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An unexpected discovery today was finding the Kaeru project at the Hamer Hall Arts Centre in Melbourne. It's a collaborative work involving a Japanese artist in residence (Hiroshi Fuji), Melbourne's Slow Art Collective and the people of Melbourne. A transient exhibition about renewal, transformation, sustainability and collaborative art. If it hadn't been so wet I may well have sat in this tyre for a while, next to the little green frog...... If this interests you you can fin..
and took the woodland walk through this beautiful landscape of banksia and gum trees on the east side of the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. We didn't find a koala up in these tall paperbark gum trees, but what a lovely place nevertheless. We walked through the woodland, across an estuary, to the coast (where a large sign warned pedestrians to be aware of large trucks!) and back through woodland to the wetland area (where I sited my first black swans) So I didn't find ..
The other day I was thinking about a new display for all our pictures - the boxes we use at the moment are great but they're heavy and very bulky. I came across a pile of scrap rough wood at a local garden centre with a sign reading "Free wood" - hmm, I could maybe use some of this, I thought, so came home with these:  I took them apart and rebuilt them to the sizes I needed  Bought some dowel  Painted them in our "house" colour  And there you have them And then decided maybe I ne..
If you love paper, then you'll love Papelote, gorgeous Czech stationery. We stumbled upon the shop when totally exhausted at the end of a hard day's walking, and our visit there completely revived us. We went back twice more, and did come out eventually with some purchases.           To find out more about this wonderful place click here and enjoy!..
An exhausting day walking around Prague. We walked for hours. It's lovely, but a few too many people for our tastes - well it is mid August. But it was exhausting - partly due to these pavements: A fantastic and unexpected discovery in all the heat and the crowds was this fabulous little cafe tucked away in a back street near Charles Bridge - a contemporary art gallery and cafe with free wifi. We started with coffee, and after maybe an hour moved on to ginger ale. We were there for ages, it w..
A Good Day Out 02/03/2012
  So, earlier in the month mum and I took a trip to the NEC for the huge international Spring Fair for the gift trade. We had to postpone the visit a day or two due to the unexpected snow! We’ve been exhibiting at this trade show for quite a few years, so it was a bit of a change to not be working and having a look around instead and doing a bit of research for some new ideas. The show is the biggest that I’ve been to, and it’s always quite fun to look around the card hall, which is wher..
I came across this challenge, 30 days of creativity quite by chance by following various links of people I like in Facebook, and thought: yes, I could do that. I’m up for the challenge. But because life is pretty full at the moment I set myself the additional challenge of a half hour time limit. 30 days to make a habit; "Your brain is like a muscle. When you exercise it, it gets stronger." Well, much to my amazement I got to the end of the 30 days with something sketched or created every..
Autumnal joys 30/10/2010
Well, that was my last walk locally for a couple of weeks, and what a beautiful afternoon - a perfect leaf-kicking sort of day. Here are a couple of our villagers who we chatted with - I think I might do some Gloucester Old Spotty designs.....   The light was glorious looking up through the canopy of the beech trees:   The sparse beauty of a freshly worked field appealed to me today too: And these are the boys who came out with me:     Now I have the remains of the w..
I don't usually follow fashion trends, but I just thought these little bunting decorations would look great on a Christmas tree, or where ever. It's just simple paper bunting with my hand drawn sketchy animals with their woolly bodies. They were fun to make and kept me away from the computer for a good part of the day - what a delight! Having made up 2, I then needed to find a Christmas tree - which I did, on the main A1066. Heaven knows what other drivers thought I was doing, especially..
It's been a busy month, with lots of orders from shops getting ready for Christmas along with the summer holidays and preparations for both daughters being at university. But I've just been tidying up some of the folders on the desktop, and came across a couple of commissions I did a while back. I thought I'd share a couple of them today. This first is a recent commission for a clock, which is going to my home county of Worcestershire: And here a just a few others that I've enjoyed doin..

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