Thursday, 27 August 2015

Dreaming Days

The lure of the outdoors during the summer months pulls me away from the studio. There will be an increase in painting and creating throughout the autumn/winter/spring months.

With this in mind, the studio had a de-clutter and tidy. I have sorted through various unfinished craft projects. Donated some unwanted fabrics and trimmings to a local craft group. A few trips to donate clutter to charity shops. Sold some bits and bobs on eBay (to finance the purchasing of further clutter!). All in all, cleared the way for the new season/s ahead.






One of the (many) projects to complete was this Dreamcatcher. Legend has it that Dreamcatchers filter out all bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Created using a vintage crochet doily stretched and stitched over a wire hoop. Ribbon, lace, trimmings attached to hang from the bottom. Collected beads. Shells thrifted from beach travels. Cute buttons. Dreams ...

Find more crafting projects like this one, by visiting: Pinterest.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

REVIEW - My Little Gypset Box

Another month, another My Little Box. I was very excited when receiving the preview e-mail on this one as it implied the box was festival themed.

So, here we go ... what's in the box? The September box (spoiler alert!) is the Gypset Box.

GYPSET - (adj.) Someone with a passionate soul, an adventurous mind and bohemian nature. 





This is deffo my fave box so far. As soon as I heard My Little Box were collaborating with Antik Batik, I knew it would be a good month. The boho print bucket bag is fabulous. Lovely design by Antik Batik. I wouldn't suggest carrying anything valuable in it. No secure pockets inside and just a drawstring closure. Super cute for beach/festival to stash a few beauty essentials though. Also adore the hair tie bracelets. I am mad about friendship bracelets to was very happy to receive these multi purpose bands. Another lovely inspiration card too.

Cute MLB drawstring bag, containing three beauty items. No nail polish this month. Result! Korres Bergamont Pear Body Milk which smells delicious. So Susan Colour Hybrid Lipgloss in a bright red shade. Too vibrant for me but looks a nice product. Also a My Little Beauty bronzer compact (not shown). I'm no fan of bronzer and a friend claimed it before I had the chance to photograph the box!

Looking forward to the October box, I wonder what the next theme will be?

For more information or to subscribe to My Little Box please visit: www.mylittlebox.co.uk

Monday, 10 August 2015

Current Exhibition - Art in the Boardroom

I am currently exhibiting my work alongside Vintage Vinyl at 'Art in the Boardroom', Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AT. Exhibition includes my ethereal rural and coastal landscape paintings and Vintage Vinyl's upcycled gifts.

 20% of sales will be donated to charity. Exhibition runs until the end of September 2015.

Andrea Farmer Art

Andrea Farmer Art

Andrea Farmer Art

Andrea Farmer Art

Vintage Vinyl

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

REVIEW - My Little Road Trip Box

My Little Box is a monthly subscription service, that promises to bring an element of surprise to your life. It seems a long month waiting for my next box to arrive - and hoping that I am going to love the contents. I've also made a point of avoiding beauty blogs around delivery time so any reviews can't spoil my surprise. On this basis, I won't be reviewing my received box until after the 20th of each month.

So, here we go ... what's in the box? The August box (spoiler alert!) is the Road Trip Box.


Firstly, I like the August box more than the June French Riviera Box. Love, love, LOVE the beautifully illustrated PVC travel organiser, designed by in-house illustrator, Kanako. Such a cool and practical idea. I will deffo use this on my travels. Also, pleased to receive travel size Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. This is lovely stuff and suits my combination skin. Postcard/note book, envelope and seal is a cute idea. Complete on your travels and post to yourself or another. Another lovely inspiration card too. Once I worked out the pen wasn't any old Bic biro but a Bic crystal stylus I appreciated its duel use.

Another cute drawstring bag, containing three beauty items. Not impressed to receive another nail polish this month, despite it being by Essie. I also already have that exact Essie shade. Bah! Gold temporary tattoo are a nice design, but are everywhere this summer, so nothing new. My Little Beauty (in-house brand) body sorbet smells delicious, but I would have preferred at shampoo/conditioner or body wash to moisturiser. I barely glanced at My Little World magazine and its fold out design is impractical. I also can't think of what to do with the huge poster image on the reverse side when you have opened it out (except use it as wrapping paper maybe??).

 All in all, a decent box this month with some useful items.

For more information or to subscribe to My Little Box please visit: www.mylittlebox.co.uk

Monday, 20 July 2015

The National Flower Show, Chelmsford, Essex

Spent Saturday with friends at The National Flower Show, Hylands House and Estate, Chelmsford, Essex. Great weather, gorgeous flowers, plants, art, craft, food and bargains galore ... plus Joe Swift!

















Wednesday, 8 July 2015