Friday, 29 April 2011

Mini Projects about the house...

To say I am currently on my jollies from my day job I have been busier than ever but in a great way! After an Easter weekend of my friends wedding, catch ups, giggles, tears & funtimes in the sun I have thrown myself full pelt into some personal projects... one I am 3 years late in finishing!

In a couple of days it will be 3 years since I returned from my traveling adventures abroad *sob* I spent around 8 amazingly exciting months visiting some awesome places including SE Asia, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South America. It was an incredible time and I have so many wonderful memories... not to mention a bazillion photographs to go with them!

Since I returned I have been meaning to put together some photo albums of my adventures and only now can I say... 'It's DONE!' I have turned 4 sketchbooks, some black paper and over 700 photos into 4 albums of memories, funtimes and adventures! As much as I'd LOVE to share every page with you I'll limit myself to a few of my favourite pictures and a the above 'trophy picture' of the finished albums...

Ko Phi Phi - Thailand

Dunk Island - Australia

Machu Picchu - Peru

The Remarkables, Queenstown - New Zealand

Beachcomber Island - Fiji

Singapore Zoo - Singapore

Another mini project of mine... was the renovation of some old wooden bar stools that were left behind in my kitchen when I moved into Sunshine Towers. They were a bit worse for wear, covered in splodges of paint and in need of some TLC. So, over the week I have sanded them down, cleaned them up and spray painted them a lovely red colour to match the ever-growing red theme in my kitchen! I must admit I think they look pretty darn good too... and SHINY!

I have a few other projects under-go at the momento but being as one is a mini surprise for a friend I shall keep it under wraps until it has been delivered! I will also have some wedding snaps from last weekend to share with you too - you can see the beautiful bride, and my slinky bridesmaid outfit complete with this badboy of a necklace which I was proud to wear on the special day...

Tatty Devine Moustache Necklace

Anywho... I hope you have all had a lovely extra bank holiday today. I must admit I couldn't help sneaking a peek at the wedding (and THAT dress) earlier today but I have to say the only way I have shared in the celebrations is with this most excellent 'Posh' fish finger sarnie.... NOM!

Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Sunshine Towers: 1 month on...

As promised here are a few pictures of Sunshine Towers for you! Another chance to have a nosey round and see what else I have been upto between my mini blog updates... ENJOY!

**The Front Room**

**The Kitchen**

**The Boudoir **

**The Studio/Spare Room**

**About the house**

Friday, 22 April 2011

A peek of new sunshine...

I have a couple of weeks off from my day job now (YAY!) and am starting to plan new work to launch within the next month or two! Very exciting!

The range will be called 'Time for Tea' and will incorporate some familiar designs as well as some fresh & fun newbies!

Watch this space for more updates and sunshine!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Easter Cards & Tea parties!

I'm not 100% sure where the weeks are flying to right now but here I am again with another mini update! Last week I gave you a peek into what I would be up to with my group of rainbows on Friday so as promised... the before photo...

...and the afters!

You should have seen the rainbows' faces light up when I showed them what they would be making! Although these practice cards aren't nearly as perfect as I would want them to be at any other time, I thought my 5 min show, make and tell went pretty well with 15 little faces watching!

I was so proud of them all too - they made some cracking little cards (pun intended! teehee) and it was nice to see them enjoy it all.

I also got given a name last week. All the leaders and helpers at Rainbows have the names of flowers and I can now re-introduce myself to you all as 'Sunny Sunflower'. I couldn't have picked a more fitting name if I tried and I am over the moon :)

On Saturday one of my oldest and loveliest friends gets married and I am lucky enough to be one of her ladies in pink (bridesmaids). You may remember me me showing you the slinky pink dress I'll be squeezing into?

To celebrate a few of us organised a 'Bride to be tea party' at Sunshine Towers and I thought I'd share a few fun and foody photos with you! We had so many tasty cakes & nibbles and it was great to dress the place in bunting and balloons! As you can see it was a tasty and fun affair!

