Thursday, 19 February 2015


The Post-Christmas Blues Creativity boost has been great.
First I made the brooches in response to lovely shop/gallery requests and I think that got my Creative Muscle toned.
I was struggling on with this piece since before Christmas but have finally finished it.  I quite like it but there are a few bits I might do differently.

I like the colours and am working on two small pieces from the same batch of felting.

When I was Reeeeeaaally lacking inspiration I decided to do some drawing , you know the 'drawing a day' resolution which lasts about 8 days.
I did a few doodles just letting myself go anywhere with the pencil .

I quite liked this so made a whole lot of pre-felts and constructed a background piece which I think I should have photographed before stitching.

Anyway here it is with stitching...rather a lot..and I really feel satisfied with it. Its a bit busy but I like that.

Its about 10 inches square

It reminds me of the day we got lost in the Pedi Valley on the Island of Symi last September. Click link to see pictures.

The undergrowth was beautifully coloured, shades of pale green and soft ochre, and quite 'seedy' and prickly.  Perhaps not so lush but it has that feel.

I have more drawings so I might look at working those into finished pieces.

I've also been working on another piece but I have a problem with it. Its too influenced by an artist I love. I fear if I post pictures it will be obvious where I have taken my inspiration. I don't know whether to bother finishing it.

I have a few commitments at the moment, the most urgent being a piece for an embellishing magazine in Australia, with an African theme. I know it will go swimmingly once I get going but its just taking that first step..or should I say putting my toe in the water!

I have extended the deadline to give myself a fighting chance! I think its going to be based on  Tuaregs camel saddle bags I saw in a museum in Marrakech.

I'm also excited that I've been accepted for Woolfest! In Cockermouth in June. I can't wait. So much work to be done for that.

In other news: I'm in the middle of a month off alcohol..I only really drink red wine, and not every day either, and I can't say I'm missing it too much. I enjoy a glass with a meal a few  times a week, but then it makes me sleepy and worse still very warm, so I don't miss that.

 I hear that a month off has a wonderful effect on your general health so I'm giving it a go. Most people did January but I didn't get round to it.

 Its not strictly speaking a full month as I didn't start until 3rd February (because we were finishing a box of shiraz) and on 28th I'll be eating in an Italian Restaurant in the West of Ireland so I think that would be a good time to break the fast.

My husband thinks it might be a mistake to start drinking alcohol again in the week we go to Ireland but I must be moderate. I'm not an alcoholic or anything but in the Whiskey Bar in Ballyvaughan I may be tempted to overdo it. Mind you, Margaret the owner make s a great pot of tea and she always brings cake with it.

I suppose I ought to return to abstaining when I get home as its Lent and I'm a good Catholic girl, but guess what? I completely forgot to go to mass tonight for Ash Wednesday. I'd planned to, and just plain forgot. I always go on Ash Wednesday, in fact I don't think I've ever missed before.
I blame it on lack of red wine in my brain.

The funny thing was that my 87 year old Mum rang last night in a flap and asked 'Is it Ash wednesday tomorrow ?' So SHE went to Mass!

Here's another little piece I finished and is available in my etsy shop. Its small...four inches square.

I've also started Yoga.
Its very 'yoga-lite'. I was worried it might be a bit spiritual but its a mixture of Yoga and Pilates and is absolutely fantastic. I am the blob in the corner that can't quite bend enough or balance enough but I feel amazing when I've finished Its actually in our village and thats nice. (Have I mentioned this already?)

Thank you to everyone who commented last time.
I'm sorry if I didn't manage to reply to you , sometimes its difficult to find an email address so if you comment please check back here for replies.
And finally...someone asking to be doodled..I got a bit carried away with the starry eyes. I need practice.

Bye for now.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Just in time

Just in time to get a blog post in January.
To be honest I haven't been myself and not inspired at all until recently.

But I had requests from a couple of galleries and shops and it gave me the kick up the backside I needed to get on with stitching. 
So without further ado here are the things I've made. 

Just lots of pictures of brooches and now winging their way to different points in the United Kingdom. 

Thank goodness for the therapy of stitch, colour, felt and blogging.
Happy (not so) New Year.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Advent, christmas and beyond.

My goodness its a long time since I started this post and I'm only finishing it today, 27th December. The big day is over, most of the things in these pictures have gone to new homes.

I made a lot of hearts on ribbons which proved popular and I loved making them.

