Saturday, 20 September 2014

a book, a star necklace and some tiny things

Hello! It's been a little while. I've suddenly become obsessed with creating a book for all of my Celestine images and it has been taking up all my time lately. It's taking me AGES to do because I'm designing every page carefully so it looks really nice (hopefully!). I'm still only up to February 2013 though... it's gonna take a while to finish! 

Here are a few shots from that fairy scene I was working on the other week. I made a tiny teapot, some tiny cakes and a tiny ladybird from clay.

Also a shot of my ring because I just love it and I think it looks magical with all the stars and mushrooms.

A few weeks ago Celestine made some cards for people. She's very useful like that, when I am too busy to make them myself. She started by making a birthday one for my friend Nicola with coloured sequin balloons on the front and that inspired her to make more. Nicola got a tiny typewritten note from Celestine too. It takes quite a lot of effort for Celestine to type on the computer. She is so small she has to jump around the keyboard. 

Then our friends Bruno and Craig got engaged so Celestine made them an engagement card with tiny cut out stars on the front.

And then she made a few more just for fun. Not quite sure why there's a Christmas one there yet... think she just wanted to use lots of sequins. I like the halloween pumpkin man one. 

Also, I found a photo of a close up of my wedding necklace while I was in the process of making it. I did say I was going to post a better picture of it. I love it. I hope I get to wear it again someday- though not for getting married again of course!!

...and the bridesmaid shoes. I glittered up all the heels myself in their dress colours.


And now here are just a few (I have done tons though!) spreads of the Celestine book I have been making. It's been nice to go right back to the beginning and re visit some of the old images of her. I am glad I have started making a book because it will be nice to have them all printed out. It would be a shame if all the pictures just ended up digitally on my computer hard drive years down the line. I put a lot of effort into taking all my Celestine pictures so I think it would be a waste not to do something with them. It will be on-going though because of course I am not going to stop taking pictures of Celestine! I think I might have to make more than one book...

Anyway, I need to give the Celestine book a break now as I'm neglecting other things. I have a growing list of stuff I need to be getting on with. But I am HOPING to get it done by Christmas. We will see...

I said a few posts back that I was going to record on my blog the books I have read each month in an effort to read more. Well it's been more than a month but here are all the books I have read/listened to since I wrote that post.  I am enjoying getting into the habit of listening to things while I work rather than watching trashy tv. It feels much more fulfilling. I might review some of the books I read if I particularly enjoy them... some time. 

Well I suppose I had better got on now. It is the foggiest day here today. Foggy and rainy and grey. I kind of wanted to go to Miniatura in Birmingham today but didn't make up my mind until too late last night and ran out of time to buy a ticket. At least I will save some money! Ha.  Maybe I will go in March...

Oh and also also! I want to mention I finally made it back to a life drawing class. And it was so good. It felt so good to be back life drawing again. There's always a special sort of atmosphere in a life drawing class and it makes me feel like I'm being incredibly fine-arty. And I love the smell and sound of the charcoal scratching across the paper. And also I saw my old art teacher from school who was there too and we had a catch up. I am definitely planning to make life drawing a regular thing- it's so important, to practice figure drawing. 

Off I go then... bye for now! x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Fairyland

Snippets of something I worked on recently. Not sure if I am allowed to put these pictures up here or not (they're just WIP shots)... I guess I'll take them down if so.

I was pretty proud of those light up mushrooms. It took me a while to think up how to make them and in the end I came up with a cunning plan involving tights and PVA. I was insistent to myself that they should light up, even if that meant they took ten times longer to make.

I love multicoloured stars.

Here are some more mushrooms but not light up ones this time.

As you might have guessed, fairies are involved. 


In other news I am working on a new secret project- only secret in that I don't really want to put it on the internet just yet. It's a personal project, a young fiction book and I am very excited about it. I got really inspired and just wrote it and now I am illustrating it in any spare time I have. I really believe in it! I will take it to publishers when I am done and see if they like it. Hopefully they will but if not oh well, it will have been good practice anyway.

