Thursday, 22 November 2012!!

What a busy few days I have ahead of me! Not complaining........just sayin'!

Tonight I'm off to Aberdeen to the lovely Claremont Gallery for the launch of their Artisan Winter Exhibition which features some of my work. 

VERY excited about this, I was a student in Aberdeen so it's full of very fond, somewhat hazy memories! The exhibition opens on Friday, 23rd November and runs until the 19th January so if you're visiting any relatives in the North East over the festive season, pop along and have a look!

Friday I'm going to be framing, collecting, packing up and organising for Saturday when I'm taking part in Creative Heartland in The Albert Halls, Stirling.

This is a brand new event with art, craft, live music, storytelling, design and debate. EXCITED......again!  There is going to be some fabulous work on display and I think it'll have a fantastic, buzzy atmosphere!!  I'll have a selection of work for sale and be giving papercutting demonstrations. So if you're in Stirling and are in need of some inspiration for Christmas presents come along and see us!

And as if ALL that wasn't enough, I'm off to the Country Living Christmas Exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow on Sunday! Can't wait to see all the lovely stuff and start getting in to the Christmas spirit!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The end of another sailing season

What a hectic weekend......I'm glad it's Monday again!! We spent Sunday in Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll giving our boat a bit of TLC before winter sets in.  I didn't take a single picture, which is shocking, because it was such a beautiful day! I do have some from a few weeks ago.....which is when I started writing this post.....before life got in the way!!

Tarbert is one of my favouritest places in Scotland....if not the universe.  In fact the whole area from Oban south, all the way to Campbelltown is one of the best kept secrets in Scotland, and if you ever get the chance to visit the area you should!  It's a bit off the usual tourist trail, as it's a bit "out on a limb".  You won't find many "Boutique" hotels, or Costa coffee shops......even Tescos are few and far between.  What you will find is the most stunning, clear, bright light, huge skies and beautiful deserted beaches........and maybe a tiny bit of rain......just occasionally!!  On the west side of Kintyre there's (mostly) nothing between you and America and it's an amazing sight watching the big waves rolling in after a fact we've visited a few times in the depths of winter just for that reason!

We have a little sailing yacht that lives, very happily, in Tarbert harbour and Saturday 20th November was lifting out day!

Eeeeek! Not looking quite so at home in the air!

The boys had a ball! What's not to like, boats, a HUGE crane, lots of bustle and excitement! Maybe it was just a little, weenie, tiny bit stressful for John......he always looks soooo relieved when she's on the ground and all propped up!

I am as well, but it's also a bit sad because it's the end of another sailing year and it means that winter's not far away....and in the back of my mind I remember the frozen fingers that come with cleaning, polishing and antifouling a boat in March and April! 

Monday, 5 November 2012

At last I've got them ALL printed!

Wow, it's taken me three attempts to get this post written and finally press the publish button!

I feel like I've been running on sand for the past couple of weeks and now I've finally got my Christmas designs done it's a bit like the calm before the storm!

It's been a bit of an epic exercise getting the cards screen printed.....mainly due to my impatience and rushing, which inevitably means I make a mistake and have to redo things......sometimes MORE than twice!

Now they're done I'm REALLY pleased with how they look! As always they're available in my Folksy shop and my Etsy shop.  

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