Toy Tofu…

Just finished making a soft tofu toy (it has a lovely sounding bell inside and jingles when you shake it) for the beautiful baby Henry and his gorgeous vegan mummy Karoline x

Tofu Toy

From Leeds to Sheffield (A Love Story)

Sheffield run an artist’s book prize and this year I thought I’d have a go at making a submission.  When Pickle and I were first dating he would spend all of his money to get from Leeds to Sheffield to see me and we accumulated a large number of spent train tickets.  I thought I’d stick them all together to make pages, and then draw on them in permanent marker.  After spending so long making the pages themselves, I was quite frightened of putting such an unforgiving pen to the pages, but it worked out okay in the end.  I had written a poem to accompany the illustrations, but I like it being just pictures.

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All of the tickets on the cover are single tickets; the rest of the book is made out of two part returns.

As I was going to submit the book I realised that there is a charge, so I’m not entirely sure if I will submit it or not, but either way I think it will be something nice to give to Thom when he’s a lot older…a little love story of how his mummy and daddy got together… x

Yo ho ho and a bottle of milk…

We were trying to wait until International talk like a pirate day, but September seemed so very far away and today was so gloomy that we decided to have a Pirate adventure!

Pirate Day

We had a treasure map that led us to the island where we uncovered a chest filled with skeletons, chocolate coins, shiny beads, a goblet and a yukky squidgy skull

Pirate Day

We were pretty hungry by this point, so we stopped for a bite to eat

Pirate Day

Sausage and mash pirate ship and a broccoli boat

Pirate Day

Then we ate a very yummy Pirate pudding

Pirate Day

Mrs Armitage kindly donated the pirate napkins to us and everything we used on the day we already had in our Halloween box, our Christmas box or were free downloadable printouts online.  I printed the signs for our pirate pudding from

After dinner Thom went to the park to play on the pirate ship with Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa and then we played on our island

Pirate Day

Pirate Day

Pirate Day

Our Pirate ship was made from a Morrisons banana box.  We use these quite a bit on our themed days.  Good old Morrisons!

Pirate Day

Pirate Day

But then our ship was overtaken by Old Captain Sea Dog and his band of pirates!  Oh no!  I mean, Shiver me timbers!

Pirate Day

They made us walk the plank!

Pirate Day

Pirate Day

Pirate Day

Luckily we didn’t visit Davy Jones’ Locker but swam safely to shore and cuddled up on the couch to watch The Pirates!  Band of Misfits.  What a grand great adventuaaarrr!

Holding onto love…

Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa have a new home, a lovely small house near to their friends.  They asked me to paint a picture for them and so we set about looking online for inspiration.  I mentioned a painter I like, Mackenzie Thorpe, and whilst searching through his many beautiful paintings Moo-Pa came across Holding onto Love.

 Holding onto Love

He really liked it and asked if I could change the colour scheme and a few bits and pieces…and this is the finished piece…

 Holding onto Love

It’s been a while since I got the oil paints out (roughly three years) so I was a bit nervous but I really enjoyed it.  Thank you to Miss Molly who gave me all of her oil paints a few months ago x

On the farm…

I have been a poorly one all week, so we thought about what would cheer me up and what would make Thom grin and we decided to have….


On Saturday we visited Heeley City Farm. It was the first time we had visited and it will certainly not be our last. It was brilliant!  It is a wind and sun powered mini farm and provides environmental, health, food and farming education to school children and visitors.  It does incrediable community work.  For more information please visit their website and/or read their Wiki…

Farm Weekend

The staff were really friendly and we got to say a close up hello to a happy chicken

Farm Weekend

The chickens and cockerels were Thom’s favourite animals, although he liked the noises the pigs made and did a very good impression of them.

Farm Weekend

We were lucky to see this peacock fan his tail feathers

Farm Weekend

Thom liked it when mummy and baby nuzzled

Farm Weekend

The setting of Heeley City Farm is really pretty.

We had a very yummy snack at the farm’s vegetarian and vegan café

vegetarian and vegan café

Luckily Thom is happy to share

Farm Weekend

He liked sitting in the tractor…

Farm Weekend

And playing in the park…

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

This farm is free to visit and the cafe is very affordable.  Thom was so happy he said his second ever two word sentence…”Bob-Bye Chickens”

The next day we carried on our theme, with apricot wheats for breakfast…they look like mini hay bales…Again, we had quite a lot of farm themed toys and puzzles, so I put them altogether in our lounge for a few hours of fun…

Farm weekend

We have some beautifully hand knitted and crocheted fruits and vegetables that Mrs Moz and Grandma Needles made for Thom….The banana even has a zip!  I popped them in a crate for our little Farmer’s market

Farm Weekend

We had farm related books and puzzles…

Farm Weekend

I made cards with words and pictures of animals for Thom to play with, and plastic backed fruits and veggies…

Farm Weekend

The hen house…

Farm Weekend

The sheep pen (with Mooie the cow)

Farm Weekend

I made a cow shed for Mooie out of a Huggies wipes box, made cow patterned bunting and used Thom’s JCB toy as a tractor…

Farm Weekend

We had a lovely tea, with fresh fruits and vegetables (and pizza….)

