Friday, 29 June 2012

Grandadshouses Craft Fair

I am busy preparing for my next craft fair this Saturday - which is being organised by Grandadshouses. They are a husband and wife team who make dolls' houses, garages and farms complete with miniature play animals, as well as a host of money boxes and other small wooden houses!. They are planning to run regular craft fairs in the Hull area as well as teach some craft workshops at the same venue. Here is their blog page advertising the Fair for Saturday 30th June: Grandadshouse blog.

There is a Facebook Page for the event also - if you know anyone who lives in the East Yorkshire area and would like to pop along, I'm sure there will be plenty to choose from with the various artisans displaying on the day.

I am planning to take a couple or 3 new trinket boxes, two new fabric covered notebooks, some new yo-yos and wooden photo frames with me, as well as my mini wardrobe trinket boxes, cupcake key rings and mini art on canvas with easel.

Starting at 11.30am and finishing at 3pm, it's a fairly short day for a change, but I am hopeful as I know a lot of advertising has gone into this event and it's very near to the town centre, so perhaps we will get weekend shoppers strolling down as well!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Forthcoming fairs/exhibitions etc.

I've just updated my website with dates of all the fairs and exhibitions I'm currently booked into over the summer (?) months. I also plan to enter the Summer Open Exhibition at Wolds Village, but have not yet filled in my entry form.

I'm currently working on some more wooden trinket boxes, mini paintings and new cup-cake mini trinket boxes - in between getting props and costumes sorted for the Junior & Youth Sections productions at the end of July!

Here's the list:

Upcoming and current exhibition details:
16th & 17th June 2012:
Holderness Art Show
Burton Pidsea

Saturday 30th June
Victoria Dock Village Hall,
Southbridge road,
HU9 1TS.
11.30am - 3pm
Admission £1 includes entry into raffle,the prize is a HANDMADE DOLLS HOUSE!

Sat 7th July:
Made and Sold in Hull Event
11am - 3pm
Marist Church Hall
Cottingham Road

Saturday 14th July:
Summer Fayre - Endsleigh Mercy Centre, Hull

Sunday 29th July:
Real Aid Summer Fayre and Teddy Bears Picnic,
Tickton Village Hall and Field,
Main Street
HU17 9RZ
11am -4pm

Saturday 4th August:
Costello Hull, Family fun day
(details to be confirmed)

Sunday 19th August:
Beverley Rugby Club
(details to be confirmed)

Sat 22nd September:
Newland Craft Fair
(details to be confirmed)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sketch book drawings....

Thought I'd share a couple of pencil sketches I did whilst on holiday in Lanzarote a year or so ago. I love palm trees and would like to paint a detailed close-up of one at some point.

Look what I won!

I rarely win things in competitions - I nearly ALWAYS win on raffles or tombolas, but prize giveaways have always eluded me somehow. That is until this week, when I was delighted to have won this handy little pocket-sized book on pub walks in  East Yorkshire! Including 15 walks ranging in length from 2.5 miles to 6.5 (with several having shorter versions as well) it covers a wide are of the East Yorkshire countryside from as far North as Bridlington and as far South as Welton. Each walk is clearly set out with a map and steps relating to the written description so that you know exactly where you should be at every step (no pun intended) of the walk. Many photos of the pubs mentioned are included, and OS details clearly identified.

I can't wait for the thunderstorms to disappear so that we can try some of the walks out (hopefully followed by a hearty pub lunch).

I won the book simply by "liking" the Seaside FM Facebook page, which I have done for some time now, and my name was picked as the winner!  I was asked to send them a photo of my with the book, so thought I'd share it on here as well. When I do one of the walks, I will try to include a photo of me with the book as I go along!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Studio View - Summer 2012!!!

Thought I'd share this short video clip I filmed recently from my studio - the view through my windows on a summer day is typically grey, windy and with rain descending from the sky at regular intervals. Fortunately, I managed to capture some birdsong during this particular clip, but that has now ceased!

I really love the view from here - it can be seen from the living room too, as that is at the rear of the house like my studio is. I am especially fond of watching the crops of wheat (or is it barley, I never can remember the difference) swaying in the breeze - and do often stand for a while watching them, lost in thought.......

Monday, 4 June 2012

Recent sales

One of my mini paintings on canvas and a painted notebook have both been sold recently - also, I had a commission from my friend for two painted photo frames, so these were completed and handed over on Friday.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Cute Cup-Cakes!

I've recently painted/embellished a set of 10 small wooden key rings in the shape of cup cakes, and here is a photo of 6 of them - the other 4 are still drying. I displayed these 6 at the "Handbags & Gladrags" event on Thursday evening, using my little wooden mannequin to display them on.

I just think they're so cute! They measure approximately 1 and a half inches high and are painted identically on both sides. Sadly, I never sold any of them on Thursday, but at least I have a full set of 10 to upload onto my Etsy shop or Facebook Page (or maybe both).

I'm selling them at £1.50 each, which I think is very reasonable considering the amount of detail that's gone into each one.

Here's the full set, with a couple of close-up shots of one or two as well.

For once, I haven't given my creations names, as I really don't think it's possible with these. For ease of reference, I'm using the basic colours of the top part of the cup-cake!