RUA Memories

Lovely to look back on these photographs from the 130th Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition in the Ulster Museum when one of my assemblage boxes was chosen for the second time to be part of it.


Summer Time is over (was it ever here!)

Cannot believe it is almost September!  I love this selection nature/bird/outdoor boxes – hope you do too!


Wooden it be lovely (sorry!)

Just looking at the number of gorgeous boxes I have been able to use over the years, of course the contents are always special too but am I the only person to search for one off boxes in vintage fairs, markets and shops?

Clara Bow inspired work!

I watched a fantastic documentary about the silent movie star Clara Bow on BBC iPlayer the other day and then I noticed how many times I use similar types of ladies in my boxes! Just something special about them, don’t you think? They just have ‘IT’!



Belfast Culture Night


Can’t quite believe it is five years since one of my boxes was added to the collection in the Belfast War Memorial Museum.  It was to mark the 70th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz (now 75 years ago).  You can see it in the foreground of this picture and it was to be used to take to school talks to show some items which were relevant to children in WW2 for example a little suitcase with identity tag used by evacuees.  I was very honoured to have this chance to remember those affected by WW2 in my home town.

I revisited the Museum during Belfast’s Heritage night in September and it was lovely to see some Lindy Hop dancing and a singalong to ‘Songs from the Air Raid Shelter’.  An amazing place.  I do have a ‘thing’ about WW2 and my favourite books are by Nella Last who was the lady who wrote the diaries called ‘Housewife, 49’ which Victoria Wood turned into a fantastic tv drama.

New Year Giveaway!!

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NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY! To say thank you for all your support last year I am giving away a box, but this time YOU get to choose the one you’d like! In the picture below there are three assembled boxes. To be in with a chance just comment top, middle or bottom and if you’re the winner you get to own that box! This is open for until 8pm on Sunday 3rd January (GMT) and I will post worldwide! Please like this post and share if you want to but not required.

Ready, steady, Go!

Joseph Cornell Exhibition – Royal Academy London

I was so lucky to be able to go the The Royal Academy of Arts in London during the summer to see the amazing Joseph Cornell exhibition, Wanderlust.  It had over sixty of the artist’s assembled boxes, films and personal items.  Came away with lots of inspiration and a lovely big biography!


Bargain Hunter!!

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Sorry it has been a while since I have updated this site but so much has been happening since May! My twin sister and I were lucky enough to be chosen to take part in the BBC programme, ‘Bargain Hunt’ which was filmed in Greyabbey and Belfast over two days and will hopefully be shown later in the year.  This gave us the opportunity to meet the presenter and antique expert Tim Wonnacott who was very friendly and loved his box which I based around his home town and working life.

I’ll keep you informed when it will be shown on the telly!!

New birthday box!

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This was another fun box to do, lots of interests for the person it was made for!  Don’t forget if you would like to buy or commission a box just contact me via this page or at  – remember I can work to a budget and am always open to suggestions for new projects!!

The Hearts have been won!

The two hearts have been won and are in the process of reaching their new owners (names on Facebook page).

In the meantime here is a pic of one of my favourite boxes!