Oh fantastic, only an hour and a half to go before it's officially the weekend! For me, the weekend starts at 6 p.m, that's when I start to think about the words 'cosy, cup of tea, fire place, warm toes and knitting'.
Last night, as I was closing the shutters (we don't have curtains), I caught myself thinking about how cosy it felt, retreating into the house, the windows shuttered, the fire blazing, and I came to the conclusion that I'm starting to come to terms with our winter season, and I'm enjoying it, which surprised me, I mean, we're meant to hate these cold dark months aren't we?
Tonight I've been shutting out the world of snow outside, it's been falling in flakes that have gone from big fat movie type snow, to thin drizzle resembling rain, and here and there there's been hail.
I love that cotton wool movie snow, it's so pretty as it falls, don't you think?
Anyway, on to those suspicious looking balls of wool in my first photograph of this post.
If you read my Monday post, you have probably guessed what this means already.
Skirt section as was, in the photo on the left above, and skirt section as it no longer is, in the photo on the right.
The cables didn't look their best on my hips. Not for showing them off as cables, nor for showing my hips off to their best advantage. So out came all that knitting, and I've started re-knitting the dress. I've cast on 384 stitches, (I imagine it will seem less as time goes on!), and am knitting cables all the way round. The idea of the cables going from large to small as they progress up the skirt is still going to apply yo these cable I'm now doing.
Anyway, enough knitting talk, lets move on to my prints.
I am officially open for business in my etsy shop, selling my prints! Feels like a long time ago I first mentioned doing them.
Would you like a quick look at a selection of some of them?
To give you an idea of the cost of a print, as opposed to the cost of the original painting, take for example, the picture of the "Daffs in a Spotty Cup"(above) which is a small painting. To buy the original would cost £75, to buy a print of this would be £17.55, both prices would be plus postage and packing.
Other original pieces will cost from £75 to £145 to £220, whereas all the prints are under £50. The prints make my work more accessible price wise.
All the prints come with mounts and backing board, ready to go in a frame, and also have certificates of authenticity, they show the number in the edition, and there's some info about my background, and they're in protective self sealing propylene bags.
I've also done some prints linked to my illustration work, there's a separate section (prints, illustration) in my etsy shop for those.
Here's a selection of them:
So there we go! Tra-la! Prints all nicely packaged, ready for giving as a gift perhaps? Or have you done all your christmas shopping...................... If you're interested in buying a print from my etsy shop, the link is here. Actually, I have to admit, I'm about half way through mine, which feels very organised.
Well, Hugo is cooking beef at the moment, and the smoke alarm keeps on going off, so I need to stand to attention to "waft" the smoke alarm when it trills. Ellie and Douglas hate the smoke alarm going off, they run and hide.
Ellie has just come in from outside, (to escape the noise of the alarm), and is standing shivering, covered in snowflakes, and looking at me very indignantly!
I'll be off now. Ten past six, and time for a glass of wine methinks. Have a good weekend, cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx