Thursday, 21 February 2019

I like Thankful Thursday

Phewww! I really, really like that I can work on the computer without getting nauseous!
I have a collection of photos I have been holding back for I like Thursday. Being the type of post that wants several photos, I just wasn't managing to face the computer for them.
I like to resize my photos so it doesn't take up so much room in the random place where blogger stores them. And not so much data for viewers to download. But, so far, I haven't worked out how to do this on my phone. I take pretty much all of my photos on the phone now.

Besides that, I like that I can do a bit of word processing to get my posts just right, without going insane with the way that it is either Very small, or it jumps around on my phone when I try it. Tada! Lots of sorting done at a size I can manage!

So... for today.
When I went for my glasses the other day, I saw this lovely lady in Princess Square.

This week is half-term. In Bracknell town centre they have set up a Fantasy Fairy Trail. I don't know what else was involved, but I loved this lady sculpted in greenery. I didn't touch her, so I don't know if it was real shrubbery (isn't that a fun word?) or not. Either way, I think it is cool.

As you know, I like Amaryllis flowers. This one was given to me by a friend at Christmas.
It has been amazing. This is the 3rd flower shoot!

Since I missed posting after Valentines day, you can see them this week.
I like how Thoughtful the Thoughtful Man is...
Dark red roses... ✔️

Card and chocolates...✔️

heart-shaped microwave heating pad ✔️✔️ Hurrah! Great for the neck when it is causing a headache.

I like it when I 'see things' that are unexpected. Such as a face in the minute steak I cooked for our Valentines Day meal.

Meet the man in the meat!

As usual, check out more of the other likes from the links on LeeAnna's blog.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

fruit stack

The fruit I was having the other day just looked like they would stack up.

and they did!

Plum, satsuma, and nectarine.

Monday, 18 February 2019

All the better to see you with

...and finally, after well over a year... I can see properly!!! πŸ‘€

New spectaculars 😁
Regular Bifocals πŸ€“

And Bifocal Sunglasses 😎 

They had to put prisms in to deal with the double vision. It works!
So wonderful to see distance again! I worked in my studio a bit. The eye dr had said they will take a bit of getting used to. The long distance is not so bad, though I do have to blink if I turn my head quickly. The close up/reading part will need a bit of time. I stitched my daily bead project, but needed a break after that in order to do anything else. So I started sorting some of the magazines I cleared from the bookcase a week or two ago.
Next real will be the computer. That was the hardest bit. I found myself getting “see sick” 🀒, whenever I tried working online. So most of what I have done is on the phone.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 10-16 February

continuing the 2019 bead project

This week’s work towards connecting with 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in the last year because of their faith.

I am onto the sixth set of nine, making 3,760 people noted.
I want to make others aware of them. 

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 7

This wonderful cut glass jar was handed down from my husband’s Granny.

I love the way it catches the light.

It usually lives on the window sill in the dining room, which gets a lot of morning light.

But at present, the amaryllis are living there.

Friday, 15 February 2019

The other bead project

While I wait for the spectaculars, I have been slowly working on the other bead project. It sort of got put by when I started finding it difficult to see a year or so ago. With the up-lighter, the room light, the sunshine and some times the positional light, I can see enough to work on my bead and hand stitching projects

So I finally finished last section on the Captured/Abducted dress.
I have 20 more days of beads to use to fill in here and there to even up some of the edges.

Now to cut about 6in from the hem to use for straps and possibly to make lacing in the upper section of the back.
The marks are representing the girls and women continually being captured and abducted in Nigeria. There are the situations where schools are attacked and large groups of girls abducted. But even in various villages throughout Nigeria, girl and women are often taken as they go about their daily task or on the way to school. I wanted to do something to raise awareness.

When I started the project, the numbers I read worked out that from 2011 approximately 30 were abuducted each month! Like one each day! So, each mark (bar and gate) has not only the usual |||| / (5) but 2 more||. One set of seven (7 years from 2011 to the end of 2018) for 365 days.

I am considering putting a line of single beads along the hem to represent families whose lives are so drastically changed because of these abductions.  Practically, it will help with the hang of the dress.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 3-9 February

My friend came round and I showed her this in person. What attracted her the most was how tactile it is.
This week’s work towards connecting with 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in the last year because of their faith.

