For anybody that reads the riffraff I spout out on here - I am now spouting out riffraff on a wordpress blog instead. It's connected to my brand spanking new website which I am ever so fond of and I will be making much more of an effort to keep good care of my posts.
Friday, 5 September 2014
This time last year I was putting together an album for a couple and decided to get it printed with one of those companies that do wedding albums online.
It cost around £370... And it was a nice album but not quite as nice as a handmade, one of a kind, BESPOKE wedding album... so I got the idea of designing and creating my own.
We were taught about book binding at university and quite a few visiting lecturers discussed it... so I tried it. And failed. And then I tried again. And failed. And then gave up and asked for help from a colleague at the art shop. So we went to her studio and I looked at her work and decided that I am never again going to attempt making another wedding album because her skills are amazing and she has agreed to create a sample one!!!
I am so excited about this concept and I really really hope it works out...
These are few books she's already created...
... Went and got myself a profession Instagram feed! Exciting times!
I shall endeavour to keep this Instagram strictly work related (unlike this blog)
I'm photographing a wedding next Saturday so I'm sure there'll be more to come.
EVEN MORE EXCITING TIMES!!!
If you follow me I shall love you forever because I feel pretty lonely on there right now!
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
My sister and I have decided to send each other one photograph everyday of something that has made us happy. Although this is 100% corny, I'm loving it. I love having some sort of communication with Lucie even though she's living far away. These are my photos since Monday...
14th July -
We did a children's workshop where we made feather head-dresses. That was fun.
Got a basket!!!
Decided that water colouring painting is my new technique to inner peace
Monday, 7 July 2014
If you're interested in a photography shoot of your face or your families' face(s) or your friends' face(s) or your spouse's face(s)... or anyone's face(s) (as long as you know them) please don't hesitate to get in contact! The details are all here...
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Recently I have had the pleasure of creating a marvellous (if I do say so myself) skirt on my new nifty little dress making model. The pockets took a while because I am in capable of sticking to instructions but I'm pretty chuffed with the outcome! Before using the vegetable died cotton I had to wash it at thirty degrees with salt then wash it again to make sure the colours stayed... I think you have to do this with all vegetable died material. Cotton House in London stock a lot of these fabrics. I used the same pattern which I used for this dress and shirt... It maybe my favourite pattern ever.
In other news, working full-time is exhausting. I've updated my Flickr stream, I am photographing nursery children again, I discovered the joys of Inktense pencils and the book- 'The 100 year old man' (extremely good read). Currently I am on 'How to be a Woman' by Caitlin Morlan which is equally entertaining.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
For Mother's day this year I used some old lino stamps of flowers and printed them onto card. I then sewed it on to a wad of folded paper to create a notebook. Easy and simple! ... I actually used oil paints instead of block printing ink. It took longer to dry and probably not as professional, but I found it worked just fine (it's also a lot cheaper)
Sometime towards the end of February I changed jobs again. This time to an art shop called CassArt and now I'm working full time.
It's a really good art shop and quite a small company. Which is nice... The people there are lovely and it's a great working enviroment.
We do workshops for children and there's a studio upstairs for adult workshops. Last weekend I ran a tissue paper flower workshop which is the first one I've done.
This weekend it's bunny masks but luckily for me I've got the weekend off! Which means paying attention to this blog and updating everyone on everything(if anyone actually reads these ramblings)
Friday, 7 March 2014
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
I've been working on a quilt since October... This is my first quilt so I'm relying a lot on a book called 'Patchwork Quilting and Appliqué: The Complete guide to all the Essential
Techniques' by Reader's Digest. This book has actually been a great help and contains easy step to step guides. You can find the book on Amazon for around £5 (second hand)
Of course I gave the Cloth House, London, a visit for the fabrics... But to save money I got the plain fabrics from my local (cheap) fabric shop.
The picture on the right shows a rough layout of the patchwork... this is before they were sewn together. I took this photo to outline which patches to sew together. Currently I am just completing the patchwork... I still need to add a border and quilt it!
Monday, 13 January 2014
Last summer I created my own version of the McCALL's 1 hour dress... M6102. I must admit I adapted it slightly because the pattern confused me... I often do this with sewing but usually end up de-stitching everything. Anyway, this time it didn't go wrong. The only thing was that it turned out to be VERY short. Infact, it's more of a long top, I have to wear jeans with it. I do love this pattern but next time I use it, I will definitely allow more material for the body of the dress.