Saturday, 17 February 2018

Something On Saturday

week 57

I think this cow and calf were a gift from family. I do like it, because I like cow and calf combos. But the muzzle of the calf was dreadful. and some other parts of the cow were pretty sad, too. So sometime back I did a little touch up painting.
OK, it is still a bit strange. But not as strange as it started out.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ramshackle Homes - Finished

Even though I am spending time watching the Winter Olympics, I am getting things done. Mostly handwork things. So, incentive to finish the hand-stitching on the binding of the Ramshackle piece I will be sending to the Benefit Auction. The call for it hasn't come out yet, but I wanted to get it done before next month, which will be a bit busy.

So, Ramshackle Homes
12x12in

I wanted to explore the golden colour at a slightly larger size. And I wanted to play with differently shaped plants. So, I think it is okay, but I prefer the darker lines. Still, it is bright and cheerful and someone will like it.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

One thing I like to do is this:
Set the table when I empty the dishwasher. OK, it isn't so far from the cutlery drawer to the table, and even less from the cupboard with the plates. But when you have limited energy, why put them away and then later in the day get them out again?
Besides, the two men that frequent my house don't fret so much about what time dinner is if they come home and see the table is already set! 😁😝

I also like to keep a tablecloth on the table. Not just for protection, but it just looks nice.
The placemats here were made by my Mom. The have teapots on them. Actually, my proper British type placements have teapots, too. The blueish coasters are from that set. But I decided to have a change for a while. I use the wood cutting boards for protection from hot dishes. I did have some hotpads, but one time a metal teapot still made a mark on the wooden table. So, I have used these for many years.
The guest placemat is where I have breakfast, so I use one of the pinkish coasters (with teapots) as extra protection on top of the placemat to put my porridge.

This week I am liking the Winter Olympics and doing handwork. Of course, it comes to evening and I realise I have no time left to blog.

I like the special things the Thoughtful Man does.
The Day Before Valentine's Day!

And then On Valentine's Day we don't join the crowd. Sometimes we go out for lunch - soup and a roll at a little place. Sometimes we wait and do a meal the next day when it is less crowded.
This year, we went to the matinee showing of Early Man, an Aardman film. (Who did Wallace and Gromit.) Very Funny! you do have to know a bit about British Football to get some of the puns, but even if you don't, it is good.
Being the afternoon viewing when schools are on half-term holiday, we thought it would be crowded with children. But the ones who were their were with grandparents or mums all quite well behaved and not too many of them. There was another couple a bit older than us doing the Valentine's Day date at the cinema.

For tea, instead of going out, The Thoughtful Man picked up a couple burgers at the burger van (cool! I just Googled him, thinking someone might have taken a photo, and found he has a facebook site!) down by the shops. Quite good and loads of chips. and I didn't have to cook!

And basically, I like the Thoughtful Man! Very much. 💖

To see what the others like today, go to Lee Anna's blog for the links.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Bead on - 4-10 Feb

week 6 - 2018

daily beading on squares

bead trim
Double Saint Petersburg chain  - half the length of the first side

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 56


Slightly boring, but a creamer. I think I tried to use this one - it is a bit bigger - but still not worth the time hoping you can clean all the cream out of the crannies inside.

Friday, 9 February 2018

a little something

Sometime back I made a few of these.
I called them book cases at the time. But, they could be used for putting lingerie in a suitcase to keep your tights from getting a run - which is what some friends did with them.
Several of my friends are using them for a cover for their Bible. So, a new(ish) friend asked my other friend where she got it. And to make a long story short, I have finally got one finished for her.
She likes green.
In the meanwhile I had forgotten how I made the first ones! So, it is similar inside, but not matching.
inside first ones
Still, it will work the same.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like these button coasters made of silicone! A late present from family. I like them so much I haven't used them yet! Seems a pity to split them up around the house. Maybe brighten up the table? I have some others I usually use there.
Something specific will come around and they will be just right.

I like the lights in my dining room.
right
About the only 'modern' thing we have for decoration.
left

And I especially like them now that Mr. Thoughtful washed years of dust off them a couple weeks ago. Not that he wouldn't have earlier, but they do take a bit of delicate handling when you take them down.
So, you put off doing them. And you don't realise how bad they had become. It was about impossible to get them clean handwashing, so we chanced the dishwasher, which worked brilliantly. (Pun not intended!)
Yes, I suppose I could have tried to do it, but I really do not trust my legs anymore...and I still wouldn't have been tall enough with a step stool to reach and hand onto the little screws and things.

