Changes Afoot!

So Retro!

These pictures are of gorgeous poppies I spotted in a garden – just for the sheer beauty of them!

Changes to Craft Classes.

There have been some changes to the weekly craft classes for adults. We now meet once a month for a social catch up and to do a bit of crocheting too!

coloured crochet blocks with words spelt out on them in puff stitchThis month’s ‘homework’ has been to try a panel for the Cancer Support Charity Blanket which is free and by Peach.Unicorn Designs. It looks good in a plain cream colour too. Puff stitch baby hat and booties in white yarn.

The only other crafting I’ve done is made a baby bonnet and matching booties for Rosie who’s moved away from Stansted. I made them in a neutral colour and quite enjoyed making the puffy stitch for the hat!

My craft room has been taken over by bathroom components so at the moment I can’t use the table at all! Soon I’ll get back into the swing of things and we’ll have a nice bathroom to boot!!

More News…

We now have a bathroom and I kind of have my craft room back!!

I had a lovely Art class with Jaden and Gino today and we tried our hand at some Giacometti sculptures. Didn’t make too much mess with the mod roc either! I guess they won’t look so Giacometti by the time they’re painted next week!

I’ve also set up a few shelves at Victoria’s Vintage barn which is near Little Hadham. It was lovely to get out some of my vintage collection and set up a space. Hopefully I’ll sell some things so I can change stock every so often. It’s a nice place and Vicki is friendly and does craft classes upstairs in the barn. Here’s some pics!

I’ll try and blog about once a month as I’m now a busy Postwoman!!





Sizzling Summer!

 Summer holiday fun..

It’s certainly sizzling hot at the moment- I don’t mind if I’m on the beach but being stuck on the M25 isn’t so much fun!!

Have been up to quite at lot recently including spending a few days volunteering at The Horniman Museum as part of my Summer fun.

I was helping in the Hands On Base and engaged with visitors about fossils, hats and carnival masks from around the world and musical instruments. I also explained objects such as a stuffed stoat, lion’s skull and snake vertebrae on the handling trolley.  I’ve never been hypnotised before but I had the opportunity as part of an art project involving objects from the museum’s collection. It was fascinating and very relaxing!

I fitted in a sketch of the Brazilian Favela installation too!

Sketch in ink and colour pencil of the Horniman clock tower and favela installation. Arts & Crafts

During a few trips to London I managed to squeeze in a few Art Gallery visits.

The Wellcome Collection is always worth a visit and really lives up to ‘The free destination for the incurably curious’. I mooched around the States Of Mind exhibition which had a great mix of art, science and history artefacts on view- maybe things to inspire my next piece of sculpture?

Alister and I also caught the Georgia O’Keefe  and Mona Hatoum exhibitions at The Tate Modern. Both very different work and very thought provoking. I especially liked O’Keefe’s early works with beautiful colours and forms and Hatoum’s powerful Undercurrent (red)2008 .

At the Southbank Centre Alister and I built and decorated our own shop as part of a big art project Home Sweet Home. We even got a real key to our shop and built it on a ‘plot’ in London. Great fun!

Other News

In other sizzling Summer news – the retro sale I had was well attended and some money was raised for Dementia U.K. I still have the knitting machine for sale though!!

In my crafty sessions with kids, we had fun making dog planters made from recycled plastic bottles. They were inspired by Saltycanary’s cat planters. Really cute! We covered the planter shapes with a thin paper mache layer then painted them.

Look out for dates of the next lot of crafts classes for children and adults coming soon!

Beside the Seaside!

Walton On The Naze

It was lovely to be beside the seaside at Walton the other weekend- finally Summer is here! It was super to have a paddle, pootle around the shops and eat ice cream. Also enjoyed going on the 2p arcade machines and we got enough tickets to get a Star Wars mug!


