Why I’m D

If you look at my art work you won’t find a signature… Nothing but a letter.


Why a D?

Well, my nephew is only two and he can’t say Kate. Instead he calls me Dee.

So I sign all my artwork D.

I suppose it is my pet name. And my very first nickname.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

The lady with the plasters

I should never have gone to university. It wasn’t that I was too young, I’d done a BTEC and was a year older than most. But inside I was so young and naive. I didn’t know at the time but I had some mental issues that made me particularly vulnerable to predators and attack.

Attack they did. But you see I wasn’t the person I am now. If you met me I would mumble and not look at you. In fact I would look anywhere but your face. I couldn’t.

Now, I am addicted to drawing faces – they show so much and I can never capture every expression.

Anyway, back then, I would probably have looked over your shoulder, pretending to look at you, and have mumbled what could have been a hello but might equally have been tuneless nonsense. And I have a feeling I would have continued on this path except someone stood in my way.

Do you know I can’t remember the day we met? One moment she wasn’t there and the next she was. Her name was Sandra and she taught me how to interact with people.

The first thing she did was make me meet her eyes.

“Kate, look at me,” she’d say. And I would. Reluctantly.

For two years she would say this. Two years… Can you imagine the staying power? At first we only met in uni but eventually we had flats next to each other. She was my friend. My first but not my last.

Now you if you were to meet me I smile and look at you, meeting your eyes. I do it naturally unless I am stressed.

Sandra did that.

This blog post is inspired by the daily prompt – BFFs.

Taking a big bite

I have a feeling I have bitten off more than I can chew… I have decided to go for the Mall Galleries National Portrait Competition. I don’t expect to get anywhere near the winner but to just be selected would be great. Only problem is that it closes on the 13th of February… Wish me luck because I think I’m going to need it. 🙂

Work in progress. A3 Pencil.

portrait part 1

Some weeks I just wish I could hibernate

Last week…

Lets just say I’ve had better weeks.

It started with a headache.

A thumping as regular as a heartbeat behind my right eye,

It whispered at first,

a half formed thought,

then it screamed its insistence to be heard.

I reached for the handle that would take it away

and palmed the white pill,

swallowing in one go.

It whispered.

I went to work.

I tried to keep up, I ran

but in truth I stumbled.

Lying down, my thumping subsided.

The heartbeat stuttering and then dying.

My migraine flat-lined and I slept.

I didn’t mean this to be a poem. It just happened when I tried to write for the daily prompt – obstacle course. Enjoy. 🙂

Another talent and free sewing pattern…

I think I’ve mentioned that I ran a soft toy manufacturing company. Well, this is a pattern that I’ve used to make a little flame. 

You must remember the adverts. Well, as part of the daily prompt they want me to ‘teach’ you something. So here is how to create a little flame soft toy. Enjoy. 🙂

Okay this is totally free! I think everyone will see this photo and realise the toy you can make…

First things first… Fabric. You will need about 50cm x 50cm of minky in mango. I got mine from the Plush Addict. You will also need scraps of white and black fleece or felt.

The pattern:

Just right-click on it and save it to your computer or print it out. It should fit an A4 piece of paper.

Cut out the fabric pieces so that they look like this:

Then we start sewing. I did mine by machine but you can hand sew the toy. Remember to put the right sides of the fabric together so that when he is turned right side out he is fluffy.

Sew around the head, keeping the straight edge open.
Sew the short sides together on the side piece.
Sew the base onto the side piece.
Turn right side out.
Stuff and use a running stitch to pull up the open ends (like a drawstring bag).
Sew the head onto the body hiding the drawstring endings. I used ladder stitch to do this.

Sew on the eyes, white’s first and then the black circles. You may have to cut down the pattern pieces in order to get the look you want. For the nose take the piece and put a running stitch all the way around. Pull up slightly and stuff. Finish pulling the stitches tightly and fasten off. Sew onto the face using a ladder stitch.

Your finished little flame!

And there you are – my other talent. This blog post was inspired by the daily prompt – teach your (bloggers) well.