Merry Christmas

It’s that time again and I have eaten far too much and drunk a little as well. Today has been relaxing and simply wonderful. I had been playing around with my phone and I made a small story board.

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I should mention that this rum has been fermenting for the last two years…

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The photo isn’t altered in any way…

I’m not sure what the future will hold but this year has brought laughter, tears, sadness and joy. I do know that I will be writing more, and drawing more… And smiling more.

Deadlines and Christmas

I don’t mind deadlines and I love Christmas but this year is is being a little difficult. Normally I would be winding down the business and getting ready for Christmas but instead I am sitting at the computer and stressing.

Don’t get me wrong, all my commissions are done and apart from making a soft toy elephant I am good. But there is one thing that I was hoping to get done but it is looking more and more remote and I hate that.

There is an art competition that I would like to do but I have been waiting for a delivery of canvases… They haven’t arrived. I am assuming that they have been caught up in the Christmas post. So instead if I want to put in a painting I have 48 hours to do it and it can’t be the one I have planned.

So do I?

Or should I just shrug and decide not to…

That seems an awful lot like giving up. I hate to give up. So tomorrow I will be getting out my paints and having a go. I am only going to submit if it is excellent though.

I am going to grump about the Christmas post… And the short deadline for the competition…

I will try… I just wish I had the right canvases…

Working on Christmas…

I’m busy working and at the moment it seems to be all about the art… The writing is sitting next to my computer and not moving. It makes me sad but right at the moment I have to get on with the art and leave the stories.

It’s okay though because my second best thing to do after writing is drawing. So it is a win win situation.

I’m working on something new – hand coloured prints. The ink drawing is a print but I am adding watercolour to make them unique and original. So far they are working really well. I may be rolling some off the drawing board at some point soon…

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The workshop is fixed…

Well, almost. The carpet is down (in the end the old one had to be lifted) and the place is feeling less like a cold box. Except there is no work being done… At least no writing.

Instead, I am drawing pet portraits and trying to get Christmas presents sorted. This year, as with most years, the main gifts are made. And I am enjoying creating them.

BUT…

I miss writing. I want to be writing. Only after a day on the sewing machine and embroidering I find that my eyes are too tired and there is a headache that has started to build behind my eyes.

So I will crack on with the presents and once they are finished I’ll hit the computer again. In the mean time I have got to create a tiny scarf for a doll… And a set of pyjamas, a coat, a dress, pair of shoes and socks… Maybe a tiny teddy bear for the doll.

I don’t make this any easier…

Finally Back in the Workshop

It feels like it has been months, but the reality has been no more than a week. Except things have changed…

I have a new shelving unit – so there is less clutter and so more space to write and create art. Major plus side…

Not so good is the small flood that awaited me when I opened the door. It isn’t massive. But the ‘soggy’ patch extends four feet from the door. So what do I do under these situations?

My carpet isn’t completely wet, but around the door (I must have a leak as the unit is almost a foot off the ground) it is soaking. Do I turn on the heater and let it dry or do I lift the carpet? I’m not sure.

But until then I will write… After all I have a story involving carrots and claws to finish. And The Gone 2…

Santa’s not so little helper

Yep, for the last week I have been working hard… Except it hasn’t been on the writing or the drawing. Instead, I have donned a red hat and pointy ears. I became a Christmas elf.

I wasn’t making gifts or anything along those lines, but I was creating a Christmas Fair. We are a committee of two and every year we decorate the hall and the grotto. Last year we went with a snowflake theme and we carried it over to this year. With the help of the hall manager and a very long ladder the hall became a winter wonderland as opposed to a bland memorial hall.

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We had twenty eight stalls and over 518 people walked in and had a look around. It was a great day and night. I was there with my few bits…

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A bit of a miss-mash with art and books, but it worked. In fact the whole night worked. I’m glad to also say that Santa was busy and he didn’t run out of toys.

For another year we can also keep Santa free… I know that it is odd to have a free Santa and to let the kids have a toy, but it is something that we believe in. Christmas is for the kids.

We finished the night with the local male voice choir and a wall of sound. Then the lights were turned on outside and there was a Santa Run… It was brilliant, and I can’t wait for the next.