Drawings from the magic garden

Magic garden


My lovely little girl was 12 today, she opened her present’s, we ate cake and had a slow easy day, she is having a big party with friends on Wednesday. This afternoon we watched movies and ate popcorn and I finished off these magic garden drawings. Pencil and pen on black card. It’s hard to believe my baby is so grown up. Happy holidays everyone.

Magic garden 2


Magic garden3





Molly Dolly T-shirt & bag


I’ve been planning bags and t-shirts for ages and finally got a couple of samples made up to test run. Rosie is modelling my Molly Dolly Tee, hand painted with a linen and cotton ruff at the neck. I also made up a sample s hand painted cotton shopping bag, we took it on a test run to the local shop and then to the park with drinks and snacks, it can fold up in my shoulder bag when not needed.








Halloween paper Molly Dolly


It’s the end of an exhausting weekend. The children have had a lot of social engagements, a couple of household breakages with the extra volume of children and to top it all our second guinea pig died very suddenly this morning, I buried him with his brother and then felt very depressed for the rest of the day. So I sat down and created some Halloween costumes for my paper Molly Dolly, drawing and water colours always calm my frazzled nerves.

An exhausting but worthwhile weekend


I haven’t had time to post as I spent the weekend tidying the house and my workspace in preparation for photographs to be taken next week. I’ll admit the home has been sadly neglected in recent months, work and kids come first, domestic duties lag far behind. And although I have woken this morning with a nurofen and volterol worthy back ache it has been very worth while, I needed an outside commitment as in someone coming to document my home and work to kick my comatose domestic goddess into action. Tidying without children is wonderful, the joy of walking into a room and it is exactly how you left it, amazing, I keep opening the girls bedroom door and just luxuriating in the organised calm!!



I even made one of my textile works into a television cover, oh boy the kids are going to love this one!!! Below my work table still needs organizing but the cats don’t care.




Kitchen corner and shelves organised, below at 4.10 pm yesterday I sat down for a cup of tea. Upstairs I had organised my bedroom shelves and displayed some of my vintage clothes and finally the girls room looking habitable for the first time in about six months!! A bit more work to do today but as my back is needing a little rest I’m going to sit down with my sketch book for an hour









The Good the Bad and the Ugly

I feel Wiped out this week, I think it’s partly because the weather is so cold and I’ve worked such long hours for so many months all my reserves are low. I feel drained by other people’s anger both in a wider context and up close and personal, I can see how easy it would be to retreat from the world all together with my paint brushes and sewing machine. Last week was difficult and this week is rearing its ugly head in ways I had not anticipated, sometimes I wish my children and I could go far far away from here.

So my little wobble over and it’s back to business, above is Jacob the Bird boy and Nelly, these two have waited so long to be completed and I’m so happy to see them finally coming together. They have paper clay painted heads and textile bodies, Jacobs body is hand knitted and I have used a variety of vintage fabrics on both dolls. I’ve also been making some tiny painted clay birds, some of which will go on Jacob. I also have my first flower baby brooch finished and little planter necklace, hope to get these listed in my shop tomorrow.










Going through the archives


Thinking about spring and summer and what I would like to add to the shop alongside my dolls I got caught up going through old photos. My darling girl Rosie a couple of years back wearing a necklace and hair band made by me, I’ve felt a bit low this morning, when the kids aren’t here the reality of how precarious our situation is really hits hard but this photo has cheered me up no end, I look at this picture and know why I am pushing myself so hard. And on a lighter note some of my vegetables … where did I put my patterns for those!! and my knitted crown that I want to make up for the Jubilee this summer.


Mum it’s Easter Holidays, What are we doing today?

So today it really feels like holiday time, after what seems like weeks of warm sunshine, we were wearing t-shirts and sandals and legs had been uncovered and made presentable, toenails painted a lovely shade of shocking red, then bam the weather turned, rain yesterday and freezing cold today.

The girls made a tent/ den in the front room this morning then abandoned it, leaving bedding and soft toys strewn across the floor, within minutes the local wildlife had taken up residence (that’s a whippet and two cats jostling for the softest spot) Tom the eldest is trying to wrestle his sisters every 10 minutes who just scream and cry which seems to delight their brother and encourage ever more extreme forms of torture. Oh how I love the holidays!!

We had Sadie’s birthday on the weekend, a shopping trip for the birthday girl on Monday and a trip to see Pirates at the cinema yesterday. Today I needed to wind down a little and sort out a few orders that needed to be posted, but kids don’t wind down …. ¬†ever!!!

But venturing out with the kids can be equally fraught with the three children fighting non stop it’s like walking down the street with several Tasmanian devils whirly gigging around me. We did however have a lovely time at the movies, the film was great although I did accidentally fall asleep through the middle section, oops! Before that the children had begged to go to Kentucky fried chicken, I can’t remember ever going before but thought it would probably be ok ….hmmmm, overpriced greasy chicken of unknown origin is not my idea of fun but the kids seemed happy.

We squeezed in around a small table that was fixed to the floor, this was made even more tricky by the family on the next table who’s two teenage children wouldn’t move their chairs in at all, not particularly surprised until I realised they were with their mum who said nothing to them. I was collecting our drinks thinking I’m going to have to ask them nicely to pull their chairs in a bit when I turned to see the mother pointing at me and the teenagers turning to have a look. As I approached our table I heard the end of their conversation about ‘never wearing anything like that’ and I decided it was probably best to leave this rude family to their ignorance, eat up and get out as quickly as possible.

My outfit was colourful but not particularly outlandish, yellow lace skirt, red & white blouse, petrol blue cardigan, orange/red tights, green polka dot scarf and peroxide hair with flower Barrett’s, I know it probably sounds a little Ott but I thought I looked ok. I wasn’t really offended on a personal level, I’m a big girl, it just felt a little depressing, that people are so fearful of anything a little different, and i suppose because it was a mother teaching her children to be rude and small minded. Later in the day the young woman behind the counter in Foyles bookshop commented on how much she loved my outfit, which was really sweet and of course illustrated the gaping social chasm between KFC and Foyles, still I know where I’ll be hanging out in the future.

Birthday girl, Bird girl, Jazz Boy

Happy Birthday Sadie, my lovely girl is 11 today, this photo was taken last year when she modelled for me. Doing everything on my own means I spent the day organising and baking, we made a beautiful strawberry, fresh cream and white chocolate cake, and I then forgot to get a single picture of the birthday girl or her cake! never mind she had a lovely day. I’m exhausted and off to bed, just a couple more photos of some dolls I’m working on, a girl with her bird and a Jazz man. These two have wired limbs, quite complicated to construct and quite a lot of work to do yet.