25 December 2011

Happy Christmas

This Christmas looks as if it will unseasonably mild for some of us in the UK this year, 12 degrees compared with minus 2 last year here in Liverpool.

I'm looking forward to my Christmas dinner this year as last year I wasn't too well on the day.  I've made the stuffing today to go with the chicken, roasties and sprouts which I'll cook tomorrow then sit and eat it in front of the TV. 

Hope everyone has a Happy Christmas and Father Christmas brings you all you want.

18 December 2011

Minton floor reveal........

...... for anyone coming to Liverpool in early January don't miss this.  You won't regret the one pound it costs to get in as the floor is only unveiled once a year.

Here's a taster to wet your appetite from a few years ago.

15 December 2011


I could scream!  Halifax closed the local agency I used for my banking so I changed to Lloyds TSB earlier this year and now the EU is forcing them to sell off branches because they are too big and guess what ....... yes the one I moved my account to is one of those that are due to be sold off.  It is so annoying there are only 2 banks close to where I live Lloyds and Barclays, HSBC closed a few years ago and is now a bar .......moan over for now.

09 November 2011

Post op..........

.... I had my Hysterectomy on 27th October and am slowly recovering. I was only in hospital for 5 days but I was glad to get home, it can be so noisy at times so didn't get much sleep.  I've not been doing much since I came home sleeping and watching a lot of TV.  I'm surprised how well I'm feeling now but it will still be another month or two before I get back to normal.

26 October 2011

One year ........

I can't believe it is a year today since my dear Mum passed away, where has it gone.  It's true time does heal a bit, I  miss her so much and think of her every day.


25 October 2011

More Drawings....

I'm about half way through Creative Sketchbooks with Design Matters.  I've not done as much as I'd hoped by now as I've been busy.  I'm going to have to put my studies on hold for a while I have to go into hospital soon for a Hysterectomy.  I'm not looking forward to the op, but who does - but I couldn't go on any longer the way I was.  Hopefully once I'm fully recovered I'll be able to get my life back and do a lot more.

Here's a few more of the drawings I've done ...... more spoons

........ and plates

....... and finally cupboard contents.

12 October 2011

New camera......

I've missed out on taking some photos when I'm out because my other cameras are too big to carry around all the time ........... so I've treated myself to a compact digital camera. After looking around the internet I decided on the Panasonic Lumix TZ18.  It is small enough to put in a pocket or bag but seems to take good photos.

I took these with the Macro on it.

24 September 2011

More classes......

..... as if I haven't got enough to do I've enrolled on a few more Joggles classes, they both start next week - Mummy Dearest and Cloth Marrotte.  I'll post photos as I progress.

I made the Temple Dancer a few years ago so I'm hoping that they will run this class by the same teacher again soon.


.... I've made a start on my Creative Sketchbooks online course with Design Matters.  I've let it slip over the past year so I'm trying to do a little bit each day, practice does help to improve your drawing.  Linda and Laura have put a lot of time and effort into this course so obviously they don't won't to much detail to be shared online but here's a taster of what I've been doing so far.

22 September 2011

Liverpool is the best.......

....... I didn't need telling I always knew it was.  Liverpool has been named the best UK city by travel industry professionals.  Two weeks ago we where voted the UK's friendliest city by readers of Conde Nast Traveller.  Like anywhere there are good and bad things about my home city but it is so nice to hear that we are getting some good publicity for a change instead of the negativity that the press always seem to pick up on.

Date for your diary ............

....2012 will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.    Five cities associated with the ship will be holding commemorative events including Liverpool where it was registered.  Liverpool City Council has just announced a 'Giant' spectacular  20-22 April 2012.  It should be an amazing sight.

03 September 2011

Museum of Liverpool

I was sad to see that the new Museum of Liverpool was nominated for this years Carbuncle cup.  I have to agree that it really isn't in keeping with the rest of the waterfront but you get a marvellous view of the Three Graces from the large window and inside it is amazing.  I suppose it will grow on me as the years pass and we get used to it.

At least the Museum doesn't obscure the view from the Mersey like the winner of the 2009 Carbuncle cup which I agree is ugly.

Which is a shame because the Pier Head is looking really nice now after years of neglect.

Central Library

I've just found this about the refurbishment of Central Library here in Liverpool.  Scroll down to the video to see what it will look like - amazing.  I'm all for progress but I'm so glad they are keeping parts of it, I suppose because they are Grade II listed and can't be altered.

26 August 2011


....... I got a letter at lunchtime to say that I'd passed The Art of Photography.  I missed out on getting a better grade by 2% but considering all the family and health problems I had during the 2 years of doing the course I can't complain about the result.  It won't count towards my textiles degree but it was nice to see what the assessors thought of my work.  You don't get much feedback but what was written was mostly positive.

"Your work shows great potential.  There is some very good work here, which demonstrates your enthusiasm for photography and your ambition to learn and improve.  Presentation is clear and well organized.  There is some strong, visually innovative imagery, particularly assignment 4"
My tutor was pleased with assignment 4 as well, here's a few of the photos I took.