I am onto the fifth set of nine, making 3,200 people noted.
Too many. 

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 6

This painting of chickadees is done on a piece of slate. It is around the size of the treasure from last week.

My favourite bird is a chickadee. They are plentiful where I come from. They stay though harsh winters and bring much cheer with their song. They are a bit like the coal tit here in England.
The painting was done by a lady who was a big part of my growing up. She also became my youngest sister’s Mother-in-law. I have a few things around that she painted. Some with more chickadees. Perhaps one will become a treasure on another day.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Breaking silence?

Couldn’t get into blogger yesterday.

Something like an update.
a good thing.  I got the all clear from the hospital that my eyes πŸ‘€ have healed fine from the cataract surgeries.
However ... I am still seeing double. Advice: see the optician.
Another good thing. Optician is very thorough with all sorts of tests.
Diagnosis: I can’t remember technical terms, but basically one eye is seeing lower than the other. “Look at the dot.” “There are two of them. One above the other.”
This was consistent throughout. So, she’s had them do some magical things like prisms and other things about astigmatisms.
In the meanwhile...
Seeing double. New glasses ready on the 18th February.

Thus why I have been avoiding the computer. It harder than the phone. But I haven’t worked out how to resize photos on the phone.

But I did help my friend to find buttons from my stash for the new cardigan she knitted!
One colour looked good on its own but not in multiples. The other colour was the same. And only a subtle difference. So we decided to alternate them! And you really can’t tell when looking at the whole cardigan with its lovely stripes. πŸ˜„

I am managing the bead project with plenty of lighting and even magnifying glasses. I expect because I’m not looking in one place for a long time. 
So, counting the days to the glasses! πŸ€“ and also sunglasses πŸ•Ά! But she did say it will take some time to get used to the prisms. So it will be a bit longer before I can drive.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Over 3 hours in the eye clinic

Got the ok to go for the eye test for glasses!!!!πŸ€“

There was a whole lot of waiting going on. 🀨πŸ€ͺ
Just doodling. Then it started looking like a cheeky tunic so I kept going til it was. πŸ˜„

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 27-31 Jan 1-2 Feb

This is already hard to imagine...over 1100 in a fortnight...nearly 3,000 in one month!
and it is overlooked! How?

This week’s work towards connecting with 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in the last year because of their faith.

I am onto the forth set of nine, making 2640 people noted.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 5
A little bowl that used to belong to my mother-in-law.
I love the way the painted fruits seem like you could pick them right up.

It lives in front of the random TV equipment. I like just looking at it. But it’s still like a surprise that we have it instead of Mum.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 20-26

This week’s work towards connecting with 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in the last year because of their faith.

The third set of nine needs one more. (which I will do today) 26 days making 2,080 people noted.

For this set of 9, I stacked the beads then stitched down into the same sequin, making loops. They end up looking smaller. It might be a useful thing to change about so that the height undulates in different ways.

This playing with colour and technique keeps it interesting for me!

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 4

A small bowl from Zimbabwe. Hand painted. I love the patterns, different each way you turn it.

Reminds me of the giver, my friend Yvonne. Praying for safety for you ...and hope and peace in that country.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 13-19

This week’s work towards connecting with 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked last year because of their faith.

I have moved onto the third set of nine, making 1,520 people noted. 

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 3

Carrying on with Paintings.
This one I love. I sit and look at it for ages discovering the details. Wondering how the painter got the effect of the children at the back having just been moving around when you weren't looking.
I love the coral colours in the front that draw you in through the intense stare of the older girl and the focus of the little girl on the straw. and then the Teacher with the little one on a bench. Certainly easier than bending down in a corset? I love the boys  getting into mischief on the right and the little boy asleep with his sister keeping an eye on him. and again, all the children moving around, chatting while plaiting in the background.

I am not completely sure, but perhaps the children then were kept out of the way at harvest while being practical to make the straw plaits sent off to be made into straw hats which were very fashionable then.
George Washington Brownlow - A Straw Plaiting School in Essex
click to see more detail
This has a precious story for us.
Our attempts at trying to adopt 2 children from Romania had fallen through. We were grieving. I saw this print in a furniture shop (hung to give furniture a setting more like people's homes). I had to go in and ask. Is it for sale? How much? £50. oh.
(this was 28 years ago and £50 was more than we could imagine paying for something that wasn't practical.)

