Thursday, 30 September 2010

My Creative Space

Well, it's not so much a space as a bundle on my knee - I am taking the plunge and knitting my first pair of socks! I only started them this morning, and haven't done much yet, but I hope they will be nice! The yarn is very pretty, but it's really teeny, I think they're going to take a while.
For more Creative Spaces head on over to Kootoyoo

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

A Day of Designing and Research!

Today I am working hard, and not being distracted at all by two pesky chickens who keep peeping at me through the patio door, or by a kitty that keeps yowling just because he wants to eat the other kitties food. Nope, not distracted at all...
So far I have done the boring stuff (expenses paperwork, always a chore), so now I get to do the stuff I enjoy. Unfortunately I am still without a workshop or the necessary tools, so I can't do the stuff I really really enjoy (making stuff) but I am working on designs and a book of ideas for when I do actually get a workshop. This of course involves looking through lots of magazines and blogs for inspiration!
Here's a little peek at what I've got so far -

I have been using correction fluid to alter some pictures so that I can imagine what different spaces would look like with my stuff involved, it's very low-tech, but reasonably quick. I have a new stack of magazines to look through (I picked up five copies of "House Beautiful" for £1.25 yesterday, some are five years old but who's counting?!) so hopefully some inspiration will strike.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

On the Hunt for Supplies!

I've had a very busy day so far! I have been to the post office to send two postcards, a letter and a big envelope (which has your name on it Miss Amy!), and then went into my sweet little town on the hunt for supplies! It was a successful little shopping adventure...I got airmail envelopes and plain writing paper (because I have a new penpal who is a boy, and I figure he might not like flowery paper!), and some postcards for postcrossing!
As usual I came home with a few little extras...

The bag is 100% wool, I love its stripeyness, and it came from The British Red Cross shop, which is my favourite charity! I went to an exhibition of lino prints by Paul Peter Piech and got this little postcard (for myself!), and I got the three books from charity shops. One very exciting fact; the Egypt book is by Lucia Gahlin, who is going to be the tutor on the distance learning course that I've signed up for! The course is called Introduction to the World of Ancient Egypt and it starts on Monday 4th October, I can't wait!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Flea Market Finds

My Flea Market Finds this week are these two very cute trays, which will be perfect for my workshop! I can already imagine putting jewellery together on them! Aren't they lovely?! They're from the same little shop where I got all Justify Fullof my lovely notecards last week. I'm still on the hunt for lovely folks to send some of those pretty notecards to, so if there's anyone out there who fancies some penpal action then feel free to send my your address and I'll get something in the post to you!
For more Flea Market Finds pop on over to see Sophie Isobel

Shopping List Saturday...on Monday!

Again, held up by my trip to London, my Shopping List...
Green Shells Fingerless Gloves by tallibWee Fairy Mushroom Writing Set - Cute, Sweet, Handmade by TheCardTreeCeramic Buttons- various designs by notengomiedo

Friday Folksy Favourites...on Monday!

So, I'm a bit late with my Folksy Faves because of my jaunt to London, but here's what would have been here on Friday...

Sunday, 19 September 2010

London...Again!!

It's been a fabulous weekend! I think I'm getting a little spoilt with all of these lovely trips, because we went to London for the weekend for hubby's work meeting. So I spent two whole days mooching around! I went to all the usual places; The British Museum, The Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery, The ICA, and Tate Modern. The weird event of the weekend (isn't there always one?!) was this...I'm not religious at all, but when I heard that the Pope was going to be in London I thought it might be worth a look. To be fair, he's probably the most famous person that I'm ever going to see, so we tootled along to the Mall to see him in his Pope-mobile on his way to Hyde Park. I'm not going to get into the politics of it, I'm pretty sure everyone knows what the issues are with the Catholic church right now, but I think this was a pretty historical event. (As an aside, I couldn't help but notice that the Pope-mobile looks like those tanks that Damien Hirst puts dead stuff in...)
Anyway, all in all a fantastic weekend, and located some very nice supplies; post cards for Postcrossing, snazzy writing paper for letters, and tape to seal envelopes. Also got some Blythe badges (sooo cute!) and a Moldy Peaches cd which I can't wait to listen to! And to top it all off, I had some amazing post; a postcrossing postcard from Belgium, a gorgeous zine from gracialouise and a letter from my lovely Amy. I'm feeling like a very happy little person!

