Wednesday, 2 April 2014

{ Sneaky Peek } A Diamond Anniversary card

I was commissioned to make a paper cut card for a very special couple celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, 60 years, something to truly be celebrated.
 
Where to start with a commission, the awful prospect of a blank sheet of paper!
The commissioner had seen my work before and liked the idea of having two birds, a heart and leaves, so to the scribbles. 
 
 
I start with a few thumbnail sketches to get the idea fixed on paper, to try out a few of ideas, get the major components in the right places and the overall proportion and composition "right"!
 
At this point I tend to walk away and let the ideas circle through my sub conscious and thought for the rest of the day.  Somehow this "sets" the idea of how I should cut the piece and I can develop the design a bit further.
 
 
And then BINGO! It all clicks into place and the design flows from the pencil onto the paper.
 
 
A bit of time and patience and here it is, all cut out.

 
I backed the paper cut with a lovely matt gold paper which gave the card a lovely glow and I'm told the special couple were delighted with their card.



Friday, 28 March 2014

{ this moment } A special birthday

Inspired by the fabulous SouleMama


{this moment} - A Friday ritual.

A single photo - capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savour and remember
 

 
If you're a farmer and it's one of those "special" birthdays how do you spend your afternoon? Indulging yourself, eating cake and drinking bubbly?
 
Err no!
 
You spend a glorious, early spring afternoon here.  High on a beautiful Highland Perthshire hill side hanging a shiny new gate with your nearest and dearest,
 
Happy Birthday Dad, hope you had a lovely day!
xxx

 

Friday, 14 February 2014

{ this moment } 14th February - Valentines Day

Inspired by the fabulous SouleMama

 
 
 
{this moment} - A Friday ritual.
A single photo - capturing a moment from the week.
A simple, special, extraordinary moment.
A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.
 
 
 
I've found more and more lately that my happiness isn't about expensive one off
purchases or gestures;
it's about the simple, everyday things,
 
turns our Valentines Day isn't any different!
 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

This year I will.......................................

Well howdy doody folks! It's a little but belated but I hope you all had a fabulous festive period filled with whatever and whomever makes you very happy!

We all had a good time, this year was the first the Johnny (who is 4....and a half!) has really been properly excited about Christmas, the "How many sleeps is it now Mummy?" "Is it Christmas Eve today?" type questions started as soon as the first window in the advent calendar (Lego Starwars, shared between them both!) was opened! The lead up to the big day was filled with Nativity plays, Christmas parties, visiting friend and relations to deliver and collect present, last minute shopping and then..........all too soon it was time for the decorations to come down and "real life" to return!
 
No more long(ish) lies in, no more lounging in jimjams until lunch time, no more chocolate for breakfast and the seemingly endless rain we had at the start of the month, days and days filled with rain, not even drizzle but proper, persistent rain.....bleurgh!
 
So my plan to have my word for the year picked and settled by the time "real life" returned stalled slightly in the stark face of grey January reality and I've only now got it settled in my mind. 
 
Last year I was inspired to pick a word for the year rather than making those vague "get fit and be more organised" type resolutions that I always had done before.  You can have a look at last years word and the thinking behind my choice here http://craftylou2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/this-year-i-willt-h-r-i-v-e.html  
 
Choosing a word certainly helped me keep a sense of perspective and a focus on how I wanted the year to develop for me and so to this years choice.................................................................*drumroll*
 
 
This year I will....................................SHINE!
I will excel, I will improve upon and I will accomplish.  And not in a flash (oh no!) in a radiant, glimmering, gleaming, shimmering, sparkle of  flair and talent!
 
And now because I've written it down and all of you know, I'll have to!
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Where did October and November go?!

In some ways I can't believe it's been more than two months since I last posted in here!  Then I think about what I've been up to and realise why!

I signed up to exhibit at the Country Living Christmas Fair in Glasgow way back in April and as soon as POS was out of the way it was full steam ahead with the preparations! As well as cutting, printing, proofing and approving like a banshee, I spent a bit of time designing the layout of my stand.  I had a 1m deep and 2m wide stand so it was quite a tight squeeze to fit all my work in.

I hate to think how long I spent on Pinterest looking at shop fittings, trade show booths and craft fair displays! Once I'd got a few ideas fixed and being an Architect by trade, I dug out my scale rule and made a model of my stand and all the fittings and pictures that I wanted to fit in. And here's the finished stand in all its glory!

 
 
And boy, did all that time pay off, I was totally amazed and very excited to win the Editor's Choice Award!  It was the icing on the cake of a very busy, hectic and worthwhile weekend. There's even a wee feature about me on the Country Living blog.


I met some long time designer/crafter hero's of mine.  The lovely Kat Goldin, the fantabulous crochet designer and blogger of Slugs on the Refrigerator.  The super talented Susan MacGill of Susan McGill Designs.  The fabby Victoria who IS Hipster Spinster.  The lovely Emily Notman whose work is just breathtakingly beautiful and delicate and last, but by no means least, Flossie Teacake who in the strictest sense I didn't ACTUALLY meet. Every time I popped past her stand to say hello she was busy chatting with people! The fantastic Molly Ginnelly was visiting the fair and stopped for a chat, I kept thinking I knew her from somewhere but couldn't place her face, until about 2 hours later!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Perthshire Open Studios- de brief!

I can't believe it's almost two weeks since Perthshire Open Studios finished for another year!  I shut my front door at 5.01pm on Sunday evening, did a little jig of happiness and delight and then promptly poured myself a MAHOOSIVE (and well earned) glass of wine!

Last year (my first Open Studios) all I wanted was for one person to turn up, even if they didn't buy anything! This year I was worried again.  What if last year was a fluke and no one turns up? Or people turn up and find it a huge disappointment? Or........

 

But, yet again my greatest expectations were well and truly shattered!  166 incredible, lovely people came and visited me and bought themselves (or some very special, lucky loved ones) some of my work.

I really enjoy chatting with all my visitors about, paper cutting, Open Studios, The Green Route, library evaluation forms (don't ask!) and a hundred other topics! There were a few times (especially on both Saturdays) when I had 4 or 5 people in my studio and my visitors were kind and patient enough to wait to have a chat with me.

My tote bags disappeared (I kid you not!) in the first two days. 


My Christmas decorations also flew out the door.   I take my hat off to all you super organised peeps who have started thinking about Christmas! (Mind you, I've kept the few decorations that I have left hanging in the window.......they look so jolly! But don't tell anyone!)



So a huge thank you to all you brilliant visitors, with out you it would just have been me..........on my own..........in my studio!

Friday, 20 September 2013

{ this moment } The end of an era, a lifetime........

Inspired by the fabulous SouleMama
 
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

 

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