Last weekend, apart from working on my young fiction book, we went for a walk near the place where we are moving to. We explored new bits of countryside there and discovered some new tracks which look like they will be really good for cycling. We also found a swing! I am so excited to move and be in our own place. I am expecially looking forward to decorating and putting up our rainbow chandelier that we got for our wedding.  I want to cover the walls in illustration too.  Hurry up house!!!

Celestine hasn't been modelling for me much lately as I've been so busy with my new project so she's decided to take her own photos. Or she thought she would until she realised that camera wasn't real. Poor Celestine, she got so excited when she fist saw it!

She's been busy too, doing her own thing, designing jewellery, seeing other tiny friends etc. She's quite the socialite.


Aaaaand that is all for now!

*back to work*

 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Our Honeymoon

Finally I am uploading my pictures from honeymoon. I took so many that it took me until now to sort through them all!

So here are the best of the best.

Our honeymoon.

We started in Edinburgh were we stayed for two nights in a very nice and welcoming guest house. If you're ever going to Edinburgh I highly recommend this place!

We went on a bus tour round the city, walked round a lot, ate Lebanese for dinner one night, seafood the next and bought some tartan. My married surname is actually a Scottish name that is part of the MacGregor clan so we bought a scarf in the MacGregor clan tartan. It's red and green.


Speaking of tartan, Celestine ordered a special wardrobe of tartan clothes to be made for her for the holiday. She likes to be stylish.


I found these tiny little bottles of whisky in Edinburgh and also this tiny tiny little box of working matches which came in useful later on. Celestine was very pleased that Edinburgh catered for people her size.


Next up was the Isle of Skye where we stayed for another two nights. Above is some whisky porridge which Henry had for breakfast in the Skye hotel. Got to have some whisky porridge while in Scotland!

Because we went to Skye from Edinburgh we drove through the highlands. It was a pretty incredible experience actually. Barren landcapes, mountains looming, twisty turny roads. At some points we really felt like we were in the middle of no where. It was like a different planet!

One of the main things I wanted to do whilst on Skye was visit the fairy pools. So we did! They were very beautiful. In this photo below you can see a line running down the middle of the valley. Those are the fairy pools and you can walk all the way up them.


They are really beautiful. Pools and channels of clear, aqua water all waterfalling down. Celestine was entranced. She wanted to row around them in her boat. So she did!


The weather wasn't actually that sunny that day so it was hard to get photos of how crystal clear and turquoise the water was.

We also visted the coral beaches on Skye which were also very beautiful. We were there at about ten o clock at night and it was still light! It didn't really seem to get properly dark up there at all.

Here is Henry on a rock at the coral beaches.  


For our wedding Carol gave us a really really nice box of chocolates which actually lasted us for most of our honeymoon. we took them with us and ate one or two (or three or four!) a day. They were yum. It was nice to have them in the car as we did SO much driving!


After Skye we took the ferry across to the Isle of Harris. Here is Celestine on the ferry (and a close up of my wedding ring.) I admit I took quite a lot of photos of my wedding ring on our honeymoon, seeing what it looked like under all different kinds of light. I just love the way it slots together.


It was actually raining on our arrival to Harris. We couldn't get into our house yet so we drove up to Lewis and went food shopping.

The rest of the week we spent on Harris. It was the main part of our holiday. It really was a very beautiful and unique place. There were so many different types of landscape on the island. For example, on the east side of the island where our house was, the landscape was rocky, it almost looked like the surface of the moon. On the west side there were incredible tropical looking beaches. And then everywhere there were mountains.

I'd say the word to describe the Island of Harris and Lewis would be 'epic'. In fact pretty much all of the Scottish landscape we saw was epic. There's so much remote space, you can see for miles and miles and you become aware of just how massive nature is. That doesn't really make sense but I don't know how else to describe it.

Here is Celestine having a picnic on Luskentyre beach. Yes she does have a lot of food for one tiny person. Her eyes are bigger than her stomach when it comes to food! She had to be helped out a bit.


Celestine loves Nessie! ^ She took him everywhere with her in Scotland. 

You can see the weather wasn't sunny here. It wasn't sunny quite a lot actually. But we did expect that coming to Scotland. It didn't mar the beauty of the place though.

