Sunday, 11 March 2018

Abandoned art and Nomads

 When we were down in London recently we went back to the Nomadic Gardens off Brick Lane.  We love this area (see my earlier post all about it here) and it is constantly changing

I decided to abandon a small canvas I made with embossing pastes, paints and ink.

I waited until no one was around and left it

 right next to the sign that explains HOW to use their toilets!
  Love it!

 As I said, this is an ever changing canvas and there are always some amazing new street art going up.

from the really small

to the not so small

 Some of the pieces are HUGE, this one is over an entire end of building wall!

 Simply stunning

and I love this manga inspired one.

and there are several sculptures too-so artistic.

If you are ever down the Brick lane/shoreditch area then I recommend walking along-its free to get in, there is a small coffee cart and of course a toilet!


Friday, 9 March 2018

Getting my Goth on!

This was the card I was making on Wednesday, I finished it.

The image was one I was passed (printed off) from a friend (I think it was Bex) which I coloured with promarkers and added a gentle glitter glaze on the flame.  The background was an embossing folder with TH distress ink in pumice stone gently brushed over the raised edges.

I then added some gems on the skulls eyes (well, why not!)



Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Hello peeps,well what a past week!  Snow that cut us off and shut schools, shops etc.  

We don't get much snow in England so the councils aren't funded or geared up for it, very few gritters or ploughs and no snow tyres-but we survived and it meant that we had to change our plans and that meant I got to spend time in the smallest room-the craft room as its the warmest (shame).

On my desk this week is another card I am making from scraps etc that I sorted through the other week which I hope to finish later.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'feds indicted first lover'-ooh!

So, do you dare to bare and share your workdesk on this Wednesday?  If so, why not pop over to the Queen of desks, the lovely Julia (link over on the right) and join us.

happy crafting

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


 With the unexpected time being stuck indoors whilst we had snow I decided to have a "play" with my paints.

I decided to have a go at abstracts.  I had been looking online at my talented cousin ( paintings online and thought I would try.

Well, I have NEVER tried abstract before and boy it is hard-building up layers, waiting for it to dry (yep, used my heat gun-I have NO patience).

I painted a canvass with black gesso then used a rolled and spatula to add colours

I used three different colours and added some blocks of white to add interest.

 I then created a tints of the colours, mixing them on my old Girl Guide camping metal plate!!

Until finally I was reasonably pleased with the result.  
Not sure I like it, it is different and not my usual style but I certainly enjoyed spending the day painting and so I have decided to hang it on the wall at the top of our stairs-not sure it will stay there for long, but it is growing on me!  

Some closeups of the details

I certainly enjoy the process and think I will try again.

Have you tried abstract?  Do you have any tips you'd like to share?

Happy crafting

Monday, 5 March 2018


Just so you can see what all the fuss has been about-we got snow!!

I know, we hardly ever get any (well, apart from a few flakes) but this was proper snow!

Some areas (Exmoor, Taunton) in the south had it really bad and were cut off for days before ploughs and tractors could get to them.

Luckily the craft room is the smallest in the house so therefore the warmest-so I had some extra crafting time over the past few days-woo hoo!

Stay warm


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Cake cards

Goodness it is cold!  The craft room is the smallest room in the house so consequently it is the warmest, which seems like a good excuse to stay in there!

Just a quick update on a couple of cards I have made in an attempt to use up some coloured card blanks (I tend to only buy plain these days as they are more versatile), scraps, stamped images and sentiments I re-discovered when I have my recent tidy up!

Not particularly difficult cards to make but I quite enjoyed making them, its almost meditative when I craft so it MUST be good for my soul!

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 28 February 2018


Hump day again and another Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday and I have STUFF on my desk!!

This is my 365 Journal that I complete in the Kate Crane Challenge which is a monthly journal with just a small square a day, a bit like a wee diary.

I tend to be quite inky so I gesso my pages to help stop bleeding though the pages, here I am prepping pages for 2 months (I tend to do a month on one page).

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Tough Mob Boss Falls for Bling Dog"-aah sweet!

Also, check out this lovely card and WOYWW badge Julia sent me last week!

Fantastic and such a lovely design (I often wear my brightly coloured WOYWW badge from a few years back to craft shows) that I will enjoy wearing this to craft shows this year, thanks Julia it is brilliant.

So why not join us and bare your desk?  
And if you spot me wearing the badge at a show this year please pop over and say hi!

Happy crafting

Monday, 26 February 2018

A matter of still life and death

Here are some more photos following from my recent trip to London.

We went to the Guildhall to visit the "A matter of still life and death exhibition".

There were quite a few pieces but these really stood out for me, the work on these skulls must have taken many hours of skilled labour.

The dark blue bead work on this one was simply stunning, there must have been thousands of beads each individually stitched on.

These were coloured threads that had been wrapped around and almost shimmered.

This piece was clever, it was titled the "green economy" and the artist had hand cut small saplings and plants from Euro notes, keeping them attached so they created shadows across the notes.

In the basement of the Guildhall is a Roman Amphitheater!  You can visit it for free, its quite large and very impressive.  I had NO idea it was there until a friend (waves at Sarah) mentioned it and I am SO pleased we visited as it was really impressive.

This photo does NOT do it justice, there were also scenes made from lighted strips and sounds played to give the impression you were stood in the middle of the theater whilst crowds cheered, a great free piece of our history.


Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Hump day and finally I have had an opportunity to do some crafting.
After my birthday weekend in London time has been tight catching up at home (had plasterers etc in for lounge and hallway) and at work.

So I decided to do some jewelry and hand sewing. Not the easiest things to do with rheumatoid arthritis BUT it's a clean craft and after having plaster and paint for the past couple of weeks I just want clean!

My "man bites dog" cards this week are a bit odd-'devoted wife snubs brave cop'! 
Apologies to those I was not able to return visits to the other week I will try harder this time, honest. 
Happy crafting

Monday, 19 February 2018

Tower Bridge visit

We recently went to London for a few days.
After lots of visits (my brother lived there for years) I am always surprised that we constantly seem to find new things to do, many of them free or really good value. This update is for The Tower Bridge Experience. You do have to pay but it's only £8.70 which considering its iconic status I think is good value for money. 

You get the opportunity to walk across the bridge in glass walkways! It is a very odd sensation and on one of the walkways they even have a mirrored ceiling so you can take selfies easily! There are also some amazing views along the Thames but even the towers inside have some amazing displays like this one where they have figures of the workmen that built and used to maintain the bridge.

 Then there is the opportunity to go down to the engine rooms. Sadly the disabled access lift was out of order but luckily I can still manage stairs (just a bit slower) so I was able to visit (though it did take more time and energy than I expected but worth it). 
 The engine room was fascinating and all in working order. 

So would I recommend it? If you are in London  and not scared of heights then yes, we thoroughly enjoyed it. But if you are in a wheelchair I would recommend checking the lifts (especially the engine rooms one) are working (they have a help line you can call).