Monday, 28 February 2011

Sunday, 27 February 2011

calendar challenge

foam stamp, paper flowers and end of a paintbrush dots


sea salt

I've prepared some more pages for the Calendar Challenge

Saturday, 26 February 2011

knitting - intarsia

My N and A are finished and so is my Beginners Guide to Intarsia on The Woolly Brew website.

Hopefully I'll get some photos of the finished poem (explained here) in the next few days.  Spent time today with some of the other participants sewing it all together. 

It went better than expected - even managed to whip up a Y to fill a space!

Friday, 25 February 2011


I've just found this website (Sketchbooks in School) which led me to this website (Access Art) which led me to these pages (Sketchbook Space).

"Sketchbook Space encourages the use of sketchbooks amongst informal adult learning. A development of the Sketchbooks in Schools website, the Sketchbook Space resource bank is full of ideas and tips to make sketchbook use in adults a rewarding experience."

lots of good stuff for children and adults.. whether you are teaching or learning yourself.  The Scrappy sketchbook download is quite cute, although I wouldn't print it - easier on the ink cartridge to simply collect your own scrap and decroated papers and staple together.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

St Monans International Food Festival

Each year St Monans has an amazing International Food Festival.

There are many tables of different cuisines all cooked by enthusiastic amateurs.  Tables in the past have featured foods from amongst others Japan, Mexico, France, Eastern Europe, Australia...  There has also been a pudding table and last year for the first time a cake table - manned by me and Karen and featuring the culinary talents of the Tuesday night knitting group and friends.

Last year I made - Lamingtons (ok), chocolate babka (lovely!) and orange scented semolina cake (not so lovely)... but this year I am going to make these courtesy of my Beautiful Baking book...

Bara Brith

Spanish orange and almond cake

glazed mango sponge

These photos are from the Reader Digest book and not from my kitchen.... 

St Monans International Food Festival, Saturday 5th March, Church Hall, St Monans.  Tickets at the door.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

giant pin cushion

Using my felted cardigan.

It measures 14 x 12cm and is 6cm tall

I think I might add a pocket on one side...

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

knitting - A

My second intarsia project for this.

This one is done in cotton yarn.

Although its blocking just now, I don't think the stitches are as even or the tension as tight as the N.

Monday, 21 February 2011

knitting - cardigan

Started Four Year Old's cardigan on the 15th February.

I'm doing Little Miss Greenjeans.  Its knitted top down and is seamless.  It has a cable rib - my first time cabling.  I did it without a needle.  It is explained in the pattern and there are lots of videos on youtube too.  The precise process obviously depends on the type of cable.

I'm really enjoying knitting it - its not endless stocking stitch, I feel like I'm knitting a garment and not bits of a garment, also Four Year Old is being VERY accommodating.  She is trying it on and letting me measure her.  Easy when its top down too.  Despite knitting the 6 year old size I'm lengthening the arms and the back.  Although I'm not sure I've lengthened the back enough...

She is being a little demanding - requesting 2 buttons (the pattern specifically has one) and now pockets....

I'll maybe manage 2 buttons but I'll have to say no to the pockets - the rib and cable is too deep.

Saturday, 19 February 2011


After seeing Water Paper Paint (which I still haven't bought) I had a wee look on eBay for watercolour stuff hoping to bag a bargain with a few Paypal pounds.

I found this..

I love a good workbook!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Mitts - before and after

just finished - looking good and chunky on 24th Jan 2011

looking very manky and worn on 16th Feb 2011

my Chunky mitts (using this pattern).  I used King Cole Big Value Chunky which has not worn well!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011


I'm currently on the look out for inspiration for The Woolly Brew Felt Flower Kits.

So I sat down with a stack of magazines and pulled out 3 pages.

Some paper weaving and a bit of photo jiggery pokery and I got these...

random photo effect = pretty picture
pages cut up and woven together

lovely blues and greys with red & tan
 I really like these greys, greens & blues, especially the khaki & turquoise

I couldn't resist some black and white

To follow this exercise through properly I should really make up some little felt shade cards...

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

knitting - cardigan

So... the saga for a cardigan for Four Year Old continues but I think we have now settled on this one.

Monday, 14 February 2011


For the past few weeks most of the crafty blogs I read have been full of valentine crafts. 

