Thursday, April 19, 2007

Agony and frustration

I've got a bad back / shoulder and it damn well hurts. I'm loving my new job but am exhausted before the end of the working day so I'm not able to give my all as I would wish. I've got loads of pics and things to share and I so want to get on with art but it's painful to sit, to be on the PC or do anything for long.

I hope that doesn't come across as a whinge too far - I just want to be back to my normal and get on with everything!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


I am here, honest! I've started a new job (which I love) but have picked up a shoulder / back injury that is severely limiting computer and art / craft time - not so good

I'll be back properly when I can

Sending love

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Retrospectively Proud

All of this digging keeps turning up work that I've done in the past. Like many, I've always been hypercritical of my own efforts, but given a bit of perspective, I'm really proud of some of the pieces I've seen. I'll try to get a few pics up next week - plus I'm going to have a textiley giveaway......

Altered art goodies Update

Digging out goodies to send off is providing me with so much fun that I'm clearing out the spare bedroom storage at the same time. I'm determined that everyone who has asked for stuff will get some goodies, so please bear with me while I dig around.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Remainder of pages

Here are the rest - I love the last one the most

Artist book exchange

I took part in an artist book exchange earlier in the year. I ended up having to alter a small stapled book called something like Great British Eccentrics - I retitled it Odd Birds and had a great time interpreting that. Here and in the next post are the images of my pages.

All of the entries will be shown online and then there will be a swap about so I end up with someone else's art - how cool is that?!

Ridiculous 1

Feeling superior when you go to add a fab link to delicious and realise that you spotted it months before it was featured on some other blog

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Arty Meme ins and an out

Remember when? That arty meme seems forever ago. I have received a couple of things from the ones I joined, with this beautiful hanging by Jill taking pride of place in my studio

I've also finally created something that I am pleased with to send to one lucky recipient - does anyone else have trouble judging whether what they have made is good enough to count? Obviously I can't share a pic yet

Friday, March 23, 2007

Anyone want it?

I'm having a clear out of altering goodies - anyone want some? Just pay postage - it will be a mixed bag/box of stuff - we could agree a maximum post cost and I would fill to that.

Borders retreats from Britain to concentrate on US book chain | News | Guardian Unlimited Books

Borders retreats from Britain to concentrate on US book chain | News | Guardian Unlimited Books

I am distraught at this news:

'Borders, the US book chain, said yesterday it planned to withdraw from Britain, underlining the dire state of book retailing on the high street.
The group said it had hired the investment bank Merrill Lynch to explore alternatives for its 71 stores in the UK. It also plans to get rid of its businesses in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The announcement follows HMV's decision last week to close 30 of its Waterstone's book chain.'

Here's hoping for a great MBO so that I can still divert to look at craft porn when I'm anywhere near Fosse Park

Thursday, March 22, 2007

How pretty!

Exploring more delights.....


The girly appliques went down really well with the mum of the recipients - very gratifying! The others will be handed over this weekend - hope they are so well received. I played around with appliqueing some bibs - I think I'm in love with the apple one.

So, do I take the plunge?......

Friday, March 09, 2007

Baby Applique

I had such fun doing these simple appliques - some to match the bootees, some for fun and the pink top to please the delicious big sister of the baby who will be wearing the flowery bootees and matching body

I'd love people's comments on these - not sure if I should carry on experimenting with them and put them in my shop

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Blessings on Freecycle

It's funny how life works. Someone had something I needed on Freecycle. but even more exciting, when I went to collect it from a couple of villages away, she turned out to be arty crafty and possibly just my type of person. She's told me of a craft group in her village and plans for a weekend thing with a fab felt artist that I had unwittingly accosted before Christmas. I walked past the felt artist and her wonderful scarf while shopping - told her how amazing it was and was blown away that she had made it and also taught. Talk about serendipity!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Totally out of context

Silly Americans, get on the clue bus.

This was a comment on a blog entry I was reading just now - it really made me laugh, but looking at it coldly, maybe it was because of the context it was in. Does it tickle anyone else?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Karate Kid

I was tidying out a drawer and found my son's old T shirt that I had enhanced with applique and free machine embroidery, along with a few permanent pen marks. I think I found a book image that I traced then machined over before tearing it away.

I feel textiles calling me at the moment

Chunky update

Well, there was I thinking that my rose page was awful - luckily the recipient didn't think so - what a relief!

Ooh I loved making these

Two friends have recently and not so recently had a baby, so I have returned to an old love - bootee making. I need to get my groove on and make some matching body suits (just a bit of applique and maybe some FME to tart them up). What do you think
There's the larger pair for a wee boy and a dinky pair for a tiny baby girl

What do you think?

Do you agree

Just saw this on a friend's blog

'the difference in art and craft, is that art has a message to give someone'

Do you agree? How do you differentiate between art and craft - if you do? Off to have a think about my own question now

Sunday, February 18, 2007

New Blogger

OK - being the semi luddite that I am, I have resisted moving to new blogger but the system has forced me to do that now. So, any comments, thoughts etc on the new version? Anything I should know about, beware of, appreciate or add?

Chunky pages

A couple of pages that I've done for a monthly chunky page swap..... shame about the glare on the fancy lady!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Originally uploaded by lalheg.
I am here - I promise - just dealing with real life at the mo. Anyhow, here's a card I've made for my brother in law Sean using Trish Bayley's 10 minute collage technique, stamp bought from Suzie Jefferson and a vintage free school meal ticket from Carol Hay - how cool is that ticket?!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Carving out time

Must try to remember to show some stuff I've done at some time. Time - what's that?!

I did find some and used it to try to put some pics on but Blogger was being a grumpy git and was having none of it. Ah well.