Monday, 27 August 2012

It's a little bit funny

Greetings reader, if you're in the UK you'll no doubt be wishing for better, drier weather before the summer has well and truly passed. I sit here in a roll neck polo jumper thinking just that.
Recently I have had a frenzy of business with orders to process according to a schedule in my diary, and gifts to make that weren't on the list but were made as any handmade product is, a stand-in for that children's party where both parents forgot to buy the little present and card. Step in 'creative mother' with a few spare letter blocks and voilà! The child has a gift for the birthday girl...of course, handmade card from mother's stock in accompaniment.

A new plaque for this week is a delightfully whimsical watery plaque for a nursery over on Anglesey. It's a little bit funny with each character playing a part in the aquatic display. The theme derives from the stages of this particular nursery that are tadpoles, dragonflies and frogs. So a few other bugs were thrown in for good measure.

This time I decided to paint all the edges as part of the image so that the story continues from all angles (except the back which retains its clean original wood). If you would like to see more creatures like these then drop me an email and what you have in mind. I think this is one of my favourites and will become part of the printed range which will be ready before Christmas...oooh, now there's a word which will crop up again soon!

Till then, tally ho! x

Sunday, 19 August 2012

The wonders of printing

Greetings on this sunny-rainy Sunday afternoon, weather that is typically British in indecisiveness and unreliability. If anything, I feel less guilty about having to spend every last second absorbing the rays to increase my melanin levels. Mine comes from a bottle, much safer, and quicker!!
So yesterday a friend and her family went on their merry way to the Middle East, an adventure if ever there will be one, as they've taken their two little boys with them. When they return, the boys will be speaking Arabic no doubt and have tans to die for! As a parting gift from her sister, a dear friend of mine, Charlie (think Liza Tarbuck), requested a commissioned plaque to represent their journey. Charlie pretty much left the detail to me but I still needed some facts - the boys' favourite items/costumes/activities - we are talking about two boys under 4 so options were limited - and really what does the dad do? Straight away the image came to me of a hot air balloon and the family making the crossing in that - the kids swinging from it, the native and destination countries on polar sides, and wording that isn't a run-of-the-mill message. Here is the outcome (apologies for the photo quality, a decent camera is on the shopping list).

And with this sparked new ideas - initially painting location plaques and re-printing them in various hues.

So far I've added a variety of Wales' towns and country parks, obviously the UK cities, and perhaps country ideas too. As usual, one plaque snowballs into ideas for many, many more. I just need to leave more food out for the elves to come out and sand the wood for me...
Enjoy your Sunday! Yvie x

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Wonderful moments x

Today has been a day filled with wonderful moments. The sun came out and delighted us all, as we kicked off our shoes and lay out on the grass. When I say we, I refer to myself and two old friends of some 24 years gone, each with at least two children, most aged four and under. So as we gathered as Mothers do, on the grass, seven children running amok next to the tarmac'd playground, ducking in and out of the hedge-turned-den along the wall, I relish in the atmosphere and forget all the worries of the day, the week, the month...yes, I could go on. Once the children were hungry we just packed up and walked the 200 metres back to the house to continue taking advantage of this belated summer weather in the back garden. Not at all perturbed by the mounting leaning towers of cups and saucers, I am pleased to have spent a lovely day with my friends and their children, and look forward to more days like this.

My 'Evelyn' range seems to remind me of this day: colourful, little moments of love, laughter and delights. The 'Evelyn' motifs and colours are full of summer and fabulous memories. Enjoy x