Thursday, 31 July 2008
Wednesday, 30 July 2008
I bought a packet of wooden craft pegs from the Works, but any wooden pegs will do. , I had the intention of gathering together some scraps of fabric for clothing from the Charity shop, but never remembered so we got out "Mummy's special paints" and made some painted peg dolls. I'm quite enamoured of the little ginger one, he looks quite cheeky with his dinosaur t-shirt. H made two peg people but lost interested when I said the paint had to dry before he could put a face on with a pen. So H wandered off to play jedi-cowboy-alien-chef-pilot-inventor while I finished painting mine.
H and I still had fun making peg people and I think I will get another packet of pegs sometime soon and make more peg people, I may go whole hog and acquire some fabric scraps to make some peg doll clothes. I might even see if I can pin down H and get him to draw faces on his pegs, they are a bit scary without faces... but then again I'm like that, I think I watched way to many episodes of the Twilight Zone when I was little.
Monday, 28 July 2008
This is my latest illustration that I'm working on, although not complete she is coming together nicely and has a certian twinkle of mischief in her eye. I drew her on Saturday while picinicing at Rowsley Park around the corner from Caudwell's Mill while H ran around hyped up on fairy cakes and watermelon. It was the first time I had properly dragged my sketch book out in somewhere close to forever and I felt so perfectly happy and at peace, the smell of warm grass, and freshly sharpened pencils mingling on a bright sunny day.
Later that same evening M and I watched the most beautiful, quirky and sweet movie King of California. The movie stars Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood, in an unconventional father daughter relationship . It was very funny, sad, and lovely story of slightly broken people, and fufilling dreams. M and I both agree that its a little gem of a movie right up there with house favourites Empire Records, Amelie, and Waitress as one of our favourite quirky movies.
Sunday was spent at Frizbe's house sitting watching the children play, argue, and splash each other in the paddling pool, enjoying that rare and elusive creature known as English Summertime. H had a blast but was thoroughly shattered and ready for his bed by the time we dragged him home again. I think he would have stayed and played all night if given half the chance.
update: there are a few days left to sign up for the Fairy Tale Swap!
Friday, 25 July 2008
purple jade and onyx bracelet
candy jade bracelet
amethyst and nephrite jade earrings
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Sign up will be from now until Thursday the 31st of July the end of the month (longer if more time is needed. Any craft medium is ok, if you want to knit a gnome, paint a toadstool, sew a poisioned apple, bead Cinderella's jewellery, make a plush fat wolf that ate grandma, quilt Alice in Wonderland, Card craft Puss in Boots... mostly have fun crafting.
Favourite fairy tale:
Friday, 18 July 2008
ElectricBarbarella from (Mumsnet). I will track you down on mumsnet in a bit and see if you want the lovebird origional or a print of something.
and because I couldn't help myself I pulled another name to win a print of any of my illustrations.
the winner of a print is SusieQ
thank you to everyone who left a comment its meant a real lot to me thank you so very much.
and remeber there will be another give away when I reach 250 posts, so keep commenting and checking back!
Thursday, 17 July 2008
I didn't like Sigmund when I first painted him, but somehow he seems to have grown on me.
the masked woman
I'm not sure about the masked woman yet, she just doesn't match the sketch I did which I prefer, perhaps she was just meant to be the sketch, to be in ink and pencil without any fussy bit of acrylic paint.
I know its a horrible horrible picture, don't look at it too long or you may cry, but this is the first mail label design I have come up with that I really like. I may go back to the drawing board though if the quality of this image is anything to go by. Before I ask M to scan it for me.
I bet you are wondering about the burnt coconut bit in my title? maybe just a little.. we I managed to almost burn a batch of coconut cookies. rescused them just in time, before they became burn to a crisp. Its how today seems to be going, nothing over the top bad, just a teensy bit off.
its your last chance to leave a comment on my illustration giveaway, I will draw the lucky winner in the morning, I would say bright and early, but the only one that is bright and early in the morning here is H, I need several cups of coffee before I'm even halfway human.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
yellow jacket- lime jade and onyx bracelet
I found this personality quiz linked on SewtoBed's blog and I must admit this is me.
|You Are An INFP|
You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.
