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Drawing for Wellbeing Stand

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I went to an Arts for Health Event at the beginning of June where I met some really interesting people and of course it was great to see some familiar faces too. I officially launched ‘Creative Wellbeing & Artist Workshops’ specialising in “Drawing for Wellbeing-see stand photos I hope you like it! :)

Arts for Health Stand

Arts for Health Stand


Party Badges illustrations

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Colourful Pencil fencing Centre Parcs

Colourful Pencil fencing Centre Parcs

March- were did March go?

On March the 10th it was my birthday , to celebrate we went to away for the weekend to Centre Parcs -Sherwood Forest.

We had a lovely time we had a special treat as we spent one afternoon in the Aqua Sana Spa rooms, with a combination of different spa rooms to explore and a warm outside  swimming pool to relax in , even the sun shone for us!

My Favourite room was the Greek Herbal Bath Room followed by a scented cool shower , it was heaven!

We ate out most evenings and on Sunday night we had a french dinner with a jazz band playing in the back ground.

Yes I did go down the big sides,  the rapids and  inflatable dinghy ride, I was a big kid for the weekend, but seriously realised I’m very unfit. Riding a bike was very hard work, I think really the gears weren’t working properly!!

The nearest I got to drawing when I walked past these giant sized pencil fence-thinking this would look great at the back of our house!!

I did a favour for a friend and made some badges for her daughters Birthday Party, The theme was  a Prom Party and had instructions to make badges saying Prom Queen, Prom Princess, Cool Dude and for my friend and husband Prom Queen Mum and Cool Dude Dad. My friend was delighted with them.

Party Badges illustration

Party Badges illustration

I visited the Art Room this month,  I was really impressed with a members painting, so decided to take a picture of it to show you!

Long Eaton Art Room Painting

Long Eaton Art Room Painting

A Good Cuppa at Derby University!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

I had a busy week last week on Monday I was involved with a ‘Treats’ all day  animation workshop at the Quad Derby. I worked with 5  lovely children all of which worked really well as a team and produced an film all about ‘A Groovy Planet’ we had aliens with afros, a disco ball for the planet and lots of lovely dancing Aliens. I maybe in the Derby Evening Telegraph!!

On Friday I also started a 6 week course at Derby University, The first week was great fun and looking forward to next week. Derby University serve the best  Decaffeinated  Tea and you never guess what picture was on the sachet……



A Blue Butterfly!!-This made me smile!

Derby Feste 09

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Unfortunately we just missed the main artists-the marshmallow people,in other words

Compagnie des Quidams et d’inko’Nito-Reves d’herbert-

We managed to have a drink at the beer tent and listen to the country dancing music in the square

and wander around the Quad.

Out side the Quad they had moving projected illustrations that were displayed on to a white van, the floor around the Quad and on to the buildings next door -can you believe it’s more than a year since the Quad opened!! this time last year I wouldn’t of thought I’d be doing work for the Quad!

Happy 1st Birthday to the Quad!

Projected illustrations

Projected illustrations

Projected illustrations

Projected illustrations

Projected illustrations

Projected illustrations

West Hallam Well Dressings 09

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Well Dressing

The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Well Dressing

Hi I’m so sorry I’ve not kept you up to date with my news- I promise you I will  try and get up to speed with this blogging business!!

I’ve got no excuses this time !

Anyway- I had a market stall at the West Hallam Well Dressings, my cards & prints sold like hot cakes!!

I was really pleasantly surprised, my prints really went well, some people were buying a couple at a time!!

My Niece designed and dressed a Well Dressing  this year, celebrating 40 years of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’- why of course!!

London Book Fair 21st April

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been soooOooo busy!

I visited the very Sunny London Book Fair, it was exciting, I’d never been to the book fair, there was a whole section on children’s publishing- I was in my element!!

I went on loads of stands, and came home with 4 possible warm leads, fingers crossed!

I’ve just finished sending the emails to the contacts I’d made that day!London Book FairFinished of the day with a coffee without a handle, mushroom soup and a very healthy colourful fruit salad!!


Fruit SaladYummy! Yum! 

Sotherbys Auction of E H Shepard drawings.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Winnie the Pooh Collection

Collections of Stanley J Seeger & Christopher Cone

Auction of E H Shepard drawings/books etc! Check out Sotherbys website It’s nice just to have a nosey!

Maybe one day I’ll have a first edition book or an original by E H Shepard…….In my dreams!! 

