16 November 2012

55 years

It would have been my Mum and Dad's 55th Wedding Anniversary if they had still been with us.

They were a handsome couple weren't they.  My Mum made her wedding dress and I still have it and it is still in good condition considering it is 55 years old. My brother looks very much like our Dad.

I still can't believe that it is 2 years (26th October 2010) since my Mum was reunited with Dad.

30 October 2012

Degree update....

... the 2nd of my level one Textiles modules is at OCA headquarters in Barnsley awaiting assessment next month.  I should know how I have done by the end of the month.

I started Understanding Western Art at the end of September and so far it is very interesting.  It involves a lot of reading you should see the size of the book that is included it weighs a ton :).  I'm up to Rome at the moment. 

I'm supposed to have my first assignment in by the end of November.  I was hoping to do this module quickly but I may have to put the date back a bit as I had another health scare last Friday.  I've been feeling out of sorts for a few weeks now but I woke up with my heart beating so fast I thought that I was having a heart attack.  Thanks goodness after a load of test at my local A & E they've taken me off one of the BP meds I've been on for years.  I found this site with all the side effects and as I went through them I was slowly ticking them off.  I feel a lot better since I stopped taking it but I really think it was slowly poisoning me I woke up this morning with jaundice.  It is going to take a while to get it out of my system though.

29 September 2012

Creative sketchbooks

I've been so busy with my OCA work that I've not posted on here for ages.  I finally finished Creative Sketchbooks with Linda and Laura Kemshall at Design Matters.

I loved doing the monoprinting I did these on tissue then collaged them to the page and added colour.  I also got a bit carried away with tulips.

12 September 2012

Justice at last.....

Today was a momentous day when the Hillsborough panel revealed their findings and what we in Liverpool always knew that there had been one big cover up.  After 23 long years the families of those who never came home from that fateful football match are hopefully nearing the end of their long journey for Justice.

Justice for the 96 You Will Never Walk Alone.

08 September 2012

Textile degree update

I've not been posting on here a lot because I've been busy finishing my 2nd module towards  a degree in Textiles..... after a lot of set backs and with a month to spare before I had to have it finished I'll be sending my 5th assignment to my tutor then sending all the work I've done for assessment in November.  Only another 5 modules to go .........  I may finish by the time I'm due for my pension :) Here's a taster of what I made for my personal project but if you'd like to see more have a look here.

I'm just waiting for my next module to be delivered Understanding Art: Western Art.  I have to study 3 modules at this level and it was a toss up between Printmaking or Western Art but I decided this would give me an overview of how art has developed over the centuries.  There had been a discussion on the student forum about keeping a blog and the consensus was to keep a separate one for each module so when it came to assessment there wouldn't be any confusion, so I've started a new one for Western Art here there isn't a lot on it but it will soon fill up.  I'm hoping that whoever I get as a tutor will allow me to upload my work to it rather than sending it through the post as I have to do with textiles.   I'll keep my main blog with updates so that anyone who follows or finds it can keep up with what I'm doing.

Like most universities OCA have had to put up their fees but luckily because I'm a continuing student my fees are capped until 2017 otherwise I don't think I would have been able to continue.

13 August 2012


I’m not in the least sporty but have to admit I’ve had to wipe a tear or two away over the past 2 weeks. Team GB you ALL did yourself and your country proud. You are a true inspiration and role models we should be aspiring too not reality wannabes.
29 Gold 
17 Silver 
18 Bronze  

Did you know that a forerunner to the Modern Olympics was held here in Liverpool in the 1860's have a look here and here.  Not a lot of people know that :)

07 June 2012


Does anyone else have trouble with other bloggers getting links to their blog in the comments?

Mariann left this earlier today

Hi Susan,
it's me again, mariann-johansen-ellis.blogspot.com
and my blog is filling up with links to your blog???? Please please, find out what that is about so we can stop it from happening..... with my comments comes about 40-50 links to your blog, and it's no fun....
thanks for your help. Mariann
It's happened a few time with a few bloggers but I don't know what is causing it and it is getting annoying for both of us.

I don't use this blog a lot as I'm concentrating on my Textiles degree and I use Wordpress for that.

10 May 2012

Daylight floor lamp

I thought I'd posted this back in February but I just found it as a draft.

I have a daylight bulb in my studio but I've been wanting a floor lamp for when I'm working downstairs in the living room but they've been expensive.  I googled  and found this one half price for £35.99 so I chanced getting one.  I had to wait a few weeks though for new stock to come in.

It took a while to put together but well worth it.  It's a lot easier to match colours than by the long life bulb I usually sew by in the living room.

Flash mob.......

..... I'd not heard of these (only the ones for a certain mobile phone company) before Pat at Altering Thoughts blogged about one on the metro in Copenhagen so I googled them.  Brilliant what a great way to cheer people up.

LIPA (Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts) did something last year at Liverpool One using music and dance.

22 April 2012

Sea Odyssey Day Two

As promised photos from day two.

It poured with rain not long after I got to the park but luckily it stopped and anyway Giant Uncle was late waking up but once they put his diving helmet back on he went for a walk in to town.

This will give you an idea of how tall he was he towers over the crowd.

The Lilliputians that control him are amazing.  The man with the megaphone is shouting in french but also english because some are from Liverpool - left leg up, right leg up then they grab the rope and literally fling themselves off the side.  Then climb on at the back to wait there turn again.   No wonder they need a siesta in the afternoon they must be absolutely knackered by then.

