13 December 2010

this weekend...

...will be the last fair i take part in for this year. this Saturday, I will be at the above fair with Manchester Craft Mafia and their friends in my second home, Manchester.i will also be doing a Christmas pudding bauble workshop - if the postman brings my supplies in time! there is a plan b in place. the snow is starting to stress me right out as it plays havoc with everything i try to do! back to the fair, i will be there with my wares and maybe some new show and tell things if i manage to squeeze in drawing/making time after the day job. entry is FREE and everyone is welcome. there will be lots of other stalls selling a wide variety of handmade gifts and treats.

12 December 2010

as i post...

...my mister's mother has kindly let me use her sewing machine and software to stitch my lion drawing into an embroidery! it was bit tricky to use the software so we called the technical guy for support - the mister. it is an exciting development as i originally decided against buying a new sewing machine in favour of silkscreens a couple of years back. it is an exciting to see something used in a new way. it is taking twenty seven minutes to sew and instead of leaving the machine to do its thing and get on with something else, we cant help but sit and watch it.

we have got carried away and done another design - book reading lion. learning more about how it works. not sure quite what to do with them or how to go forward with it all. another thing i guess to add to the to-do list...wasn't i supposed to be just concentrating on picture books?

11 December 2010


...is not quite the word i would use but i have been trying my best to get on top of things this past week. working during the day and doing double-time overtime is bringing out the worst tired feeling ever but the light at the end of the tunnel will be some kind of print room set up as a reward at the end when the mister finds a job. i have been trying to do as much illustration work as i can in the evening until the nap monster attacks for the christmas fairs. some things have sold out - thank you - and its been difficult to replace some items though they will be replaced asap!

This Sunday - Christmas Shopping at HOLMFIRTH MARKET near Huddersfield, 10am until 5pm and then next week I will be at The Whitworth Art Gallery with MANCHESTER CRAFT MAFIA'S CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR in Manchester, 10am til 4pm.

05 December 2010


...is slowly moving into tomorrow. above is picture of the lovely Leeds Corn Exchange and today's play date was with ReetSweet Events and their Christmas Fair. My stall can be seen second from the bottom left hand corner of the screen - near the tree. It was a lovely day - little bit more relaxed than last week's fair and there were time for a little bit of talking/seeing this time. Thanks to everyone who came and took things away - its really appreciated - its helping the print room fund grow! i am trying my best to get work ready for the up coming fairs but who knows what i will have as the day job is quiet tiring. quicker plans and ideas are having to be moved up the to-do list so we shall see what the results are. fingers crossed.

...if you would like to read more about last weeks event that was in Sheffield and to see a picture of my grin, please click on the link Craft Candy to go to their blog.

29 November 2010


...and a huge big super massive THANK YOU to all who came to the Craft Candy Christmas Fair on Saturday, who came by, looked, chatted, questioned and bought. It was an incredible day and it was grand. apologies to anyone who came across from their stall to say hello - as i was on me own and unable to wander (the mister has yet to make a double of me_that's what his PhD should have been about). this week, i am again at work doing the day job, with all making/drawing crammed into the evenings ready for the next fair that is THIS SUNDAY in Leeds. Please see the ReetSweet Blog for more details. It is all go here and if anyone would like to give or donate me a screen-print room - you know where i am as then i could keep up with this long to-do list!

21 November 2010


...Candy Cane Christmas Fair is THIS SATURDAY - 27th November and i will be there. This week has been busy and I mean busy! Settling back in to everything has been hard and job-hunting has been so-so. I did two fairs this weekend, Holmfirth and Saltaire and thanks to all those who stopped by the stall. Tomorrow i start a temp-job while the husband continues with the post-phd job hunt. nowt like trying to fit everything in and this weekend, i am really looking forward to the above Craft Candy Fair - I will be there with my work! The words below have been taken from their latest email.

Hi everyone, The Candy Cane Christmas Fair is THIS SATURDAY - 27th November and we have SO much on offer - original Christmas presents or fantastic treats for yourself! More than 40 hand-selected exhibitors will showcase the cream of the UK craft scene, filling the gallery with on-trend one of a kind pieces. Our guest experience is very important to us and as always our fairs are completely free to attend.

You're most welcome to browse the stalls, enjoy a coffee in the cafes, and soak up the inspiration. Choose from a vast selection of jewellery, bags & accessories, stationery, home-wares and ceramics. Our resident carol singers will be providing top quality festive cheer for the season to be jolly! Don't forget our fabulous raffle returns too, tickets are only 50p and you could win an exquisite selection of handmade craft.

See you next week - from The Craft Candy team.

15 November 2010


...just to say that i am back from our super mega trip. photo above is from New York when we found a Hello Kitty hiding in a courtyard place-cant remember where-on our way to MOMA i think! just getting to grips with living back in Huddersfield and a slower pace of life, catching up with emails, seeing family and friends and just general 'to-doing' of work. i have to say that i tried drawing on holiday but we were just moving around so fast here, there and everywhere, that there weren't really stopping time for doodles. resting time was taken up by burger eating and watching Law and Order-SVU or NCIS - terrible but addictive telly. the mister drove us from NY to California and back - about 8500 miles i think - give or take a few. there are photos to look at and draw from, plus plenty of inspiration in my head so we shall just have to see what comes out of the pencil end of it all in a few weeks.

ReetSweet 2 - Art, Design and Neo Craft Shopping Fair at Leeds Corn Exchange Sunday 5th December - more info here and to follow! Put it in your diaries and pass on the invite!

01 November 2010

coming up...

...please put a note in your diaries for this special event. Craft Candy have invited me and my work to be part of their Candy Cane Christmas Fair which will be held at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield on Saturday 27th November. Entry is free so if you are nearby or fancy a day out, please come and say hello. there will a great mixture of work on display - i believe about twenty or more stalls of art and craft. Please follow the links for more information. I will have the usual items with me as well as new prints and hopefully new art work on display - all depends on what i can do in the two weeks i have between getting back from the USA and the fair!

25 October 2010

in San Francisco...

...on one of the many piers, this one had boats or ships. just a little update - we are on day twenty-six of our trip - getting used to USA now. we have taken about two thousand photos - a lot to go through when we get back.

18 October 2010

another update...

...couple of days ago, we were in las vegas. the weather was lovely and we quite enjoyed our cheap days out. we visited all the free attractions, put a few dollars in the slots and enjoyed $1 margaritas and beers. we are now in San Francisco and have really enjoyed visiting both of these places - still haven't drawn yet but there are plenty of photos to look at for inspiration when we return.

11 October 2010

USA update...

...we are now in Denver stopping over for a rest and a day of exploring. We went to Chicago at the beginning of the week and here is a pic of the mister and i - in front of the 'Bean'. I could look at the reflections of the buildings in the Bean all day.

05 October 2010

hello from...

...the USA! just a quick one to say that the mister and i are away for about seven weeks. photo above is me doing my 'Up' pose of 'Adventure is out there!' We flew out of Heathrow on 30th September to JFK in New York and spent the next day walking over 100 blocks round the city in the rain - weather was just like Manchester. We then went up to Niagara Falls and drove on to Toronto which looked awesome at night-time as we drove along the Gardiner Highway through the city. Spent the next day walking round the city and went up the CN Tower. At the moment we are in Chicago and we have been to see The Bean, Buckingham Waterfall and up the John Hancock Tower where David Schwimmer (Ross from Friends) gave us a tour at the observation deck. (an audio tour) I haven't drawn a thing yet as my eyes have been too busy but i have taken loads of photos.

23 September 2010

slow and fast...

...everything has happened and is happening all at once! i have been 'all over busy' these past couple of weeks. the mister was writing his thesis and handed it in on Monday! we are nearing the end of packing the flat up to move and just about to start packing the holiday suitcases. bits have been sorted out already - mainly sketchbooks, pencils and camera. there is just enough time for a quick update with a lion page, an update about shops and a date for your diaries as Super Titan will soon have to go in a box. the online shops are now on 'holiday mode' but my work can be found in proper brick wall shops if you fancy taking a peek at anything.

