Monday, 12 February 2018

Fragile Hearts at Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. Today I'm over at Calico Craft Parts with a Valentine's themed heart plaque.


Please pop over if you would like to see how I created it. Have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Carnival of the Animals

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I have to confess I've been a hopeless blogger recently! I've said for a long time I'm going to turn over a new leaf so today I'm blogging about a miniature shrine I created especially for June who I first met some time ago via Kim Dellow's Show Your Face on Friday link!


I was really excited when June contacted me at my Etsy shop and asked if I could make her a miniature triptych for her birthday. The brief was to create a piece that was rectangular rather than pointed or domed, featuring girls and cats!


Here are the shapes I measured and cut from MDF. This was a new challenge I set myself. Very often I find that the shapes have a story to tell that suggests itself and then evolves as I work.


I had never worked with side-panels opening onto a scene before, but I had always wanted to.Now was my chance to see where these shapes wanted to lead me! I used this classic painting of a pierrot minstrel, flipping the image horizontally so my 2 little figures would lead the viewer in. Within my magical, miniature world cats and girls play sweet music and it's carnival time!


I love this stage in the process when I can play with the images and scraps, discarding and deciding and then changing my mind!


My favourite paper to play with right now is Japanese Yuzen or Chiyogami paper with its beautiful designs based on kimono fabrics. I was lucky enough to win a little stash of it from Gwen La Fleur in a recent blog hop; my friend Etsuko once sent me some beautiful sheets from Japan and I've also purchased different designs whenever I've seen them - most recently when staying with friends in Brussels.


Here things are moving on a little. There is always something special about the cranes on the Yuzen paper. Are they flying to a world where cats and humans dance together?


.. a land you can find in the masked princess's dreams.


This little couple seem to have reached their destination as the girl in the cat mask leads us through a door to a fantasy kingdom.


Closed, this tiny shrine measures 5 cm x 7 cm so you can hold it in the palm of your hand or stand it on a shelf. I do hope June will be happy with it and that it will have stories to tell her as she holds it. June is herself an artist with animals featuring often in her vivid and imaginative work. Creating this little triptych has so inspired me that I hope to create more. I wonder what stories they are waiting to tell? Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this. Have a wonderful week full of creative fun.

Monday, 29 January 2018

La Chouette - cabaret artiste extraordinaire!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! January is drawing to a close and to celebrate the show that spring has in store for us, I have created a little hanging at Calico Craft Parts blog.


Please meet the owl cabaret performer who thrills the twilight world with her low, moody and longing call! She is known as Chouette. Apparently this is French for the kind of owl who has no tufted egrets on its head. It's also used as a term of endearment for a beloved - a wife, girlfriend or daughter - and it is connected with feelings of awe or joy, so it seemed the perfect name for this new owl character!

I have also been working on my pastel sketches of family and friends, so I hope to be blogging about these soon too. Until then have a lovely, creative time and look out for those signs of the great spring cabaret about to begin!

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!