The Return Of Lino!

Happy Sunday morning! How are you doing today?

I was up with the lark this morning. It's a bright sunny affair here, the birds are having a jolly good singsong, and I find it hard to stay in bed when spring is urging me forward.

I have a half-day off until I go and paint the Big Wendy House, as I think of it. It's going to be a new gift shop for a farm attraction, so as well as the fun of climbing in and out of the windows with my ladder (strangely liberating!) I get to spend my break admiring baby goats, sitting with the piglets or guinea pigs, or talking to the barn owls. It's really quite a nice office, and it's very hard for life to get on top of you when your woodstaining is accompanied by a wolf whistling parrot :) I've only put my foot in wet cement once. Oops...

Yesterday I was back in the saddle teaching my own workshops, and it was really wonderful. There is something life-affirming in helping people do new things. I enjoy it immensely. If you didn't catch my post on Insta or Facebook, this is how they go on.

Even with my cautions about tackling very symmetrical or intricate designs first time around, they just went for it. I thought they did so well.

So what's next? I've been thinking about how I can help with the Ukraine situation. In my small way I want to use what I have at my disposal to contribute, and let the people of Ukraine feel my support.

I've decided to use my existing sunflower lino cut to produce cards in the colours of Ukraine, and forward all profits to IFAW, who support animals and their carers on the ground. The shelters that need food and medical supplies, the vets who need to chip and vaccinate animals so they can cross borders to safety, the people stood with animals on railway platforms endlessly waiting to escape.

The first run went pretty smoothly after a few tests, I don't normally worry about colours bleeding too much, in this case I was keen to keep the central overlap from getting too big and green. When I've finished writing to you, I'll be putting the cards up for sale and we'll see what happens.

I guess I'm off to the paint shop soon!

I hope you have a fabulous Sunday, whatever you're up to. Stay in touch and keep smiling!

Nic 🌻

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