LOT 33 




20,000—30,000 GBPChristmas card drawing by E H Shepard


160 by 171mm., ink drawing, unsigned, captioned ‘Christmas Greetings From Norah & Ernest Shepard’, with artist’s name and address on reverse, mounted, slight soiling

[together with] Christmas Greetings from Norah & Ernest Shepard. [Privately Printed, n.d.], single leaf,some creases


26th September – Derby Feste 2008

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Derby Festé 2008 for the opening of the new QUAD centre took place from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th September. The £11 million pound centre for art and design has made a fantastic addition to Derby life.

It was a fantastic evening-which sent shivers down my spine and tears to my eyes and I really had that proud feeling to be an Artistic Derby lass! There was an spectacular display of 3 acts that evening, there were as follows:

The Giants of Derby awaken – when characters from Derby’s past, portrayed by local people mingled with the crowds on the Market Place. This event was funded as part of a Heritage Lottery project.

Quad Derby-Outside giantsGiants-Derby Quad

Sarruga – a Spanish street art company brought us ‘An invasion of Insects!’ an incredible show (like The Dragons they brought us in 2007)

insectgiant spiderInsect-QuadUnder giant insect

Heliosphere – Spiralling and spinning and seemingly weightless, an acrobat suspended beneath a helium balloon explored the Market Place, reaching out to hold hands with people in the crowd.


BalloonThe Icing on the Quad and to end the evening with style -A fantastic display of Fireworks

-BaNG, Pop, POP WhizzZz!

Quad fireworksQuad fireworks (more…)

18th October – Ilkeston Charter Fair

Friday, October 31st, 2008

We had a go on the dodgems and I noticed a fair stand with the ‘Me to You’ bear for prizes and my very best friend Winnie the Pooh!  I managed to take arty pictures of children’s rides for inspiration.

When I was a little girl I used to love going on the Hook a Duck Stand!Thomas -Ilkeston FairHook A Duckcar ride- Ilkeston Fair


29th October Katie Melua – Nottingham Trent Fm Arena

Friday, October 31st, 2008

After eating a hot dog we found our seats and watched the first act, an Australian singer Andrea McEwan. 

 A very lively act – One song she sang which made me chuckle was about losing socks in the wash. I’ve always thought that there is a sock monster in every washing machine!

Then the lights dimmed and the moment I’d had been waiting for all day…

Katie Melua took to the stage.  I had a shiver down my spine and a tear in my eye.  Her voice lit up the whole stadium – you could hear a pin drop as she sang a few solos with each note perfect!

 Then the whole stage transformed with a combination of incredible lighting, images and video projected on to a number of large screens-very clever.

Of course she sang the favourites-but introduced us to a new song called ‘Two Bare Feet’-a real boogie number-there no doubt I’ll be dancing to that one.

 All I can say – Fantastic! And Thank you Katie Melua for a most enjoyable evening!


Katie Melua-Tickets

30th August – Chatsworth Country Fair

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Trip with my husband to the Chatsworth Country Fair with free tickets courtesy of a family friend.

On the way there I doodled some Characters for my website portfolio icon page,
I‘m pleased to introduce you to the Odd Bods!
odd bods

We managed to spend the whole day wandering around the stalls without getting wet.  Too much time in the craft tents, of course, and we nibbled our way round the food tent.

And at the end of the day, a spectacular display of hot air balloons.  We were lucky enough to get close to one.  And then heart stopping moment, one was stuck for an instant in a tree!

A wonderful day out.

25th August – Beaushow, Long Eaton Art Room

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

If you didn’t manage to make it to the Beaushow this time then you missed a variety of local artists offering those individual and distinctive gifts and cards.  Including me of course.  I sold a good number of cards and received some very positive feedback on my work.

The Long Eaton Art Room is a very friendly place which I know well.  I help out with art classes there and it’s a great asset to the local community.  I was able to gather some ideas and imagery particularly for my website.

23 August – The QUAD, Derby opening

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Because I’d been involved in creating The17 project Slice through Derby, I received VIP tickets to look around the building.  It’s a new community arts centre and I believe it’s going to add a new dimension to what’s available in Derby.

The Quad

17 Quad

For The 17, they took 100 groups of 17 people to the building and had them record a single note each.  Then renowned musician Bill Drummond created a piece of choral music which was played at the special private viewing on 23 August.

The building opens officially on 26th September with a weekend of events.

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