Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

Town mouse, country mouse

This weekend I saw some amazing street art in Bristol, giant people, foxes, wasps and whales adorning buildings along with hanging baskets and tree cosies brightening up a previously grey and boring Nelson Street. It was a beautiful sight and typical of this wonderful city.

We also cycled into the Somerset countryside down idyllic hedgerow lined lanes, picking berries as we went along, reminding me that I am a country mouse at heart.

August 24, 2011


Here are a few pictures of my studio, It’s joyous to hear the sound of a squeegee gliding across silk mesh again.

August 23, 2011

Sumi Mail Art

I returned from a weekend in the mountains to a lovely envelope from Sumi Senthi, she kindly sent me a beautiful handmade envelope with a cool ant stamp filled with goodies including; one of her illustrations, some handmade tags, some beads, an origami crane made from old music paper, some clippings, a beautiful broach containing her rose illustration which is so pretty and such a good idea, and of course a lovely letter. Thank You Sumi!

August 17, 2011

Love this: DIY jewelry

I have recently been admiring the wonderful DIY tutorials available on the great blogs Honestly WTF and Green Eyed Monster, I’m especially enamoured with these beauties and really hope I can get round to making some… click on links for the fab tutorials.

Green Eyed Monster DIY Woven bracelet


Green Eyed Monster DIY Beaded bracelet 


Green Eyed Monster DIY Daisy chain necklace


Honestly WTF Pom Pom necklace


Honestly WTF DIY Wrap bracelet

Honestly WTF DIY Friendship bracelet


August 17, 2011

Mail art love from an Annarack

I received a gem in the post this week from Anna Searle, an Illustrator from Newcastle, I have been admiring her illustrations via her blog for a while, intricate geometric scapes in beautiful colours are right up my street. She has also just opened an Etsy shop selling vintage treasures which is definitely worth a visit.

It was the envelope that just kept giving, I felt like I’d found treasure, it contained mountains of  art and ephemera created and collected just for me;

A beautiful original drawing of a compass that I love and cant wait to frame

A delicate handmade paper box with geometric design that opens to reveal a teeny dragonfly; so precious

Some vintage Snow White stamps that are just adorable

A small handmade scroll reading my favorite word

A bag a textile goodies; SO many pretty ribbons, swatches, buttons and some paper cuttings of vintage adverts

These are my favorite buttons, I would like to make a piece of jewelry out of them.

(Thank You Anna for your peachy piece of mail joy, I hope you can be patient for my reply, as I’m taking a break from mail art for a month or two to organise my shop!)

August 11, 2011

Love This:

I absolutely love these prints by Blanca Gomez,  simplistic and reminiscent of  1920’s illustration they are timeless classics that would surely look charming in any room, I would especially like the three city prints hung on my walls. All available from her Etsy shop.

August 6, 2011

Mail mail mail…

This morning I got a lovely package from my Gran via my Mum; two beautiful doilies, I also received an amazing postcard from my sister who is in France for the entire summer, I miss her lots but this cow’s face and her almost unreadable handwriting cheered me up.

Last week I also received a peachy package from Lucy (Moll and Mostin) The envelope was one of the best I’ve seen, beautifully decorated with collage and paint, and the inside was just as wonderful. She kindly sent me a hand-made colouring book that she had picked up in a cool little shop in New York, as well as a notebook that she covered, I cant wait to start writing lists in it! There was also one of her handmade cards for me to send to someone and a handmade paper rose broach. Thank You Lucy!

This bit of letterbox love has reminded me to finally post about some mail art I sent a long time ago, I had been waiting to publish it as the recipients had not received it for ages due to the Canadian postal strikes, anyway here it is, along with some bits I sent to Manchester and Newcastle:

A reply to Jeannine aka Saylor made was in order after her wonderful package,  I sent her a beetle illustration, a map garland,a fabric screen printed key, a cutting of some pink mountains, some more buttons and a long letter:

A reply to Jessica Gowling: I sent her one of my beetle illustrations, a paper map garland i made, some teeny moth illustrations, a fabric screen printed key, an old map picture, a stamp and some cuttings I thought she would like:

I also sent a reply to Sumi Senthi including one one of my barn owl illustrations, some interesting map pictures i found, a Queen of hearts, a 1920’s advert for a company in Manchester which I thought she might like as she lives in Manchester, some ribbon, a pretty button and an original piece of art – a typewriter in return for the typewriter she drew for me.

I also sent a requested package to Anna Searle which included the faberge egg illustration I did for her illustration project, a ‘I wanted to tell you’ illustration, a map garland, a 1920’s magazine excerpt, a Canadian stamp, a Queen of diamonds, a screen printed key and some embroidery beads and lace that I thought she would like to use for her beautiful embroidery. Thank you Anna for your kind words, and for encouraging me to include garlands in my shop (coming soon):

I also received a parrot adorned package from Ashley Gaia from Florida containing a treat for any stationary lover; lots of paper bits and envelopes and a piece of beautiful handmade paper, as well as some stickers, cuttings, a piece of original art and a card adorning a very graceful bird, Thank You Ashley.

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August 2, 2011