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Thursday, 28 December 2006

Fabric Marking

I found a "trickmarker" pen which you use to draw a design on fabric, stitch it, and then a couple of days later the penmarks disappear. This is so much easier than drawing lightly with a pencil and then trying to rub out what's left! I apologize now for trying to teach my granny how to suck eggs -thought it could be of interest to someone out there!! The brand is PRYM. Hi-ho hi-ho it's off to sew I go..............

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Petulant Burdie

I made a new Burdie today but this time I stitched it on canvas. Would make a nice wee present for someone - if you're interested, please see my For Sale photos for more details. Petulantburdie_1

Monday, 18 December 2006

New Twist

I've been playing around and created some stitched "Burdies" on painted cotton with a bit of beading and sequins - these two are just samples but this could be something to offer for sale. What do you think???Skating Burdie2

Sunday, 17 December 2006

paint scraping

Untitled3_2 I made some scraped paint papers following instructions in Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista and bound them into a wee book. I really enjoyed making these and the scraper I used was a glue spreader and it worked better than anything else I tried. Some pages are inks. Here are some of the scans:Untitled1_4 Untitled2_3

Saturday, 16 December 2006

Old-fashioned butcher's shop

Brings back memories of going all over town to find a 'bird' last year - so my mother and I went today to order a capon in a real specialty butcher's shop - they had pheasants still in their feather coats, quails' eggs, a huge variety of stuffing, pigeons, all kinds of sausages, and just everything you could imagine, I half expected Scrooge to come through from the back shop. I ate too much today (practising for Christmas day LOL) went a bit mad and had apple tart with cream, lemon drizzle cake, found some Cadbury's milk flakes I'd forgotten about - well there's still time before the New Year's resolution teehee!!

Sunday, 3 December 2006

a few more paintings

I bought a new digital camera but these photos were taken with the old one - it's not that old but I was fed up with the batteries always letting me down - anyway, the paintings look so much better in reality ... cross my heart Theswimmer !!! TransitionsLuielei

Friday, 1 December 2006

For Sale

I've tentatively started a photo album for items I've made and would like to sell. The price is on each photo - postage will be very low as these ATCs weigh next to nothing! I have listed 3 only as there's a programme I want to see on TV and it starts in 6 mins. OK, I'll admit it, I'm an Eastenders fan.....

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Oh Boy -

I had a bit of a disaster for the exhibition opening - no-one had thought to mention that they light the place at night with candles == it was very dark! Great for a bar but not any good for an art exhibition! So I took it on the chin and removed all my work the next morning. Yesterday I set it up again at my cousin's beautiful inn and it looks really fab. Now all I need is buyers!!! Here are a few more paintings:Poppies Sangimignano14_1 Fragments Spring

Friday, 24 November 2006


I set up my exhibition this morning helped by my daughter (who actually did all the work) and have earmarked the rest of the day for painting my nails - makes a change - face mask and anything else I can fit in. It feels like an anti-climax not having anything urgent to do, so I'm just gonna have a relaxing day. Here are some of my paintings (and as I have 22, I'll just post them a few at a time). I noticed my camera is giving everything a bluish tinge and don't know if I can remedy that, but I'll try:Maude1 Bertha3 Bullesdair4 Stilllife5

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

more fabric things

I've had a cloud with silver lining close to me since yesterday,and since I felt so well, made some small fabric creations. They are more saucy images and captions. I think I like these better than the others as they are made of one piece of vintage linen, what do you think??Forannie Lin2

Saturday, 18 November 2006

challenge 3

The challenge is to create something with an Xmas theme, and as my overall theme is 'Art Nouveau', I made an ATC with a Klimt feel. The gold doesn't scan very well, but it's really goldy in reality.Xmasatc

Monday, 13 November 2006

I've finished

Good old 13th is a lucky number for me 'cos I've finished my paintings for the exhibition today. All I have now to do is give them each a name, it's so funny but most of the paintings suggest their name to me (better do and lie down - beginning to sound strange). I'll post pictures after the opening on November 24.

Art Quilt

I made this for Pat in the USA - she wanted one of the 'saucy' captions!!Temptation2

Sunday, 12 November 2006


I attended a workshop yesterday run by Sally making 'jewellery from junk' and it was great fun, also learned lots of new things. Being a hoarder by nature, the thought of adding new junk doesn't alarm me, but I'm wondering where oh where can I store it!! I've scanned my stuff but the colours are much brighter in reality.Brooches Necklaces

Tuesday, 7 November 2006

Need a break

I've taken a break from painting 'cos I'm a bit washed out. I have 18 paintings, most of which are finished, and I think that's probably enough for the exhibition - just need one frame as most are wrapped canvas and ready to hang - like them the best!

I have also received my first commission for an art quilt - exciting stuff! So am going to start that now as I'm all wound up and that's probably due to the vast amounts of coffee I drink. The jar has a mixture of regular, half-caff and de-caff so I tell myself that it's fine..,.,.,.

Saturday, 4 November 2006

Found time for ...

