Friday, 1 September 2017

Mono printing, sewing and a teapot.

The Royal British Legion, Liverpool.

Mono printing class in full swing.

The Greatest Show on Earth.

New teapot.
Honestly, where are the weeks going never mind the days?

A few weeks ago my gorgeous friend Michelle sent me an email with the details of an upcoming event at the Royal British Legion, organised by Up For Arts Liverpool which, is run by BBC radio Merseyside.  This particular event was mono printing with the lovely Becky and I was delighted that I was able to attend.  Mono printing is one of my favourite techniques. We made collages by cutting images out of magazines and then mono printing them on to whote sheets of paper. My collage consisted two hydrangea's which I placed in a jug, I then added a butterfly just about to land on one of the flowers. It was a great creative day with lovely company, which I really enjoyed.  I had big plans for my mono print, I was going to turn it into a textile piece of art over the next few days.  After the class I met a new friend (Ildiko) for coffee and a chat, then I did some shopping and got the bus home. It wasn't until I got home that I realised I did not have the plastic wallet that held my collage and mono print.  So sadly I can not show you what I did on the day or the amazing piece of textile art it was going to turn into.

Last week I was able to sew together my latest quilt "The Greatest Show on Earth". I just need more red fabric for the binding. I have given you a sneak peak as this will soon be available as a pattern on my website.

Last but not least I received a lovely unexpected gift from my sisters Mother-in-law, Eileen on Sunday.  Eileen bought me this gorgeous rabbit teapot as a thank you for inviting her to Sunday lunch. However, I don't think this guy will ever hold a drop of tea, he is far to pretty so, he has found a home on the shelf in my sewing room. Talking of tea I think its time for a cuppa, bye for now X:)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Ok body, I'm listening!

Wednesday: Umbrella instillation in Church Alley.

Umbrella Shadows

Thursday: Freebie chest of drawers.

Red Work

Friday: Colourful stitchery.

Mmm! Nannies cup cakes!

Saturday: Hexi quilt and TV therapy.
I can't believe it's already been a week since the launch of my website and my amazing trip to the festival of quilts.  I came home with my head buzzing with even more ideas for future projects and was looking forward to all the creative things I was going to do this week. However, you know the saying, "best laid plans"? Well I certainly did not plan on coming home from work on Sunday feeling rather unwell, to wake up Monday with a head cold that continued to develop into a chest infection that has really knocked me off my feet.  I spent Monday and Tuesday flitting between the couch, the sewing room and my bed. Needless to say not a lot of creativity was achieved.  Wednesday saw me at the Doctors and armed with antibiotics and pain killers I ventured into Liverpool City Centre for some much needed fresh air.  The umbrella instillation in Church Alley is to raise awareness of ADHD.  The sun was out as I walked under the instillation and I loved the shadows the brollies made on the pavement. They reminded me of patchwork hexagons.  Feeling a little better by Thursday (yey for the antibiotics) I decided to embark on a summer clear out of my sewing room.  I managed to empty and remove 10 of the plastic stackable drawers and put their contents into the freebie chest of drawers. Notice in the photo two of said 10 drawers with their contents, which have still got to be sorted and put away.  Believe it or not this took me hours to do and by the time I finished I was exhausted.  Later that night I managed to do a bit of doodling which turned into a little stitchery.  Friday was a continuous coughing day.  I noticed my husband had put cough mixture on our shopping list! I think he was trying to tell me something?  I had a little visitor Friday afternoon, although he is not so little anymore, my gorgeous grandson Cole. We managed to make a batch of scrummy yummy cup cakes which I had to keep supervising from a distance in between coughing fits.  Its now Saturday and I have finally given into my aching body. So today, I am going to sit on the couch with hand sewn hexi quilt, watch TV and rest. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Festival of quilts 2017.

"My Liverpool Home"

Mr Stuart Hillard

My "Eleanor Stuart" quilt.

Margaret and Andrew Beal.

Annabel Rainbow, Laura Kemshall, me and Linda Kemshall.

