Monday, 21 April 2014

Collared Doves Nesting

No new makes from me today but I just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a very Happy Easter, I haven't had any chocolate eggs but I have a couple of real eggs in the garden..

Collared Dove Eggs

These belong to a lovely pair of Collared Doves that have decided that an old hanging basket is the ideal place for them to nest, they are only a young pair and this is probably their first 'nest'. They have added nothing to the grass and weeds that were already growing in the basket.

Dove in the Garden

The basket is hanging a couple of feet away from my kitchen window, they have got so used to me that they don't fly away when I open or close the window, they don't even fly away when I am out in the garden unless I'm hanging washing out but as soon as I walk away from the washing line the lovely little dove is back sitting on the eggs.

Collared Dove sitting on eggs

Happy Easter to all who read this and to everyone who takes part in Handmade Monday

Jan x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Bunny Rabbit Puppets for Easter

Hello all, I've been busy sewing this week, one of my new items are these cute little bunnies...

 Bunny Puppets

Made from snuggly fleece fabric

Bunny Faces   ***  Bunny Ears   ***   Bunny Pocket

Perfect for little hands

Easter Bunny Hand Puppet

in a selection of lovely colours

Bunny Glove Puppets

Complete with Bunny tails.......

Bunny Tails

These Bunnies have a little pocket on the front that matches the bunny ear fabric, the insides are lined with cotton fabric.These make a great little play puppet for little hands.
I'll be putting these in my online shop over at Folksy

I'm also popping over to link this post to Handmade Monday  and see the other great bloggers who take part in the weekly Linky up.

Jan x

Sunday, 16 March 2014

St Patricks Day, Leprechauns and a Little Fairy Door

It's St Patrick's Day on Monday 17th March, I was asked to make a special Fairy Door with Leprechauns in mind for a little girl whose birthday falls on the same day.

St Patrick's Leprechaun Door

Painted in Greens, Orange and a bit of White, the colours of the Irish Flag.

For standing a Fairy Door on a Shelf

It can be placed against a wall or can be freestanding.

A Leprechaun Fairy Tale Door

A Silver Horseshoe and Shamrock for a little bit of Irish Luck

A Fairy Door with Glitter & Sparkle

 A Fairy Door is never complete without a sprinkle of Glitter.

Wishing you all a Happy St Patrick's Day

Jan x

I've linked this page over to Handmade Harbours Link Up Monday

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Notebook, Diary or Address Book Owl & Moon Cover

What a wonderful day, the sun is shining in a clear blue sky, the flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, butterflies are enjoying the warmth and the birds are merrily singing away. A lovely British early spring day.

This week I've had the sewing machine out and I've been busy with Notebook and Diary Covers, not all of them are ready to have photo's taken but one I've finished is this Owl and Glittery Moon cover, I first done this design as a Halloween Swap a couple of years ago, you can see the original Owl Cover Here.This has been made using Denim, Cotton, Felt, Beads & Sequins, oh and I mustn't  forget the glitter.

Slip Cover for Notebook or Diary

A Glittery Moon, Beady Eyes and Sequinned Stars

Glittery Moon & Stars

This has been made for an A5 size book but I also make them for an A6 book

Reusable Slip on Cover

A great addition on anyone's desk

For Notebook, Diary or Phone & Address Book

Once your Notebook or Diary is full you can pop the cover off and use it again on your next book

Chunky Bead & Ribbon Bookmark

Here is a little chart to give an idea of Notebook and Diary sizes

Standard UK Paper Sizes

This Cover has been put into my Folksy Shop or you can contact me either through the Folksy Contact Tab or leave a message in the comments.

I'm linking this post over at Handmade Harbours Link up

Wishing you all lots more sunny days

Jan x

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Spring Flowers, Hearts, Daffodils & Bluebells

I love living where I do, here is a little peek at my week in pictures...
from big skies

View from the Warren
to little snowdrops

Snowdrops & Eranthis (winter aconite)
from big trees

Scots Pine by the Lake in Brandon Park
to little birds

Mr Blackbird & the Chaffinch
from a big horse

Mr Ned in the field
to the teeniest tiny snail among the moss

A Snail in the Moss

It's lovely to have so much inspiration on the doorstop. 

My latest Hearts with Flowers are for my local Art Shop Cavern 4 with Workwise which is part of the the Papworth Trust, a worthwhile charity helping to train and develop people with mental health problems. 

These Hearts have been influenced by Spring, the up and coming Mothers Day and not forgetting Easter.

Hanging Hearts with Daffodils & Bluebells

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks post, I am linking it to the Handmade Harbour Linky Up

Jan x 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

The Wood Nymph, a painting on canvas

This week I thought I'd show you a Work in Progress of one of my paintings, this is a 12 x 12inch stretched box canvas. For those who have followed my blog for a while know that I occasionally like to paint the Green Man or Wood Nymph
Now here is the Green Man explanation bit..... 
The Green Man is a representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves, branches, vines or flowers. Commonly used as an architectural decoration Green Men are frequently found in carvings on buildings. It is usually interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring. The image is popular with artists from around the world interweaving the imagery into various modes of work. 
This painting isn't the traditional Green Man, Gnarled Man of the Woods or the Man of Oak but a Wood Nymph or Tree Sprite. 

After a quick sketch I've started to lay down the flesh tones and blend them together

Work in Progress Acrylic Painting

Here, the eyes and mouth are beginning to take shape and definition

Painting the Green Eyes & the Mouth

I painted in the lush green background then added the leaves and swirly tendrils

Adding the Background, Leaves and Tendrils

I have painted around the sides of the canvas and it can be either hung up or stood on a shelf or unit.

Painted around the edges of the Box Canvas

The finished painting on a shelf

The Wood Nymph painting on canvas

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this WiP

Jan x

I'm popping this over to Handmade Harbour's Linky Party and checking out the other great blogs that take part.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Painting Daisies on Hanging Hearts

Hearts and Flowers are on the agenda this week, not Valentine Hearts or Roses but turquoise skies and daisies. The daisy is one of my favourite flowers and I often paint one or two into my work, I put them on my Fairy Doors, on my Swirly Tree Paintings and now I have painted them on Hearts.

I picked 3 different sized mdf hearts to paint and chose bright pinks and turquoise for the background....

Turquoise & Pink Background on the Hearts

I painted a smidgen of green in the point of the heart and using a couple of different shades of green I painted flower stems and grass.....

I used my Daisy photo's as inspiration...

Daisies in the Meadow

Painting the Daisies on the Heart

The backs of the Hearts have been left plain turquoise...

Back and the front of the Hearts

The finished Hanging Hearts

The large and middle sized Hearts have a pretty turquoise ribbon for hanging up and the smallest of the Hearts has a magnet attached.
I have put these in my Folksy Shop or if you would like something doing similar please contact me.

I'm planning on different colour and flower combinations, I'd love to hear what your choice would be?

 Jan X

I've linked this post to Handmade Harbour's link up