Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Milton Advent Windows


Somewhat rashly I volunteered to take part in the Milton Village Advent Windows community project, founded this year by Kathleen English, a member of All Saints Church.  She was looking for people in the village to decorate their front windows on a given day during advent.  The idea being that the whereabouts of each window would be publicised and villagers could have an evening stroll, with the added bonus of spotting a beautifully lit window.

I decided to take on "A Partridge in a Pear Tree" and spent far too long (possibly 12 hours) cutting up cardboard and tissue paper to create our window, which 'opened' on 1st December.  I will keep it lit up every day from 4pm until 24th December, when I'm sure the dog will be delighted to see passers-by from the window once again!

This year I haven't had my usual Christmas shows so had a bit more time to spend making a mess in our dining room. It was quite a challenge as I don't usually work on such a large scale.  I've had people ask if I'll be doing "Two Turtle Doves" next year, but I'll have to see if we are 'back to normal' with events.  Thanks to everyone who has visited and sent me kind messages.  I was also interviewed live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning, which was quite a surprise, with 15 minutes notice.  We are in Hall End, Milton, if you'd like to pop by.

Top and bottom windows viewed from the road


 

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

New products

I never get tired of seeing my new designs in print.  This month I have three new things to show you. Firstly this rather posh looking embossed card of my original Honesty print.  It's titled Lunaria (the Latin name for the purple flowering, silver-skinned oval-seed producing plant). It's just £2 available here.

Next I have this really sophisticated card with shining gold foil.  It's called Love Heart with Golden Birds, also £2 from my shop.  This one is a larger format, being 6" square.

Lastly, a new wrapping paper featuring on trend Monstera Leaves.  Did you have a plant like this in the 70's, do you have one now?  Also known as cheese plants, I'm guessing because they have holes like some cheeses?  A sheet of folded wrap is £1.50 and the matching tags are just £2 for five.  See the wrapping paper section of my website, where there are now seven different designs to browse.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Bird Houses Advent Card

I've had the idea for this design in my head for ages, so it's great to finally see it in print.  A few years ago I designed a Beach Hut Advent Calendar and I wanted to design something which had a similar feel.  The artwork for the Bird Houses was done full sized but the publishers, Flamingo Paperie, printed it as an advent card.  Although disappointed at first, it actually means a lot more people will be able to see it, as posting is easier and they are only £3, available from my website.  I thought I'd ordered plenty, but they sold out in a day, so I've now stocked up with lots more and hope to have enough to go round.  Look out for two cheeky visitors who have cosied up in one of the bird boxes.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Wrapping Paper

 

Website update: Christmas stock and three of my wrapping paper designs are now available from my online SHOP - there are also matching packs of tags.



Friday, 16 October 2020

Winter Waxings

I've been working on a new card design and couldn't decide between having snow or no snow, so I'm having some of each printed.  They will be available on my website from 22nd October.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

August Update

Where is the year going? We are already over half way through August!  My last post was about Open Studios, we weren't sure how it was going to go or if anyone was going to turn up...however we needn't have worried as I had pretty much the same number of visitors as a 'normal' year.  Many thanks to my mailing list customers, friends and local villagers who came along.

I sold four framed prints including my favourite 'Ede's Sprial', so that's always exciting to see things go to good homes.  Emily also sold well and has had work taken by Wildwood Gallery in Bury St Edmunds.

Social distancing was pretty easy to observe, I'd leave the studio to allow each family group to look around on their own.  If others came along, they were happy to look around the gazebo.  We had perfect weather apart from the second Saturday afternoon, when the heavens opened and I had to supply my visitors with umbrellas, to return at a later date. The new opening hours of 10-5 worked well and I hope when the 'real' COS returns next year, they will adopt the new hours too.

The four framed prints that went to new homes


Thursday, 16 July 2020

Open Studio


As mentioned in my previous post, the official Cambridge Open Studios has been cancelled for this year but I've decided to open my garden studio every day from 18th - 26th July.  For the first time, I will also have work on show by my daughter, Emily Cooper.  She was supposed to graduate from UWE this year and we're waiting with baited breath to hear her grade for her degree in Illustration.

I hope you can make it.  Follow my Instagram page for updates and to see photos once we are all set up.