14 May 2013


...this post is part of Blogging Every Day in May #BEDM - with Rosalilium. I was playing catch up before and still am despite my best efforts! Last week was a near on full week in the library, we had visitors round, I had a driving lesson and we were in Huddersfield at the weekend visiting family and friends. Thank you to everyone who helped with The Print Auction that finished this week - I will let you know how much was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support soon.

Day 3 - Day in the Life

So this post is about what I get up to on a typical day - there are usually two different days, one with a shift at the library or one day where I am working from home. I decided to try and draw my day - I started this type of sketchbook work in 2008 and if you look through this blog - there are many over similar 'days' to look at.

The drawing above is of Sunday 5th May 2013. A day off - so I was at home and doing weekend things. The alarm was set for 7.24am - it is never set on a zero or odd number - I pressed snooze several times and didn't get up until just after 9am. I was working in the library the day before and was quite tired. I had breakfast - bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes. Afterwards, I started cooking some beef and cutting vegetables to put in the slow cooker for teatime later on. My husband, John helped me with photographing prints to list on eBay and whilst listing the prints on eBay - I tried to sort through my emails and to-do list. I then spent an hour or two cleaning the house and doing laundry - it was a good day to dry clothes out on the washing line. My friends, Army Deb, Ian and their daughter Mollie Moomin came over just after dinnertime. Army Deb and I had various cups of tea in the kitchen, while watching the birds on the bird feeder. We took Mollie to the park and outside where she attempted to eat soil, pebbles and blossom off the tree that is in the front garden. I attempted to take some photos of Mollie but she would turn herself in the opposite direction! I made some Yorkshire Puddings to go with the beef casserole - we had the food at about five pm - it was delicious. Love using the slow cooker. In the evening, I watched a bit of telly with John and went to bed about 11pm. Sunday was a relaxing day and it was nice to enjoy the weather.

05 May 2013

the sun is out there...

...this post is part of Blogging Every Day in May - #BEDM - still playing catch up as I have had a busy weekend so far. Yesterday I was at the library all day - my part time job and today I have been listing things on eBay as part of The Return to Drawing Screen Printing Mission - 25% of all final sales will go toward Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of my friend Ali Graney who passed away from a rare form of cancer in July 2012. The rest of the money will go towards creating new screen prints. I have the paper and paint - just need to get my arse in to gear with getting to the print room now and the funds to do so to create new screens.

Day 2 - Spring is Here!

Spring came to say hello to us people in Coventry at the end of April and I got a teeny bit excited! I rushed to find a new summer dress and found a Topshop one in a charity shop for £8 - mainly black in colour with big bright flowers on. Perfect for me but the Mr didn't approve but he ain't the one wearing it. I washed it and wore it to work with legging and sandals that week. The Mr and I spent the second week of 'spring' in Falmouth as part of his 30th birthday celebrations. I love the spring colours - the leaves, the buds, the flowers, the sky, the butterflies and the fresh air - plus everyone smiles a little bit more. With the warmer and sometimes sunny weather, I can walk on grassy areas in bare feet - my most favourite place for this is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Also the beach - I don't get to a beach often but I did tip my toes in to the sea at Porthcurno last Monday afternoon. It was lovely. With spring arriving, I am looking forward to the longer daylight hours, not having the heating on, ice-creams and sitting in my garden. I am also looking forward to the new direction I have started with my illustration work.

I am taking part in Blogging Every Day in May with Rosalilim. Find out more about everything by clicking on the links.

03 May 2013

Blogging Every Day in May...

...hello to everyone new and hello to everyone who has been here before. For the month of May, I am joining in with Rosalilium - Elizabeth's blogging project. I saw Kim of Finest Imaginary and some other people over on twitter mentioning it in their tweets so I clicked the links to find out more. Here I am - technically on Day 3 but with Day 1's task and the plan is to catch up over the weekend.

Day 1 - Five Lines...

Hello. My name is Debbie, an illustrator & printmaker and I also work part time as a library and information assistant.

I have a sweet tooth with a fondness for Hobnob biscuits.

Telly wise, I like to watch Monk, Murder She Wrote, The Simpsons, Person of Interest and anything with Sir David Attenborough in.

I live in Coventry with my husband. We are both originally from Huddersfield and in the past we have lived in Preston and Manchester.

I am currently trying to draw, paint and print more and have booked myself on to a short course in Book Illustration which will take place in July 2013. Exciting!