Thursday, 31 December 2009
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Technically a working day, but I can't seem to get going.
As usual the work room floor needs finding, so clear the room/clear the head!
Lists are always being created and best of Year/Decade articles are in the newspapers, TV and Radio. I am tempted to create my own, but you will be pleased to know I will be strong and avoid adding to the rest!
Planning is what I need to do and I shall be writing some lists privately as I have quite abit I'd like to achieve this new year.
So no time like the present, will go and clear the mental cobwebs and start as I mean to continue...
Sunday, 27 December 2009
I just found time to complete the Christmas Oranges
This is the gift for my Parent-in-Laws, one of a pair. This one was completed in time to make the last Special Delivery before Christmas. It has been gratefully received and it's partner will be completed in time to send to their home when they return from the Sister-in-Laws! Bearing in mind that they were suppose to be ready for last Christmas to have the second quilt by New Year will be good going!
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
but I was curious!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
It's a snuggle quilt with faeries , just right for a little girl.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
BUT then the powers that be decided very late in the day that the Church Bazaar would also be on this weekend!
Here's what I did in pictures
After measuring length of vilene on friend's head five pieces were cut and folded in half and a doubled up piece of string was positioned in the fold and then I machine stitched down next to the string
And a tuck to gather up the excess lower edge
Monday, 9 November 2009
Darlings returned to school this morning after the Swine Flu and Tonsilitus.
It was such a shock to have them both so poorly at the same time. Since the Chicken Pox as toddlers they are usually in the best of health and don't normally fall to the viruses and sneezes.
So back to normal, back to work and back to studying.
Will post some work soon!
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Three hand carved and three pottery pumpkins on my door step
It is said that the Devil manifests himself as a Pig and he hasn't failed us. The evil spirits are around us in the form of Swine Flu. Yes, dear Daughter has fallen to it's nasty virus. Luckally I have the magic Tamiflu potion - well pills actually - to help her get better . It took a visit to three chemists before I could get my hands on some and that was after receiving the magic code via the internet and carrying two passports for id! Might have been quicker to go to a witch doctor!
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Only a few days left...
Orange segmented into quarters by the masking tape
Using a pin, stilletto - or as I did , as I was to lazy to go upstairs to get either of mine, use a plastic propelling pencil nib! - to make holes to help the cloves pierce the orange skin. Place them as close together as possible. Be gentle with the cloves as you can crush the little buds - note the missing ones on mine!
As with all good displays keep to odd numbers. Here are three completed oranges, I went onto make five.
Liberally dust with ground cinnamon
Wrap in baking parchment to keep the cinnamon around the orange so all the spice's aromas can seep into the orange as it dries
My five oranges are now inside this string bag and have been placed in the airing cupboard not to be disturbed until the beginning of December - believe me it is difficult not to look but the wait is worth it. The oranges will have shrunk slightly and turned a golden brown. The masking tape will be lifting from the orange and if you thought that the space originally made by the tape was too wide this too will be narrower due to the shrinkage. Lightly shake off the excess cinnamon and them decorate by wrapping ribbon in the space left by the tape.
I'll show you mine once they are completed.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Daughter and I will be off on our annual trip with an evening in London and a visit to Yo Sushi. Yum!
Any one else planning their annual big spender/idea gathering day out?
Main attraction for me is a visit to Maggie Grey's area and a possible book purchase!
What I like about the show are the three areas: Big shopping area, the exhibition area and the Guilds and Specialists area. Oh, it's like opening a big box of chocolates and trying to decide which one to choose!
Knowing me, I'll scoff the lot and leave feeling a bit green around the gills!
But it usually is worth it - I trust I won't be disappointed.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Paper pulp coloured with silk paint
Must make some paper with this!
Update: Later this evening whilst Daughter was helping at Brownies and Son was having his "Friday Down Time" - his words not mine! I was in the garage, listening to the Robin mark out his territory and used the pulp to create some interesting papers to use later.
I also made some brown paper pulp and white napkin pulp paper to use in the edging section.
I used some interesting grid material purchased at Ally Pally last year to work into with hand and machine stitch later once the pulp has dried.
Using silk paper string I have made a grid which will have pulp added in the morning and then embroidery embellishment.
This was made on Wednesday, but still, as Daughter made it all by herself with her Mother hovering in anticipation of licking the bowl, I just wanted to add it.
