Monday, 18 August 2014


Dead simple. Dead and simple?

Summer's coming, and with it nasty buzzing things. Frighten the flies away with this impressive tally of confirmed kills.

(Now in my Etsy shop.)

Friday, 15 August 2014


I haven't made these for about four years; they were a bit of a hard sell (some people thought they might be tea cosies - maybe?) and I couldn't find a good washable interfacing. But now that everyone knows what they are, I've re-jigged the shape so that I can print my tiled patterns on them, and made them sturdier than before with a canvas interfacing.

They'll be in the shop soon!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


We've had builders here for the past 3 weeks, trampling cement dust into the floors (which weren't that great to start with). On Saturday and Sunday I scrubbed the floors, and then oiled them: 1/4 cup of vinegar and 2/3 cups of olive oil, and some lemon oil for the smell, mixed up in a spray bottle. Spray it on and wipe it off.

It makes an incredible difference, even covering up scuff marks on the parts of the floor that still have varnish. From past experience, it lasts a good while, but I'll add a layer of floor polish this weekend to try to preserve it for a bit longer.

Not a terribly glamorous way to spend a weekend, but it saves on gym fees.

Monday, 4 August 2014

New Portraits

Some portrait commissions I completely recently. I sent the pencil drawings to the client for possible revision before inking.

Monday, 28 July 2014

DIY Noticeboard

An old picture frame, a piece of pegboard picked up on the side of the road, some paint, thin black elastic, and an hour or so of threading and re-threading. Neat and tidy.

I used 2 types of elastic: narrow flat elastic and shirring elastic, because that's what I had. I might do another layer going in the opposite direction, too. If you have enough elastic, some sort of intricate cross-stitch design would look nice.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

New Portrait

The winner of the portrait giveaway from a few weeks ago. Linda Robertus is an amazing textile artist, and she blogs here.