Sunday, 7 October 2018

A Sunny Day Out In Falmouth...

On this rather chilly but beautiful autumn day, I thought I'd share some more of my holiday snaps from the summer.
Fancy a pootle around Falmouth?

First stop... The Kitchen, a lovely little cafe in a beautiful courtyard, just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the high street.
And on such a sunny day I felt like I was sipping tea in some exotic foreign destination...

I fell in love with this metal bench...
and then fell in love with it even more!

In the same courtyard as The Kitchen is the most tranquil, beautiful plant shop called Toro, and as I have a rather unhealthy plant addiction, I fair did swoon when I walked in!

The air plants were stunning...

Did I happen to mention the air plants?!?...

Not far away, we happened to stumble across Un-Rap, a new, incredibly stylish zero-waste shop.
I was tempted by many things, but bought a big bag of organic chocolate, (and I felt no guilt at all!)

Middie thoroughly settled into Falmouth's laid-back vibe, and enjoyed sampling the gorgeous pizza we had for dinner!

And there was even some time for giant ice cream cone spotting!
Happy days!

Hope you enjoyed our day out chuck!
All the best X

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Hope & Elvis Workshop Happiness!

In May next year I'll be teaching my first machine embroidery weekend workshop at Hope & Elvis, and I'm so looking forward to it.
We'll be stitching a hare, an animal that I've been obsessed with for a long time.

Here are a few of the examples I've stitched in the past:

I'm working on the templates that I'll be providing for the workshop, just in case folks might not be confident drawing our long eared friends.

I'd like to thank all those who are coming along, I am still shocked how quickly all the places went!
I can't wait to see you there!

PS: If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, and find out more details about the workshop, please pop over to the Hope & Elvis website.

Whoop! Can't wait!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Betwixt And Between...

This year I will have been a teacher for twenty-five years.
(That's over half my life!)
I'm really lucky to teach part-time on the Art And Design Foundation Diploma, and it's such an exciting time to see students really flourish and discover their creative identities before they fly away to University or work.

For me, and most teachers I would imagine, this is a strange time of year.
I feel as though I have just closed the story book, and read with teary eyes, 
'And they all lived happily ever after.
The End'
Yet in the blink of an eye, I'm reading
'Once Upon A Time' again.

When I looked around this morning before the students arrived, I could see that the tidy classroom was beginning to look a lot like an art room once more.
And so it begins again...

Today, one of my students had a real 'light bulb' moment.
And it gets me every time,
and I swear that I learn so much more from my students than they ever could learn from me.
Because she gave herself permission to create the art that she wants to create,
because art is whatever you want it to be.

And they're the moments that make me feel so happy to be a teacher.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Hello Harrogate!

Holiday Snapshots...

I've just been looking through my holiday photos and here are my favourite random snaps from Cornwall.
Just look at this sunset at Sennen Cove!

I stopped off to take this photo on the way to Sennen,
I love this church with its surf board cross.

And just look at this stunning house at The Lizard!

I loved the decorated seagulls I spotted around St.Ives...

And Middie was given a pastie-shaped biscuit at the lovely Poppy Treffry shop in St.Ives!

I spotted this van at Newlyn, this must belong to a pirate!

And how beautiful is this squashed flower I found on the pavement!

These are my favourite dustbins in the whole wide world, 
(I must admit that I photograph them every year!)

Hope you enjoyed my holiday snapshots chucks, wishing you a very happy week indeed.