Spring has sprung

Oh spring, you have finally arrived after the rain. And how you spoilt me today. Colour and sunshine. All below captured in two squares near where I work in central London. Enjoy!  

Doesn't that just warm the cockles in  your heart? And did you post a bee's bottom peeking out of one of the flowers...

Happy Days

Mollie Makes is my favourite magazines, possibly of all time. I wait anxiously for my latest edition to drop through the letter box every month almost giddy with excitement. Now if you're a regular reader you will also know that I often take photos for the fabulous Crafty Fox Market so imagine my joy to hear that there was an article on the Crafty Fox in this month's Mollie Makes featuring some of my pictures!!!

Here is the article. My photos are the top row, and the final on the bottom row (right). You can't imagine how excited I was. Happy days indeed! 

Crafty Update

 Yes it's time for a crafty update which covers January. First up we have a paper cut I made for my friend Catherine's recent birthday.
I bought a couple of templates from a paper cutter I'd ever heard of before called PaperPanda. Really enjoyed these templates and they were so easy as they were emailed almost instantly.
 This is another and will be someone's birthday card in the future.
 And here is something I'm currently working on. If you know the people in the photo please don't mention this post as it's going to be a present (probably Christmas .....). It's certainly keeping me busy at night!
But here is something I did finish which I made for my little neighbour who you remember from October's Crafty Update.
And finally I know quite a few people who have birthdays in the early part of the year so I had a bit of a card making frenzy in January to be ahead of myself. 
So that's the latest crafty update - what do you think? A bit varied I know. 

And on an exciting note OH has asked for me to crochet him a scarf! Watch this space.....

Clowning around

 Warning! Stop reading if you suffer from coulrophobia which is a fear of clowns.....
So yesterday OH was ill so I headed off to a very sunny Dalston on my own to witness the arrival of clowns (both professional and those who just fancied dressing up for the day) for the annual Clown Service in honour of the founding gagster Joseph Grimaldi. I discovered this event last year and was just blown away! Such fun and people looked amazing. Here are a few of the photos I took: 
Clowns always need a bit of law and order. I think the clown is called Eek 
Some chose to entertain the crowds
Clearly Joey the Clown forgot his iPhone (get it....) 
There was dancing in the street
This clown had come all the way over from Denmark and was trying his luck for a cheeky kiss!
Rhubarb the Clown showed off his juggling. A picture of him doing this was in Monday's edition of the Metro
Though posing for the camera can become a bore after a while
Some just cheated and put on a full mask which was amazing 
These girls were incredible and great to photograph
So expressive
And the wigs were stunning
Even passing cars were applauded
Which some found hysterical 
But he pulled himself together to entertain the crowds
Some took the opportunity to clown around
But it was also the opportunity for old friends to touch base. This has now become one of the highlights of my year! I still haven't had the guts to go into the church and sit through the service. But was photographing next the professionals who then had their photos in the Metro I think I did alright. What do you think? Can't wait for next year, though OH is worried I'm becoming obsessed with clowns ... I wonder if there is a name for that as well! 

More photos can be seen on my Flickr pages (though apologies, there are some duplicates