Wednesday, 16 December 2009

A little book

As some of you may know my full time job is working with children. I'm based at a historical house in London which is set in a picturesque park. The children visit the house and the park and part of my job is to create educational and fun activities for them. Earlier this year I made this little activity book for the children. I was really pleased with it and it's inspired me to think about making some zines in 2010.

Friday, 4 December 2009

party time

Daniel and I are having a little party this weekend so we spent last weekend putting up paper garlands. This is a picture of my friend Joseph and I. I made him make minature decorations for our tree. I plan to post about all my green decorations, I'm very pleased with them. Have a happy weekend all.

In the park

One thing I do as part of my job is the annual Tree Dressing. Nine primary school classes took part this year and I spent all of yesterday, in the rain, putting their artwork in the trees. Today the rain had cleared and all the school children came to see their work. I've been so busy with the project but I was so pleased with how today went.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Happy 1st December!

This morning I quickly filled the advent calendar so that Daniel could open number 1. I made him share the treats with me and ate my chocolate straight after breakfast! Remember when I made the advent calendar? I was so proud.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Fantasy Zoo

I don't remember being in a group exhibition before. I think this must be my first. Here are a few of the little caged creatures I've been making. I'll tell you more about the exhibition soon.

Through my Letterbox

I've been getting some really nice things in the post lately. Here they are:
Jamie Shelman who lives in Martha's Vineyard was really generous and sent me two prints of her work. I was so pleased.

Ingrid Gomez who lives in Chicago sent me a really sweet painting of a tree in Autumn

And Emma Bradshaw sent me her families version of a TODAY I SAW
When Daniel saw this one in the letterbox he said 'ahhhhh'. I think he pines after the Lake District, where he's from. Thank you for all my lovely little postal treats! x

Monday, 9 November 2009

The styles

Have you seen the new group 'What I wore today' on flickr. It's brilliant. I've done two drawings for it so far. Here they are

A little inspiration

I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the pictures which inspired my Summer's End collection. I liked the way this lady would hang her pictures on a wire and so thought I'd do the same. It really helped to have a constant referance when I was making the items for the shop. If you like, you can see more of the pictures here.

Autumn Leaves

I wanted to share with you a sneak peak at my new collection for the shop. It's called autumn Leaves and will be a mass of oranges, reds and woody browns. It will be going on sale this coming weekend. There is going to be hair pieces, brooches, necklaces and pretty bobby pins. If you haven't already seen the shop take a look, I'd love to know what you think. I'm excited to be adding a new collection of seasonal goodies! xHide all

Friday, 25 September 2009

Summers End

I'm so pleased to share my new online shop with you. 'Summers End' is my first collection of accesories and I've just put it into the shop, Mermaids Purse. I'd love to know what you think.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Happy First Day of Autumn!

Daydream about autumn here and here
This drawing is by me.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Mermaids Purse

I'm really excited to tell you all about my newest project. Mermaids Purse is my first online shop. This is a project I have spent months working towards. You may know my drawings but not my craft work. My inspiration is nature I see on walks, daytrips and holidays here in the British Isles. Whether I collect shells and pebbles from a sunny beach or moss and heather from misty moors it is always these little findings which inspire me. I will be creating themed collections of small accessories every two months. My first collection is called Summers End. It’s a collection about seeing the crisp, orange leaves on the ground at this time of year and thinking of the fun summer gently coming to an end. Walks along beaches, swims in lakes, sunsets and picnics have all been turned into hair pieces, necklaces, brooches and ornaments. Some of which you can see above.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what you think so please do let me know. The whole collection will go on sale on Friday 24th September. You can view the shop here. Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Sea shells

I'm excited that I've been asked to create and host craft activities for this Folk Music Fair. See the bit which says 'craft activities', that's me! The best part is that it's held at Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Song and Dance Society, which I have wanted to visit for a long time. We'll be painting shells, twigs and pebbles from the British coast to make pictures, necklaces and brooches. I'm hoping to share some DIY posts showing how to make these simple and effective treasures. If you fancy coming along it'd be wonderful to see you.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Island Life

My recent holiday on the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland was a chance for me to do some drawings in my sketchbook. The idea of being on an island rather than the mainland felt calming. These where all drawn over the week (except for the picture of cakes at the end, which I drew when I got home to London).

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