PAD in Preston. CHERRY CHERRY in Norwich. THE SPIDER AND THE FLY in Edinburgh.
Soon to have a couple of prints in COMMA in Oxford.

Please put a note in your diaries for CRAFT CANDY's Christmas Craft Fair on 27th November 2010 at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield from 10am til pm. Please come and say hello.

15 September 2010

nearing the end...

...soon to be jumping right in to a new travelling sketchbook. the last week or so has been stop and start with work as there is alot going on. i am starting to book events for late November and December and just do work in general but it is forever exhausting whilst also trying to pack up a flat and a holiday suitcase. everything feels on hold and like i am living in limbo. i must crack on as i some how have now been struck by a force that says it is now ok to move that pencil (even though it said that last week). it was like a heavy weight last week - made me all jittery and all i could draw were wonky lines. lets see what this evening pans out like.

10 September 2010


...attempts to draw and print this week, did not go well. i even went outside for the first time in ages to draw but nope - the pencil didn't want to move. it has been a funny old week and i have tried my hardest to do things so in the end i decided to make some badges and stitch some more robot pictures ready for when we return from the trip. i am away for the weekend in Stoke again and the sketchbook is coming with me. i have made some plans ready for next week but there is only about two weeks to go before we have to pack up and move, then pack up and fly.

06 September 2010

seven and six...

...page seventy-six. not sure what to write about as i have been pretty busy with the doing of work. i have just sent loads of stock out and once again it all needs replenishing which takes bit of phaffing around. i spent much of yesterday ordering stock supplies, labelling and packing up work and wrapping up prints. today i took alot of parcels to the post office so new stock will be landing in PAD, CHERRY CHERRY and THE SPIDER AND THE FLY. i am not sure what to do this evening - i want to draw ready for the print room but something is telling me to wait until tomorrow so i may stitch lion badges as there is a fair few to do.

Put it in your diary - Craft Candy Cane Christmas Fair - 27th November 2010. I will be there with new prints, sewings and things, along with lots of other lovely stalls. More information to follow.

05 September 2010


...i posted about this project the other day but here are some new bits of information. i have submitted some work (above print) but will be unable to be at the exhibition launch night as we are flying out that day-everything happens when i am in another country!

See the Papergirl Manchester submissions before they are distributed, at their exhibition launch night, on Thursday 30th September from 7pm at the Soup Kitchen in the Northern Quarter of Mancland. Papergirl Manchester will showcase artists from Russia, Estonia, Canada, France, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, U.S.A, Sweden, Italy, Germany and the UK. So far the project has received almost 700 pieces of work that will be distributed. The exhibition will feature at least one piece by each artist. so why not join Papergirl and everyone for a drink, see the work and find out more - or visit here wecurate or here papergirlmanchester

...on Friday, i got to print the ringmaster and Brian. originally drawn in April sometime and it has been been waiting a month to get onto a screen since i potato-chopped it- here it is after two attempts to take a decent photo. i think i need digital camera lessons. this is the best i could do with the natural light from the patio type door things. in the end i went for five colours and left the red of his belt and hat band off/out. all 20 prints of the edition came out beautifully - good news for me who has never registered that many colours before! it was the biggest and best adrenalin rush ever - all in four hours. i recycled pots of colours that other people had left and they were quite good match's for what i had in mind.one will soon be on etsy and maybe a couple in the brick and mortar shops.

02 September 2010


...while waiting for the print room and while looking at my materials box and while looking at my to-do list, i decided it was time to use up some stuff. the cross-stitch pattern was drawn out and tested back in 2007 and had been sat in the 'what should i do with this?' box for ages. i had a play around and adapted the pattern to fit in these little oval frames i had in my stash. they didn't take long to sew - three in a day whilst watching 'Murder She Wrote' and 'Ugly Betty' - i am chuffed with how they look. soon to be in etsy and stockists i reckon but i want to look after them for a bit first! today i went to the print room in my sunglasses and flip flops, to expose the screens ready for printing tomorrow. i am so excited to be in the print room properly - with the old day job it was stop start stop start all the time.

