Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Loose Ends

Here in Lancashire we didn't have a lot of snow.
There was no sledging or snowmen or people getting arrested for throwing snowballs.

(Aside: throwing a snowball is how my older son got his alias. He threw a snowball at his friend many years ago, but having inherited rotten aim from his Mother, it missed and hit a car. the irate driver jumped out and asked him his name. My son answered truthfully, and the chap misheard and thought he said Duncan. He asked him ''Duncan what?'' to which my son truthfully replied and the gentleman misheard again, and 'Duncan Friday' was born.)

On Monday though, I received a bit of snow from Wisconsin in the post.

A beautiful stained glass snowflake made by my dear blog friend, Chris from Shady grove studios. She was one of my first blog contacts and I didn't realise I was one of her first too.
How generous and kind some people are.
It has been made from almost clear glass with the subtlest of colour in the form of a few iridescent squares.

There are lovely panels of etched frosty glass too and when I hang it in the window in the newly decorated front room there are little rainbows all around the room.
Do you remember the scene in Pollyanna when she visited the grumpy old man with a chandelier? I loved that film when I was little but now I fear it might have been an 'Anne of Green Gables' rip off.
Maybe not.
(There's the clip here if you feel like watching it )
Anyway thank you so much Chris. I was having a deferred post-Christmas-blues day on Monday and you certainly dispelled them.

Yesterday was the felt group meeting, and I am very much the dunce of the group. We made jewellery and I had a moderate success (eventually) with a bangle round a milk bottle which I then brought home and needle felted a few extra bits into and added a couple of stitches. This is todays TEXTILE CONTENT as I haven't done anything for ages.

Ta daa! (Thats a fanfare)
It will just about go over my hand.
As I said, I haven't done anything but there's a lot going on in my head.
In fact its a mess.
Here's an allegory or decide.
This is why I haven't done anything. Just don't know which end to pick up first. As usual I am over committed and the one thing I wanted to do really well has been usurped by another thing I have to to do really well but in a hurry.
The Textile Group I belong to is having an exhibition in April on the theme of 'Structures.' I thought I would like to explore trees and bushes. I was going to draw, print, collage, photograph aspects of trees.
Well I've taken the photographs. This is the Larch, still in our garden, still not chopped down.
Below are some lovely bark pictures from trees on my walk.

The colours and textures are amazing.

But I fear I won't be able to work the theme through properly so I know I'll end up doing the usual and find some way of justifying it as being on the theme of 'Structures'.
Any ideas?
But now, inserted before that suddenly, I have an article to write and some work to do to accompany it before the beginning of March.
Then I am going to Marrakesh for 5 days. (WOOO! scared but excited!)
And I am committed to two craft events in May and June and a couple of other half- commitments in between. And then it'll be Christmas!!!!!!!
I just want to make felt!
Hello to all the lovely visitors from Hobbyschneideren. I know you are all coming to look at my Machine Embroidery tutorial, because I have stat counter.
Such fun.
I just thought I'd leave you with a lesson in how to doze with absolutely nothing in your head to worry you except being nearer to me than the cat.

Bye for now.
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