Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Cataracts and no Art

Oh well, with all the good intentions of Monday, i havn't done a thing since.

Yesterday had a bit of bad news from the opticians. No, not the price of the glasses (£180/$360) lol, but the fact that he has discovered cataracts forming in both my eyes.

This has always been a big fear of mine for many years. Most of my Father's family suffered badly with cataracts, and i have a morbid fear of anyone touching my eyes. So the thought of an operation on them, whilst still awake, makes me feel sick to the stomach.

After googling the subject, found out that diet can be a big help, especially anti-oxidants which are found in vitamins A,C and E, and also zinc, and zinc oxide. So will definitely be buying some of those in tablet form.

Just hope that i will be able to carry on with my art, as life will be unbearable without it.

Still like they say, it will all come out in the wash. lol

Monday, 26 May 2008


Well, it must be well over a month since i did any real artwork, and boy have i made up for it today.

I've started altering 2 jigsaw pieces, one large (kindly sent to me from Maureen) and one medium size.

Gone back to altering my bus shaped board book, which has wheels on. The front cover should be finished tomorrow.

Made an assemblage angel, but it needs one thing to finish off, which i'm waiting on from Hongkong, So will be probably 3 weeks before i can show you.

BUT i did manage to complete one project entirely today, and that was my first ever Gothic Arch.
I succumbed to the Frieda Kahlo look, which a lot of people have done in the past, but i felt it was something i needed to do for myself. Plus it was great to use such bright vivid colours, that represent Mexico. There seems to be a lot of 'brown' stuff going on everywhere, so thought i would brighten up everyones day with some 'serious' colour. lol.

Would love to have a go at making a gothic arch book, but that will have to wait until after the end of June, when i will be exhibiting my work at Chesterfield. This was postponed from April, because of my moving home. So have to get some serious work done for that.


Sunday, 18 May 2008



Managed to find something to do craftwise, a raggedy flower brooch, even though everything is still boxed up.

I'm afraid the scan flattened it a bit, and i wish i'd have had some navy tweed instead of the gingham for the outer ring.

Very easy to make, but a bit time consuming. Whether i will ever wear it is another thing. lol

Monday, 12 May 2008


At long last I am back online.

Everything went well with the move, even though it was exceptionally tiring. It feels as though I have been away for months, and will take some time to get back into the swing of it.

This month i am hosting the Doll swap with the theme "Stick Doll' on the yahoo group i belong to. So with my getting my broadband back today, i decided to make my doll for the swap.


To make the doll, i started off first with a twig from a tree, but worrying whether the twig would rot, i changed it for a couple of skewers taped together.
Next i padded it out with polyester wadding, and secured it to the sticks by wrapping cotton thread round it.

I cut up a chiffon scarp into thin strips, wrapped it round, and added lace to the bottom half.

I used the same wool for the base and for the head, then wrapped very thin wire round it all to secure, adding a silver padlock and a flower bead to the wire.

Lastly 2 silk flowers were glued on.

The face was made from a mould, with air dry clay, and backed with acetate wings .

I just hope my partner will like it.