The two below are the most recent and a bit larger than usual. The one on the left has some patchy dyed velvet at its centre which looks a bit like rust dyed fabric although I don't think I'd ever manage to achieve that with my dyeing techniques.
I had a brief go on Instagram..I'm not sure.... it does funny things to colours but when the light is bad it covers a multitude of sins.

At the start of December we had a trip to the village of Dungworth near Sheffield, where we met friends to go to the local carols. Here's where we was cold! The place itself was very warm but outside was another story. We queued from 11 am outside the Royal at Dungworth on Sunday Lunchtime , to get a decent position in the pub. The queue was halfway up the road by the time it opened at 12.
The singing was can get an idea of it  

This is the place we stayed.

There are lots of other videos of the singing to look at .

Above is the main entrance to the very warm B&B. 

Meanwhile back home...some Christmas pictures.
My crib, well, the backdrop anyway.

And a rather lop-sided wreath which I think I may have put on the wrong way round,

In the garden the signs of Spring ahead are starting to show.

while the cotone aster is festooned with berries.

I need an uplifting sight...I'm feeling quite an anxiety and depression.
I am always quite emotionally fragile around Christmas.

We enjoyed the final of strictly but Jools made sure we couldn't quite see the final dance!

Hetty's taken to sitting on the back of the sofa and barking at the passing dogs.

Love in the front room.

More decorations....these baubles fell down more times than I care to tell , usually in the middle of the night, so I added more greenery, which looks better, and removed the balls and so far so good.

Then our next door neighbours came round and saw them and did theirs but they cheated and used a nail.

We have a lovely tree this year at a knock down price,
We had a great Christmas day. 
My lovely Mum was here, and our sons came and declared the day 'awesome' but now I feel we should have much more activity going on. 
I see people all around me with huge numbers of children, grandchildren, and sisters and brothers all out visiting and merrymaking, but I know there are others who don't have as much as we do.

Its peaceful but too quiet.
I miss the days when friends lived up the road, and down the road and we could pop in anytime.
But somehow we are still in the same place and many of them have moved on to pastures new.

Its snowed though and we'll go for a walk with Hetty .
That should cure the coughs!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, either with your nearest and dearest or just yourselves.

Thursday, 13 November 2014


My goodness its a long time since I posted.

Thank you all for the lovely comments and support I get here even though I hardly go round and read other blogs. I spend far too much time on Facebook...

I've been working hard making stuff for galleries and for my etsy shop, and been kept quite busy running up and down to the post office which is a good thing.

But now I've nothing pressing to do and i hate to say it but I'm BORED!!

Bored bored bored. I think it must be the November gloom because I can't be bothered to do anything.

I should of course be sorting through my sewing room and getting rid of junk.

I could be cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, catching up on the ironing, tidying the awful  full-of -junk 'side' bedroom but I'm not.

I had a little play when I'd finished the brooches, mainly because I've run out of brooch backs, making a 'decoration'.

Here it is in a really bad photo.

I've got it as a giveaway over on my facebook page. I'm choosing from the 'likes' on the picture and there are 500 so far! I think I'll have to do a random number generator or I'll be all week making raffle tickets. Then I feel sad for the other 499 or however many that won't have won.

Nothing interesting has happened in my life since the last post unless you count the day I went to for a clinic appointment to the hospital.

It took me half an hour to park the car, which I finally dumped 5 minutes walk away, in a housing estate, then I went to one department after another (have you seen those tv programmes where they tag a cat and track its route with red lines on a map?  It was like that ) until I was finally told to go to one about as far from the main entrance as you can get,  then back to the pharmacy which is by the main entrance.

Before I went back to the car I called in Booths (In case you don't know, thats the heavenliest supermarket in the Northwest..even their Christmas catalogues are fabric bound with gold lettering) and bought myself a pack of stollen slices and a bag of crisps which I ate on the way home.

I had completely forgotten I was going for a cholesterol test the day after I took two statins before bed time and it came back perfect. (Is that cheating?)

That might be too much information.

But if I told you what the clinic was in preparation for, it definitely would be.

Suffice it to say that from 7pm one day in two weeks time, I won't be sitting watching tv for any long stretches of time .

Oh Joy.
Something to look forward to anyway.

So here's some pics of my Christmas brooches.

OH HANG ON A MINUTE.....I've just remembered something.

I'm in a lovely book.

I'm so honoured to be among some wonderful textile artists.

Here's my page.
Its a very inspiring book.

Hetty is unconcerned. All she wants is the back of the sofa and a bit of sunshine through the window.

st of my pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.

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