I can't remember the order of things, but next time we were in town, I took my husband to look at it. off and on, we went to visit it with our son in his pushchair.
When my mother-in-law came to visit, we took her to see 'our painting'! I think it was then we decided that even for £50, we had to buy this. I think for all of us, it was something like a soothing of the soul to have these children when we had 'lost' our Romanian children.

So, we all looked in our purses and found out we had just £50 together. I went in to ask. But the different sales person said it wasn't for sale. SOB! so I went back out where they were all waiting, very distraught.

Mother-in-law takes up the challenge. Marching in there, I don't know what she told them, but she came out with the painting for £50! She was an amazing woman. And she knew how dear to my heart this was after what we had been going through.

So, there you are! A bit more of a story than some of these treasures will have.
Go sit in my chair in the lounge and look at the painting for ages.

Friday, 18 January 2019

I like Thankful Thursday - even on Friday!

Here I am late again. I have been making loads of progress though...sorting.
We are having a bit of building work, which involves part of my studio. SO. I have been sorting all those bags that just get dumped behind the table. Shifting things from one cupboard, which is meant to be moved, to wherever else I can get them to go. And of course, I am aching. Well, just such a relief to feel better than I did the past couple months.
The resulting work will be very helpful to me. But I will leave that excitement for the week it happens.

So, onto the things I like.
I also peeled these pumpkins to roast. I figured from Harvest to January was long enough to have them on the side in the kitchen!! I am going to make a pumpkin soup with some, and freeze the rest for future pumpkin soup.
And suddenly, I was amazed at the colour! the striations of colour. I decided this was a like to share.
I do think it glowed more in person though.

My friend Debs gave me an amaryllis for Christmas. How special! I like amaryllis! The ones I had kept from last year decided not to have flowers this year...well, just one. and this one has flowered this week it also has another flower stalk coming.

My husband bought this penguin doorstop before Christmas. But we liked him so much, he lives on the little chair in the front entryway.
So cute to see him when you come through from one place to another!

The Thoughtful Man does the shopping. He has found some gluten free things that are not so great and some that are Very Good! I like these!

I also like their counterpart which is without chocolate, but more of a ring and with a bit of jam in the hole! no photos today.

Right, back to work.
To see more I likes, check out LeeAnna's blog.

Monday, 14 January 2019

24,000 technique explained.

Questions answered... Fabric size near the end of the post.

This is day one, I used what I call stacks.
There is a small sequin at the bottom where it touches the fabric. I find it just adds a bit of grounding. and overall, glistens in different ways when the fabric moves.
I used 4 beads of one colour, 2 beads that create a contrast and then 4 beads of another colour...making 10 beads! The 2 different colours with 4 beads each are strung in different patterns for each set of 8. On the stacks, the 2 beads of contrast are used as stop beads at the top of the stack.

Each set leaves the centre open for now. So, there are 8 stacks each with 10 beads!
This set makes the centre of what will be a 9 patch.

Arches (formerly known as humps)
Then Day 2 starts the sets of arches. Going around the set of stacks.

Each arch starts and touch down in the same square. If you look at yesterday's post, you can see that I have been doing a bit of playing with the direction they point. But I will go crazy if I make that a Rule!
I am not going to get bogged down when it comes to using the same kind of bead or even bead pattern somewhere else. after all I am recording 24,000 People!!

Reminder of 5 sets makes the shape of a plus or a cross.

The centre one is not so easy to see because the stacks splay out.

Reminder of 9 sets, which makes one big square.
What I did to fill in the corners, was to swap the size 15 beads. Now shiny light green becomes part of the main arch and the opaque blue becomes the contrast. It is not easy to see, but I have always found that with patterns on a small scale, it gives more interest from a distance if you change things about. (Like this... my dog is black, but when you are closer there is auburn tips that show in the sun and brown hair amongst the black ones.)

For the moment, I am using more of my size 15 beads because I have had them for ages and they never seem to run out! But I don't expect to only use the combo of 2 types of size 15 beads with 1 type of size 11.

