Friday, 3 December 2010

I missed my first birthday...

Gosh, it's been way too long!  I can't believe I missed the first birthday of my little blog, and I really can't believe that it is now over a year since I started it!  Anyway, for all you lovely people who visit here from time to time (EDMers etc) I would like to offer a little **GIVEAWAY** as a way of saying thank you for all the support and comments and, well for just quietly reading my ramblings over the last twelve months.  It is all very much appreciated you know.  The main part of the giveaway will be a set of three of my polar bear cards...

...they have been left blank so you can use them for anything really, just as a snail mail treat to send a friend, who doesn't like snail mail from time to time?  I will also add something 'Yorkshire' to the package and, after everything I said in my last post about Mail Art, I will add a little artwork to the parcel itself, just to make things a little more interesting!  If you approve and fancy owning the eclectic collection just leave me a comment here.....  I will draw a name from a (Santa) hat on Saturday 11th December.

Sadly I still don't really have much finished artwork to offer up at the moment, but not because of lack of inspiration this time thank goodness - rather a case of life getting in the way.  I do have these little tomato sketches, not the most exciting subject but I just loved the colours and had to have a go at painting them.  Really good fun and all good watercolour practice!  They cover EDM 24 - because technically they are fruit, right?

I am also working on this little fella, a snowy fox.  I started him a few weeks ago, with the intention of creating another Christmas card - then life intervened.  I'll try to get him finished this weekend though, no excuses - I'm on my own, then maybe I could at least make up some cards to share with family and friends this year.  Hey, if I get it finished I'll add one to my giveaway!  Here he is in his half finished state:

...pop back soon and he'll be here all finished :o)

Once again here in the UK we are in the grips of icy, snowy wonderfulness.  This has meant that for three days the school I work at has been closed, which means things must be really bad because our school hardly ever closes!!  After two days of horrendous car journeys at the start of the week though, I'm just grateful I didn't have to struggle in - I have also had a streaming cold, you know the type where you feel really, really ill but you can't justify time off work?  So, luckily I have been able to stay tucked up and warm and today I am feeling much more myself, though with a bright red nose and still unable to move more than 6 feet away from a box of hankies!

Oh, and Scout thinks the snow is marvellous!

Hope you are all cold free and keeping happy!  Back soon, L xx


  1. Your polar bears are FABULOUS and I'd be thrilled to "win" them.

    I'm also very jealous of your snow. I live in Manhattan and love our big blizzards - the city is so quiet and beautiful for the first 24 hours.

  2. Hi Lesley, It is nice to "see" you again.

    I love, love, love your polar bear and the fox looks wonderful, too.

    I'm not sure being the first comment is a lucky place to be, but thanks for the chance to win some of your lovely art.


  3. My comment was rejected for some reason or other so I will try again. I love the green tomatos as they truly do have more variety of surface design then the red ones. The dog photo is just great and the foxy ideas are, too....winna

  4. Welcome back! I've heard on the news how terrible the weather has been in your part of the world. I see that Scout loves it, though, and my Callie will be loving the 8" of snow we're expected to receive in the next couple of days here in Michigan, US. Love your polar bear and foxes have always had a special place in my heart.

  5. I love these drawings they would look great in frames, the tomatoes are also great, in fact all of your work looks excellent, lucky you getting time off when you need it. I live in Lancashire and we also have the weather, just been off for a walk on the moors in blizzard conditions, I love it the most then, its just a shame the hospitals don'e close then i could do it more often. Glad your back and look forward to some more of your work.

  6. Always a fan of your polar bears.
    If it rains a lot here then that's always a good excuse not to go to school, if it snowed like it has in the uk I think the Sicilians would just give up!

  7. I'd love an opportunity to win one of your hand-painted cards too please. Happy 1st Blog Birthday!

    Lovely watercolour sketches! I've been having trouble finding time to paint of late too. I've been busy sewing and knitting in preparation for the pending birth of my first grandchild this month.

    I hope you beat that cold soon and feel much better again. Enjoy the snow ~ :)

  8. Love your bears and would be thrilled to win.

  9. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!

    Shirley, I have never visited New York, I imagine Manhatten in the snow must be quite magical!

    Jill, thanks for stopping by - I know what you mean about the hospitals, and all the people who have no choice but to keep going in all conditions... I'm a school librarian and sooo VERY grateful when school gets closed so we don't have to be driving in the ice and snow. I do think lots of people forget how many people don't have that luxury. Hope you get time for more wintery walks and don't have too many bad journeys to make!

    Cathy, I think I would like living in Sicily!!!

  10. The bears and tomatoes are all winners! We have been watch English football and obviously noticed the snow. Stay warm.

  11. I would love to win your card! And I think that little fox is going to be a winner!

  12. Hope I'm not too late to put in a comment. I'd love to be the winner of any of these paintings. All lovely!

    lv jesse @ yahoo . com (First letter is a lower case "L")

  13. All your paintings look great. Here in the states I just read they found a couple of foxes of a type they thought were gone forever so that's good news.

    Hope you feel better soon. Happy Blogiversary!

    Dogs love the snow. I've had them hate the cold but love the snow.

  14. A chance to win these!!?? Yippee! Count me in! I love your polar bear and the fox is so cute, can't wait until you finish it!

    Welcome back!

  15. Your polar bears are fab and very appropriate for the weather you have been having. I like how you nestled your sketchbook in the snow. I look forward to seeing the fox sketch in its finished form--you've got a great start on it.
    I hope you stay warm and enjoy your unexpected days off!

  16. A belated Happy birthday wish to your blog =)
    I love the tomatoes, makes me wanna go get to the store and get some and cook some. The fox is going to be amazing, I just know it!

  17. I love your polar bear...he is beautiful. I am a great fan.
    (Treacher Creatures)

  18. I want the polar bear cards! Please count me in. The tomatoes are great and the fox already looks cozy in the snow! Happy Anniversary on your blog! I know what you mean about life getting in the way! Holidays especially!

  19. Belated Happy Blogoversary!

    Like the tomato sketches and great photo of Scout.

    Stay warm.

  20. Winner to be announced shortly!! Thank you for all the comments :o) x

  21. Those cards are wonderful and I love all your sketches. I have done tomatoes in colored pencil, they are quite fun to work with. I love your green ones with streaks in them. Much more interesting and fun that my red one. haha Nice work. Keep it up.



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