24 September 2007


sticker power...

...today i set off with seventy six swimming fish stickers and thirty five swimming robot fish stickers and came back home with not so many. we set off about twelve noon sometime to go on a pub crawl with some people from the mister's uni and after that we decided to go to the graffiti event. we didn't turn up until late and so i missed out on getting a white space big enough for all the fish so i started sticking them onto a couple of the table tops. in time i picked up the courage to ask strangers to doodle faces on the blank swimming fish stickers and some people did and some people decided to ask why. i think thought that i was crazy. some people put a few stickers in their pockets and one person stuck a fish onto their t-shirt. one person called Stafford-i think-stuff faces from a magazine on to the fish which was pretty good idea and one guy took a few home to stick on his studio wall. i would like to say thanks to all who listened to me ramble on about the fish and that and also a big thanks to them who doodled a face. plus a big round of applause for the guys who organised the event.


i did manage to stick some stickers onto a pub wall!!! if anyone could tell me which pub wall i stuck them on, then a prize is in order! people who were with me at the time are not allowed to answer this question and this also goes for the barman.

23 September 2007

cracking the whip...

...me and Joe decided it was time that a sparkly title was made for this tired looking blog. it needed a polish but the Mr Muscle was no where to be found so out came the paints and brushes. it took me a while as i painted the first one onto dictionary paper that had the words draw, drawing and drawing room on it that i thought would be nice but then i spoilt it by spelling 'imagination' wrong. imaginatintintin. what was i thinking? anyway so i painted another set of fish but this time used the title page of the dictionary and did the lettering separate in case of spelling mistakes. i don't quite like the white bit yet so it might all change again tomorrow.

22 September 2007


joe knew...

...he knew the graffiti event was really on Sunday but never thought to correct me when i asked him about it earlier. so off i went like a right royal numpty with my stickers to find out that it is actually tomorrow. i got the dates mixed up! we never went on the magic eye either though we did fall into a bar and a Chinese restaurant. aye so this is joe. i found him on deansgate in Manchester on the first day back after the holiday. he was sat in a shop window on a shelf and he was defo the robot for me. he is now working in my study and makes me brews and that. he would like to be a photographer one day but finds all the buttons and functions confusing.



deja vu...
...you may grumble that the robot fish are nothing new but these ones in particular are new and are going on a very scary journey today. aye to the graffiti event and i am nervous as hell. i think i am going to stop breathing soon. me and the fish are excited but scared. they may not want me to stick stickers up or on whatever space there is but we shall see. i spent all morning cleaning the bathroom and phaffing around that i didn't give myself enough time to finish off the speech bubbles. i am taking the holy Biro with me to draw some of the faces on at the event or let other people draw faces on. that is if i dare ask them in the first place. i have given the job of official photographer to the mister as Joe the red robot called in sick. more like he is too shy to go out and meet new people but i can be as bad sometimes. we may even go on the Manchester magic eye later on tonight after weeks of saying 'we should go on that this Saturday, what do you reckon?' and the response is normally 'aye' but we never do.

21 September 2007


busy stitching bumble bee...
...using the textile things i made the other week, i have cut them up into squares and started to sew buttons and sequins on them ready for business. i like this bit the best-choosing what to sew on each square especially when it comes to playing with the button boxes! card and sequin stocks need to be replenished and the plan is to go for a big shop in hobbycraft sometime next week so the plan is just to do as much as i can until then. work is going according to plan and i am starting to enjoy illustrating and creating again. i think it makes me happy when i don't have a set plan and just go about it all willy nilly. i think plans work when they are the plans we dont make.


