Wednesday, 28 January 2015


As January draws to a close, the wild winds howl outside. We only saw one snowdrop in the wood and only seven aconite flowers yet the daffodils are shooting through now. I have lifted up the paving slab path that winds around the lorry, making way for the foundations to be laid for the extension.
The ground is very wet, and we seem to have a lot of moles this winter. I expect it is going to look a lot worst once we start digging, but hopefully it will be well on its way to be finished by this summer.
The wood has kindly be donated by a friend which will make the frame and flooring. It is all collected and now drying out in the stable. I will have to start cutting bottles again soon and crack on with that project.its all go!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

How to make a bird table by recycling a wok

I have been meaning to make a bird table all week and yesterday I finally made one which now sits out on the herb garden cold frame next to the lorry. I made it from an old wok I had put out  to go to the charity shop.
All I needed to do was paint the underside and drill a few holes in the bottom to allow the rain to drain through. Then attach it, voila! Instant bird table. Now I can put bread etc out for the birds without the dogs eating it. They also have their usual feeders hanging from the trees but I think this will get the most usage....and it cost nothing to make. Don't you love recycling!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Meet Tupit

This is Tupit, my second puppet. Her name is Inuit meaning tattoo lines on face. I am fascinated with other cultures and how they use tattoos with meanings, or how they wear their hair braided or dreadlocked. Having both dreadlocks and facial and hand tattoos myself you can see why I'm interested. The chin stripe tattoos for instance -tamlughun- symbolise a part of ritual of social maturity, a signal to men that women had reached puberty. They also served to protect during enemy raids. They also help the men choose their brides.
I have not yet added her braids as I am waiting for the oil paint to dry. Here she is next to my first puppets face
The dots on the first puppet are based on my facial tattoos.
It was a frosty start to the week here but I am pleased to say that my lorry is now jacked up onto the railway sleepers and ready for the extension decking to be built. Hopefully it will be completed by the Summer Solstice.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

New arrival in my shop

I have a new arrival in my little shop. It's a postcard print of my original oil painting "The December Hare". I hope you like it.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Ready and waiting...puppet number one

Well my first ever homemade puppet is now all finished and waiting for her harness to be made. She ended up being quite a large puppet for my first attempt but I am please how she turned out in the end.
I re painted her hands to match her face.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

The January hare

The wind is really blowing outside today, so I decided to stay in and paint. Here is my first finished oil painting of 2015- The January hare.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Second puppet starting to take shape

The head of my second puppet has had its undercoat painted this morning, here are a few photos of how the face developed over the past week or so
She is going to be an Inuit woman, I am very pleased with how she is slowly coming alive. The first puppet is almost dry, and hopefully I will be able to show you the finished result soon. 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year, new face

It's a new year, and I decided today was the day that the puppet got a face. Happy 2015 everyone! Here is a sneak peek at her while the paint dries. I painted her in oil paints so it will take a while to dry.
I also re painted the hands to blend in with the face, her she is sitting waiting for her manicure
And then afterwards, all finished and waiting to dry.
Now all I have to do is re arrange her hair and make a harness for her to be attached to.