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Granite one, Perlite one – Knitting Rocks

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Trilobite hat (c) Hannah Ingalls It’s Autumn, and while we’d normally have been in our woolies for weeks now, we’re still able to get away without. For knitters this is a great…

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Moving to a New Blog

Life has been more than a bit crazy, busy, stressful etc etc for a while! I have still been making things every day – a MUST for me in stressful times – but there has been no time or head-space … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Eeek Exciting! we have some flags on our Map!

THANK YOU!!!! to all of you who have put yourself on our MAP. North America, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Australia ……… Click on word MAP above to see who has taken the time to put themselves on the Stonechat Visitors map. … Continue reading

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Iceland!

We had a visitor to the blog from Iceland today! Since 2.Oct.13 we have visitors from: Sri Lanka, US, Australia, Denmark, Canada, Philippines, Sweden, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Portugal, Brazil and Cambodia. Fabulous to be making these wonderful creative links … Continue reading

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Studio Day tomorrow!

Studio day tomorrow and it looks like being a stunningly glorious day! Can’t wait!

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Russia

We got a visit from someone in the Russian Federation today, but they did not plot themselves on our Map. SO tempted to put a flag on the map for them – but where would I put it? OooH! Frustrating!

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Saturday Creative Spark

Originally posted on QuinnCreative:
Mehmet Ali Uysal’s Ten / Skin © 2012 Mehmet Ali Uysal is a Turkish artist with a great sense of humor. He starts with a common object, a clothespin, let’s say, and changes what it does.…

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Map of the world

I was doing a bit of blog-hopping and came across Zee-maps – a device we can use to see what part of the world our visitors come from. The WordPress Stats tell only the administrators of the blog which country … Continue reading

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Springwatch

The bird, the Stonechat appeared on TV, on BBC 2’s  Springwatch tonight. A very successful bird having up to 4 broods a year. Yep, I relate to that!  

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Studio Day Sunday

Four of us gathered at the huts on Sunday for our second Studio Day of the year. I found it hard to get myself there, tired from a busy week and a late night and the weather wasn’t helping – … Continue reading

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The sun is shining…

The sun is shining, the wind has dropped , there is loads to do in the garden, I’m ready to go clearing, weeding a sowing…. and then, I just can’t help getting distracted!   Meet Flo. Will have to work … Continue reading

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Circus

Yesterday we went to the Circus, the weather was dull and cold but the children were bright and colourful! E. found some streamers, put them round her ankles and did handstands and cartwheels. R. jumped and bounced on the Bouncy … Continue reading

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One in cottons, the other in silks

Continuing with photos of my fabulous day with Lauren Shanley, having created what might be a cushion cover, in cotton fabric for the first piece, Lauren then suggested we use some silks and a strong element of black in the … Continue reading

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First Etsy Sale!

Just as I was wondering if it would ever happen, I had my first sale from my Etsy shop!  This fun and funky ‘wig’ has flown all the way over to Chicago as a present for a friend. As modelled … Continue reading

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Spring Post Card Swap!

The iHanna post card swap is here! I LOVE this! You join, make 10 postcards, get 10 addresses all around the world and send your cards by a certain date. Then over the next week or so, through the letter … Continue reading

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More History of Art

A friend of mine is going to a History of Art class and sent me this: The art critic, Clement Greenberg, Clement Greenberg was an American essayist known mainly as an influential visual art critic closely associated with American Modern … Continue reading

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Creativity and Peace

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Granny Square Tutorial

My sister asked me to teach her how to make a Granny Square and as we have not been able to arrange a time yet I am putting a link here to a You Tube video tutorial in case there … Continue reading

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flocks of redwings

  I’m in heaven this morning: roaring fire, radio 4, crochet (cushions – a commission from Elfie and Rufus, the snow sculptors) and watching flocks of Redwings foraging in the snow. Cosy!

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Winter sprouts

  The sign of new growth in the depths of winter. I was given the miniature daffodil bulbs for my birthday in November and there is always something so hopeful to see bulbs peeping up above the soil. The sprouting … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Having had a wonderfully quiet Christmas Day knitting a picture frame  (makes me laugh!) I was ready to party! I went to stay with a friend who lives near Stroud. She lives in a great village, full of life and … Continue reading

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Marla’s woodland tunic

Tiz very satisfying to see something I have knitted so beautifully modelled! This is Marla, grandchild number 6, aged 5 months old. It has been nick-named the Christmas tree dress, by her siblings.

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Have you ever…..

…… tattooed a banana? A fun thing to do when the excitement of Christmas is wearing thin, I can recommend it!   Place a picture of anything you like on the banana, and with a pin, quickly stab (or pounce … Continue reading

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Upcycling, recycling, craftycycling ..

Here’s the link Clever lot!

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12.12.12

Happy 12.12.12 I am meeting with a group of friends today and we will create a little ceremony around the 12.12.12. We started meeting nearly 15 years ago, once a month to read ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Clements together … Continue reading

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doodle bug strikes again

My creativity comes in bursts and obsessions. With all the knitting projects at complicated stages that need concentration, I need projects i can pick up in odd moments and doodles fit there very nicely.

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Cariad

  latest addition to the Etsy shop A print of my latest doodle: the Welsh word for Love.  

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A favourite walk

My cousin Roger, sent me this picture and wrote: I think one of my favourite walks & it’s an easy one was from Langton Herring & along the Fleet – mainly because, both times I did it the sun was … Continue reading

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Antony Gormley

Home for a few days break from Twinwatch and it has been a marvellous opportunity to catch up with the week’s Radio 4 programmes on iPlayer. Start the Week with Antony Gormley and others is a must! I have downloaded … Continue reading

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60s

One of my favourite birthday cards from a schoolfriend of the 1960s copyright Hallmark. It seems to sum up what goes on in my head when i’m dancing!!!

