2015 has seen some amazing highs. Watching Tommy develop and grow into a confident and loving toddler, the birth of my beautiful granddaughter Layla-Jane, the visit to Kakuma and the support which followed, the final publication of the den book to name but a few. However, the whole year is tinged with sadness due to mum’s death at the end of June so I can’t … Continue reading Nurture 2015/2016
I love Storybird but haven’t used it for a while – this is just a quick link to a story for Tommy. He loves books! This site provides the artwork and you provide the text. You have the option to buy a printed book or aPDF download. Well worth a look x https://storybird.com/books/the-search-97/ Continue reading Storybird
If you want to learn something new – you will! Sounds simple but if something really hooks you then you will work at it despite your mishaps and failures. My friend Juliet (@creativestar) has a lot to answer for when she introduced me to ‘Hapa Zome’ see her amazing blog here. I now find myself experimenting with materials, techniques and designs. I have a huge collection … Continue reading Textile brooches – learning new skills
Surely in this technological age it wouldn’t take too much to design and manufacture a left handed camera? I’m a right handed photographer so didn’t give this a thought before Tommy was born with a missing right hand. He is now at an age where he is curious about everything but he loves my camera. Let’s be honest he rarely sees me without it. He is … Continue reading Why are there no left handed cameras?
The run up to Christmas is always busy but this year everything feels very strange. It’s sad that mum isn’t here and dad is struggling. Its wonderful that Layla-Jane grows a little every day and that Tommy is just so amazing. Its very much sadness and joy all mixed in. Fundraising from the Dearne, trying to publicise our den book (On Amazon here )have been highlights … Continue reading A strange time of year
For the past two years Cathy (@cathy_cross) and I have met regularly in Manchester (sort of half way between Barnsley and Liverpool). We have a favourite cafe and we have spent hours there just throwing around ideas and drinking huge cups of coffee. We promised ourselves that when the book was completed we would celebrate here- with cake. I think you will agree that this is … Continue reading Celebrating den building
…you encounter an amazing group of people. This morning I had the privilege of thanking a group of around 1,000 pupils who had ALL, along with staff, parents and the community, raised £5,600 to build a classroom in Kakuma Refugee Camp. The classrooms such as the one above are in a desperate state and often house classes of anything up to 200 children. The morning … Continue reading Sometimes …