loved you then

June 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

loved you then


A new painting at last. Not that I’ve stopped painting recently or anything, not at all! There’s a growing pile of painted papers waiting for me to do something with in the spare moments that aren’t happening right now! This is a pretty tiny canvas really but it’s sweet. Bear and I painted it last Wednesday at the Home Educators group that we go along to. Bean and Bear both did canvases of their own too, but this one was specifically for me to draw on. I’m glad I got a chance to do it! It will be heading over to Monkey Mei Tai this week, to be part of her giveaway in support for Help for Heroes, along with a £20 voucher towards a custom piece of art!


These Hands

March 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last night for the first time in a long time I actually felt creatively alive. It’s been a frustrating time, feeling weary for one reason or another, battling colds and other ailments, not sleeping well. But the boys recently started going to sleep in their own bedroom (for a co-sleeping AP mama this is big news!!) and although they don’t “sleep through” it’s a psychological boost to me that I get a bit of space in the evenings. And on evenings like last night when the housework is done before the boys go to bed and they go to bed quickly and sweetly – those are evenings to cherish.

I was planning on drawing a “happy mothers’ day” painting but didn’t have any especially appropriate backgrounds hanging around. Then after finishing the Peacock, the Bean’s artwork from the other day called to me – and this is what came out of it!

these hands / the messy mama



“Who knows the bright secrets
your ten fingers hold,
The talents still hidden,
adventures untold.
The world is awaiting
the wonder of you,
For no-one can guess
what these hands will do!”


And if anyone knows the original author of this poem I would LOVE to know who it is!

The Peacock

March 10, 2013 § 1 Comment

This painting has been quite a long time in the making. You remember the day we finally got around to doing some painting, me and the Bean? Well, the Peacock has been in the making since then! And then all of a sudden evenings have “clicked” again, and I’ve had time and energy to draw. Last night I finally managed to get the finishing touches done, and the whole thing photographed. And here it is!

the peacock / the messy mama

Isn’t he beautiful?

I can’t quite bring myself to remove the masking tape from the edges yet though….


March 2, 2013 § Leave a comment


Thought you might like to see what the Bear’s first real painting has become!

special 1

I love that it’s only taken a day to frame it as well. SO pleased!

special 2


December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been a very busy bee lately. The new website is up and running, the Etsy shop is live and stocked with various bits and pieces, my branding is finalised and beautiful, and I’ve even managed to do a few craft fairs in the run up to Christmas!

Christmas Craft Fair

November 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today marked the first craft fair I’ve done trading as The Messy Mama and it was a great day too! I have been HUGELY nervous about today. Lots of very very late nights over the past week frantically trying to get everything finished and ready, enlisting Messy Dad (he has spent hours sanding clay ornaments and taping cellophane sleeves together for me), and rueing the fact that Messy Baby’s teeth thought this past fortnight would be a great time to really make themselves known to him.

BUT the stall looked great, I had really truly lovely feedback from everybody, and I made enough sales to not let the wretched parking ticket I got this morning (from not reading the parking information properly in my haste) get me down……. ! A few orders to do and deliver, a couple of commissions, and I must remember to print some more business cards. And get the website up and running!

Here’s my pictures from the morning…..

Finally finished and set up!

enamelled clay ornaments and a print of the “rocking my baby” artwork

beautiful enamel painted cups filled with chocolates and a candy cane

craft fair happiness

trinkets and treasures

very happy with my stall today!






Try it one more time

November 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Captured the latest artwork digitally today and have ordered the first poster print of it – excited to see how it turns out! These words were by request.

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