Yesterday I visited the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham NEC and oh boy what a whirl wind of a visit it was.  My first port of call was to the "In the spot Light Exhibition" to see my quilt "My Liverpool Home". There I met the lovely Rosemary Preece who has been my go between regarding this exhibition.  As you can see from the fab photo, I met Stuart Hillard, who is such a tonic.  He very kindly took a few minutes out of signing his new book, to hear all about my Eleanor Stuart quilt.  This was inspired by his log cabin quilt that I saw when I heard him speak at regional day in October 2016.  This quilt will soon become available as a pattern on my new website so please keep an eye out for it.  I caught up with some people I already knew and also made quite a few new friends.  I chatted away to the very talented Gillian Travis and her friend Fiona such lovely ladies. A quick hello to Jennie Rayment, then I popped over to Margaret Beals stall. I became a fan of Margaret's work many years ago when I read an article in Stitch magazine.  I was fortunate to meet her at  FOQ and purchased her book, some felt piece and a soldering iron.  I always stop by to say hi to her and he husband, Andrew, such a great couple who always make me feel welcome. Last but not least my trip would not be complete if I did not drop by to say hi to my beautiful FOQ friends Laura and Linda kemshall.  Again I met Laura and Linda a few years back at FOQ and at the time I was such a big fan of their work, I was completely in awe when I met them in person. However, they chatted away to me and made me feel like we had known each other for ages.  Yesterday was no exception when I popped along to their stand TG9 to say hello and see their amazing exhibition "Through Our Hands a Portrait Shuffle" hosted by Laura and Annabel,. Well done ladies on a fabulous exhibition.   Finally, I'd like to say a big thank you to all the people who took the time to chat to me and if you took a business card, please drop by my website or my facebook page or even find me on instagram and say hello. X:)

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Count down to website launch.

My new business cards.

Alice 1

Mad Hatter

Alice 2
My website goes live on Friday 11th August I am so excited but a little nervous at the same time but I have had the most amazing support from family and friends it has been overwhelming. I am truly blessed to have such fantastic positive people in my life, thank you all for the good wishes you have sent me for my launch.

Last week my new business cards arrived, I am so happy with them. I have been handing them out as a way of promoting my website.  During the week I met a lovely lady Delia Brady-Jacobs the proprietor of  Hobo Kiosk, fab vintage shop in Liverpool Baltic Triangle.  Delia very kindly gave me a beautiful woollen skirt which will eventually make a gorgeous rabbit. She also gave me a little set of Alice in wonderland stamped images on pieces of fabric. I wanted to thank Delia for her gifts so I came home and made her these three small canvas textile collages using the fabric stamped images. This was way out my comfort zone but I really enjoyed making them and Delia loved her unexpected gift. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Getting there slowly.

Tweeking then tweeking again, writting up patterns.

Tada two patterns complete and my business cards.

Girls Toys and Boys Toys quilts

Museum day with my gorgeous little guy.
I can not believe it is August already! Er hello, where did July go! Well I guess thats what happens when you are so busy building your little empire and by that I mean my website. Although with that said Colin has done all the website hard work, I have been busy creating new designs.  I think the launch date will be very soon but we still have quite a few things to do before I can comfirm a date. I have a date in mind just not sure its achievable.  On Sunday we spent most of the day writting up the patterns. I would like to thank my lovely friends Janet Mc, Hillary and Peter K these have been my red pen peeps, proof reading my patterns and their help and advice has been amazing.

I did however, manage to take time out of the sewing room on Thursday and went off to the Museum of Liverpool with my gorgeous grandson Cole. We took our sketch books and pencils, we did lots of drawings of the fish in the aquaruim then up to Ancient Egypt where we took lots of photos. I had a fabulous day and it was good to get out. Well folks better get back to the never ending to do list and first on the list today is boring house work. x:(

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Taking the plunge.

Paige on her Graduation day.

Girls Toys and Boys Toys.

Quilting my latest quilt.
A peak in the sketch book showing some doodles and ideas for my circus quilt.

I took a little time out at the beginning of the week to attend my beautiful niece, Paige Jones graduation at Nottingham Trent University.  She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in International Law. We are all so proud of her and it was a great couple of days with glorious sunshine.

