Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Fairy Door & Purple Flowers

A quick update on my previous post of the Purple Field
After a trip back to the field to take some close up photo's of the purple flowers and a bit of a search around the internet, I have found out a bit more about this pretty plant.

It's name is Phacelia Tanacetifolia, some common names are Lacy Phacelia, Tansy Leafed Phacelia or Purple Tansy. It is an annual and grows to a height of 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) the flowering time is late Spring to early Summer.

Its grows well in hot, harsh desert conditions, but adapts easily to other environments, it can be seen across the USA, Europe and now in a few fields in the UK.

The flower spike is lilac/purple and is a favorite of bees. I love the long stamen coming from the center of each flower. Each petal has lots of tiny veins and the foliage is fern-like and lacy in appearance. I picked a couple of stems from the edge of the plot and put them in a vase, they have lasted wonderfully well.

I thought I'd include a picture of one of my Fairy Doors for no other reason than it's colour matches this post.

A Purple & Lilac Fairy Door

Wishing you a great week, I've heard that we in the UK are due a bit of good weather so take care and enjoy.

Jan x

Don't forget to pop over to Lucy Blossom Crafts Linky Party

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Personalised Canvas for a Boy

I decided to change my banner, do you often change your banner?
I thought I'd have a purple and lilac theme for a while. I cropped a photo and just used the bottom part of it, the full photo is this....

Purple Field

It's a lovely field and church local to where I live. When I passed it last week I just had to pull over and take this photo. Edited to add... I have found that the name of this flower is the Phacelia Tanacetifolia, commonly known as Lacy Phacelia, I have put individual pictures on my next post. 

A Sneak Peek

Do you remember this little snippet I showed you a while back?

 I can now show you the full thing... This Canvas was requested for a Naming Gift via my Wow Thank You Shop

I just couldn't get the colour balance right in these pics, the sky is actually more purple than it looks.

Here are some close ups of the details....

A bat hanging in the tree

Toadstools in the Grass

Snails and a Wiggly Worm

It's time to link up to Lucy Blossom Crafts Link Up

But before I pop over to see what everyone else has been up to I'd like to say a huge thank you for all the comments and all the yummy cupcake combinations, you know I've got to try them all don't you?

Jan x

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Strawberry Cupcake Kitchen Plaque

Mmmmm a Yummy Strawberry Cupcake without the calories, if only that was possible with real cupcakes!
I love the colour combination of this plaque, the peppermint green is so pretty.

A Kitchen Plaque
This has been handpainted onto wood and finished off with a coat of varnish and a smidgen of sparkle....

Yummy Strawberry Cupcake

Like all my plaques the cupcakes can be made to your own specifications, you choose the wording, the colour and any fruit topper you want.

A cupcake for the Cake House

There are so many combinations for a cupcake, I quite like the idea of a creamy cake with a slice of  mandarin orange on top. What would be your choice of cupcake?

Have a great week and don't eat too many cakes....

Jan x 

I'm linking this post to the Handmade Monday linky party at the Lucy Blossom Blog Hop

Monday, 8 June 2015

A Dads Shed Plaque for Fathers Day

Welcome to my little corner of blogland, this week I'd like to show you one of my most popular plaque designs. It is the outdoor plaque with the 'Spade & Fork' design for the shed or garden....

A Plaque for Dad

This Dads Shed Plaque is available in my Folksy Shop

These Plaques can also be personalised....

An Exterior Plaque

I like to add little details like ladybirds, worms and a snail, I sometimes add a bee, a spider or other little insects.

A Sign for Dave's Shed

Whenever I dig in the garden I have one or two of the resident robins following me around hoping for a tasty worm for lunch.

I hope you can all find time to pop over to Lucy Blossom Crafts linky Party and check out lots of great blogs.

Here's hoping to having lots of nice days in the garden...

Jan x

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Moon and Handmade Monday

I can see the moon from where I sit watching evening television and some nights I can't resist popping out into the garden and taking some photo's. I love seeing the shining moon through the trees.

The Moon through the Trees

The clouds had cleared and gave me a lovely view, I don't have a super duper camera, I don't have anything expensive nor do I have fancy lenses, in fact I don't know how to use any of the settings and always have the camera set on auto.
Cameras today are so much easier to use, no more putting rolls of film into a chemist and having to wait a week before getting them back only to find half of them are out of focus or peoples heads have been chopped off. It great that now we can use a digital camera or phone and take hundreds of photo's and can choose what ones we wish to keep.

The Moon

As I'm showing you I thought I'd also show a little teaser of something I've been working on.......

The Moon on Canvas

I can't show you any more just yet, I'll keep that for a future post, in the meantime don't forget to pop over to the lovely Lucy Blossom Link up blog.

Have a great week

Jan x

Sunday, 26 April 2015

A Bananamoo Door for Handmade Monday

As some of you may know, I have a shop on Etsy called Jan Ryan Art  and one evening while checking out and commenting on the forums, I received a message from a successful  Etsy seller asking if I could paint one of my Fairy Doors but make it in the style of her shop and include her shop logo, and it's such a cute logo.

Bananamoo Logo

Bananamoo is filled with yummy looking 'Non Edible' sweets, cakes and cookies. If you want Dolls House Sweeties then check out these polymer clay kisses...

Non Edible Sweeties

 This jumbo faux lollypop would make a great party decoration....

Party Prop Lollipop

or how about these cookies to use as photo props or they could be made into magnets or even hair slides....

Polymer Clay Cookies

These goodies were the inspiration for my hand painted Bananamoo Door. I do love the giant lollypops with the cherries on top. Where there's a cute cow there has to be a bottle of milk.

Bananamoo Door

I decided on pink for the door frame and matching window frame, it goes really well with the look of the shop and logo.

Kisses and Cookies Hand Painted Door

The wooden door could be fixed to a wall or can be free standing on a shelf or table.

Door commissioned by Bananamoo on Etsy

If you'd like to commission your own door just let me know via here or My Etsy Shop

To find more polymer clay food pop over to Bananamoo on Etsy

Jan x

I'm linking this post to Handmade Monday at Lucy Blossom Crafts

Saturday, 25 April 2015

My Happy Friday Sketchbooks

Have you ever put something away in a 'safe place' never to find it again? 
I thought that happened to me and some of my sketch books, I couldn't find them and my worse fears were I had put them in a carrier bag and thrown them out in error, something I'd never do, my sketchbooks are precious and I often refer back to them and I'm always adding to them. I'd even taken photo's of the books and lots of the pages to keep as reference on the computer.
But this week....
I found them.

My Sketchbooks

 My books are important to me, I make notes, not just in writing but in paint, oil pastels and ink.

A selection of pages

 I jot down ideas, compile and compare colours. 

Colour Board

I play around with tissue paper, chalks and paint. I occasionally use a bit of gold leaf.

Playing with the colours

And a couple of Tree Frogs just because they are so cute.

Cute Tree Frogs

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some of my sketchbook pages. I'd love to know if you keep a sketchbook, diary or some sort of journal. 

I've linked this post to The Planet Penny Happy Friday link up

Jan x