Category Archives: Coloured Pencil Sketches

March Makings…

Hello dearest reader! Yes, Spring has finally sprung (hurrah!) and it’s wonderful to spot all the darling daffodils and pretty primroses blooming in the big outdoors, as well as filling my home with the perfume of heavenly hyacinths. As you can see, I have been busy knitting myself a pair of March mittens to warm my chilly fingers on my wanderings. They were made from James C Brett’s ‘Lakeland’ chunky yarn, using a Sirdar knitting pattern. I’m just loving all the yarns with tonal shades in them at the moment, hence my choice of yarn for my latest jumper project: Stylecraft’s ‘Vintage Look’ life double knit yarn in a shade called ‘Autumn’…

If you’re wondering what happened to the khaki green cardigan I was knitting, well it has been completed (and looks lush) but is still awaiting the adornment of a few buttons which have yet to be purchased, so hopefully I will have a photo for you next time…

All these beautiful blooms bursting into life inspired me to start a little Spring scribbling on a floral theme. I added colour to this inky pattern with a few colouring pencils…

…but I’m not sure whether to leave this inky doodlings alone, or to add a splash of colour with watercolours…

Don’t flowers just fill your heart with joy, dear reader? Well I’m off to return to my jolly jumper project, so until next time – keep on crafting…

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Such Snuggly Stitchings

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Ta-da! Yes, it’s finally complete – my cuddly, cosy throw of many, many squares and I am so pleased with it. I bet you can guess what I was stitching away at all over the festive period…

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…but it was a pleasure and a joy…

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…and looks jolly fabulous adorning my bed. Of course darling daughter tried to kidnap my pride and joy, only relenting on condition that I knit her one in cream and pale grey. Crafty minx…

As well as knitting the rather addictive lovely, lacy border for my fabulous throw whilst watching festive films, I also dabbled in a spot of colouring-in…

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That’s right dear reader, a perky pair of birds (which I turned into thrushes with a bit of extra shading and detailing) nibbling on holly berries…

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…along with a snowy tree in a wintery sky…

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Further snugglesome stitchiness has also been knitted up in the form of a rather earthy/woodland toned scarf. The first section was knitted in double moss stitch, in a rather fitting mossy green…

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A section of lovely lattice stitch in a rusty brown followed…

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Chic chevron stitch in charcoal grey came next…

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Then there was a slip-stitch honeycomb pattern in honey-mustard…

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Finally, there was risotto stitch and dark, dark brown…

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So I’m off to stitch more snuggly, dear reader and remember: stay warm, snuggle up and keep cosy.

And So to Sew Squares…

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…and such a stack of them too! Yes, I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that I have finally finished knitting all the squares I needed to complete my cosy throw dear reader; all 63 of the little darlings! I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with all the many stitch patterns I tried out and was actually a little sad to cast off the final square, as well as feeling a trifle daunted by the prospect of all that ‘sewing-together-of-squares’ scenario… Fear not dear reader chum! For I have summoned up a copious amount of courage to complete the trying task ahead of me ( along with lashings of tea and cake, of course).

Maybe it’s all the rain we’ve been having, but my doodlings have been feeling the blues of late, hence this little ink and watercolour paint piece I refer to as my ‘big blue blooms’…

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…and this one which is quite simply ‘blobby blue blobs’ (self-explanatory really)…

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In an attempt to cheer my sketchbook up, I created a little festive cheer with a seasonal sketch of one of my favourite birds:the robin…

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A little cutie, is he not? Bless his adorable red breast; doesn’t he just warm the cockles of your heart, dear reader chum? And I did so enjoy having my colouring pencils out for a play again, so much so that I dabbled with a dash of colouring-in, with my new grown-up colouring-in book on nature…
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A rather restrained and ‘grown-up’ start by me on the title page, but on the next page I just went wild with an exotic explosion of crazy colours because that’s how I roll and it is my colouring book after all…

