Sunday, 13 September 2015

Happy Roald Dahl Day!!!

Today would have been Roald Dahl's 99th birthday and to celebrate the Roald Dahl museum have a host of activities taking place during the month of September. However if you can't get down to the museum, you could always download this fab activity pack and have your own crafty celebration!

During the summer holidays we took a trip to Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire to visit the museum. Little and big alike, we all loved it and had a terrific time learning all about Roald Dahl. A highlight for the little ones was getting to sit in a chair just like the one Roald Dahl used to sit in to write his stories.

 A wall of chocolate...

Sitting on the crocodile bench...

Oliver discovered he was as tall as Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate factory...


Sunday, 7 June 2015

Growing up so quickly!

Here is little Louis in his nursery with some of Grandpa's books. 

Time seems to be flying by as he is 9 months already! It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that he was this little...

Monday, 9 March 2015

A Kaleidoscope of Colours...

I have always been interested in colour. I have a very vivid memory of visiting an art exhibition in France as a child. Part of the exhibition saw an area of the gallery floor covered in a deep blue pigment. It was incredibly tempting to jump right in and see the colour explode across the white walls, but (thankfully for my parents!) I managed to refrain from turning the exhibition into an interactive one!

Research has shown that colours affect your mood, behaviour and stress levels. It suggests that we should set our desktop colours to green as this is the most restful colour for our eyes and produces the least amount of eye strain.

And, who knew that colour can also help in the reduction of crime? In 2000, Glasgow installed blue street lighting in certain neighbourhoods and found a reduction in crime in these areas. Powerful stuff!

A while back I read this book all about the history of colour and how paints came to be invented, traded and used.

It seems that we have been fascinated in creating and mixing colours for hundreds of years.

I came across this article about a Dutch artist who in 1692 wrote and painted a comprehensive guide about the use of colour and how to create certain hues. I love the colour combinations and may have to use them as inspiration for our next set of prints - watch this space...!