Friday, 18 May 2012

We all scream for ice cream!

I have been so busy these last couple of weeks, but it's only now as I sit down to write a blog post that I realised how much I have managed to get done (all for the Contemporary Craft Fair in 4 weeks time!)

I am starting to see cottages in my sleep!

I have my own model village in my studio!

This terrace fits nicely into a display hole in our lounge!

And an idea I had just this's a pub! Maybe called The Ship...

The sign is made from a tiny print of a painting by my favourite artist Alfred Wallis. I used sellotape over both sides to make it sturdier and to stick it onto the overhead nail.

I was lucky enough to find this perfect little bit of wood at the beach earlier in the week. It really didn't take much effort to turn it into a little boat. Less is sometimes more, don't you know?!

Do you recall the washed-up boat we discovered back here? We are still finding pieces from it on different beaches along the south coast of Cornwall. I decided to use this large piece (quite clearly part of a boat) for the basis of this large piece of work.

It has the same "slipway" as other bits I have used previously..

I love the subtle hues in the paintwork...and the crackleglaze makes it look like stonework.

I scratched a couple of ladders into the varnished section to break it up a little.

I also started experimenting with some text! I bought some metal letter stamps ages ago, but didn't really know at the time what I would use them for.

You may need to click on the above image to read the words!

"Promenade" is closely based on Preston seafront where 61A is located!

And lastly, a little driftwood terrace which takes its title from a Madness song!

Phew, I feel exhausted!! I may take the weekend off. I hope you have a great time, whatever you are doing!


  1. a deserved weekend of - these are fab!

  2. Hello Kirsty, where can I buy one of your lovely driftwood sculptures from please?! I've been following your blog for ages and have decided I would so love one with a washing line!! Best wishes Sally xx

    1. Hi Sally, I would be happy to make one for you, can you email me please (link top right) x

  3. Your little houses are so gorgeous I love them all so much I think I'd like a little village on my shelf!

  4. love your talent! so happy there are blogs like yours.

  5. Lovely to see your latest and beautiful art pieces. You deserve a weekend off.
    Anne xx

  6. Are you the mayor of your little village? Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Phew! what a lot of houses!
    I think you next 'pub' should be called the 'Jolly Sailor'.
    And yes, take the weekend off Kirsty, you deserve it! Maybe have an ice cream?

    Sandie xx

  8. They are so lovely. Such talent you have. Liz xx

  9. I would so live to live in your little village any one of those houses would be "right up my street"!! You're so talented to see such wonderful "things" out of pieces of driftwood. Have a lovely weekend, lucey x

  10. Absolutely brilliant Kirsty! Goodluck for the fair.

  11. Love each and every photo here. Your sculptures are amazing. Hope your fair goes well.

  12. Delightful cottages & boats. I'd like to buy one of your pieces are they all destined for the fair ?

  13. I follow your blog via Attic 24 - your work is fantastic! I just wanted to say that I think the addition of the wording to your later pieces is absolutely inspired!

    Carol x

  14. I adore your little buildings and boats. They would be so at home in our little beach house here in Australia.
    I love Cornwall.

  15. Your work is so beautiful. It makes me smile jayne x

  16. Oh my word! I have never seen anything as charmingly delightful as your little cottages. They strike a cord in my heart. They are like being in a little fairy tale. You simply have an amazingly creative mind. I am so happy that I found your blog. I think I may just be in love. WOW, what an enchanting site. I am your newest follower #642. Now I know you are busy, but please accept my warm and humble invitation to visit and hopefully to follow me, too. Connie :)

  17. Love your work, I live in Oakville Canada and I am never lucky enough to fine ANY washed up-bits on our Lake Ontario. But I did think of a great idea for your stairs..use bakes twine or unbleached white string and hand tie some rope stairs..not sure I am explaining my idea, when I manage to make some I will send a pic. ttbfn,

  18. Your little houses are awesome and the words just make them even better. One day I hope to find some in the shop, ready to ship over the seas to here in New Zealand.

    Julie Q

  19. You are a bloody creative genius !!!!!!!!!!!! You just get better and better....what a joy to follow you !!