Helensburgh Summer Food and Craft Fair Tomorrow

craft fair

While May is barely Summer at the best of times, and certainly not this year, it is the annual Summer Food and Craft Fair tomorrow here in Helensburgh tomorrow and I will be there selling my wares.

I know there’s not much crossover between my blog readers and Helensburgh residents, but if you are in the area or fancy a day trip, I will have lots of new things and some bargains too. It’s at the Victoria Halls from 9:30am – 4pm.

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New! Pear and Carrot Brooches

There's some new guys in town...

The one problem with my monthly character thing is that often it takes a lot longer for me to get things made, but this time I actually have new matching products in the same month!

happy pear acrylic brooch

Say hello to two new acrylic brooches – Carrot and Pear! I’ve wanted to add some more brooches and these two were my favourites to try next. As always, they come in some fun packaging ready for gifting.

Happy Carrot Acrylic Brooch

While these turned out great, there are some tiny changes I want to make next time so these are in my shop at a special introductory price of just £2.50! Grab one now as I only have a few and they’ll be £4 next time.

Happy Pear Acrylic Brooch

Posted in Creative Work

On-Demand News: Carrots, Parsnips and Peas

redbubble pouches

I mentioned I was working on a few veggie patterns and they’re turning up all over my on-demand shops. You’ve seen the carrots and parsnips and now there are peas in a pod too. You’ll find all three designs in my Redbubble shop where they look especially fun on pouches (I might have ordered one).

nuvango t-shirts

You can buy lots of veggies as all-over print t-shirts at Nuvango. I really want to order a t-shirt but I can’t decide on a design, plus I’d likely get hit with customs charges on top.


All the veggies are on Society6 too, ready for the next free shipping offer.

Posted in On-Demand News

My Art History: Moray College Experiments

I’m sharing some artwork from my school and college years. See all the posts here.

Moray College Artwork

The whole point of an art course, and the first year of art school, is to give you a go at everything so you can learn different skills and find out what you enjoy the most. We studied Art History too and I assume the above were to do with Pointillism. I hope you appreciate how I am sharing the not-so-good stuff too – we all have to start somewhere!

Moray College Artwork

These were drawings and paintings where we had to find the facets and shapes in faces, probably something to do with Cubism.

Moray College Artwork

These are some of my fellow classmates, by the way, and they must be decent likenesses as I can remember them all quite well. I was sure I’d kept a drawing that someone had done of me, but I can’t find it now.

Moray College Artwork

Experiments with collage! This was all done with magazine pages and is another thrilling still life.

self portrait

A self-portrait in the same style. It’s actually pretty fun to do this, though finding the right colours can be tough.

Moray College Artwork

And another, more ambitious, one. You can also see more of the background drawing. Note the plants in the background as that was the beginning of A Theme in my work. More on that next week, when we finish up my Moray College years with my final exam work.

Posted in My Art History


I've been pickling all the vegetables today. They already taste amazing.

Recipes are not my usual subject, but it’s vegetables month and I have been making pickles again, now that the weather is warmer. They are so easy and so tasty that I insist you have a go. I started out with this Smitten Kitchen recipe, which is great but takes a bit of time. These days I mostly make quick Asian flavoured pickled cucumbers inspired by something I saw in the Waitrose magazine. They’re slightly sour and spicy so are perfect for making sandwiches a bit more interesting.


Pickled Cucumber

2tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
half a cucumber

This is for a small jar – it should be completely filled with cucumber so if your jar is bigger, you’ll need to adjust the amounts.

Measure the vinegar, fish sauce and sugar into a jar with a tight-fitting lid and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Add the chilli flakes. Slice the cucumber thinly and pile it in – you may have to pack them in around the sides to fit them all in. If you have some left over, just wrap tightly and keep in the fridge to swap in when you eat some. You will think there’s nowhere near enough liquid but it will be fine.

Shake it up gently and put the jar in the fridge where you can see it so that every time you open the fridge you can give it another shake. After a few hours, you’ll notice there’s a lot more liquid. Leave overnight for the best results.

You should eat these fairly quickly, though it should be safe enough in the fridge for a few weeks. I find these pickles go well in pretty much any sandwich.

Pick a peck of pickled veggies!

It’s also Pickle Week in the Spoonflower fabric design contest! I wish I’d had time to enter this one but I’ve been voting for my favourites.

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I'm Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I make illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii.

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