It is a true saying time flys when your having fun.  I have been enjoying a burst of creativity, drawing, researching, designing and making new quilts and the days are flying by.  I can not get the ideas out of my head fast enough, into my sketchbooks. then made into a quilt or doll, fabric postcard etc, it can be a little exhausting and there is never enough time.  Mind you I am not complaining, creativity is a very fragile thing and can disappear in the blink of an eye, so I am making the most of it.  It has come at a great time as I will be launching my very own website soon. I am so excited, as well as a little nervous, as it is a big thing to put not only your work but yourself as a artist out there.  I am truly blessed to have an amazing husband, who has created the website for me. He also takes the photographs of my pieces and transforms my patterns in photo shop, yep I am a lucky girl.  I have a fantastic family and friends who have not only given me great feedback but their support, which means so much to me. If you would like to take a sneak peak at my website please go to:         

I hope you enjoy your visit and please leave a comment as they are always appreciated. X:)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Much needed therapy.

A selection of sketchbooks I am working in at the minute.

A glimpse of whats inside as they can be quite differant from one to another.

Over the last few weeks I have been enjoying the most amazing burst of creativity. It has been keeping me on my toes designing and making new quilts, one of which I am hoping will be entered into the Great Northern quilt show Harrogate in September.  Sadly this journey came to an abrupt stop over the weekend when I fell ill and had to visit A&E with suspected gall stones. I am pleased to say it was not gall stones and whilst I need further investigations it looks like it may have been a bad gastric bug. Thankfully I am feeling lots better but its amazing how being physically ill had a knock on affect to my mental health. I found I could not concentrate and my imagination that beforehand was over flowing with ideas was jumbled, confused and almost lost. It made me more upset than the pain I was in until yesterday, when I decided to pick up a pencil and opened my sketch book.  It was slow going at first but 24 hours later and boy I am on a roll again. I know some people think you have to be able to draw to keep a sketch book but that is simply not true. I am encouraging my 7 year old grandson to keep one at the moment and as far as I know he is really enjoying it. Some people keep a diary or a journal maybe even a book of notes or ideas, what ever works for you is whats best. I just love to doodle and this is often done sitting on the couch whilst my husband is watching something on the telly that I am not really into. Sometimes I have an idea but can't quite draw the concept just from my imagination so I go on the internet and do some research. Some may say this is cheating but I asure you it is not as some of the best drawings come from observation and real life.  I was introduced to keeping a sketch book in 2006 as part of my City & Guilds and I have never looked back.  There are always going to be pages that you love and pages that you hate, as we all strive for perfection. However, I have over the years discovered there is always something to learn from a page that has not worked out quite the way you wanted it to. This is my therapy, my form of medication and I urge anyone who has health issues to give it a go.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Mini journal flip.

This is a mini journal I made inspired by a you tube video by Tracy Scott. I have used lots of different mixed medias and techniques to create backgrounds, then I collaged images from magazines and used them as focal points. I am a complete novice in the world of art journaling but I love it, I just need to practise more. I am really pleased with the way this mini journal book turned out, hope you all enjoy it too. X:)

Monday, 24 April 2017

Danielle Donaldson and whimsical girls.

My attempt at a water coloured whimsical girl.

One of Danielles Whimsical girls

I adore books and I recently purchased "Creative Girl" by the amazing artist Danielle Donaldson. I am in love with her beautiful water colour doodles and whimsical girls. I thought today I'd have a little play at doing my own whimiscal girl using her technique of using water colour paints. I also managed to fit it a bit of sewing but I can't share that at the moment as it is for my in the spot light challenge. All in all it has been a lovely creative day.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Lazy blogger but busy bee.

Yes finally a new post from me. I have been a very lazy blogger. The funny thing is I have been really busy being creative but lazy at blogging about it. I have done some sewing but not a lot. I have mainly been doing oooodles of doodles in A5 landscape sketch books. I just love to scribble away drawing lots of random things, some of which I have been putting on my instagram page. I find doodling so relaxing and even if you thing you can not draw just making simpole marks works to. I also did a fab work shop recently with the very talented Angie Hughes. I will take a photo of the piece I did and hopefully do another post soon. Today I thought I would share a few pages from the oooodles of doodles sketch bookbooks. X:)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Rainy Day Play.

