My husband and I have a new year’s resolution to get rid of at least one third of all our belongings this year. We have been doing a bit of reading up on minimalist lifestyles thanks to our friend Rosee and feel that this could be just the thing to help us simplify our lives a bit and gain some control over our ever increasing big massive mountain of stuff.
So far it has been a successful mission and we have managed to get rid of an obscene amount of stuff – but there is still a long ol’ way to go and it is getting more and more difficult. The first wave was easy; we went through each room picking out things that we didn’t actually want. It was amazing at how much we got rid of just doing that. There is a general rule that we are trying to work to which is: If we don’t need it and we don’t love it, it’s got to go. This is easy up to a point, but we are now at a stage where all of the things that we definitely don’t want have gone. The next phase seems to be getting rid of things that we neither need or love, but that have some sentimental attachment to us for whatever reason. There is SO MUCH of it!!
Needless to say there has been much rifling through old boxes here and delving into the past. I have found quite a bit of old college stuff, most of which has gone straight in the recycling box, but there is this one piece that it is going to be hard to say goodbye to…
Anyway, (*big breath*) it’s going in the bin and I am posting some pics of it up on here to make me feel less sad about it. This snow dome of New York is made out of cast resin set in a vacu-formed acrylic dome. It is filled with water, glitter and 100 individually painted miniature people. I made it from scratch and it took weeks to finish!
To be fair to the snow dome, I have been dragging it round with me for the last 13 years so it’s done it’s dues. Then just as I was having a little wobble about letting it go the other day, Jet sat on it, it cracked and all the water started spilling out. Problem solved!
You can find out more about minimalism and decluttering your home and mind here.
Goedemorgen! Just to let you know, I will have work showing at this year’s Affordable Art Fair in Brussels. The show starts on 21st February and continues until the 24th. It will be hosted at the Tour & Taxis. More info and tickets for the event can be found here.
I will have work showing at the Art Palm Beach fair starting this week from the 25th-28th January in Florida. The show starts with a preview evening this Thursday.
More info and whatnots about the show can be found here.
Obviously I would be there myself, but it’s swimming lessons on Saturday mornings, so…
Early last year I was selected as one of 50 contemporary artists and printmakers to take part in The Library of Lost Books. This is an ongoing project which intends to rescue old, discarded and damaged books, donated by the Library of Birmingham. Once all the books have been reworked, they will then be displayed as part of the opening festival for the new Library of Birmingham this summer. The exhibition will then tour round various other venues across the UK.
Here are some pics of the work in progress and my final entry below:
All the info about the Library of Lost Books that you could possibly want can be found here.
Just so you know – I’ve got some new necklaces and brooches for sale in Fig. 1, Bristol – Hurrah!
Happy new year y’all!
Life is just about getting back to normal again here, which feels gooooood.
Here’s a little project I thought I’d share – good for keeping necks warm in all this chilly weather…
This neck warmer is knitted with Rowan Big Yarn onto 10mm needles. It would work on straight needles, or even better, onto DPNs or a 60cm circular needle.
I have made a couple of pattern options, which you can see below.
Let me know if you decide to have a go or if you’d like to email you with a printable PDF for the patterns
Merry Christmas y’all!!
‘Tis the season for last minute crafting and wondering why we didn’t start all these projects about two months ago!
Here’s a quicky tutorial for making gift bows – the perfect finish to your crimbo present wrapping! I like to make these out of Jet’s old bits of drawings and paintings. She brings SO many home from nursery these days, it’s ridiculous. There is no way we could keep hold of them all and I feel like a proper meanie when they go in the recycling bin…
Here’s how we do:
That’s all for now, so I guess all that is left to do is to wish everyone a very ***MERRY CHRISTMAS*** - I hope you have a double-brills day!!
x x x