Wednesday 26 August 2020

Hastings (Part One):

A couple of weeks ago we found ourselves in the beautiful seaside town of Hastings.

We have never been there before so we arrived nice and early to have an explore...


There is so much street art, I cannot resist photographing it all, much to the annoyance of my poor family!

Look at these adorable dogs painted on the fake windows!!!!!

I am a sucker for a grubby seaside shop sign!!!

And then we turned a corner and we happened upon Made In Hastings. 

You know when you walk into a shop and it has that magical feeling inside?
I had read about this amazing shop a few years ago and it was one of the main reasons that I had wanted to visit the town.
To say that I was excited is quite the understatement!
(I can't show you what I bought I'm afraid because I did a little bit of Christmas shopping!)
Every inch was filled with delight upon delight...

I hope that you have enjoyed our little pootle around, I'll be back soon so we can look around some more!


Wednesday 19 August 2020

Mrs B Has A Newsletter!


For a really long time I have wanted to write a Mrs B newsletter. 

Just something that you could read with a cup of tea and a biccy (custard cream for me please, natch!)

I thought that once a month I could let you know about any shop snippets, sneaky previews, workshop news and general bits and bobs.

I also wanted to make a monthly 'mixtape' on Spotify for you (I've already made the playlists for the rest of 2020, it's great fun!)

If you'd like to sign up you will also receive a welcome email with a free printable (but I'll leave that to be a surprise!)

You'll find the sign-up button at the bottom of the home page on my website here.

I'd also like to thank Leona from Indie Roller who helped me so much and to my fellow Rollers for all their support - cheers chucks!

I hope you enjoy reading your newsletter!


Sunday 2 August 2020

The Harley Gallery Open Is Open!

On Friday me and me hubby visited the Harley Gallery Open Exhibition.
It also meant that I could have a lovely catch-up with the fab Louise from Hope & Elvis because we were both lucky enough to have work selected for the exhibition. (Yay!)

I think that the curation is so impressive because there is such a wide variety of styles and disciplines on show, but there is still a sense of cohesion and 'visual flow'.

I loved this little painting of Kermit by Ashley Allen.

'Self Portrait From A Travel Card'
Alistair Mavin.
 This piece has a real 'wow' factor, both in scale and technical precision and dedication!

We were both a little bit excited to see our work on this sign!!!!
(By the way, just look at Louise's skirt.... love it so much!)

The artist herself looking at her two pieces of embroidered screen prints 'Toys 1' and 'Toys 2'.

Big up Asher!!!!!!

When we visited, the winners hadn't been announced, but if you pop over to the Harley Gallery's social media you'll be able to see the winners (and very worthy they are too).

'Kingfisher. Blue Lobster' (Detail.)
Lucy Stevens.

I am a HUGE fan of this artist and it was lovely to see her work 'in the flesh', the colours and composition of her work is simply stunning.

'Aging With Grace' (Detail).
Isaac Hepworth.

I just had to show you a close-up of this, it's a huge portrait that has been created with pastel and coloured pencil - how amazing is that!

'Flamingo' (Detail).
Jo Morley.

Love! Love! Love!

(I have only included a few pieces from the exhibition because I don't want to show you everything in case you're visiting - hope that's ok chucks.)

Here's me hubby, acting all natural-like, next to my painting!
Ha! Ha!

Here's my little painting of 'Icarus' Sister'.

Then we had to end our visit with an ice lolly from the Harley Farm Shop (it's become a bit of a tradition now I think!)
So lovely to see you again louise, can't wait to come along to a workshop soon!

I highly recommend a visit if you can, there is also a beautiful gallery shop, farm shop, cafe and nearby garden centre if you fancy making a day of it!

Harley Open
1/8/20 - 1/11/20
(Please check their website for opening times etc.)