Sunday, 28 December 2014

Ooh finally, as it's been given as a present, here is a glimpse at the Marmite jar I made from felt.

Merry Christmas! 

It's time for all the nativity scenes in Catalunya to add their favourite little guy!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

I'm super busy at the moment working on a special treat for a friend, which needs to be finished asap to allow for posting times to the USA!

I just wanted to say... It's nearly time for a Christmas sparkles crafting session and it looks like there are going to be two this year! 

Some old favourites xmas peanut people and card making.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

La Isla
At the start of September we had a little holiday to Asturias in northern Spain. The coastline is very similar to Cornwall and there were moments when we laughed about just how much. Cudillero was our first stop, delicious food and lovely people. It felt like Padstow, but the parking was cheaper!

We saw dinosaur footprints see below, can you tell it's from a vege dino! And we saw some cave paintings (well, reconstructed ones in Altamira).

Then we went into the mountains to the Picos de Europa, through Covadonga. The weather was very cloudy so, although we managed to get up to the top, we couldn't really enjoy the views!


Here's one of the lakes.

Some of the food...
We picked and ate blackberries almost every day! Yummy.

De Bulnes


These wooden structures litter the countryside in Asturias and are for storing grain. They were usually constructed without any nails and fitted together like a big jigsaw.

San Vicente de la Barquera

There was also an amazing display of pumpkins and gourds outside someone's house! Eyecatching, isn't it?

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Photos coming soon - I did a mini box swap with an old work colleague too who lives up the coast...
I'm really enjoying using my new charcoal. There's something so fab about the process of drawing!

Friday, 24 October 2014

I also, for the first time, did a bit of hat making. 

After the fun of the felt tin of Spam, I made a felt cake hat for a fantastic wedding in a beautiful village in France. I tried to make French Patisserie looking cakes, about 5 in total and then I picked my favourite 3.

The hat theme was such a great idea and there were so many different ones: a balloon hat, paper mache representations of the grooms, and even the hat that Carrie wore in 'Three Weddings and a Funeral'.

 It was a great icebreaker and meant all the guests got to mingle with each other; there was a story behind each one. It was an amazing wedding and really reflected the Grooms' personalities. 

I want to wear a hat every day now.
Well, it has been a long time, hasn't it?

I promise I haven't been slacking. Here's a little taster.

I learned how to make a basket with my mama in Vilanova!

Despite the ridiculous September weather we had an amazing 3 days doing a course called Weaving by the Sea. The tutors, Mai Hvid Jorgensen, Monica Guilera and Tim Johnson, were fantastic. Our tutor was Mai, from Denmark, was very clear and patient with us as we were the only complete beginners. Some participants had been making baskets for as long as 20 years. It was a very diverse group with some people travelling from as far away as Australia and the USA to do the course. We had a mainly Scandinavian group.

All the materials looked the same to us on day one and we had absolutely no idea what we were doing! We learned so much and came away with baskets and tons of ideas. 

I think I might be addicted to basket making and I have to say I'd love to visit Denmark sometime.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

The more eagle-eyed among you will notice a prompt swap between 12 and 13! Also a few omissions. I quite like the speed at which you need to do these drawings and they prompted me to use a little sketchbook that a friend gave me for my birthday. She made it and I love the binding which is stitched with red cord (see prompt 8).


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Here are some scans from my sketchbook. Some watercolours from the trip to the southwest of England and a couple from the Swiss adventure.

This is at Cape Cornwall.

Sennet Cove, where we stopped for fish and chips. The black building in the middle was round with a stone roof and was where the fishermen used to dry their nets. There's a little gallery inside which was boiling hot, perfect for drying things out!

Woolacombe, rockpooling as usual!
We also had trips to St. Ives, Boscastle, Tintagel Castle.

Then, via various methods of transport - Switzerland!

After a very short walk we stopped for a rest in this shady spot before walking up to the waterfall.

 Our fantastic bbq picnic spot - not a bad view eh?

This was after our wonderful lunch in Tirano. All the courtyards were open to the public and had various contemporary art exhibitions in. This courtyard was wonderful. 

