I want to show you something one of my daughters made for me. My oldest daughter has begun papercutting and is loving it!
She made me a gorgeous whimsical personalised papercut for Mother's Day - this house has chickens (complete with cute chicken coop) and a little dog kennel too! Oh, and with the name Quentin papercut onto the kennel! The finished piece measures 6" square and is cut from one sheet of paper, so some of these details are really very intricate...her artwork is always highly detailed and precise, so papercutting suits her style, I think.
The papercut is mounted in a 3D frame, and in artificial light, the papercut throws shadows onto the colour at the back. I love the effect.
I really think she could start selling these (she's got some health problems and is finding her current work, dog grooming, quite difficult as it's very physical work at times). What do you think about her papercut? If you have any comments, I'll pass them onto her!
Guide Dog puppy Quentin is learning to walk on the lead. He's not allowed out where other dogs are for another week yet, but I can walk him on the driveway and in shopping centres. The support from Guide Dogs is really good - I have a lovely and very helpful Puppy Walking Supervisor who gives me lots of tips and techniques for getting him to do things. He's got a long way to go as far as lead work is concerned - but I was thrilled when one of the techniques meant he trotted nicely by my side instead of pulling! In case you're interested, the trick was having a lure (a toy or tiny treat) in your hand, near him but just out of reach. He gets to play or gets the treat during or after his short walk!
Having plenty of chew toys and tug toys is proving essential! Luckily, Quentin isn't too bothered about what they look like and they are easy to rustle up from old jeans and T-shirts. Ideas for more handmade puppy toys are playing around in my head just now...
Of course, all that lead work and playing makes a boy tired...his gentle snoring and muffled sleepy woofs really make me smile!