My Dog Walking Guide Book goes to 2nd Edition

Dog Walking Guide Book

My Dog Walking Guide Book for Buckinghamshire is now going to its second edition. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy.

I am busy checking some of the walks and making sure the pubs and cafes mentioned in the book are all still dog friendly – its a hard life!

Don’t forget the book makes a great present for other dog lovers… there are now 14 books in the series covering dog walks in Somerset, Yorkshire Dales, Shropshire,  Essex, Kent, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire & Peak District, Cheshire, Bristol & Bath, North Yorkshire, Hampshire & New Forest and Surrey.

Buy them online from amazon or from the publisher Countryside Books

Happy walking everyone.

Pattern & Print Exhibition at Jam Factory

My Canine Wisdom prints are currently part of the Travelling Tube’s Pattern & Print exhibition  on display at the ultra cool Jam Factory in Oxford, England (Jan -April 2013)

jam factory oxford
The Jam Factory is Frank Cooper’s old marmalade factory and is now a favourite destination for fresh food lovers and art enthusiasts in the historical city of Oxford.
Pattern & Print Exhibition
The Travelling Tube Gallery is the inspiration of curator Clare Eguchi and her Pattern & Print show is a touring exhibition which brings together a diverse group of nationally renowned artists displaying their latest works in the medium of print, from screen print to linocut, letterpress, and dry point. I am excited to be part of it.

Custom Pewter Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

I have finally finished my kitchen. It was a long slog of sanding and painting but I am very happy with the result.

hand painted painted kitchen

The worst bit was re-aataching the cupboard doors after they had been painted. Suffice to say that I never want to see another kitchen cabinet hinge again! Whilst witnessing my sighs and mutterings (as I tried to get all the doors straight by adjusting one of three mysterious screws in each hinge) my husband helpfully suggested we ‘get a man in’. He is, of course a man himself, but although he has many talents, adjusting kitchen cabinet hinges isn’t one of them! I had got this far without ‘getting a man in’ and I wasn’t about to give up at the last hurdle.

farrow and ball painted kitchen

The cabinets were refinished in Farrow & Ball’s Bone – a lovely restful colour that is neither grey nor green.

I created some custom pewter knobs for the cupboard doors – each with a tiny pen & ink drawing, in the style of a victorian engraving, of animals, curios and household bits and pieces.

custom kitchen door knobs

Here are the whole set – all 21 of them!

bespoke pewter door pulspewter kitchen door knobcustom door pulls

If you are interested in finding out more about how I made them… read on!

pewter cupboard knob

I started with some customisable pewter knobs from The Crafty Store on Etsy. They have a flat recessed face that will accept a 25mm circular paper insert. This was covered with a glass cabochons (25mm domed discs of glass) which fit over the top of the paper insert to protect, and magnify, it.

mod podge

I also needed a 25mm circular punch, some of the wonderfully named Mod Podge (to seal the drawings) and Diamond Glaze (to glue it all together)

I drew the little pictures onto circles cut from wallpaper samples using my Rotring technical pens.

wallpaper samples

Here are some of them (I didnt use the letters in the end)!

pen and ink drawings

Each paper disc then had to be sealed with several coats of Mod Podge to prevent the colours from running or reacting with the metal. The inside of the pewter knobs were also sealed as sometimes the metal can cause discolouration. I then glued each paper disc to the flat side of the glass cabochon using a drop of Diamond Glaze. When it was dry the glass cabochon with the paper disc attached was glued into the pewter knob.

I had a lot of fun experimenting with different inserts…

custom cabinet knob ideas

I love some of the simple graphics – numbers and letters and the maps… but for my kitchen project I stuck with the pen & ink drawings as they complimented the look I was after.

set of custom pewter knobs

Time consuming but lots of fun!

So it is done at last and the tools are back where they belong – in the garage!

Now back to some printmaking!

New Canine Wisdom Mugs and Kitchen Towels

I have been busy creating designs for mugs and kitchen towels from my Canine Wisdom prints. They have at last come to fruition are on sale in the UK (mugs) and the USA (mugs and towels).

Rather confusingly the mugs are a different design in the UK and USA – this was because the companies involved each had their own ideas what would work best in their markets – and it wasn’t the same! Nevertheless, all the mugs feature the original dog secrets for happiness from my lino-prints.

Here they are  – nicely accessorized with a 12 week old Parsons Jack Russell – you can imagine the fun we had on that photo shoot!

Canine Wisdom Mugs

These are the USA mugs (above). There are 3 ceramic mugs in the set. They are a nice 15oz size and are dishwasher and microwave safe. They cost $14.99 from Kitchen Giftz (free shipping to USA/48).

Canine Wisdom Mugs UK

Set of Canine Wisdom Mugs

These are the UK mugs (above). There are 6 in the set in a colourful mix of navy, red, teal and spring green. They are made in Scotland from bone china and are available in 2 sizes (Standard £8.50 and Large £11.00) from McLaggan Smith Mugs. There is even the option to personalize them on the handle!

Canine Wisdom Kitchen Towels

These are the kitchen towels – only available in the USA. They are made in the USA of pure cotton and are generously sized at 18″ x 32″. Beautifully absorbent and lint free, you can get your hands on them at Kitchen Giftz where they cost $11.50 (free shipping to USA/48).

I hope they’ll make a delightful addition to any dog lover’s kitchen. They would also make the perfect gift for your dog loving friends and family. Let me know what you think.