This week though I have to be good after a weekend of indulging in all that tastiness! I am now back to my cycling and running and armed with some mahoosive stretchy pants I will get into that dress on Saturday!

Oh no... I just spied some left over cake...

Monday, 11 April 2011

Quick commissions catch up...

It's been a busy few weeks at Sunshine Towers and I feel rather guilty for having not shared any of my crafty adventures with you for a while so here's a little update for you.

50th Birthday's a go-go! I have done two very different invitation designs for two 50th birthday parties just lately, both of which I am looking forward to muchos!

Val's 5oth Birthday Gothic Masquerade Rock Party Invitations
Fun, Fancy & costumes involved!

Geoff's 50th Birthday Dinner celebrations
Classic, smart & simple

On theme with the fantabulous weather we've been having too it only seems right to share my most recent Sunshine commission with you too...

Meet Karen, Jamie & Harvey the pooch!

And on another weather related note... Rainbows! I help out as many Friday's as I can with a local Girlguide Rainbows group. It's lots of fun and the girls are fab! I am designated crafter so when I do go you can bet your socks there will be crayons, glue & mess... and I love it! Last time it was Mother's Day cards and this week it's Easter cards so tonight I have been busy cutting and superglueing some cards with little egg windows in preparation.

I can't wait to get there on Friday and finish making them up with the Rainbows... I'll be sure to post some 'after' pictures... here's a hint of what you can expect to see more of...

Last time I was there I also handed over a poster I was asked to create to advertise our group so maybe there will be some new faces this week!

I hope you all have a lovely sunny week! I promise not to be gone too long next time and maybe I'll even treat you to some updated pictures from Sunshine Towers too! Until then... don't forget your sun cream, enjoy the weather and beautiful blossom!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

A weekend of Shoes, Days Trips & Farm Animals...

As you may guess from the post title it's been a busy weekend for me and has involved not one... but two mini day trip adventures! You know me... I LOVE adventures!

Yesterday my lovely friend and I took a trip out to Sleaford to visit The Hub. I stock some of my work at their little craft shop so it was nice to see my work on show and have a wonder round the fab building and a nosey at some of the current exhibitions.

This is where the shoes come in....'A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes' speaks for itself really and WOW! What a collection! So many insanely creative and imaginative shoes in one place! If you love shoes (and lets be honest who doesn't?) then this is a must see exhibition.

The collection 'spans the entirety of the designer's high fashion career, from the 70's onwards, and showcases some of the most innovative & iconic examples of Vivenne Westwood's work'. The fashion photography supporting the glorious glass cabinets of shoes is in itself worth a look.... stunning!

I was intrigued with the some of the designs not to mention the infamous Naomi Campbell wobblers and the oh so beautiful must have Anglomania for Melissa Lady Dragon shoes! I just need to decide which colour to start saving my pennies for now...

As well as the amazing shoes there was a cracking photography exhibition, 'Peacocks & Pinstripes - A snapshot of masculine style' and a brilliant installation piece by Suzi McLaughlin called 'How does your garden Grow?'

Along with a farmers market in Sleaford & the beautiful old brick buildings and stables surrounding The Hub I must say it was a jolly good day out - topped with a pub lunch, excellent company and a cold cider! Saturday was a winner!

And Sunday has been AWESOME too! This year is my little sisters first ever Mother's Day and to celebrate we took our Mummy and Little Lexie (and Daddy Want too!) to White Post Farm for the day!

It bought back sooooo many memories from trips with our grandparents and trips with Brownies! So much fun and so many animals to look at and feed along the way. All with a picnic lunch included and some silly face-in-a-hole photographs - Perfect day trip with the family! The only thing that could have made it better was if I had been able to get my face painted as a tiger... just like I did many moons ago...

Well, before I get carried away I shall bid you all good night! I hope you all had a lovely weekend & Mother's Day too! x