Thursday, 13 June 2013

RECENT

Ok, so once again I'm guilty of not blogging. But I do have an excuse this time. I've just finished up my second year at college and I got an A! So all my hard work paid off. Here's a few of my paintings (a few which I've already sold!) that I showed at the end of year show we put on. I'm going to, once I get round to it, start selling my work on Etsy so keep an eye out!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

INSPIRATION: LOVELY HOME





I'm a huge fan of the programme Grand Designs and the building of Kathryn Tyler's Corkellis House is by far my favourite episode! I must have watched it ten times (it's saved on our sky plus) and every time I get so excited by how amazing the house is. I'm really annoying actually ha. I've always loved Scandinavian architecture, white walls, concrete kitchen floors and the mix between old and new in houses. Kathryn literally puts all the ideas I love into one home and does it beautifully. 
I'm obsessed with looking at real estate and i'm always on Ebay looking at vintage chairs that I can't afford/don't need. I hope that one day Shaun and I will be able to buy or build our dream home. But, for now, I'll just look at these pictures. 

Photographs are from Kathryn Tyler's website - http://www.linea-studio.co.uk/

Monday, 13 May 2013

BITS + BOBS



I've done nothing but paint for the last few days in preparation for my end of year exhibition at college so I've not managed to get out and take photos. The Bits + Bobs feature makes it really easy for me to keep the blog updated without having to do a lot of planning. Last weekend my family was through in Glasgow to celebrate my brother's 21st birthday! We all had such a good time and it was really sad saying goodbye to everyone. But, here are few photos from that weekend and a couple of others.

1. Our mantelpiece with some of my paintings on it
2. The lovely people at Company magazine put a little illustration of mine in their magazine last month!
3. View from our window
4. Favorite shop for vintage finds
5. Lovely lunch at the Transport Museum
6. Transport Museum architecture 
7. Out for my brother's 21st birthday. This is the only photo that worked.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

BAKING BREAD

I've not been feeling well at all today. I was up half the night with a sore head and a temperature so i decided to take the day off college and just chill at home. Shaun's working a night shift tonight so I decided to make some bread for his sandwiches. Baking is my favorite thing to do and i thought it would be a good way to distract me from my sore head. I've come up with my own recipe which is a mixture of different recipes that I've found online. 500g wholemeal flour1tsp salt1 sachet yeast2 tbsp olive oil1tbsp runny honey300ml waterPut all dry ingredients in a large bowl (salt on one side, yeast on the other). Loosely mix with hands. Add oil and honey. Gradually add water whilst bringing the mixture together to form a thick dough (you may need more or less water depending on mixture). Put a tiny bit of olive oil across a clean surface, rather than using flour, to avoid the dough from sticking. Knead the dough until its stretching and soft. This should take about five minutes (or two songs, it's an easier way to measure time). Put back in the bowl and leave for about 1hr or until it has doubled in size. Take out dough and beat out the air by kneading a maximum of five times. Shape dough (i like it circular but rectangular works too) and place on a lined baking tray. Leave for another hour or until it has doubled in size. Pre heat oven at 200c. Score top of dough to help it bloom. And then bake for 30-35mins. Take out of oven, leave to cool. Enjoy as a sandwich, as toast or with pate and nice cheese