Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Isadora Moon Mini Books!

Vinetta posing with my Isadora Moon mini books! I have a dowloadable sheet for them HERE.

The Isle of Mull

In March we visited the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland. What a beautiful, beautiful place! We decided that it was our favourite place we had ever visited in Scotland. It even beat the Isle of Harris which had been our favourite place before that. Mull just had everything: beaches, mountains, woodland, a pretty town. It ticked all the boxes for us and we can't wait to go back there next year!

Vinetta came too of course, hopping into my pocket for the (long) drive up there. She enjoyed exploring the stunning surroundings so much. Her highlight was having a tiny campfire on the beach as the sun went down.

She used seaweed to light her fire that she had collected in a basket!

She did lots and lots of walking on the beach. There were lots of limpet shells everywhere. I had an idea for our next holiday that I am going to try and collect lots of mini shells and make a tiny framed picture of them for my castle. I saw a full size one in w gallery while we were on Mull which gave me the idea!

We stayed just up from Calgary Bay (pictured below) which was absolutely beautiful! I feel I am going to use the word beautiful a lot in the post! There no other word to describe. We stayed above an art cafe, surrounded by nature (and a sculpture trail in the woods!) which was the perfect place. There was a sculpture of a basking shark right outside our window!

Calgary Bay below. And Vinetta contemplating climbing the mountain!

The sea was blue and in some places looked tropical. We discovered a few other little bays along from Calgary which we had to walk to get to. We couldn't do any major treks becasue of having a baby with us but we did a couple of mini hikes and had a picnic on one of the beaches. Why does food always taste so much better when you eat it in the open air?

That's another view of Calgary Bay above. What I love about Scotland is that you get all the beauty by you also get space! You also have to put up with the changeable weather though.

We stopped in Dervaig and went to church on the Sunday morning. I like going to church in different places while on holiday. It was such a pretty church - I didn't actually get a photo of it but I did get a photo of Vinetta having a little snack on the mossy grass outside it. I loved the colour of the grass in Mull - such a vibrant green!
We saw so many beautiful sights on our travels around Mull. Just look at the the colours in the landscape and sky! I loved driving through the mountainous part. It was epic.

I'm sure that's Ben More below - the tallest mountain on Mull. One day I would love to climb it!

We saw so many rainbows - mostly on our journey up to Mull. 

Vinetta looking out to sea on Calgary Bay.

And this was Tobermory which was a lovely little town. Full of little shops. One of them had a womble standing outside it! I liked the chocolate shop best - strawberry creams and dark chocolate truffles. I saw a pair of rainbow wellies that I wish I had bought for Celestine. Maybe they'll still be there next year...

 Over all it was a wonderful holiday. Can't wait to go back!

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Vinetta's best nine!

Happy Christmas from Victoria Stitch!

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

December has been my favourite month this year. I was very busy working on illustrations but also we saw lots of friends and just had a lot of festive fun really! I especially enjoyed going to Kensington dolls house festival in London and meeting my favourite miniature jeweller, going to Christmas parties and meals, going on a date night to our fave Japanese restaurant, taking Celestine to visit Santa, making and eating chocolate truffles with Henry's mum, finishing my deadline, writing more of my older fiction book, having a snow day and taking photos of Vinetta in it, decorating my castle for Christmas, celebrating Celestine's first birthday, seeing close friends who I had not seen for a while, and probably more that I can't remember! Anyway, here are a few of my favourite photos from the season:

Hope you have a wonderful and sparkly new year!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Vinetta in Cornwall

Last week we went on holiday to Cornwall for an autumn/winter break as I mentioned on my 'professional' blog. I actually love going to Cornwall at this time of year becasue the beaches are empty of people and it feels very cosy. We went to the beach, had hot chocolate and pasties and cream tea and took Celestine to the aquarium in Newquay which she loved. It was so sweet to watch her being fascinated by the fish. Vinetta came too of course and went adventuring down at the beach, rowing in the rockpools and scrambling over the rocks. They are like lakes and mountains to her! We had pretty good weather considering the time of year and lots of nice evening sunshine - my favourite to take photos in! It was a lovely and relaxing break and I loved having just a little bit of time to do some miniature photography down there on my favourite beach - Pollyjoke!