Mars bars, cheerios and white chocolate - yum!
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
If any of you are thinking "Where has all this stuff come from" while wandering around your homes spare a thought for the woman who lived in this building - in the middle of the photo - and the stuff spread out around it was once inside it!!!!
Friday, 18 September 2009
More detailed photo
I think it needs more heat to create more holes and then I will try to trap the paper pulp on it too! I'll try this sometime later this evening in between being Taxi Mum for Brownies and choir!
I visited Sandown Park today for the Craft show - what a disappointment! Not so much the quality, I was able to spend enough money at the favourite stalls that were there, but the question was... Where was everybody else? I have been going to Sandown for a many a year and in the early days all three floors were in use and it was very busy. This year only the main area was in use. Credit Crunch, Greedy Promoters charging too much, or has the bubble bust in the Hobby Craft business? Your opinions welcome...
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Beats swags and pellets
Wanted to share these two photos taken at St. Paul's, a village dating back to Medieval times, near to Nice. I just love the patterns on the jugs and kettle. By looking at the ceramic tile it is a promotional display of Liz Ellard's work. The whole village is devoted to arts and crafts.
Friday, 11 September 2009
New term, new outlook!
BUT first - To throw or not to throw?
I was hoping for a few more suggestions, but I need to make a decision!
So it's up in the loft until - in a Maggie Grey way - they can be untilised into something else. Time needs to separate me from how I feel about what I created and their usefulness as a creative piece.
Posting more later...
Spent the afternoon updating the Module Four blog which took an age to upload the photos. Chapters One, Two and Three now done.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
You have attended a workshop, and although very useful at the time of doing it, you find the pieces you return home with are not inspirational.
A) Keep them in a box under the workbench? - you'll open the box now and again when you stub your toe and then close the box in disapointment
B) Put the box in the loft! - to be found during a fit of guilt after watching "How Clean is Your Hoarded Rubbish" or some other guilt inducing programme.
C) Realise life is too short so move on there's plenty more ideas waiting to be made and loving stored in the box!
Your thoughts welcome.
Friday, 4 September 2009
That's how I see Monday and the new term ahead, clean and white with no foot prints. I'm trying not to think how long it will take before it turns to slush! I spent yesterday filling in the calendar with all the family/school/and other organisations committments upto the end of the year. Now I am going to blank out my C & G coursework time and hopefully keep the snow "crisp and even" and keep to the plan.
Next Friday will be "Fabricate Friday" . Funnily enough although this stands for "construct, create and make" - it also means "fake, falsify and trump up" so I'm covered for all eventuallities!!
Off to organise the Darlings to get the bags packed and tidy the work room ready for our new terms.
But all I could think of was how I could capture this image in fabric and threads - or any other stuff lying around long enough to be incorporated in it - angelina fibres, foils, sequins...
Friday, 21 August 2009
Having had a week to get over the jet lag of New York, I've just returned from Antibes, where DH and I had an anniversary break sans offspring!
This was the first break by ourselves in fifteen years, the darlings were with their Grandparents - they are fortunate to have a full set and I believe - having chatted to the Darlings and Parents on arriving back in the UK - they have had a great time and everyone is now exhausted.
Will share the interesting creative photos of thebuildings of Antibes at some point - the ones of me on the beach stay hidden in a locked box!
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
5th Avenue window treatment
Lots of expensive bags, but have you seen the grill along the bottom of the window?
Great border pattern, maybe?
Sometimes you forget where you are
At one point I thought I was in Paris as this guy kept playing all the pieces of music you would expect to hear in a black and white moody film with sub-titles going on underneath
The best bit about New York skyscrapers is the reflections on the mirror windows
Thinking of "photo shopping" this
I can see Mondrian-esque images here
Lots of vertical and horizontal lines to play with here
The Chrysler Building
And this window in the Empire State Building entrance hall has given me plenty of food for thought.
I like the geometric art deco pattern which could end up as a quilt or maybe something else...
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
A scene of regeneration.
I do hope this area will be completed as the fountains planned for the two sites of the buildings will be a fitting memorial to the loss this city had in 2001
And at the end of the day what life should be about - Liberty and Freedom
After such a thought provoking morning we spent the rest of the day with the Statue of Liberty, such a lovely lady!