Just a little note to say - please do not copy this cross-stitch pattern as it is my own design and it is part of my work.

01 September 2010


...printed yesterday during a mad two hour stint in the print room. i saw/heard/read about 'Papergirl Manchester'  and thought i would join in. here is some info taken from the site - Papergirl is an art project from Berlin. In the style of American paper-boys, rolled art pieces will be distributed by bicycle in the streets of Manchester to random passers-by. With the support of Papergirl Berlin; it will consist of an exhibition, distribution of art and a party. Manchester will be Papergirl’s UK debut.

the first attempt of the raincloud pattern print didn't work out so i thought that this project was an excuse to give it another go as a Manchester project deserved something to do with Manchester rain. i only got twelve decent prints out of an attempt of twenty as the screen kept 'ghosting' and so I gave Janice of Papergirl Manchester eight of them and some lion postcards to hand out. one of the raincloud pattern prints is up for sale on etsy right now. it is a print room day tomorrow and i will be exposing a screen - the circus image.

31 August 2010


...a super mega thank you to Deb and Vicky who came all the way from Stoke to help me out on the day-bless 'em. thank you to everyone who came and said hello - it was a good day but it was a little bit quiet as Pride was on, amongst a few other things. i was exhausted and it was time for a rest, so i stayed in the car after dropping my work off and went back to Stoke with Deb and Vicky. Deb and I crammed so much into our little weekend - chinese takeaway (it was so nice), watched a film, played bingo, visited a car boot and craft fair, visited Deb's work two days running, and we did a bit of shopping. i got home yesterday and was itching to do some work. i used to look forward to days off from work but now, i ain't so sure - i think i miss work.

27 August 2010

back in graphite...

....back on the sketching front of things with a page from the A5 book. the other day i had to wait an hour for fancy printouts from the fancy printers, so i sat in St. Ann's Square in Mancland and filled in some blank areas and drew a page and a bit. the print room was a game of half and halves again, i was still unhappy with the circus image so i only only exposed the one design but then was unable to print it as the tables are fully booked. so its a waiting game until Tuesday. i am itching to print as after Saturday it will be drawing and printing all the way until the USA trip.
for tomorrow...

...the sewing machine and i have been zooming up and down triangles to make this batch of bunting ready for the Manchester Craft Mafia Summer Fair. i was intending to make bunting using my own fabric patterns but the  tables are fully booked until Tuesday so i decided to make some using my stash of vintage and found fabric. another box of supplies have been used up which is good news. also if you come along tomorrow there will be a £1 material bag table featuring fabric, buttons, beads and all sorts of art materials that are unfortunately no longer needed by the MCM members.

Manchester Craft Mafia's Handmade Summer Fair at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester from 10am until 4pm. FREE ADMISSION!

25 August 2010

working layers...

...bit like t-shirts and jumpers. i have been phaffing around with the layers of the circus screen-print. as the story goes, i had been working on this above image and i thought it was all stations go until i found out that the print room was having a two week summer break. thus, unable to do anything, the design started laying heavy on/in my mind and so i began playing with textures and that 'til the cows came home. it is going on to a screen tomorrow and fingers crossed it will come out ok. i have since deleted some layers as it was getting bit over fussy and as i am not that confident with colour - i thought i should scale back the mission. currently it is between 4. 5 or 6 colours. am off for some shut eye on this situation. where is the A-Team when you need them?

MCM's Handmade Summer Fair - The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester - Saturday 28th August 2010 - 10am until 4pm

23 August 2010


...this Saturday i will be at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester as part of the above event, details are above in the poster. please do come along if you can and support my work/table as i think this will be the last event i do before the mister and i fly off for seven weeks to the USA! On my stall you find the usual things that i draw and make as well as some new prints, badges and things.

18 August 2010

up in Scotland...