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Thom loved his corn…

Farm Weekend

Then we read books, sang Old MacDonald, looked back through our farm photographs from the day before and watched Baby Einstein- Old MacDonald until bedtime…

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Hoorah for fun on the farm x

Pickle is Fab…

I have designed an alternative to a card and I was so excited that poor Pickle had to have his Valentine’s early…

 Fab lolly card

I’ve made a little Pocket in the front and back so that I can add a love note

 Fab lolly card

I’ve recently set up a page where I hope to sell the occasional piece.  If anyone is interested or has a request please visit…


The Chronicles of Camm Street…

Today we decided it would be a wonderful day to visit Narnia…so we did!

 Me and Pickle emptied out our wardrobe and moved it into the lounge.  Inside we hung our dressing gowns as fur coats and made a dressing up/reading area.  The Christmas tree made another appearance!

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I made an Aslan mask.  I got the template from The Magical World of Narnia by Brian Sibley and drew the face on.  There are lots of brilliant activities in the book but they are mostly for older children

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The Sparklist and Ron Burgundy let us borrow their Christmas tree for the day for our White Witch’s Kingdom

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I got a fruit crate from Morrisons, painted it black and put cushions and blankets inside.  I attached a lantern  and filled it with battery powered fairy lights.

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It made a nice bed for Moo-Cat who was our Aslan for the day

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I dressed up as the White Witch

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I made a lamp-post so we could find our way back to Spare Oom and War Drobe

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We had lunch with Mr Tumnus

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“And really it was a wonderful tea.  There was a nice brown egg, lightly boiled, for each of them, and then sardines on toast, and then buttered toast, and then toast with honey, and then a sugar topped cake.”

Moo-Pa quickly sketched a portrait of an old Faun with a grey beard to put on the mantelpiece over the fire.

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We re-spined some of our books with titles Mr Tumnus has in his little cave and added a little pile of his brown paper parcels.

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After lunch we went to play in the snow and Moo-Ma made a miniature snowman

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We then went inside to warm up.  We coloured in some pictures of Mr Tumnus and Lucy before we all got a bit kippy and had a nap.

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I made a wipe-able dinner mat of a map of Narnia and instead of Turkish Delight we ate rather too many Snowball chocolates (I had meant to save some for you Pickle, sorry!)

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We made some fancy paper snowflakes

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And we’re now off to watch the film and play before we have tea with Mr and Mrs Beaver.  What a fab day!

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Felt fairy lights…

Okay, so I was supposed to have made these and had them up for Christmas…but I was making things for other people which took precedence.  Today I had a spare five minutes to finish them off and I really love them.

Felt fairy lights

Felt fairy lights

Felt fairy lights

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They don’t add to your electricity bills either. Hooray!   x

If you go down to the dining room today…

Today was the last day of the holiday and I wanted to do something special for when Mr T got home from nursery.  I thought a teddy bear’s picnic would be just the thing…

Indoor picnic

Indoor picnic

May as well make use of the Christmas tree!

Indoor picnic

I had to hide the strawberries in the teapot otherwise Thom wouldn’t eat any of the savoury food…

Indoor picnic

Indoor picnic

After diner we lit our fire and I read a story about robots.  Thom got a bit distracted towards the end and went to play with the washing machine buttons.  Pickle stayed until the end of the story.  Washing machine buttons don’t appeal to him quite so much.

Indoor picnic

Crafty Christmas 2012…

Well, it’s been a very busy and wonderful year as well as being the most difficult and rewarding…it’s nearly at its close.  Time for one final blog before we move into 2013…

I made quite a lot of things for people for Christmas presents this year, half of which I forgot to take pictures of, but here are a few bits and pieces I did remember to snap.

Firstly I found a good use for some of our many wine corks.  I made them into stamps! cork 003

I then made the stamps into Christmas cards for Baby Polly and Oliver.  The bodies of the robins were printed using half cut potatoes.  I don’t think I’ve done a potato print since my age reached double figures!

 Baby's first Christmas cards

I made Christmas tree decorations for Polly and Joe

 Robin tree decorations

I made a picture of Simon Armitage for Mrs Armitage using a sample paint pot of her feature walls, canvas and a map of Sheffield

 Simon Armitage

I made my Panda Bear a fabric picture of one of her favourite Jeffrey Lewis songs/lyrics “Don’t be upset”

 Jeffrey Lewis

“Don’t be upset it’s only an octopus
Don’t bother it and I’m sure it won’t bother us.”

 Jeffrey Lewis

I made the background from my old summer dress, the octopus is made of felt and his embellishments are some sequins from the back of one of my skirts…I’m pretty sure no-one will notice that some are missing…

I also made Mrs Moz some design your own Morrissey shoes…

 Morrissey shoes

Morrissey shoes

Morrissey shoes

I’m very excited about this coming year, I feel it will have greatness in it.  Thank you for all of your support and kind words throughout 2012…I hope you all have a wonderful New Year.  Looking forward to seeing you in 2013 xxx