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Happy 24th!

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It’s happened, I’m 24.  And I don’t remember ever being so excited for a birthday, except maybe when I won two tickets to see a band, in London, on my birthday.

I didn’t have a party or picnic planned other than to meet friends here or there, wherever.  Firstly I met Jenna and Lynn for coffee and birthday treats!


Then Jenna, Rosie and I went to the cinema and watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! I love how long the title is =D
As we left the cinema we found Boe.

This chap and Boe were off to a fashion show =) I love him! Boe’s very heavy.

Then we had a lovely meal at Wagamamas!

My next birthday time was on an infamously unlucky day. I don’t believe in such things but thought “cherry from my scone and Claire has dropped a small piece of her scone! Must be Friday 13th!” but later she broke her arm and conked her head! Underestimated the power of  back luck on scepticism!

So, what makes my April Showering, arm breaking, icy cold birthday so flipping great? ME! I’m going on holiday soon, a hot one, for the first time in two years. And what’s much more than that, is that I’m starting uni this year!

Uni. I may not be the best, but I don’t  I just never thought I’d ever go I never thought I’d apply, that I would get in, that I could keep up with it… But I’m going to experiment with what they let me play with, I’ll make and I’ll enjoy what I do.

One day I’d like to work in/with an art gallery. Do events. Music’s all good and fine but with my friends at old Art Org we booked film, theatre, music, live art, artistic performance… Can’t go back to more basic events now. I can see myself doing it.

Art’s worth doing and it’s worth being big, especially in smaller galleries and communities. I can’t wait to be a bit further in that world.

Sadly, now, I don’t quite know what art is! =P other than, “if I don’t absolutely understand it, then it’s art” but I know I’ll  keep trying to find out the answer, and I’ll enjoy working at it.

What really sums it up is this:















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April 22, 2012 at 2:19 am

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Luminarium or Crete?

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This is the Luminarium,

Today, my friend Alyn Mulholland told me about this opportunity to work on making a piece of a new Luminarium!

“Dear all,

We need 10 people for this fantastic project so if you have anyone who is interested please let me know asap. We are offering you a unique opportunity to get involved with creating a sculpture called the Luminarium. You will be creating a window for a structure which is exhibited around the world- see link:

If you are interested in taking part in the workshops you don’t have to be an artist, nor have any special skills just get in touch with us to book your place (10 available) for May 1st either 10-1, 2-4. You can join both workshops or just one and need to wear old clothes. You will also be able to attend an event to see the window you created later in the year. This is a really exciting chance to be part of art amazing piece of art.”

I’ll be in Crete while this workshop takes place and am very disappointed that I’ll miss out.

The Luminarium is a bit magic.  Wonderment. Fun. Relaxing. Disorienting.

I hope I meet one of the people who have worked on this when I visit one of the Architects of Air’s creations in the summer at Lakeside Arts Theatre.

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April 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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Today Sherewood’s Textile Workshop breaks up for Easter holidays!  My birthday is April 9th and we generally go stir crazy when apart for too long so we’ll be meeting up during the holidays for birthday cinema times, a meal, scones and coffee.

So, what’s so fun about college? How do we keep our day?

Well, we start by hanging up our coats and demanding a cup of tea. Always demanding tea. And some cups magically come full of coffee, because that’s what you really wanted when you asked for tea.

Next we complain, chat and laugh about our weeks and wait for the postman…

When the postman comes in, we do this

Except not in pyjamas with musical instruments. That might be a step too far.

Then there a mix of drinking tea and a couple of people getting out the materials and equipment.

{Today my mother came in the shop/college today, chatted up a storm and before she left told my ‘school friends’ how I would never let her kiss me on the lips. Claire exclaimed, “aww, she wont let me do that either!”}

Next, Claire talks to our vacant faces as we warm our hands on our tea. She tells us what cool things we’re making that day and what special stamps we’ll be using! We go “hmm…*brain ticking once every 5 seconds*” and she yells “Yes Claire!” we go *AHH!*Wakes a little bit more*

We slowly get our shiz’ together, grab our materials and work *very hard!

*Terms and Conditions apply: Many more teas will be made by Claire. Someone will “peak” or break down. Lots of chatting and jokes will be made, lots of laughing and cringing. Going for lunch. More laughing and tea. And Tea and laughing. Biscuits. Cake. Tea. Cleaning up.

