Sunday, 25 February 2018

Crafty business

Just a short one this week as I have been sorting my craft fair stuff out and getting stock ready for my first craft fair of the year. Not done a lot else.
Firstly the teabages I showed you guys last week got finished.

Did you guess? I made them into lavender bags. As much as I like tea they now smell a lot better that the when they were tea bags

I made a few badges and mirrors up for Mother’s Day gifts.

The badge machine is proving to be good.  As well as badges, I can also make fridge magnets and keyrings

Today was the first craft fair of the year. Was very quiet but was good fun.

My stall and some examples of the “design your own badge” badges. 
That’s all for now.
Watch this space. 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A little slow this week.....

It’s been one of these weeks when I ve spent ages doing stuff but then not much to show for it. It was also half term and my day for looking after the grand kids was changed. The beginning of the week I was working on an order that I can’t show here yet until it has been delivered.  Then had a day with the kids. They were well behaved and we had fun but I was bloody knackered when I got home.
Then I spent some time at Henshaws and along with my sister Sara and friend Jayne drawing. Recently I had bought a large set of caran cache water colour pencils. In the past I had used them in a small way but had decided that I should make the most of this investment all be it that I had bought in the Black Friday sale. I watched a few videos and decided to have a go. This months nibblefest comp is all about African animals so to kill two birds with one stone thought I’d practise using that theme.

Was pleased with the results.
Still a lot to learn but had to put the drawing to one side as have a craft fair in a week and needed to start making some stock. This one is the Mother’s Day one so trying to gear stuff towards that.
The sets of note books I made. These are also in my Etsy store.
This is a work in progress lots to do to it, will post the finished items when done. Do you know what they are going to be?

Also a few badges made from a comic.I have some mother’s day badges to make up as well. A few key rings and magnets in the pipeline with my designs on. 
I’ll be back soon, watch this space.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

....... there and back again.

This week is going so fast not as yet made it into my studio but at least have been doing bits and bobs in front of tv ie. my daily sketch and a little photo editing. The being of the week I’m often envoled in things with other people and on Wednesday I look after my grand daughter. 

Yesterday had a great day out with my eldest daughter, we had a trip out to the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. Although it’s not far from where I live I have never managed to get there. It’s set at the side of the Calder and Hebble Navigation canal.

The first view of the building with an old barge and the orange buoys marking out where the weir starts.

Water terrifies me and fascinates me in equal amounts. 
I love old barges but would never step onto one.

We passed this scary guy on the way over the bridge to the gallery, perhaps it’s Neptune ? Well he has got a crown!

The galley is modern and there is a feeling of it being spacious. The Artists featured in the gallery are in the main modern artists and Yorkshire artists are well represented. They included Henry More, David Hockney and of cause Barbara Hepworth. Hepworth was born in Wakefield and the gallery is build around a collection of her tools and there’s a whole gallery showing her process and explains different types of casting. 

Some examples of Hepworth work.

We paid a visit to the cafe where we had some impressive roast artichoke soup. Yum yum. Then called in the gift shop and I bought some Oracle cards. I’m doing the “Pull pen paint  class run by Kiala Givehand so thought I’d like to get a new pack. This pack is based around famous artists.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

..... a bit of a clear up.

This last week has been about sorting my space out. I’m terribly messy and every now and then have do something drastic about it. First of it was my bedroom, clutter city. Anything that I couldn’t find a home for anywhere else got dumped there. Well it’s about done now and as it turned out was mainly books, most of which I don’t need. They were sorted and are off to new homes. 

It has still been business as usual, getting things ready for the next craft fair, and prepping a few orders. Even putting some more of my Whimsical doodle characters in my Esty shop. 

One of the things I uncovered in my clear up was a box containing 100 postacards of artwork from the “Beano” comic. 
As a kid my Grandad (Pop) used to buy me the comics every week along with a big bag of sweets. So I’m guessing it was nostalgia that made me buy them in the first place. I hadn’t even looked at them so decided would be good to use them and thought I’d make some books. 

I made 10 today. Spent a lot of time umming and ahhing about what binding to use. Decided in the end to use a “perfect binding”. Not a binding I use often but wanted to make something cheap and cheerful for my craftfair stall. So just simple little notebooks. Ideal for throwing in a bag.  

I Still have a lot of cards left so I’m going to incorporate these into some others types of bindings. 

That’s all for now back again soon.