What a wonderful film!!

Just been to see Finding Vivian Maier at the Picture House, Southampton and it was great. It’s about a lady called Viv, Vivian or Ms. Maier who was a children’s nanny and who took photographs. She took captured anything that took her eye but never showed her talent to the world, until one day a man buys a large box full of negatives from a lost property auction . . . . . . . A wonderful film about an amazing lady who managed to capture some amazing glimpses of the world and lives around her. And a great portrayal of the snobbery of Modern Art Institutions, which really gets my goat!!!!

Now as a person who carries a rather large camera round with them everywhere and recently had their computer tell them theres no room left when they try to empty their camera card saids it all :D


Film trailer

Branching out

Hello, have been really busy lately and have just started getting a chance to get back to making a few bits and pieces and being creative. I am looking at ways to take my craft of wood burning in new directions and decided to give just doing a large design a go, without the focus being on the words although the thought has just come to me, that I may add some words to the top of the piece :) This is on a odd block of wood which i think was originally some kind of chopping board.


A new wood burnt piece

A new wood burnt piece

Pen as a size reference

A long weekend away

Just got back from a lovely long weekend in Littlehampton in West Sussex. The weather was amazing, the yha hostel we were staying at was great and in a great location. We played crazy golf, went swimming in the sea, went to a local spring fayre to help a local charity, had two take-aways on the beach, went to a West Sussex Geological society talk about meteorites by train in East Worthing, went to Arundel wetland centre and feed lots of lovely birds, cycled to Arundel following the course of the River Arun, did a circular ramble through some sand dunes, went round 2 local museums, saw Robocop at the local Windmill cinema, flew a kite and played frisbee down by the sea, and meet some lovely people. Was definitely a great trip and in the UK.  Ours bikes which my Dad perfectly described as Shire Horses, their working bikes, and not like those posh stallion bikes, they definitely did us proud and felt as though we should have left them some hay and straw in the bike shed when we got back :) The train journeys were great (I love trains anyway) but having been on buses a bit more recently I did keep on feeling like I had to press a button to make it stop at the station I wanted to get off at, and we kept forgetting to actually press the button to open the door, assuming that it would automatically open like that on the Underground. :) And have fallen in love with Southern train stations, they are so much nicer than our South West Train stations, because they have independent cafes, and have second-hand books for sale and have lovely waiting rooms.

We always say to ourselves that this holiday we are going to relax and not rush around everywhere and cram loads of stuff in, and this time I think we did find a healthy balance between the 2. Although I didn’t once sit down in the hostels lounge :)

And the winner is . . . .

 A natural history museum near me in Portsmouth ran a competition to create a logo design for their membership cards.

This is a page of my initial doodles and brainstorm of ideas:


These are the designs I sent in:



And I won :)

They have been trying the designs out as a colouring sheet:


Which I love!! I love colouring sheets anyway and to see my design used on one is just fantastic :D




These are some photos of my recent trip to Cornwall. We were staying between Looe and Polperro and stayed for 4 nights in a static caravan. The weather was a bit damp and cloudy, but we did a awful lot of walking and exploring (and taking photos) :)



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Decorative coat hangers

I happened upon a very large number of wooden coat hangers and with a fondness of burning things with my magnifying glass it wasn’t long before these had got the ‘jppyro’ treatment :)


Some have since had hooked fitted along the bottom so that they can be used as jewellery hangers.


Latest driftwood/ wood burning pieces

All wood burning I have done using a magnifying glass and the sun :)

peace, love, hope

may the world be your oyster


nut cracker

nut cracker

nut cracker

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