Monthly Archives: July 2014

Off To Majorca!

seaphoto: death to the stock

I can’t wait to swim in the sea and feel the warm breeze against my face. I can’t wait to just relax. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love running my business, painting all the time but there are some stressful times and now is the point I need a little rest from it. I am excited to enjoy the holiday, take some pictures, relax with my boyfriend (and his parents) and return home with my head (and sketchbook of course) full of inspiration. I hope to start designing the next set of cards! Anything you’d see in the new designs, I’d be chuffed to hear from you. My shop will be still open and any orders placed today to 6th August will be shipped when I return. Every order will include some lovely surprise as a thank you for being patient.

While the blog will be quiet for a week (no time to organise scheduled posts, I’m truly sorry), there will be lots of photo heavy posts when I return to make up for it! I will also be sharing some stationery review, smoothie recipes and latest commission (which was equally exciting and challenging!)

Have a wonderful week, friends and lots of love.

Weeds In My Garden

I said I’d share photos of the weeds (which i thought is pretty!) in one of the posts last week, where I showed the pictures of my kitchen shelf and talked about my basil plant.

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As of an image above, there are also some weeds in my front garden.

If I manage to deweed successfully, I will share the pictures- maybe after adding few plant pots if I can afford to buy them. A rough idea of how much they will be is over my head! I might need to pay my local B&Q a visit soon to have a nose around.

It’s Not Just Beer…

It’s M&S beer!

Before meeting Aneurin, I barely drank beers and usually opted for a glass of wine or vodka with coke, because I found them difficult to drink at that time. Aneurin is a beer connoisseur, enjoys most kind of beers, takes me to the pub and lets me to try his beer. From there, I was starting to like them and now most of the time I order beer!

But I do notice that I regularly choose Budweiser (which is my favourite), Peroni or San Miguel and rarely branch out. Anything new to me, I’d not try them in case I don’t like them.

Inspired by Mat from Buckets & Spades – after commenting on one of his beer review posts, he tweeted me “You should totally try out some new beers soon, just grab one you like the look of!” – I decided that next time I go out I’d choose something different, other than the usual Budweiser.

One night, Aneurin magically read my mind and brought home some beers from Marks & Spencer I’ve never tried…

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Kitchen Shelf

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I am very pleased with that basil plant, I’ve kept it alive for months while the label told me that it expires in three days from the day of purchase. It is now so tall that I worry it might bend anytime soon. will wrapping the stems together with string help? I love the smell of my hands after handling them and they give my fresh tomato sauce magic!

I’d love to grow more herbs (and flowers!) but I’ll need to deweed my garden first. I have bought some weed killer and some other essential garden stuff and I am dreading to start! Quite sad that I’ll have to kill them, they are actually quite pretty. I’ve taken photos of them as well and will be up on the next post, or the one after.

Do you grow herbs? Or flowers?

Artist In The Limelight: Eloise Georgia Mae

So glad to have Eloise as July’s Artist In The Limelight, she is a talented artist and fun blogger!


Hey Eloise! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well hi! My name is Eloise Georgia Mae, I am currently hanging out in little New Zealand finishing up my bachelors in visual arts soon to start my honours. I have 5 siblings and 2 dogs and 2 turtles. I’m better at talking than writing. When I’m not making art I spend my days with pruned hands teaching swimming.

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How did you become an artist?

I actually kind of fell into art, I’ve always been the creative child, the ‘bright child’ but it wasn’t until late in highschool that I realised I did have an inkling of talent and so I basically just walked into an art degree with one eye open.

How would you describe your art?

My practise is always in a state of flux. On any given day it can be messy and heavy or delicate and laboured. But always very gestural.
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Who or what inspires your work?

Things I touch inspire my work. I like working with my hands so it’s different things that I come across by way of touch. Also shapes are a biggy, not necessarily what that shape belongs to.

What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?

I guess it would be this green piece {on the left}… I have had many offers for it but i just can’t bring myself to part from it.

Who is your favourite artist if you have one?

I really don’t have one but currently I am taken with Kathy Butterly’s work and will forever love De Kooning.

What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?

Take a break when you need a break. I can literally not make art for weeks but there is nothing worse than a work that is subpar and contrived (unpopular opinion). Do something different. Throw yourself into research. And most of all, my favourite saying “you do you”.


Thanks Eloise for wicked answers!

Her little ceramics are just lovely, aren’t they? Do follow her on her blog, Facebook pageTwitter and Instagram.

Interested to be involved in this series? Get in touch! You can be photographer, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, knitter etc too. Meet the rest of artists here.

Latest Paintings

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Post title says it all – these are my latest paintings apart from hand lettering pieces, which was so fun experimenting! I am pleased that the seahorse is now sold. Biscuits on A4 is also for sale, if you wanna snap it up – get in touch!

P.S. While you are here, please give my Facebook Page a like and take note that I accept commissions – you get a unique piece for your home or as a perfect gift to your folks. Or just take a look at my shop where there are plenty of affordable cards and prints to buy! As for UK customers, you get FREE shipping throughout July.