Friday, 30 March 2012

Settle down!

Ok, I'm back, so you can stop talking about me, and start behaving yourselves, and that includes you.
Yes, You! 
Never mind trying to look innocent, you know what I mean!

First off, apologies to those who I owe an email. I'm still running on mobile broadband at the moment, and for some reason it refuses to talk to my email server, so although I can read them, I can't send.

Life is still pretty chaotic here. I've moved in to my new place and most of the big stuff is in place, I just need to finish sorting out my stash, and the books and the CDs. Oh, and the 3 boxes of 'bits' that always seem to appear when you move and you're not quite sure where to put them.
I'm also running around like a loon trying to sort out various other stuff. We put Helen's house on the market and had a buyer within a week, so I'm trying to get Naomi moved up to Manchester, and get the house emptied before the sale goes through. Throw in work and other normal stuff and it's suddenly rather chaotic.

Amazingly, in the midst of all this mayhem there has been creativity!

Last weekend saw me at the Cubby Hole running a workshop, and making pocket books out of craftboard and kitchen roll. As usual the ladies at the Cubby Hole all came up with their own take on things, so here is a selection of what they came up with...

Nigel (Me)





Friday, 16 March 2012


There will now be a short break whilst I move house.

Please talk quietly amongst yourselves, or enjoy the gentle muzak in the background.

Normal service* will be resumed shortly.

*normal is a flexible term....

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Stick 'em up punk!

Yes, it's two posts in two days! (Don't get used to it).
Things are on the up here, and as a result the muse has kicked me into gear.

I started this page a while back, but wasn't sure where to go with it. 
I really like the 3 skeletons on the stamp, there's something mischievous about them, 
so when this track came up on my Spotify feed I couldn't resist :)
I have to say though, attempted robbery on this lady could be hazardous to their health....

Monday, 12 March 2012

Like a lighthouse

Life is still slightly up and down here,
but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good news later in the week.

It's not been a very creative weekend, but thankfully creativity kicked in yesterday evening, and inspired by a couple of pieces by Leah Piken Kolidas (Creative Every Day), I dug out my watercolours and started a simple picture of a lighthouse. 

Now originally this was going to be an inspirational piece about a light in the darkness or something along those lines; but as usual fate took a hand and something happened which reminded me of a saying from my army days
- and it was all downhill from there!

He's like a lighthouse in the desert;
Brilliant, but no -------- use!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


Some of you may remember this from before Christmas.

It's one of those things that sits unloved in the corner,
feeling ugly,
glaring at you,
trying to induce a guilt complex for not producing something beautiful.

It worked!
I had to finish it.

First some stamped tissue.

Then add a suitable quote

And finally seal it with beeswax.

It's still ugly,
but it's a good sort of ugly.
And it's also stopped laying a guilt trip on me.
(although that may be due to the fact that it's in a jiffy bag and heading south!)