Recently in the world of arts and crafts we’ve been up to all sorts. My Kids Crafternoons have finished and here’s a few images of what was made over the holidays. There’s some really lovely pieces of work here and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Vintage Finds & Other News

New StorageIn other news I have some new storage which is much better than keep having to unload about six boxes to get to the bottom one! I was trying to get organised ready for my Retro & Vintage Sale next Saturday..

Metal 1950s Monopoly counters, wooden buildings and dice.

I also finished an audio visual presentation of the sculpture exhibition I had some work in. Hopefully you can click on the link and it will show you a taster of the exhibition..

See you at the sale!


Holiday Happiness!

Holiday happiness is…

Well, holiday happiness is obviously having a morning lie in! Of course the sunny weather and crafting helps too!

Met up with fellow crafters in a local pub as our end of term get together- lovely to sit out in the garden and chat.

Kids craft classes has produced some great work – especially my home craft visits. Look at these two cheeky decoupage animals- really fun. Gino was especially pleased with the twisted paper tail on his hippo.

Painted model of a bird made of card, feathers and paint made at the Tuftydawn Designs studio.Nathan worked hard practically all day to make this fab Summer cushion. He had some experience of a sewing machine and got to grips with a different machine really easily. Rainbow striped cushion with pink ric rac border, hite felt clouds, sequin raindropsand a pink felt sun made at the Tuftydawn Designs studio.He also learnt how to tie a knot in the end of the thread, how to measure and assemble a simple cushion cover and he tried chain stitch. Phew! He needed his cushion for a rest!!

Other Kids Crafternoons this week include more decoupage animals, sewing and crazy bird models. Book if you want a place!

Other Art News!

This week saw the private view of the Further Ideas In Sculpture exhibition at Courtyard Arts Gallery in Hertford which I have three pieces in. Everyone’s work looked great and I think the many people that came to the private view were impressed. I was really pleased with how my work looked and enjoyed talking to people about it. I’ll try and put a little AV presentation together but meanwhile here’s a taster!



Retro Buys and Sales!

Retro Stall Sales

It was fun having a stall at the Henham Garage Sale Trail and the weather was a lot brighter than anticipated too! Many people turned out in search of a bargain and I did well at my retro stall. Amongst other things, I sold an old wooden ‘Victory’ jigsaw puzzle, a tiny tea set and a lovely French silk scarf. It was a tiring day and now I’m working up to unpacking the things I didn’t sell back at the studio!                                Figgjo Saga design soup tureen with lid.

I actually bought this gorgeous Figgjo of Norway soup tureen at a charity shop. It didn’t make it to the vintage stall because I love it too much! It’s the Saga design and if you check out vintage Figgjo ware it’s beautifully designed with pretty funky patterns.


Craft Classes.

This week in craft classes, the grown ups did crochet and some hand quilting and the children were busy sewing too- cross stitch book marks. The youngsters did really well at the sewing and managed to use a needle threader  to control the pesky thread. I heard that the decoupage phone stands we made last week went down well with the dads- a useful and unique gift! Binca bookmark with simple multi coloured stitching made at the Tuftydawn Designs studio.

There are no craft classes for children on Saturday 2nd of July as I’m on  a sculpture workshop. Back the week after though!

Arty Crafty Party!

Arty Crafty Weekends!

Arty Crafty Classes

The arty crafty weekends started last Saturday where the children got stuck into some sewing at classes. They had to cut out felt shapes of their choice and sew them on to a fabric background and then colour the background with spray fabric paint and water. The sewing went very well and the children worked very carefully. The backgrounds were  experimental and very colourful- just like being under the sea!


Arty Crafty Party

Sunday was equally as arty and crafty. A fun time was had by all at a birthday party in Cambridge. I unpacked all the materials and things needed to make decoupage clocks and the children really enjoyed getting sticky and personalising their own. Amazing how everyone’s was different! Sunny weather helped the party along too as it was nice enough to play games outside whilst I whipped off the tablecloth ready for party food! Mmmm- pizza!


 Arty Crafty Classes.

