2 Days till the big event.

It’s just 2 days until the King’s Hall Market in Stoke on Trent. Over 50 stalls will be selling a variety of wares much of which is hand crafted. There are lots of unusual items that you won’t find on the high street – great gifts for the hard to buy for. There is also a cafe and other food outlets. i’m looking forward to my cheesy North Staffordshire Oatcakes πŸ™‚

All the details are below.

Have a great weekend and happy Creating πŸ™‚

King's Hall Market, September 18th
King’s Hall Market, September 18th


Watercolour Hedgehog

This is a new painting which will be added to my shop shortly. I love painting with blues and purples but usually end up with quite a wintry scene as they create a cool combination. This time I decided to go for a night time scene with this little hedgehog stopping off for a drink. It will be in my shop very soon πŸ™‚

FREE signed print of any art from my shop.


This is your chance to get a free signed print of your choice of artwork from my shop.

Take a look around the shop and see if there is anything you would like for yourself or to give as a gift.

To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is sign up for the newsletter in the box at the side of this page and share this blog on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

All names will go into the draw to choose a winner.

All names will get a money off voucher to spend in the shop.

On top of that you will get our monthly newsletter with news, hints and tips on creative activities. Watch out for some fantastic guest spots as well as links to great places for art and craft on the net.

Happy Creating,

Janice πŸ™‚

7 Day Update

It is now 7 days since I started this blog. I’m not sure how many people have read it as I haven’t installed a counter yet. Typically, the first comment I got was spam so I hastily added a plugin to deal with that and deleted the comments already there. It only took a couple of minutes to set up and deletes obvious spam before I even see it. Spam was a problem on my gallery site guestbook too. In the end I took that down so hopefully this plugin will be a solution on here.

As for Artfinder, that is continuing along with a few likes and views each day. Having set it up in April, it has a head start on my own shop and a ready visitor list. To get the best out of the site I need to try and get on their featured artist page. For that, I need to improve one or two things – include views of my paintings in a setting, add a picture of myself etc. Extra views would be useful for on here too and will be a priority over the next couple of weeks.

Puffins on Parade, pencil on paper
Puffins on Parade, pencil on paper.

The picture above is a recent work in Derwent Soft pencil. I really enjoyed the puffins at Farne Island with their comical antics and features. It always looks to me as if something is about to go really wrong.

I will be adding it to both Artfinder and my shop today.

Happy creating,

Janice πŸ™‚