Wednesday, 12 September 2012

How Time Flies......

How Time Flies.............five months since my last blog post!!!!  Summer appeared for a very short period of time and disappeared as quick!!!

The childrens' summer holidays flew over and the Olympics kept everyone entertained day and night!

In the meantime, I have been busy designing new wares for my etsy shop and stocking galleries and shops; old and new! 

Owl pins are now listed in my etsy shop...

 ...along with Dala horses.

I have also been working on some reversible fabric collars with a ribbon fastening.  Easy to wear and one size fits all.  The one below was my first attempt and I am in the process of making several more in various fabrics.  They are ideal for 'dressing up' a plain t shirt or jumper and seem to be the ultimate fall/winter fashion accessory!  

The picture below is a drawing of mine that I have had printed on to white cotton via the Spoonflower website.  I have added the felt flowers and hand embroidered them on to the fabric.  These framed pieces of art will form part of the 20 x 20 (for £20) exhibition at Mushroom works gallery in Newcastle at the end of November.  I will also be exhibiting several more designs alongside several other local north east artists.  This exhibition is ideal if you are looking for a unique Christmas gift but it's advisable to be there early on preview night as the framed pieces tend to disappear very quickly!

I am exhibiting at the Daisy Green handpicked market at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead next Saturday from 10am - 4pm.  I will have a wide selection of my work for sale and it would be lovely if you could pop along xx

Sunday, 22 April 2012


Just a quick hello to show you my 'jubilee' inspired brooch.  This design specifically in red, white and blue is a limited edition as I only intend to make a maximum of twelve!

This one is currently available in my etsy shop.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012


I cannot believe Easter has disappeared over the horizon and we are now into the last term of the school year - this year is flying!

I have been working on some new items and in particular the dresses pictured below. They have a hand knitted yoke and a co-ordintaing fabric skirt. They are fastened with three buttons at the back of the knitted part of the dress (which I have failed to photograph!)

The three pictured all fit little girls aged between six and twelve months. However, I am currently working on some for younger babies with a crochet yoke and fabric skirt.

The one below is my favourite - very 'vintagey'

They are all for sale in my etsy shop including the little wooden hangers with the co-ordinating flowers!

Thursday, 12 January 2012


Happy New Year.

Doesn't time fly!!!! I cannot believe I have abandoned my blog for as long!!

I have been working on some new designs over the Christmas period and thought I would take this opportunity to show you the results.

First, I have been working on these embroidered linen bags, lined in Liberty Tana Lawn fabric - every one is unique and won't be repeated.

They are on sale in my etsy shop. I have used a mixture of new and vintage ribbons and lace to complete each design.

I was extremely fortunate to sell 41 out of 43 of the pictures below at the 20x20 show at Mushroom Works Gallery in December.

As a result I have decided to concentrate a little more on the pictures and have started to produce more applique pictures in a variety of sizes. The ones below measure ten inches by eight inches and can also be found in my etsy shop.

I'm keen to keep the pink one at the bottom!!! It's my favourite so far!!

If you would like to putchase any of the items below, I have a special discount code for my etsy shop during January. If you insert 'Januarysale' into the coupon code box during checkout you will receive 25% off your total order!!

Sunday, 13 November 2011


First of all can I thank everyone who came to the Shipley Art Gallery on Saturday to support the event - it was a superb day and I sold many items from my stall!!! The Gallery was busy all day and I'm hoping to be involved in another similar event in March 2011.

As a result of the extensive sales on Saturday and a huge order from Japan on my return home, my on line shops are somewhat low in stock!! I am also in the middle of preparing several 20cm by 20cm framed pieces for the Ouseburn Open Studio Weekend at Mushroom Works Gallery, Newcastle from 25th to 27th November!!! Phew - I have a busy week ahead!

I have already completed some framed artwork including the designs below,

All of these pieces will be sold for £20 at the exhibition - 20cm by 20cm for £20 - a fabulous idea and ideal for family and friends who are difficult to buy for at Christmas time!

The Scandinavian Bird pictures were popular at Ouseburn last year so I have made quite a few for this year's show too.

The owls weren't on show last year but have proved popular in my etsy shop so I'll be making a couple of these - this one will be included in the exhibition.

I am also embroidering Dala Horses, Fields of Poppies, Peacocks, Suns (with faces)!!! which I hope to show you later in the week.

There will be several local artists taking part in the show including Jim Edwards and Joanne Wishart. You will also have the opportunity to explore artists' studios located in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle. More information can be found on the Mushroom Works website or you are welcome to contact me by e-mail ( you require any further information

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


I am delighted to be attending the Christmas Market at the Shipley Art Centre in Gateshead as a stall-holder on Saturday. I have had this event booked in my diary for a while. I have been working merrily away creating all kinds of items specifically for this market including some new designs and Christmas themed items!

I intend to take along as much stock as I can physically carry. There will be several of these:

Quite a few of these.......

And I may take along one or two pictures....

I have made quite a few bird brooches like the one below and have also made some to hang as Christmas decorations alongside some other hanging designs.

I also have reversible fabric pendants on silver chains, hair slides, bags, felt 'peter pan' collars....... I'm hoping customers will be spoilt for choice!!!

The market starts at 10am on Saturday, 12th November and closes at four.

Over 40 stall local stall holders are booked to attend the first ever Shipley Art Musem Christmas Fair. It will be an eclectic mix of hand made presents, food, treats, clothing, homeware and gifts will be on sale.

The Daisy Green team who are organising the event will be handing out goodie bags to all who attend including the first ever handbag size printed copy of Daisy Green Magazine.

There'll be raffle, a gift wrapping service and much more. And it's FREE entry too!

Monday, 3 October 2011


Any decision made about weddings is completely subjective, and what is best for one person may not necessarily be for another. However, if you are looking for unique and personalised favours to give to your guests at your wedding I have the ideal solution!!!!

Petit Pot is is a new enterprise, which began in spring 2011.

The journey began when Mark Rogers and his wife Suzie decided to make favours for their guests at their own wedding in 2010. They went down a treat (and I can personally verify this as one of their lucky guests) and as a result, friends and family started to ask if they could make the little preserves for their weddings and parties. It seemed a shame not to share these gifts with everybody else, so PetitPot was born.

Mark and Suzie use local Yorkshire producers and suppliers to make their delicious range of personalised home made jams and chutneys. Their current range includes:

Strawberry and Champagne Conserve
Gooseberry and Elderflower Fizz Conserve
Rose Petal Jelly
Yorkshire Rhubarb Chutney
Chilli, Lime and Tequila Relish
White Port and Pear Chutney

Petit Pot are also currently working on new products which will be launched shortly. These will include cocktail themed preserves:

Strawberry Diaquiri
Bloody Mary
Pina Colada

With Christmas approaching quickly, I think Petit Pot's unique 'Tasting Box' will make the perfect present! Petit Pot enables the customers to choose flavours and colours whilst adding a personalised message.

Although Petit Pot is less than a year old, their recipes were finalists at the 2011 Great Taste Awards. Better pop over to their website fast before they're sold out!!!!!!

If you require any further information regarding Petit Pot you can e-mail Mark at: