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Archive for June, 2012

A new design….

Unique surface pattern design by Claire Smillie


Today I just wanna….


draw feathers….allllll day.

Inspired by Fringe Arts Bath 2012

Coming up three weeks ago now (goodness how does the time fly!?) it was my birthday and for various reasons, this turned out to be a .hard. .hard. day. So in a bid to cheer me up, my husband took me out for the day, just to the city of Bath an hour down the road. We had no plan….except knowing we had to be back in time to pick the kids up.

Art by Ella Robinson

We parked up and just starting wandering around the wonderful city and then we stumbled across one of the empty shops in the city centre and saw it had been lent out as part of an Arts Exhibition for Fringe Arts Bath. We thought we’d have a nosey to help pass the time and wow, I am so glad we did as it was THE BEST bit of the day.

I came out of there feeling so inspired by the wonderful work we had just seen…..we even had to go back a second time to take lots of pictures and share with you guys!

We spent so much time there, that we went to order some lunch after coming out, looked at the clock and realised we needed to *dart* back to the car to get home in time, so we had to cancel that lunch order! But boy, seeing all this wonderful art made it completely worth missing lunch!

There was so much I wanted to show you and I wish you could have seen it all for yourself as the pictures really don’t do it justice! Big thanks though to Hubby who ‘played photographer’! (I think he secretly enjoyed the role!)

The photos in this post are just *some* of the work that inspired me from the exhibition…..but there was sooo much more!

Unfortunatly, I do not have the contact details for all the respective artists or links to them as I do not know myself. So if you are one of the artists or know of them, link me up…I’d LOVE to see more of their work and give them the credit they quite rightly deserve ūüôā

Although the exhibition is no longer on, you can check out Fringe Bath Arts website here : http://www.fringeartsbath.co.uk

Three flowers

Did you see my new design over at society6?

Totally loving the i-phone case…the perfect accessory for all these summer days we’re gonna have!

Letting Go


Layer one…….letting go….leaving behind those preconceptions…..moving forward without a plan…playing…..experimenting….been happy.

Family bloghop

I am so excited to be joining in with the lovely Margies family bloghop this month. Margie has been running this fantastic bloghop for a few months now and I have admired it from afar,¬† as I absolutely love the idea and look who’s taking part this month….MOI!¬† Thankyou so much Margie for having me and a big welcome to all you new readers!!! Just one thing you need to know about me…I love to talk ….so comments totally *make* my day and I am a BIG fan of twitter so follow mee!

The idea behind the bloghop is to post a picture of YOU with your family, as typically us scrapbookers are the one’s taking the pictures and are always missed out the shot!

So, after what was probably close to a million attempts, here is ours! This was one that I was determined to nail using the self timer on my camera inspired by the shots Karen Russell often shows on her blog….she has the most PERFECT knack of capturing¬† everyday shots.

You wouldn’t believe how many shots it took to get to this and it is still far from perfect!!

Here is the complete listing of all the others taking part in todays hop, if you haven’t already then you must pay them a visit…they have some wonderful photos and I am already feeling inspired for next months picture!

Margie   Р     http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog

Carol Anne  Р  http://www.scrappingthoughts.com

Monica    Р    http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com

Jo       Р     http://www.mrsbeee.blogspot.com

Ruth     Р     http://www.chattycraftyartypig.blogspot.com

Jill     Р     http://jillconyers.com

Claire¬†¬†¬† –¬† ¬†¬† http://www.clairesmillie.wordpress.com

As you can see, I am the last blog for you to visit on this months hop, but before you log off make sure you complete the full circle and head back to Margie’s wonderful blog if you haven’t already…..did you notice she has a GREAT giveaway from Ella Publishing to win a photography ebook. Jeez, I could sooo do with winning that! Still not quite rockin those shots.

Before you go, if you haven’t already make sure you check out the Passion4Pattern bloghop that started from here on Saturday! It was sooo much fun. I joined together, with over 20 surface pattern designers to showcase some fabulous design’s……… think i’ve got a little thing for all this bloghopping now!

Passion for Pattern Bloghop!

A HUGE welcome to the very first ‘Passion for Pattern’ Bloghop where we will be showcasing some amazing designs from over 20 unique surface pattern designers! The designs on this post are just a small selection of my designs, you can find lots more of my work on my website www.clairesmillie.com

So many people have been asking me, in the last few days ‘What is a bloghop?’

Well, it’s simple!

To make a start, all you have to do is to read this post and click the link to take you to the next designer, who is the wonderful Veronica. Once you have read her post, just click on the link within her post to be taken to the world of the next designer! Continue to follow through the hop reading each post and clicking on each link, until you reach Njeri Designs who marks the end of our hop today.

See, I told you….it really couldn’t be simpler! There are some wonderful designs in a range of styles for you to see….. this is going to be such an inspirational day!

Just incase you get ‘lost’ along your way or want to take a break during the hop, here is the complete listing of the blog’s taking part today!

Running Order of Blogs

Claire Smillie – http://www.clairesmillie.wordpress.com

Veronica Galbraith – http://www.pitter-pattern.com

Femi Ford – http://www.femiford.com/blog

Jacqueline Auvigne – http://www.jacquelineauvigne.com

Rosa Martinez – http://believecreativestudio.blogspot.nl

Evelyn Cassoli – http://www.evelyncassoli.com

Bethania Lima –¬† http://www.bethanialimapatternlove.blogspot.com

Miranda Mol – http://www.mirandamol.blogspot.nl

Eva Marion – http://www.eva-marion-seyffarth.blogspot.de

Jolene Heckman – http://www.joleneheckman.blogspot.com

Schatzi Brown – http://www.schatzibrown.wordpress.com

Eva Carlavilla – http://www.eva-carlavilla.com

Justine Aldersey-Williams – http://www.justinecreates.blogspot.co.uk

Emine Ortega – http://www.emineortega.blogspot.com

Jacqueline van Roosmalen – http://www.colourbookstudio.wordpress.com

Diane Rooney – http://www.diane-rooney.blogspot.co.uk

Leslie Doughty – http://www.lesliedoughty.com

Anna Berger – http://www.designannaberger.wordpress.com

Sayonee Design – http://www.saminkdesign.blogspot.co.uk

Sandee Hjorth – http://www.beautifullivingblog.blogspot.co.nz

Nicola Griffiths – http://www.pikadoodles.com

Tammie Bennett – http://www.tam-me.com

Mel Smith – http://www.melsmithdesigns.blogspot.co.uk

Michelle Drew – http://www.patternandco.com

Lauren Britchford – http://www.laurenbritchford.blogspot.com

Njeri Designs – http://virginiakamau.blogspot.co.uk

A big thankyou to all the designers who have supported this hop and taken part to celebrate the wonderful world of Surface Pattern Design. I am honored to have each of you share your fabulous designs with us and let us take a little peek inside your world!

Don’t forget to leave comments on the blogs you visit and link us up to your blog if you have one….we’d love to hear from you!

Now click here to go to the next blog & enjoy the hop!!!!