To see what the others like today, go to Lee Anna's blog for the links.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

In progress

A new Ramshackle in progress.


I wanted to explore the golden yellow lines a bit more from the last piece - Ramshackle Row. This fabric is more mottled and has some darker yellow spots.
It almost gives the look of watercolour, where the pigment pools up in areas and dries darker.
In person, I wasn't too sure. But seeing the photo helps me look at it as a whole. I think it works!
I will probably experiment with the stitching a bit, but that is to be pondered.

I had a name in mind and now it is not. (in mind 😁 ) so I have to wait for it to come back.
The finished piece will be 12x12in. and sent off for the SAQA Benefit Auction.

Monday, 5 February 2018

white amarylis

The white amarylis has been in full bloom. The others all are just the leaves now.
Loved this look with the morning sun on it.

The base had seemed very tight and it took ages for that stem to grow. No leaves have started coming, either, except just poking up. Then another little green bit started poking up. But weeks later, they were still the same. It seemed they were stuck. The bulb was very tight at the top point where the layers of growth had shown.
So, a few weeks ago I cut into the area around the top of the bulb a bit to make tabs of the layers to see if I could give it more room. And now it looks like the second green bit was another flower stem waiting to grow. So, today I cut most of the old stuff back to give the flower shoot and the leaves more room.

So, this is a long lasting flower saqa. Perhaps the second one will be open around Easter, unless it grows faster than the first stem. It looks a bit Easterish, being white.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Bead on - 28 Jan - 3 Feb

Week 5 - 2018

The daily bead project
You can just see at the left side where the beads have turned to the next row. In the boustrophedon manner.

My new favourite word... boustrophedon from Greek “as the ox plows”.
Its original use was for the Greek manner of writing left to right and then back from right to left - opposite directions.


And the Trim - Double Petersburg chain.
The end in detail to show it's length at the end of January. At this point just Petersburg chain.
and now I have begun the second part to make it double.
I will have to decide if I want to swap back to the other colourway at the end of February. In which it would be a Triple Petersburg chain, I suppose!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 55

another creamer picked up somewhere 2nd hand, a present from someone's French coastal  holiday, I guess.
Lives on a high shelf with the others.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like my DAB radio. It keeps me going through the day.

Fingers do their thing while the music plays. usually set to UCB2. But when Test Match Special is on in the summer, it is usually tuned to the Cricket.

I like looking out the window to see the 'Woodstock' tree.
I posted this photo around this time in 2015. There is a bit more scruff now- the branches look like when Linus used to pat the birds on the head. But I still am amused when I look out the window and see it there.
Oh, yeah, it is a cherry tree in real life.

To see what the others like today, go to Lee Anna's blog for the links.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Bead on - 22-27Jan

week 4 - 2018

Bead on fabric to date:

Should be turning to the next row during the coming week.

Bead trim update:

29in so far on the first side of the Double St. Petersburg chain.

I put a paper clip through the brown bead of the last set before I start adding to it each day. Then I can get a better idea of how much I have done. I am aiming for about 3in a day. Sometimes I find I have done more. SOOO much easier than the last trim project.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 54

From butter keepers to creamers.
Again, not used...Even harder to clean out!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like that I can just go back to bed when the fibro weariness takes over. and even better that I actually feel up to doing stuff since I got up again!

I like TVCT.
I run a large textile art group. We meet 4 times a year. So, on Saturday the Thames Valley Contemporary Textile group met up. So lovely to chat with different ones and catch up.
Also, a good talk from Hazel and Terry from InStitches. I had asked them to talk about the professional journey they have taken to develop the business and get a studio space for delivering the In Stitches Creative Textile Courses.
I like that they actually hit the brief! I have all ranges of ladies at different levels of the artistic journey. I want to challenge the ladies who are more experienced. But up to now, most of the speakers I ask to talk about the business side end up talking more about their work because they think the members would be bored. Ok, generally their artistic journey is interesting and inspiring. But not what I asked for!
And it wasn't boring! wow, gives you a different perspective to what is behind their wonderful teaching studio. Some, like me, decide to be content not to go that route at all. But I have already had one lady say that she eventually wants to do a business, so found the talk very helpful. But also then asked me for advice on how to get going on the learning and experience of the type of textile work she wants to do. I like being an encourager! She has a young son and limited income now, but I was able to tell her how I 'gathered' info and experience when I was in a similar situation...like you would gather materials for something you wanted to make.
So, also I liked watching people as they got excited about the workshop. With a group this size, it is usually only a taster sort of workshop, but I had asked for something about design. This being one of the things most people feel they don't know enough about. So, the members loved it!
Doing a bit of mark making
  

a bit of colour added
and then folded into a booklet.
The booklet was a brilliant idea because having a page of marks and colour is one thing, but where to go from there. So, to have it cut and folded down into a book means the marks made look totally different and more inspiring.
Cool!

