Monthly Archives: December 2012

Silhouette Cameo… :)

I am now the proud owner of a Silhouette Cameo cutter :) (explodes into a puff of glitter, feathers, hearts and kittens)… lol

silhouette cameo

silhouette cameo

Its a card and paper cutter which allows you to download or design cutting files to be cut into your desired media, it can also cut fabric, vinyl, and has a pen attachment for plotting/drawing :)

So far I’ve used it to make all my xmas cards, boxes for presents and it even cut the fabric for some of my hand sewn gifts :)

Over xmas I used the included studio software to design a Queen Victoria Crowned Pigeon.

Here is the completed cut

Queen Victoria Crowned Pigeon

crowned pigeon

I’m so pleased with my new toy :) and cant wait to get cracking on making some new cutting files.

Here are some of my other cuts

xmas cards and presents

xmas cards and presents

cute girly stuff

cute girly stuff

platonic solids xmas decorations

platonic solids xmas decorations

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Rainham Marshes

On Sunday I decided to do a bike ride along the Thames next to the Rainham Marshes, I took a train from Fenchurch Street to Purfleet, then popped into the RSPB reserve to book myself on the ‘Sunday Stroll’ which is a guided walk around the nature reserve, before embarking on a short cycle ride up to the ‘Concrete Barges’

barge 1

Concrete Barge, Rainham Marsh

These were made during the second world war when steel was in short supply, and were then positioned at Rainham to help create flood defences after the great flood of 1953.

The ride itself was pretty bleak but interesting in terms of the industrial landscape and amount of washed up rubbish in the muddy river banks :P.

I cycled back along the same riverside path and then joined the guides and bird watchers at RSPB Rainham

rspb rainham

RSPB Rainham Marshes

As I arrived I was ushered into a corner of the visitor centre and given a pair of binoculars… as a pair of Common Seals had been spotted on the river bank. I was amazed to see one of our largest predators so close to London.

We then began our 3 hr guided walk, it was amazing, we saw huge flocks of Lapwings, a rare Snow Goose, Little Egrets, Curlews, Plovers, a Marsh Harrier and many many more birds, 59 species were counted in total. We were given a history of the marshes by our enthusiastic guides, it was once a military training area used for target practice etc.

We were told about the plants and animals in the area, including the difference between a Bull Rush and Reed Mace ;) the folkloric ‘devils tooth marks’ on the Common Norfolk Reed, the stoats and water voles and why they need to protect the area from foxes via electric fencing.

All in all it was a wonderful day out, just 30mins from central london with amazing scenery, wilderness, knowledgeable guides and a pretty impressive visitor centre with restaurant :)

I made a short clip filmed from the main observation hide, whilst our guide discussed the various wild fowl in the water channels,


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New Graphic Plants Collection

Some of you may know that I was once a VJ (visual jockey) and mixed live video and graphics at various concerts and events under the name of VJ Silent Eclipse for a number of artists such as jazz musicians Dennis Rollins and Courtney Pine, rapper TY of Ninjatune, and dance music pioneers 4Hero :)

I no longer VJ but still make visual clips for live performance and have released some on a new website here 

I hope you enjoy them :)

Website screen shot for VJ Silent Eclipse

website screenshot

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December 2012 desktop wallpaper

Hello again :) I have been a bit busy of late working on a number of projects (more details coming soon) but here is a December wallpaper for you. It was created from a still image of a Caster Oil plant leaf and a little bit of jiggery pokery  ;)

Click the picture then again to make it larger and save.

December 2012 desktop wallpaper

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