Monday, December 31, 2007

last post of the year...

this stimpson family christmas was as good as sponsered by the apple ipod. what with me and my mum getting a nano each, and jo and natalie both getting an ipod touch, alongside countless accessories... (i-trips and in-car holders and chargers and whatnot..!) so yes, with all these new ipods in the house, naturally, we all require something to keep them all warm and safe. so yesterday was spent making nano covers. a whole rainbow of them infact...!

as you can see, i have tons spare. i made 14 and only actually require 2, so if anyone has a nano thats getting a little chilly, and is crying out for a slightly padded, warm, pretty sack, i will be making them available to purchase soon, and will notify anyone who is interested as soon as i've got it all sorted.

my mum chose a green one, and this lovely little red number is for me! hoorah!
aaaand... over the next week or so i will be making a selection of covers for the touch... :o)

so yes, this will therefore be my last post of 2007! how very exciting.
i hope everyone has a fabulous time seeing in 2008


Sunday, December 30, 2007

mistletoe and wine

so now christmas is over, there seems little to be excited about... apart from new years eve... which can usually go either of two ways... but yes, now all the excitement has subsided, and im back from the north, ive finally had chance to have a good look through all my lovely gifts.

books books books. (and a magazine - my craft subscription has been renewed! hoorah!)

and it wouldnt be christmas without a lindt reindeer! hell no!
i also got a smashing cath kidston umber-ella, aaaand a fabulous ipod nano. lucky meee!

and this little beaut is from my sister. i came across a couple of months ago on paraphernalia and fell in love with it, not that jo knew this... what a happy coincidence!

i hope that everyone had a splendid christmas, and i wish you all the best for the new year.
ill be posting again soon, promise!


Friday, December 21, 2007


so, i've been doing a lot of doodling....! i drew tons of blank heads on flash cards, and then proceeded to give each and everyone one of them their very own special hair-do. much fun! (see if you can spot the amy winehouse of the bunch..!)
but yes. now i just need to figure out what to do with them all...!


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

jingle all the way!

christmas is so excitingly close now! less than a week to go! i feel sickeningly organised for the festivities this year in comparison to my previous attempts..! so organised infact, that i have had the time to make up a second batch of mini stockings for my family. :o)

as i was hanging them on the the fire place, i informed my sister that they would indeed be filled up with goodies. she looked rather excited and replied: "every day??" ...!
goodness me! sadly, just the once will have to do seeing as i am not made of money!
but yes, it will be nice for mum and dad to have stockings this year, and my grandma's too! even if they are mini..! and jo and natalie won't mind having two, im sure!


Saturday, December 15, 2007


"...she always got the crossword puzzles right every day and she could do the alphabet backwards, without making any mistakes..."

mariella by kate nash

this week's I.F. theme is backwards.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

little things

hoorah-hoorah-hoorah! i have finally got around to doing another illustration friday submission. its been a while... too long, but yes and nevermind, here is my entry for this week's theme: little things.
this topic made me think of all the little things that make me happy... in a sound of music, whiskers on kittens and bright copper kettles kinda way. i simply love watching ollie and cleo (my cats) messing about. i could watch them forever when theyre having their mad half hours... hmmm... maybe i'm just easily pleased..!

in other news, here is some proof that it most definitely pays off to always check the children's books and magazines sections when shopping. in borders t'other day i found this: anorak magazine: the happy mag for kids.

and very cool kids at that i'd say. it has really lovely illustrations inside, some by the fabulous adrian johnson and even some by the one and only mister rob ryan. plus it comes with a super cool embroidered patch!

the fashion pages are possibly the most fun i've ever seen with the combination of photography and illustration. lovely lovely lovely!
...oh, to be little again!


