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little but colourful

Here are my three wee pieces on display side by side at the Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham. The exhibition is on till December 22nd. (www.castleparkarts.co.uk)

These are a wee departure for me, I’m more likely to draw fruit and veg. I decided it was time to make something colourful and out of my comfort zone, so out wi’ the glue gun and let the melting and dripping begin…

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the graduate!

Yea!
I have just finished three years of study!! I have been undertaking the distance version of  RBGE (Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh) Diploma in Botanical Illustration. The graduation and opening of our exhibition is on Tuesday the 11th September and I am so pleased to be part of it all. 🙂
I will post a  photy or two here one it’s all up and running and any one who is in the capital, please nip into the Botanics and see our paintings – The Fletcher Building from 12th to 23rd September, 10.30 till 16.00

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A photy of my wee bit of wall at the diploma exhibition!
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NEW – needle felted BIG Blossom Brooches

Just listed these NEW Big Blossom Brooches on my little Folksy shop, needle felted and just perfect for your woolie jumpers!
The NEW Tiny Blossom Brooches are available in the craft cabinet at Runcorn Framers.
(www.facebook.com/runcornpictureframers)

blueFeltBrooch3   redFeltBrooch2   purpleFeltBrooch3

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the cabinet of dr. planetaye

Here we are inhabiting the craft cabinet at the Brindley Arts Centre (www.thebrindley.org.uk). Lots of cute wee things from the fabulous Replic’elfs and planetaye-ayes! Goan have a nosey, we’ll be there for the next few weeks. 😉

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knitting, crochet and decoupage

After treating myself to a nice book (100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet) I found it difficult to stop. But I also had to get a wee encyclopedia of crochet  since I’m still a novice with the single needle. I have tied the primroses into a wee posy that sits neatly inside a new Ikea shot glass, the shamrock and thistle are single testers and I did already have some appropriate colours handy. Overall pretty pleased with making flowers and can sit watching telly whilst getting on with a few leaves.
The hinged frame is covered with a set of floral stamps, I really should give it an other coat or two of varnish but one will do for now I think. Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to watching paint dry!

primrosesknitted thistle and shamrockfloral stamp frame
floral stamp frame back

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my wee seasonal selection

Here are the latest six goodies planetaye has put onto the wee Folksy shop. Pretty peg faeries all got up in their party wings and lotsa jolly pens to practise the old snail-mail thank-you letters, hope you like…

pegFaeriespinkyPensdottyredsblueyPensfloweryPenleafyPens

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bird tales

My middle of June was busy. A visit to the Borders Book Festival followed by the first few days of the Melrose Festival. In all I managed four events at the first and saw a couple of the second. All my summer socialising stuffed into 5 days!author as an oystercatcher

But back to the birds…  oystercatchers in particuler.
One of the smaller flat roofs in the town has, for a few years now in the spring and summer, played host to a visiting pair of oystercatchers. Therefore what better than to dress up as one of the black and white birdies for the Melrose Festival fancydress parade. I have a wardrobe full of black/white/red clothes so sewing on paper feathers and a few modifications to make  wings and creating a big beak was all it took. On Tuesday this big bird fluttered off down the street to join a growing crowd of children and some couples and groups of adults, all dressed up and ready to go. We were duly judged in our respective groups and set off to parade round the town following the pipe band! And very jolly we looked too. (p.s. guess who came first in her class? mind there was only one entry)

oystercatcher chickA few days after this giant oystercatcher posed in the garden a funny thing happened… the real thing appeared. Tiny and fairly helpless a chick made its way from the relative safety of the nest on a neighbouring flat roof. It seemed to have wandered over the edge and across our flat roof and dropped unscathed into our garden. Spotted in the morning running and calling to attract a parent, around the bergenia and hosta plants.

Eventually the adults found him and flew down to comfort and feed the noisy toddler. A worm was deposited in front of the wee yin and was gone the next time I looked, the parents performed the same ritual all day – not sure if another chick remains on the roof, mibbe? because they went between the two places all the time. The mother would also sit in the flowerbed and the chick would climb into her feathers. So the garden oystercatcherwas more or less out of bounds, the birds got a bit more used to us being close as the day wore on.

Nightime was quieter and only punctuated with the chicks’ peeping call when left alone.
Unfortunately around dawn either jackdaws or crows found and attacked the little chap. I found him near a small shrub later, he had been far too small to defend himself and sadly the parents had been out the way.

On a lighter note, we have found that a blackbird is sitting on a nest (a second clutch?) of  tiny babies in another corner, here’s hoping they all make it.