Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Monday, 28 September 2009


At the weekend Rosie and I (but mainly Rosie) made these face cakes for our friends joint birthday celebration. Derek's was especially easy as we based it on his Wii character.

Our dream is to one day get paid to prepare for parties. So if anyone out there is in need of a party planner we have the following skills:
...and many more.

Party themes are our dream!

happy hands

...because I knitted some winter mittens.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

baking & making

For the first time in ages I've got some free time without the worry that I should be doing MA work. Unfortunately time rich = money poor so I'm trying to be as productive as possible with minimal spending money.

On Sunday I baked a birthday cake (with the guidance of Rosie, as I was fearful of another biscuit style cake disaster). It turned out delightfully though and got eaten within about 5 minutes of being presented, phew! Maybe I'll experiment with my baking abilities this winter. Yesterday I got my hands on a Jane Asher party cakes book which I'm very excited about!

I've also been doing a spot more knitting and am halfway through mitten no.2 - which I'll hopefully finish off tonight. They look a bit like they are custom-made for Barry Manilow's freakishly long fingers but they seem to fit me ok (maybe because I have man-sized hands...)

Nice things have been dropping through my postbox this week too.

Firstly, a lovely gocco print from Jen which I was very excited to be the recipient of. I've hung it up in the kitchen and it's quite a treat. Thanks once again Jen!

And today I received the most pleasing pigeon photograph from Simon. A very sweet treat indeed (especially as I was fearful of my results arriving today).

On Friday I also received an amazingly BIG bunch of flowers (luckily not posted through the door). No one ever gives me flowers so it was a very nice surprise. They are sitting in the kitchen looking impressive.

I feel spoilt.

Especially as I also now have a wii fit to keep me busy. Defined calf muscles here I come! Today it told me I was a muscle legend for doing some lunges (I don't believe it, but it's a good confidence boost). Though it does mean that we'll probably have to keep the curtains in our lounge drawn most of the time from now on for fear of people in the pub seeing us hula-hooping.

A small sacrifice.

I now have an afternoon of invigilating ahead of me. Do pop down if you're around.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

new additions

I've just updated my website to include a selection of my recent MA work, my shopping list project, and some other new illustrations and photographs.

Have a look here:

...and a little bit more

I haven't made it to the pub yet. Instead I made this banana protector yesterday.
I suspect I might be becoming an OAP.
An OAP who watches Rock of Love.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

a little bit of knit

Yesterday I handed in my work & it is currently being marked, with the help of a scary red examining table. Let's hope it all goes smoothly.

After handing in my work I ate 5 BIG chocolate chip cookies (I know!) and got round to doing a bit of knitting and sewing. One of my aims for the winter is to become skilled at knitting in coloured patterns and to create a whole alphabet of knitting.

Here's my first attempt:

Not perfect by any means, but a good start.
Next aim = the pub.

Also, this is my 300th post - that is a lot! Too many? I don't think so.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

ready, steady...

I finished hanging my work yesterday - what a big relief that was! I woke up at the crack of dawn yesterday morning worrying about shelves so I'm glad that madness is done with.
I also received my moo mini cards in the post this morning - they please me greatly!
Most of them have images of my MA work on them (apart from the pigeon, which I couldn't resist adding to the mix!)

Not much left to do now - GOOD TIMES!

ps. Rosie told me the best joke yesterday:

Q. What's the first sign of madness?

A. Suggs walking up your driveway.


Tuesday, 8 September 2009

almost done!

Still working...but the end is in sight.

This week we're building the exhibition and I'm enjoying doing a spot of painting and sanding. Today was a very nice day away from my desk and I'm looking forward to many more of those over the next few weeks.

Also, I arrived home to a delightful bit of post from Yumi, which included a copy of her studio newsletter (complete with jokes!) and a shopping list for my collection.

A very nice treat!