Off on another trip tomorrow - time for a new sketchbook. Bye for now.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Bad back + bad weather = craft time

This act of crafting was inspired by Lucy Sparrow's 'The Cornershop' in my old neighbourhood of Bethnal Green. What a great idea! To make a whole cornershop full of items made from felt. If you're in that neck of the woods it's on until the end of August.

It is off to its new owner; my amazing friend Adam. (shh... I might just make him a tin of beans to go with it!)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Here are a couple of shots from the crafting afternoon. Oh, it was fab and we had a huge bring a plate lunch before hand too! Hours of fun. 

There were all sorts of things made with everyone getting involved. So one thing I've realised is that I need to get my materials organised in a much better way. I still haven't unpacked my bags from Wednesday! 

Oh and I've also knitted a couple of squares for this project and will be sending them off soon.

Next, I'm going to knit for this charity SANDS I've had several friends who have been helped by this charity and it's a really worthwhile cause.

Oh, and I hurt my back after an over enthusiastic yoga pose so, no mega updates and a trip to the osteopath this afternoon! 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

It's been ages.

Some monsters little sister and I made on a stormy day when she came to visit. So much fun.

Here's a little sneaky peek at what just came through the post this morning from the fab shop Little Sew it All

Tons of things to upload please be patient! Crafting with some of my favourite people in Barcelona tomorrow. Love it.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Phew finally finished and the concert was a great success - what a day!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

This is some more of the glasses from last week. 

No class for the next couple of Saturdays, a bit frustrating but bit by bit this is coming together!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Here's what it looked like yesterday when I arrived...

...and when I left.

Still a very long way to go!
Yes, it's May. 
I've started a new painting of some glasses I bought from Russia (an online purchase). Lots of work! Very tricky stuff. Here are the beginnings...

Friday, 18 April 2014

Where has the time gone?
It's been a very long term, visits to and from friends. Here are a couple of pictures from our Easter travels to be going on with.  

A new, to us, cove near Blanes on the Costa Brava. 

The wonderful view from the top of Turo de l'Home. You can just about make out the snow capped Pyrenees in the distance.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Finally - I have finished! I have to say that work and choir took over a bit. This has been the toughest so far!

There are plenty of things that could be improved. I'm pretty happy with how the top cup worked out and that's enough for me.

Trips and visits are on the cards for the next few weeks so it might continue to be a bit quiet. Happy Spring! xx 

Monday, 3 March 2014

And when I said getting there slowly I didn't realise quite how slowly! phew and still it goes on. A lot of planes and stuff going on in this one... it make take quite a lot longer!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Friday, 21 February 2014

Saturday, 8 February 2014

While I'm here, here's the finished painting.

Quite like bits of this one too.
I got my lovely Sew Delicious Pouch from America! It's fabulous and the envelope was full of LOADS of chocolate. We have been merrily munching away on it all weekend. Yum... Thank you Jill

I'm hoping mine arrives within the month... I had the grumpy man at the post office.

I loved learning how to make these pouches, still room for many things to remember. Great fun to make.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Here's a picture of my second ever zipper pocket and my exciting sewing tool that I got for xmas - thanks mama!

Some of the more eagle-eyed of you may recognise the fabric! It's from the studio curtains. The corner pointer thingy works a treat and I didn't even know I needed one. I'm learning so much about my sewing machine and having fun. I didn't know what a zipper foot was and now, not only do I know but I'm even using it.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Hello 2014!

My word it's been a busy start, too busy to have time to even post on the ol' blog!

Let's have a quick update... 

Here's a painting I'm working on at the moment.

I'm also taking part in this sweet pouch swap hosted by Sew Delicious.

Having made two skirts last summer I realised I could do with some practice putting in zips - what better way than making a little zip up pocket? (pouch)

Having finished a little knitting project which I can't show yet... hopefully later this year; I embarked on sewing projects. I've learned so much! Mostly just get on and do it, also the helpfulness of online tutorials - thanks all you folks who post on Youtube!

Stay tuned for photos of outgoing and incoming zip up pockets!