In love, you tend to have high (and often unrealistic) standards.
You are very sensitive. You tend to have intense feelings.
At work, you need to do something that expresses your personal values.
You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.
How you see yourself: Unselfish, empathetic, and spiritual
When other people don't get you, they see you as: Unrealistic, naive, and weak
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Monday, 14 July 2008
Next on the crafting front I'm going to design some labels for posting as M has made the mistake of telling me he has a pack of blank sticky label paper for printing. I'm pretty sure that's not its official name but its what I'm calling it.
update: I'm going to let the giveaway run till Friday and see if I get any more comments before I do the big draw. Thank you so much everyone that has left a comment so far, its been really lovely to read your comments and cheered me up on yet another dismal grey day.
purple seed beads hoop earrings
Friday, 11 July 2008
yo ho whoooo
Oh and I have found little owl playing pirates and stealing my jewellery this morning as well. Naughty Owl!
thanks everyone for visiting my blog, looking at my illustrations, my jewellery, and genral craftiness.
A week or so ago I left a comment about the art of organizing the creative mind for a giveaway on the blog Junecrafts , and I won this amazing little retro cups gocco print that arrived in the post not half an hour ago. I love it to bits, it couldn't be any more me could it? a print of some coffee cups! Thank you so very much K! I can't wait to have this framed and put up in the new house.
Please stop by her amazing little blog and her junecrafts etsy shop, I love her things and I'm sure you will too.
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Doesn't it look fantastic? I think so anyway.. although it won't hang on the wall until we move. I had it framed for M as a gift.. then gave him the invoice for it as well... He was most amused, but can you blame me? he does get a discount with the framers via the studio. A bit of good news as well, three of the bracelets I took in for display and sale at the same framing gallery have sold! I am so very pleased at that, unbelievably happy, and she has requested some more bracelets at the end of the month to mix with whatever is left. I was so happy, but I was not going to spend my heard earned jewellery money on the framing of the pic for M.
and last but not least this is one of the little purple peppers growing in my green house, I shall miss that greenhouse when we move.
Monday, 7 July 2008
Sorry about the slightly odd angles these pictures were taken with. The light was very poor this morning, and I was in desperate need of more coffee. This is the second painting I have done of one of M's espresso shot glasses, its such a simple image yet I adore it and I really really want a cup of coffee now. The red flowers on a teal painting is so vibrant, I love red and teal together, I may just need to order some more beads and made some red and teal jewellery... mmm yummy.
I have some lovely beads that I purchased at Spellbound Beads in Lichfield on Saturday, we went to the Medieval Fair, and got utterly soaked, at one point I had to help hold down a jewellery stall, because the wind was gusting so fiercely that some of the stock was blown to the pavement. It was still good fun, H loved it but was a little disappointed that there was no jousting or strawberry stall like last year.
Sunday, 6 July 2008
The theme for this crafting challenge is space and science fiction. It’s time to think about rocket ships, princess Leia jewellery, Dr. Who dolls, aliens, stars, astronauts, robots, alien landscapes and far distant planets. If you need help then drag out all the old cheap B-movie sci-fi flicks like Space Camp, or the more cherished Star Wars, Aliens, and Close Encounters (can you hear the music?) . Watch cheesy 80’s tv shows like Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek and Alf… well maybe not that last one but you get the drift.
The universe is yours to craft with.
So go get crafting and may the force be with you.
Challenges are not mandatory, they are just away to find a bit of inspiration and get your crafting mojo on. When you have finished you challenge craft blog it and link back to the challenge if you find it inspirational. If you have an idea and the time then do it today, or tomorrow, next week or next month, all challenges are open to interpretation and time scale. If you go on holiday and find that your crafting has gone kaput on your return perhaps a crafting challenge is in order to kick your brain into craft gear.
Saturday, 5 July 2008
For the crust:
For the cheese mixture:
1 tub (8oz) cream cheese
Combine the ingredients for the crust and press into the bottom and sides of a 10 inch spring form pan. Or into 8-10 small glass ramekins as I did.
