Fortunately the Milk – summer holiday theme

The summer holidays have finally arrived for us and this year we have decided to theme our break around the book ‘Fortunately the milk’ by Neil Gaiman. Neil's Work > Books > Fortunately the Milk

If you haven’t read it, you must. It’s a perfect children’s book that has little jokes in it for the grown ups. Boys will love it, just like William does because it’s packed with dinosaurs, volcanoes, vampires, and aliens. So there is lots of potential for themed activities. Our first day of the summer holidays I introduced William to his own Professor StegFortunately the Milk: Gaiman's kid-novel is a tribute to fatherly ...
(one of the main characters in the book) and together we made strawberry milk shakes.

To make our strawberry milk shakes you will need 
300ml of milk 
one banana
half a punnet of strawberries.
Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Garnish your straw with a strawberry. 

Flower art project

I thought I’d show you some of the larger art work I do. These are all based around floral subjects and are all A1 sized pieces. I like to work in mixed media and these art works combine the use of batik, inks, bleach and oil pastles. I love the vivid use of colour in these and have recently been using them to inspired new design work, both fabric design and cross stitch. 
Flower art project

This piece is a close up view of the dried poppy seed heads in my garden.

This is a colourful interpretation of babies breath.

Flower art project

An imagined piece considering the extremely close up view of pollen.

Sunflower in blue.

White rose.



Snail embroidery

Snail embroidery
Snail embroidery
My new embroidery design due on my Etsy shop soon. Garden snail stitched in back stitch and french knots. 

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Flower project sketchbook

I have been looking back at some of my sketchbook work and came across this work on floral pattern repeats. I am thinking about reworking some of these designs for my spoonflower shop. 

Water colour flowers

Paper flowers tiled

Scattering of flowers

Orange water colour flowers



Black and white foxglove

Black white and yellow foxglove

Water colour foxglove


Black and white pansy design

Pink and black pansy design

Orange poppies

orange poppies

water colour flowers

blue irises

blue irises tiled

star flowers

paper flowers



watercolour flowers

floral pencil drawing tiles

water colour flowers tiled

Daisies tiled




Jungle 1st birthday party

It was my youngest’s 1st birthday party recently and we wanted to have a bit of a jungle theme.

We had a limited budget as I am still on maternity leave due back soon. So after a little research this is what we came up with. 
Every Jungle needs a watering hole and the adults all seemed most interested in this one.

We tried to theme the snacks as much as possible so we had,
flamingo biscuits,
elephant snacks and jack rabbit food.

I made the cake using a tin I had kept from my eldests 1st birthday and covered it with green icing a sprinkles. Then we raided the toy box for all the plastic animals and after a good scrub they looked great strolling across the savannah of cake.

I used animal crackers to decorate cupcakes that I had topped with green icing and any kids party isn’t complete without some chocolate birds nest cakes.

To try and balance out all the cake we also had a fruit rainbow and this turned out to be one of the most popular snacks on the table.

Finally I’d seen a great vegetable lion on Pinterest and thought I’d have a go. As you can see mine was a bit of a fail but I’ve included it anyway to show it’s not always perfect.

If you want to see the inspiring Veg lion it’s on my Pinterest jungle party board along with a lot of other great ideas.

               Follow Ruth Cartwright’s board jungle party on Pinterest.  

Lizard embroidery

i have been working on some new embroidery designs and also wanted to try stitching them in more of a variety of stitched as I tend to just stick to back stitch. This aboriginal inspired lizard design I have sewn in chain stitch and work the spots in satin stitch.

Lizard embroidery

I am hoping to work on a set of these and will put the designs in my Etsy shop soon.

Lizard embroidery

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