Monday, 7 December 2009

New Wendy print finally completed. Oh, how sweet and sad Peter Pan is.
All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!" This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

New Beatnik Love print up on etsy. This print looks so good in our living room, I really love the colours. We have a stack of other framed prints we've been meaning to hang for ages but never get round to it. Must do so this week, I'm the world's worst procrastinator when it comes to stuff like that. So tired tonight... yawn...

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The temperature's dropped outside, I've got a cold and with Christmas creeping in through all the nooks and crannies it's definitely the time of year for getting cosy indoors. So I thought I'd post about all my favorite delicious cosy indulgences. Starting with (almost) every girl's favorite, fairy lights...I have a terrible weakness for fairy lights that I need to keep in check. Other wise my home would single handedly drain the National Grid. I'm sure lots of people see them as tacky girlie nonsense but they are so lovely, so magical and so cheap. Probably they remind me of being a little girl, an excited little girl, thrilled at Christmas, at all the wonder and all the beauty and surprise. What's not to love?
Switch on the fairy lights and instantly create a wonderland of twinkling loveliness.
And in other non- fairy light related news there are two new prints up on etsy. I'll post photos tomorrow. Right, on with the lights, it's getting dark...

Monday, 30 November 2009

Yesterday we went to the Lauren Child exhibition at Cardiff museum. It was interesting to see how she works, building the gorgeous tiny sets for The Princess and the Pea and how she uses collage to achieve her unique style. Of course, it was really an exhibition for kids and there were lots of them all having a whale of a time. Her stuff is such fun, I love it and want all her books. Every single one.

I had my own little girl seven months ago and I haven't posted any photos of her yet on this blog. I feel a bit weird about it, I suppose because she's too little to have a say in it at all yet. She is such a sweetie though, very smiley and, well, she's just gorgeous. It does make it very hard to get anything done though! I've been trying to sort out my etsy site and get some new work done too (I've got lots of ideas) but it's nigh on impossible with a baby who wants to be held ALL THE TIME. I read all these blogs by supermums who have four kids and still manage to be novelists, artists and cupcake entrepreneurs and I can hardly find the time to wash my hair and find clean underwear. She is so worth it though.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Summer Of Love print now on etsy. Summer feels like a long, long time ago now. The rain! So much of it. But I do love the rain. As long as my feet are dry. Why am I talking about rain when I'm posting about the Summer Of Love print?
It's such a beautiful print, the colours are lovely and it looks ace framed up. It would bring cheer to any room. Hope you like it too. Don't know why this type is so big, it won't let me change it. Grrrrr!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The latest Very Fine Female, Wendy. Think she may be my favorite so far. For today at least.
I eed to introduce the text behind but can't find my copy of Peter Pan and Wendy. None of the libraries for miles around have the real thing, just adapted picture books, and only two of them out of about 14 libraries even have those. So sad!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

I think deer must rank amongst my favorite animals of all. They are so shy and so majestic. For me they are quite magical. Their silhouettes are wonderful. They are inspiring me a lot right now.

in the quiet, originally uploaded by slight clutter.
Some dear deer etsy finds. Click on the images for their etsy page.
I could spend a fortune, honestly. But right now I'm too tired, so off to bed I must go.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Yesterday David returned from a day's work in Bristol with a gift. It was this adorable coin purse from the shop Bloomsbury (which is an absolute treasure trove of goodies, it has mail order, check it out) and it was for lucky me. In fact I'm so lucky that whenever he goes away he more often than not comes home with some little treat. Like this Rob Ryan tile from a London trip which I LOVE. I'm spoilt.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Alice - A Very Fine Female
Here is my completed Alice - A Very Fine Female print. I'm so pleased with how sweet it looks especially framed up alongside the Elizabeth Bennett print. I'm so enjoying doing these and I've now nearly finished the third in the set, no other than Peter Pan's Wendy. The Wendy silhouette is coming on beautifully. It's so good to be making again!
Now it's time to take my Lola for a walk. She's driving me insane and I cannot take her destructive demands for attention any longer! Having a dog is blissful but having a bonkers one that needs long walks every day to prevent her turning from an adorable cutie into a maniac can be waring. But totally, totally worth it, she's such a sweetheart.

Friday, 2 October 2009

A is for Apple, B is for Bird...

This little print was created by me for my new baby daughter. It looks so adorable in it's frame, I love it! It reads Edie's Alphabet at the top because that's her name but that can be changed or removed completely. It's so hard to find time for my work with a little one to look after but then again every spare second is so precious I waste no time at all! Not like before when I could spend days procrastinating. The print is up on my Etsy site as of
yesterday. I hope you like it.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair... ~Susan Polis Shutz

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers. ~Heinrich Heine, The Hartz Journey

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. ~Chinese Proverb

A beautiful day spent at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The flowers were enjoying their very last days of bloom which made them all the more lovely. Petals falling away, leaves turning brown, goodbye to summer and hello to the new season.
I've a sweet new print on Etsy which I'll post about tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Alice and Elizabeth

Here are Alice (Alice in Wonderland of course!) and Elizabeth (Bennett, Pride and Prejudice), two of the literary heroine silhouette pictures I made. I put them in little frames so that I can group them together on the wall. I'm pleased with the way they turned out. Behind each silhouette is text from the first page of the novel and below a quote from the heroine. Alice's reads Curiouser and curiouser, and Elizabeth's I am the happiest creature in the world. I think I shall make a start on Pippi Longstocking next. Who do you think I should include? Any ideas?

Saturday, 5 September 2009

"I wish I hadn't cried so much!" said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. "I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That will be a queer thing, to be sure! However everything is queer today."

I'm working on a literary heroines project starting with dear Alice. Here she is as a silhouette I've drawn. And below are some of the other appearances Alice has made through the years.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

' the sea that was lying down still and green as grass after a night of tar-black howling and rolling...' Dylan Thomas

Today last week I was staying just a stone's throw from Newquay in West Wales, which is one place the poet Dylan Thomas lived during his beautiful but short life. If you've seen the film The Edge of Love it's the village where , close by, Dylan and his wife Caitlin kept a house. Beautiful film, such eye candy. Woolly jumpers, silk kimonos, knee socks, victory rolls, dance halls, poets, afternoon drinking and windswept beaches.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Love, Peace and Music
As I'm back making a little here and a little there I've reopened my Etsy. Just one print in to start, my Love, Peace and Music. Three most precious things.
Back from a holiday in a hideaway cottage out West. Family, food, a beautiful nook in the woods by the sea, my gorgeous Lola, my little sweetheart. We lit candles and ate outside, we walked on the beach at dusk, we picniced by the sea. It was good. Lately I've had my troubles but I'm on the mend and there's lots to love.