Sunday, 5 April 2015

To misquote Abba: Bunny, Bunny, Bunny

Ey up my bloggy chums!  A supremely Happy Easter to you all…I have woken from choccy egg/celebration trifle coma to bring Easter cheer, well it is for us; kitty not so much…

So about 5 days ago Gloria one of the kitty gitbags, brought in a live mouse and dumped it in our living room, presumably saving for a rainy day play snack. 

She has spent a full on vigil by the step it went under, pausing only to run outside, The Flash style, for a quick wee and then fly back in as fast, without stopping for her usual screech hello to get back to it.

I too have spent all that time trying to catch it with our humane mouse trap (it sees a lot of action).
I finally got it today and let it go.
This is her reaction....

This coupled with the humiliation of the JML Christmas gift still festering in background, I'm fully expecting a kitty armageddon;  she doesn't take these things well...she's already menacing the mother-in-law!

In between p*ssing the cat off I have been a-painting and a-stitching like the wind though so thought I'd show you these before she wreaks revenge on them!

In keeping with the general Eastery vibe...BOING! A wee bunny popping up to see what's occurring!

Painted in watercolours onto paper, I've then appliquéd tiddly poppy flowers snipped from Liberty print fabric scraps. Embroidered stems and grasses and lovely French knots.
I've also added a tiny appliqué  busy, buzzy bumblebee to keep her company!

And this wee fella...

(hot pre-titchy action shot)

Ever so slightly grumpy bunny now stitched! The look on his face is not dissimilar to Mr.Mimi's face when I ask him to run the hoover round.  A positive bun-fest with 2 tiny stitchy buns hiding behind a big gold stitchy leaf.  Also features sprig of stems and leaves and French knots a-plenty.  Watercolour on paper with hand embroidery.

Another curious wee chappy,  joined by another appliquéd bumble bee. Embroidery features wee glittery gold French knots and a sprig of stems and leaves in blues and glorious contrasting red.
Watercolour on paper with hand embroidery.

And last but not least!
Slight variation on a theme, another bunny gazing up at an appliqué bumbly bee...(it might be the same one mooching from one bun to another!) A bright cheery sprig of stems and leaves and grasses. Watercolour on paper with hand embroidery.

All available for your bunny bothering pleasure at my Etsy shop! :)

Also in the MimiLoveForever news!  As if you weren't sick of the sight of me on social media etc you can now find me over at: and

I've recently been interviewed by the lovely folks at:
and here too:
(It's only fair to warn you those last two links do contain disturbing photo's of've been warned!) :)

So BIG THANK YOU to all those lovely folks who have put up with me droning on!

Right stay tuned cos I've literally got a shedload of new works to show you, including this chap who's next up for stitching action:

Must dash for now...kitty has woken up and I'm fearful for the wellbeing of various family members!

Big Mimi Loves to you all and thanks for dropping' by!! :)

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Quantum Physics for Dummies by Dummies!

(Desperately hoping no-one will notice it’s been 2 months since last update!)

Ey up my bloggy chums!  I do hope 2015 is treating you well thus far?  Still no bloody jetpacks/flying cars…damn you 1970’s and all your broken promises!

So one of the many arguments we had over Christmas involved quantum physics.  If you’re anything like me you will have glazed over immediately already.  I was forced to watch some programme on BBC where some bloke tried to prove that nothing exists if we don’t look at it (it was probably bit more involved than that but I lost the will to live within 2 mins of it being on).

I simply pointed out that BBC could’ve saved matey a fortune on all the lasers, computer programmes and mind numbing equations by coming round here with the latest JML Cats Meow *amazing* rotating cat toy that I got rinsed 15quid for (at his insistence), and sticking it in front of our kitties, who not only ignored it, but by the *blank stare into distance/nothing to see here* looks on all faces, actually denied it’s very existence, even when it was poking them vigorously on their collective bums!

