Friday, 30 April 2010

The last few days

My WiRE magazine came today.. you can see the mini article about Moobaacluck here

This is one of my favourite pieces from last week,
one of my birch dogs

Really like the colours and the addition of the star on the tag.

Today I finished off this tulip painting but feel it looks quite old fashioned and am in two minds as to  whether to take it to the gallery!

 And  I painted this landscape
the photo of it isn't great, think I like it .. I always have such a crisis of confidence with my painting. I am sure all artists have these self doubts.. or do they!! ?

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Sunshine awards - my turn now!

I have been awarded this by Sarah Dashworth of Noah's Ark crafts, Becky  of Dots and Spots fame and Joy Shallcross who is a marvellous knitter - a skill I am not sure if I will ever acquire. Now it might take me a while to work out  quite what to do about this.. need to follow the instructions. Of course I graciously accept but in order for this to be valid I must fulfill various criteria!

Aha found 'em ....

The rules for accepting this award are:-

Put the logo on your blog or within your post,

Pass the award on to 12 bloggers,

Link the nominees within your post,

Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog,

Share the love and link to the person from whom you have received this award.

My nominees are firstly the three lovely ladies who were so kind to mention my blog and my work on Twitter or in their blogs:






You all have intriguing, funny or beautiful blogs... probably all three :) - love Gabs

Monday, 19 April 2010

A casulty of my gardening

Managed to do a fair bit of gardening in the Easter holidays and as I hadn't quite achieved a Tulip order last Autumn bought some in pots. During my digging frenzy I managed to decapitate one of them but all was not lost, I chose a favourite little pot for it and a few days later it opened. Absolutely stunning.

Not a lot to report

Nearing the end of the Easter holidays now and have lots of orders to get through but the main challenge is finishing off a new garland or two ( we will see if both will be photographed) for the Notonthehighstreet Summer Living catalogue. I was in 2 minds about entering into this but its too late to back out now! These will be appearing- in the Christening section, I doubt they will photograph both though.

If anyone knows where I can find a more turquoise gingham ribbon please let me know!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

This last week


Spring has very much arrived, since the Easter holidays we've had gorgeous sunny mornings and I for one have been to the garden centre. Moobaacluck has seen a surge of orders for these (the above items are only available to order at , the others are both there and on


Monday, 5 April 2010

The adventures of the Buckingham family in a few pictures...

Originally we decided to go to Oxenborough Hall near Swaffham for an egg hunt at least an hour from our home! Just outside Reepham there was a rare stretch of straight road...and as I sped up to 60 miles an hour I drove over a big lump of mud..only it was a rock.

A quarter of a mile later a strange sound announced a flat tyre!! Luckily we had a spare, Mr T sorted it all out in about 15 minutes and we went on our way, causing only slight tail backs on the A47. We drove past the sign to Gressenhall and realising that we had another 14 miles to go at no faster than 50 mph ( due to warning on spare) we turned back and drove a couple of miles to Gressenhall Museum and work house.

I'm so glad we did! Instead of an egg hunt we had a wildlife stamp hunt through a working farm and surrounding countryside and the children ran ahead of us in delight. 

There was an old fashioned fair with a helter skelter and cake walk; a huge Victorian work house - walled gardens, church, school etc all preserved to show how they would have looked into the 1950s. Have to go back as we didn't see everything by any means. And we joined the Norfolk museum scheme, so 10% off the lovely home cooked lunch here and 3 other venues and will be able to go back free for a year to Gressenhall and the 8 or so other museums in Norfolk. A happy accident :)