A day in my life 2016

It’s just over a year since I last wrote an “a day in my life” post (you can see it here). A lot has happened since then. Early last year I finally decided to treat the blog as a business and “go pro”. It seemed a good time to do it since Kirby was heading off to […]

Why I draw

Alan got me a mug for Christmas that says “I might look like I’m listening to you, but in my head I’m drawing”. I giggled loudly when I opened the box- it is so true. I am always thinking about drawing. I neglected my sketchbooks and pencils quite a bit last year for a number of reasons, […]

A day in my life

One of the questions I get asked the most is how I fit in blogging and making arts and crafts with being a stay at home mum. I wrote a series on how I don’t fit it all in a few years back, but I still get asked that question a lot, so today I’m […]

Organising photos for the creative mum

Hi, hope you had a lovely summer. Mine just flew by. I spent a few early mornings last week editing and organising photos I took over the summer and was so glad I had a system in place. I could just launch in and get it done, then go out and enjoy my day (and take […]

A peek into my sketchbook: drawing noses

  A peek into my sketchbook: drawing noses Some weeks the kindest thing you can do for yourself and your family is the slow right down and just do the bare essentials. That was last week for me. With both kids home because of half term, sore throats galore, and my dad’s anniversary playing major […]

Time to get real!

Drawing was my first love. When I rediscovered art a few years ago I fell into grungy mixed media. It was the perfect way for me, a recovering perfectionist, to get back into art. Because grungy, by its very nature, is messy. There is no right or wrong. Back then, drawing would have quickly sucked […]

Celebrating 2013: creative achievements

  This is the second year I have made a creative achievement list, and I think it’s fair to say I’ll keep doing them every year as I really enjoy them. It’s a wonderful way to reflect on the past year and remind yourself how far you’ve come. I also find them a great tool […]

Let down your hair art journal

I have spent the last few days deep in thought and prayer trying to work out if I should share the letter I wrote to Aoife on her birthday. In the end I decided not to. It’s far too personal for a public blog. I’m finding that’s happening a lot more lately. Our stories are […]

Keep your head in the clouds

Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground. I’ve not drawn or painted faces for a long time (it shows!), but lately I’ve been obsessed with poses. Especially the children’s poses. I have been jotting them down in my journal as I see them, in the hope of developing them later […]

Sketching childhood: toy hoover

I began the sketching childhood series of drawings for two reasons. 1) To document my children’s childhood. As much as I love photography, I find that nothing engages all my senses like drawing. It makes me see all the layers of a thing or a situation. To draw their lives then, makes me feel like […]