Going to Sligo tomorrow to adjudicate at the Sligo Feis Ceoil for three days. It’s a punishing schedule, to be honest. Monday and Tuesday look like 10 or 11 hours each and Wednesday doesn’t look much shorter. One does get
Well, three of them anyway. Here they are … The first one, with tulips and delphiniums. The second one, with poppies and calendula (!). The third one … And here’s how it developed … Lacy!
That Easter moves around March and April and causes significant scheduling difficulties for anyone involved in education and/or work with children is down to a bunch of men sitting down in a place called Nicaea in 325 and a hundred
It seems like ages since I started these things. It was the day after I bought that Air Dough in Evans a few weeks ago. That stuff is really easy to work with, dries quickly and it takes paint well.
It’s been a busy few days: Letterkenny, Killarney, Cavan. Longford on Wednesday. A lot of examining. A lot of time spent on the road. Not much time for doing this stuff. I did do something every day, however. On Friday,
There are a lot of things swirling around in my head at the moment and I’m trying to capture them all either by doing them or by writing them down. But the problem is that I feel rushed because I
Mining it. Sometimes my mind buzzes extra hard with ideas and I feel a massive surge of creative energy. When that happens, if I have the time, I try to run with it for as long as I can. The
As I want to use that wooden spoon, I treated it with stuff called Tung Oil. It’s non toxic and doesn’t go rancid like other oils. Here’s the spoon, Tunged, so to speak. The oil brings out the grain in
Working on this. Not 100% sure what it’s going to be yet. Some of it will hang on a wall. Some may stand alone. We’ll see. (All made from Air Dough.)
I ordered this last week and it arrived by post a few days ago. It’s a carving axe. And it’s amazingly, scarily sharp. So I thought I’d give it a road test this afternoon. I had some wood from my
That fish I made from Air Dough dried out well. It’s got a nice quality when it’s dry. Still a little flexible so the fish doesn’t look dead. In real life that is. In the photos it looks pretty flat
Yesterday I mentioned that I had bought some Air Dough, a lightweight children’s modelling clay. Clay is not quite the right word for it. It’s VERY light and has the consistency (but not the weight) of icing sugar. And it’s
So, today I came across some items on Pinterest about things to do with tin cans. I didn’t see anything about using them for candles, as I’ve done but there was mention of decorating them in various ways. I spray
I can’t quite remember where I got the idea to make a magnolia blossom from pistachio shells. It was the shape of the shells obviously that put magnolia petals in mind. Anyway, it doesn’t greatly matter. What matters is that