Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Liverbird Exhibition.

Some of you may recognise my Union Jack quilt.

Gwen's fab colouring book flowers Quilt

Two delightful member's of Liverbirds Marge And Michelle admiring all our handy work.

Sue Cogans amazing block of the month quilt.

Waterloo quilters signature quilt sporting iconic images so recognisable to Liverpool.

A row of some of the beautiful quilts on display.

Janet Keenan's awesome stripy log cabin quilt.
On Sunday 20th November we (the Liverbirds) held our second quilt exhibition at Sefton Palm House and once again it was a great day.  It was a bitterly cold day but the rain held off, despite the weather we had lots of visitors who oohed and arred over the quilts.  I have to say sorry to the people who's quilts I did not manage to take a photo of I was kept busy answering lots of questions and showing people around and the time flew by.  We are only a small group who meet every other Wednesday evening in West Derby for a bit of a natter and maybe a little bit of sewing gets done. I adore my Liverbirds family my life would be incomplete without them, I am truly blessed but I need to say a big thank you to Janet and Sue who organised this event which was a great success and I have already started making a quilt that I hope to exhibit at our next Palm house Exhibition in another few years.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Inspired by.....

Dyan Reaveley art Journal page from a magazine.

My first attempt at creating a page based on her page above. This is in a sketchbook I made for collage journaling based on a tutoral by Dianne Fargo aka PackerDi.

My very first journal page in my Dylusion A4 journal book.
Today I wanted to create an art journal page but I am not very confident at journaling. However, it is something I absolutely love. I watch endless hours of videos on you tube and I have purchased books by various artist, as well as lots and lots and I mean lots of equipment. Sadly each time I have tried to have a go myself my attempts always rubish and end up in the bin.  Dyan Reaveley is one of my favourite artist when it comes to journaling. I adore her wacky off the wall sense of humour and how she uses colour. I have several of her ink sprays, stamps and a few stencils, enough to get one started shall we say. I even purchased her A4 journal sketch book months and months ago but I have never been brave or confident enough to make even the tiniest of marks in it, until today. I was rummaging in a draw and I came across a magazine page I had enlarged with an image of one of her art journal page.  I decided to have a go by copying her characters but adding my own little bit here and there such as, changing the quote and putting butterflies in Petunia's hair.  I also had to improvise with Petunia by drawing her on paper first and then cutting her out because I did not have the stamp. In doing this I realised I didn't need other artists stamps, I could draw my own images and make my very own art journal page. I  used the same quote, only this time I would be really really brave and do it in my Dylusions book!!! Scary or what? I have to say I love, love, love it and I am already thinking what I can do on the other side of this double page spread.  I have had such a fab afternoon, however, I now need to clear everything away and sadly that's the only bit I don't like because I make such a mess. X:)

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Just for Joan.

On Saturday I attended our local area day, the speaker was Tracy Fox, who's work I totally adore. Tracy told us all about her creative journey so far, it was really interesting and she followed it up with a great printing work shop in the afternoon.  My lovely friend Joan was there and she asked why I did not blog any more?  Well the reason being is I was so busy finishing my degree, then working full time I just didn't have any time to blog or be creative. I have missed being creative but over the last few weeks I have been making fabric post cards and I have even managed to make a quilt top. At the moment I am going through a very whimsical style of painting and drawing  after completing a free download from the wonderfully talented Deb Antonick. I have been doodling away lots of ideas in my sketchbook. So I thought I would share a couple of pages from my sketch book and the little wooden Christmas ornaments I have been painting. I will finish this post with a special thank you to Joan who after all these months still checks my blog in the hope that I have posted something new.  See you soon huni X:)

Sunday, 21 August 2016


YES! I did it, I graduated.
I am sorry that I have not posted for such a long time but life has been very very busy to say the least. I finished my degree at the end of June. I gradutated on 12th July and I was awardered a 2.1 of which I was over the moon with. I am also pleased to say that I am now working as a plush toy designer for a company called 8th Wonder. I am really enjoying my new job which is full time and based in Wigan so involves a bit a travelling for me.  Sadly I have not managed to find any time to sew.  However, I did buy a pattern on a recent trip to Amsterdam, (Little Amsterdam) and last Sunday I made three of the houses in the pattern. It felt so strange but its a start and hopefully as I continue to adjust to working full-time I will fit in my sewing eventually. X

Monday, 18 April 2016

Folk Bunny.

My folk bunny.
Image on the original pattern.
Yesterday I was surfing the web looking for further inspiration for my final uni project when I came across this adorable "Folk Bunny" pattern by CottonWood Country.  Well it doesn't take much to distract me at the minute and before I knew it I'd bought the pattern.  A few minutes later I was making my own Folk bunny.  She only took a few hours to make and I have to say I enjoyed every minute. I love her to bits, she is adorable.  However, it has been pointed out to me that my Folk Bunny looks like (to quote my sister) "she has the weight of the world on her shoulders" and bless her doesn't she just. DH said, "she looks very depressed and instead of putting the carrot seed tag on her I she should of put a perscription for diazapan on her"! Nothing like family to say it like it is. :) In my defence I did followed the pattern for her facial features but there is a big differnce. Oh well even with her very furlone face she is much loved and is sitting on my desk in my sewing room.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Hare today gone tomorrow....

After having a severe case of creative block for weeks, making myself ill and being very stressed I am pleased to say that I am once again enjoying being creative. Today I thought I would share one of the pieces I am currently working on and hoping to use as part of my final exhibition.  I decided my chosen topic, collections, was not working so I went back to the forest for inspiration and began looking at woodland animals. I picked several animals as a starting point gathered loads of imagery, a pencil and began to draw them.  Before I knew it I was off and running with lots of ideas and inspiration for new pieces of work.  This guy is from one of my drawings of Hares in my sketch book and I decided he just had to be transformed into fabric. I think he is great, ( I know, nothing like flying your own kite, which I don't often do) but on this occasion I love him.  I started him on Friday and he is now waiting to be layered and quilted. I have another piece in my minds eye based on an owl but for now, I need to get him and the other pieces I am working on finished before starting anything else.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Collection crash...

Oh dear I only managed 14 days of my blog a collection a day for the month of February. I had the delightful company of my beautiful grandson Cole on Sunday and we had an amazing creative and playful time that I completely forgot to post a collection. It was not until the next day I realised and the challenge was now broken. Normally I would get all upset and beat myself up over failing to complete a task but this time I thought, ok I didn't manage to post a collection every day for the month of February but it was fun for the two weeks that I did so its not a complete failure.  

So gone are the collection posts, its time to move on. I was stuck in a very bad creative block place with my last uni module but after spending a great creative day with Cole just doing things we love I have a completely new direction. I am rather excited as it is everything I love. Craft, soft toys, journaling, fabric, mixed media, play, play, play. So today I thought I'd share what Cole and I made on Sunday. Cole picked all the fabric, which we then cut into pieces and then he sat at the sewing machine and slowly with my guidance he sewed them all together. We then added the head pieces of fabric and cut out a wiggle shape. I did her face. Cole picked her button eyes and helped sew them on buy pulling the needle through and finally it was his idea to put a ribbon in he ear. He has named her Lucy. I think she is delightful and very special. I have to say, I was quite intrigued as to why he had decided to make a girl creature?  He told me he just wanted a girlie friend, Not a girl friend that's totally different :)! After we made Lucy it was back to the serious task of play with his wrestling figures and watching wrestling matches on the Ipad.