Monday, 21 October 2013

Fairy Shoes and Pixie Boots pattern now available as downloadable pdf files.

Yes, I'm very pleased to say, after much head scratching and a little technical pondering . . . .the patterns for Fairy Shoes and Pixie Boots are available as downloadable pdf files!
Please see my Etsy shop.


Friday, 5 July 2013

The sun has got his hat on . . .Hip hip hip Hooray!

We have to make the most of our sunny days, so . . instead of getting on with all the stuff I was supposed to be doing, I played hookey.



Not far from my home are the beautiful gardens at Coughton Court, so I walked this pretty gravel path and saw . . .



These . . .




and these. . .



not forgetting to mention this. . . .



and this . . .



and these.


The warm sun filled the air with the scent of the roses.




















Before long a cup of tea was needed, so this is where I sat to drink it and do a quick sketch or two.
Now I'm home and those tasks don't seem nearly so bad.
Enjoy the sunshine!

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Another path . . .

This path led me, a friend and our doggy pals, through the fields and up the hill to Saintbury.
The church perches on the edge of the Cotswold hills, a landmark for miles around.




I was thrilled to find the church open, it became redundant some years ago.
Now, it is in the safe hands of the Churches Conservation Trust and work was going on inside.
Exciting work to reveal hidden secrets!






Two highly skilled young people were carefully scraping away the layers of whitewash to reveal the wall paintings. If you peer at my photo you can see the colours and shapes emerging.
Imagine, being the first person to see these works of art, for hundreds of years?
We stood transfixed , watching as bit by bit the plaster fell away, until the dogs let us know they had waited long enough.



Outside, above the blocked up north door, is a Saxon sundial.
Can you see the little crosses? They marked the time of services.
I don't know why these things fascinate me . . .but they do.



On the way home we called and the Wayside tea rooms.
Funny , odd chairs, mis matched cups a lovely pot of tea and chocolate Victoria sandwich with chocolate chips and chocolate icing. . . I like this path.


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Monday, 1 July 2013

Looking for a new path . . . .

Looking at lots of new paths . .



This one was full of flowers and busy, buzzing, bees.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

New Work and a New Workshop

A New Workshop!

Two days - 4th and 5th June 2013,
Two artists - myself and talented mixed media artist Sandy Barnes.
The venue is The New Inn at Willersey in Gloucestershire and full details are on my website under the News section.
We will be making the 2D 'Girls' seen here, they can be added to a panel, bookcovers a bag etc. and . . .this wonderful A4 sized book for your recipe collection. Sandy will teach her fantastic decorative painting techniques.

                               Here's one of the designs for the 'Girls' from my sketch book,
and the cover of a new book about legends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This one is about St. Melangell.
 
 

 
I've got a busy few weeks ahead, with workshops in Shrewsbury, Bristol and then I'm off to Scotland .
On 27th April I'm giving the Madeira lecture at the Embroiderers Guild Scottish Regional day in the Caird Hall , Dundee, then workshops in Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen. Phew!
Then it's a weeks holiday in Dumfries and Galloway. Can't wait.