Monday, 15 January 2018

Looking Forward to Summer at Calico Craft Parts.

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I've used a pastel sketch of my son, Isaac...
a piece of Elizabethan inspired whimsy using Calico Craft Parts.


Please hop over to the blog here if you would like to see more. I am planning to blog some more about my sketching and crafting adventures in 2018 and I would be delighted if you could join me when I do. I hope that January 2018 has begun well for you and that it will prove to be a creative and fulfilling year for all my followers and friends.

Monday, 1 January 2018

2017 with Calico Craft Parts - Happy 2018

Happy New Year! Once again I have to apologise for not being much of a presence in Blogland last year! It seems only yesterday that I was here with very good intentions! I have a post over at Calico Craft Parts today, sharing some of the projects I created last year thanks to the amazing array of kits and shapes on offer from Calico.


It would make my day if you could pop over and reminisce with me before we embark on a new creative year! I wish you all good things in 2018 - a year of joy, fulfilment and creativity!

Monday, 18 December 2017

Christmas Robins at Calico Craft Parts Blog

Christmas is coming so it's time for all Magpies to sort out their Christmas stash and maybe add a few new bits and bobs to the tree. Today I have a very quick and easy idea for Christmas dangles over at Calico Craft Parts here.


I hope your Christmas preparations are fun and that you're managing to avoid stress at this busy. May your holidays be full of peace and joy!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Winter at Calico Craft Parts!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I have a snowy, woodland canvas over at Calcio Craft Parts here.


I hope you find some creative time amidst all the festive busy-ness on the horizon!

Monday, 20 November 2017

A Box of Winter Delights at Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I'm over at Calico Craft Parts blog today with a box frame of winter delights. I hope you'll be able to join me and be inspired to create your own box of delights.


Have a wonderful, creative week.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Follow Your Dream at Calico Craft Parts Blog

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! I'm over at Calico Craft Parts blog with a chunky box canvas for a friend who lives far away.


Please flutter across if you would like to find out the story behind it and how I made it. Have a lovely creative week.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Birds of the Night at Calico Craft Parts Blog

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I am over at Calico Craft Parts blog with 3 little stacking boxes, which I have wood-burned with owls. If you would like to see more, please hop across here



 I hope you're  enjoying the Autumn, which is possibly my favourite season! I'm a great fan of Autumn colours; the scent of wood smoke and long walks through crisp leaves. The other evening when walking home from my mother's flat I heard the plaintive cry of an owl in the twilight. It provided the perfect soundtrack to the fallen leaves and skeleton trees around me and inspired a doodle that I thought would be fun to re-create as a wood-burned design.



Halloween parties when our children were small, with dressing up, traditional games and spooky surprises are some of my best Autumn memories. We live in a quiet little street of Victorian cottages and every October 31st we're visited by new troupes of tiny ghouls, witches, cats, vampires and - inexplicably - a fair smattering of Disney princesses - all excited to be out after dark, with parents keeping an eye out in the shadows! There are more treats than tricks, and peels of excited laughter as our visitors wait on the doorstep!


I've turned my hand to spooky projects since I started creating a few years back, but - much as I've enjoyed making them - I've never felt they were that scary! The Mexican Day of the Dead has always fascinated me too because it seems to be far more about life and laughter and remembering those who lived and loved life to the full than about grim and menacing visitations.


  Owls are more beautiful than creepy to me... and there's always the temptation to giggle rather than scream when the lights go down! 


Maybe that is - after all - what Halloween is all about. As the days shorten and the dark nights draw in, let's dance among the shadows and chase fear away!