Sunday, 30 March 2008

Update on my 'other' shop On a Whimsey

I have not been neglecting my 'other' shop on Etsy, On a Whimsey, but I have been creative and rather industrious.... oooh and I have sold and traded which made me a very happy bunny indeed!

Some of the ACEOs I added to the shop are:
'Has Man been here before us?' ACEO

'Out in the African Bush' ACEO
'Sailing up the Nile' ACEO
'Craggy Stream' ACEO

Not an ACEO but still created with encaustic art
'A couple of Oast Houses' (6" x 4")

Finally, a larger painting (8" x 10") using two art mediums -Acrylic and encaustic (beeswax). This painting is entitled, 'Clifffs in Wild Weather'

If you would like to see more do go along to my shop On a Whimsey on Etsy!

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

A wonderful day out in London!

We promised ourselves that we would return to the Ideal Home Exhibition as this year as it was celebrating 100 years we decided to take a journey into London to visit the venue where the exhibition is held called Earls Court.
First of all I thought I would look up Earls Court in Wiki and found this description:

Earls Court is a place in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It is an inner-city district located 3.1 miles (5 km) west south-west of Charing Cross. It is home to Earls Court Exhibition Centre, one of the country's largest indoor arenas and a popular concert venue. The name is believed to come from a farm, Earl's Court Farm, visible on Greenwood's map of London dated 1827. The earl in question may have been either the Earl of Warwick or the Earl of Holland, both cited as lords of the manor of this part of London.

Useful bit of information? We read on..... I have more!!!!!

The first Ideal Home Exhibition, which opened at Olympia in London in 1908, was the brainwave of the then advertising manager of a popular tabloid, The Daily Mail who, by the way, still sponsor the show! Visitors were amazed by the variety of items on show. This was the first show which was linked with the interests and lives of women, and its success was such that it became a regular event.

Some Chinese visitors to UK admiring a kitchen

In the 1950s low unemployment and increased affluence saw people looking to upgrade houses etc. However, due to a lack of skilled tradesmen many had to research the fact that they would have to do anything themselves. Also, since in the early days, domestic servants were the norm and now housewives were increasingly having to undertake domestic duties themselves for which they had to learn new skills too. Not only what equipment was on the market but how to use them! Like a vacuum cleaner, washing machine to name a couple.

A'typical' couple toasting their good fortune!
Mother showing off her new kitchen units to Father!

The woman of the house now has to cope with the family washing too!

In the 1950s and 1960s the fitted kitchen became popular whilst dining and living rooms were restyled with radical and stylish wall storage units which had become all the rage.

An exciting new dining room!

A kit to help plan your kitchen

1970 decade saw an economic recession which meant more and more was done through DIY. People were now used to a 3 day week and so had more time on their hands to spend in the garden. For this the gardeners who owned smaller gardens than in days past where looking for small lawn mowers like the famous Flymo.
By the 1980s we had all become more environmentally aware in part due to the oil crisis which was hurting our pockets. Recycling was in its infancy and pollution higher on the every day agenda.

1980 Poster to advertise the show..... Get the Idea!

You will remember I mentioned that the original venue was at Olympia? However, in 1979 the exhibition moved to Earls Court and became increasingly attractive to women. The ideal fitted kitchen took on a 'Shaker' style look of the 1990s. During the last 10 years the impact of the show has declined but its title remains as an iconic symbol of mass consumption.

Modern tools now being demonstrated and on offer During this year's show the organisers created a show house called house of the century. This would take its visitors on a walking tour of the last 100 years' living. A time to remember.

And so, I went with my family to the show yesterday. Travelling on British Rail to Victoria and then using the Tube to Earls Court it was only a few steps before we presented our pre bought tickets and entered the show. Amusingly, there were several stands and products I remembered from about 5+ years ago which was the last time I visited the show. However, that did not stop me doing some retail therapy.... well you have to, don't you?

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

My first BBEST Swap gift!

For those of you who read my blog you will know that I am a very proud and active member of a group on Etsy called Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team or BBEST for short. Well recently we decided to have a swap between a crowd of us. This meant that Alis (alisclair) offered to organise a list of participants. Thus I would know who I was sending my item to but not who was sending one to me! The excitement grew as the end of the month started to draw near and the final date for swapping arrived. Who was going to send something to me? What would it be?Would the person I sent my item to, like it?

You can imagine the thought and worry that went into deciding what to make once we each knew the swap partner to whom we were due to send out item to.

The day dawned and the postman brought a package to me......... it came from the States, exciting enough! But, who was it from? Then I saw the name and was so excited....... but then I opened up a beautifully wrapped parcel and found the most beautiful journal in my favourite colours from a very very generous lady called Sue. I have often looked at her shop, Suebleiwess - and admired her work. Now, I actually owned one of her journals!!!!!!
I took a couple of pictures which do not do it justice. Not only does the journal look amazing from the outside but inside Sue has included different papers to write on as well as extra tags which have been placed in pockets within the journal. Pockets into which you could place receipts etc. So thoughtful!

Sue, a great big thank you for a wonderful swap! You made one little bunny into an extremely happy one!!!

Friday, 14 March 2008

Some new items listed in Precious Quilts on Etsy

Feeling in a romantic mood I made these two quilties.
First, was one I entitled Titania. She just looked like her. Taking a curtain call after her performance in a Midsummer nights dream. I put some antique lace and vintage buttons around her.

For my second listing I entitled this one.... Waiting for my Prince Charming! A lovely girl is all dressed up with a pretty shawl and flowers in her hair waiting for her Prince to come! To complete the romantic look I edged her with antique lace and a couple of rosebuds.

Both can be hung in your favourite places. Titania has a cream satin ribbon whilst the little girl has some beautiful lace to compliment the picture as a loop to hang.

I thought I would mention another site I signed up with .... another, I can hear the groan already, yes, another!

This is a site for crafters/artists to list their work and for people worldwide to discover a place similar to yellow pages. You do need a little patience but there are so many wonderful people listed there it might be worth a look.

You will find me under my sister name of On a Whimsey.

Check out the site which has a link further down my page on the left hand side.

See you there!

Monday, 3 March 2008

March roars!

Well, here in Uk March came in roaring with howling winds and rain. Snow across much of the country although we just had an excuse of rain/hail today amidst the glorious sun.

In my sister shop on Etsy, On a Whimsey, I have uploaded some more ACEOs and started to do slightly larger pictures too! Still much to learn but I am fascinated with the medium of encaustic art.

Crocus flowers are one of my favourite springtime flowers. They are neat even when waning after blooming.

In addition, I have also completed a nursery rhyme quilt for that special little boy. I created it using only vintage Laura Ashley fabrics of a patchwork medley of yellow with alternating squares of blue and white. In a random fashion I fused Laura Ashley nursery rhyme characters like the dish running away with the spoon (where they eloping?), the cat and the fiddle and, of course, the cow jumping over the moon.

Check it out on my Precious Quilts Etsy shop!

Sale Corner!

Occasionally I will show items that are for sale from me direct which can be paid for using Paypal. Always check to see shipping charges which will need to be added to the item amount!

For regular prices check out my Etsy shop, as well as my sister shop on Etsy which also sells encaustic art

Some paintings can be bought directly from my website

Some samples of my present & past work to give you inspiration for that special gift!
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