Mikado, Maltesers And Mum!

Morning my lovelies! Welcome to the delayed post about my mums 70th, delayed so the birthday girl didn’t see her cake before she got to eat it! 

When I was planning this post I had in mind a very glamorous, Instagram worthy thing of loveliness but as yesterday progressed I realised that wasn’t important, it was the little details, the traditions that are important to your family that matter, that happen every birthday or Christmas, here’s ours…

1. There is always a theme, for mums birthday it was very loosely the Mikado….


My mum is a very talented lady and as a teenager had done all the set for her schools staging of the Mikado, and had the opportunity to be a window dresser.Her life took a different turn from there for one reason and another, so I just wanted to remind her of how clever she is.

2. There is quite often a themed cake but not yesterday……


This cake had to be malt as its my mums favourite, and this took it to the next level! To make your own you will need the magic gizmo that supports the pouring part, head to http://www.lakeland.co.uk. Also, my daughter to make the incredible vegan chocolate cake!

3. Indoor fireworks….that we let off outside (because of the number of asthmatics!) …….


And sometimes whilst it’s still light outside!

4. We get a little bit dressed up, sometimes according to theme but it was a bit hot for kimonos, but mum still beat me in the glittery nails competition……….


5. My sister in law always looks amazing, and never seems to get hot and sweaty like the rest of us……


Here she is looking like Jackie O….grrrrrrrr….

And let’s not forget the birthday girl……..


This was not yesterday’s outfit but she’ll kill me if I post an unmasked one! My mum is brave, talented, opinionated, supportive and as mad as a bag of badgers, and as it says at the top of this post I wouldn’t know how to love without her.

I love you, you ginger nutter!!!

So here’s to tradition and dressing up like parrots, have a great week!

Kisses 

Karen xx

Aaarggggghhh!

That my darlings is the sound of your dear writer deleting this weeks post by accident!!!! This week has been the worst of times and the best of times , Monday I was told that I will have to be off medication for a couple of months and then Wednesday I gave a customer a portrait of her lovely, dearly departed horse and the look on her face made all the pain go away.

But truth be told my fingers, without the benefit of medication will not be able to redo this weeks post, so tune in next SUNDAY for a bumper post detailing the cooking, decorating and fashion that will go into my mums 70th! In the meantime enjoy this picture, Sophie’s gorgeous girl Nutmeg…….


And take the rest of the day off I’m going to!

Kisses

Karen xxxx

It’s Not Easy Being A Robot!

Hola! I thought I would give this mornings greeting an Olympic feel! Do you remember I was off to a comic con a couple of weeks ago? Well it didn’t quite go according to plan.. I now know that I was sickening for this bout of bronchitis and didn’t feel up to it so I sent darling daughter with her dad, they had a whale of a time and here is what they saw……


The London Film and Comic Con was held in Olympia, our roving reporters went on opening day which you can see was fairly quiet.

As they entered they found my new car……


Isn’t it beautiful? And that number plate means it’s road legal- just right for the super market!

One of the exhibits I really wanted to see was this….


The actual Harley Quinn costume from the movie Suicide Squad.

Husband then made himself part of the action….


And once he started he couldn’t stop….


It was at this point that he was genuinely mistaken for George Lucas the director! I can kind of see it, if I squint!

A big part of Comic Cons is cosplay (or dressing up to you and me), and this was taken to the next level with a cosplay dating game, hosted by Batman of course………


There was a Harley Quinn of course……..


And this chap………


He made an attempt on the stairs to the stage …and fell backwards! He was saved by some mere mortals and manhandled to the stage.

Finally, another bat mobile…..


This one not quite as shiney as the other and more appropriate for off roading I think?

And now…drum roll please….I have a giveaway! In my very first post on this blog I shared with you my experience of what used to be called a nervous breakdown, in that post I told you about my bag that says ” I’ve lost the key to my imagination and can’t start my unicorn” it really summed up how I felt at the time.

Well, now that I have had my unicorn back for a while I thought you could name her for me!

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to help you out as you can see from the picture she is sassy, wears a little too much make up and loves everybody – sound like anyone you know? so to win this embroidery comment with your choice of unicorn name here on the blog or on our Facebook or Instagram pages, closing date is 28.8.16.

Good luck and have a magical week!

Kisses

Karen

My Little Piece Of Heaven!

Morning  (cough) dear (cough) reader (cough)! I have the worst chest infection in the world….ever, if you have had a bad chest infection this is it’s daddy! I was going to do a post on the comic con last week but thats going to have to wait as I haven’t edited the pics!

Anyhow shall we press on?  I am sure by now that you have realised I LURVE what I do! In fact I love it so much that it still doesn’t feel quite real, so in an effort to be more grown up and grounded in my profession I’ve got a workspace! Who wants to see? Of course you do, but that would be one heck of a short post so here’s your tour……


I have a lot of Harley Quinn and super hero stuff, I’m gradually been brought to the dark side by my husband.

And there’s ……


Lots of Alice stuff, the whole room will be all Alice eventually, this card is a promo for a musical and I like the slightly sinister feel of this rabbit, and will be using this for inspiration.

To try and ground me and help me focus ……..


The Rose Quartz and amethyst is meant to clear my energies, I don’t know if it works but they are so pretty.

For when I feel scared or lacking confidence…….


This quote from the Divergent books and film makes me feel kick ass!

There is combined cakes and Batgirl……..


Those felt macarons enable me to use the beautiful dish my mother in law gave me.

There is this inherited from my darling daughter………


I think I might start taking a few instant pictures when I’m out and about hunting for inspiration.

Finally, there are these………


Because this is my business and here are the cards to prove it!

And Finally!


There it is in all its glory, including a mannequin for when I can’t remember which way the elbow bends! And a twiggy tree full of bluebirds, my folder of to do lists. When I go to back to work on Monday this little slice of heaven will be my blogging space ( I didn’t put the laptop in, it’s Apple but it still ain’t pretty) and two years in I will say with confidence  I am a blogger and an artist and this is where I work.

Kisses

Karen