Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Where I've been, where I'm going...

Hello hello, it's been a while! For any regular visitors who've been wondering what happened to me, I've been immersed in a few things, some more exciting than others. The most notable happening lately was a short visit to Bristol.
Bristol, for those not in the know, is a fine city in the south west of England. It's where many of the graduates from my art college have ended up, including good friend Paula Bowles, children's illustrator extraordinaire (see her blog by clicking this!) When she's not drawing or painting, Paula can often be found practising the ukulele...

We enjoyed fine weather, which allowed for a picnic in the park and a tour of the city (nice!) and we also went to see the lovely Laura Marling at Colston Hall, supported by equally great Alessi's Ark (check out beautiful music video for Alessi's The Horse here) and Boy and Bear
I've been back home for a few days now and find myself left with that feeling (I wonder if everyone gets it?) of being glad to be sleeping in my own bed again, but my mind still where I was...ahhh holidays!
But I have been snatching my mind away from holiday mode for long enough to make some progress on JumpUp. Doll number Two has been made! I'm still perfecting a few ideas but I think things are shaping up well.
Not quite ready to show pictures yet as I have a plan in mind for how I'm going to do that, involving getting a suitable blackboard and arranging a kind of little 'set' for my photos...
Next week, I'm going to be a little distracted by my parents visiting me, the UK General Election and the small matter of turning 28...but the shops will remain active, if a little caterpillars waiting to emerge from chrysalises...and I'll keep to my usual standard of dispatching sales within two business days.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

When I am a grown up, I will know what I want...

When I was a kid, I remember really struggling to choose what I wanted. We'd go to a restaurant as a rare treat and I'd annoy everyone by frowning at the menu for 20 minutes. At home, Mum would ask me if I wanted cake or ice cream for pudding and I'd grin and say 'both!'. I'd get a cheque from my granddad for my birthday and then not know what to spend it on.

I'd like to be able to say that now I'm older, I know exactly what I want...I'm certainly more decisive than I was, but here I am about 3 weeks before my 28th birthday, and though I can think of several things that I'd like...I can't quite narrow it down to just one!

So here we have a sampling of things on Etsy that have me a little bit smitten...some of them are within my budget, some of them alas are not...(my mum reads this blog and I don't want her to think I'm demanding that she spend more on me than I know she can afford!) But I had these things sitting together in a 'poster sketch' on Etsy, and I thought they all sat together quite nicely...
Nice photo of some thread bobbins by auxpetitsoiseaux
Poppy red ballet flat shoes by lunashoesuk
Chopin recycled cassette tape wallet by sallyannk
Cuff bracelet by LaTouchables
Today dress by THIMBLEandACORN
Monty Fox lambswool plush by saracarr
Suitcase cushion/pillow/plush by Olive
Ruby Slippers gocco printed cards by FlowerPress
Gocco printed Button badges by askingfortrouble
Pillow man doll by mck254
Large sunflower clock by krtwood

Just a heads up - I'm going to be taking a break from my Etsy shops for a week, from April 19th, so I can do some proper catching up with an old friend and do some (gasp!) socialising...but soon I hope to have an update for you kind folks on JumpUp (aka Shop Number Three)...