The conversation quickly spiralled into a supernova of a shouting match with me telling him to get Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox and the team behind the Hadron Collider to come round here and explain to me why I’m the only b*&£$*@ in this place who can put the frigging wheelie bin out on a Tuesday?!

That shut him up.
Anyway…lately I ‘ave been mostly painting cats.  Not mine, I’m ignoring them.

Igonring a JML rotating cat toy is this abstract tabby in shades of deep blue/greys and purple, soft pinks, delicate lilac and yellows with glorious green eyes. Watercolour on paper.

Fallen over on his back as is so disgusted at JML rotating cat toy is this abstract tabby gazes up at the world also in shades of deep blue/greys and purple, soft pinks, delicate lilac and yellows with glorious green eyes. Watercolour on paper.

This is pretty much the look of *if I can't see a JML rotating cat toy, it obviously doesn't exist* in shades of deep blue/greys and purples with warm yellow/orange eyes. Watercolour on paper.

Me: "Look. It rotates and everything!"  Cat: *singing the Meow Mix song in it's head whilst admiring the coving*.  Beautiful fluffy kitty in shades of cobalt blue, deep blue/grey and turquoises with flashes of soft apricot tones and striking orange/yellow eye.
Watercolour on paper.

And last but not least a Siamese kitty gazing up at the sky as there's an outside chance that it's owner will give up in despair as she has done with EVERY SINGLE CAT TOY EVER and remove the offending rotating JML cat toy and hits the Gin.
Watercolour on paper.

These furry feline fellas are all watercolour on paper and available over on my website shop and the good news is one lucky purchaser will receive an *amazing* rotating cat toy completely free with their purchase…unused…except the box…they love the box.

JML Cat’s Meow?  You’ll find them on Ebay under: *Unacknowledged Gift-owner bullied by cats-idiot husband* category.

I’ll be back soon…ish! :)

Big Mimi Loves to you homies and thanks for droppin’ by!

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Oh Gordon Bennett, yes I know I was going to improve my blogging updates…*sigh*…still better late than never eh and I have been getting a lot of work done to show you in my spanky new studio:

Before: rancid pit of despair

After:  bit of an Ikea-fest, small but light and it works! :)

I wish I could tell you it still looks like this, but's paint splattered, threads everywhere and currently has our new rescue cat living in there too; still she's good company, if a little niffy! 

Right, so first pet portrait to show you is from the lovely Ruby the artist behind Maid in Cornwall.

This is Bill.  Her sweet and much missed rescue Jack Russell.  I loved working on this piece but it was very emotional as Bill passed away shortly after I started work so I wanted it to be extra special.

I had a brief of Lyrics from Somewhere over the rainbow.  Seagulls, St/Michael’s Mount (Cornwall) and Bill had won a rosette for being *Best Veteran* doggy in his local show.

Watercolour on canvas with hand embroidery.

I’ve also added a couple of new hand embroidered canvas prints to my Etsy shop: 
Little Donkey

Blue budgie with his upside-down mate (showing off quite frankly!)

Available over at my Etsy Shop :)

In between tripping over spare cats I have also been working on LOTS of new paintings which I'm really enjoying, which I will bore you rigid with soon! :)

In the meantime a big thank you for dropping' by!
Ta ta for now

Sunday, 3 August 2014


So the *it will only take a couple of weeks* prediction for the bedroom renovation was a tad optimistic then! 
Of course we hadn't factored in that the house had been built by a cock-eyed lunatic with an aversion to straight lines, at best a vague knowledge of wiring/plumbing and a penchant for blown vinyl anaglypta paper that has had me convinced for the past few years we've been here I had a hearing problem, however after stripping 3 rooms, floor to ceiling coated in it, turns out it was just muffled by the stuff!

I have spent so much time in DIY stores and builders merchants that I'm applying to go on Mastemind: specialist subject *the Wickes/ScrewFix Catalogue* and I'm pretty much fluent in Swedish now after multiple Ikea trips!

