Saturday, 30 March 2013
This is sewn out of felt from a Japanese pattern and is just about life size. The legs are made from black jewellery wire and caused no end of problems while being sewn in!
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
here on the Loop website.
Friday, 22 March 2013
Monday, 18 March 2013
Of course this is where all of you decide you cannot live without a stuffed moorhen and pester me to make lots and lots of them......it'll cost you!
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Today sees the annual Fleet Half Marathon. Whilst I have no objection to people having fun and running their little hearts out, I must admit to thoroughly resenting the fact that as our house is two roads down from the start/finish line, once again we are under house arrest for most of the day as they shut the roads completely for five hours or so. I had to dash around yesterday and make sure any jobs requiring the use of a car were done as I am unable to go anywhere between 10 and 3. After 17 years of it, you tend to get just a little fed up. Oh well, no excuse not to get on with some work! I'm labouring over that last moorhen...you'll see why when it is finished!
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Things have been a bit tricky for her over the past few weeks - not her fault, down to other people. You can read about it on my other blog if you are interested. However, her birthday has been pretty darn good - it was up early for a lovely dog walk in the Spring sunshine, then back home for her favourite breakfast of pancakes and strawberries.
She's spent the morning happily painting some Easter eggs that we will hang from a tree branch to make a pretty decoration, while I have been tearing my hair out making this...
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Yesterday I got the new sharpener in the post - I promise I am not getting commission from Derwent, but it is one of theirs and I am completely emtranced. It has four pencil widths, two sharpness settings, and - get this - a setting for an extra long, sharp point. It even sharpens at the optimum angle for minimum pencil wastage. As I sat there re-sharpening the pencils I have been using for the current dog portrait, I just kept exclaiming 'wow!'.
But first I have to bake a tardis cake - shame there isn't a machine to do that for me!
Saturday, 9 March 2013
I used a pattern from Snuffykins Journal as I didn't have the time to invent my own. I changed it slightly, making the torso and legs a bit longer - David Tennant is a tall skinny chap after all. I also gave it a bit more detail, such as the buttons, shoelaces, etc. I had to make him fairly robust too as I have a feeling he may end up being cuddled quite a bit. I want to make a tardis for him to go in, but I fear there may not be enough time to do this before Wednesday.
It's Mother's Day here in the UK - I worked my socks off yesterday getting all the boring household jobs done so that even if my children don't pamper me, I will have a completely free day in which to get on with as much arts and crafts as I can possibly stuff into it! Now I am off back to bed with a cup of tea and a book - enjoy your day, ladies!
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Still cannot get my head round being on the front page of the Artists & Illustrators website this month - it's something I have dreamed of but never thought to achieve. Next stop to be featured properly in the magazine? Please?
I received confirmation in the post of a workshop and demonstration I shall be giving at Bramshott & Liphook Arts & Crafts Society in the summer. More details of that closer to the time. I'm a bit nervous, this will be my first time in front of an audience and I am hoping not to choke!
On the needles, a knitted dog set, various items for the animated film that I am not allowed to talk about, and I really must get on with that Dr.Who as someone's birthday is next week.
The tomato seedlings have finally poked their heads above the soil. I discovered that it really helps if you actually water them....whoops! I have a feeling I may be losing the race this year!
Sunday, 3 March 2013
I nearly missed seeing it though - the magazine arrived in the post on Thursday, and as I have had a very busy week with work both at the day job and at home, I just glanced through it briefly. While chatting yesterday I mentioned that I had entered the exhibition but didn't know how I'd got on and then realised I hadn't searched the magazine yet. There it was, large as life -what a terrific surprise! They are also making me their featured artist on the Portfolio website - I suppose I really ought to have a look and see if that's up yet too.....oh yes, here it is!