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Shop open!

Etsy’s helpline is excellent – so the shop has now been re-activated. Pop in and have a look – I’d love to hear your feedback. http://www.etsy.com/shop/WildDaffodil

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Post card swap

I have just popped home for a few days  from being on ‘Twinwatch’. As much as I am loving every minute of being part of Emilia’s and Matilda’s first few precious weeks of life, I am missing my creativity time. … Continue reading

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Twinwatch

Creative activity today – setting up a new Blog! Twinwatch Would love you to drop in as I attempt a Diary of my life in N.E. London over the next couple of months.  

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Martha Graham

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. And if you block it, it … Continue reading

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Brooke Medicine Eagle

Came across http://www.sacredmysteries.com on the ‘Portugal Experience’ Facebook page. There was a time when i could not get enough of Brooke’s teachings and i find i view them slightly differently now, but there is still enough nurturing positive good stuff … Continue reading

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A hive of activity…

on our fifth? studio day

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Is this art?

  This personalised work, working title ‘Wendy’s Washing’, is a variation on creative interventions in the landscape, but is it art? If so what makes it art?  The intention of the artist is subtly represented in the final work but unfortunately … Continue reading

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Visit to Cherry Orchard Farm

Visited Sarah and Ann at Venue 279 – wonderful setting for Sarah’s larger pieces – my heart ‘leapt’ to see Cassandra welcoming visitors (can’t believe no one’s gone off with her …yet). Stone Spirit and Lucy were very much in … Continue reading

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Dorset Arts Weeks

Fabulous to see Sarah’s sculptures in such a glorious setting! http://www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk/index.php/daw/venue/daw1392.html ‘Stonespirit’ looks especially stunning seen through the entrance arch against the wide green lawn. Sadly i did not have my camera with me, so hopefully Sarah will post some … Continue reading

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hmm..?

So i started an acrylic painting on canvas just because i felt compelled to do it, it felt so exciting and energetic…         and then i seemed to start to fight with it…..           … Continue reading

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lots of tips and ideas

Another good blog to check out http://marciabeckett.blogspot.co.uk/

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bluebells

I have spent a wonderful morning painting a beautiful bump with bluebells. With Elgar the cat looking on       And then to the bluebelll woods.                

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the fitted suit

A post on the Process Art journal reminded me if this fable told to us by our tutor when I was training to be a Counsellor: The Fitted Suit A man went to tailor to have a suit made for him. … Continue reading

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process art 3

Turning the paper to ‘landscape’ seemed to have a marked effect on what happened next. I started with the sweeping rocking movement in the bottom lefthand corner which developed into a circle. Was it an eye, a void, a whirlpool? A large … Continue reading

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http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/2012/04/washi-tape-ideas-zine-winners/ inspired by today’s post on Hanna’s blog i have just bought myself some Washi Tape. I will use them to decorate a photo album i’m creating in an Art Journal style – photos to follow.

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Wanted: Onion Skins!

If you feel like recycling dry onion skins read on… Wanted: Onion Skins!.

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art journal

inspired by Daisy Yellow, ihanna and Balzer Designs (see them on our blog list) i have started playing at making an art journal – i’m loving the freedom of anything goes and look at all sorts of household things and packaging … Continue reading

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polyamory

Did anyone listen to yesterday’s edition of Woman’s Hour, in which there was an item on Polyamory: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01g5yxx#p00r5htv I am, in theory, supportive of Polyamory and loved the aspects of it described in the 70s book ‘Woman on the Edge … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s half an hour sketch. Thought I’d try out watercolour pencils – the inspiration came from a quote by Hildegard von Bingen         Today’s one came from somewhere quite dark. I seem to have moved on from … Continue reading

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Continuing to doodle my life away …

Perhaps I should get out more ……?

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I’ve Caught a Doodle bug – hope it’s not explosive!

So far only using pencil but ….watch this space – I might become a ‘flatie’ after all

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Cutting from b-side newsletter… doodles everywhere

Quick Nudge Our latest doodle comes from b-side artist, Ailie Rutherford. Ailie will be inviting audiences to take part in telepathic drawing experiments on Portland via her new improved Ganzfeld machine…

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The Sculpture Hut 2012: new fliers out!

The Sculpture Hut 2012: new fliers out!. come join us at the Hut!  

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Famous Doodler

A natty little gallery somewhere off Oxford Street showing paintings by Bob Dylan and Billy Conolly’s latest creative activity – black & white doodles….  

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After Hockney

 At the Royal Academy: an extraordinary exhibition showcasing intensity of colour, a vast scale, a huge amount of work, and revolutionary stuff on iPad In amongst all that noise his relatively quiet small charcoal drawings are a complete inspiration … … Continue reading

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Small stone sculptures?

This is roach stone – the layer of Portland stone that is full of fossils and shells. I am working on sanding and polishing the smooth sides to a fine finish.  Am hoping this might be a format for small … Continue reading

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Ocean Rock

Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river Lao Tse Tung

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New Theme

Forgive me playing – I felt this simpler theme suited better?   Easy to change back  – to twenty ten under appearance/themes…

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Portland Sculptures Website

Work in progress!  Feedback welcome… particularly on the shop section.  Is the combination of form and paypal button on the cards and voucher pages clear/ok?

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doodling

Have spent many a relaxing hour Just Doodling recently. Would love to know what you think of them and how they could be used.

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2012 card designs

Time to choose some new designs for 2012 – so thought I would survey …   would you choose any of these as 5″ square cards to buy @ £2?  Some of these are familiar from my calendars but none have … Continue reading

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