Normal services will resume in the morning, with very late Friday Folksy Favourites, Shopping List Saturday and Flea Market Finds, but for now, I'm going to fuss a fluffy kitty who has been sat at my shoulder watching me type, and then I'm off to bed, the four hour drive home has me pretty tired out!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Flea Market Finds

Well, I'm either a day late or a week early, but I just had to get some photos of my latest Flea Market Find. It's kind of a long-ish story...today was the first day course that I'm doing, which is in a little town that I hadn't visited before. I was struck straight away by the amount of Charity Shops there, I think I counted thirteen! In the first one I found a little basket with a little pile of notecards and envelopes for 10p each! So of course I grabbed a couple and went to pay. Me being me, I got chatting to the nice lady in the shop about writing letters, and she asked me if I had any time to spare, and disappeared into the back room. When she came back she had a cardboard box full to the brim with boxed notecards, and then went back for another one, equally full! So I bought a load, and she was really kind and gave me quite a few because she said she was pleased that they were going to someone who would love them. It would seem that they had been destined for the bin!! I think it must have been someone's collection, inside the one box there is a little list of names, I'm presuming the intended recipients of some of these lovely cards. So here they are...the view inside the bag...
I started to unpack them and put them into a more compact container (I'm keeping the boxes though) This is what they looked like when they were all packed away neatly!

So here are some of the highlights...

Aren't they just precious!? I can't wait to send them to some lovely people!
For more fabulous Flea Market Finds pop on over to see Sophie Isobel

Friday, 10 September 2010

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Days Out!

So there's no My Creative Space this week, because I have been on two very lovely days out in a row and have not had a single moment for any creativity other than to be inspired!
Yesterday I visited Autumn Fair at the Birmingham NEC.


The highlights were the Poppy Treffry stand (love this bag on the website),





Image from what's about town?



and the Disaster Designs Stand - I have loved them for a while, but this new range, bags that look like letters, is really quite sweet! I got a freebie tote bag from them too, which is gorgeous, I shall look quite the gal about town as I mooch along the streets with it! They only have a wholesale site at the moment, but it looks like there is a retail site coming soon!



I had a look around Wolverhampton Art Gallery after Autumn Fair, which is always a favourite, and today I went to another favourite gallery - Tate Liverpool!I grabbed my Polaroid and jumped on the train with Whirlwind Amy, and off we went on a lovely adventure! There is a new part of the exhibition, here is the description from the Tate website, which describes it better than I could!



"Tate Liverpool continues this unique and highly popular collection display with a brand new collaboration between Tate Liverpool curators and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, entitled The Sculpture of Language. Opening from 11 June 2010, Duffy's multi-layered and poetic display explores the numerous ways in which artists have engaged with language through their own art.
Works featured range from the surrealist art of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, through to Gillian Wearing’s striking photographic series Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say…
In response to the display, Carol Ann Duffy has written a new sonnet entitled POETRY that will be integrated within the exhibition. For the first time in her career the poet has devised an installation that invites visitors to interact with the display by re-arranging the words of the sonnet to create and original an unlimited poem."
tate website



I studied Carol Ann Duffy in my English Literature A-Level and always liked her work, so it was lovely to see the pieces that she had selected for the exhibition, it was really very thought provoking. My favourite piece was this...

Edward Collier A Trompe l'Oeil of Newspapers, Letters and Writing Implements on a Wooden Board circa 1699 image from the Tate website

When I got home from my adventure, I had this waiting for me - my very first postcrossing post card!


It's from Numo in Portugal, it's lovely!

So, there are my adventure of the last couple of days, now I am going for a nap to recover!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

More Journal Searching

I'll be back tomorrow with tales of adventure, but for now, just because, here are some more lovely photos that I've hearted on We Heart It

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Search for Journal

I've been playing around with we heart it tonight, so here are some of the lovely things I found under a search for journalsThis is just the start of my exploration, I expect there's more to come...

Monday, 6 September 2010

Flea Market Finds

I've had this little set for ages! I got it from a charity shop, it was too cute for me to leave, and it has been waiting to be used until this week!

So I've finally started the address book, because I have made an effort to seek out lovely people to write to after my shopping list Saturday last week. It's going well so far...

For more Flea Market Finds pop on over to see Sophie Isobel!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Tunisian Crochet!

I've finished my first strip of Tunisian Crochet for my blanket!
I'm already doing quite well on the second strip too, and I'm getting through my wool stash nicely!

Shopping List Saturday

Lots of lovely things...