Thursday, 29 April 2010

My creative blog space! it really a year!
where the hecky thump has that gone?

I've been blogging  for one year! Lil Sonny Sky is one year old! alive!

And what a creative learning journey! It's been fab, amazing, inspirational and therapeutic,'s about time

Entering Umbrella prints trimmings competition,
being part of the fantastic Quilt project, by the wonderful Kootoyoo who hosts 'My creative space'




making friends, and just generally enjoying being part of something that's much bigger than just being on your free-lancy little self.
 An online lovely inspiring community. 
I've said before I don't know if I'm doing it right or if I've found my online voice that's truly me, ( I'm frightened that the true Yorkshire lass might frighten you off!) but I'm enjoying the journey.

Today's been really weird. A really prominent figure in our community passed away last night and today's felt a little numb. Followed by seeing Peter Kaye stand up in Manchester, who was absolutely fantastically funny. Is there a saying laughter follows tears?..or something like that. And, my big girl has gone on a field trip with school for 3 days...not allowed to contact home and it's the first time she's been away from home for this long which feels a little strange too!

Any road up!,
 1 year is something to celebrate so, I'm going to do a lovely 1 year giveaway.
Just pick your favourite screen print from here, and then leave the name of it in the comment box and I'll do a draw in a weeks time!

Thank you to everyone who follows me, comments, reads and indulges me, I'm really grateful!
Thank you!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Lil Sonny Sky's book of the week...

We've become big fan's of Ed Boxall's work, especially after buying this wonderful book The Rooftop Garden
Ed Boxall is an illustrator, author, lino-cut artist, musician and self publishes his own beautiful books like the one above.

Sonny absolutely loves the illustrations in this book, they really connect with him and he notices different details every time. The book captures a dream like fantasy quality which really appeals to Son and he likes it when the little prince escapes from his role as a prince.
This is our first Ed Boxall book although I've bought some as Christmas pressie's from YSP, so we're going to start collecting them and buy the shell collector next as Lil collects shells and fossils.

I also bought this little 'write your own story' book  Journeys of Discovery and Wonder, which has little illustrations in to spark off your imagination to write your own adventure story in the blank bits!, I bought this for Sky as she's an avid story and song writer! I've put it away though for holiday travelling as I think it would be a fab thing to do as you're on your own adventure!

All these can be bought from Ed Boxall's website, which also shows all his other incredible work, what a talent and an inspiration! 

The lino cut above I bought for Chris for Christmas from Sonny, as it just sums them up perfectly!
And below is a print from the camping series which is on my wish list!!

Grab a cuppa and go to Ed Boxall's site it's wonderful!

Monday, 26 April 2010

Feeling fruity...

Idea's I've had for screen prints for a long time which have come to the top of the pile!
 Inspired by my kids drawings and a few other bits which I'll post about when I go screen printing in a couple of weeks time.... it's in an effort to keep up my 5 a day!!

 We had a lovely weekend with fab friends which involved a visit to The Manchester Museum for a very enthusiastic little Sonny who wanted to see the Mummy's as he's learning about them at nursery! 

( "Mummy, we're doing about 'megypt' and the 'shrinx' and the pyramids and the mummy's, but not mummy mummy's like you that protect you and keep you safe, but mummy mummy's that are dead and wrapped in bandages!!") 


when I was 4 I was playing in the sand pit and potato printing!!
Sonny ended up being very frightened of the mummy's in the end!, which were very graphic, with feet hanging out and bones ("They're not proper mummy's like on Scooby Doo mummy, because their bandages are not white!") 

It's well worth a visit though, they have the second largest collection in the country!
Then we called for some spag-bol before home!
Hope you had a great weekend too!

Friday, 23 April 2010

The Good Life - Fab Friday!

Feeling nostalgic on UTube!...could of gone on forever!
Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, 22 April 2010


I'm still working a couple of hours a day on my fabric collage.
I'm usually impatient with lingering projects, I like instant results! But I'm finding this piece relaxing and I'm liking it's ongoing-ness!!