...in Edinburgh is a lovey little pop-up shop and i did mention it a few weeks ago. well, i am back to show you some pictures of Emily's shop of delights. Credit for these photos goes to Lucy Balloch. in the second one you can see a raincloud and some badges of mine. from what i can see, it looks like a magpie's nest of treasure. it is so exciting to be sending my work to other places. i sent some work up to Emily today - so if you are in the area of 65 Bread Street, why not pop in. unfortunately , i haven't the time to go travelling at the moment as i am busy with making prints and stock for the summer fair at the end of august. must crack on.

16 August 2010

brian freeze...

...and brain freeze. last week was hectic preparing and doing Manchester Craft Mafia work and then i had to have a day of rest with a much needed lie-in before we travelled to barnsley for a family wedding. Monday so far has been a day of emails and doing loads of little half finished jobs before i crack on with new prints, products and the brian lion story. i am hoping to go to the printroom this week to expose a screen or two. up above is some of the shopping we bought from the shelves of adsa. this sketchbook is nearly finished and soon there will only be one sketchbook - the story one.

prize draw results...

...about two weeks ago, i announced a SUPER MEGA GIVEAWAY of four 'accordion and lion' screen-prints. the husband was the official adjudicator and photographer. i used the olde-worlde method of pulling names out of a bag and so the winners are, Sarah, Doro, Katie and Clare. emails will be sent out shortly to the lucky four and i would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and left a comment.

12 August 2010

think big...

...knit big. yesterday i started off the Whitworth's 'Big Scarf Knit' on these huge knitting needles that i got over two years ago from a crafting show. I thought i would knit a rug or something with them then but all they did was become big drumsticks that the mister and lads played with. finally they now have a job and are doing it very well. i am using seven different strands and colours of wool at a time and it grows super fast. Come along next Thursday evening to the Whitworth Art Gallery to see it, knit one pearl one and add to the 'Big Knit' - and meet the Manchester Craft Mafia.

10 August 2010

old and new...

...old holidays and new friends. hello sunshine and hello super titan. i drew this page in a game of two halves, one part in June and the other part, last night. i am on an oval roll at the moment with everything, fits and spurts, up and down, good and bad. today i finished off a hell of a lot of tip-tap-typing and am starting the ball rolling for a Manchester Craft Mafia collaborative project...we are trying to build a crafty city - a Mini Manchester - a Not so Big North! if you want further details now of how to take part, please email me at deb at debbie greenaway dot com. you can sew, knit, stitch a building, make one out of wood, paper, card or clay. all buildings must be no bigger than 20cm by 20cm by 20cm and can be as tiny as you wish. more details will follow shortly once i have completed the full submission guidelines.

MCM are having an evening re-launch night next Thursday at the Whitworth Art Gallery, if you are interested and would like an invite, please email me at the address in the above paragraph.

08 August 2010

back to basics...

...a little bit of lion diary drawing. i last drew in 'ere at the beginning of June when we were away in Turkey but it was too hot and i was too tired and so decided the best thing to do on holiday was rest. i only managed to read 3/4's of a book and i normally read 3 full books! terrible. late last night - 3am again - i finished off the page above. some how this week i have got into a bad working pattern with time, what with the mister writing his thesis as well - we are keeping vampire hours. for this week ahead, i will mostly be working on the stories and printwork. all craft work is nearly done and dusted i reckon.

that there is a giveaway further down this blog - there is one week left to enter to be in with a chance of winning a screenprint.

07 August 2010

full steam...

...ahead. i have been making badges for the past two days for the shops that stock my work. using old and new materials, so i am now down to just three standard plastic boxes of stuff. it has taken me about ten months from the initial deep clean, right through to using super to-do lists to get it all doing something to help generate print room funds. up above there are some lion badges made from old fabric and sewing thread. my original idea was a plastic lion badge like the fox but i got to use up some more of my stuff - stash be gone! drawing for the third screenprint is under way - attempting a book spread kinda image and this may need a bit of mid/early morning experimentation to just push it a bit more. i tend to work better in the middle of the night sometimes. i have a week to figure it out before the printroom re-opens for play.

05 August 2010

hot off the press...