After a look around the Stanley Park festival I went into town to see more. Here's Giant Uncle having his siesta in front of St George's Hall.

One of the good points about the day was NO CARS!!!!!  You can't usually walk here so I managed to get a few good photos of St George's Hall from this vantage point.

I went down to the Pier Head where the little girl was having an afternoon nap but I couldn't get close enough there where so many people I felt hemmed in so had to turn back but managed to get this one when I held me camera up over the crowd, you can see how many where there. Everyone was very well behaved but to be honest I think there should have been better crowd control around here.

She was sat in a deckchair with a radio beside her.

I managed to get some photos of the dog he came right in front of us.


I should have been further up because she stopped to do some exercises so I only got a view of her back as she did them.

I was going to go down to Kings Dock for when she met up with her Uncle but it was so crowded where I was walking beside Port of Liverpool Building one of the buildings known as the Three Graces that I didn't realize there was a step down and the next moment I was flat on the floor.  I didn't do any damage luckily just came down heavy on my right leg but it shook me up for a while. You feel such a fool as well but there where lots of good samaritans around to help me up.  When I saw the crowds I decided to come home which was a shame because I believe it was very emotional when they finally met up at Kings Dock.

Hope you have enjoyed my photos of this once in a lifetime event.  Thank you Jean-Luc Courcoult, Royal De Luxe and everyone that was involved in bringing this truly amazing and inspirational piece of street theatre to my home city.  It has truly brought the city together and put a smile on all our faces from the youngest to the oldest and will live in our hearts and memories for years to come Merci beaucoup.

21 April 2012

Sea Odyssey Day One

I ache all over after spending yesterday and today following the Giants in Liverpool.  What can I say but WOW Absolutely outstanding.

Friday 20th April

This extravaganza of street theatre started in Stanley Park close to where I live when a little girl woke up and started her journey around Liverpool looking for her Uncle.

First though she had a shower - this was as close as I could get because it was so crowded, an estimated 15,000.

Her pet dog Xolo pronounced Cho-Lo led the way.

 After she left the park she went on a boat ride

 and so she didn't get wet she wore a bright yellow mac and hat.

In the evening her Uncle who had come out of one of the docks down by the Mersey arrived to spend the night in Stanley Park.  Unfortunately he was an hour early so I missed him arriving and they where just taking his helmet of and settling him down for the night.

You wouldn't believe how many people stayed around just to watch him sleep, he snored as well.

 You must think I'm mad talking as if they are real but if you had seen them you would begin to believe that they aren't marionnettes because the Lilliputians that operate them make them so human.

Come back tomorrow and I'll post about Day Two.

Update - I took some short film on my compact camera but I need to find out how to edit and put it on here so to be going on with here's one I found on YouTube of the little Girl dancing before she went to bed last night.

03 March 2012

March update

After quite a few set backs I've finally sent Assignment 3 of my degree module to my tutor.  I thought I was never going to get it done.  If you want to see what I did for Reveal and Conceal have a look here.  Now it is on to the part of the Module that I've not really been looking forward to.  I've got to write a 2,000 word essay on one of the artists/designers I've been researching, gulp!!!!

I finished Module 2 of Creative Sketchbooks a few weeks ago and got really good feedback from Linda.

Here's a couple of the pages I did.  Now it's on to monoprinting and block printing.

I hate the energy saving bulbs we use now, they are awful to sew by so  I bought myself a daylight lamp a few weeks ago.  I have a daylight bulb in my studio but I wanted the lamp for the living room so I can sit and sew while I watch tv.  It stands right next to my chair and I can move the arm to just where I want it, the colours are so much better with the lamp than with the main light.


26 January 2012

Creative Sketchbooks review

Mandi left a comment asking if I've liked Design Matters Creative Sketchbooks course.  I can honestly say YES! I've never really been sure what to put in my sketchbooks for my degree course.  I've found that this course has helped me get out of  my comfort zone and be less precious about my sketchbook.

I won a set of Derwent Inktense pencils earlier this week so I used them to add colour to one of the black and white drawing from Module 1.

I'll probably do more work on this next page when I get to module 3 and learn more techniques.

13 January 2012


.... check out this new online showcase for OCA students.  I'm so chuffed to be included in the Textiles section.  It's the first time I've been referred to as an Artist.

08 January 2012

Module 1....

...I've finished Module 1 of Linda and Laura's Creative Sketchbooks course.   Anyone interested in doing this course enrollments will open again on Monday 23rd January 2012.

Here's a couple more pages from my sketchbook as a taster.

Now on to Module 2 and COLOUR

01 January 2012


I started a couple of Joggles classes before I went into hospital but didn't get very far with them. Before Christmas I made a start on the Marrotte class.  I finished them at 10pm the day before I went to my brothers in York as they where a Christmas present for Ste and family.

I'm so please with how they turned out ................ let me introduce you to

Jack Frost

Madame Nadine

Sweet William

and finally Freddie

I wasn't sure if they would like them but they loved them.

Happy New Year...

I spent an enjoyable few days with my brother and his family in York after Christmas.  We went to a Panto at York Theatre Royal.  I've never been to a panto before but as an introduction this was brilliant, I haven't laughed so much in ages and it was a good thing it wasn't just after my op or I'd have bust some stitches. 

The past few years have been my  'Annus Horribilis' so I'm hoping that now I've got my health problems sorted that 2012 will be a lot better.

Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy and creative 2012.