Bargain Bounty!

I popped into the British Heart Foundation shop yesterday & picked this little lot up for £11! Bargain!
The Water Babies was one of my favourite films when I was a child but I’ve never read the book. 
An illustrated version of The Twits by Roald Dahl? Yes please!
The RSPB book of birds is lovely and will come in very useful as I can now practise drawing birds realistically.
Cider With Rosie I read at school and remember really enjoying it so when I spotted this copy for £1 I couldn’t leave it sat on the shelf!
The McCalls Sewing book literally has everything you need to know in it! Plus some rather adorable illustrations which of course I’m going to have a go at drawing myself. 
Last but not least is the General Science book first printed in 1937 and reprinted in 1938. I’m fairly certain that a few of the scientific theories in here are now deemed incorrect but it has some beautiful illustrations in it so I thought it was worth it’s £3 price tag. It even has exam questions in the back!

The carrot illustration I’ve done from the General Science book. I’m sure when they printed it over 70 years ago this isn’t quite what they had in mind but at least I’m still learning something!

Hugs, Caz x

PS. If you’re on the hunt for Christmas decorations the British Heart Foundation shops are selling some quite adorable (new) ornaments this year!


Flora & Fauna #4

I do appear to have developed a borderline obsession with flora & fauna recently. You may recall that I signed up for a botanical illustration course but it got cancelled so now I’m teaching myself. The beautiful Blue Tit jug above is the work of Julia Smith, a ceramics artist who lives in Inverness.
Melissa’s blog Tiny Happy  is one of my favourite blogs because she always shares sketches & embroidery that she’s done inspired by the beautiful environment around her.
Isn’t this room beautifully styled? May have to steal their idea! (click pic for source)


Beautiful botany preservation. I’ve got some framed dried flowers at home… I’ll have to take a picture to show you. It’s even got a sticker on the back with the name of the lady who made it!

I love this beautiful altered art book, gorgeous. (Found here)

Know any flora & fauna or botany gems I should know about? Please share if you do!


Five Images

I’ve been wanting to post this picture for ages….. I have no idea where I found it but I absolutely love how it represents the food chain, so clever.


My dad emailed this photo… how cute?!

(Source)
Love the raccoon!

Beautiful… love the colours particularly.

(Source – same Tumblr as above)
How awesome is this illustration? Makes me think of Winter… which in my opinion has definitely arrived here in the UK!




Introducing… Mari Kubota

Isn’t her work absolutely stunning? I love the use of colour & her paintings are just.. ethereal.

I think my favourite is actually the third one down although I love how vibrant the first one is!

Find out more about Mari here.

Foodie Friday

Click the pictures to follow the links. I love food illustration. It’s something I’d like to have a go at soon.

Flora, Fashion & Fish!

On Friday whilst I was out & about I decided to pop in to Oxfam & check out their books section on the off chance that I might find a well-illustrated children’s book. What I walked out with were three beautifully illustrated books… Fashion Illustration, The Fresh & Salt Water Fish of the World & The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

The three books totalled £15 & I’ll be using them for inspiration & to practise my drawing skills. The Edwardian diary is amazing. It is the publication of a lady called Edith Holden from the year 1905! It’s her written, drawn & painted observations of the surrounding nature during that year. Sadly some of the species she describes are rarely seen in England any more.

Whilst out thrifting I also bought myself a maxi skirt for a £5 which I’ll be donning as soon as it stops raining again!

DB & I found out yesterday that we can hire a houseboat next week Wednesday to Friday & we’re very excited! I’ve never been out on one before despite living next to a canal lock for 8 months.As DB texted me ‘It should be an awesome adventure!’





Turquoise

What can I say, I fancied a change from pink!

Love the bowl, it would look so pretty by my bedside table, maybe storing all my jewellery & hair bands.
LOVE this illustration.
How gorgeous is this necklace? I love it!
Turquoise doughnuts? Yes please! 
Love this necklace too. The designer is a graphic designer you should check out her shop. (link below).
I really really want this apron!
Couldn’t resist posting this bunny picture!
How awesome are these leg warmers?! Gorgeous.
Loving the seventies vibe of this picture.
This is Stef. She is partly responsible for the previous picture. She & her friend Erin run a mobile vintage shop & blog. It’s my new favourite read!
Work & life in general have been quite busy busy busy these last few days so my beloved laptop has been skulking in a corner! My summer project for my Art course came through, I have all necessary components to start work on the bridal necklace I’ve got to make, Drummer Boy had another gig, we had his daughter, A, over the weekend & now I’m off for a hen-do!
All very hectic but I’ll attempt to touch base & should have some great hen-do photos for you next week!

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