Monday, 20 July 2015

A Plaque for a Playroom, Fairies Welcome

I have another commissioned plaque to show you this week, this time it is for a playroom for a couple of little girls. I was contacted via my Handcrafted by Picto Facebook Page and after an exchange of ideas and a sketch sent for approval this is what I painted....

Playroom Plaque

 I love the colours, the brief was lilac, pink and yellow in pastel shades.

A Playroom Fairy

 I have put a shimmer of sparkle paint around the edges and on all the details.

Fairies Welcome

This Fairy Garden is filled with Butterflies and Dragonflies, Toadstools and Flowers.

Welcome Plaque

I added a couple of snails, ladybirds, a caterpillar and a wiggly worm in the grass.

A Fairy Plaque for a Playroom

 This plaque is a tad larger than my usual size, about an inch all round and slightly thicker, I can also do any of my plaques on canvas or paper on request. This picture gives you an idea of the difference in size.

Plaque Sizes

Just before I go I thought I'd show you a returning visitor to my feeders...

A Great Spotted Woodpecker at the feeder

I think I may paint one of these, don't you think the markings are lovely?

I'm off to join in with Lucy Blossom Crafts Blog Link Up

Jan x

Sunday, 12 July 2015

3 Puppies on a Plaque

For this weeks Handmade Monday post I'd like to show you a plaque I made to hang doggy leads on...

My customer sent me photographs of her 3 dogs and done this quick sketch for approval before I started painting. 

These cute little puppies have been painted using acrylic paints onto wood.....

The hooks are for dog leads but could easily be used for keys. I've added a ribbon to display it for the photographs but I supply a couple of brass screws and rawl plugs so it can be screwed into the wall. This makes it more secure for hanging the leads.

The painting has been continued around the edges, can you see the toadstools?....

I do like to add daisies, butterflies and ladybirds and as all 3 doggies are female and love romping in the garden it seems quite appropriate.

Jan x
I'm linking this post to Lucy Blossom Crafts blog link


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Pink Unicorns on Name Plaques

For this week's Handmade Monday I'd like to show you Pink Unicorns 

Stories and legends have been told of the Unicorn since time began, this wonderful creature has always been woven into tales of myth, magic and folklore.

The Unicorn is a popular request for personalised plaques, here are the latest two that I have painted....

All pink for Sophie

Pink & Brown for Libby

They have both been finished off with a coat of sparkle, it's a pity it doesn't show up well in the photographs.
These can be done in any colour or wording so if you want something similar just let me know.

Wishing you all a magical week

Jan x

This post is linked to Lucy Blossom Crafts Blog Link

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