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Now I definately feel like I have released my inner child with a nostalgic childhood pastime. Well, I can’t hang around here passing time with you dear reader, no matter how endearing your company is, for I have a skyscraper of a stack of squares to sew together, so I can have my cosy throw ready for snuggling up in once that frosty-chilly cold snap arrives! And sew on and sew on…

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Bountiful Blossoming Blooms

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Yes indeed dear reader, summer has well and truly arrived in my garden, as you can tell from the bountiful blossoming flowers that have appeared on my courgette plant in the photo above! Courgette flowers are definately not ‘backwards in coming forwards’ as far as blooms go, for they are indeed rather enormous and rather yellow. They do however perform the most breathtaking magic, by turning into one of these beauties…

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Rather impressive is it not, dear reader? My first ‘crop’ I do declare, but maybe just a ‘cropette’ seeing as it’s just the one. My pepper plants are also producing perfect peppers of the green variety…

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…and to top it all, I’ve only gone and grown real live olives on my little olive tree!

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There has been much excitement in our household dear reader, at the tentative initial success of our petite patio potted allotment efforts!
It’s delightful to sit amongst the bounty of blooms in my garden, all buzzing with the hum of happy honey bees. Ho hum…

There have also been a few ‘blooms’ in evidence in my latest sewing project, for I have finally finished the cute-as-pie Lucky Bear free project from Mollie Makes. The flowery embroidery was a joy to stitch and has left me yearning for more floral-fancy needlework and as for the little bear himself, well I was so enamoured with the cheerful chappy that I just had to draw him…

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He’s quite a flowery, fanciful fellow isn’t he? Talking of fancy flowers, my coloured pencil sketch of the cottage garden hollyhock ‘bloomed’ (pardon the pun) this week…

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I just love the blousy blooms of the handsome hollyhock, don’t you? On the knitting front, the delightful diamond lace stitch cowl I was knitting is now complete…

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…which leaves me with an empty pair of knitting needles and in a bit of a quandry as to what project to pick next, from my infinite list of ‘oh I must try that’ to-do list! I also have an endless list of ‘ooh I so have to bake those beauties’ cakes and cookies to-do list. One such scrummy delight was baked up during a rather miserably muggy day of rain at the weekend: my oat and chocolate chip cookies. A Facebook pal has requested the recipe, so as promised here it is…

Oat & Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
4oz (115g) butter
4oz (115g) dark brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3-4tbsp milk
1tsp vanilla essence
5oz (150g) plain flour
1tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
4oz (115g) rolled oats
7oz (200g) milk chocolate chips

Apologies for all the ‘ounces’ reader, for although I declare myself to be fully ‘metrical’ whilst in public, at home behind closed doors I am totally beholden to my dear old imperial chums: pound and ounce!

Method:
1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then add the beaten eggs, milk and vanilla essence, beating well. I usually add a little flour with each glug of eggy mix, so as to prevent curdling hazards.
2. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt, stirring until well mixed.
3. Fold in the rolled oats and mix well, then add the chocolate chips.
4. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour.
5. Place 2 teaspoon-sized heaps of the mixture on a greased baking sheet or one lined with baking parchment. Leave room for them to spread a little and press them down a bit in the centre with the back of a spoon. You should be able to make about 20.
6. Bake the little beauties in a preheated oven set at 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 for 10-12 minutes, until they are just starting to colour at the edges, then carefully transfer them to a wire cooling rack with a spatula.

These cookies are of the soft and squidgy variety even once cooled, but you must devour at least one whilst it is still warm from the oven, as they are divine! They are also extremely fabulous when warmed slightly and eaten with ice-cream but they are also lovely just enjoyed with a cuppa…

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Mmm, don’t they look delicious…sorry dear reader, but my cookies are calling me so I will leave you to bake, blossom and bloom my friend!

