Sunday, 30 January 2011

Busy, Busy

It's been quite a productive month especially considering all the other demands on time and energy. Still, there are many works in progress compared to finished articles and even more 'things in my head' bidding for a chance to become reality.

This month's finished toys. Plus Erwin and some Owl and the Pussycat amigurumi which I've left in my filing cabinet at work (don't ask, there are a lot of strange things in there!).
However, still in my bag is one elephant with half a head, a swan with no beak or feet, and a 'donkey' which needs frogged and the pattern altered.

More doodled on blocks and eggs. These are still to be varnished or waxed.

A little bird. He has a non-identical twin who has a head in one bag and a body in another....

My cards and other bits and bobs for packaging/craft fairs etc arrived, so now all I need is a set of new batteries for my camera so that I can take decent pictures instead of using my mobile phone, and some sort of time machine so I can stop the hours ticking by and actually fit everything in.

Monthly Make

My monthly make, two spotty nameless bears almost identical so just showing one. They need names. :(

Look What I Got!

All the way from Japan. :) Happy bunny!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Dark Light

Inspiration isn't confined to the girls of course. My invisible son, in the dark, on his BMX, voila ~ some odd photos on my mobile. :)

Friday, 21 January 2011

Bird of Light

My daughters continue to surprise and inspire me. The younger forever feeling in the shadow of her sister, yet keeping her poetic talent hidden away. It reads as if it was effortless. I'd share, but although her blog is open it still feels like I'd be invading her privacy. Ones that made me cry, ones that made me want to break out my camera and pens and illustrate them.
The eldest, she's en route to art college, she's got me to sign us up for a life drawing class next month and I can't wait to see what she produces.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

What Inspires You? Weekly Challenge

Random doodles. Nearly everyone doodles while they are on the phone and given I spend so much of my day on the phone who says those doodles can't become 'art' instead of something that gets tossed in the shredder at the end of the day.
See everyone else's inspiration along at Inspiration Avenue.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Toy Society Drop

Once the cleaner had departed, I left this little guy on the back of the toilet doors at Evans Business Space in Grangemouth.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Office Boar Update/Weekly Challenge -Colour Pink

Maplins don't stock USB cables the size I need!!! Contact Fujifilm they said. :(

So, until I either find the cable or locate a new one and the postman delivers it, I'll need to make do with the camera on my mobile.
This is Erwin (he has a name now). He has the obligatory curly tail and smells good enough to eat (vanilla not bacon!).

Pink is my colour of the moment.It must be something about this time of year, pink was on the agenda this time last year as well. I think it's happiness leaking out of someone who isn't used to showing it!
The fact my pinkness has appeared in the shape of a pig.... well that isn't significant, there's a pink elephant in my bag as well, and had I been able to access anything else while working 60 hours this week there would be pink everywhere.x

Office Boar

The pink piggie is done. He's a boy but I can't think of a name for him, someone suggested Jamie, but given that's the name of two ex-colleagues and nearly the name of one I still work with, it would seem a tad inappropriate (it wasn't someone at work's suggestion though).
I thought I was being all organised; he got finished along with some other little amigurumi and then I got all my photos taken and thought I had nothing left to do but upload them.
I guess when you pack things away for safe keeping and go to get them a year later, they aren't always so easy to find........... I've no idea where the USB cable is for my camera, so it looks like a trip to Maplin tomorrow. I know guys get excited about that shop but..............
I could always go to Currys or somewhere instead but I have a horrid feeling a little pink (or any other colour) iPod nano might make me adopt him if I do that. :)
So use your imagination: there is a picture of a pink pig below!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Truffles (Cheating)

Made another batch today, well I made them myself this time. Last time Panda made them and never even managed to get one :(

Here's the recipe:

1 packet of digestive biscuits crushed into crumbs
1 tin of condensed milk
cocoa powder
dessicated coconut

Easy peasy, just crush your biscuits until they can't get any smaller, mix through a liberal helping of cocoa powder and then pour in the condensed milk and mix really well. It should form a sticky 'dough'.
Just make into balls and roll in the coconut and then leave in the fridge for 10 minutes or so.


No nigthshift to blame the hour on, just a bout of insomnia which probably isn't being helped by surfing the net and finding other folks' lovely blogs and wonderful creations. They are just getting my mind working overtime!
I just stumbled upon the Sketchy Project
Now, that's a good idea and the sort of thing I would love to do myself, only it's also the sort of thing I'll start tomorrow and tomorrow never quite arrives. Either that or I'd find myself a word generator, do my sketch, take a photo and then never get round to uploading the images anywhere eventually leading to a mass delete.
A nice hard backed sketchbook could be the answer but I suspect that is maybe just an excuse to go window shopping on Folksy......... How gorgeous is this one?
Handbound Notebook by Katie Bowles
Too nice to draw in maybe?!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Inspiration Avenue - What Colour?

I look at Inspiration Avenue every week, (usually jealous of the talent on display). My intentions are always good.... I have lots of ideas, but so very few of them materialise!
Well, this week it's what colour is doing it for you right now, which is perfect since I've just revamped everything online for that very reason.
I'm not the girliest girl in the world but right now, it's pink that's doing it every time.
So.......... one little piggy is emerging from under my desk at work, watch this space!

Monthly Make Pledge

The FeltFairy is hosting a new challenge. Read all about it here - Monthy Make. I've signed up, seems like a lovely idea and just the thing to get all those little unfinished projects actually completed. :)

Monday, 3 January 2011

Two Thousand and What?!?!

Err, I'm almost embarrassed to be posting it's so long.........

Life got in the way, good and bad and although I've missed making this and doing that, sometimes an enforced break just renews inspiration so that has to be positive, even if the resulting art is release from a tortured soul.

I was invited to submit for a craft fair before Christmas, and I regret not getting involved with that, but it's spurred me on if nothing else, although everyone around me seems to think I'm completely crazy running around with crochet hook and needles everywhere I go. The weather has required a constant supply of those cute panda hats though!
Someone's deleted my photos ........... :)