Category Archives: My Designs

Baloo and … surprise Bob

Bob-and-Baloo

For sometime now my wife has been hinting that we ought to get another cat. So, for her birthday this year I decided to give in and get her favourite,  a British Blue kitten. This proved a little bit more difficult than I thought in February and we had to wait until  the kitten was twelve weeks before we could collect him (Sometime after Helen’s birthday).

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Anyway, the day came when we could go and collect the new kitten, unfortunately I wasn’t around that day so Helen said she was happy to pick up ‘Baloo’ on her own. I had already made a new Pebble Story of Squeak and Baloo bee watching, and I was quite surprised that Helen didn’t really take to it…. hmmmm.

baloo

So I get back home and there he is, Baloo the mini Blue Bear Cub… Yes that Baloo.

‘I’ll just put the cat carrier away shall I ?’ I said.

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The cat carrier wasn’t empty… meet ‘Bob’ (Another British Blue)

I need to update the Pebble Story… lol.

 

 

The Shabby Pair

shabby-pair

I’ve been asked quite few times if I put my stories into any other frames. While we love the look and feel of the standard frames, I do agree that they may be a little bit modern for some walls.

So, in the spirit of adventure I’ve produced some upcycled frames from some pictures I bought at my local British Red Cross. Luckily my dad is a bit of an expert at this sort of thing so I got my hands on all the top notch paints and waxes etc. The process takes quite a while, but it is fun and you get quite a thrill when you see the finished transformation.

great-oak

Once I’d ‘shabbied’ the frames I needed to decide what stories to put in them. It was quite nice to have an unusual shape and I eventually decided on ‘The Great Oak’ and ‘The Swing’. I saw the tall thin space and immediately started thinking about Dali and of all things ..Dr Seuss.

swing

The ‘Shabby Pair’ are a complete one-off, so unfortunately they won’t be available to buy online. They will be available at the next show I attend which is  Abergavenny Market on the 9th May. I expect them to go quite quickly, so if you’d like to reserve them please contact me.

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#croeso

croeso

#Croeso is the Welsh word for welcome; you’ll see it on road signs and peoples faces all over the country. We even have a song…

‘We’ll keep a welcome in the hillsides,
We’ll keep a welcome in the Vales.
This land you knew will still be singing,
When you come home again to Wales.’

croeso

This piece is inspired by the place I usually utter the word. If you arrive at our home, you’ll always be made very welcome, more so if you bring a bottle.

croeso

My wife will tell you that I have a ‘thing’ about front doors. I think it’s an important place so the door needs to reflect that. For me it has to be wood, in a traditional style and preferably in a bold colour. I actually have a mantra..’Entering ones home should not resemble entering a cabin on a submarine’.. Lol

I will be making a small run of #croeso, if you’d like to reserve one please contact me.

#Wedding Day

wedding

We have been having a great time at the shows and events recently, It’s been wonderful to get the feedback from fellow pebble lovers. I’ve had quite a few people asking me if I make wedding stories and if I can personalise them.

I’m starting to like requests, here’s the first view of #ourwedding.

wedding

This one is dedicated to my wife Helen…

wedding

#ourwedding will be personalised for the bride and groom and is commissioned especially for you,   if you would  like me to create one for you please contact me here or via the facebook page.

 

 

#claytons

claytons

Claytons

I have taken a small departure from my pebble stories today.  A good friend of mine asked me to create a piece for him and his family, eek a commission with little or nothing to go on!

Helen and I have known the Claytons ever since we were in school, we’ve seen each other get married, buy a first home and have kids. I have hundreds of memories and most likely a photograph to go with each.

claytonsI found this old photograph while looking for a  pictures for the post, I really like it. 

So, when I was asked to design a story around their family I almost immediately began to picture an outdoorsy day with the two  boys up to mischief with their parents hollering ‘be careful!”

The scene is a river bank with crossing stones, the boys are unable to resist crossing via the tips of the rocks. Mum and dad holler…

claytons

 

Sorry, but #claytons is a commission, so will not be available in the online store or at events.