Delightfully Doodly Days

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A happy hello to you dearest reader! I hope this latest bloggy-bit finds you with a smile in your step and sunshine filling your soul, whilst enjoying the hazy-lazy days of summer. As you can see, I have been dabbling with doodles and giving my faithful Sharpie pen a good workout…

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Wait,there’s more…

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Oooh, I do love a doodle; I find it so mesmerisingly medatative and relaxing. If you’ve never tried it, do give it a go dear reader. You don’t need to be an amazing artist – just grab a pen, take it for a wiggly-squiggly walk across a piece of paper and then add a few patterns of your choosing to all the shapes you have created. Go on, grab those felt tips and embrace your inner child! But don’t draw on your face or on the furniture…

My notebook has also been subjected to a few jaunty jottings of the floral variety…

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…and I was so taken with the hollyhock sketch I was toying with, that I drew another version in my sketchbook so that I could add a blush of colour to it with coloured pencils. Here is a work-in-progress pic…

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My knitting needles have been busy recently, as I’ve been passing through one of my ‘loving-lace-knitting’ phases. In times of stress (two teenagers in residence: I need say no more) I often seek solace within the rhythmic and repetitive repeating patterns of a lovely lace stitch. So far my stressed inner karma has been gently eased by the fanciful Fishtail Stitch…

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…then nicely nurtured by the beautiful Branching Lace Stitch…

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and finally gently jollied along by the dazzling Diamond Lace Stitch…

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My glorious garden has been flowing with fanciful flowers in abundance whilst the sun has been shining dear reader, including my rock rose and forget-me-nots…

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…the lovely love-in-a-mist (can you spot the bee?)…

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…my fabulous fig, which one day will yield fruit, one day…

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…oh-so-pretty violas…

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…heavenly herbs…

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…and such succulents…

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Gardening for flowers feeds the soul, but this year I have dabbled my green fingers into the world of gardening for food to feed my family! It’s all very exciting dear reader, for now I am the proud owner of a fledgling gooseberry bush…

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Did you spot the gooseberries? As well as an oh-so-young olive tree that has teeny-tiny olives growing on it; a selection of strawberry plants…

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…and a tiny-but-terrific tomato plant…

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…from which we picked our first few sun-blushed tomatoes at the weekend, causing huge excitement in our household: our first crop!

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These little beauties were added to our first crop of salad leaves and herbs that had been happily sprouting away in the sunshine…

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…and although it wasn’t a bountiful yield by any stretch of the imagination, it tasted divine. Fear not dear reader, for those meagre morsels were not the sole source of our sustenance this weekend: they merely formed a small accompaniment to our main meal, as I would hate to leave you with an image of me and two ravenous teenagers squabbling over a couple of tomatoes and a handful of herbs and salad leaves! Growing flowers is fun and growing food is further fun and I can highly recommend it, even when you start (exceedingly) small as I have. So go out and enjoy the sunshine and remember…

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Happy Hairy Happenings

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Hello there my fellow craft-loving chums! As promised in my previous bloggings I am sharing my latest ‘hairy’ artings with you, as you can see floating above and below…

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Wait, there’s more…

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and just one more, if you can bear it…

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That’s it, done now, but there WILL be more, as I just adore sketching hair! We all have our little quirks, dear reader…

Remember the coloured pencil/ink pen twiggy-flowery-leafy heart I was working on? Well, I added a blue-blue butterfly…

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What do you think, lovely reader? I still can’t decide whether I should add some wise words in the middle; a little heartfelt ditty? Do share if you are having any thoughts/suggestions, or any other suitably wordly-wise-wordings.

I had to magic up another two unicorn cutie-pies recently, for a friend-of-a-friend’s girly twins…

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Aren’t they adorable? The little darlings! I almost couldn’t let them go, but I stifled my sniffles and tears and bade them a fond farewell…

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Heart-rending, isn’t dear reader? That must be about twelve wee unicorns I’ve sent out into the world to spread their magic *☆*☆*☆* Bless them all (sigh…)

At least I have my bonny-bunny-boy who I crocheted up a couple of weeks ago. He’s not going anywhere, for he will live forever on my sofa, where he can burrow amongst my many cushions to his little heart’s content…

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Isn’t he a sweetie?