The beaches really were incredible. Just look at the colour of the sea! And that's not even on a sunny day.

We did actually get one really lovely baking hot sunny day. We spent this day sitting on the beach and paddling in the water, but only paddling as the sea was so cold. It looked inviting but it was freeeeezing!

Celestine sat on the beach too. She adores the beach. We found our own little small private one where there was no one else about. We had to climb down rocks to get to it.

Although to be fair, there was no one really about on any of the beaches on Harris. It was so remote.

It was so stunning!!

You can see I didn't take many photos of myself and Henry, I was too busy taking photos of the beaches! I love beaches. They are my favourite places to be. I always wish I lived near the beach.

There were other things to do on the Island of Harris and Lewis too. On one of the rainer days we drove around a lot (beacsue we accidentally missed the boat trip we were suppsoed to be on!) and saw the standing stones and machair. The machair are fields of wild flowers.

Traffic on Harris!

Above (bottom right) is a picture of the garden gate in front of the house we were staying in. This was our view if we looked out of the window. Not bad.

On that same day that we missed the boat trip it was very stormy and windy. I have never seen so much spray blowing off the waves before! We couldn't believe there was actually a man surfing in this.

That night Celestine had to camp inside becasue of the rain. She would have got blown away otherwise- and we would have never seen her again!

Celestine wanted a patchwork tent after she saw one on Marlou B's blog.

She did manage to camp outside a few times though. Much to her delight.


'Goodnight!' ^

Oh look, here we are at last! That's me with a map in front of me on Skye, planning our route for the fairy pools. there's Henry looking happy on Harris.

While on Harris we visited the Isle of Scalpay which is joined to Harris by a bridge. It's a small island and we walked round it one afternoon/evening. It took about 3 hours. 

It was so windy in places Henry's hair stood upright on his head which was funny.

There were piles of rocks like that on the top of every mountain and hill on the islands. I guess it is to mark the top.


Those bottom two pictures (above) were not taken on Scalpay. left one we took when we went on a very long treck round some mountains on Harris. It took all day and was 11 miles! I was very proud that we did it. We climbed up some big mountains and walked round the ridge at the top. It was definitely an expedition. We didn't see a single person during the whole hike. 

Here's Celestine at the top of one of the mountains. It was a hard climb! She was lucky she got carried for most of it. There's Nessie peeping out of her backpack!


We did manage to go on a boat trip in the end, even though we missed the original one we had booked on. We went flying and bouncing through the waved in a rib which was my favourite part. The waves were enormous.

This wasn't us but a little fishing boat we saw out in the water while on the rib. It was bouncing along too! You can't really tell how big the waves were from this picture but they really were massive. You went allllll the way up one and alllll the way down the other side.

We saw seals! I always love to see seals.



One evening we went to Hushinish beach and sat there in the evening sunshine. This was on the sunny day. Celestine had a campfire and toasted marshmallows. That is where those tiny matches came in useful!

That was Henry's favourite beach. We played frisbee for a bit. The drive there was amazing as well. So beautiful. We came across a castle on our way which I think was actually someones private home- so I couldn't really get a photo of it.

There's Celestine, swinging her legs with happiness. She so loves the beach. 

We really enjoyed our week on the Isle of Harris. It was different to anything we've done before. We definitely hope we can visit again some day!

On our way back home we stayed for a night in Loch Lomand to break up the journey.  Again it was beautiful. Although truthfully, by this point I was quite ready to get home. I've learnt from all the stops we did along the way to and from the Isle of Harris, that I don't really like living out of a suitcase and eating on the go all the time. I like to be in one place.  I think if we did go to the Isle of Harris again, we wouldn't stop at so many places on the way up- though, I am glad we did it this once. It was nice to see Edinburgh and Skye- especially the fairy pools. I have always wanted to see the fairy pools. 

Also by this point we had been away for almost two weeks and for me, that's enough. I am a home bird. And also by this point I was getting fidgety to do my work. 

So I was quite happy to be going home even though we had an incredible time. They do say there's no place like home.




Above left is Loch Lomand. Above right, a loch near the house we stayed in on Harris.

And that, is the story of our honeymoon!