...printed and dried and waiting for me to spend an age cutting them out, are some of my illustrated badges. my supplies finally arrived in the post this morning after waiting a month and no sooner had they arrived, they got all used up and so another order has been placed. i am hoping if time allows this evening, that i will be able to finish off these badges, screenprint plans ready for hotbedpress when it re-opens after its summer break and to also finish off two/three new badge designs. it is all go and as well as wishing for an extra day in the week, i am now making wishes for an extra pair of arms.

super mega giveaway time - leave a comment on the post below to enter into a draw to be in with a chance of winning an accordion and lion screenprint.

04 August 2010

super mega giveaway time...

...to celebrate the colour work, return to print room and turning two and nine, we are having a big fat giveaway. i have four accordion and lion screenprints that each need a good home.  these prints are the result of yesterday's hard work and as i am bit rusty with the registration process, some didn't cut the selection process for the edition, hence these are what i call artist proofs. the print area (lion) is roughly 10cm wide by 14cm long and is printed onto the centre of some thick A4 paper in three colours, the lion (yellow), the chair (dirty biscuit colour) and the outline (reddish brown). all the colours were recycled from the ones left on the shelf in the print room - waste not want not. each one will be signed and dated with AP in the corner and be sent out to each lucky winner wrapped in cellophane and on some cardboard.

all you have to do is leave a comment, your name and email address on this post. closing date is Sunday 15th August at midnight, UK time. on the Monday morning, i will draw a name from a hat the old fashioned way and announce the four winners.

accordion and lion, limited edition screenprint will soon be in the etsy shop for twenty of your english pounds (approx. price depending on US$ to GB£ rate) i just need some natural light to take some photos and hopefully that day will be tomorrow.

03 August 2010

on the desk...

...update (there is no natural light at the moment-just rain). well i have been in and out of the print room the last couple of days. learnt a lot about making my positives or veggie layers as i like to call them so for the circus man lion combo, i will be trying out a fancy laser printing place. i have been on a mission since i left work, to sort out my supplies in one way or another. 80% of things have been donated or sold and so i am down to the last few bits. i have been printing up old card designs from the original screen before it gets washed off, printing the accordion lion on old paper stock and painting up little fish for about twenty old window cards i had sitting on the stock shelf. only a few more bits left to use! the print room is now closed for two weeks so i have a chance to crack on with tweaking new designs ready for my screens. yesterday i turned two and nine so i think this week i shall be having a give away - keep your eyes on the prize!

Manchester Craft Mafia Handmade Summer Fair - Saturday 28th August 2010 - Whitworth Art Gallery - Manchester. I will be there with my illustration things with loads of other crafty people. full and proper details to follow.

31 July 2010

further up north...

...up there in Edinburgh is a place called 'The Spider and The Fly' which is a fabulous, pop-up shop, gallery/exhibition space and boutique. it is filled to the brim with handmade treasures from the best indie designers around, art, prints, badges, clothing, accessories, jewellery, home wares, toys – the list just foes on and on. And so, up there you will find some of my ladysnail creations, badges, purses and plush items. Further info can be found here at Magpie's Blog. Thanks go to the same blog for the picture above.

in other news, i have been working away like a demon on all things drawing, painting, printing and Manchester Craft Mafia. i was in the print room yesterday exposing and preparing a screen ready to print and i am extremely looking forward to future days spent in the print room printing. last night i went to see Toy Story 3 - 3D and it was excellent, by far the best film i have seen in a long time.

26 July 2010

colour picking...

...chopping, cutting and sticking layers. this is what i have achieved in about six hours of solid concentration. it has been a difficult day, working out what to do and with planning a screen-print, my mind works overtime to how it will turn out. so in the end i have decided to go ahead with the accordion lion, probably be 2 or3 colour layer print with or without texture on the chair. i think once i know how that one actually prints out, it will help me make a decision on the layers for the twosome above. the green outline works well against the other colours of which there may 4 or 5. i tried a pink outline but it wasn't working so i am saving that for another idea and i don't mind if his hair is green. next up is wood. wood for the birds.

23 July 2010

super titan...