To see more of what others like check out LeeAnna's blog.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

DONE! Ramshackle Row

In spite of finding thousands of other things to do, including sorting our the cupboard with glasses and mugs (What is that about?!) I have finished Ramshackle Row and it is ready to pack up and send to America for the SAQA Spotlight Auction at the conference in San Antonio.
Ramshackle Row
8in x 6in
I tried something different with golden yellow lines instead of dark ones. And this time I have worked very small with the cutting...not totally intentionally! I usually use chalk, but couldn't see the pale chalk and didn't want remnants of dark chalk on it. So, I used a pencil, which with a smaller line makes you think you have left plenty of room. However, I do like this. I wanted to do terraced houses, and I think this way of working helps to add to the idea of the houses being close together.

The Spotlight pieces will have a surround about 6 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in. for people to frame them. So, it only needs a zigzag finish.

Deadline 1 March! So, that is out of my head now. 😁

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Bead on - 15-21Jan

week 3 - 2018

Bead on fabric to date:
Just one special set this week...Saturday because of the TVCT meeting. look at the farthest left you can just see. Photo somewhat late at night. Won't be too exciting til there is a few more weeks on there.

Bead trim update:
I decided 20 inches was enough for the Dutch Spiral. It is taking too much time, too many thread breaks and using too much thread. and too frustrating.
As you can see, I haven't had the heart to sew in the thread tails.

Such a relief to put it away!

So, I have chosen to do a Double St. Petersburg chain. I did a St Petersburg chain started in January last year. I didn't particularly like my colour choice, so it took a few months to finish. (Besides I was doing to many other things!) Now I want to go on to try the double variation.
This is already enjoyable and going quickly. I  may be able to complete the first side by the end of the month.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 53

Since we had the one butter keeper, we picked up this one at a jumble sale.
I don't use them - too hard to wash! and there are only the two now in my collection.

Interesting now, my husband's nephew lives and works in Jersey.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Amarylis update

I mentioned these at the beginning of the year.

The red amarylis has now gone by, but the very tall one - white with red - has first opened all 4 flowers on the first stem last week.
And now, also the 4 flowers on the second stem. In the above photo it is still holding the 4 flowers in the bud.
And here it is with all the flowers open. It is very top heavy, so the stem of the red one is holding it up. The flowers on the first stem are already wilting. I think it is because it is so near the top part of the window which we open when I am cooking. So, perhaps got a bit of a chill.
Very far to the left bottom corner, you can just see the stem of the white one. It is taking it's time to do things.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

A bit late today. Getting things done! so, just a few.

Related to that...finally done with the 'secret' projects that I can't show yet. and I definitely like being able to work on something I can show.

Just at the fusing stage.
Ramshackle Row will be sent off for the SAQA Spotlight Auction at the upcoming conference. Nice to work small again, too! Should get to the stitching tomorrow.

And something I like very much - my collection of deep red glass which came from Romania.
This was about 27 years ago when we were visiting several times with aid after the revolution. Most of these vases we bought. And last year we were left the tall one we had previously gifted to Mum.

To see what the others like today, go to Lee Anna's blog for the links.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Bead on - 8-14Jan

week 2 - 2018

The Bead on fabric project starts to be a little more interesting than one bead stack every other square.
This week there were 2 days with something a little special going on. Not at the level of New Years or birthdays. But I wanted to mark them. And so I used the same beads for the 'special days', but left the sequin out. So, this will help to give an added flow to the look.

I have been finishing a big project this week...it always takes more time than you think to fill out forms and enter something. So, I didn't get as much done on the Dutch Spiral trim. But that is okay.
It is very hard to keep the thread from breaking because the bugle beads have some sharp edges. And, it uses up thread quite quickly. But still, it will eventually get done.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 52

My mother-in-law gave me a butter keeper with a cow on it. And the fun thing is that it had been given to her by The Thoughtful Man when he was young.
Besides the extra memories that comes with it, I like this strange little mark by its mouth...almost like a Crusade cross.
No clue why, but still somehow adds more charm for me.

At times over the past year, I thought I wouldn't have enough to fill the year. Then I started finding the ones that were hiding in other parts of the house. And now I have enough to keep going for a while longer!
So stay tuned for Some cow on Saturday for a while more.