Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year.

Just a few words to say that I'm back on line now, YAAAY! and to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

I have a few resolutions and a few changes that I'll be taking to the New Year with me, but mostly I'm glad for the things that I've held on to, my wonderful family, dear friends and lovely animals. Thank you blog friends, for visiting, reading and sharing this amazing blog community and I look forward to 2011 and all the amazing things we'll share with each other.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Virus.

Just a few words to let you all know that my network is infected with a virus and I can't be online for a week or so. Sorry that I've not been able to visit and wish you a Merry Christmas on your blogs, but I am thinking of you all.

I'm at the library typing this, thanking the wonders of this public service :D

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Christmas and Art Swap.

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone :D

It's been so crazy hectic here lately that this is the first chance I've had to sit and compose a full post!

The Christmas card print was finished last week and I managed to send a few out to people, but the printer decided it didn't like the new card and the print quality was pretty poor. I'm waiting instead for a batch to be printed 'properly' by the print company I sometimes use. Their quality is good, but the prices are a little high, so that's a job for the new year, checking print companies.

The quality of the large prints is perfect, so I've popped a couple in the Etsy shop here.



My little fairy doll that I made last year survived her 12months in the loft and sits happily atop the tree, safe from sharp puppy teeth! He has actually been very good and the tree has only toppled once and there were actually two suspects for that occassion!


My handmade gingham hearts look so sweet beside the glass baubles and the little wooden fairies have been with me for over 20years and I love how they've lasted. They cost me £10.00 back then and I worried about the expense, but they've been more than worth the cost. When I first started work, I was earning £50.00 a week!


I didn't decorate very much other than the tree this year, although I dearly wanted my home to look like Kirsty Allsops. It just wasn't practical though, with the puppy growing tall enough to reach most decorations and being crazy enough to jump for those he couldn't reach!

I did get to make some gifts though and my cherry shortbread was very popular but my cranberry and wine preserve is yet to be sampled.
The perfect rag doll for a dear little girl, became something of a quest as I just couldn't find one that 'felt' right. Eventually I decided to make one for her.


I'm quite pleased with how she turned out, as this is only my third fabric doll. I'm learning quickly though and any mistakes were completely new ones :D Moomin fell in love with her and was quite sad when I wrapped her up.


On now to another doll. A couple of months ago I entered an Art Swap over at Spiffy Tomatoes blog. I had to send one of my pieces of art to Spiffy and Roxanne of Mentalmulch sent a piece to me. I wasn't prepared for the wonderful gift of this darling little doll, Veronica.


She's so pretty and fits in perfectly on my doll shelf, although Little Audrey (sat behind her) isn't too chuffed at having to share her shelf!!!


Thank you so much Roxanne, she's beautiful and I'm so thrilled.

I hope everyone in Blogland has had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year brings prosperity and an abundance of love and goodwill.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Living with the Trolls.

That's how it's felt here at Oakmoon Towers. I've barely had time to pick up a cloth or do any hoovering as I've been hunched over my paintings like some grumpy old troll. The migraine hasn't sweetened my mood at all, but yesterday saw a breakthrough and it all began to feel better.

The painting is finished now (I think) and I took time out to have a jolly good clear out. I also discovered that a warm hairdryer administered by my hairdresser eased my migraine wonderfully. Sadly it also means that now my hair is way too short and I'm regretting it's loss!

On a positive note, after two days of being extremely unwell with a raging temperature and a mysterious illness, the pup is now on the mend and is back to being very naughty. Thank the stars for that as naughty is far better than worrisome!!!

I also have a wonderful surprise to share, something that came in the post. I'll take pictures later and share my little delight :D

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Struggle!

The last few days have been an incredible struggle. These two gorgeous mare have given me such a headache, literally and now my blurry vision is announcing the return of a migraine that's plagued me for days!!!

The picture looks fine here, but up close, it's not something I'm happy with. This is portrait attempt no.2 and I've a feeling there may be a no.3 on it's way! I'm not sure why it's given me such troubles, but it could be because these lovely girls have such complex colours in their coats.



I'll let my head clear and look at this again in the morning. At least I get to cuddle on the sofa with the pup now :D

Monday, 13 December 2010

Living in Narnia.

The last few weeks has seen some incredible weather, beginning with a little snow and ending with us totally snowed in! We woke up one morning to this - a gorgeous scene from Narnia complete with our neighbours lamp post.



This view over our back gardens is so serene in it's stark monotones.


I had to somehow get to feed the ponies, so walked the six mile round trip. It was an exciting adventure, but the return trip was exhausting. Very beautiful though.


As the snow melted gradually, life began to return to 'normal', but we were left with freezing fog and trees frozen to their very tips.



Despite struggling with everyday chores that took twice as long, I managed to finish the first of my commissioned paintings. Only 2 more to go before Christmas!!!