Wednesday 23 September 2009

Something a little bit different

The other day I was inspired by an Etsy Treasury made by a great papercutting artist called Mr Yen. The treasury list has expired now so I can't show you, but he had made a beautiful collection of objects, cards, prints and papercutting on a 'Typography' theme. I had a flash of inspiration and saw this design in my head which I immediately sent off to my laser cutting man to cut. It came today. I like it....maybe the start of something new.

I have put it in my Etsy shop.

Sunday 20 September 2009

Sunday afternoon walk in Hebden Bridge

Me and Ffion went for an afternoon stroll because it was a gorgeous sunny day and she wanted to take some pictures. We found a path that we had never taken before which gave us a new view of the town. This is our old house and my old studio building.

I liked seeing all the canal boats all in a colourful row at the bottom of the valley. You wouldn't think that there is a road running right next to them. It's nicely covered by trees.

Wednesday 16 September 2009

Seed Heads

Seed Heads have been a big inspiration to me for my lamps designs. Next month I'll be doing the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and would like to have a big bunch of them on my stand but I'm not sure where I can get them from. It's the Umbellifers and Alliums that I'm looking for. Not being a gardener i don't have any left over from my summer flowers and most of the ones in the hedgerows are a bit battered and I'm not sure if it's really ok to pick them anyway. Anyone got any ideas??

By the way all the 2009 exhibitors have been listed on the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair website today. Looks like a very interesting selection of makers. Getting excited!

Saturday 12 September 2009

The Handmade Home

Julian and Sarah from Jam Gifts in Wakefield bought some lamps to accompany their Angie Lewin print for their bedroom. They love craft and it sounds like their house is full of beautiful things! They are currently putting together a new collection for their shop called 'The Handmade Home' which will feature work lovingly handmade in Britain. There will be clocks, linocut pictures, carved decorative items and some of my lamps which I'll be sending them next week!

Friday 11 September 2009

Brown paper packages....

The nicest package arrived this morning! It was from Laura Garrow, a visual studies graduate from Norwich University.

She told me about herself and her interests

and the possible career paths that she would like to explore. She asked me if she could to do a work placement with me

and that she would be happy doing any job, even if it's just making tea!

What a beautiful, well put together package. Certainly the work of a wonderful creative mind.

Laura, it's a yes!

Wednesday 9 September 2009


A lovely lady from Boston, Gail Williams (she happens to be an amazing flute engraver) emailed me yesterday with a link to a site that she thought I might like. And like it I did! Bio Lib is an incredible library of botanical and biological studies put together by Kurt Stueber from Germany designed to be used as a resource for learning and research. Some of the illustrations date back tp 1545. It is incredible and I know I am going to spend hours getting lost in there. Just ten minutes has got me all fired up and full of ideas!!! Thanks Gail for thinking of me!

Monday 7 September 2009

Honest Scraps

Lotta Helleburg over at her lovely Inleaf blog honoured me with an Honest Scraps award last week. I have been tagged a few times recently and havent got round to responding (really sorry) so I thought it was about time that I did!

The rules are to link to the person who tagged you, share 10 true things about yourself, pass the award on to 10 other bloggers, let them know about it, and they link back to you when accepted. Ok, here goes...

1. I'm passionate about yoga and do it every day. I’ve been practicing for about 15 years now and think I probably will forever! For the last year or so I’ve been doing a practice called ‘The Five Tibetans’ or T5T and it’s utterly wonderful! It’s just five simple exercises which are extremely energising and they only take about 10 minutes. I love them and thank my lucky stars that they were passed on to me as they make me feel GREAT and give me the strength and clarity to do everything that I need to do!

2.I am so proud of my kids. I guess most parents are aren’t they really but I just wanted to give them a mention here. They are both so talented and i love that the house is filled with their guitar playing and beautiful singing. They astound me with their talent every day! Ffion got her GSCE results this week (they did a few this year, next year is their real GSCE year) and she got two A’s and two A*s. So as well as being beautiful and talented she’s a bloomin’ genius too!