And finally,
an idea of the size of the squares. It is almost 2squares to 1/2in, but not quite! or 2 squares to 1cm, but not really. 😬

Approx. 41-42" (104-107cm) long (it isn't cut straight!)
42.5" (108cm) wide

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 1-12

12 days work representing 960 out of 24,000 Indian Christians who were physically attacked last year because of their faith.

The post previous to this one tells the thoughts behind what I am doing for the bead project this year.
10 beads in a stack or hump (like an inchworm) 8 stacks or humps done each day. There are also sequins, but they serve to ground the stack or hump where they meet the fabric.

To start with, I want to show you photos that can give an idea of what that means! Hard to photograph because the colours glow, like I meant them to do!
Day 3

Each day, I am sort of doing a nine-patch. For now, leaving the centre open so that it makes 8 x a day. In the above photo, you see the variations basically making up 3 sets of 8 small squares.

This is 5 sets of 8 small squares. The centre section is made of stacks and the 4 sets around are made up of the humps. (I wish I could think of a better word!)

This is 9 sets of 8 small squares. I want the colours to flow and to represent the colourful people of India.
So, I started another colour pattern to make the next 9 sets of 8 small squares.

Altogether, this is 12 sets of 8 small squares.
I may change things at some point and do a rectangle or other shape rather than a square, just so it is a bit freer.

So, that was a bit complicated. From this point I will show 1 or 2 photos showing the process and result for the week. I will post them on Sunday as before, with a bit of give and take.

I'd love to hear your comment about this idea...if you understood it for starters!
More explanations on Monday.

Bead on - 24,000 - the 2019 project

This is a long story, Bead project photos in a following post!
For 2019, I wanted to find out just how much 24,000 looks like.


Not long ago I began hearing about Persecuted Christians in India. As you may know, issues like refugees and persecution weigh heavy on my heart. I am not comfortable to go protest, but I can make and show work that might make other people aware.

And why should it matter? Well, it could be me or my family or my friends or my neighbours! Or yours.

So, we know India is a very big country. But I began to read that the current Indian government is led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They believe that being a Hindu is part of Indian identity, and frequently turn a blind eye to attacks on those of other faiths. Also, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is a militant Hindu nationalist group linked with the BJP; they have stated that they want to see India free of Christians and Muslims by the end of 2021.
Organisations monitoring the persecution estimate that almost 24,000 Christians in India were physically attacked last year because of their faith.

What does 24,000 look like? I mean, each 1 making up to 24,000 is an individual. For a start, I looked up Cricket Stadium Capacity.
A list on Wikipedia states that Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, England holds 24,803. The WACA in Perth, Australia holds 24,500. (If you are into football, Stadion in MalmΓΆ, Sweden holds 24,000.)

OK, that is a bit of an idea. It is a lot of people! But I realised I wanted to personalise it a bit more. I am not good at sums, but this turned out to be something possible.

24,000 ÷ 8 = 3,000 and  3,000 ÷ 10 = 300. So, If I used 10 beads 8 times for 300 days, it would take nearly a year to show what the count of 24,000 looks like.

Furthermore, I had this fabric with orange and black squares, which (if I got those sums right) should have enough squares to hold the record.
I chose this because I want to use beads in bright and contrasting colours like one might see in a crowd of Indian people. The sarees are so beautiful and so eye catching; pink, orange, yellow, bright purple, turquoise, blue and more.

And so, then I had a cataract op! 😡  So, I waited til I could see a bit better and caught myself up on the project.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Something on Saturday

The treasures I am showing aren't in any order of preference. More like getting a photo as I remember and discovery them around the house!

Treasure 2

These 2 prints I found at a charity shop. I know the Ambassadors. But haven't been able to find out who painted the other work.
I really like these because of the 'costume' of the people in the paintings. The Ambassadors especially because I looked at Tudor clothing for my design project for my C+G Fashion.
The photos are a bit odd because I was trying to get a photo without climbing up over the studio door to get them down. But I love having a bit of "proper art" for inspiration in my studio.

Thanks from Faye “The second one is by Pieter Hooch "Interior of a Dutch House".