27/10/2016 § Leave a comment
Awesome animation, Jack. Totally awesome!
This is a link to my son’s blog where his latest animation is featured:
I recently was commissioned by RSA to create this short film based on a talk by David Graeber.
It was a challenge animating to such a fast script, below you can find some of the style tests and work in progress.
Big thanks to RSA and David Graeber for making this come together and cheers to Latveria Design for letting me use their studio to work in for a couple of months. Enjoy!
18/07/2016 § 5 Comments
Yesterday, I relived some of the happiest memories ever when I revisited Lainston House Hotel in the village of Sparsholt, near Winchester. Happy memories – indeed – it’s where we held our wedding reception many years ago and it was a day I hold right up there amongst the best in my life!
Gosh, I was a skinny thing in those days! The avenue of trees stretches down from the front lawn of the house with spectacular views of the Hampshire countryside.
I wasn’t just visiting yesterday though, a Family Food Festival had been organised and I was a stallholder …
Flora came too – on a cushion!
A stage had been set up on the front lawn and the Military Wives Choir and Military Band entertained the crowds. On the South Lawn a demonstration area had been set up for cookery demonstrations throughout the day. It was SO busy – everyone had a wonderful time and on my way home, I had a wander around the grounds and discovered a wonderful garden, planted since our special day with borders in full and glorious bloom …
Oh, it was a good day! So many lovely people to talk to, friends popping by to say hello throughout the day too. Hope you had a lovely Sunday – we’re having a mini heatwave here at the moment and I’m cutting out quilt kits on the patio in the sunshine. What a way to spend a day!
I’ll be back with photos of my latest quilts, very soon.
28/03/2016 § 4 Comments
Two of the children have been home for the Easter holiday – C our eldest and only daughter and J2 our youngest and 2nd son. J1 is here and there in South-East Asia and we all missed him though we’re in touch almost every day thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
It’s been wonderful to spend a quiet few days, enjoying each others’ company, walking the collies, some retail therapy with C and for me, the joy of cooking up some simple suppers in my new kitchen. We, as a family, have a very easy-going attitude to most events and at last I delivered on the promise of a special birthday cake for C – very belatedly!
The cake didn’t last long. We’ve rechristened J2 ‘The Cake Monster’ – this wasn’t the only cake I baked over the weekend and the chocolate sponge that followed the birthday cake didn’t last more than a few hours!
The kitchen has been brilliant to use and the cupboards, all stacked up with pretty dishes and glasses make me smile every time I open them (I’ve NEVER had tidy cupboards in the kitchen before, but it’s wonderful) …
This evening we enjoyed left-overs made into pasties, with salad – such comfort food!
The collies are wandering around, hoping to find somebody to make a fuss of them in every room, but they’ll have to make do with me as C and J2 have both left for the station to travel up the line back to their city pads. It’s been a wonderful weekend – simple pleasures!
I hope your Easter time has been everything you hoped for.
Back to business in the morning!
24/02/2016 § 6 Comments
This morning it was still there, wrapped around my home just waiting for me to walk into a pole, bang my head and spoil my view – I really don’t like scaffolding!
then, when I returned from a short but necessary excursion …
Unveiled on a beautiful sunny winter’s morning and at last I can enjoy the new extension clad in a horizontal cloak of weatherboard that’s both practical and pleasing. There’s a Juliet balcony to be fitted tomorrow but it wouldn’t fit behind the scaffold poles so we’ve had to wait until the structure was removed. I’m SOooo pleased with it. Absolutely thrilled!
There’s Trevor-the-Builder doing some sawing for the new raised platform and steps that he’s constructing for the outside of the new back door – it’s a stable door and I can’t tell you how excited I am about that too …
You can see the problem I’d have getting in or out of it at the moment!
When I opened the studio curtains this morning, this was my view from the studio…
and now …
and the view from my little office window …
I just love sitting at my desk overlooking the farm and watching the trains speeding back and forth along the line from London through the wooded embankment – there’s something quite magical about movement in a landscape, even if it is engine-driven. I’m looking forward to capturing a glimpse of the steam engines later in the year.
We’re almost at the end of this long home renovation and extension project. I needed a ‘project’ and I certainly got one. I’ve enjoyed it though – very much. I’ve been involved in every detail and know every inch. I’ve worked with T-t-B every day for almost 6 months and it’s been a great experience. His work is immaculate, such attention to detail and he does love working with wood using his old-school boat-building skills to great effect.
I walked outside onto the patio this afternoon and waved my arms around with delight – no scaffolding and SUNSHINE! YaY!!!!!
31/12/2015 § Leave a comment
I’m not going to do a full round up of 2015 – I’ve made quilts, made commission quilts, been out and about to new venues, built a new studio, renovated our home and landscaped the garden! The renovation works are still underway but not for too much longer.
My motto for 2015 ‘Onwards and upwards – I’m heading for the light’ was appropriate for the whole year and I mentally revisited it quite regularly.
I’m yet to decide on 2016’s motto – but I am making a New Year Resolution (which is something I never usually do). Having moved what seems like a ton of fabric and sorted out a ton more …
“I’m not going to buy any fabric for the first 6 months of 2016”
(unless a quilt order specifically requires something that I don’t have)
There … it’s in print so I’ll have to stick to it!
I’m going to start the year with a bloggy photoshoot of the newly renovated rooms (or most of them) and I may start tomorrow with my new studio.
Best wishes to all my family, friends, readers and customers
~~~ Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2016 ~~~
26/12/2015 § 4 Comments
Earlier on in December, the boys and I journeyed west to celebrate Dad’s 90th birthday. I’d organised a tea party in a local hotel and invited his younger brother, my cousins and then all we had to do was turn up. I almost had a proper Mary Poppins moment with those balloons – it was blowing a gale when I collected them and with them all stuffed into a huge plastic bag, I really did almost take off! C, my daughter, had the dreaded lurgy and was really disappointed to miss the party.
The cake was baked in my old kitchen and iced as the kitchen was dismantled around me (to make way for the new kitchen, before Christmas). There were party bags and cakes galore, stories and memories to be treasured for ever. I’m going to make a photo book for Dad, as a reminder of his special day.
Here’s a sneaky peek at my new kitchen – grouting, cupboard door painting, pipes to be boxed in and a whole lot of sorting out and decorating still to do – ah well, got to keep busy!
Happy Days and Happy Birthday Memories
02/10/2015 § 19 Comments
I’ve come away to spend some time by the sea and the collies and I have been blessed with the most amazing week of weather – high tides, sunshine, fishing boats and beach walks, wide blue skies and magical sunsets …
A quilt has been finished – I sat outside overlooking the harbour whilst hand-stitching the binding and then promptly took the quilt for a walk up onto the coastal path, for a late afternoon photoshoot …
and I’m hoping to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday later on today. The quilt is a commission and perfectly captures the colours of the waves, sky, sails, white horses and seagulls.
Walks along the coastal path every day have meant that precious memories have been revisited and laid peacefully to rest …
there’s no better place to be.
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