More amazing Nottingham architecture

I met with friends for the most conjenial Sunday lunch recently, in one of my favourite areas of the city, opposite Nottingham Castle. (The Castle is just about to get a multi million pound makeover – how lucky are we?)

I walked past these amazing buildings on the historic Standard Hill on the way back to the car. The road is so called to commemorate the raising of the standard by King Charles 1 in 1642, the start of the English Civil War.

The round tower was a circular Victorian hospital ward which opened in 1900 as part of Nottingham General Hospital’s Jubilee Wing.

These buildings literally take my breath away –  my fingers are itching to depict them in some way, so inspiring.


More terraces

I have made another 12 terraced houses from machine applique, ready to show at the forthcoming Art Trail. This is turning into a slight obsession!

I have enjoyed the challenge of representing the beautiful colours of Victorian architecture, different perspectives and textures – but they did send me slightly batty with all the time they took to create! In some places there are 8 layers of stitching.

They just need tidying up and framing now…

Beeston Terraces - machine applique




Coming out of baking retirement (temporarily)

I have been busy in my kitchen over the last week – making 400+ gingerbread Christmas trees for concerts, presents and fuddles.

Christmas tree gingerbread

That may seem a lot – but when my baking business, Classy Cupcakes and Posh Patisserie, was in full flow a few years ago this was small fry around this time of the year. It has been fun this year, but I will not be baking professionally again any time soon.

Mind you, I had a great time this September preparing possibly the hardest cake I have ever made for my godson’s wedding. A huge Lego inspired cake! I had to transport it down to Sussex and I remembered that the most stressful time of any bake is the delivery…thankfully this one was OK. Phew!

Lego cake



Vintage sheet music range expanded for Christmas

We are now shipping our vintage sheet music roses all over the country! You can buy them HERE at our Etsy shop.

In addition, we have developed a range of Christmas goods. Christmas cards and hanging stars.

Also available from the Etsy shop.

Perfect for anyone who loves music!




Haddon Hall doorway

I have just completed my third wet felting embroidery artwork, inspired by the beautiful gardens at Haddon Hall.

This one is a bit more interesting with the addition of some architecture, a theme I am keen to expand upon.


The finished artwork, mounted and framed

I have found a satisfactory way of framing these pictures now, in a box frame, so the viewer can see lots of texture.



The inspirational view at Haddon Hall


Here’s some of the detail:






Nottingham architecture

I spent the summer at home in Nottingham, for a change.

It’s been great – visiting forgotten old haunts, finding new places, meeting up with friends, riding on the tram, going to outdoor theatre and art galleries.

After living here for more than 25 years I think I had started taking Nottingham for granted. But I have fallen in love again…