Screen Printing Day Out.

Posted On July 23, 2014| Leave a reply

Ages ago one of my friends suggested we signed up for a day course in Screen Printing at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.  Run in conjunction with Kent Adult Education and the Mondrian exhibition.

Installation view of Mondrian and Colour at Turner Contemporary

Screen printing is something I have often wondered about but been put off at the thought of having to invest in loads of equipment and unsure of the processes involved.  This was a great introductory course and has definitely inspired me to take it up further and perhaps try and incorporate it into my ABC bags.

After a brief introduction into the day’s programme we started off with a tour of the Mondrian exhibition.  This I found very interesting, I hadn’t before now seen any of his earlier work.  Mondrian is primarily known and appreciated for his later work which in real life has far more depth than the pictures we see in books and magazines.

Using his work and the idea of blocks and colours we used this as inspiration for our piece of artwork.  I decided to use the window out onto the sea as the basis for my piece.  I loved the subtle changes in colour against the stark window frames.  As the day went on the colours changed and turned from a dull grey to a bright blue.

Margate-1Margate-2Margate-3 I was surprised at how easy and effective the results can be.  I am really pleased with my view out onto the English Channel.  I loved the way that you can create repeat images with relative ease without the need for loads of fancy kit.  I learnt loads on the course and will definitely be keeping a close eye on future courses run at the Turner Contemporary.   Recently they held a lino print course which I would loved to have done and there is lots coming up in the future.

I discovered loads of new local artists and artists groups which I am determined to check out in more depth.  Go check them out they are great and very inspirational. Zoe Murphy has the most amazing screen printed furniture |Hello Print Studio | Lino Cut Boy & Block Colour.



Weekly Menu

Posted On July 21, 2014| Leave a reply

I did put together a menu for last week but I was just really slack at uploading it so this week you have two weeks in one.

Last week was a bit of a strange week.  It is almost like we have gone into wind down mode ready for the holidays.  Amelie is exhausted after school and so trying to get the timings right is enough in itself.

M-P 14-20 June

You can get last weeks menu here.

This week things have been totally thrown up in the air as we have lots going on.  I am out several nights this week, Mike is out all week helping at a National Sailing event and,  it’s the end of term.  So I have put together a very loose menu plan this week, how much of it we will stick to is anyone’s guess.  This week however I have taken some inspiration from Capture by Lucy.  (Her blog is amazing so if you haven’t checked her out it is definitely worth the read.)  She has a great post on picnic ideas for kids which is just what I am after for this week.



This week I have taken inspiration from Annabel Karmel Lunchboxes & Fay Ripley’s Fay’s Family Food.  Her “Mother of all sandwiches is AMAZING!”

M-P 21-27 July



End of Term Thank you Gifts

Posted On July 14, 2014| Leave a reply

Its coming towards the end of the school year and the usual question of whether or not to buy an end of year gift for your child’s teacher.  I personally think that this is a bit of a tricky one.  I remember my Mum always brought the teacher an end of year gift so I suppose I have just followed suit.  What do you buy a teacher?  If you are like me in previous years this is something I would have thought about on the last day of term.  This year however I have got my act together.   I quite like the idea of the personalised touch so I came up with these  Pencil Case’s and Thank You Bags.


There are so many great ideas out there for cheap, but cute end of year teacher gifts.  This is an idea I came across on pinterest and I  am definitely thinking of doing.  You wouldn’t have to use an opi nail varnish you could go for a Sally  Hansen (my new nail varnish of choice at the moment) or Barry M instead.


Here is another inexpensive idea I just grabbed from pinterest.  I love the idea of the painted plant pot.

Teacher Thank You Gift - Our Family Journey or a great end of year gift from my students  to our classroom volunteers

Thank You Teacher Spoon

I also love this Thank You Teacher Spoon from Auntie Mims.

You can check out all of my thank you teacher ideas on my pinterest board.  Do you buy end of term teachers gifts?