20 May 2013

Well I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to write about today. I'm in the middle of cutting a wedding invitation design but it would be extremely rude to put the pictures up here before it's been seen by the bride and groom.....
So I am thinking that I'll just put up a few photos that I've taken over the week. That might be more interesting than if I drone on about nothing. First off is my daughter's mono print master piece that she did at the living craft exhibition in Hatfield last weekend. Not bad for aged 3!

I took the kids into London this week and went to the Aquarium and the Tate Modern. You can probably guess which one the kids preferred. Anyway, we took LOADS of photos. Some of which may inspire my cutting......


My little Picasso in the making decided that she could do a painting like this one;

So as soon as we got home she did. And decided that it would be improved by an extra stripe. So there.

13 May 2013

All "Art and Crafted" out

Well, what a busy weekend!
If you have been reading my previous posts or my Facebook page, you'll know that I had a stall at the Arts for Herts Market in St Albans this Saturday. I have to admit that in terms of sales, it was a rather disappointing day..... Despite this, I came away with a new found enthusiasm, tonnes of new ideas and met lots of talented and friendly people.
This is what my stall looked like;

I loved the colours, but I could probably work on my presentation.... I was sat next to a really talented local artist, Josie Fichera. Like me, she has not been selling her work for that long and was her first time at an art & craft fair. This is my favourite of her pieces. 


She doesn't have a website yet so I can't link to her contact details unfortunately!

I also ended up buying something, as I knew I would....... I didn't break the bank though (and spent less than I took, which I guess is a bonus) I treated myself to a pair of earrings made in Liberty print fabrics from this truly lovely stall, Made By Bea.

Needless to say, I have plenty of my London prints left, so have a look at my Folksy shop!

I may not have sold much, but it was so nice to get out and about and talk to people! I usually do everything in the evenings in my living room and my only interaction with other people is over the internet (in terms of making pictures, I do have some real life friends...), so it gave me a boost to see some real people look at and say lovely things about my work.

And on that note, I will leave you with words of Jen Roffe. I bumped into Jen at the printers on Friday, and it turns out that she sells her amazing prints at the same shop that has been stocking my cards. Go and have a look at her Etsy shop!

I was planning to regale you all with our family outing the the Living Crafts exhibition at Hatfield House on Sunday, but even I am a little bit tired of hearing about craft fairs for today. So I will leave that treat for you another time:-)

5 May 2013

This week I have mostly been.....

.......getting ready for the Arts For Herts Market on 11th May. This is my first ever art & craft fair and I don't really know what to expect. So I've just put my head down, got my scalpel out and I'll fill up my table as much as I can! I am quite taken with my woolly themed trio of papercuts, which you may have seen in progress on my Facebook page. I managed to get them framed this afternoon. If they don't get snapped up at the weekend, then I'll put them on Folksy. I think they'll look rather fetching on my stall!

I do love a bit of knitting and crochet. I can't even remember how young I was when I was taught. I can't even remember whether it was my Mum or my Granny who taught me. My Mum ALWAYS had knitting needles in her hands when I was small. I remember her falling asleep on the couch one evening with a jumper on the go. And she just carried on knitting in her sleep. Now, I am far too rubbish to be able to make a jumper in my sleep (see my previous post about how I started to knit a babygrow when I was pregnant with my son. He's 16 months old now and I haven't even made the sleeves yet) but I like to give it a go.
I have also finished cutting my London pieces. The originals aren't framed yet, and I wanted to get some professional prints done of them to sell. Unfortunately I've been let down by the printing firm, so I've had to find someone else to do them at the last minute. GRRR!
On a completely different subject, I want to show you my most favouristist thing I have ever made ever in the world. I made this for a friend of mine to celebrate the arrival of her little boy. It turned into a bit of a labour of love, as I massively underestimated how long it would take to cut, and I got quite poorly half way through it, but it was worth it in the end. I love it!


Once I am done with the craft fair and my wedding invitations, I will probably put this up on Facebook and Folksy in case anybody wants to commission something similar. And if they don't, I might have to do another one for my own children.......