Monday, 30 March 2009
Watch this space for the cards soming soon, and if anyone can think of a fab 'bird related' name for my range you can have your pick of one of the finished cards. I initally thought 'Chic and Cheerful' but then had second thoughts, a bit too twee and obvious.... really, any ideas would be gratefully received from you creative bloggers out there!
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
For Christmas my Dad gave my Mum six hens... what a fab present. Last week when I was up there I sat sketching them one morning when I had the house to myself. I have been developing them this afternoon, all cosied up in the studio, wind howling outside, balck clouds racing across the sky. What an ideal way to spend an afternoon at the near-end of a wonderful two week holiday from work. I was that relaxed I even gave in to temptation and curled up on the sofa-bed myself and had an afternoon nap!!
One thing I wanted to ask you all who read, and please let me know what you think. Now, I'm starting to have a few reservations about posting as much of my work on this blog. I'm not sure why, as I love sharing what I have been up to and getting feedback from those kind enough to comment. BUT.... the other day I was a-browsing the old www and came across an image that had a remarkable resemblance to something I posted about two years ago. Now, call me paranoid but my initial thought was.........that looks like mine. I know that certain subject matter gets done and redone, and that two people can have very similar tastes, styles and interpretations of things, but you can't help thinking about the 'bad people' who wouldn't think twice about helping themselves to your images. You post them on your blog with the best faith and intentions, in the hope that no-one will steal your ideas.......... is it just me?? Am I being paranoid, or should I jut be encouraged that someone with a very similar style has been publised by a very well know brand?
Friday, 27 March 2009
I came home feeling like I had disposed of a lot of unwanted baggage and felt a lot better for doing it. It's amazing how we hang on to a load of old crap that we don't need, and how it makes us feel a lot better to just get rid of it all.
So this week I will be carrying that thought into a few other areas in my life. It's spring time so it's time for 'out with the old and in with the new'. Time for positivity, and most of all, hopefulness for new things....
Ahhhh, now thats off my chest I'm off to beddy-byes... night-night!!
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
No, really we DID have a mini-summer. We found it in Norfolk, and the sun shone and it was warm(ish) and we had ice-cream and everything! And then two days later we got caught in a snow storm on the way to the pub and nearly got blown away in the wind, and I didn't bother taking any pics of that! I didn't ever really believe Crowded House when they said you can have four seasons in one day, but now i do.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Ans thats where I have been for the last few days, up North to see the family. Here are some shots I took in Newcastle, where 'the ladies went to lunch' on Saturday (well the ladies and a very cute little boy called Thomas!). The Millenium Bridge is fantastic, although a bit scary to walk across. Its great to see at night 'cos its all lit up and pretty!! The Baltic Gallery on the Gateshead side of the Tyne is amazing too. If you ever get the chance to visit then do... Fab views from the huge glass viewing platform at the top.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
The weather is fab, really sunny, and i saw my first spring lamb yesterday in Northumberland. Having a lovey lovely time, its great to be off work!!
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Steve came home with a bunch of daffodils today, the first ones of the year. They really do brighten things up! Spring is definitely here and I can't wait to get out into the garden and sketch when everything starts growing!
Monday, 9 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Here are the rules:1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.3. Nominate 5 blogs.4. Put links to their blogs.5. Leave a message for your nominees
So thankyou to Karen for my award and here are my five nominees:
1 Lesley Grainger for her lovely illustrations and blog
2. Valentina from Feeling Inspired, beautiful, beautful work, so detailed, i love it!
3. Jess Gonacha, for her fantastic patterns,
4. Katie from What Katie Does, fab blog, with lots of lovely features
5. Bernadette from Sugarloop, don't you just loev her prints, I've got one and they are even better in real life!
keep on Spreading the Love!!
Busy week this week, so excuse my posts if there aren't many....
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Congratulations!! Please email me your address and your sooziebee package of goodies will be off to you before you can say 'eccles cake'!!
Thanks for commenting and may all your cakes be big, moist, and tasty and filled with calories!
And what better way to celebrate my 300th post giveaway, than by making a cake. This one is gorgeous recipe I found in the Good Food Magazine we used to subscribe to. Its Date, Honey and Walnut, and is a kind-of healthy cake (it has mushed up bananas in it, so must count towards some of your five-a-day!!).