Friday, 25 July 2008

Return of the Good Wife


Against all the odds another deadline has been met.
By dint of working till 1am for a few nights I have submitted one older and two new pieces to another open exhibition.

Just more of the same really but on a slightly larger scale,
and called 'The Rhythm of Life' 1, 2 and 3. Competition is stiff and space is limited so I have no expectations.
They are recalling 50s and 60s patterns

and I thought the title was appropriate as life definitely has its rhythm.
One minute your house is immaculate and you can't imagine ever having to lift a finger again.
The next minute you have forgotten you owned clean clothes and think the stair carpet has a squiggle and dot pattern, and that you have mysteriously outgrown all the bath towels.

Next week....I said NEXT WEEK...we will have clean, ironed, and hung up clothes, and bath towels that will wrap all the way round. I will be able to get dressed in the morning without rummaging through the ironing pile. We will have a plain stair carpet, and I will be able to walk across what we euphemistically refer to as the 'Utility room' without my seven league boots.
We will have a lawn and not a prairie outside the back door. The complicated recycling will be in all its various bags.
The privet that was chopped off the hedge will be gathered and disposed of, and Willow will be re-acquainted with her lead.

My sewing room will be tidy. And all will be well just in time for our 31st wedding anniversary.
A Good Wife!
(And a good husband)


But I am starting some new projects. Dressmaking.. feltmaking...embellishing... Edit: I must make a sock monkey

Talking of felt. Do you remember this?
A person with impeccable tatse has bought it!
Thats the best compliment you can get.
So if you are reading, above person, Thank you so much.

And another thank you to all who read and leave comments here.
Its just fantastic -the friendships and contacts made through blogging.
Here are a few of my favourites.
This one always inspires me and makes me laugh, this one is full of beautiful things, and this one is lovely and supportive with much creativity, but won't do her homework!

More next time.

35 comments:

Mary said...

congratulations on the upcoming anniversary! I need a little good wife mojo sent my way. I'm living out of a laundry basket myself! and lets not even talk about the lack of cleaning going on. eek.

Threadspider said...

What glorious, glorious pieces. I hope they sing for you in their exhibitions.

Kayla coo said...

Hello,
Such uplifting colours, all your work is beautiful.
The problem with house work is it never goes away!

green phoenix said...

Jackie, your work is beautiful, good luck with the exhibition.
Thank you so much for going to the PG, I loved you telling about peoples responses and your comments on pricing have given me food for thought.

Happy belated birthday, by the way!

paulahewitt said...

beautiful work - i love the greens and oranges. what's housework? Is this something i should be doing? 31 years - thats amazing - i was impressed getting to 10.

Kitty said...

Those are stunning pieces of work Jackie - really beautiful. I hope you do well with them.

x

silverpebble said...

Dear me, more delicious work to drool over. Really Jackie it's serious eye candy. Best of all luck for the exhibitions

Thanks for the links to those other bloggers too - I already visit Ethel and Edna but I think the others may be added to fave lists.

Maureen said...

And you ask me if I ever rest!!!! As usual the work is beautiful Jackie.

MargaretR said...

Jackie, your work is beautiful as always. Forget having a tidy house and carry on doing the things you do so well. There will be something wrong with someone's eyesight if they don't accept your work!

StegArt said...

Simply gorgeous work Jackie! I can't pick a favorite. I like each one and each color combination as well as the next.

Julie said...

Jackie these pieces are truly AMAZING... I thought that the green one was my favourite and then I saw the one with pink tones, WOW! Who needs to go to an art gallery when they can just look at your blog.

I have a little question, yesterday I decided to try and felt an old jumper made of 100% wool from Ecuador. I washed it on a soapy hot wash, but it just came out looking clean! I wanted to felt it and make a bag. Do you have any idea why it would not felt?? Is it maybe that my (very old) washing machine is not hot enough?? Or do I just need to keep washing it?? Hope you don't mind me asking you, thought that you may have some advice...thanks...X

rivergardenstudio said...

What wonderful creations! i love your colors and your designs. Are they all pre-planned or are some made spontaneously? Just wondered...I am glad you liked my doorways. I'll bet you have some wonderful doors and windows in your area! Roxanne

CalicoDaisy said...

