Friday, 7 February 2014
We've had a flu relay, one after the other. All better now.
We are also now cut off from the rest of the country by train. The track that is the only route out of the west country has fallen into the sea!
I have decided to work in my studio without a computer! Yes!
For most of my working life I managed without one, so I'm going to see how it goes.
Had a great day working on the characters for my new book.
The blackboard above, is on my cupboard door.
Loving Lenneke Wispelwey's ceramics.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
We have had a lot of rain here in Devon, but rain makes Rainbows. Yay!
Thanks to my friend Amy at Art school girl I have had this image accepted for a book to be published by Chronicle books.
And my lovely American publishers said, 'Yes' to my new book idea...phew!
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Well, the trip to my friend's family home LA COLLINA in Northern Italy was just what was needed.
This amazing Villa/Estate is perched on a wood covered hill overlooking the town of Tredozia. It's packed with History, (from Ghosts to invading Nazi's) Antiques and Art. It has been in the Family for over 400 years. My room was next to the Ballroom (something I never thought I'd say!) and I am defiantly having this as a venue for my 2nd Wedding!
The Hair Art picture from 1875 (above) was in my room.
We had lovely day trips to Faenza (Amazing Ceramics Museum) and Medieval Brisighella.(Photo above)
Back home I feel excited, positive and very happy for the year ahead!
I hope it will be a wonderful year for you all too. xx
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Here's a selection of Festive things I have made over the last few years.
And this years Crafty Christmas Eve project was to re-felt my shed roof after last nights storms. Ta-Dah! Feeling very proud. (Sorry Not pictured!)
My Daughter is so over excited. And I'm cooking my first Turkey tomorrow. (I'm a Vegetarian.)
Hope you all have a lovely day with Peace and Love in your Hearts.
I'm heading to Italy for my New Years Eve celebrations!
And then looking forward to setting up the new studio on my return...
Friday, 20 December 2013
Friday, 13 December 2013
We've been here just two weeks and it feels like home. Hurrah!
Loving the open fire and watching people walk by as I wash up from the Kitchen.
Had a lovely evening with friends painting Christmas Baubles.
Rosie Moss has a few of her beautiful hand printed cushions for sale. I treated myself to the lovely round one.
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Just about unpacked our home now, so it's now time to get into the festive spirit.
Here's a couple of spreads from The 12 Days of Christmas, out now! (in the USA) Published by Holiday House.
I made the gifts in the book experiences rather than objects, as a balance to the over commercialisation of Christmas.(Except from buying my book, ha!)
Reviews here and here.
I'll post a few more images later...
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Well, I finally moved. Into my new studio last Thursday and a temporary home on Friday.
I have never been so tired. (Even childbirth was less exhausting!)
The Children are now more settled, it was very hard for my daughter but she is now happy again.
As beautiful as my old house was, (and I was so sad to leave it) I feel I've finally cut a big ball and chain.
Ready for new adventures in the new year.