how many...
...bloody fish? i have counted them and there are seventy six regular fish and only eighteen robot fish. these are some stickers i have been making since about six pm Wednesday evening. i am making them in the hope that i get some confidence to stick them somewhere on Saturday night as i am going to a graffiti event. people have questioned my sanity and have asked 'why haven't you just painted a couple, scanned them in and then printed a batch of them out?' well i had two plans, the printer method and the crazy method. i checked the price for printer label paper the other day in partners and i found out that it is not cheap. ok so its not breaking the bank either but i wanted a more traditional method of creating them so i thought it was time to put the crazy method into action and here we are nearing the final stages! all they need now are eyes and smiles that i might just do at the event with a Biro. aye i like a good old Biro pen. they might be wearing frowns then anyway. who knows what mood they will be in on Saturday night? plan for tomorrow is to paint a couple more robot fish and some speech bubbles similar to the ones i did on the mailmeart box. i am thinking i might leave some blank so people can write in them. also am going to tackle the blog banner and the etsy banner. two birds with one stone kinda thing.
a little note to all the Biro haters out there. the spellchecker wanted to give them a capital B so they must be important and worshipped. a Biro is a doodler's best friend and so is a mechanical pencil.

17 September 2007

hurrah...

...here it is at long last. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5035468 It took me a while to get it going as i first signed up to open a shop in January! I am in the process of listing items at the moment but I couldn't’t bear to keep it under wraps any longer as this tip tapping of details is taking forever. I am planning to make my own banner in a couple of days time as for the moment i don't have the energy to as I have exhausted myself out trying to make a big batch of cards. As per the early post, the textile bits are all ready to be embellished with bits and bobs before being made into a card. my body requires a massage.

Please have a look and let me know what you all think. Ta muchli with a big hug, a brew and some chocolate hobnobs.

i am not a square...
...these two little fellows have been stitched on the classic aida cross stitch fabric. the little one looks like he is floating in the air and was the first one i stitched. i just kinda made it up as i went along and that is why he has a funny looking shoulder. they do follow the way that i doodle them and so are not anything special. i then decided to stitch one a bit bigger. well this is post number one hundred of this blog and i have to say that i thought i would have reached this number long before now but i think the work speed is picking up as i feel like i have found my mojo again. i think i get on best with work when i dont think of it as work.does anyone remember the apple flavoured mojo's? one penny sweets are classic.
just a little note-please do not copy this cross stitch pattern as it is my own design. the pidgeons will be watching you all.





teeny tiny stitches...
...here are some of the backgrounds i have been making for a big batch of cards i am making this week. in total i have made nine backgrounds, light blue, dark blue, purple, green,
gold, light pink, red and two slightly different white ones. the images above are only segments taken from each one i have created. They are each just abit bigger than A5 in size. me and the olde worlde sewing machine have spent many hours together this past weekend stitching away layer upon layer. it has taken me many hours and my eyes are feeling the strain. i am feeling hungry now as well. come back later on in the week to see what cards i have made.

15 September 2007

am not hooked up...

...the scanner is still not connected and the laptop is living in the living room at the moment. i am in the process of creating an online shop within the etsy community. this week i have been on various photo shoots and i have also started a new batch of cards. there are some fancy robotingtons in the making, some new grey ones and a couple of fancy fabric ones. whether they look good or not sewn up and finished is another story as they are yet to be introduced to the sewing machine. all is taking a very long time while i wait for paypal to verify my account and will post up all the details when everything is open for business.

09 September 2007



vroom vroom...

...people always seem to be in a hurry to get everywhere no matter where i am! i apologise for disappearing and not posting for a while but i flew off to Turkey for two weeks with the mister's parents. above is one of my favourite photographs from the holiday. i took this one while i was on the bus-i cant spell the correct name for them-dolmus? basically a little mini bus that packs on as many people as it can like sardines in a tin! i love travelling around on them. anyhoo so aye i went to find nemo in turkey but he wasn't to be found but i did find Mr Sunshine and we had a great time talking to each other while sat on the beach. i also did a lot of length swimming in the pool and i miss it so much so come Monday morning i am off to the aquatic centre to keep up the exercise. i read three harry potters and three other books on holiday, a grand total of six and for a while i think i thought i could do magic!

Illustration wise i didn't do a lot while on holiday as it was too damn hot but since i have been back i have been working away like clock house mouse but the scanner is not hooked up to the laptop as the mister is installing a new network system. I haven't done a lot but i am very pleased with what i have done.