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Photos and video that I take during the week depicting random or important events, as well as things that catch my eye – compiled together every Friday.

snapshots of my week – 19th july

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it has been hot this week. very hot. it’s nice to have an actual summer for the first time in years, but this is too much for me! i’m definitely the sort of person that way prefers the cooler weather. i like the sun, i just don’t like the heat.

but something good of it has come of it on my part in that it’s inspired me to make some fruity summer patterns! i painted the basic elements with watercolours, scanned them in and cleaned them up a bit, then arranged them into some (hopefully) pleasing arrangements. here’s one of the bits i painted, a watermelon slice! if you have a favourite fruit, let me know and i’ll maybe include it in another pattern.

watercolour painting of a slice of watermelontwo badges with handmade collages, blue tit and letter v with flowers

supplies for making a notebook laid out, stapler, stanley knife, bulldog clip, ruler and paper

also this week i have been participating in a swap with the lovely viktorija semjonova. above are the badges i made her (still a bit unfinished here), as well as the beginnings of a notebook.

illustrated badges made from shrink plastic, teapot and succulent plant in planter

she sent me these lovely brooches. i love them! you can buy these and more from her etsy shop.

illustration by esther cox of castle

esther cox cards laid over each other
also my prize from esther cox came. to enter you had to tell her your favourite word. mine is ‘supple’ ..what’s yours? i love this print and it makes me feel so very happy. it may also now be one of my favourite bits of art in the house. she very kindly sent some cards too. you can buy the print and cards in her shop! i think you should. the quality is fantastic and everytime you look at what you’ve bought you’d be as pleased as i am.

snapshots of my week – 12th july

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wow, it’s almost half way through the month already! i feel like things are slowly picking up creatively, and have some pretty exciting things in the works which i’ll show you when i can. talking of that, i now have a little ‘commission me’ button on the side of the blog if you’ve found my work through here rather than my portfolio, which is incase you were wondering.

handmade collage badges: dachshund on powder blue, circles on orange, monogram initial a on yellow, butterfly on green, shapes on yellow and red flower on greenthis week i’ve been making badges for the shop! i’ll make some more once a couple of these sell. also, i’m going to be making some hand drawn ones on shrink plastic ..i’m thinking flowers and insects. i’ve never used it before so i’m rather excited about that. it’s okay to be excited right?

magazine with two collages, woman with shapes coming out of head and woman with polka dot cape with flowers

i’m in the latest issue of uppercase magazine! my collage is on the right, next to vivienne strauss on the left. i would love a copy for myself but can’t afford right now. does anybody know of any suppliers in the UK? i do have some good news though! if you use the code ‘contributor18’ you can get $10 off a subscription or renewal. you can also preview uppercase online for free if you want to see the awesomeness within.

black and white photo of crystal glass bottle

i added yet another glass bottle to my collection! i do like pretty glass bottles. i really want some ceramic ones too. if you know of any good, affordable sources i’d love to know.

photo of smiling white cat with black accents and bow tie
found this little kitty! i think it used to hold pot pourri or something. look at that cute little face!

blue and white pencil pot from charity shop

also found this pencil …pot? in a charity shop last week. it was only 20p! i love charity shops.

ps. have you entered the trash things giveaway yet? you have until the end of the month, so there’s still plenty of time.

snapshots of my week – 29th june

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a day late, but here it is!

i’ve been really busy this week working on something special. hopefully i will be able to share it with you next week. because of that i’ve not taken many pictures this week because, well, who wants to see loads of pictures of a computer screen? i should have taken some more progress photos but i kept forgetting. there are a couple on my instagram though if you’re interested. talking of instagram, i’ll be doing a quick giveaway on there on monday, so make sure you’re following to take part!

what have you been up to this week? fill me in.

green bug on kitchen counter

i found this lovely bug sitting on the counter top in the kitchen. it’s colour was so nice, such a perfect green.

orange glass bottle on abstract painted background

added yet another glass bottle to my ever growing collection.

butterfly brooch from charity shop on yellow jumper
 found this little butterfly brooch for 25p in a charity shop.
small cat tin with pattern on abstract painted background
found my favourite little cat tin that i thought i’d lost!
section of collage by laura redburn

a section of something i’ve been making for ‘the project’.

the complete guide to designing and printing fabric by laurie wisburn

i’ve yet to have a proper read, but had a flick through ‘the complete guide to designing and printing fabrics‘ by laurie wisburn which i got yesterday. looks good!

tortoiseshell cat on windowsill

and ava was beautiful as always.

snapshots of my week – 21st june

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this has been a very floral week! lots of looking at and drawing flowers. did you see the floral pattern i made last week?

i really want to plant lots of flowers and plants in the garden. i have quite a few plants in the house, which do surprisingly well considering how dark it is aside from the bedroom. when i go out in the garden i often feel disheartened though. apart from some bluebells every year it’s pretty sparse. it’s totally paved, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be pots! i don’t want plain boring ones that you can get anywhere though. been keeping an eye out for good sturdy ones in charity shops but i’ve no money for any at the moment!
if by any chance you have any seeds or cuttings you could send my way, that would be so amazing!
not just good for my eyes and mind, but having plants about will be good for bees and other insects too.

pink buddleja in small jam jar
pink buddleja in used brown beer bottle

on sunday i cut these flowers from the front ‘garden’. i’m not entirely sure what they are. does anybody know? they look like buddleja to me, but i’m not 100% sure on that. we used to have a huge purple buddleja bush in our back garden in the house i lived in as a child and the image of it always stuck in my head.

i’d been looking for a use for this beer bottle i got a while back ..which i bought just for the shape of it! ..the beer wasn’t bad either, ha. when i was cutting the flowers to put in the bottle, some of the smaller bits wouldn’t fit in, so i found a tiny jam jar i’d kept from christmas and put them in there. i think it looks so sweet!

plant and textured wooden backdrop
bluebells by worn textured door

lots of (what i’ve always assumed are) bluebells suddenly sprung up in the back and front garden. i love the colour of them against the garage door.

vintage upcycled cat figurine from trash things
this is actually from last week, but i didn’t post any pictures then. this lovely green kitty is from emma of trash things. trash things sells brightly coloured, up-cycled home decor and accessories. fabulous stuff if you want to brighten up your home a bit! loving the poodle and bird figurines.
photo of tortoiseshell cat, ava

talking of cats ..ava was being such a poser when i was in the back garden taking photos, so i just had to take a photo of her too. what a cutie!