Today the weather here in Liverpool is  very very wet and grey.  Its one of those days that reminds me of indoor play at school. I loved indoor play because you got to do arty things, like colour in or paint or cut pieces of tissue paper up to make collages. So today, I decided I was going to have a play indoors day but what crafty project would I choose to indulge in? Now to be honest, I should be working on my in the spot light quilt but I just didn't feel the urge to stitch. I could have curled up in front of the TV with a good chic flick and sewed my hexi's, which I have not picked up for months but again I wasn't feeling it.  Instead I decided to watch a video I purchased in 2014 called Journal Soup 1. It is a step by step class by the amazingly talented Kate Crane, in the art of journaling. Only this time instead of just watching I decided to work along with the video. Out came the paints, stamps, house hold ephemera and a new sketch book. I managed to make two pages, the first one is in my homemade sketch book (DMTV Laura Kemshall tutorial). The second one is in my new Daler Rowney A5 landscape sketch book. I didn't have some of the things Kate used to make her first journal soup page, like the Teesha Moore images or tumble fish images so I had to improvise. Using copy right free images from the Internet to made my own collaged image. I have really enjoyed my rainy day play. x:)

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A big reveal!

I can finally share some of my exciting news with you all. Over the past couple of months I have been designing and making new patterns for Patricia Turner who is the proprietor to Tilia fabrics. I have revamped the Balloon quilt (here it is made using a range of Tricia's fabrics) as well as creating two new patterns for her pop up shop. These patterns will be making their debut appearance this weekend at the Spring Quilt Festival at Duxford. If anyone who is reading this and just happens to be going to the show, please drop by Tricia's stall to say hello. Also be the first to buy a new Sew Susan pattern as well as checking out the gorgeous fabric on her stall.  I hope our little collaboration adventure is a success and that will continue to grow and develop.  In the meantime, DH is working on my website which I hope to have up a running in the very near future.  

Saturday, 4 February 2017

An unexpected gift.

Skirt from a charity Shop. (Front)
Yesterday I visited my amazingly talented friend Gill to drop of my recycled Bunnies as she is kindly selling them on her stall today at Formby Vintage Market. When I arrived Gill gave me a bag and said her friend Janet saw this in a charity shop and bought it for me. She thought it would make a great bunny. It is a beautiful wool skirt. I wish it fitted me as I would keep it and wear it, it is so lovely. Alas it does not and I am looking forward to making a bunny or even two from this garment. Thank you Janet for this gorgeous gift it was so kind of you to think of me. 
Life is still busy at the minute, all in a good way I must say. I am still working part time in a little local card shop which I love but I am also being very creative, working on several new quilt designs and cushions. Here is a sneak peak on one of the projects I am working on. Its all very exciting as it is a collaboration with a wonderful person however, I am keeping it all under wraps for now but I promise all will be revealed in due course.
Well its goodbye January and hello February which started of with a very special 50th birthday for my DH which we celebrated with a lovely meal out and a tea party on the day. One can never have enough cake which I have to say Colin ate most of but it was his birthday so its allowed.  

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Hello 2017!!****!!

Oh dear January has almost gone and I must say sorry for not blogging sooner to wish my readers a very happy new year.  Life has been rather busy with one thing or another and the days are just flying by.  I hope 2017 is going to be a really good year, it has certainly started off good.  First let me bring you all up today with my "girl on a mission challenge". I have made 2 more of the 20 blocks for the Lucky Stars scrap quilt. I have recieved several fabric donations from friends, thank you so much, your generosity has been over whelming. However, I still have a long way to go in collecting 802 individual triangles therefore this quilt will take me some time to complete. 
In the meantime I am currently working on some new and very exciting projects, which I hope to be able to share with you all in due course.  However, I can tell you that I have made some new jacket bunnies, which are going to be on sale on Saturday 4th February at Formby Vintage Martket on my amazingly talented friend (Gill Jopia) stall. Please check out her website, I promise you will not be disapointed her work is stunnning.
Jacket Bunnies
Well thats it for now folks, I wish you all a very blessed and creative 2017. X:)