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Hmmm…obviously he has a bit of a cheeky side…

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Ooh, you bad bunny you! Stop your messing about and get back to the sofa this minute!

Still on the crochet theme, I’ve been working on a crocheted cardigan from a pattern in Simply Crochet magazine. It’s the first proper piece of clothing I’ve ever tried to crochet, so I was a bit apprehensive to start with, especially as it is way out of my ‘unicorn-and-other-crocheted-creatures’ comfort zone! The cardi is a seamless construction which you start from one shoulder and work outwards, adding bits on at various odd angles, until it is all crocheted together to form the top half and arm holes. I have to admit that at one stage I had a very strange crocheted shape before me, with odd triangular pieces going off in all directions. I did feel like I was on ‘The Krypton Factor’ or something, as I puzzled over how on earth was this oh-so-strange shape supposed to crochet together to make anything resembling a cardigan??? I diligently followed the pattern however and it was quite magical when my first armhole appeared, not to mention a relief! It does actually look like it might be a cardigan eventually now…

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Did you spot the armholes? So relieved there’s two of them…and on opposite sides of the cardi too, things are looking up! I’m now working on the ribbing along the bottom. I’ve knitted loads of cardigans with ribbing but I never knew you could crochet a ‘rib’ style stitch – I do now…

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Intriguing isn’t it? It looks just like knitted ribbing but it’s not, it’s magic*☆* Well that’s all my arty-crafty sharings for this bloggings dear reader, take care of your lovely self and keep on crafting…

Doodle Days…

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Dearest reader my days have been filled with delightful doodlings of late, something that always makes me oh-so-happy! The doodle above is a flowery ink one, which just sort of ‘bloomed’ from the top left corner. I rather liked doodling the sweeping lines, so carried them over into my next doodle…

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I also finally finished the triangular arty piece I’d been working on for some time. It took quite a while to draw out the triangular pattern correctly (sadly I do rather enjoy drawing triangles, strange I know) which I then coloured using coloured pencils. Finally, I doodled designs and patterns over the top with an ink pen. The bottom half is my favourite part and I may use those colour/pattern combinations again…

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I’m using the same coloured pencil/ink pen combo for the arty piece I’m working on at the moment. I’m planning to add a butterfly on the left, with some wise words in the middle space…

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I’ve also started another drawing, where I hope to combine a profile sketch with background geometric patterns/doodlings of some kind…

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I’ve been practising drawing hair to help with the above pic and I’m rather enjoying it! I’ll show you my ‘hairy’ sketches next time dear reader!

Another magical unicorn was created this week, as a friend asked me to crochet one for her friend’s daughter so that my friend’s unicorn (which she has called Nigel) can have a playmate to go on playdates with! Can you spot my new ‘unicorn’ themed purchase?

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That isn’t me in the photo though dear reader, it’s one of my darling daughters who was only allowed to wear my precious new t-shirt for the duration of the photo shoot!

Keeping to the ‘yarny’ theme, I have also been knitting cosy cowls. I knitted one in a chunky, navy blue yarn in one of my favourite stitches – American Moss Stitch – yes I know I keep going on about it reader, but it does produce an amazing texture…

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A friend at work liked it so much that she ordered one for herself, so I was busy knitting away at the weekend to finish it for her, what with it being so chilly hereabouts at the moment. Still with the knitting, I completed my cosy, cotton cowl last week in a gorgeous grey yarn. The yarn is made from recycled t-shirts (such fun!) and I used a leafy-lacy pattern which is a bit tricky, but so pretty and effective…

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Well I’m off to work on my ‘hairy’ art so I wish you all a lovey-loved-up Valentine weekend ♡ and remember to keep crafting with love…

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