Royal Ascot gets under way today, great for those who love horses and royals, or simply those that love a good excuse for a posh party and to get their fancy hats out.
I designed this invitation for the latter.
Event invitations will be available very soon in the shop!
One nice thing about not always working to a deadline is being able to start ideas and leave them to one side until a later date when there’s more time. This illustration is one of those.
These little love birds will soon be making their way onto some new stationery designs in the shop.
The latest edition to the children’s portraits, cute as a mouse.
If you’d like a portrait this style, you can find it in the shop here, or send me a message firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s that sketch all coloured in and collaged up.
I think this could be a good excuse to start a series of collages to record things I’ve been doing. It seems a lot more fun than keeping a diary anyway!
A cold wet weekend in, looking through old photos, inspired me to do some sketches. I might have to turn this one into a collage!
We’ve had some lovely weather the last few days, it’s given us the chance to get out and about enjoying a few of our favourite activities…
breathing in the country air…
swimming in the river and looking under rocks…
and a spot of duck hunting
It can be a bit difficult making birthday cakes for non-cake loving people, but birthdays just aren’t the same without blowing out candles. As this year’s alternative I decided to make a biscuit mountain using a homemade version of the birthday boy’s favourites.
I used a recipe found here although I adapted it to UK style measurements and missed out some of the sugar.
140g plain flour
120g butter (softened)
60g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 large egg
Mix the flour, cocoa, bicarb, baking powder, salt and sugar in bowl. Beat in the egg and butter. Mix thoroughly together ( I just used a wooden spoon). Line a baking sheet with baking paper and place rounded teaspoons of mixture about 2 inches apart from each other. You’ll need to flatten and shape them with your fingers, and if you don’t want them to look so rustic, tidy them up with a cutter. Bake them at 190C for 9 minutes and cool on a wire rack.
110g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla powder (or other kind of vanilla flavouring)
Gradually beat the sugar and vanilla into the butter until light and fluffy.
Using a butter knife, spread some filling on the underside of a biscuit and place another one on top!
For more thorough (less lazy) instructions have a look at the cupcake project blog where you can also find other links to the recipe among other tasty things.
Homemade biscuits always taste better, although I have to admit it would have been a lot quicker to go and buy some from the shop!
Let me know if you make some!
I’ve been working on some new designs that will be in the shop soon. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of a new background design for a wedding portrait I’m working on.
For the background of my collages, I create a pattern and print it onto paper, then make a cut out to fit around the portraits. I have therefore found myself with a lot of left over paper that’s too pretty to throw away, so I’ve decided to put it to good use and find some interesting ways to use it around the house. I have long admired these artichoke like pendant lights that I first spotted over at zipper8lighting where shop owner Allison has herself come up with many lovely ways to recycle paper and things.
I was so pleased with the result (despite my not so perfect placing of the circles) I couldn’t help but make another one from an old book and some photocopies of some drawings I’ve done recently!
I’ve been working on some thank you cards that you can see (and vote for!) over at minted. It’s good timing as I need to give a BIG thank you to James Burrow and Stephen Rotondo for helping me so much with my website! (although they are perhaps mainly a bit girly for their taste?)