sleeps would be handy, I remember all those night time feeds. A long time ago now but I certainly remember that feeling of absolute tiredness wishing the baby was as tired as you.
Off to enjoy what remains of the sunshine today.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Hi Haven't been blogging for the last two weeks I have been in Marrakesh with my family. What an amazing place the smells and colours in particular are something I will never forget

A pile of throws in a Moroccan market, I could have bought all of them! The buildings are beautiful and the food amazing.

So colourful and spicy. Above is a delicious meal that we enjoyed one evening whilst over looking the main square, full of market stalls, snake charmers and the local people, who are very friendly and helpful.
A wonderful break but now it's back to work and the exciting news about Prince William and Kate's new baby boy. With this event in mind I have designed a collection of images and papers suitable for scrapbooking, card making and other crafts
There is also a little Princess range. Both are available on my etsy shop 
Whilst the sun is shining I now have to think Christmas, what a strange world the craft world is.
Enjoy your week

Friday, 5 July 2013

Gardens and tired dogs

Enjoying the sunshine this morning with my friend Helen of Bustle & Sew in her garden. Over a cup of tea we discussed the joys of dogs, cats, her daughter Rosie's wedding and running our own craft businesses. What better way to enjoy a business meeting than watching our dogs play together and enjoying a good chat.

My little Lionel love's playing with his big friends Ben and Daisy, nothing like a rough and tumble and good run in the garden to send him to sleep for the afternoon!

This week with warm weather forecast I have been enjoying my garden. With this in mind I have created a range of 6 seed collection envelopes which are now on sale in my etsy shop They are ideal for gardeners like myself who don't want to buy seeds every year, just collect from your garden and plant next year. You can also have fun swooping seeds with friends, just remember to label the packets and store in a dark dry place.
Looking forward to a weekend in the garden.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Gardens and seed collecting

Although just an amateur I am a keen gardener, like my mother and grandmother before. We had different ideas in the garden, mum would dig up the bluebells to throw away and I would take plant them in my garden. I like wild flowers and my front garden hopefully looks like a wild flower meadow.

My grandmother on the other hand liked to grow geraniums out of the bottom of old bottles, if ever I see them it reminds me of her. They were always red and would hang in the small lean too conservatory she had on the back of her cottage.
As a gardener I also like to save money, I take cuttings, split plants and I also like to save seeds which is why the latest item on my etsy shop is a selection of six seed collection envelopes. They are all downloadable and can be printed again and again to be used year after year.
If you like them please visit my shop on where you will also find my gardener's cards and gardeners scrap-booking kit. I am also particularly fond of the large pink poppy's I have in my back garden and I shall be collecting the seeds from them to plant some in the front next year.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Dodge ball and give away

Watched my first dodge ball match this weekend, didn't even know the game existed until my daughter started playing. For a none sporty person, I was always the one last to be picked for any sports team being small and not competitive, I got incredibly excited. Warwick uni girls did very well and looking forward to seeing them in many more matches next year.

Very difficult to get a good shot when they move so quickly. My little girl ( she's 19) is the blond one throwing the balls.

I am so pleased that my first facebook give away seems to be going so well. I have had some lovely comments from people and I wish everyone who has liked and shared so far.

Hope you all have a good week.