Giant Wire Heart

Picking up the valentine’s theme here’s a great idea for creating an inexpensive piece of art for the garden this giant heart costs about £7 to make. All you need to get started is some garden wire, thin craft wire and some clippers and ideally wire curler/tweezers. You start by forming the basic shape in garden wire – be careful this stuff scratches your hands … Continue reading Giant Wire Heart

“That’s Not Art!”

On this day in 1913 an art exhibition opened in New York City that shocked the country.  Staged by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors The Armoury Show was the first large exhibition of modern art in the US and marked the dawn of Modernism in the US.  Opening in a makeshift gallery in the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue  the exhibition toured … Continue reading “That’s Not Art!”

Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s day (a high point for florists and card sellers everywhere) so here’s a bit about the history of the day of love…… The earliest references I could find date back to ancient Rome where 13-15th February were celebrated as a pagan fertility festival called Lupercalia. This seems to be the origin for the celebration of love however traditions then  were somewhat different … Continue reading Valentine’s Day

Heart Shaped Key Ring

Create a Heart Keyring

As valentine’s is tomorrow here’s an idea for a valentine’s gift or just a gift in general is a handmade key ring. All you need are some scraps of material and a metal ring which you can usually pick up from a craft store relatively cheaply in packs. Start by cutting your material to size. Then sew – either by machine or hand and you’re … Continue reading Create a Heart Keyring

National Umbrella Day

10th February is apparently National Umbrella day, a day where we are supposed to recognise and celebrate the invention of the umbrella. As the weather at the moment  is pretty miserable and very wet I thought I’d theme my blog today around rain. To celebrate the occasion I thought I’d have a go at a bit of embroidery     And here’s a few facts … Continue reading National Umbrella Day