Friday, 1 November 2013

No sun no moon...

No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -

By Thomas Hood.

Well I don't mind it really.
We have to look for the positives! Lovely pale grey skies and the leaves are just hanging on with beautiful colours.
But its only 1st and given that a blog is a sort of diary its the end of October that I am concerned with.
So, 14th was my lovely wonderful fantastic Mum's 86th Birthday. We had a lovely Sunday lunch with family the day before. I made a nice choccy cake and she blew out the candles.

 Then I started a piece of embroidery which was going to be for a friends Grandchildren's baptism...

but then I decided I wanted to finish it as a piece .

 I really really love this area with the palest greens and blues. 

Then I made another piece..'Windfall' I sent both to The Found Gallery in Dunbar and I really hope they liked them.

 Sending is nice but receiving is even better. 
Now..for some time I have had a lovely buyer/client/customer/fan on Etsy who has occasionally set me a challenge. She has bought lots of brooches but asked me to make her a pumpkin....which I did. And an Arum lily, which I did. Then a Raven's skull brooch ..which I did and recently a heart brooch that looks like an adder. Which I  did.
 But I kept her waiting for the last one and felt guilty so I sent it as a gift. (Bear in mind she has spent a lot of money in my esty shop). She loved it and said she would send me a gift. 

I was intrigued and one day a little box arrived and inside was this.

Isn't it the most divine gift you've ever seen? She made it from broken bottles. Isn't just beautiful?

 In the summer in norfolk I saw a lovely thing in a gallery I couldn't afford..a cast bronze chestnut. It was way beyond my purse but I loved it. 

This gives me the same sort of feeling and I am so grateful.

 Who'd have thought I would have been so fortunate?

October was a making month. First some brooches for a gallery on the Wirral.

 They wanted some of these corsages but I have to confess I don't enjoy making these . 
Its because when I make them I know what the outcome is going to be so its not an adventure.

Then I made 20 more for Lazyhill Gallery in Abbotsbury, Dorset. A wonderful place, Please please please go and like their page on Facebook.

I fell in love with palest blue and brown. 

 Some brown hearts too.

Happy November to you all. 

By the way..the comment on my last post from V.E. Wales had me baffled. Please tell me what you meant if you read this.


Magic Bean said...

My heart is pinging for that mistletoe goodness. And all your gorgeous stitching isn't so bad either...
I love this time of year- all cosy and toasty and warming with the thrill of a certain visitor at the end of next month. Happy Friday to you Ax

Mary Ann Tate said...

Lovely lovely always:)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

A very happy belated birth day to your Mum! Looks like you were the one to get the perfect present though - stained glass is always beautiful, and using broken bottles is a wonderful idea.

Jacqui Galloway said...

So beautiful x

Heather said...

Those pieces and all the brooches are so lovely. I can see why you are so pleased with the glass mistletoe, it's beautiful. I love the poem about November but it isn't quite true as it is mild here, the birds are singing and there are still a few flowers in the garden.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about the lack of adventure. I really struggle to complete a painting when I start to see how it's going to turn out!

Rachel said...

Which gallery in the Wirral?
Maybe you could find a way to bring the adventure back to the corsages?

FeltersJourney said...

I love both of the embroidered pieces (and the brooches :)

What a beautiful gift to receive - and made from broken bottles.. brilliant!

It was lovely of you to of sent your brooch as a gift too .. Good karma! :)

Unknown said...

Love seeing your work, as pretty as ever, Jackie! Belated birthday happy wishes to your mum. -sus

V.E. (Wales) said...

Sorry Jackie - re: my garbled comment 24th Oct. I subscribe to (French craft blog) and there was a link on her posting (headed Sac Sego 100%Laine 23rd Oct) which took me to When I clicked on that link the front page has a felted bag embellished with hand embroidered leaves the colours of which reminded me of some of your works!!!! Whew - one of those moments when I thought 'Mmm should have kept quiet about that!' Am lusting after the very lovely mistletoe - how clever and crafty.
Val E. Wales

Maggi said...

Loveliness in abundance. That glass ornament is just so beautiful.

Julie said...

A lovely catch up Jackie and I love the mistletoe piece too. You deserve it :-)

sharon young said...

I sooo..... Related to the poem at the start of your post, I hate the start of winter till I get used to it, but your beautiful pieces and the wonderful mistletoe gift cheered me up. Your work is so bright and cheerful, how can anyone be miserable.

Crafty Judith said...

Thank you so much for the link to your blog hun - really beautiful and inspirational creations really love it all no doubt we will meet soon xxx

Rosie said...

Gorgeous velvety loveliness as usual, and what a wonderful gift the glass mistletoe is, and even more wonderful that its recycled!

Linda Vincent said...

A beautiful made me feel happy :-)

Annie Cholewa said...

I'm late to your post, but oh my, that mistletoe ... what a delight As of course, as ever, is all your gorgeous stitching.

Oh, and I don't mind November either :)

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