I don't do valentine (and no I haven't just been dumped!) but I couldn't resist posting this from Four Year Old.

Inside it reads she loves me because I always put the television on for her... written by her Nursery teacher... I do do other things for her... honest...

Sunday, 13 February 2011

knitting - penelope

Penelope.  A pattern by Rebecca Danger

For Sea Queen Day 2011.  Not so much like her sister!  Much better finishing.  Maybe practice does make perfect.  Decided against the knitted eye and used some felt.  Mainly because my attempts to attach the knitted eye were abit rubbish and I was keen not to use buttons etc.  I prefer the mouth like this rather than using felt.  She looks a little sad. Cute, but sad... or does she need a wee...

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Knitting - ideas

I am still knitting a Penelope monstera baby jumper AND a wedding cake but there is always room for more!

For Sea Queen - another baby jumper - its not all stocking stitch so hopefully won't be as dull as this one, and a tea cosy with some colour work.. to add stranded knitting to my intarsia experience.  The bag I'm not sure about... I have the free buckle given away by the magazine...

The hat for me - I still haven't knitted another one for myself after frogging this!

And the knitted chains for The Woolly Brew stall.  The bunting is always a talking point and knitted chains could look quite good too...

Friday, 11 February 2011

felt flowers

We're making up some more Felt Flower kits for The Woolly Brew

This a sample flower using some new colours...

step by step instructions on The Woolly Brew website

Thursday, 10 February 2011


My brother and I visited the Lanwei/Decaying End exhibition at St Andrews Museum.

Its the first solo photography exhibition by Stanley Wong (anothermountainman). The photographs are part of an ongoing project documenting abandoned, incomplete building projects from across Asia; building projects aborted when the frenzied property boom in China and surrounding countries collapsed in the late 1900s.

The photos are big with differing style - some with staged figures - but my favourites were the huge tattered buildings...

image from Chinese Arts Centre

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

knitting - baby jumper

The front of a jumper for Sea Queen day...  Its quite dull to knit...
Using this Debbie Bliss pattern (ravelry link) and some yarn from charity shop.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

knitting - intarsia

I'm writing a piece on intarsia for The Woolly Brew website.  

Nothing indepth!  I am still a beginner.  Just some explanation and tips that I picked up whilst doing my letter N

What at first seemed quite complex actually turned out to be quite simple.  I think some explanations and diagrams given for twisting the colours make it seem complicated. 

Although I do have an A to do....

Monday, 7 February 2011

I want this book - Water, Paper, Paint

I was reading Sue Bleiweiss newsletter and she has included a review of Water, Paper, Paint by Heather Smith Jones.

I have to admit the book cover had me!

The review was glowing and once I clicked through the Amazon preview I was sold!

Other photos found via Google Image (my favourite way to search now) led me:-
  • artsyville with a great photo of a used palette (I MUST took photos of mine too!)
  • robayre with lovely photos of her attempts at the exercises in the book (I LOVE the circles)
  • craftside with one of the exercises from the book here and here
  • and of course the authors website which also has some lovely looking palettes!

from Winsor & Newton

 I am now trying hard not to search Google Images for used watercolour palettes...

my City & Guilds Craft & Design sketchbook - exploration of colour

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Mum.

You would have been 75 today.

I miss you.

I want to ask you questions about what I was like as a wee girl.

I wonder if E is just like me at four?

She would love spending time with you.

Exploring the world with a backpack.

We miss you.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

creative entrepreneurs

I have been collecting lots of business information for The Woolly Brew. 

For example, how to consistently market your business, how to have a successful online shop, how to create 'kick-ass' products and manage your (online) time most effectively. 

These sites have made me stop and read (sign up and download!) and may be of interest to other crafty entrepreneurs:-

Blacksburg Belle
Imaginative Bloom
Smaller Box
Crafting an MBA

Lots of good, helpful and actionable information... but you still have to ACT on it.... can there be such a thing as too much information... surely not...

new colours for The Woolly Brew Felt Flower kit

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

calendar challenge - February 2011

I've already added more doodles since this photo was taken!

My February page for Calendar Challenge
Unlike January I'm going to try and write something each day in February.
Kate at The Kathryn Wheel has organised a linky thing to see the January pages by other participants.
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