‘Virtual’ (but real) wedding bouquets

I made a follow up order for a lovely customer from Kingston on Thames via my Etsy PaperRosesShop last week. This lady had ordered some subtle pink paper roses in a combination of sheet music and Mills and Boon novel – for tablecentres at a marriage of a writer (bride) and musician (groom).

The same customer came back a few weeks ago asking for a matching bride and bridesmaid bouquet in the same shades. I keep records of all orders I make so it was easy to prepare exactly what she needed even though all correspondence was via the internet.

The customer’s response when the bouquets arrived: “The bouquets are PERFECT! Thank you so much! I just love them. They are even better than I imagined, and will just look beautiful.”



ABC Art Trail

I was delighted to be invited to take part in the Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell Art Trail this year – my first exhibition.

Before the event, I was content to meet a few people and chat about my work, so I started out nervously and apologetically. However, I was overwhelmed by the warmth and generosity of the community. It was great to meet up with friends, neighbours and guests in our back garden and kitchen. It was an absolute pleasure.

Thanks are due to all the organisers, the participants and everyone who visited.


Vegetable series

I am obsessed with pictures of vegetables and I have really enjoyed making these from bright cotton, my husband’s old shirts, silks and satin fabrics and shiny thread.


They will be on sale at the ABC Art Trail this weekend, 2nd and 3rd June.

More details HERE.

Wild fields outside Haddon Hall

For my latest felted embroidered work I have gone back to my eternal source of inspiration, Haddon Hall.

This time I was inspired by wild fields full of daisies and buttercups.

I have tried to convey the depth of colour and texture using several layers of soft felting in numerous shades of green and brown, machine embroidery for the leaf detail and hand embroidery with silk threads for the flower heads.



Embroidery for boys!

I did some public embroidery at the wonderful Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre this weekend, as a heritage craft – along with corn dolly makers, weavers and lace makers.

It was great to meet the visitors and have a chat about my work and motivation as well as discussing the joy of making things.

I particularly enjoyed watching several boys quietly sitting down to try their hand at embroidery and really enjoying it. There was no categorisation of it being a ‘girls’ craft, because most of them had never seen it before.

A lovely event.

Karen at CAnalside

Making time for Creativity

I was delighted with a recent review from one of my clients. It sums up what I am trying to do with Creativity Online:

Creating my own little expressions of delight. 

Helping other artists use their time more effectively to do the same.

Sharing all that creativity with the world! 


“Since employing Karen, my life has been made so much easier. As an artist all I want to do is produce my work and exhibit. The realisation that part of being an artist is to allow as many people as possible access to my work through social media has been a constant worry.

Karen has taken all that worry away, she is supportive, creative, efficient and most of all very approachable. I feel very lucky to have found such a support and I can’t recommend her services highly enough.” Jo Beattie Artist

Feel free to share with any creative who might need a bit of help…






The Living Threads Group

I have created a bespoke new website for this wonderful group of textile artists, based in the Nottingham area.

The group was formed in 1982 and has evolved into a group of 65 artists, producing exciting and innovative work using fibres, threads, yarns, fabrics and beads in a variety of techniques.

I have created a much more graphic website, showcasing as much work as possible in detail and added a personal profile page for each artist.

I have been true to my promise of creating a self sufficient website by running a training course for future administrators from the group.

It has been a delight to get to know these artists and their work better.


ABC Art Trail

Save the Date for the Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell Art Trail!

My beloved Art Shed is open 2nd and 3rd June 11am to 6pm, along with 10 other venues with 26 artists and artisan craft workers showing their work.

I am working hard on new pieces to present an attractive portfolio. 

Interest is growing locally thanks to the team of artists working together to spread the word.

THANK YOU to the wonderful people who are giving me advice and raising my confidence.





Perfect match!

Sent recently to a customer from Kingston on Thames, via Etsy – a mixture of muted pink shades for wedding table centres.

Half the order was made from vintage sheet music (mainly Mozart pianoforte pieces) and half using pages from the 1985 Mills and Boon classic ‘A Man Worth Knowing’ (subtitled ‘he defeated her evasive tactics at every turn…)

What a perfect order for a musician and a writer, getting married in July.

Drawing in Derbyshire

I am very lucky to live close to beautiful Derbyshire and visit often, but I rarely spend an indulgent artistic weekend there. I did recently, though, with the wonderful Helen Hallows on a 2 day Landscape Sketchbook course.

The landscape we were sitting in front of (Barlow, near Chesterfield) kept shifting, not only in terms of weather conditions, but also what was revealed the closer we looked – tractor marks, distant buildings, crows nests – and I saw every shade of green possible.

Drawing a whole landscape felt scary before this weekend, but under Helen’s tutoring I have gained in confidence, learnt a lot about charcoal and collage – and depicting hundred of trees.


My fellow students had varied artistic experience and were all lovely. Helen worked with us individually and encouraged us at all levels.