Next we proudly show off to each other what we’ve made.

Then we get in our transports and go home to lay down in a darkened room or tweet about what’s on telly.


So! Brown bird Dee has a new blog and this inspired me to carry on blogging and typing about creating =) Please prepare for the barrage of projects on the blog blocking you from your daily goings on!



Written by Cherise

March 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm

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I’m not the type to jump. Full of fear that I’ll regret a move that I’ve made and that I couldn’t back step. Had it always been this way? I think so. I wouldn’t jump from heights, jump because of fear and I wouldn’t leap for what I want, if other people were involved.

But I recently jumped. While this filled me with worry and anxiety and thoughts of “Can I deal with what comes my way? Will I fail? Will it be too much?” It’s certainly something I never saw for my future.

As a child I thought “I’ll never be a nurse, firefighter or astronaut” but I also never thought I would never go to University or work my way towards a Foundation or a Degree. I couldn’t see myself surviving school. Melancholic little girl.

But here I am after years of anxiety, depression, timidness and insecurity. I don’t know where I’ll end up but I know that it will be a colourful journey and I’ll enjoy getting there!


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March 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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Wondering in Between

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When I was a kid I was very curious. I would get the largest, heaviest books from the library, and my mother would struggle to carry them home with us.

I’d look in to a built-in wardrobe in my parent’s bedroom on the first floor.  What if all the clutter at the bottom is concealing a trap door?  Would it led to a room below the ground floor? We haven’t a basement/cellar, I thought I could claim this trap door and have a den down there, though “down there” was actually the living room on the ground floor.

Was there treasure hidden in that large cupboard? My brother’s Danger Mouse Annuals, non-fictional ladybird books about King Richard, Space and the Stars and a book called The Sly Fox.  Also there were books I didn’t care for, cake decorating books of my dad’s, photos and an ornate sword my Mamma Bessie gave to me that I would pull out during a break in rummaging in the cupboard and have a swish and swash of the sword by myself.

I also searched between the county council’s embankment and the back of our tall garden fence, less than a metre in width but the length of our street that hid behind neighbours gardens and homes. In that space I brought my nieces to come see the small world I’d discovered. We dug in to that ground with small implements and found pieces of broken china… Ancient! Valuable! We were discoverers of great worlds we knew little about… other than that we ate our cereal from bowls with a pattern similar to the pieces of ancient pottery we’d found.

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February 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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Montreuil sur Mer & Two Notre Dames

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Requested pictures!

Byyyyeeee Dover

Our first beach!

MY BOAT. Like how Mick turned my jeans up so I wouldnt get them wet? Looking cool.

Gaufre chantilly (YUM!) Nice and hot.

In Étaples.
In Étaples they were having a Festial of Gôut… don’t worry, that means taste. In the tourist office they had some samples of fish andddd

The Maéris museum is attatched to the Tourism Office and is all about the fishing history in Étaples sur mer.  I don’t eat sea food so I didn’t read the signs and just enjoyed the sea life and things like stroking this…

This ones name is Bernard… see?

It made me jump and nearly scream when this scallop moved!

And Kyla screamed when I touched this anenome; it’s an anemone really but I forget it’s called that.

Those are all the things I touched. These are thigns I didnt touch =)

Colin the cod ^ (Kyla and Mick bought breaded cod fillets called Colin)


A sinking boat…

(my friend)

I made a fire =)

I want curly lamposts!

Kyla had me roll down the hill =D

Thank fashion for knitted leggins =P
I also forget leggins are really called leggings.

Beussent Chocolate Factory

I bought a chocolate conker (see above).  Michael Bought a long, violet flavour, chocolate covered marshmallow.

Machines moving white, milk and dark chocolate

This lady was painting faces in empty ghost molds =) she was smiley

English tourrr

Samples for us and the school kids!

And orange colour white choc for the chocolate pumpkins they made…

Model Village


This is kitten Mimi or Meow Meow or No Name. She lives at this Model Village. As do a couple of other cats.