Monday, December 10, 2007

s t o c k i n g s

yesterday, we had christmas drinks at hélène and rich's flat. t'was a super evening with plenty of mulled wine and mince pies for everyone. and seeing as since we've left uni we dont get to see so much of each other, it was extra-nice to get everyone back together in one room again.

what with it being christmas an' all, i decided to make a stocking for everyone. i made up a basic pattern and filled them up with christmassy treats: a tree decoration, a candy cane, a chocolate santa lolly, and of course some chocolate money! i made up some gift tags and braided some brown string to finish them off, and tadaaa! job done! i think theyre pretty cool and rustic looking. i can imagine them hanging from a fire place in a nice cosy log cabin in the snow somewhere... :o)


Friday, December 07, 2007

deck the halls...

i have spent the last couple of days working on the christmas cards for my parents, and so, with that in mind, here are a few more designs.
the one above is my absolute favourite, there are 3, each with different borders. the wooden ones evolved from the plain coloured ones below, but yes, i much prefer them with the wood grain.

however, my parents decided that they liked the family portrait design best, and that it wasn't too cheesey to send out, and so chose that one. so i gave us each a santa hat and now, here they are, all done and dusted :o) all 50 of them!

goodness! what with all these christmas cards, and the other christmas projects i have been working on, (and the continuous supply of christmas music...!) my study has become rather akin to santa's workshop...! i don't think i could feel more christmassy if i tried! but still there begs the issue of christmas shopping...! i do belive a serious list is in order!


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

a work in progress...!

so my mum and dad have gotten cross with shopping for christmas cards, so, they have asked me to make them a set to send out a.s.a.p.
this is my first attempt...! i'm not too sure they'll go for it though... i think its probably a little too cheesey. maybe its ok to send to family... but not to everyone...!
(its a picture of my dad, mum, 2 sisters and our 2 cats...!) nevermind...! it makes me smile at least!

and this is my christmas '07 gift tag. tadaaa! now all i need is the presents to put them on...! yikes! christmas shopping here i come...


goodie bag...

yes.yes.yes. i went shopping yesterday. well, i say shopping but i actually just went to buy fabric for a few christmassy projects im planning, and hobby craft sorted me out a treat! so i got myself some flowery fabric, some with hearts on, and then these lovely checked patterns by John Louden. super.

I also went shopping yesterday for magazines and chocolates to help louise on the road to recovery now she's home from her operation. i forgot how fun magazine freebies could be! this month, marie claire have hooked up with we are what we do (the people who made the books "how to change the world for a fiver/ 9 to 5") and are giving away their "plastic aint my bag" bag in a choice of three colours: pink, blue and green. fabulous!


Monday, December 03, 2007

ding dong!

today i found myself finally submitting to christmas cheer. so here i sit listening to the b-e-a-utiful sufjan stevens' "songs for christmas" (which, by-the-way, comes in a lovely lovely box set and comprises of 5 induvidual e.p's, a christmas song book, lyrics, chord charts and an essay by rick moody, stories by sufjan stevens, a christmas family portrait, an animated music video, a christmas comic strip and some fun christmas stickers. phew! what a bundle!)
so yes, as i was saying, i came over all christmassy, and finally i have completed a full set of christmas cards ready to be written and posted out to some lovely people. :o)
heck, im feeling so christmassy right now that i may even have to dig out home alone 2....!


Friday, November 30, 2007


so, yes.yes.yes i know i've been a little slack with updates of late, but i've been a little on the busy side, and i dont quite have time for a substantial update now, but i promise that there is one to come just as soon as i have time to put everything together.
in the mean time, this is a cake paul and i made for my friend louise. she was supposed to be having an operation, but somebody broke the sterilisation equipment so it all got postponed. which is probably a good thing in terms of the cake. i forgot about the whole "nil-by-mouth" thing before operations, and the cake would have gone stale by the time she got back home, so yes, at least this way she got to eat it...!
Louise has decided to blog her experiences of her ACL reconstruction so that others in her position can know what to expect from the procedure, you can find her over at a right ruddy hoot. fabulous. :o)

and that is all for now,
but yes, soon... soon there will be more.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

concertina people :o)

whilst experimenting to see if i could vectorize my drawings in illustrator, i decided to develop the fruits of my labour into a sort of concertina creation... yes, i have no other words for what it has become, but nonetheless it is rather nice to look at...!

yesterday, after having birthday lunch with my mum in town, we visited Ruislip's offerings in terms of charity shops. Oxfam, Cancer Research, Scope, the lot! (what a fabulous way to spend one's birthday...!)
but yes, i got this odd little keychain for 50p. its rather sweet really. a wooden apple core...! how handy!