#theflowercontest

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The Flower Contest

What is it about Sunflowers? Like the smell of freshly cut grass or even Seahorses, they  seem to have that unique ability to be liked by all. I have some very fond memories that have Sunflowers as the focal centrepiece.

While not depicted here, one of my favourites is a weekend break my wife and I took in the Cotswolds. We were staying in a lovely village called Moreton on Marsh,  and while exploring the area we drove past a field full of sunflowers. I  had to stop to take a closer look, so grabbed my Lomo LC-A camera and took a stroll in the field. A single sunflower is something, but walking beneath thousands is something else entirely. If you ever get the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it.

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So, what’s the story?

When my wife and I moved home from London, we bought a modest family home with a small garden. I found out that an old school friend (Mr Bohemian) lived in the opposite house and we would often spend some wine fuelled evenings putting the world to rights.

On one such evening, Mr Bohemian was banging on about his gardening skills (Neither of us have green fingers), so  I suggested a contest to see who could grow the tallest Sunflower. Not one to do anything half hearted, I took the contest quite seriously. I planted the seedling in an enormous pot complete with the largest water tray imaginable, I used lashings of plant food I even moved the plant around the garden during the day to maximise the sunlight.

Needless to say I won the contest, but now whenever I see a lone sunflower I think back to the summer where I dedicated too much time to a that Sunflower. All because I’d drunk too much wine!

white-1038

The piece comes in a black or white 10 inch (25cm) frame. The pebbles are handpicked from my favourite spot in Carmarthenshire Bay.

Every #theflowercontest is unique but will follow the story as shown in the images above. You can view pieces for sale on my online store

sunflower

#rendezvous

rendezvous

Rendezvous is reimagination of my teenage days where I’d meet up with my wife to be in the woods near my childhood home. It was pretty much your classic Romeo and Juliet situation,  although it is safe to say I’m no Romeo.

Rendezvous

The piece comes in a black or white 10 inch (25cm) frame. The pebbles are handpicked from my favourite spot in Carmarthenshire Bay.

Every #rendezvous is unique but will follow the story as shown in the images above. You can view pieces for sale on my online store.

#tweet

#tweet

On days when I’m picking or sorting pebbles, I seem to find unusual colours and textures. I love the way they stand out against the usual blues, reds and browns that are natural to my shoreline.

Seeing the variety of local and foreign pebbles reminded me of my time working in London. I come from a small coastal town in Wales, so on my first day walking in to a design studio brimming with people from all over the world came as a quite surprise.  Oh the parties!

#tweet

 

The piece comes in a black or white 10 inch (25cm) frame. The pebbles are handpicked from my favourite spot in Carmarthenshire Bay.

Every #tweet is unique but will follow the story as shown in the images above. You can view pieces for sale on my online store.

#swingseat

#swingseat

I’ve always loved the idea of a swing for two. When I was a child my parents had a canopy swing in the garden;  my brother, sister and I would swing on it all afternoon with my mother reminding us that it was not a toy…. great memories.

Now that I’m all grown up I still love the idea; and with plenty of trees in the garden I can now realise my childhood ‘toy’. So I suppose this piece is a story about what will be.

#swingseat

The piece comes in a black or white 10 inch (25cm) frame. The pebbles are handpicked from my favourite spot in Carmarthenshire Bay.

Every #swingseat is unique but will follow the story as shown in the images above. You can view pieces for sale on my online store.

 

#cheekybrood

#cheekybrood

My stories will usually focus on family and childhood. I grew up with little or no understanding of danger so always behaved like a junior daredevil. To be honest,  i only  really started to think about mortality when my children were born, which I doubt is unusual.

In this story I am the protagonist, the daredevil chick showing off in front of a terrified family. If pebbles could speak they would be saying…. ‘Get down from there’.

#cheekybrood

 

The piece comes in a black or white 10 inch (25cm) frame. The pebbles are handpicked from my favourite spot in Carmarthenshire Bay.

Every #cheekybrood is unique but will follow the story as shown in the images above. You can view pieces for sale on my online store.