Monday, 30 April 2012

Illustration Friday - Jump

 Hello again everyone! Thanks to a very nice telecom engineer I am back on line.

I find it ridiculous how dependant we have become on the internet. My family have been bereft without the world wide web. Ten years ago I would check my e mail occasionally and post the odd update on a particular website for a mad job I had back then, and now maybe jumping for joy is an over emphasis, but there is definately a sense of relief that we are back in touch with the big wide world!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Pirate Party Invitations For You

I have just been making my soon to be 5 year old's birthday party invitations. This year his chosen theme is, you've guessed it, pirates. Some how we have to build a pirate's galleon in the garden (I think it will take the form of some rope placed in a pirate ship shape and some poles strapped together with sheets for the mast and sails) and a Pirate Ship cake is requested along with a treasure hunt for pirate treasure!

Anyway, I thought I would tweak the party invitation so that if, randomly, you are also having a pirate party and need some invitations all you have to do is download this jpg and print it out!

Alternatively, if you decide you are having a party with a different theme and want some personalised invitations why not get in touch and we could have some fun coming up with your very own design.

Friday, 13 April 2012

The Magic Garden

With my brother and his family down for Easter a visit to the 'Magic Garden' (aka Dartington Hall Gardens but re named by my smallest son!) was called for because the amazing Magnolia trees are in full bloom at this time of year and are quite incredible in these beautiful gardens that include spring meadows , a medieval tilt yard, ancient trees and some beautiful sculptures.
 I love the big heavy waxiness of the flowers.
 The Magnolia is an ancient species with the ancestors of these trees existing when dinosaurs roamed the earth. We had sun and hail with the dark clouds adding to the ethereal atmosphere these trees create as they line a long series of steps

 With their low spreading moss covered branches these tree are asking to embrace you.
 I  find myself amazed by the other worldliness of Magnolias every year. It is just a shame the blooms last for such a short time. But aren't they gorgeous!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Chocolate Easter Nests

Just finished making these Easter nests with my smallest son and his small friend. We managed to get chocolate everywhere! Yummy!

Have a lovely Easter everyone.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Monsieur Notebook

I am a fan of the beautiful leather bound Monsieur Notebook.

On their website last week I noticed they were asking for artists and illustrators to send in art work to be engraved on to the leather covers, as they are curating a virtual gallery. If your work is chosen you will be sent a leather notebook engraved with your design. So last week I couldn't resist sending an image of my linocut sunflower print and this morning I was surprised and so pleased to receive this lovely notebook through the letterbox. In reality the leather is a much richer red brown, so tactile and gorgeous.

Thank you so much Monsieur Notebook