Beowulf and The Pied Piper

Craft Day 1/365
Hubby’s just made me a prop for school where I will be teaching Beowulf along with other myths and legends. He drew out the shape on some ply after a bit of research on the shape, then cut it out. He left the decorating for me to do!
I have painted the Viking broadsword using metallic paint for the font to add a bit of shine to it in the light and outlined some of the lettering with ink. I particularly like celtic patterns or those which interlock. One day I hope to have a go at silver jewellery making. The first piece of jewellery I designed was when my first baby was born and I wanted her to have a keepsake for when she grew up. Although I designed it, I commissioned a jewellery maker from famous Glastonbury in the UK to make it.
Regarding my class, all about the age of 12/13, they were thrilled that we were going to create a wall display of our work on myths and legends. After the focus on Beowulf, we moved onto The Pied Piper and the children’s task was to then write their own epic poem. My youngest daughter is always inspired by the ideas I plan for my lessons and wanted to take part even though she’s younger and attends a different school. She drew me a picture for a slide on The Pied Piper, having already studied it at school!

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Another quick kitten sketch

Calligraphy dipping pen and fantasia white soft pencil


My kitten was in her usual playful mood this evening and took a liking to a straw. She then turned her attention to my pot of ink sitting on the table …
As I was leaning over, she put both her paws up and literally pulled off my glasses so I’d pay her some attention!

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Skittle cakes

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I baked at 6:30 this morning and these were a hit with the architects.


I made two boxes full and hoped to bring a couple home for my kids, but they’d eaten them all by 4!

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A try at calligraphy with a dipping pen

I’ve used a cartridge calligraphy pen with varying results both for drawing and writing recently. I finally managed to locate my dipping pen and bottle of ink and took to my journal (making use of the lined paper) and here is a sneak look at my efforts, including a sketch using the same pen … and a mini lino print of a spanner – just for fun!



I can honestly say now that I prefer the dipping pen, although it was a bit trial an error with the ink blobbing on the page in large pools! Drawing was also easier and not so ‘scratchy’. I’m tired now, so will have another go tomorrow. As the saying goes … Practise makes perfect!

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Cat tummy rub photo challenge and more pics of Nikon :-)


Well, as I’m running a free contest for pet owners having the chance to win a portrait of their pet (stippled dot drawing or linoleum (lino) cut limited edition print, I thought I’d add a fabulous photo of my kitten, Nikon who loves a bully rub and enjoys running off with anything – socks, tights, drinking straws, lettuce leaves and our rabbit, Pom Pom’s carrots!

Details on how to enter can be found via this link

Here are few images of Nikon’s antics (oh, that reminds me of another little story.  I’ll tell you all about it after showing you these piccies of her)


Nikon enjoying her tummy rub :-)   There is more about this photo challenge here: 


I went out into the garden for a few minutes and on my return she had done this!  She had so much fun with this toilet roll and made a nest for herself!

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Dotty drawing and ten minute sketch

A quick ten minute sketch in the office inspired me to draw in dots a more substantial drawing
As I’ve just announced a new contest giveaway calling for pets to draw and the prize winner gets to keep a picture of their pet, I thought I’d also mention that if you’d rather have a stippled dot drawing of your pet as a prize rather than a lino print, then please comment below and send me a photo of your pet to with ‘pet sketch contest entry’ in the subject line and state whether lino print or dot. Here is an example of one of my stippled drawings all done in fine dots! I hope it inspires you to enter. Entries to the contest closes at midnight on Friday 22nd August (all time zones).



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Please visit my printing blog The Elevator Press :-)

In response to the recent call for entries to my latest free giveaway have a look at a selection of my recent printing  on my new blog:

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Free Giveaway 5,000+ blog hits!!!

Thank you, thank you thank you to everyone who has visited my blog since it began in January 2014. Now, with over 5,000 hits I’m offering a special free giveaway. Yay!

This is a little different. I am offering fellow bloggers an original limited edition lino print and sketch of their pet as the prize. Please post below this blog post an amusing story, of your pet you would like me to use, the pet’s name and then email me a clear photograph of your pet that you don’t mind me putting on this blog in a gallery and I will select one using a random generator.
This is my stats I woke up to after a long day out yesterday!


Here is an example:
My kitten is a white spotted tabby and she’s called Nikon. She has a habit of sleeping on our shoes and playing in my OHs boots.

Then email a clear and interesting photo to which you are happy to go into a group gallery on this blog



I will then put together a gallery of the pets and select one at random (or we can do a reader’s vote – what do you think?). Finally, the winner’s pet photo will be turned into a linocut print by me!

Closing date? Friday 22nd August at midnight.

That gives me the UK Bank holiday to create the sketch on lino then make the print. Whoop! Whoop!

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Staffi no 2

This time I’ve sketched a friend’s staffi – a fifteen minute sketch using a calligraphy pen… I intend to work on some longer projects, but as this is a daily blog post, I’m determined to keep the momentum up! Hope you like her :-)


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Delicate nature


I found this beauty while clearing out the yard. My daughter tells me it’s part of a wasps’ nest. So delicate and so fragile, it disintegrated not long after taking this photograph when a gust of wind blew it off the desk. I’m just glad I managed to capture a brief photo of it to show off the creativity of nature itself.

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Simon’s Cat … Following a video tutorial on drawing :-)

I think Simon’s Cat is pretty awesome :-). He’s got loads of videos on Youtube on how to draw his cats, so I thought I’d have a go. These are the results of following his video and then putting my own take on them by adding Nikon markings! Lol…



If you’d like to have a go, here is a link to Simon’s Cat. I’m in admiration for this guy’s work.

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