Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bonjour mon petite pois


Ahhhh mon cheries, je taime France! Cest formidabla!

                         

I'll stop now, don't want to be a holiday bore, but I love looking at all the photo's.

As the saying goes, " don't be sad it's over, be happy that it happened "
Which I keep saying to myself to power me through the holiday blues.

We're now busy getting ready for back to work and school whilst fighting with endless piles of washing and doing a croissant, baguette, crepe and vin blanc de-tox!
Bon Vacance





























Tuesday, 12 August 2014

it's time....


.... for a HOLIDAY!

Life has been a little hectic the last 2 months, lots of ups and downs,
so now it's time to pack our shorts, towels, toothbrushes and undercrackers and go on an adventure!
We're heading to France for two and a half weeks of quality time, chocolate du pain and laughs.


Hope you're having a fabulous summer,
can't wait to start a new creative journey with a refreshed mind and a full heart in September.
Aurevoir mon petite pois, safe travels and Happy days to all xxx

Friday, 4 July 2014

Tour De France...


Holmfirth is looking rather fabulous, 
all ready for the Tour De France riding through on Sunday.
I took a few snaps on the school run on Wednesday...








Lily and some friends are going to have a stall up on Holme Moss on the tour route, selling drinks and cakes, fund raising for their Malawi trip next year, so on Wednesday I screen printed some souvenirs for them to sell...








It's very exciting, there's such a buzz in the town and I'm expecting the atmosphere on Sunday will be amazing.
180,000 people are supposed to be arriving in Holmfirth and the figure keeps rising with each person I talk to like a fisherman's tale!
One lady said to me two million!  and followed with, " and there's only 10 toilets up on Holme Moss!"
That's a lot of people crossing their legs!

Have a happy Yorkshire Tour DE France weekend!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Bee eater in Malawi


Hola! Bonjour, 'ello,

where's the time flying, it's the back end of June!
I'm soooo very busy at the mo with work and family that I'm meeting myself coming backwards most days and don't know whether to scratch my watch or wind my 'arse' as Dolly P would say!

The kids are so busy with trips, school performances, sports clubs and Lily is busy fund raising for her expedition to Malawi next year. Today she's walking the 3 peaks with friends, Chris and my little ( or not so little anymore!) Sonny! 

He desperately wanted to do it and just after 10 this morning I got a text saying " first peak done!!"
but not heard anything since!
 I hope they're all OK, I packed them emergency mars bars for the last peak, but it's so warm today the mars bars have probably melted along with them! 
( I do worry, it's in the Mum rule book to worry, and I'm a stickler for rules and out of my comfort zone rule breaking... I still drive ten to two with my nose touching the windscreen... but that might have something to with the fact I have a big nose...... I digress )

So
 to help Lily fund raise for Malawi I have screen printed this little Bee eater which can be spotted in the tree's in Malawi. 

1st colour....



2nd colour... 


3rd colour... 


4th colour...



 5th colour... 


last colour...


then I hand finished the prints with a little water colour and a dash of acrylic ( sounds like a recipe! I've been watching too much Jamie O )
 and voila, Lil's Bee eater...


It's going to be so exciting for Lily in Malawi, 
Lil will be helping a small community to establish a school and will be involved in making mud bricks, working with the children, painting educational resources on walls and helping in a local orphanage. 

Wow! when I was Lily's age the school trips consisted of a geography Field trip to Cliff House Huddersfield, and a 48 hour dash to Bologna to buy a baguette or chocolate de pain!
trips these days are much more exciting and life changing! What an amazing experience for a 15 year old!



Bee Eater in Malawi is a limited Edition print of 37, printed on 23 x 27cm quality fabriano paper, with an image size of 18 x 16cm and is numbered and signed.
So far it's in my Etsy shop, and I plan to put it in my Folksy shop too.

Hopefully this little birdy will help boost Lily's fund raising,
next Saturday I'm bag packing with Lil in Sainsburys and the week after she's got a little stall up on Holme Moss where the tour de France is passing through... it's all go!
but happy days!

Friday, 30 May 2014

Sunflowers...




Sunflowers have always been my favourite flower,
I love their size and brilliance and how they shine out summer days and positivity and seem to me to be natures symbol of happy days.

Everyone close to me knows how much I love them,
when I was having treatment for breast cancer a couple of years ago I received a total of 27 bouquets over the 8 months! which really boosted my spirits, and when I had to go back into hospital for a second op, the nurse said she knew it was me that had come in because of the bunches of sunflowers on the window cill!

All this inspired Sonny's Mother's day card to me this year...



Ah, I treasure it, it's beautiful, down to the little cup of green tea on the table.

So,
I thought it was time I did my own screen print of a sunflower, 
 and I spent a day experimenting in the print room with sunflower shapes and textures to crate a third piece of work for Holmfirth ArtWeek.








There's a fab quote about sunflowers from the wonderful film 'Calendar Girls',

"I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that's because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life."




I'm listing a few smaller prints in my Etsy & Folksy shops,


larger variations and single stems will be on sale at Holmfirth ArtWeek.



Have a sunny weekend!