Friday, 30 September 2011

Selling my paintings cheap on ebay

I've put a load of painting up on Ebay all for 99p each - please go and have a look - :)  

I've basically run out of space and need to find them new homes :D 

Benny the cab


Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Benny the cab

I started to paint benny again :) i gave up during the summer holidays but think its about time i got back into it :)

A bit of tongue

something a bit silly!


Sunday, 25 September 2011

Grub2 boot menu / Ubuntu and me...!

A while ago i was reading up on Linux Ubuntu ( and really liked what i read, a free open source OS that has a nice looking GUI.  I Started with Version 9.04 and had no real problems, i could even get the Boot menu to automatically select Windows (thanks to the Startup Mamager) so other memebers of my family didnt boot into Ubuntu and not know what to do :)  Then Version 11.04 came out a while ago, i quite like the new interface which has a bar of icons down the left handside of the screen rather than the "Windows-esc" menus (although you can go back to that interface if you want). 

Anyway with 11.04 also came Grub2, this was a new Startup menu would automatically select Linux to boot into rather than Windows.  Not a problem i thought i'll use Startup Manager again to select the default OS, sadly this didnt work (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhg) so each time the computer rebooted or started up i had to make sure that Windows was selected not Ubuntu.  Well after some research and experimentation (all which failed i might add) i found a wedsite called "How to geek"  and tucked away there was the answer to my problems...Grub Customizer.  to read the article look here

Essentially if you use Linux and want to install the Grub Customizer then first open a terminal window then enter: - 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

The Grub Customizer will then allow you to remove unwanted items from the boot menu and select the default OS :D  woo hoo!  just hope things don't change with the next update next month :D 

Wednesday, 21 September 2011


i'm seeing Pink Sock elephant :) 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Owl (not pussy cat)

Made from the left over from the cat one from earlier :D 


Another sock cat attempt

Another attempt at making a sock cat :D  the face is a little off but i think that maybe to do with the cheap socks ( a poor workman and all that ;D ) 

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Sock dog

I followed a tutorial from - :)  the dog is made from 1 sock, its not fantastic but looks okay :) 


Stripy monkey with eyes

Finished the moneky for Lynsey :) 


Stripy monkey

i've been making this for my sister, he still has no eyes and his ears look odd :(  i've ordered some buttons from ebay so hopefully they will come today and he won't be blind much longer :D 


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Monday, 5 September 2011

Sock Monkey 2 & 3

The dark blue (sport sock) monkey was made 1st and the light blue one (lolly) was made 2nd (well 3rd if you count my 1st attempt) :D  i'm actually quite tempted to buy a sewing machine :D  

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Sock Monkey

I attempted to make a sock monkey yesterday :)  i think she's a bit rough around the edges ad my sewing needs work but it sort of works - i'm going to try again :D 


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Slow go on the blog bro...

Its been a funny few weeks, summer holidays (end of July to the beginning of September) are always tough, having the kids home for six weeks is hard enough - but mix that in with my daughter who has some sort of mental problem that we're still trying to get diagnosed and neighbous complaining about the noise (screaming, shouting etc) add to that a child who constantly wants to be outside (when we live on the 3rd floor of a block of flats) and one who will also never lift a finger to help out and you've got a small slice of a day in the life of me ;)  (this is all the same child i should add) My work has suffered, i've not had time to do much of anything, painting, writting, computer art - but hopefully as of next tuesday when the kids go back i shall have a bit more time and be able to get back into it :) 

in the mean time, please feel free to look at my latest tutorial on tip squirrel ( 


oh and also have a look at my blog at ( for a recent update :D