Monday, 27 August 2007

Harvest Pt 3

Anyway, the point of the 'harvest' title was not so much the harvest of pretty images and craft items (although that works too) but the fact it's the middle of harvest here. I'm watching the combines tootling away in the fields as I write. Goodness knows what the grain will be like. We have had so much rain and so little sun this year it's amazing anything grew at all. Still, it has allowed me to stay inside and try out lots of stuff.

I have a new exhibition starting in Kelso soon. I always leave things to the last minute now (I used to be very organised) so I have been dashing around screwing eyelets into picture frames and cleaning glass. Wouldn't you know it - I didn't have enough screw eyes! I had to use great, big ones. Not aesthetically pleasing but they do the job. Must remember to order some more wee ones.

Harvest Pt 2

Here is a collection of miscellaneous crafty items I made: a bag, paper beads, mail art, fragrant wax tarts (oh, if only there was smellivision!) and items made with ultra thick enamel.


I have been doing a lot of other creative stuff recently but never get around to photographing it. So a mighty struggle ensued this afternoon with my scanner and camera and I have uploaded a few bits. More to come - Blogger won't let me upload my pics in the way I want... GRRRR!

Tuesday, 14 August 2007


I had an incident with a wren this afternoon. It decided to have a holiday in my living room. Not the most welcome visitor when I've just had new carpet laid. Feisty little bleeder too. I couldn't catch it despite using my softest voice to tell it everything was going to be OK. It finally found its way out via the door. Hope it isn't away to tell its siblings about the new carpet.

Update on my news: I finished my Open University course - thank goodness. Not the most inspired course I have taken. As the old school reports often say, 'Could do better'. Just waiting for the results now. I have also been getting alot of greetings card work to do. Handmade cards seem to be very popular. Time to expand the line a bit I think but I am not sure which way I will go. I also took part in an exhibition, sold all my pieces and was invited to do another one at the end of August.

On the downside my online shop was shut down through no fault of my own. The guy running them just decided to finish up with them. The trouble is he didn't tell anyone and I found out by chance that they were gone. So now I have to think of a new idea for selling online without having to spend alot of money on it. My stuff does not sell on Ebay but Etsy seems to be popular. The trouble is that Etsy only sells in dollars - not handy for my UK based customers. I still have not managed to update my art web site due to lack of web publishing applications and I am getting really concerned about that. I might just shut it down and use Art Wanted as my base. So much to think about.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Mysterious world

Today I received something in the mail that got me wondering. It was a postcard in a handwritten envelope with a first class stamp (no expense spared!) advertising a web site. This web site states that various heads of state are psychopaths. Mmmm, strange - in more ways that one. It seemed to originate in Edinburgh although I am not totally sure of this (blurred post mark). I am not in touch with someone who might have sent me this, do not know anyone in Edinburgh and am currently wondering if having my home address on the internet is wise. My family's reaction to this incident was telling me not to touch it as it might be infused with anthrax. I'm not sure whether to worry about their state of mind or the rest of the world's.