Friday, 25 January 2013

{ this moment } Sledging with Daddy!

Inspired by the fabulous SouleMama
 
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.
 
 

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Sneaky peek Thursday - LOVE papercut

I though I would share a slightly un-sneaky peek with you all! I've dug through my photos and flicked through my sketch book to share the story and scribbley sketches of the development of my LOVE papercut.
 

 
I have been mentally playing about, for a few months, with the idea of doing a paper cut with the infinity symbol and the word love and I'd done a couple of scribbles ages ago.  But I felt they weren't really "me" and had left the idea looming in my sketch book. 
 

While idly wasting time, ehhm I mean "researching" on Pinterest I can across a tattoo of the word love formed into an, almost, heart shape and whirr, whirr, click, click the wheels began turning again. 
 
 
Would this make a better basis for the LOVE cut?  Could I make it "me" enough?
 
I sometimes worry that my sketch book is like the inner working of my mind.....and when you look at this page there are at least four ideas I'm working on....at once!
Almost there, not completely convinced about the flowers and leaves on the bottom of the "heart" shape.........
 
 
A few more sketches later and BINGO! It's LOVE, it's "me"!
 

 

 Here it is, all framed up!
 
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I've had such an UNBELIEVABLE resoponse to this wee papercut that I'm going to give all you wonderful, fabulous, followers, likeres, fans and friends a special Valentines treat! (exciting isn't it!)
 
Until and including 1st Feb, I'm going to give anyone in the UK FREE postage on this papercut, just enter the coupon code UKLOVE12 on my Etsy shop
 
Now I KNOW lots of you fantastic lot are based overseas and I don't want you to miss out on the treat.......but (there always is isn't there?!) to post the papercut framed overseas costs a small fortune sooo I will post it to ya FREE but unframed just enter the coupon code LOVE13 on my Etsy shop to get a 20% discount.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

This crazy life

Not really what I should have been doing today....................................................................

....................................but I couldn't resist finishing it off and sharing!

I love working on a new design and cutting it out for the first time, I'm never sure exactly how it's going to look, very pleased with this one!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Snow.......hurray.......hurrah!

This is what we woke up to on yesterday morning! It was raining when we went to bed so it was a lovely surprise when I opened the curtains!

 
This is the view from our kitchen window.  Now you can see why my work is full of wee birdies, leaves and flowers!
 
The snow just topped off a super exciting weekend for me! Ann Martin featured my work in the Fab Friday feature on her terrific blog All Things Paper and the response has been absolutely amazing! So a big hello and thank you to all you new followers who have found me!  Ann also submitted the article to CraftGawker and it's been one of the most viewed posts of the past seven days........PHENOMENAL!!!

 If you've not had a look on the site yet, go now! It's AMAZING, you will lose at least an hour of your life,....just looking at things!

I've been working on a new design this weekend for the 6x4" exhibition which takes place in Dundee next month.  The exhibition "will explore the postcard as a distinctive artistic medium in its own right".  I'm quite excited about this wee papercut and I can't wait to see the rest of the exhibition!Here's a wee sneaky peak of the sketches I've been working on........

Not giving too much away.......yet!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Click-click

I've realised that unless I'm taking pictures of the boys or product photos I don't really use my camera......and when I thought about it, I realised that I REALLY miss taking photos "just because".  Because something is pretty, or amazing or even just ordinary!

So I took my camera with me when I went to collect Johnny from nursery, and "just took some photos!"

 
En-route to the nursey, my favourite view in the village.  The White Church and the river from the church.
 

 

 
On our way home, Archie the Shetland pony.  His field is next to the road and we stop and have a chat with him every day.....sometimes he even gets a polo mint.....if there are any left!!
 
 
Just about home, The Ross bridge.  That's our garden you can see underneath the bridge and our house is on the right!
 
 
In the garden, Cock-a-doodle-doooo. What a handsome chap.....with no name.....just "The Cockerel"!
 
 
.......and some of the girls.  Maude, Beatie and Gertie the Indian Runner Ducks and Madge and Betty the hens.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

This year I will.........T H R I V E !!

I don't generally write a list of New Years resolution and never get past the vague promises to myself to get fit and be more organised!

This year however, inspired by Regina Lord, I've chosen a word of the year.  I love Regina's blog, Creative Kismet (and her artwork!) and her post about selecting a word to help build, support and guide you through the year really struck a chord.

I chose THRIVE.  It was actually quite difficult, when I sat down and thought about all my hopes, goals and dreams for the year to condense it into one word! I realised that growing, building, branching out and stretching all figured highly in the list and thrive seemed to fit the bill perfectly!

So this year I will THRIVE! I will do well, I will advance, I will bloom, I will blossom, I will develop, I will grow, I will prosper, I will shine and I will succeed......I will, I will, I will!!

Happy New Year everyone, what will YOU do this year?!

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