Soften cream cheese and the mascarpone at room temperature and stir in the cream, and the vanilla extract. Mix until smooth then carefully top the biscuit base with the cheese mixture. As I used the ramekin dishes I left a small indent in the cheese mixture so that there would be somewhere to put the topping. Leave cheesecake to set in the refrigerator.
For the topping, place the frozen cherries into add the sugar, vanilla extract, and water, stir well until the mixture boils and thickens, then remove from the heat.
Spoon the cherry topping over the Vanilla Cheesecake once it has cooled and place the cheesecake(s) back into the fridge to chill. I spooned the cherry topping over the cheesecake while the topping was still warm just prior to serving.
Enjoy your freshly made Dark Cherry Cheesecake!
Cook’s notes: first of all the vanilla extract with seeds in was my treat to myself, well my treat to my kitchen, I may not have this whole treating myself thing down right. It is lovely, though and I’m not quite willing to go to the expense of using real vanilla pods though that would be truly lush. The mini cheesecakes turned out quite divine with only semi-posh vanilla extract. And I must say a big thank you to Gu puddings for providing me with all the little glass ramekin dishes.
Friday, 4 July 2008
1/2 cup cream
2 cups self-raising flour (all purpose)
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
½ cup icing sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3-4 tsp water
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Grease baking sheet.
Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in another bowl.
Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Combine egg with cream and gently stir into flour mixture until moistened.
IMPORTANT: knead dough briefly, no more than 10 times.
Shape dough into an 8-inch round loaf. cut into 8 wedges and separate slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
In a separate bowl, start with the icing (confectioner’s)sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon and add a little bit of the water at a time until a smooth icing is formed. Brush or drizzle the icing onto the cooled scones
Cook’s notes: these are the first scones I have ever made, they turned out really nice, although M didn’t listen to me and though I had made really large soft cookies, then wondered why I put butter on the one I gave to him. The recipe is my own based on dozens of recipes for different flavoured scones. I was desperate for a Starbuck’s Cinnamon Chip scone that you get in the US but not here so I went my own way and I think it turned out pretty good and the house smell of cinnamon, fantastic.
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
I posted the flapper girl image a few posts back with a half dozen or so other painted pages, but I wasn't very happy with her something jsut wasn't quite right so the other day armed with a cup of black coffee I restained the page, and I think she looks finished now. Then I was doodling a skull while watching that show about the real crystal skulls with out Indiana Jones attached, so I painted it and added some black vines as you do.
skull and vines
And last but not least I have dragged out poor Lulu again, and added a little detail to her eyes. I think she looks alot better now, and the painting looks much nicer than the colours have come out in this image. I still don't know what I will do with her, I can't see putting her up in the house any where, especially with this move in the future. I haven't really had many sales recently so I'm not sure about putting her up in the etsy shop though I could do with the craft money she might provide if she sold. Though What I would price her at I don't really know. She is 11x14 in and is acrylic and ink on a canvas wrapped board. any offers?
the back of the pendant
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
I'm tired I want to go to bed but M is working late, and I can't settle and be happy till he is home and accounted for. I have all ready written the post once and accidentally deleted it, so I'm afraid you will have to do with the far less witty and slightly substandard version which is this.
I painted the flower last night while M watched something boring about rockets. Not that rockets are that bad but when it comes to educational shows I prefer antiquities, bones, crystal skulls, mammoths, and all things generally ancient and crumbly, while prefers to watch How its Made, rockets exploding, or some horrendously mind numbing show about WWII. yawn. I finished the flower this morning with my favourite black ink pen, the flower wasn't meant to be white but just turned out that way, it has a sort of 70's feel that I quite like.
The fairy has been giving me trouble, its a sketch that I stained with tea and added a few details in ink. She was meant to only be a sketch, but when I tried to paint her on a music sheet she went all wrong, and didn't want to be a painted version so for now she is just another picture on my amassed pile of pictures I don't know what to do with.
more beady things, and recipes coming soon... and who knows I might even drag out my knitting again.