Oh! Your work is beautiful. Thank you for commenting on my blog. I'm looking forward to spending some time here at yours looking through everything. Glad to be part of your daisy bouquet! -- Michele

Jackie K. said...

Your colors are always so stunning. And the combinations of textures in your fabrics and stitch so enticing!

Julie said...

Thank you Jackie, I knew it would be simple....baby brain!!!!X

jeanette mistress of longears said...

I have very high expectations for your beautiful entries....and as for the state of your house...I say wonderful! You've spent your time doing something much more satisfying and productive than housework!

Chris' Greetings from the Shady Grove said...

Beautiful work my dear. Good luck with your exhibiton. I just read a phrase the other day that I thought you might enjoy "Leave the cleaning until tomorrow. Live every day like it is you last... If it is my last day to live who wants to spend it doing housework.

Raggy Rat said...

good lucked getting exhibited, oops, and yes DO make asock monkey, but only after you have walked the dog

31 years, wow, well done
i am sure you are a super wife, you are very midful of the housework anyway ...

trying to be good mummy xxxxx

maggik1 said...

Congratulations again, Jackie! Thanks for sharing your delight with me yesterday! Feeling guilty now because you spent so much time with me this week ... but you got there (PG) in the end.I think it must be the same person who sneaks into your house as creeps into mine and musses it all up! Just hope my comment gets there this time! Thanks for the advice.

maggik1 said...

Yes, it worked!

maggik1 said...

Congratulations again, Jackie! I reckon it's the same person who sneaks into your house as sneaks into mine and musses it all up when I'm not looking - or could it be when I'm sitting in front of the computer? Of course, I now feel guilty that you spent so much time with me last week. But you managed to do those lovely things anyway! Thanks again.

Gina said...

Housework... what's that? Your house sounds a lot like mine! Your work is beautiful as always Jackie and the colours inspirational. Congratulations on selling the felt piece too!
Gina x

Sandy said...

I love your work. Congratulations on the sale.

Beate Knappe said...

Your beautiful art is touching me in a special way - good luck with the exhibition.
congratulations on the upcoming anniversary! I never have this kind of anniversary.
But I'm still happy.

Robyn said...

Glorious work! I love your colours....I'm repeating myself again. Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to do the laundry or worry about dotty carpets? Sighhhhh..oh to be able to create day in and day out with out all that. We need wives, that's what we all need!

Elliemac said...

Hi there Jackie, this is now my second comment in blogland - having just come out. I just had to let you know along with everyone else, how wonderful you work is and your blog just has so much on it. I am still working my way thro' it, so I can blame you as well as Maggie for my time wasting. You couldn't just pop to my place and sort it out while you got a moment.

ANNA said...

I've probably said before but I really love your works - your colour balance is devine - I keep looking at your etsy page and wishing I could buy one of your pieces - one day I will !!

Victoria said...

Spectacular work, Jackie!
And congrats on your upcoming anniversary!
By the way, your revolving cycle of a clean and orderly home, and a home of mess, mirrors mine exactly. I simply haven't yet found a way to do it all, and the more I do in one area, the more there is left to do in another. Such is life.

Linda said...

What fabulous, amazing, luscious embroidery! You are so talented Jackie...I'm in awe of you.
Nice to meet someone else who's trecked the Kali Strata; we stayed in the old town at the top so went up and down it many times!Loved looking at all the mansion houses on the way (and stopping off at the bar with the wonderful view).
Linda x

jude said...

stiff competition is always a matter of perception... beautiful work.

Megan Coyle said...

oh my goodness, your work is breathtaking! I absolutely love the colors and the texture of your stitch-work.

Miss Frugality said...

I absolutely love your new pieces Jackie.The soft shimmer of light reflected from the silks is pure joy!
Hope you and hubbie have a fab anniversary!

Simmy said...

oh my gosh those panels are amazing. Your work always leaves me sitting here with my jaw wide open. Good luck with the exhibition.

Lynne said...

I love your pieces, especially the colours. That pink and blue one is glorious!

Florence said...

Your work is beautiful and unique - I've so enjoyed looking round your blog.



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