Monthly Archives: August 2013

Messing about on the water :)

We spent a delightful weekend on a friends canal boat moored in West London.
It was lovely waking up to the sounds of Moorhen chicks chirping around the boat, watching Dragonflies darting above the water, watching bats at dusk, being visited by a Cormorant and generally feeling all ‘wind in the willows’ :)

canal boat

canal boat

Here is one of the locks
lock house

Hope you all had great weekends too x

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Sarturday Morning Mini-Album

Hello folks, I hope you are all having a great weekend so far.
I spent the morning finishing a mini-album for my niece. Its the first I’ve ever made!! :)
I used the hidden hinge binding system by Kathy Orta which creates a neat book with plenty of space in between the pages for photos, ephemera, little notes etc etc.
I will certainly be making lots more of these :)
Now gonna spend the rest of the day looking after a sick cat, making some more stuff then watching the last instalment of the Twilight saga curled up on the sofa :)

Tomorrow we will be going to stay on a friends boat near Kew Gardens, should be fun.. I’ll take lots of photos!!

x
mini album cover

min1-album inside 2

min1-album inside 1

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Sunday afternoon at the V and A

On Sunday I spent a lovely afternoon at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
I was supposed to be going to see the Beatrix Potter exhibit on the 5th floor but got sidetracked by the wrought iron, metalwork and recently opened ceramics galleries :)
We also had an amazing meal in the beautiful cafe (some google pics here)

Here are a few highlights from the trip

Harlequin ceramic figures

Harlequin ceramic figures

I love the life-like poses of these figure, the bright colours and extreme expressions on their faces.

ceramic ladies in baths

ceramic ladies in baths

I wonder what these bowls were used for…

ornate lock

ornate lock

I wish all door locks were are beautiful as this.. life would be so much prettier :)

orange and white table set

Orange and white table set

The orange glaze on this ceramic set was very striking

Antique Keys

Antique Keys

Some beautiful keys

Mauve table set

Mauve table set

I first saw a table set like this at the National Maritime Museum and fell in love with it..

Vase with white foliage

Vase with white foliage

I’m not sure how the white foliage was created on this vase but it’s truly stunning!

The Hereford Screen

The Hereford Screen panel detail

The magnificent Hereford screen was designed by Frances Skidmore and was constructed using a technique called electroformed copper, I have a flicker set dedicated to the screen here

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Silhouette Sketch pens

I’ve been playing with sketch pens on my electronic cutter the Silhouette Cameo. I replaced the blade with a pen then converted some cut files to sketch designs in the Studio software then sketched onto watercolour paper before painting them with my new Gouache paints… I luv gouache!! :)

silhouette sketch pens and gouache

silhouette sketch pens and gouache

I’m looking forward to the weekend and making lots of new things :)
Hope you all have a good one. What will you make? :)

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