...to the rescue. the new computer and i are busy working away on some print plans for possible screen-prints for next weeks activities. it was a tad slow going at first but i think we are onto something. i am wondering how to 'step it up' with the screen-printing, filling in the spaces with colour and texture, and/or, both/together. all sorts of possibilities but we are starting off with two designs, the one above, who is drawn from someone i saw on the streets of Mancland (my name for Manchester) and another one or two. these others i cant quite decide which to do but i have a selection from the big sketchbook to pick from.

21 July 2010


...two new swimming fish pictures are in the etsy shop right now. finally taking the time to complete some parts of the to-do list with getting items up online. its a lot easy with scanning in pictures and prints but not so easy with the photographs. with the rain we have had lately, there is no chance of being outside with natural sunlight. also, because Super Titan is now super, i can now play Sims2 which is deadly for my time. being given a nintendo ds for christmas was bad enough but now i have two major distractions. i haven't played Sims2 in over a year and revisiting it is great fun. very addictive but so is drawing. who will win?
in the shop...

...just listed up in etsy now. pop over to see it if you fancy splashing out. Thanks to the lovely Tom - Swimming Fish - Prefixes and Suffixes has now SOLD. i have two more fish pictures to sort out with their pencil outlines and mount this evening as that is the next job on the to-do list and then its time to plan a new print with Super Titan who is the new computer. i haven't sworn at him yet but i did swear at the wireless component when it wouldn't work when we first put it in but its little antenna is doing a grand job. i bought loads more embroidery hoops this afternoon while out in the rain but i missed a bargain of a jumper that i saw in the charity shop window. gutted. it was a man's one but i liked the emblem bit so i went back to try it on but it had gone.

Big thanks go to creativetourist who mentioned me in their article, 'Top Northwest Designers to Watch' - to be listed in the same space as Mr PS and Nell Smith - wow.

...due to the laptop to craptop issues of the last fortnight, i have unable to blog about any adventures so the photo above is of bunting triangles before they were sewn to the ribbon. i have been making bunting for just over a month now and the first ones i made were from my old screen prints. on the same mission of using old work and materials to create new work and space, i thought bunting would be good idea and it was. from there i picked out fabric from my two boxes that i have collected from all avenues over the years, bought, found, charity shops, given, kept, hidden and unused. most bunting i have made is on a theme of either colours or the patterns, for example so far i have made ones that are my screen printed characters/cream, red/blue, pink, pink/red, green, blue/green, funky and dots. i have taken these out to the recent craft fairs and they are very popular and look great round the front of my table. i plan to put some up on online in my shops soon but if there are any requests please do get in touch.
busy busy...

...bee. i have not stopped moving for about three weeks now and i constantly feel happy. i have been naughty and taken no photos of anything that i have done lately, Beech Road, L0-Fi Deb Demo Day, Super Duper Fair and of work that i have made so here is a painting that i did on Saturday of the swimming fish. i also made one with the sherbet lemon fish but that found a new home on Sunday. the one above is for sale and will be on etsy or folksy this week depending where i decided to put it but if you are interested before it is listed, please let me know. i have been paying much more attention to the circus story, i am quite liking drawing thumbnails and spread planning, bits of the story aren't concrete at the moment so i think the writer and i will be having another go at the middle to end bit soon.

16 July 2010

on Sunday...

...please remember that i will be in Blackpool at the second annual contemporary craft fair, the Super-Duper-Itsy-Bitsy Handmade Fair. The fair is organised by Blackpool Council’s Arts Service and aims to promote the best contemporary applied arts from Blackpool, the North West and beyond. Makers will be selling affordable craft, design and art across 35 stalls. They have been carefully selected to provide a diverse and high quality range of handmade items from jewellery to prints, knitwear to ceramics, clothing to stationary and much, much more. Remember that entry to the fair is FREE!

