EY UP! 'Ows you then? :)Well I was gunna regale y'all with one of me n the bezzies school summer hols day trips with the folks, specifically the one where after a fab day out at Hayling Island we headed for the fun fair whilst Mum gathered the smelling salts and Dad got in some kip in readiness for the drive home
The one where all my efforts to impress the strapping young carnies on the waltzer failed miserably due to the combo of super strong waltzer G-force which not only gave me the mother of all cow licks, made my top lip disappear and stick to my gums leaving my teeth exposed in a rictus stylee grin and (what with it being early 80's so pre any meaningful Health n Safety regs) the exposed metal of the seat shaved most of the skin off my left shin.
I tried my best to alight from the ride with what grace I could muster, what with the super exposed forehead, perma grin and gaping leg wound, but the heel of my shoe got caught in wooden slats and so as the ride ground slowly round taking me with it and thereby giving the rest of the fairground a stunningly thorough view of my predicament too, my abiding memory was seeing my bezzie standing on steps laughing hysterically as I was frantically trying to extricate my foot...suffice to say when I did finally get free I had to head to the nearest doughnut stand to calm myself down...and I didn't give her one either....flounce!!
But I've got far too much to show n tell you without bothering you with all that! x;0)
So if you're of a nervous disposition or have a heart condition you may want to get off now; the rest of you, strap yourselves in, hold on tight, enjoy the ride... and try not vomit on the keyboard...
Roll up!! Roll up!! Wanna win a Sock Bunny?! Anna Hull, AKA The Bunny Maker has put together a showcase to help raise funds for the Rabbit Welfare Association, which is just one of many causes close to my heart. It's not only a hub for bunny facts and info but also chock full of all sorts of lovely goodies from homewares, personal accessories and craft supplies from a raft of artists and crafters including Asking for Trouble, Eastwitching, Jay Anderson (hold that thought!) and some old tart called MimiLove to name but a few.
Yoink!Photo courtesy of Anna Hull
Somewhere in between looking after her family, running a business and just generally being superwoman Anna also finds the time to tirelessly raise funds and awareness for RWA and has put together a blog to support and further promote the fund too.
So to help spread the word and bunny love head on over to the bunny blog. If you sign up for the newsletter you could also win one of Anna's gorgeous lavender filled Sock Bunnies! :)
Talking of fluffy bunnies (no, really, they'll love that!)...the chaps from Id-iom have dropped me a line to let me know that the fruit of our creative juices (eww!) "Pretty Boy" is now ensconced in the rather spiffy gallery for all things street arty: Graffik, where we're rubbing shoulders with the likes of Dan Baldwin and Goldie no less!
So if you're mooching around Portabello Road any time soon drop in and see our collective brain parts hammered to their wall (and be warned that we're shaping up for some more hot collaboration action soon too!)
Which leads me rather nicely on to Tarkinson72ers; skillful street artist and thoroughly lovely young man! So you know I'm all like down with the kids/hep cat/groovy chick etc? (I have a sneaking suspicion I'm really more like one of those embarassing fake auntys, all cheek pinchy and spitty hankies) Anyway, after a bit of banter and barter there's a Cockney Sparrow residing in Germany and I've got my mitts on this collection of fabulousness!
Not only pieces featuring Tark's street art and trademark Devil but a collection of paste-ups, stickers and cards too...which I think I'm probably supposed to go out and spread around but I'm a covetous, selfish old bag; they're mine, they're far too magnificent to part with and they smell nice too...mmm...inky!
Right, hold on tight we're heading from Germany to Australia and my very naughty and utterly wonderful friend Clair! So I was on a bit of a downer t'other day what with both the telly and car conspiring with each other to mess with my mind and pack up within hours of each other on top of a load of other pile of pants. Posty arrives and hands me a package hot off the plane from Oz. I was a bit confused cos I wasnt expecting owt from anywhere but I have just sold a painting to that neck of the World. Mr.Mimi said it was probably being sent back cos they didnt like it...he really is a never ending source of support and encouragement..so with heart failure imminent you can only imagine the intital relief followed but goose bumpy joy to see this:
A lovely birthday gift...not only a collection of gorgeous threads (droool!) a card that had me in stitches (pardon my pun) and wee brochure from her home town, but one of Clair's beautiful handmade needlecases. I spent the rest of the day just mooning around the house feeling all loved and thankful for being blessed with having such lovely friends in my life!
In amongst the stitchy goodness was also a copy of Richard Perso's cd: Out from the Shadows. He's one of my fave musicians and also happens to be Clair's son! Go check him out here cos I cannot recommend him highly enough!
And finally! From my mate n her, musical genius son to a wee ferret with a bit of a gob on him! :)
Yes folks he's finally finished...just sent this wee fella up the trouser leg of the prodigious of talent and fantastical of imaginationals Dolores!
I had the scantiest of briefs (titter) that of a ferret with a political bent and a few choice words to say to Tone Blair/Greenspan and their kind
Now I'll be completely honest here; when it comes to owt of a serious nature world politics n suchlike, it's safe to say I fall into the 2 short planks/thick as brick department but, I do know me way round a bit of cockney rhyming slang and a tune or two!
With that in mind, I've drawn a bit of stitchy caricature inspiration from the likes of Gerald Scarfe and so there's Blair, Bush and Greenspan all feeling the Wrath of the Cockney Ferret:
"Merchant Bankers!" "Porky Pie-rs!"
And cue Stealers Wheels lyrics:
I got the feeling that somethin' aint right
I'm so scared in case I fall of my chair
And I'm wonderin' how I'll get down the stairs
Clowns to the left of me!
Jokers to the right!
See him there in amongst the stitchy carnations (them's the official flower of Spain which is where Dodo hails from) and smatterin's n scatterin's of leaves, French knots and glittery glassy beads to add to the general mayhem!
Once again I cannot tell you how much I love doing this sort of work...just gimme a picture and a few guidelines and I'll give you a unique portrait of your loved one and then bore the world rigid with it a few weeks later! x:)
Well, I hope you enjoyed the ride but before you stagger off the blog to the doughnut stand, dazed, cow-licked and probably a tad nauseous, brace yourselves for next times thrilling edition cos I've got some hot giveaway action going down!
Aimee Ray, Queen of the Stitchy Universe and one of life's wonderous folk has not only mentioned me in but is also sending me a copy of her new book, Doodle Stitching the Motif Collection, to giveaway...ooooo you lucky Bloggers! (and there's wee summin' from me n'all!)x;0)
Oooo and before I disappear into the ether like the Marie Celeste only a bit wider of stern, an immense THANK YOU to the aforementioned lovely Jay Anderson over at Ziggy's blog for including me as part of the "Ziggy meets..." series (anyone who knows their way round a Tunnocks tea cake is defo Mimi People!)
Head on over if you want to read the witterings of a mad woman...(that would be me not you Jay...no offence!) or better still pop to the shop and cop yourself a Tunnock! x;)
Now can't sit around here bloggering about with you lot all day cos I've got snacks to eat, tea to drink n try and get a nap in somewhere too.....honestly I just dunno how I cram it all in y' know?!
Big loves to you all my homies and thanks for droppin' by! x;0)