Christmas baubles

Before everyone puts their old Christmas cards away…

I am running a Christmas bauble making session at Monday night Adult Crafts at the Beeston Heritage Canalside tonight. Should be fun!


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.

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…


Drawing Architecture and the city (1)

I took part in a fantasticcally stimulating and confidence boosting Summer School course at Nottingham Trent University last week.

It was run by Cuban born and passionate and compelling Architecture lecturer Carlos Marquez Diaz, who must have been most surprised to see someone like me among the young aspiring architects from around the world.

I was able to sit in my home city for several hours and look and study in a way I have never done before. And it was beautiful – not just the buildings but the people too! 

I also loved seeing the city through the eyes of the visiting scholars from China and India and I really enjoyed working in the beautiful location on Maudsley building on the NTU city campus.


Me in the studio space


Presentation of some of the work