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

stamp stamp stamp

so, yes, ive been playing around with rubbers... trying to make my own stamps. carving images out with a thin blade... im not sure im equipped with the most suitable apparatus, but for now i'm just making do with what's at hand...!

i think they've turned out rather nicely actually..!


Monday, November 12, 2007

birthday eve

hoorah hoorah o yes. o yes.
t'is indeed my birthday tomorrow, (making today my birthday eve...!) which is naturally extremely exciting, hence the eagerness to show off these lovely little wooden happy birthday stickers i came across in hawkins bazaar. fabulous indeed!

on friday night james, ben and i had a 3-in-1 birthday bash at juno in shoreditch and it was super lovely to see everybody's friends all together again. i got each of us a cupcake and a different coloured candle to match instead of having to lug a whole birthday cake up there, and with that in mind, below is the card i made for the two boys: (one of them had a blue one, the other had green, and this matched with the ribbon on their gifts...) :o)

i bought james Rob Ryan's new book "this is for you" and fell so much in love with it that i had to buy myself a copy too...! ive been wanting to post pictures of it ever since i bought it about a month ago, but had to wait until james had recieved his. so finally... here we are!

all the shapes, the words and the pictures are cut out of paper. its the most beutiful intricate thing ever! i love it!
and the story is so sweet. all about a boy trying to uderstand what love is and searching for his someone to love. :o)

Rob Ryan's blog is one that i have been following for a while, its cram packed with his beautiful papercuts, plus, his printed tiles are lovely and you can pick them up from his etsy shop. fabulous.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007


t'was a good friend's birthday a while back, but i only just got the chance to give him his gifts last night over fireworks and boardgames. he's a big radiohead fan, and lots of their songs remind me of him and of the times we used to spend together, so when i found stanley donwood's new book "dead children playing", (not the most friendly title really... but i promise its a really really lovely picture book full of donwood's finest illustrations.) it seemed the perfect gift. To go with the book i transformed the little bear from the kid a art work into a soft toy, which went down a treat :o) hoorah!


Thursday, November 01, 2007

just a quickie...

'tis my lovely mother's birthday tomorrow so i made her a little cuddly owl for the occasion, to go with some lovely.lovely penhaligons bluebell scented goodies. :o) yum.yum.yummm.
and yupppp, heres the card toooooo:

and in other, older news, my littlest sister passed her driving test last week, so, of course, a card was called for to celebrate this momentus feat. she may welll be ready for the road... but lets just hope the road is ready for her...!


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

northern jaunt...

it was only a short break, but it was lovely to escape up to the north for a few days. paul and i headed up on sunday and returned this afternoon. but yes, we had a super time... especially seeing as we got to see the sheep blocking the road on the way to spaunton again.... :o)

paul took me up to the view point overlooking pickering one night but it was pitch black and rather eerie, so i demanded he bring me back at sunset one day, and im so glad he did, as it was rather special...

lovely.lovely.lovely :o)
i rescued this lens from an old broken camera and spent the rest of the trip taking photos through it! what fun! i have hundreds of these photos... but for now heres two....!

so yes, after lots of catching up with friends and family, a good amount of shopping, and some good ol' yorkshire fresh air, we began the long road trip home.

and i think i miss it already. it was a perfect few days. its a shame reality can't wait any longer...! still, theres plenty to get on with back home. it feels like birthday central around these parts at the moment...! so many presents to wrap, some still to make, and the cards...! yikes! i best get on it!
nope, reality definitely cannot be delayed.