Sunday, 26 July 2015

Marmalade bottom...



Marmalade bottom Cairn, 

Think I'm becoming obsessed with cairns! 
The building of them,the 'zen' behind them and how they seem to be a part of cultures all around the world and 
not just for northern folk in walking boots trekking over the hills!





I've been collecting images of Cairns on Pinterest,
and I seem to be seeing cairns every where!


My cairns at the moment are still very much inspired by the kids treasures that they have found and collected on our travels. 

I've certainly got a lot to build with, 
a pile of them outside the front door where buckets and pockets 
have been emptied before coming in the house. 

On Sonny's last 'boys' weekend camp with Chris he brought back a sheep's skull!... which definitely stays outside the front door!
Sonny was very proud of his find and it may just become a cairn bottom!


Lily found this bottom of an old crockery pot washed up at the side of a river in the The Lake District. 

Lovely Jenny at WYPW told me it was the bottom of an old Dundee Marmalade Pot and that she had one at home, so after a little search I found one on Ebay...


hence the name Marmalade bottom!

Skyla and Sonny have just brought some pebbles back from Scarborough and Lil says if she remembers she's going to bring me one back from Malawi! lots more cairn prints to come I think!!

I've listed my prints now here and here.
happy treasure hunting....





Friday, 17 July 2015

"Our Freddy"












"Our Freddy" 
"Our Freddy" was inspired by a gorgeous vintage photo I bought of a group of boys playing Cowboys around the 1940s.
 I love looking at these frozen memories, little pockets of time that were captured to savour and remember and then sadly lost and forgotten. 
I love reading my own narrative into the photographs and adding words, thoughts and stories.
"I loved Sunday's, our Freddy let me play with him and his mates while me Mam made dinner. He'd always look out for me our Freddy, especially when Walter Patterson played dirty. The freedom of those days. The fresh air, laughter and mucking about, it just went too fast. No sooner had we ran out the back door, Mam was calling us back in for Sunday dinner. He was a good big brother our Freddy. I miss those days."
Available here and here
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

she's blooming lovely...


Ah, my beautiful Skyla,
gorgeous inside and out,
this print was inspired and made for you....













in my shops here and here

have a blooming fab Tuesday! 


Thursday, 9 July 2015

Sonny's Dairy...





Sonny's Dairy was created from a little sketch in my sketch book after a conversation with Sonny about what he wanted to be when he grew up...
" I want to be either an architect, footballer or a builder, but I think I'd like to be a farmer best and be outside with the sheep and cows in the fresh air" !

In my Etsy and Folksy
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

being an 80's kid...








Being a kid in the 80's meant sitting down on a Saturday night with my Mum and Dad and watching Saturday night family telly.

I remember one of the shows my Dad liked to watch was Cannon and Ball, where the catch phrase was "Rock on Tommy!" and "you little bobby dazzler Tommy"

I have fab memories of that lovely quality family time.
My mum would get out a plate of sticky bread and cheese ( " pass us the Soreen Doreen" ) and digestives to dip in our tea and we'd laugh our way through Bruce Forsyth's Generation game, Only fools and Horses, Open all hours, Two Ronnie's, Cannon and Ball to name a few.

       



This card is for little bobby dazzlers everywhere, 
and is timed just right for all the kids with their fab end of year reports! 
Happy Days!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A little bird told me...





new print in my shop

inspired by Lil when she was little and played in the garden 
chatting to the snails and birds,
having long conversations,
putting the world to rights over a cup of mud tea.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

lovely pockets of time...
















I've been lucky enough this month to carve out a little "me" creative time,
to experiment and do some of the ideas that have been put to one side for times like this!

Yesterday I was experimenting with textures, taken from over printed test strips from past prints 
and treasures the kids have given to me when we have been out and about, 
Runswick Bay, walks in the Dales and the Lakes. 

Over the years the kids have given me lots of these "special" pebbles, bits of broken porcelain and shells and I wanted to record these treasures in print sometime and that time was yesterday!.... 
well I made a start any way!

I can't wait to carry on building this Cairn with a wee rock sparrow on the top,
I just love experimenting, I learn so much, and so many more ideas  are inspired from it.
Everyone should make sure they get a little creative me time every now and then,
it's good for the soul!