Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Saturday, 18 December 2010

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Monday, 13 December 2010

I have received not one but two beautiful Christmas ornaments from fellow Scottish Etsy members as part of a recent ornament swap. 
The first is by the wonderful Lois from Bluebelldesign

and the second by the marvelous Jo from Dragonflightdesigns.

as you can imagine they both take pride of place on my Christmas tree.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Friday, 3 December 2010

Fingerprint Friday.

We have been snowed in here for nearly a week. The roads are manageable but treacherous.
 The schools have been closed all week, as are many workplaces. I spent 2 hrs today clearing the drive/pavement. 

It is beautiful though and I found this tiny wee spot of colour in the garden.

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Thursday, 25 November 2010

I forgot all about wordless wednesday yesterday so i am inventing thoughtful thursday, (you see what i did there). 
and todays thought is this:

"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."          Eleanor Roosevelt 

and with that in mind...

Chai Teabag Plush by Devicat26

Always Stay Strong by ashleyg

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Something Fishy?

This hand pulled, 3 colour, Reduction Linocut is available in my shop

Friday, 19 November 2010

Fingerprint Friday.

I do love crisp, bright Autumn mornings. 
I also love being wrapped up warm in hats scarves and gloves, just as well really!

 To view all of the fingerprint friday's or to join in yourself please visit Beki's blog.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Friday, 12 November 2010

Fingerprint Friday.

The sunset quite early with us just now, about 4.30 in the afternoon and i was rushing about try to get as much done as i could before i had to concede and put the light on, (it's just not the same as natural light, you know what i mean?) when i glanced up and saw this.

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

For the Fallen

For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, 
England mourns for her dead across the sea. 
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, 
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal 
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, 
There is music in the midst of desolation 
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young, 
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. 
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; 
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; 
They sit no more at familiar tables of home; 
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; 
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound, 
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, 
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known 
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; 
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, 
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

new print

This is the latest addition to my etsy shop. 
It is called Bullseye  and has been lingering in my sketch book for some time now.Bullseye was the famous dog belonging to the villain Bill Sykes in Charles Dicken's  Oliver Twist .

This print is one of a run of 25.
 If you are interested in Bullseye he is on sale here.

Wordless wednesday

Friday, 5 November 2010

fingerprint Friday.

Is it okay if i think cakes are proof of God's existence?

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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Friday, 29 October 2010

fingerprint Friday.

Man's best friend, Jet is not my dog but she is a star. In the evenings she rounds everyone up and puts them to bed. 

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Friday, 8 October 2010

fingerprint Friday.

The sun sets at about 18.30 with us just now and the colours are spectacular.

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Thursday, 7 October 2010

I bought this up-cycled cabinet the other day just to hold "stuff", you know stuff i don't really need just want! I think i am right in saying that it is/was a 50's style china cabinet. They have gone entirely out of fashion so you can pick them up for not very much. I've seen lots of them in charity shops etc. Anyhow i decided that as lovely as it was i needed to customised it further so i purchased a vintage map, ( you know the kind with fabric backing, designed to last!) ironed it flat, cut to size and spray mounted to the back of the interior. Et voila!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Monday, 4 October 2010

as keen as mustard

if you wanted to show some lovin to my new treasury i'd be much obliged.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Fingerprint Friday.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that a strange alien pod had landed but in fact it is just a conker, the seed of the Horse Chestnut tree. 
It's that time of year again when children collect theses pods, peel back the fleshy outer coat to reveal the hard nut inside. They then drill holes in them, attach string and play "conkers"They take turns hitting each other's conker using their own. One player lets the conker dangle on the full length of the string while the other player swings their conker and hits until it breaks
It's a sure sign that autumn is here, (that and all the rain).

To view all of the fingerprint friday's or to join in yourself please visit Beki's blog.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Monday, 27 September 2010

I love these trainers. They are not an expensive, cool brand or anything like that. I just like the colour. Sometimes though you just have to admit it is time for them to go. The soles are so worn I can feel every stone i walk over and it hurts! 

Anyone know where i get bronze trainers?

Thursday, 23 September 2010

I am not a Dirty Harry fan, indeed i have never even seen a Dirty Harry film so i guess i cannot definitively say i am not a fan, though it seems unlikely i will ever watch it. Just not my kinda thing. however i love this poster. A great example of graphic illustration in my humble opinion.

It is part of a series of retro posters re-issued for rolling roadshow, famous movies in famous places. I quite like the Rocky one as well.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

We, (a friend and her children,), have just been to the local cinema to see a short animated filmed based on the Lost and Found book by Oliver Jeffers. It is magical. THe story is one of friendship and lonliness. The animation is beautiful and the narration, (voiced by Jim Broadbent), simple and poignant. If you get the chance to see it we are giving it 5 stars. Our favourite bits include the octopus bit, (not in the book) and all the hugging at the end.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Wordless wednesday

North East of Scotland Open Studios.

We are in the middle of our busy open studio week here in Rural Aberdeenshire. The weather has been quite kind to us and we have had a steady stream of visitors. I am enjoying the chance to speak directly to people who have travelled, often quite a distance to view our work. It is very satisfying.
Two of my fellow exhibitors are, like me printmakers/illustrators. Beth is exhibiting some of her charming wood engravings.
Lisa has produced some exquisite mono-prints inspired by trips to Europe.

The three of us have also been working on a piece where in we collaborate on one drawing, we have turned one of these into a screen-print.
We are also selling a small range of jewellery we have each been working on.
Our fourth exhibitor is Linda, Lisa's mum, a keen amateur photographer who's pieces have a strong sense of composition.
If you are in the area we would love to see you. We are open right up until 4pm on Sunday 19th of Sept.