Wednesday, 22 June 2011

think positive...

it's been a tough couple of weeks for me,
but to cut a long story short,
yesterday I was told I have breast cancer, and I have  to have a mastectomy,
a bitter pill to swallow.
But us Dewsbury lasses are made of tough stuff  so I'm going to beat this!!

So I wont be blogging until all my treatment is finished,
but I'll still be reading all your wonderful blogs,
so until things are back to normal
think big positive thoughts for me,
and thanks as always for all your wonderful comments and support

Monday, 20 June 2011

if you go down to the woods today....

you're sure of a big surprise...

fairies hanging from umbrella's,

chicken's in tree's

fox's out to bite your bum,

giant lobsters,

porcelain rain,

giant spiders,

flying super brains,

and a horn to sound the alert across the valley!!
Father's day was spent walking around Holme Styes Reservoir to see the art in the woods
If you're in West Yorkshire here's more info.
Happy Fathers day to all the lovely Dads out there, 
especially mine xxx

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Last year the head teacher of Lil, Sonny & Sky's school sadly passed away.
One of the tributes to him was a balloon release. 
All the children made tags with their names, form and the schools e-mail and a little bit of writing or a drawing about what the head teacher meant to them. 
This was last July I think before they broke up for the summer.

The amazing thing is, 
Sky's form teacher received an e-mail from a teacher in Sweden saying that her father in-law had been walking in the woods and found a tag attached to a tree and passed it onto her, 
the name on the tag was Skyla's!


Nearly a year later the tag had survived. 
If you look on the map at Manchester then look to where the 'A' is marked the balloon crossed the North Sea and Denmark to get stuck in a tree in southern Sweden, then found by somebody kind enough to get in touch and let the school know!


I'm a great believer in everything happens for a reason, good and bad, and that there are no accidents, just lessons to be learnt.

don't you think that it's amazing!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

BIG song...

Today is a good day!
The sun is shining, the birds are singing,
sing a big song!

Monday, 13 June 2011

creative kids...

Lil, sonny & Sky had a very creative weekend at WYPW!
Here's Sonny helping to make a rug!

They tried screen printing, mono & relief printing and textile painting,
they made a tile and learnt how to draw animals!

Lil and Sky learnt that to see the shapes of the animals a good trick is to work upside down to see what's actually there and not what you think is there!
They had a fab weekend,
hope you did too!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

have a good 'en...

there's so many fab events going on in West Yorkshire this weekend, so if you're in the area...

The Art Market in Holmfirth on Sunday 12th June, gorgeous gorgeous stuff, my talented friends Geraldine and Tanya will be there !)

West Yorkshire Print workshop are having a Children's open weekend of wonderful workshops including printing, sculpture and rug making! We're going to head over there so may see you there!

Also Holmfirth Arts Festival starts today, for two weeks, check out all the wonderful stuff on, we're going to do the art walk in the woods next week! I have some work in an exhibition on the 25th and 26th June, I'll let you know details nearer the time:)

What ever you do, have a wonderful weekend with Mr blue bird on your shoulder! :)

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Japanese rain...

I've turned this sketch from the other day into a mini (8x10cm) print, I'm going tohave a go at entering this exhibition, which I heard about through WYPW.
Here's the first two colours...

colour 3, a hot orange,

colour 4, an electric blue (like the mascara I used to wear in the 80's!!, shhh don't tell anyone)

and finally colour 6 a dark chocolate outline,

Japanese rain

I'm going to add this print to my Etsy & Folksy,
I've enjoyed printing small, 
it's so much easier to work small, you feel you have more control over the process.
I plan to do another one of my sketches in the same way, let me know what you think:)
hope you had a very productive day too! 

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

May's Portrait...

Sonny, 'Penny for them'
May's portrait.... ok ok ok,

so I'm cheating a bit,
OK I'm cheating a lot, this is one I prepared earlier,
the reason this is May's portrait (apart from time really not being on my side at the mo and I'm meeting myself coming backwards most days with family life and domestic bliss!)
that this is going to be my inspiration for June's portrait, 
done in the same sketchy grey style of Skyla...
watch this space!
( ooo that sounded so cheesy, sorry :))

Don't step on the cracks...

...or a bear might bite your bottom!
have an ace day:)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

bearded beanie...

how cool are these?... or should I say how warm?
what a great fathers day gift! 
See loads more at Taraduff,

Monday, 6 June 2011


We had a wonderful time in York,
walked talked laffed shopped ate drank
Went to see the David Hockney Exhibition at York gallery, amazing...

and had tea and cakes courtesy of Betty's in the sunshine!
My lovely friend has had an outdoor mirror made of her daughter, she drew the silhouette herself,
it's beautiful and looks great on the red brick garden wall.

Hope you had a fab weekend:)

Friday, 3 June 2011

Fab Friday!

The sun is shining,
it's Friday 
and it's Crackerjack!....sorry, no it's not, just showing my age,
(ooooo I could crush a grape)

Have a very Fan Dabi Dozi weekend!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Sketch book breaks...

 happily doodling!


When you go to the family gallery at Manchester city art gallery,
they have a drawing table with lots of inspiration on to encourage you to draw.
There's a 'spinner' a bit like a dice attached to the table, which when you spin it tells you, how you must draw.....

* Draw with your wrong hand
*Draw with your eyes closed
*Draw without taking your pencil off the paper
*Draw using someone else's hand
*Ask someone to draw on your back and copy what they draw

try it! It's great to do with the kids:)
(Sonny is wearing a red hero's cape because it came in the bag of goodies you get at the reception desk of the gallery, he normally goes for the hard hat and utility belt option, but this time opted for the art hero's bag, with binocliers!!)