This week in Arty Crafty Classes we continued the sewing theme, sewing elephants onto bags and adding sequins for decoration. Jaden had really got the hang of sewing and soon was able to sew the elephant on and add sequins all by himself! The end result looked great!Grey felt elephant sewn onto cream fabric with sequins and a button made at the Tuftydawn Design studio.Just a reminder that there’s no Children’s Arty Crafty Classes for the next two weeks as I’m on a training course.

On the 18th of June we’ll be making Father’s Day gifts. Here’s a sneak preview!



Lovely Long Arty Weekend!

The Weekend Starts Early!

The long Bank Holiday  weekend started early for me on Friday as I was in London for 12 o’clock! I met up with some arty friends who I hadn’t seen for ages and it was lovely to see them.

Made London Fair

My chums and I went into the Made London design and craft fair in Bloomsbury. Not only were there loads of amazing crafts and designs to see but  Mary Ward House itself was a beautiful Arts and Crafts building. Among my favourite exhibitors were Libby Ward and her jewellery combining unusual materials and Ulli Kaiser who made incredible pieces from antique beads and found objects to form jewellery with unique stories to tell. Ikuko Iwamoto’s textured ceramics were lots of fun too.

After spending ages looking around the fair, we popped into the Wellcome Collection which is a fascinating museum and gallery with a kind of Art and Science mash- up!

Children’s Arty Crafty Classes.

Pale pink playdough alien with three heads and feathers.

We made our own playdough in Arty Crafty Classes on Saturday and the children enjoyed choosing colours, smells and glitter to add. It’s a very easy no cook recipe from The Imagination Tree only I halved the recipe. The best place I have found to buy a decent amount of cream of tartar is at Waitrose where it comes in a tub not in a fiddly packet!!


Next week we’ll be experimenting withYoung boy holding a playdough model of a snowman made at Tuftydawn Designs. bleeding tissue paper and crepe paper and resists! Should be fun!

April Showers..

A Mixed Bag of Weather!

It has been a very mixed bag of weather in April- I’ve got caught in several April showers – of hailstones! Got quite soggy today too! The rain didn’t put everyone off from coming to craft classes though – as the picture shows! Boy creating a collage picture of a tree using newspaper at Tuftydawn Designs.

 Craft Class News.

It was great to catch up with my grown up (!) crafty friends too and we got started on the crochet mandalas. We’re using cotton yarn which I love as the colours are zingy and the yarn lovely to work with. I must admit to being tempted Crocheted buy the lovely Classique Cotton pack for the stunning crochet along  Frida’s Flowers on the Stylecraft website. The pattern is downloaded every fortnight and is well worth a look.

I’m off to the Made London craft fair on Friday and hoping to get lots of inspiration for projects as well as catching up with some arty friends! I’ll keep you posted as to how it was.

Happy crafting!

Holidays Over?

Are the holidays over?

Well not quite for me and those working in Hertfordshire schools!

Had fun last week on the crafty classes for children and everyone produced some beautiful work. The children soon got the hang of how to decoupage the paper elephants and enjoyed choosing additional embellishments- glitter glue proving very popular! A grey decoupage paper mache elephant with pink glitter glue decoration.

The decorating clocks workshop was great too and the results were very unique and colourful.Three house shaped wooden clocks painted in bright colours by children at Tuftydawn Designs.

Coming up on my next Children’s Crafty Classes on Saturday the 23rd of April we’ll be making Tree Collage Pictures.Picture made from twisted newspaper, tissue paper and paint by Tuftydawn Designs.

Changes to Class Times.

Children’s Arty Crafty Classes on a Saturday will be changing slightly. As from the 23rd of April the earlier class will be from 12 to 1pm. The 3pm to 4pm classes are the same. Sessions will be £7 pay as you craft or pre book for a block of 6 sessions at £36. Hope to see you there for some messy fun!

Keep an eye out for different classes for adults too!