Monday, 30 July 2012

Bumming around

Haven't posted for a while... Probably because I've been doing pretty much nothing of any blogging type interest, just been bumming around the house, hanging out with friends and family, turning 22 and returning to London very briefly on the way to Cornwall to see Richards family. 
I've been quite lazy when it comes to the card making front; only making a Thank You card for my Granny and an Anniversary Card for Richards parents who have been together for 25 years! This might be a bit depressing but they're one of the very few couples I've met who've been together so long and are genuinely happy (not that I know a lot of couples that have been married for 25 years!) and give me hope for the future, so yay! for Richard's (and Vicky's!) mum and dad! Anyway here's a picture of the card I made. It's supposed to be of Prairie Voles, they apparently mate for life and I thought it would be a nice idea for a card. The picture isn't the best quality but ah well!

I think it needs a bit of work but I do quite like it, I think I'll start selling something similar soon!
In the mean time I've ordered a hundred cards and a hundred envelopes to Northern Ireland for when I get back so if I'm not posting about all the cards I've been making this time next week, you may all slap me.


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Getting My Art Print On

Hope everyone had a joyous weekend! I had a great night out with some friends on Saturday night  reminiscing about school, playing with rabbits and generally shouting a lot - friendly shouting (I think) but shouting all the same. - I then spent the whole of Sunday recovering by eating the cow cupcake my mum got me (love you mum!) and watching Saturday Night Live on Netflix for hours and hours on end. I am now mesmerised by the size of Andy Sambergs mouth.
Today we've been repainting my childhood bedroom; we live in a pretty big house and as more of the Gregory children move out it seems a bit pointless for my parents to keep living there. So one by one we've been repainting the bedrooms to more neutral colours for when they put it up for sale. I shall miss my purple walls but as they turn to cream I've realised that surely I can still put a few prints up to spruce it up a bit, yes? Yes.
There's a bit of a sea life theme going here but here are my Etsy art print finds:

Fish Print from Chasing the Crayon
Happy Racoon Couple Print from Moon Glow Art
Pigment Jars Print from Kico Art Studio
Whale Print from Swanborough Prints
Sea Turtle Print from Eastwitching
Great Gig In The Sky Art Print from VICTYM


Friday, 13 July 2012

Pond Life

Yesterday I took Tatty to the pond down the road and it bought back many memories; from my brothers/neighbours falling in, to storming off there as a stroppy teenager. Others include walking up there covered in duvets with two of my good friends the morning after my 18th birthday party, my brothers falling in (again) when they tried walking on the pond when it froze over (luckily it's not very deep) and trying to use the discarded boat that's been there ever since I can remember with my friend and my sister.
Memories from this trip will be of me being terrified that Tattie would kill the ducks, (I forgot there were ducks there) it's a good thing she doesn't like to swim...


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Murray Worries

This may be the best photo I ever take of my dog.

Yes Yes, my buns look like they were decorated by an 8 year old but that was the first time I've used an icing bag and I just thought it would be tasty and easy to put some sweeties on top. I also learnt the hard way that you do not put bio carbonate soda in bun mixture, a whole batch was wasted when I mistook  it for baking powder, you can see them pictured above Tattie. Said pictures were taken before I realised they were disgusting and yes I know they're burnt ANYWAY. The new batch was very tasty and was a nice snack for watching the Wimbledon finals on Sunday and I know he lost but I'm proud of Andy Murray, he tried his best but unfortunately that Swiss is a legend or something but whatever. His speech nearly had me in tears, god love him!

Tomorrow I master Illustrator YEAH!


P.S There is absolutely no order to these photos...

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Another day in the country...

Look at the wee cow towards the right! I think she might be my favourite cow in the world! My brother and sister told me about the "ugliest cow you'll ever see" a couple of days ago and I had to go see it/take some pictures! I don't even think it's that bad... it just looks like someone swung a bat to the side of her face and it just stayed that way (but I hope to god that didn't actually happen).

You're beautiful deformed cow! Just the way you are!


Thursday, 5 July 2012

... But I am a dog person

THAT'S RIGHT! This post is pretty much just me boring you all with pictures of my dog (and some cows). I just missed my wee pup so much. Tattie managed not to start any fights with passing dogs but she did manage make two children cry. Before you judge my dog; they were scared of dogs already! and she was just curious about them. Luckily their screaming scared Tattie off anyway and the kids calmed down immediately once I shouted over to the parents that I  got her on the lead, so you know, it wasn't all drama. (Which trust me, it can be with this crazy dog.)

So going back to the Northern Irish countryside after living in London is always a big change. For the most part it's a nice one. It's much quieter, there's a lot more green and space generally. I always eat better at home because there are no shops within walking distance here, no buses either and I can't drive so I'm not constantly tempted by chocolate on a daily basis. I also get to catch up with my friends which is always fun! That said, towards the end of August I will most likely go a bit crazy because my favourite thing about London is the freedom I have there. I can go where I want, whenever I want. Here in Northern Ireland I can go to the pond down the road whenever I want... but that's pretty much it. So you can see how some madness might occur!

For the meantime I shall enjoy the peace and quiet! I couldn't get all my cards over here from London so my shop will be closed till September, so I'm going to take my time to come up with some new ideas and improve some old ones and maybe learn how to use illustrator along the way...


Monday, 2 July 2012

I'm not a cat person but...

I've been going up and down to Kent a lot because of this whole moving fandango, my aunt and uncle have always been so helpful in letting me keep all my stuff there for the summer, I don't know what I'd do without them!  
When my cousins haven't been around when my aunt and uncle are working, their cats Jasper and Lola have been an adorable substitute. Whilst I'm a dog person for life these Kittys are pretty hard not to love, so on one of my visits down I thought they'd be a nice subject for me to play around with my new camera! Here's what I got...

As we can see I'm no pro but it was fun and I love the last one of Jasper yawing!
Not long till I'll be back home getting adorable pictures of my wee pup (she's actually a beast) Tattie!