Saturday, 26 October 2013


wee baby j - cross. he's had a horrible bug this week and has been sad, cross, sad, cross, sad. here he is, begging me to allow him to besmirch my camera lens with carrot-stick-y fingers. now that it's colder, the woollens are out again (did they ever go away? not according to this photo taken in the same spot in the summer sunshine!)
o-o - rainbow spotting with daddy last weekend. he loves looking out of his bedroom window, across the chimney pots and lichen covered roofs towards distant rolling hills (and into the neighbours' houses, it's like 'rear window', though thankfully we have not witnessed anything sinister thus far). i cannot believe he's been at school a whole (oxymoron!) half-term already. he's such a hero. 
last week i liked cheek rest, scribe, four and yet always five and toddle. i'm taking part in the 52 project, you can see all my 52 posts here and my three/52 selection here

Monday, 21 October 2013

sketchbook monday

in an old sketchbook, the seeds of the idea that became this print? here are some more sketchbook monday posts, if you'd like to look.

Saturday, 19 October 2013


wee baby j - pensive moment with crumbs on cheeks. 
o-o - a quiet sit down with his old pal l-man (look how much they've grown since this and this and even this) after a busy day at school.
last week i liked yellow spade. i'm taking part in the 52 project, you can see all my 52 posts here and my three/52 selection here

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

little houses

i've been drawing little houses, playing around with ideas for a new print. which one do you like? 
the one in the bottom right is based on these house blocks which we had when i was a kiddo. they're still in the toy cupboard at my folks' house, they are the housiest houses ever, like a kid's drawing. they make me happy, 

Monday, 14 October 2013

sketchbook monday

portuguese (the spelling, who knew? not i as you can see) man o' war, cornish pasty o' war.  here are some more sketchbook monday posts.

Saturday, 12 October 2013


wee baby j - 'i want to bite you mum, and i want to bite o-o, why will you not let me bite? i want your glasses, i want that thing, no not that, THAT, i want to climb up where i should not, i want to stand up on the rocking horse, i want to go on the trampoline, i want to slam the back door, i want you to carry me about, i want you to put me down, why do you people not understand what i'm on about? you make me so cross!" seconds later he was all smiles again.
o-o - disaster struck during the porridge preparation that morning. saint paul's cathedral was destroyed by a terrible fire. several lego people were crushed in the rubble...
last week i liked so red. i'm taking part in the 52 project, you can see all my 52 posts here and my three/52 selection here
**don't forget to enter my facebook giveaway to win a limited edition shipping forecast and cuppa screen print, i'll be picking a winner tomorrow.**

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

shipping forecast and cuppa and giveaway

i've finished the fourth edition of the 'shipping forecast and cuppa' print and i'm hosting a facebook giveaway to celebrate. visit my facebook page and leave a comment revealing what YOU like to do while you listen to the shipping forecast to be in with a chance of winning a print. the prints are available in my etsy and folksy shops now.  i just stumbled across this post on apartment therapy that featured the print, ages old but exciting none the less!
**update - the facebook giveaway has now closed, thanks to all who entered, i really enjoyed reading your comments. please like sianuska on facebook to hear about future giveaways and news**

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Saturday, 5 October 2013


wee baby j - crashed out on the sofa after a too early start and a grizzly morning. 
o-o - the days whizz by now that o-o is a school boy but today it's the weekend and so we eat a leisurely breakfast. this is the aftermath of his croissant, oh crumbs!
last week i liked daisy toes and smile. i'm taking part in the 52 project, you can see all my 52 posts here and my three/52 selection here

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

paint pots

this morning, while the school-boy collected acorns, wee baby j and i took some photos of paint. it's nice to look at the colours and remember the prints that they featured in. 
i've used the paint photos to make a new banner for my folksy shop. folksy are rolling out a shop redesign. they asked me and some other sellers to try out the new shops before they are introduced across the site. i really like the icon buttons for social media, so much neater and easier to navigate. the option to rearrange your shop items and the large 'featured item' images help to showcase the work. i've used my nordic knitwear selfie as my profile image. what do you think, does a photo of the maker makes an online shop feel more personal?
then, while wee baby j had a nap continued printing the first separation of the shipping forecast and cuppa print. it's quite strenuous work, i will have abs of steel by the time the fourth edition is finished. i wanted to get the exact shade of blue-grey that i used before so i took a misprint from a previous edition down to the dulux centre, turns out they can scan the colour in order to get a precise match, who knew?
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