Monday, 29 March 2010

I am so proud of my Yr 8 class.......

Thought I would share some great work that my Yr 8 class did today (12 yr olds boys and girls )I am doing a class ATC swap with an artist who teaches kids in her art studio, she is based in America. I decided to let my Yr 8 class have a go today and boy ! they did me proud. They are a mixed ability class so the whole range of art abilities but I think they did a great job .........What do you think ?
These are a few of my favourites done by 4 boys and 1 girl...........

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Que Sera Sera whatever will be ..we're going to Wembley

I know I'm a Rugby girl (being Welsh and all) but when in Rome .....!!!We support Southampton football team The Saints and they have qualified for the final and are off to Wembley tomorrow and Jim and I are going too ...YAY ....we are on coach 65 out of 100 coaches going from the ground at some ungodly hour tomorrow morning........(and the clocks go forward tonight so we will miss an hour's sleep too)........44000 Saints fans making their pilgrimage to Wembley tomorrow......

C...O...Y....R.....(Come On You Reds)

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Anyone want to swap ???

I have just made these ATCs just wondered if anyone wants to swap with me. I will be posting them on Flickr later on .......if you want to swap e mail me on

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Mermaids the Sea and more ATC s

We went down to the sea on Sunday to Western Shore on Solent water. i usually manage to collect more 'stuff' off the beach than I did..... but still came back with some interesting bits of wood and a great long piece of braided plastic. The best bit apart from the mobile phone keypad was the rose made out of wood.
The mermaid painted on my wall was done by my daughter Sophie years ago ....I have decorated the rest of the room but could never paint over this it's beautiful.
I started painting on bits of drift wood I did this voluptuous mermaid a while ago but after picking up interesting bits od driftwood on Sunday thought I might do some more .........if I can fit it in around my obsessive stitching !!!

A few more ATCs this time I've tried to stay on the cool side of the colour palette but I couldn't resist a smidgen of pink !!!.........xx

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Siete or Saith

Mafiosagrrl has tagged me to tell you 7 things about myself ......mmmm normally I am an images person I prefer not to write too much ( visual learner /picture smart ....Thats me !!) so with the aid of the obligatory pics here goes.....

I was born in Wales in a town called Neath.I love Wales and I guess the Celtic side of me shows in my love of art/music/poetry......and my love of rugby....Cymru am Byth.......


My children I have 5 of them and they make my world go round
Ryan 30 ....Landscape gardener /DJ/break dancer/Graffiti artist/traveller
Brady 28.....Jewellery designer/computer games designer/uni student/philosopher
Sophie 24.....Classically trained professional singer/Yoga teacher/traveller/Mermaid
Jocelyn 21.... Textile artist/Dancer/ party animal/Funny/Angel
Ruby 7.........Artist/ story teller/Fairy


My Man ........Jim .......I have been lucky enough to meet my soulmate Jim he is a singer/songwriter/poet/he is strong and true ....and a brilliant Dad to Ruby and he has the wickedest dreadlocks ....and he writes songs about me romantic is that?......we love walking in the countryside and by the sea, enjoying magic, fairies, following our dreams, looking at rainbows and watching shooting stars.We have both been vegetarian for 21 yrs and feel strongly about this.


I love my animals... two dogs scruffy rescues that rule our house .....example just got back home to find a whole sultana cake eaten......My fault shouldn't have left it where they could reach it.....and to add insult to injury they had chewed up the plum sticks I had cut up this afternoon for this evening's fire and to cap it all they are now having a play fight behind me on the sofa while I'm trying to write this ....we also have an 18 yr old cat called Georgina who is a little senile these days
I used to have 8 rabbits and 17 guinea pigs but that was when I was a bit needy !!!I'm OK now


My passion which is anything textiley...... fabric stitching threads wools ......patterns colours textures.....etc. I have always loved anything to do with making stuff ......I used to steam and block hats for my cindy ....taught by my Grandmother to knit stitch and crochet from very early age. I trained as an illustrator and graphic designer in the 70's specialising in botanical illustration ........then when I was stay at home Mum really got into textiles and now I am obsessed....... I teach textiles all day and stitch all night...I work as a Textile/art teacher I have been teaching kids for 8 years now and I love it. I work at an inner city school that has a diverse mix of cultures it's a real melting pot with never a dull moment ( 37 different languages spoken within the school community ...!!)
I am particulary addicted to swapping art it's an amazing experience I love sending my art on journeys and adventures all over the world


My collecting ......I collect 'stuff' anything and everything .........I have to curb it a bit as I have to think about the others in the house.......I love being surrounded by interesting things I find it inspirational and exciting.......I am also addicted to charity shops and car boot sales


We have a caravan that we take to the New Forest and one day we will live on a narrowboat.(This one's in our garden she's called 'Amelia')

The 7 I am going to tag to show and tell are ....

Judy Judy's fabrications
Jennie Jen's Inspirations
Lynn Getting my Feet Wet
Anne Cardinal Arts
Conni The Scoop Score and Deal
Chris Gray Textile art
Carolyn Saxby

Jim/ Bob

Jim (my Man )made his first ATC today ........he started with a multi dyed paper towel which he stuck to the card then image of Bob ...then he cut some stencils and stencilled over the towel ........pretty cool eh !!I'm starting a craze at school getting the other art teachers making cards and we did a departmental swap .......It keeps us sane on a Friday afternoon ......

Sunday, 7 March 2010


Latest swaps on theme of Buddha. I have decided to try and use different colours for my next ATCs all my new ones seem to be on the warmer side of the colour wheel ....I wonder if that's because it's been so cold ???

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Visit to Salisbury Cathedral

We visited Salisbury Cathedral the other day I forgot how beautiful it is.I was inspired by the vaulted ceilings and cut out stonework. I would love to use subtle colours in my work. I am going to give it a go although i know that some bright colours will creep in somewhere.......

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Happy St David's Day for yesterday ....

Back at school busy and tired but still trying to do some stitching for myself. It keeps me sane .........I forgot to wear my daffodil yesterday for St David's day so had to make a quick badge when I got to school ....phew !!
Thanks for visiting and leaving me lovely comments about my work I really appreciate it........see you soon ...x
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