Monday, 20 June 2011

Bet you can tell I've got no job (at the moment)

Look at this, another blog for you - two in a week, you lucky buggers! But as you can tell from the title of this blog I've got a bit of time to spare. You may think 'a bit of time to spare' is meant in a sarcastic manner - but I promise you it isn't. Whilst I am hunting high and low for a job I am also volunteering (if you've never ever done any volunteering before, do it! So much fun!). Every Tuesday and Wednesday I'm out with BTCV ( and then alternating my weekends between GVCV ( and the Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre (
I am having such a good time - meeting new people and learning new skills (construction of post and barbed-wire fencing, for one example), so I am filling my weekly diary up nicely. It is also a form of relief from the constant drone of filling out application forms.
But on the days that I am not fixing fences, encouraging biodiversity or selling excellent pieces of local art and craftwork I find refuge in the backroom, in the mess of the craft room - and I mean mess - ask Tom, but it's my mess. Ask me where something is and I can (possibly) tell you where it is.
This week:

A brooch, mum.

Another brooch, mum
 Speak soon xxx

Thursday, 16 June 2011

It's been a while

Many apologies to the lack of wittering over the last 2 weeks, been a bit busy - um, that doesn't really sound believable does it? Ok. Let's start again.
My lack of wittering is due to the fact that last Thursday we (Tom and myself) boarded a train that took us to the land of the Scots (and no, not a land full of little Scotts that have straggly long hair and like to cut up their own t-shirts (some people will understand that - but probably not a lot of you who actually read this will do)). We were off to Edinburgh for 4 days - it was great!
However, before we left I managed to catch up with a friend from Banburyshire - coffee and gossip - what a great mix, over which I showed her some pieces of my work (this being one of them).

Keyring (for a mother who isn't quite sure what it is)
Getting feedback from friends is a great way to get more ideas and also to get a confidence boost (cheers dude, check her out
I'll be back soon with some more stuff, who knows what - I surely don't! Let's wait and see. xx

This is the best of the photos of us at Arthur's Seat - you really don't want to see the others!

Friday, 3 June 2011


something doesn't seem quite right here... hmmm...  It is Friday, I have had an art session, but I've drawn a clove of garlic, not the remnants of a cake!? Must be the heat, or was I prepared, or did I think 'arrghh I've forgotten to get something for this afternoon's session!' and just grabbed anything? I'll let you choose the correct answer (hint: it's not the second one, ooo no, no, no). Still working on the 'draw what you see' technique - I think it's getting better - or at least that's what I'm telling myself!

However, I just couldn't keep to the set task of still life and just using pencils; my friend Monsieur Fountain Pen (nickname - stylo) had an airing today. From a great book - can't remember what the title is but lent to me by Russell -pictures of lichen (one of my favourite things), a bit of seaweed and a rosehip.

I love working in ink. I think I'm scared to work in pencil, maybe because you can rub it out and correct mistakes (yeah, got work on that one too Emily). I will overcome this fear - let's keep going, but I'm going to have to do other things as well or I might go mad!