Tuesday, August 27, 2013

fair & square

Just a heads up to let european customers know that I have just revised my shipping prices in the restless things shop today - apologies, it's long overdue! When I first started out on etsy some 6 years ago there wasn't an option for adding standard prices for the whole of europe so my shipping prices were just charged as 'everywhere else' and I would refund the difference. If you're in europe you can now see the exact cost of shipping, fair and square.


bank holiday weekend moments: a visitor to the studio, working on some drawings, watching bugs out of the window, hiding from the rain in my dilapidated old shed. how about you?

Friday, August 23, 2013


gather: small batch roasted vegetable chutney

this week some leftovers from my fridge inspired this chutney. i added some rapidly expiring roasted veggies with some fruity sauce to some cheese on toast and decided that a roast veg chutney would be the order of the day! in retrospect i think i would have used more of something else instead of the carrot but it's what i had to hand and it still tastes pretty good.

small batch roasted vegetable chutney 

245g red & yellow peppers
300 courgette
210g carrot
255g red & white onion
6 cloves garlic

- chop the veggies into chunks (not too small), drizzle with olive oil and roast until lightly browned with some crispy edges. leave to cool.

in a stainless steel pan mix together:
250g cooking apple (peeled & chopped)
250g green tomatoes (peeled & chopped)
180g mixed dried fruit (with peel)
250g soft brown sugar
300ml white wine (or cider) vinegar

season with:
2 sundried tomatoes
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground coriander seed
2 tsp mild chilli powder
1/2 tsp salt
40 crunches black pepper

- bring slowly to the boil and whilst it's heating chop up the cooled roasted veg into small pieces and add gradually

- simmer for 2.5-3 hours or until it reaches a consistency you like

- pack into sterilised jars, label and store for 6-8 weeks in a cool place before opening.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

burning silk, barely there

21st august: perturbed
burning on antique silk handkerchief

notes: making marks on some different surfaces, so delicate, so awkward and so barely there that it's hard to get some good photos of it!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

barren wasteland

i was lucky enough to get an allotment just a few paces from my small back garden, you can just see my house in the middle of this pic! i took it on in early 2012 - the year of torrential rain - and struggled to get on top of it until this year. my budget is tight and I have no spare cash to buy or hire fancy equipment; i've dug this densely weed covered space by hand and have broken 2 forks in the process! i'm now digging the final quarter of the plot which will include getting an overgrown raspberry patch under control. i just have to keep reminding myself that it's very nearly done...

my main plan for next year is to give a lot of room to annual and wild flowers for cutting. progress is underway and my potting area is currently awash with all kinds of young plants waiting to fill this almost barren wasteland!

here's my post with some pics from last year.

gardening seriously keeps me sane, i don't know where i would be without some soil to tend. if you're green fingered and have an outdoor space you'd like to share then feel free to leave a link :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

lost voice

19th august: patience
gouache on salvaged notebook page

notes: feeling like i've lost my voice for pretty much most of the year but now trying to make a concerted effort to get on with it or shelve this whole thing and move on. so, i'm starting simple.

freshly added to the shop today, you can find it here.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

caught up

hello out there, what can i say, i've been so caught up with gardening of late there's been barely a moment to spare. so much digging, planting, sowing and harvesting has been done and yet there is always more to do, it's another work in progress.