Thursday, 8 December 2011

Makery market

Here's a little snap of my stall at the Makery Christmas Market from Sunday (not super quality I know, but the best if a bad bunch!) It was a great experience meeting customers and fellow makers.

Snaps of some new work coming very soon.........

Friday, 2 December 2011

Market time!

I have been a bit of a busy worker bee the past few weeks getting ready for my very first craft market. I have been lucky enough to be asked to exhibit at the Makery Christmas Market in Bath this coming Sunday.

So come on down and check out a whole host of handmade cards, bags, tea towels, cushion covers, prints, Christmas decorations and more....!

Thursday, 10 November 2011


Sorry blog, I've been neglecting you lately haven't it? I'm so busy making and doing, that I haven't had the time to document what I have been up to, photo's will be coming soon, but I'm waiting for a bright day and it's all a bit gloomy just now.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share with you this image I made recently inspired by the book Wildwood by Roger Deakin and my plan to experiment with typography. I wanted to try and keep the image as simple as possible and almost had to sit on my hands to stop myself adding too many elements. Simplicity is for me the hardest thing to achieve, but I'm working on it.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Illustration wednesday

This week I wanted to interpret my illustration theme by sharing my great charity shop find from the other day. I've a bit of a habit of buying books from charity shops so much so I can't read them fast enough to keep up, but never have I bought seven books in one go! These books are part of the Penguin 'Great Journeys' series and are so lovely that just couldn't resist. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I'm just going to come right out and admit that I sometimes do. I love the limited use of colour and there is something about seeing a series of books all with a coherent style and composition that I find really satisfying.

Not only do they have beautiful illustrations on the front, they are also pretty teeny, so perfect for stuffing in your bag when you're out and about.

As I only have seven out of the twenty in the series I'm going to keep my eye out for the rest, but until then I will just have to start reading them :o)

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Christmas Cards & Buttons

Now the heat wave has well and truly passed and the nights are starting to to draw in, winter feels as though it's almost on our doorstep. I have been busy drinking tea, baking muffins and hand printing Christmas cards, the latter of which are now available to purchase from my etsy shop, along with a few more hand covered fabric buttons.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Illustration Wednesday

When looking through some old photos of my great aunts, I came across a little handwritten list of flowers and their different meanings. I don't know where it originated from and whether the meanings have any historical basis, but I thought it was a lovely little intriguing find and it inspired me to create some images that incorporated text. My plan was to make a whole series of them, but other projects have crept in and taken over, so I only have these two for now.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Illustration wednesday

Wow, a weeks gone by already. Time for another new image, this one is inspired by a visit to Rosan a traditional little French village in the Hautes alpes last summer. The beautiful winding streets were overgrown with wild hollyhocks popping up at every possible opportunity. I hope you like it !

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Illustration wednesday

In an effort to jazz up my illustration portfolio I'm trying to rustle up some new promotional pieces, so I thought I would try and challenge myself to posting a new image every week. Could be a bit of a tall order, but I'll see how I go. 

I thought this autumnal tree image would be a good start as the trees are looking so pretty at the moment.

Thursday, 22 September 2011


I recently spent some time in Cornwall being taught a spot of glass blowing by my dad. It was hot and tiring work but an exciting challenge to be doing something totally different. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a few days at it and I did begin to see some improvements as the sessions went by.

Here's how I progressed...

Day one: A very chunky, weighty, wobbly affair.

Day two: A little taller and a little thinner, still a bit wibbly, wobbly.

Day three: Introducing a bit of colour

Day four: Here I tried out applying different layers of colour and threading with clear glass whilst having a go at some more interesting shapes. I fell in love with this blue
Day five: Paperweights, trying out a range of different techiniques with varying success...I got a bit of my wobble back.

Hopefully at some point there will be more where this came from, but in the mean time click here to see how the expert does it!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Late summer gems

Wow, I've been spectacularly neglecting my blog of late. Instead I've been concentrating my efforts on enjoying these last few weeks of summer, even as I write I can see the first few hints of red and brown creeping into the leaves of the tree outside my window. Whilst I do love Autumn, I'm not quite ready to submit to its charms.

To keep me in the summery mood I thought I'd share some pictures of festivals, camp fires and Ferris wheels!!!

Beautiful bunting at a sun drenched Green man festival

The Green man himself

Ferris wheel rides!

Stunning cliff top walk from Woody Bay, North Devon

The slopes covered in a carpet of stunning purple heather

Not a bad view from our picnic spot

Heddons Mouth
Our camp at Caffyns Farm

One of the best things about the site is they allow campfires!!!

Friday, 5 August 2011

New 'Trees in the mist' pieces

On my latest visit to Cornwall I produced these two collaborative pieces of glass with my dad. He made the beautiful bowls and then I worked on them cold, masking off the tree design and sandblasting the colour away to create a relief.

I'm really pleased with them, it's such a great change to work in a completely different medium, I will definitely be trying out some more ideas when I get the chance.

To find out more about my dad's glass blowing skills and see more of his work, check out their website here.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Buttons for sale!

I have added a few little handmade fabric covered buttons to my etsy shop. Perfect for craft and sewing projects!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The sea, the sea!!

We just got back from a little break in (for once) sunny Cornwall where we had a lovely time spent with family, swimming in the sea, gorging on cream teas and picnicking on the beach. So before I get back to reality and knuckle down to some proper work I thought I would share some of my snaps with you. 

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Roll up, roll up!!

After weeks printing, sewing and sorting out all the finishing touches, I have now added a bunch of products to my etsy shop and it's now open for business!! Click here to take a look.

Now i'm off to cut out trees for my next this space for more.

Sneak peek

I have been so busy lately getting things ready to launch my etsy shop that I have been neglecting my little blog, so I thought a little sneak peek woudn't go amiss. I'm almost there, but those last little details are taking there time, plus i've been away for a few days celebrating my brother's PhD graduation. Well done Dr Ben!!