14 July 2010


...last week on Tuesday, i gave my first ever demonstration to the Lo-Fi DIY crowd of lovely people. it was a great evening, and i enjoyed it so much. it was very busy and my face did not go lollipop red which is the norm as well as making up new words. i showed people how to use Shrink Plastic (shrinkies) to make all kinds of different things. everyone got stuck in with creating designs and colouring in but we reached a hiccup when we tried to use Fred's oven in his cafe. his is an industrial one as opposed to a domestic oven which is what i normally use. all was well though after an explanation, everyone continued with their designs and took their work home to shrink so we shall be having a big show and tell at the next Lo-Fi DIY meet-up. i also made my first ever fact sheet to email out the next day and i think this is something i should do beforehand to hand out before/during/after demo-time.

if you wish to spot me, i am the one in the pink cardigan, standing up near the doorway and kinda in the middle of the photo. photo credits go to Chris and also thanks to Lisa who looks after the Manchester Craft Mafia Facebook page - where i got this photo from.

...on Sunday, Manchester Craft Mafia will be in Didsbury at the above event with our huge gazebo full of our lovely handmade things but without me. the new computer, now named 'Super Titan' is on the dining table behind me. i am letting it settle in for the evening before i unleash the work on it tomorrow afternoon. i have been drawing but am struggling with the development of the characters and story spreads but i have to remember that if i stick with it, i am bound to get through the 'wall' soon. self teaching and independent learning is/can be quite hard. i will keep drawing.
new computer...

...the new one is here but don't tell the laptop. at this very moment we have set it up in the living room and installing everything. i can not believe how quick the delivery was! in the end we picked a PC over a laptop and Mac. specification wise, i haven't a clue what it is but it is a beast. i needed something affordable, pretty strong electronic wise and it is a new speedy bag of tricks. i have forever been a PC user and John is pretty good at sorting out/building/fixing them. i don't know if i could handle learning how to use a Mac and to have one would have been nice but maybe in another five or so years, who knows. bless the little laptop, it has been with me since i started university but it is so tired and slow now.

in other news, all i have been doing is making with a little bit of drawing while this laptop drama has been unfolding. i now have little robotingtons, bunting and raindrop badges. no small illustrated badges as the shop is out of stock of my supplies. i still have some left for the weekend but just a few. i really wanted to make some new designs but nope, that idea is on hold for now.


13 July 2010

laptop woes...

...my craptop, i mean laptop, has been slowly dying over the last couple of weeks and this week, it has taken a turn for the worst. i have sworn at it so many times in the hope of beefing it up but the time has come to replace it. i have been unable to do any type of computer related work on it as it now switches itself off after about fifteen minutes. bless its little electro brain. i have been unable to scan, edit, create, potatochop, blog, twitter and everything else for a while. the new computer is on its way and hopefully should arrive tomorrow.

PLEASE REMEMBER - I will now be in two places at once this SUNDAY! I myself will be in Blackpool with my wares and my wares will be with the MANCHESTER CRAFT MAFIA in Didsbury. If i can, I will post more information tomorrow, if the mister lets me use his computer but he is thesis writing at the moment so i doubt it.

07 July 2010


...not this Sunday but next Sunday, I will be at Stanley Park in Blackpool with my prints and crafty wares at the above handmade fair. Here is a link for more information. I am working on various things at the moment and time will tell if any come to bare or bear fruit. I intend to have at least one new print, new badges, bunting, painted fish pictures, stitched prints and maybe a wooden painting ready. most things are at the half way stage. I turned down the chance to go to Alton Towers today as I am a roll with work. I am in the zone and so I thought it best to stay and carry on.

06 July 2010


...many things have happened within the last two weeks, new arrivals, work, outings, festivals, party nights and stupid blogspot problems. i have been unable to post for a while due to blogspot and their numerous problems but Chris from NY sent me an email with some helpful advice. the photo above is of my granma who will be 80 this year and her great-granddaughter Caitlin, who is my sister's first child, meaning I am now Debbie Super Aunt! babies are something i am not used to but she is adorable. she was born two weeks early and i saw her when she was only one week old. i have been busy with Manchester Craft Mafia and we had a super mega stall at Beech Road Festival on Sunday where I took my new print browser, new stitched prints and handmade recycled bunting. all did extremely well. now it is back to the story and endless days of drawing and making.