Photos taken in my garden on 19th May 2018.
We popped down to the Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre last bank holiday weekend as it was a lovely morning and thought we’d get there before it got too busy.
Just before Christmas, I created some tree decorations using memory wire, ribbon and beads. Mine ended up on the cheese plant.
The second port of call on our whirlwind stop-over to Oxford was the Pitt Rivers Museum, which I last visited some 25 years ago with my mum whilst researching masks for an A Level art project on the grotesque. The only things I could remember about the place was the huge totem pole and the tiny shrunken heads.
The first port of call after arriving in Oxford on Wednesday was the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. The museum covers five floors and contains thousands of objects from all eras of human evolution.
It was time for another visit to Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre this weekend so I could see all the birds, which were hidden indoors on our last visit in April. I went back twice to photograph the ducks, I just love them!
Iford Manor, situated between Bath and Bradford-On-Avon, has some wonderful grounds with an Italian-style garden. The manor was home to architect and designer Harold Peto from 1899-1933, who created the gardens.
My mum gave me a selection of beads a few weeks back to turn into earrings for her, and I finally got around to it yesterday!
It had been abut ten years since I last did the touristy thing in Bath, so visited the Roman Baths, Museum of Fashion and the Victoria Gallery on a special ticket thingy.
I was lucky enough to visit an exhibition by the Bath Textile Artists whilst visiting Corsham back in March called “From Here To There”. I found it very inspirational and took a few photos for my own records.
Mum and I visited the historic market town of Corsham back in March. It was a lovely day so we took a few photos of St Bartholomew’s church with its graveyard full of primroses (and a very friendly cat).
Sometimes I feel inspired to make my own arty Christmas cards, and last year I created these potato print birdies with real feather tails. They came out slightly more sinister than I meant them to be!
From 2009 to 2014 I photographed St Barnabas Church from my bedroom window. It became a bit of a project during the latter half of 2010, when I realised I had been photographing the church almost every week as the weather changed and I continued this through all of 2012. I must have had enough by 2013 as there aren’t many, and I took my last and only photos from 2014 in July, a few weeks before moving house. There was an absolutely fantastic sunset, and a prefect way to finish the project.
Slim pickings at Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre this weekend due to all the birds being kept indoors until next month, and most of the animals were asleep!
There was a lovely low sun when I visited the American Museum on Sunday, so as well as some inside, I took a few photos of the view from Claverton Manor before leaving.
A few photos of Bishop’s Palace and Wells Cathedral.
I finally got around to taking some photos of a few of the plants in my new garden. The passion flower has gone bananas since it was taken out its pot and planted in the earth. I even found a fruit!
My first attempt at making coasters from my ever growing pile of tile samples!
Here’s a few photos of Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire I took whilst visiting in March. There is a lovely little Saxon church (St Laurence’s) just before the town centre and a interesting town bridge with a small domed building on it which was the overnight lockup for naughty people.
Here’s a few photos I took whilst visiting Dorchester last month, which was a wonderful sunny day.
Four months back I had the pleasure of designing the wedding invites for my boyfriend’s nephew and his betrothed. Georgia set the brief of a blue passport, boarding pass and luggage label as the template, I designed it and my boyfriend printed it. They came out really well and I can’t wait the the reception next month!
On a recent trip back to Bath to see the folks, I decided to take a look around the little cemetery at the end of the road. It was used as a bit of a spooky playground as a child and a cut-through for my paper-round as a teenager, so has always been one of the fixtures of my childhood and not a place I’ve really taken the time to look over. It turns out the two chapels within are more interesting than I thought, but the sun (and time) was not on my side so I only took a few close-up photos. Next time I go back to Bath I’ll try to get some more.
I visited Arnos Vale Cemetery (a vast place) last March and thought it was about time I sorted out the photos I took and publish them. It had been about seventeen years since I last visited, at which point it was in a bad way with some parts so overgrown as to be completely impenetrable. It is now a wonderful place to visit and wander around without fear of falling into an open grave!
The Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre is now open again and I managed to get a few photos whilst the sun was briefly out this morning!
Last year I made my mum a couple of pairs of earrings for her birthday, one pair of which turned out slightly bigger than I expected. After a few months procrastination, I turned said earrings into a necklace and it became this year’s birthday present instead!
These badges were so much fun to do, although rather fiddly and time consuming. I made them a couple of years ago, put them in a pot and promptly forgot about them until now.
On learning that I was to be an aunty, I knew immediately that my role would be to create some weird and wonderful creations for said child to be dressed in or play with (or both). At first I thought about making a little quilt for his cot, but advice from mother led me to… Read More »
I recently discovered a beading technique called peyote, an off-loom bead weaving stitch. It’s actually the free-form version which caught my eye, but thought I had better start somewhere a little easier! I found some wonderful free instructions by Jill Wiseman (link below) and created these beauties for my mum’s 70th birthday.
I just made these button badges from some saved Christmas wrapping paper, perfect for recycling. Plus, there was chocolates wrapped up in it, so excellent all round!
Whilst visiting family near Nottingham recently, we all popped over to Leicester for the day to look around the Richard III exhibition. We also took a look around Leicester Cathedral & Guildhall. This was shortly before Richard III remains were buried in the cathedral.
I just came across some photos of three furry hats I made a few years back which I had totally forgotten about. The pink and black hat had funky wool dreads, and the black and red one turned into a rather fearful bear with buttons for eyes, nose and teeth. I made them as a… Read More »
I’ve been redesigning part of my website this weekend and giving some thought about what I want to do with all my various interests. I haven’t felt very creative of late and it’s been quite a long time since I did anything arty (excluding photography, but I’ve let that slip too). On going through some… Read More »
It was rather foggy in Old Leigh yesterday when we wondered out for a stroll, but took the camera anyway. I’m glad I did as I got a few interesting shots.
I was recently commissioned to make a card, badge and keyring of my local church, St James the Less, for an anniversary present. I took my camera out and took a few shots for the client to choose from, and then made some mock-up designs for approval. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been too sunny of… Read More »
Photos of St Barnabas from Jul 2014, taken from my bedroom window. I took a series of photos and stitched them together as the sky was absolutely fantastic.
I’ve just completed my forth large custom badge order for Starlight Dance. The order included 200 badges made from one of the designs created for their third order back in April.
I’ve just completed my third large custom badge order for Starlight Dance. The order included 140 badges made from 2 different designs. There were several others designs created for this order but not made this time.
Photos of St Barnabas from Sep 2013, taken from my bedroom window. Some impressive clouds.
Photos of St Barnabas from Aug 2013, taken from my bedroom window. Some impressive clouds.
Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of designing several custom retro badges for the lovely Linda and her chums to wear to their class of 1983 school reunion. I designed a magnet from their old school emblem to hand out on the night and a roll call book for pupils to sign into, as well as a few badges from old school photos. A fabulous project to take part in and a wonderful night had by all judging by the photos!