Olive and beetroot juice from the salad, yummm

there was a sign saying not to need them but I took some of Kyla and Mick’s sandwich ham and fed her… then she wouldnt leave =P

And on to darker pictures…

beach twoooo

Here we bought a macaroon each, I had coconut, Kyla had salted caramel flavour and Michael had pistachio…

Le Chat Bleu

… are you no more use than a chocolte tea pot?


Le Fin

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October 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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Cushion Making pt.2

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These are my pretty new cushions! I made them for our living room… but people and three dogs hang out in the living room… so i’m  bit scared for anyone to touch them! O.O

I bought these fabrics for a £1 a meter in chillwell! Except for the sequin organza, i had to ebay ’embroidered organza’ after an incident involving the iron and the normal embroidered organza and a stiff breeze that make my freezer paper and organza move. >.<  OOPS!

Many more cushions to make! With practice I’ll be speedier =)

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July 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

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Making Cushions Pt.1 … and food!

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Apologies, very few words this time

An owl and dog we met on Monday. Beauuuutiful. and soft.

Courgette & feta and sweet potato & feta “patties”. Yummmmmm. I served with greek yoghurt with cucumber and mint in it and stuffed vine leaves (from a tin).

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July 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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Purse and Kindle Case Making AND Embellishing!

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Last Monday we were going to make needle felted little doggies!

But we, us crafty lot, are distracted easily.

Firstly Claire introduced me to an embellisher. I was a bit scared about getting started – 5 needles moving VERY fast!? Unsure – but the sizable finger guard is immensely lovely.

OOH! Just had an idea, I should needle felt a little embellishment on to my khaki satchel.

So firstly Claire showed me how to make a wooly flower on the embellisher… and that became a bit addictive.

Some contain loose angenlina fibres for happy sparkle times =) Puuuurdy.

Then I went a bit (experi)mental and felted a feather, angelina and felt in to some organzas!

Sooooo, Queen C brought in some booooooootiful fabric that many people thought was handmade. She wanted to make a big pencil-case for herself, Blackberry holder for her bestie friend and a … whatever for me =). Problem was that She didn’t know HOW to make one, I couldn’t remember how, so after asking Queen Hilly, we got to work! In fact, she was already at work, so I excitedly did most of it =P Sewing machines I missed youuuuuu!

And so, much like the Choconana vegan cake recipe that’s on here somewhere, this is a note to myself for when I next forget, here’s a bit of a ‘How to’ on making a lined and zippered case/purse.

I uuuuuuuuuuuused:

  • PINS
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (actually I used a roll-y cutter doo dah)
  • Lining fabric
  • Display fabric
  • Zzzzzzzzipp
  • Iron

This is Claire’s:

Next up I made a square-y one for myself and my bobs and bits and as a bit of a test go for the square one Claire wants.
HOWEVER! I just found out, by eavesdropping on another class, that you can cut shapes out of the angelina by using a kind of Sizzix contraption!

So before doing this:

I free-machined some shapes on to my display fabric:

and here’s the…front? back? other side!

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July 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

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Angelina fibres and Needle Felting =)

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Last week Claire started me on to something new, adorable and fun.


Do you know how to make such things? I had an idea after seeing it done at Harrogate Stitch and Knit but figured it had to be trickier than it appeared.

All it needed was a sheet of freezer paper, angelina, an iron and ironing board ! And then sequins, ribbon, lace, yarn and whatever else for embellishing.

this is foil-y eyelash yarn!

It all works like a sparkly sandwich…

Just lay out some angelina fibres (I do it quite thinly, Claire does it little thicker, but neither of us use much)

Fold over the freezer paper


Unfold paper

Lay down some ribbon, lace, sequins… NICE FINGS.

Lay a fine layer of angelina

Fold over the freezer paper




Except… then Claire showed me how to needle felt, and felt in to angelina!


So, angelina + felt =

and the back?


And it’s really a brilliant, un pricey thing! The needles (huge things!) were two for £1.50ish, the bags of felt and angelina cost not much more than that per colour and £2.something for a cocktail of colours!

And… I made a couple of ladybirds!


and then


Two is larger than One, because I couldn’t remember how much felt I had used for ladybird One, and so One has tiny, happy button eyes and lives with Claire and Two has big green bead eyes and lives with me =D

Later, mooore felting  and some sewing and free machining =)

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July 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

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