... sewing a few more fragments. The shop asked me to do some 'saucy' ones so this is what I came up with:Chastity Cooking History Temptation


Yesterday, I picked up the invitation postcards for my art exhibition. I've chosen one of my favourite paintings to display - it has some metallic paints on it and I thought they wouldn't photograph easily but it came out very well. Here it is:Postcardexhib_1

Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Vintage Xmas Card Swap

Here are my swaps for the vintage Xmas theme. It was a bit hard to stitch onto card and they're a tiny bit squ-wiff (I've never written that before, looks wrong!). You know they say 'if you want something done, go to a busy person', well it's like a merry-go-round gone mad here at the moment, the more I take on, the more I get to do!!Card1 Card2 Card3  I even had to take some Bach's Rescue Remedy today.....

Tuesday, 24 October 2006

Creative Journey

I'm a member of a Creative Journey group on Yahoo - I've just completed the second challenge which is to draw in pencil. The first was to create a mind map and my theme is 'Art Nouveau'. I've done the same drawing with my right hand (dominant) and with my left hand. Which do you prefer??Ladylh If anyone is interested in joining in, it's great fun and gently leads you to unknown pastures  -- here's the link:


Friday, 20 October 2006

Winter boots

On Monday, I bought a pair of nice boots which were about 2 inches above the ankle. Wore them once and they'd snagged my new tights where the zipper was stitched. So (I am one of the world's greatest taker-backers so my DDs tell me) the assistant got an emery board and started rubbing at the stitching, as if I'd accept that!! I got a refund and to be perfectly honest, they weren't all that comfy hehehe!!

Thursday, 19 October 2006

Altered Vintage Nu~de Swap

Here are the other two cards I made for the swap. It's so much fun to see all the art arriving in my post and am already thinking about the next swap for Gillian at Art-e-Zine.Nualteviezaccardellihome12

And so to paint...

I'm in the midst of preparing for my solo art exhibition at the end of next month. So far I've finished 10 paintings, at least I think they're finished. I hang them on the wall to see if I'm satisfied but find myself tweaking here and there. That's the hard thing - to know when it's enough. I keep buying more canvases - it's like when the groceries start to run out - an empty fridge makes me depressed. And I might even use all of these blank canvases, I just need to know they're there!!

I remember years ago having a calendar which I admired - floral watercolours - and I wanted so much to paint in that style. But you know what, I now don't like that contrived keep within the lines type of art and my own 'style' has developed. I love messy art with colours running into each other and drips and blots - it's just great!!

Friday, 13 October 2006


It's been a very worrying time this week concerning my mother's health - thank God she's feeling a lot better now and went home today. I closed my Etsy shop as it wasn't working for me, and I'm going off Ebay as well. So have decided to list my artwork here on my blog and see how that goes. I still have to do the nitty-gritty so keep tuned!!!

Thursday, 5 October 2006

Altered Vintage Nu~de Swap

I've finished my first of three cards for the swap. As I'm hosting the swap for Art-e-Zine and sign-ups closed on 30 September, if anyone would like to join in (cards due to me by 31 October) there's still time -- please email me. See here for more info:


Thursday, 28 September 2006

postcard for charity

A request for donations of fabric postcards  came via a Yahoo group - which would be auctioned off and the proceeds given to a cancer charity. So I made one with hand dyed lace and pearls and beads. Here it isCharity

Wednesday, 27 September 2006

swap cards

I've finished my cabinet cards for Art-e-Zine's swap, hosted by Christine ( which are due by Oct.20 so I'm well ahead. I bought the cards on ebay and they are lovely although quite faded. So to make the contrast I used a lot of white paint! Here they are: Cabcard1 Cabcard2 Cabcard3

Tuesday, 19 September 2006

Sea glass and china

I visited my arty niece yesterday - she lives very close to the beach and loves to go foraging for all sorts of treasures. She was so generous in giving me loads of blue and white pieces which have been pounded by the waves and are so smooth. And some sea glass too. It'll all come in handy for a workshop I'm attending in November "Jewellery from Junk" by Sally (see link for Grumpy Shopkeeper).

Wednesday, 13 September 2006

shop closure

Today I went to my very favourite fabric shop owned by a Pakistani lady and full of beautiful sari cloth at rock bottom prices -- only to find that she's ill and is forced to close down. So I've got a month to get a stash of fabric. One day I'd been to a charity shop across the road from 'Shabbir' and bought a couple of fabric pieces, she asked to see what I had and fell in love with one of them, she said I could have whatever I wanted in exchange -- so I did!!

A few new art quilties

I think that being more productive gives me in return more energy (or is it determination) -- I watch less and less TV 'cos I just wanna create!!! Here are some new art quilties that I made for a shop Chocolate2 Dreamface Wellbehaved Missionary Innocence2 Face

Tuesday, 12 September 2006

faces challenge

I'm delighted that I won 2nd and 3rd prizes in the challenge - goodie bag on its way!!

Saturday, 9 September 2006

Beavering away

I've been quiet for a few days, taking time to finish some collages and fabric collages too. These have found a sales outlet so now have to make some more. I have so many things on the boil just now, the more I take on, the more I produce. Anyway here is what I made - some have been re-vamped: Angel Dressmaker Lorelia Lucrezia_1 Lucy Dreams Informed Ifonly Bride