I owe Richard Branson a small fortune and have so much wallpaper paste/plaster/dust stuck in my hair n nails there's a danger I'm going to solidify soon but we are now rocking 2 spanky new bedrooms and just about start work on the 3rd box room which is going to be my new, kitty, husband junk, free studio (yeah right!) ...HUZZAH!

So that's why I've not been around!  However in amongst the mayhem and crazy early starts I have been trying to cram a bit of artwork in!

First off to show you are my new line of canvas prints which I have to say I'm rather chuffed with!

Meet Shirley, my inquisitive chicken! She's printed onto a heavyweight canvas from my original watercolour paintings.

I have hand embroidered her with with a stitchy flourish of wheaty/corny bits in glittery gold metallics and corn coloured threads.

Bright zingy poppies in multiple silks and cottons and French knots in shades of yellows, brown and deep purple to give added texture and dimension.

The piece comes complete with a white card matting/mount ready to pop into your favourite frame and will fit a standard 9x7 inch sized frame.

Available from my Etsy shop here!

*BWARRK*...That's chicken for "I hope you like her?!"

Right I better dash, I've got an Ikea delivery to deal with now...6 boxes of Scrofula, a Snivvle and a BennyBjorn!

Ta Ta for now and thanks for droppin' by!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014


Allo darlin’s….you're all looking mighty splendiferous today,  how’s it hanging? Wild and magnificently I hope?!

So WHEY-HEY!  It’s only been a month (isn!) since my last post…things are looking up eh?!  Thought I better do this now as himself has finally decided it’s time to start renovating the gaff…it’s only taken 7 years to start, still nowt like a bit of preplanning eh?!  Suffice to say I will probably be spending the rest of my days schlepping round Wickes the builders merchants with a haunted look in my eye and rapidly losing the will to live.

Anyway snuff of that! 
Most of my bloggy chums know the mainstay of my work is animals; from Aardvarks to Zebra’s, I’ll give anything a bash!  So I was a wee bit out of the old comfort zone recently when I was commissioned to paint a Jaguar…not the big furry kitty type…no, the swanky sporty car type!
The client liked my painting style and wanted me to paint her husbands favourite cars.  I approached this with my usual hardcore business woman/artist enthusiasm and pointed out “it’s not something I normally do, so if I think it’s crap you’re not seeing it!”, fortunately the lady took it very well and still trusted my ability….Gawd bless you madam! :)

So here’s the first one…client wanted to keep it quite abstract so we decided on doing just a segment of the car.
 Initial (nervous) first coat of paint
Final piece!

She and hubby liked it so much they commissioned another one!
Drawing stage

Have to say I really enjoyed working on them…waaaaay outside of my fluffy bunny comfort zone but made a nice change and certainly challenged the old noggin…change is as good as a rest as they say and it’s probably the closest I’m going to get to holiday for the foreseeable!

Lots of other bits and bobs going on; I was thrilled to the gills to be interviewed by the lovely Joanna Yeoman for her glorious blog recently: Click here to read!  Should warn you there’s a disturbing picture of me on there, so brace yourselves…and a big thank you to Joanna! 

Had immense fun running a couple of Mimilove Forever workshops at the Quilt & Stitch Village couple of weeks ago at Uttoxetter Racecourse.
Hot Quilt & Stitch Village workshop action:

(more photo's to follow soon once I worked out how to get them off my phone!)
Big thank you to Angela Price and Traplet Publications for inviting me!

POP! And last but by no means least a selection of my works appeared at Olympia's Spring Knitting and Stitching show...
(yoink! Phot courtesy of Mr.X Stitch)

and at the supremely fabulous BedPop Pop Up Gallery, which you can read more about here.  

So another BIG THANK YOU to the glorious Mr. X Stitch for his continued support of my work.

Now stay tuned as I've just started work on this fella...I think we all know where this is going?!

Better dash now, he’s wielding a claw hammer and has an air of destruction about him; brace yourself for the new “Mimiloveforever Blog-101 Ways to Murder Your Husband with a Tube of Grip Fill”!

Big Mimi Loves to y'all and thanks droppin' by! :) x