Tuesday, 27 May 2014

more lino printing

Over this bank holiday weekend the family (mainly my sister, daughter and niece) and I have had another play at lino printing. It started with a birdy birthday card idea and all took off from there. 

 here are several different leaves
 and a collection of the lino cuts we have been making this weekend.

I think this feather is my personal favourite so far, especially using 2 different colours for printing.

 my sister has done quite a bit of printing onto book pages. I find it difficult to take pages out of books (even ones bought from a charity shop for that purpose) so I photocopied the page for this print.

 it was a very opportune moment that my daughter was sorting out her room and wanted to throw away some sheet music paper, which gave me the idea for this print.

and finally my favourite quote, from my favourite person, Thich Nhat Hanh.

So now we're all ready for lots of lovely card-making. And having the letters to print as well makes me very happy. Great fun!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Why not fail joyfully?

Thought for the day - we talk about failing miserably, but why not fail joyfully? Why not rejoice in the mistakes that we make, that we learn from? Life would be dull indeed if occasionally we didn't have the opportunity to laugh uncontrollably at our own foolishness, short-comings, and falling flat on our faces! Let's celebrate those 'mistakes' that make us who we are :)

Printing set

Isn't it great when something interesting comes in the post rather than bills? This printing set has just arrived. And with the new soft lino type stuff to make printing blocks I'm all set for the next bank holiday weekend, one sister, one daughter, one niece and lots of fun! I will post the results :)

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Shared quilt

Here's a sneak preview of one of the projects I'm working on at the moment.
 This is the quilt being pieced together with the rectangles sewn by many people and mentioned in a previous post "Pearl buttons'. The pieces are sewn together now and have strips of charcoal grey between them on which I'm sewing a lovely Kahlil Gibran quote. More to follow! :)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


Here is my latest inspiration - driftwood found next to a reservoir in Lancashire. I was there last weekend for a retreat and was also there with a lovely friend who paints quotations onto driftwood to sell. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to paint on these yet but with all these different shapes and sizes there must be some yummy project out there waiting to be fulfilled. :)