08 August 2011

Creative Sketchbooks

I haven't been doing as much sketchbook work as I should for my degree with OCA.  I find it difficult to know what to put in it so when I saw this course with Linda and Laura Kemshall at Design Matters I decided to enrol on it.

22 July 2011

Degree Update.....

If you'd like to see what I've been up to on my Textiles degree have a look here, here or here

Here's a taster of one of the samples.  This was my first try at screenprinting so I was pleased with how they turned out.

08 July 2011

I won..................

won what you may ask???  On 19th July a brand new museum will open in Liverpool and I got an email this morning to say I've won 2 golden tickets to the breakfast preview of the Museum of Liverpool.  This preview is only by invitation so it will be a privilege to be amongst the first to see the museum before it opens later in the day.  Simon Kane in the Independent has given it a good write up here so I can't wait to see inside after watching it slowly emerge over the past few years.

Here's a few photos I took of the outside for TAOP.

Can't wait to take some photos inside.  I'll share them with you after the opening - an excuse to buy a new dress, got to look my best haven't I.

13 June 2011


.... is good for you according to this article.  We already knew that whatever creative activity we do is good for us didn't we but it is nice to have it acknowledged.

I was also surprised to learn
The craft industry contributes around £3 billion a year to the UK economy.

06 June 2011

The Art of Photography

Forgot to mention that I sent of my work for assessment last week.  This module won't count towards my Textiles degree but I want to see how well (or not) I did.  It doesn't get assessed until next month then it will be a few more weeks before I learn what grade I've achieved, I'll post when I find out.

One of photos I took for Assignment 4 - Lighting techniques.

Degree update

If you are interested in seeing what I have been up to over the past few months with my latest work for Textiles 1: Exploring Ideas have a look here or here.

Solved it.......

....... I think I may have solved the problem with my blog not showing up on followers blog roll.

On the Blogger forum covering this problem they suggest deleting the blog from Blog Roll - save - add blog again - save.  I added my blog to the blog roll and it seems to have worked.

Just checked a couple of blogs where I know mine is in the blog roll and it seems (fingers crossed) to have worked.

Blog updating problem

Ali Honey left a comment on my last post to say my blog hasn't updated for 3 years on her blogroll, but I know I've been blogging in that time.  According to the Blogger help forum it has been happening to quite a few people.  I'll have a go at some of the fixes that have been suggested to see if it helps.

04 June 2011

It's a long time since I've blogged here but I've been busy with my degree work here.  I'm starting screen printing next, my 1st try at it so I've bought a few books from Committed to cloth and Amazon.

The DVD that came with Thermofax printing was very interesting.  I'd love a Thermofax machine but at £800-1,000 I can't justify the expense at the moment so I will have to buy a few from here or here.

I posted my work for The Art of Photography for assessment last Tuesday.    Unfortunately this module doesn't count towards the Textiles degree but I want to see how well (or not) I've done.  It had to be there by 15th June but it will be a month or more before I find out.

I know envy is one of the 7 deadly sins but when I saw this video I couldn't help being envious of her new studio, who wouldn't be with all that space.

24 April 2011

Happy Easter

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.


19 January 2011

OCA Exploring Ideas

Christine left a comment on my last post

Hello Susan
I was interested in your comments about the OCA Exploring Ideas module as I was thinking of doing it myself. What do you think of it? Have you managed to get started after having such a terrible year? Best of luck with it, anyway. 

but I couldn't reply directly so I hope you read this.

I've felt more like studying over the past few weeks so I've finally made a start on Part One of Exploring Ideas and so far I'm enjoying it.  This first part doesn't have to be sent for assessment but is more to introduce yourself to your tutor and give them the chance to get to know your work. 

Project Interpreting cultural sources - in this project, you'll be researching a textile design from a particular culture.

I've chosen Africa as it is such a large continent there is bound to be something that catches my eye.  I've done most of the design part, just got to do samples now.  I'll have to get started because I'm supposed to send it to my tutor at the end of this month.

I'm looking forward to Part Two 'Screen Printing'.  I've not tried this before so it should be interesting.

When I update my OCA blog I'll put a post on here for anyone that wants to have a look at what I'm doing.

01 January 2011


I've been reflecting on what I achieved last year in the way of creativity.  I didn't think that I'd got a lot done but now I look back I've done a lot more than I thought.

  • half of Module 4, along with Module 5 and 6 to complete Level 3 Certificate in Design and Craft - Stitched Textiles (Embroidery).
  • Assignments 2, 3, 4 and 5 of OCA The Art of Photography.  I'm just waiting to get my last assignment back so I can send it for assessment next month.
Click on the links in the side bar if you want to see what I did.

I've not done a lot of work on my 1st assignment for Textiles 1: Exploring Ideas because I've been unwell, but hopefully once I get my health problems sorted in the next few months I will regain my energy and enthusiasm to continue studying.

I took this photo last year on my phone camera.  I was going to delete it from my computer but on reflection even though it wasn't what I wanted it could be used as a base for possible designs????

It's of the christmas lights down at Liverpool One.