Sunday, 29 September 2013

Zombie Outbreak & Keep Out Plaques

I've been doing a few new plaques for my up and coming Pumpkin Patch Craft Fair, here are a few just hanging around waiting for the varnish to dry.....

Making Plaques

The Zombie Outbreak Response Team plaque with the biohazard symbol seems to be the most popular thus far,

Zombie Outbreak Response Team

Some have been burned around the edges using a blowtorch, I think I must be a bit of a pyrotechnic on the quiet because I always enjoy that part, I always varnish after the burning to keep everything clean.

Keep Out Plaque

Some have been done with the girlies in mind... every year I get plaque requests for pink or purple scull and cross bones and no self respecting girlie scull would be seen without a bow.

Keep Out Plaque Pretty in Pink

Before I hop over to the Handmade Harbours blog hop I thought I'd share a picture of a lovely autumn crop...

A great apple crop

A yummy Red Apple

For me, a sure sign of autumns approach is apple pie and custard, apple fritters, spiced apple cake...... mmmm the list goes on

Have a great week

Jan X

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Playful Puppy Aceo's

Just a short one from me for this weeks Handmade Monday, I'd like to say a big thank you for all your good luck comments last week, the good luck vibes were certainly working and I had my first sale from my new Etsy Shop, a couple of Dalmatian Aceo's are now on their way to Florida.

Playful Dalmatian Puppy

Cheeky Spotty Dog Pup

See, I said it was a short one

Have a great week

Jan x

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Cute Ninja Aceo's

I've done it, I've opened a new shop on Etsy,  
(for those who don't know what Etsy is, it's an online marketplace where you are able to buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies).

Do you remember a while back in the post What's in a Name, I asked your advice about a name to use for my art work?  well taking all your ideas on board, my new shop is called.....

I'd love you to pop over for a nosey. I haven't got much on there at the moment, my first 3 listings are of Cute Ninja's (read on) but hopefully I will be doing lots of listing in the next few weeks.
Hi to those who have already popped over.
This new shop is in addition to my Handcrafted by Picto empire and not replacing it.

ok I know 'empire' is a bit grand but I couldn't think of the word I wanted to use

I've no doubt that there will be a bit of a crossover between shops but my Etsy shop will be for art work rather than crafts. 


I've been playing around with a few Ninja pictures this week, it all started when (cue 'going back in time' type music) a facebook page I follow called Scented Sweetpeas  asked if anyone could doodle a Ninja that she could use in her 'Ninja Attacks' (where she visits and likes pages she admires and encourages others to pop over too). I sent her a couple of painted doodles, I enjoyed painting these cute little ninja's so much I went a bit overboard and done lots of them, here are a few, these ones are ACEO's

Halloween Vampire Ninja


Cute Ninja with Nunchucks

Pirate Ninja

Cute Ninja's playing dress-up

What are Aceo's I hear some of you say!!
The acronym "ACEO" stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals,
they can also be known as ATC's Art Trading Cards. 
They are collectible little pieces of art always sized 2.5 x 3.5 inches. 
They can be framed, either individually or in groups or they can be kept in an album. 

I have other ideas in the pipeline for these cuties so watch this space!!!

 Wishing you all a great week

Jan x

I've linked this post to the Handmade Harbour Link up  

Sunday, 1 September 2013

In the Deep Dark Woods

Hello all, I haven't done a post for a couple of weeks but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy.

I've been with my grandson into the Deep Dark Woods in search of the Gruffalo....

Searching for the Gruffalo

Sshhhhh, don't tell anyone but I saw him....

We also went on a Bear Hunt...

Going on a Bear Hunt

I'm pleased to report that we didn't find the Bear's Cave

We climbed..... well I say 'we' but contrary to popular belief I'm not that silly....... he climbed and I supervised

Climbing at High Lodge

I made a Fairy Door in a lovely blue grey colour.....

Handpainted Fairy Door

I was commissioned to paint another Cupcake Plaque.......

A Cupcake Plaque

I also had a successful week selling some of my items on Ebay, Aceo's, Fairy Doors and Hanging Hearts. I got lovely feedback. I've had an Ebay account for a few years but up until now I've only ever used it as a buyer but I think I will occasionally take up the free listing offers. 

Free is good

I managed to find a bit of time to have a peruse through some Handmade Harbour Linky Party   blogs although with all this traipsing through the Deep Dark Woods I didn't get a chance to comment on many.

I'm off now to get the last of the leaves out of my hair, wishing you all a great week

Jan x