Saturday, 30 January 2010

Feeling lucky

When Emma Bradshaw posted her list of things to do before her next birthday and it included going to the Albion caff and visiting Columbia Road flower market I had to pause and think that I am actually quite lucky to live only a bike or bus ride from both. The funny thing is that if I was to write a list of things to do before my next birthday it would include country pub lunches, bonfires, camping trips and nature collecting ( just a few of the things Emma does often). Oh well, we always want what we can't have : ) These photos where taken on my first visit to the caff on my birthday last July. We went for breakfast which to be honest I wasn't too pleased with. However, we went back for dinner another time and my disappointments where long forgotten, my fish pie with purple sprouting broccoli was fantastic. Also, I agree with Emma, the finishing touches look really great - the knitted tea cosies and beautiful tin lampshades.

A room with a view

It's a pretty good view from the office window : ) After working there for a year and looking back on my photos of snow and special sunsets I think there's certainly worse places to work. But my favourite part of the day is my walk to work. I was inspired by Stepanie's post and keep wanting to do my own.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Hand made sketchbooks

I've been busy at work this week, what with making lots of giant fruit and nuts from felt. Ialso had fun teaching Thursday's drawing and painting class. We were making our own sketchbooks and I made these examples to show. The children's own sketchbooks were actually much more interesting than mine but I didn't get good photos to show you. They have now taken them home and their first assignment is 'draw a place which is special to you - real or imaginery'. Lets see what they come up with.

A little acorn

Whilst making the big acorn I was inspired to make this little acorn purse for my little neice. I have to admit that I took 'inspiration' when doing the sequins from my friend Karen. She sent me a lovely hand sewn sequined item which I will post a picture of very soon. You can see the purse goes round your neck and the lid is attached to the string. I was really pleased with it. I was thinking of making some for my shop. What do you think?

Sewing fun

Some of you may have seen that I was making a big acorn as a resource for the children I work with. I'm actually making a whole load of different fruit and nuts which grow in the park I work in. These two aren't finished yet, I'll be putting smiley faces on them.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Working With Children

Here is another little book I've made for a children's workshop. The theme of the workshop is World War II and the class of visiting children will be studying items from an evacuees suitcase. It's not as neat and well finished as the other one but i'm still pleased with it, considering I made it in an afternoon. I photocopied the booklet and each child was given one to work in.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Like looking in a mirror

I run a drawing and painting class on Thursdays for children aged 7 to 10 years. Yesterday we did self portraits and I loved what the children did. These are some of my favourites. Look at how brilliant they are! I'll take real inspiration from these when drawing people and trying new techniques.

A little postal exchange

Before Christmas, I took part in the Seasons Round Exchange for the first time. My partner was Melissa who sent me a wonderful package. Here are some photos of what I sent her. A little pinecone which I embroidered

A candle holder I made from copper and sea glass

and a brooch I made from drift wood. It matches my Summer's End collection .

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