Shrimp Salad Circus

My Japanese Spring girl print was featured on Shrimp Salad Circus!
Check our the talented company I'm amongst!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Creative space

....well around the back of my creative space!
Where I go screen printing, at the back of the building, there is a boat yard which I always think looks really interesting and Industrial and really Yorkshire!! 
It would probably make a great screen print!  I usually park next to it, so I thought I'd take a few snaps as part of my creative space.

I've also converted some house number tiles I bought in Marrakech into coasters by sticking a square of thick felt on the bottom, I think they work well, the kids fight over which number they're going to put their drink on!

See more spaces full of creativity at lovely Kootoyoo.

love bird...

last week whilst in the screen printing studio I printed some little love cards,

I've put a little silver insert in them... to make really posh!!

can now be purchased at Etsy & Folksy.
Hope the sun is shining where you are today, not a cloud in the sky here, clear blue, and oddly no airplane trails either, looks beautiful!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Lil Sonny Sky's book of the week...

A while ago I posted about a book which I'd found at Loobylu about the Japanese painter  Takehisa Yumeji

I find the book soooo inspiring and interesting, So after a little research I ended up at Pomadour's Craft Cafe
This Etsy shop sells Japanese craft books and other craft supplies, (based in beautiful Niigata
and there I found this book,

Kids Paradise Book - Japanese Art Book.

Ohhhhh I wish I could read Japanese 
all those beautiful letters just blend into the visual beauty of the book, but I'd love to be able to read them,
( I haven't grasped the English language fully yet and after my french attempts in Marrakech there's just no hope for me on the Japanese front!!) 
The swimming children in the pic above is just beautiful.

The book showcases other Artists too and has some lovely family photos in.
It's my main reference book at the min, and if you're interested in getting your hands a copy you can here at  Pomadour's Craft Cafe.

Monday, 19 April 2010


Well, the Easter holiday is over, boooo,
back to school, up at 6.30am making packed lunches and meeting myself coming backwards in the blur of a family everyday routine.

We had a great time though, 
and, in-between...

watching the elephants...

 walking through the tropics,

playing explorer,

wishing Grandma Happy 75th birthday,

getting lost in an underwater world...oooo penny for them,

and enjoying spring in bloom,

I managed to sneak in a day's screen printing!
and printed these...

I've wanted to print a 'home tweet home' for ages and managed to do it! 
So I then used the colours left to print a different colour-way of my 'Love Bird' screen print.
I've listed them both today on Folksy and Etsy.

back to normal!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

my creative space...

I've been pondering on an idea for a piece of fabric art for a while and now I've taken action, 
Nuff pondering,
I'm now like the Lara Croft of the sewing world (only a whole lot sexier and with a firmer bottom of course!) 
Above is the beginnings, on a piece of Irish linen with an ornate border wove into it that I bought from e-bay. 
It's a kind of classic portrait in a traditional vintage book illustration stylie.

It's now progressed to this...

I'm trying to do a couple of hours a day...bit tricky amongst the Easter fun!

When it's finished I'm going to add the words 'She can charm the birds out of the trees' embroidered at the bottom and add lots of little birds....
I think!....
 it's a working progress, it changes every time I pick it up due to the large gaps of  time in between working on it! 
But it's taking shape I think, and is totally inspired by one of my little charmers...

Eeeee butter wouldn't melt.....she gets all her good looks from her mother...of course...

See more fab creative spaces at Kootoyoo!...the Lara Croft of the knitting world...what she can't do with a pair of needles...

Lil Sonny Sky's book of the week...

This is one of Sonny's fave's at the mo, inspired by an Easter holiday visit to the National Railway Museum in York!

We love the illustrations ( this is my favourite with Doris' pin cushion hat!) The illustrations remind me of lots of classic 70's illustrations, so it's like going back in time when I read this over, and over.....and over....and over again!

Sonny loves to look for the snails hidden all over the illustrations, we seem to find a new one every time we read read it ..over and ...over and....

and over!