Thursday, October 22, 2015

And in the studio this week?

Not terribly much! 

I've finished the pile of coasters that I started last week. Now I just need to package them, photograph them and load them into my shop. I'm thinking of making little calico bags to hold each set of four. I'll play around with that idea over the weekend.


 I've also printed a couple of daisy placemats and have started to varnish them. I always apply 4 coats of varnish to my coasters and placemats.


Jill xx

Some home projects on the go...


A month ago I found this cabinet beside the road with a sign on it...'free'. It had a rather dark varnished, so last weekend I sanded it back and painted it white. Only the top coat to go! It'll be perfect in my bedroom.


I've also been creating some gardens around my cottage. I've planted impatiens in the garden under my fruit trees (they're just tiny dots of colour right now), and would like to have a variety of daisies brightening the corner below. I also plan to paint the old garden chairs. 

So hopefully this rather dull corner will be a lot brighter in the future... 


So...todays blog has really been a bunch of  'before' photos. Hopefully some day soon I'll be taking the 'after' shots.
Jill xx

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Friday night was spent around a friends kitchen table making pom pom decorations.
5 women...food, wine and masses of laughter...a great way to start the weekend!

Here are the two I made, hung in my kitchen and on my deck.



Jill xx

Thursday, October 15, 2015

And todays task...?

...varnishing.

I am playing with the idea of making teapot stands. (Another project that has taken the back burner for a while). I printed the wood a few months ago and yesterday decided to continue making them. Yesterday I painted the edges white and today I am varnishing them. Then all I need to do is back them with felt so that they don't scratch any table they are placed upon.

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I'm also going to varnish the coasters I printed the other day as I'd like to put them in my online shop next week.
Jill xx

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Against the blue...

The last of this seasons poppies.

Blossoms on the plum tree I planted last year.
 ...just a little celebration of spring.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Jill xx

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hydrangea design....



 I put aside my hand painted hydrangea screen for a while, without quite finishing it. I think I was a  little nervous about the hand paintedness of it as opposed to the computer generated designs I have printed in the past with their concise clear cut edges.
So it 'rested' in the corner of the studio for a while, until I finished it last week.
Funnily, now I quite like the fact that it has a bit more of a hand made look. 

I have made a first print...white on grey cotton. A cushion perhaps?


Jill xx

Monday, October 12, 2015

Printing...


Yesterday afternoon I did some screen printing. Here are some coasters drying off before I start applying coats of varnish.
At the moment I'm liking the fresh white ink against the wood.
Jill xx

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hands on...

This afternoon as I sat in the sun on my deck and sanded some coasters, preparing them for printing, I thought how much I love the hands on earthiness of being a crafts-person.


Jill xx

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Do you ever feel like this?



Last night I got sick of seeing my unopened, unused new visual diary sitting on my desk. The pages were too dauntingly white and perfect, so I decided I needed to just scribble something to make it imperfect and mine.

Jill xx