Friday, 30 May 2014


Sunflowers have always been my favourite flower,
I love their size and brilliance and how they shine out summer days and positivity and seem to me to be natures symbol of happy days.

Everyone close to me knows how much I love them,
when I was having treatment for breast cancer a couple of years ago I received a total of 27 bouquets over the 8 months! which really boosted my spirits, and when I had to go back into hospital for a second op, the nurse said she knew it was me that had come in because of the bunches of sunflowers on the window cill!

All this inspired Sonny's Mother's day card to me this year...

Ah, I treasure it, it's beautiful, down to the little cup of green tea on the table.

I thought it was time I did my own screen print of a sunflower, 
 and I spent a day experimenting in the print room with sunflower shapes and textures to crate a third piece of work for Holmfirth ArtWeek.

There's a fab quote about sunflowers from the wonderful film 'Calendar Girls',

"I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that's because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life."

I'm listing a few smaller prints in my Etsy & Folksy shops,

larger variations and single stems will be on sale at Holmfirth ArtWeek.

Have a sunny weekend!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Umbrella Prints...

No matter how busy life is I love carving out a pocket of time to spend doing a fabric collage for the Umbrella prints competition, I just love it!
I've entered a couple of times and even been lucky enough to win once! 
(....just had to get that in, v proud )
I don't get much time to work with fabric these days, so it's the perfect excuse and Umbrella prints trimmings are sooooo gorgeous to work with...

I've just had the time to do the one design this year, so I chose one of my favourite screen prints to work from of me and Lily when she was born. 
I love experimenting with the colours in the trimmings pack and choosing which fabrics to put together.

And here's the finished piece!

I used a pair of Skyla's old denim pedal pushers for the blue background, and a plain tea towel to sew the finished design onto.

All finished, happy days!

This piece is now going to the framers to be framed up with this piece for the Holmfirth ArtWeek supporting macmillan on July 20-26th.
Sending lots of good luck to anyone else entering the competition!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Cat's pet Holly...

I've been experimenting again with ideas in my sketch books,

This screen print I did on Tuesday is called 'Cat's pet Holly', it's inspired by the Audrey Hepburn film 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and Holly Golightly and her relationship with CAT.

The real cats name from the film was Orangey, and was a famous trained film star cat of his day! 
I started thinking about Holly having a little marmalade cat when she was a girl and their friendship, and how she would love to dress up as a cat herself, like the cat mask she famously wears in the film. 

But, as anyone knows who has a cat, 
the cat always has the upper hand, and thinks that Holly is his 'pet' and not the other way round!!

My friend Al who works with animals told me after attending a talk on animal behaviour,
that, dogs think "thoses humans feed me, stroke me, play with me and take care of me, they must be God"
Where as cats think, "thoses humans feed me, stroke me, play with me and take care of me, I must be God"

Hence the title of the print, Cat thinks Holly is his pet not the other way round!

3 colours in.
I screen printed a net curtain behind them at the window as a subtle back drop.

Have a wonderful Bank holiday weekend!
Happy Days.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Mehndi birds...

Skyla got the paints out last week to do some homework, 
so I sat down and joined her!
I'd bought a canvas board from Paperchase and had the idea of painting some hands and birds on it.
I find hands sooooo hard to draw and always avoid it,
So, I decided to tackle my fear head on! and paint some decorated with mehndi,
we love our mehndi!
I'm going to keep practicing and experimenting and have bought some wood blocks to paint on next!

So, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush... I think... 
what does that mean!!?