Wednesday 30 April 2008
Tuesday 29 April 2008
I don't know about you but I do love a
good nosey around other people's houses, so I thought you may like a few more pics of inside my studio.
I know you can't really see much detail in the view of my desk, but this is the general look of the place. I end up working in a 2" square on my desk, very untidy, but I think it shows that you are busy if you have an untidy work area
;-) Mind you most of the space is taken up with my button collection. My friend Maureen gave me a set of bone buttons today, at work, it made my day!
Anyway the other two pics are the top and bottom of my pin board. As you can see mainly greetings cards, Orla and Poppy Treffrey feature. I recently purchased a beautiful brooch from http://www.melanietomlinson.co.uk/ her work is stunning.
Art of the Stitch at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Mmmmm, the jury is out on that exhibition. I like to come out of exhibs buzzing but did'nt from that one! Oh and there is a photo on the pin board of my husband before we married in 1983/84, he looks like a child! Pre-married life, kids, mortgage, rising costs and bills, family etc ;-)
Well better go......thanks for stopping by.
Sunday 27 April 2008
I am so pleased with my mini calling cards from Moo......
they are so small and cute but have enough info. on the back to make them very personal. It's great that I can give a card with a photo of a Hugly to someone who has maybe purchased a Hugly. Appropriate information! I've ordered stickers too, so I'm looking forward to receiving those. Just brilliant.
Thursday 24 April 2008
Wednesday 23 April 2008
Tuesday 22 April 2008
A few views of inside my 'retreat'.
I can't tell you how obsessesed/possessed I am by bird's nests. Much to the annoyance of the family.... because I walk everywhere peering into hedges and not looking where I am going. I obviously don't touch any nests, but if I find one in the winter that has come adrift, well my day is made! I look upon them as a sculpture of the finest order. A thing of exquisite beauty. Talking of birds, each morning I drive past a Rookery. The way their scruffy nests sit high in the trees and wave in the wind. Soon they will have privacy with the leaves emerging. The shape of the Rook is perfect to me too.
Oh my gawd, it did'nt take me long to start rambling , did it?
I have been watching a pair of Blackbirds build a nest in the ivy at the bottom of the garden for the last couple of weeks...anyway, something (maybe a Sparrowhawk) got one the the birds, will not go into detail!! :-( The nest occupants...all gone. I can't tell you how upset I was and actually still am. I know it's nature but my goodness I find it upsetting.
Any road up, back to the studio, and it's contents, of which there is quite a bit! I think that is a rabbit skull in one of the pics. I can cope with that, but my sister got me a sheep's skull, of which, I could'nt cope!
I adore anything found on a beach. I could spend the rest of my life beach combing and be a very happy girl/mature woman. Maybe it is the same as going into charity shops and finding a lovely....it's the unexpected find that makes me all glad inside. Buttons ~ as yes, buttons ~ I have 100's ~ can't get enough of them. I will be talking alot about buttons and probably you will be thinking omg she's never whittering on about buttons again, is she?
Hanging in the pic on bottom left, is a handmade Fairy made by Jayne Lennard. She is my favourite mixed media artist. She exhibited in the Fairy and Folklore Exhib along with Julie Arkell that toured (maybe still is) UK over the last year. Her work is exquisite and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and managed to buy this little Fairy made by her. Oh and the heart in the frame is made by Vicky King.
Anyway I'm really enjoying this indulgence of going on about myself, so I had better close for today.
I just wanted to thank you all again though for your fantastic support. I have been so touched and made so happy by all the kindness passed my way. x
Monday 21 April 2008
Sunday 20 April 2008
Saturday 19 April 2008
Well I don't really know where to start, but an explanation of what I intend this blog to cover, I suppose would be a good start.
I live in Staffordshire, right smack bang in the middle of the UK. I am lucky enough to have a purpose built studio in the garden, which I adore.
I work at Stafford College of Art on Reception and managing the Art Shop. I have good days and bad days like anyone who works BUT I really would love to be able to give it up and concentrate on my obsession...my art and craft. I relish every moment I have to work in my studio.
So I wondered if you would care to share with me ~ what I find inspiring, exciting, jaw dropping, beautiful, my studio and work? And lots more besides. Can't promise all of this all the time and this is exactly why I have not started a blog before 'Have I got anything interesting to say'? Well let's give it a go!