Euan, as well as being a guitar hero is a super talented football player (even I see this and I know nothing really about football) and is training with Huddersfield Town shadow team at the moment. He’s agile, fast, passionate, fair (he won player of the season this year), has scored a billion goals, he’s on the ball (so to speak) and fingers crossed he’ll be in the proper team soon. He deserves to be.
3. I'm glad I had my kids as young. I wasn't REALLY young, not teenage or anything but still young nevertheless. I was 20 when I got accidently fell pregnant and was just taking a year out of college to decide what I really wanted to do (I didn’t like my ceramics course) . So motherhood it was and though it was tough at times – no money at all, a string of rented houses, a strong desire to have a creative business but no time to do anything about it, i LOVED it and we had a lot of fun. And now they’re teenage, i still feel young...and have managed to gradually build up the creative business that i so desired!

4. When I was at Art College (many years ago)I kept a picture diary. Every evening I would make doodley line drawings of what had happened during the day. I really WISH i had kept it up. One day I just couldn’t do it anymore. I think I wanted the pictures to be too perfect...and that wasn’t where their magic lay. They were just unfolding doodles. They are fantastic to look back on though and I can remember crazy little stories that I might have otherwise forgotten.

5. Even though plants and flowers are my main inspiration for my work I have to admit that I am no gardener. I have a tiny shadowy yard and I am truly ashamed of it. It’s a mess. Every year I mean to sort it out ...We’ve been here nearly SEVEN years now and it’s still the same. Any ideas for a small, dark, flagstoned yard? I need inspiration!

6. I love to sing and harmonise and I play flute and low whistles . We have music get togethers at various friends’ houses. It’s good therapy!

7. We live in a flat. It’s a lovely flat, but small for a family of four so we’re doing lots of work on it right now to make the most of every little inch of it. I’ve had to stop watching house renovation programmes on the TV as they make me feel that we really SHOULD be moving to a ‘spacious family house!’ and that I’ve failed the children somehow. They’re fine, we’re fine. We’re COSY! This is the kind of mess we've been in!...getting there though!

8. I miss my friends that are scattered about the globe. Redditch, Holland, Hastings, Somerset, Denmark, Aberdeenshire, Vancouver, Wales...come on everyone, come and live on our street! It'll be fun! :)

9. (it's nearly teatime). If I could hire any kind of home help it would be a cook! I don't often feel like cooking really but I love nice food. Robert is a great cook so I'm a lucky girl! Ffion cooks too sometimes so at least I don't have to do it EVERYday!

10....I'm struggling now. One more true thing about myself? I can't think...ask me anything!

My cat wants feeding and is trying to walk over the keyboard to eatmy pot plant so I'm going to go now....but first I will tag: JodiiJodii, Jurianne Matter, Helen Rawlinson, Ruby Wren, Bluberry Park, Happy4PR, Tracey loves Pattern, Claires Make and Do, Dee Beale, Kate Boyce Here is your Honest Scrap Award! Play if you feel like it! I always enjoy hearing what you have to say!

p.s. Sorry I went on a bit!

Sunday 6 September 2009

Thanks Esty

It's been a good day for press today. Etsy has featured my Catkins lamp over at The Storque. Nice article. Have a look! Thankyou Etsy!

Yorkshire Post

I was very happy and surprised to find my 'Happily Ever After' fairy lights were in the Yorkshire Post Magazine this weekend. I had bought the newspaper because one of my customers who lives in Ilkley had had her house featured in the magazine. I was looking forward to seeing this beautiful house that I have heard so much about and is full of Radiance products. Her house wasn't there sadly but instead I found my fairy lights!

Apparently her house was in last weeks mag and I missed it. I'm hoping to find a copy. If anyone have one from Saturday 30th of August I would love to see it!
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