Saturday, 21 April 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 66

As you can tell, this mug was a favourite.
The dishwasher has worn it away.
I always wondered... what made them choose chicken wire for a background for a cow?

Thursday, 19 April 2018

I like Thankful Thursdays.

Some weeks, like last week, it seems Thursday happens before I know it. And as I haven't been doing much going out and about, I am running out of things to take pictures of!

But, this week, we've got it. Besides, it is warmer, suddenly, which makes it easier to go least in the garden.

I like these violas I planted in October - around Halloween - in a spot where not much else grows. They had flowers when I bought them, but then basically went a bit dormant over winter.
But now, they are beginning to send up their mauve and pumpkin faces. When the daffodils get to the point to cut them back, there they will be brightening a plain spot in the garden.

I like the Snake's head fritillary . They go well with the yellow tulips.
Like my son says, Isn't it amazing that God made a chequerboard pattern on a flower!
Different stages here, near the bottom a new one coming towards the back, one about to open and in front a close view of recently open can tell because the chequerboard is clearly defined.
As they get older, the colours darken and blend a bit.
And each one has different shaping to the pattern!

And then there are the plain old fritillary - white ones!

And I also like that SAQA Europe and Middle East is well represented in the current issue of the SAQA Journal.
One of our Co-reps.
Three of us who are volunteers
and followed by an article about the work of my friend Uta Lenk, who only stepped down from being co-rep last year!

Check out the 'likes' of the others over at LeeAnna's blog.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Green boxes

Green boxes have been cut out.

And a deconstructed template - I decided I like the overlaying of colours, so I am making some boxes that are made up of 2 different colours.

Monday, 16 April 2018


I have been doing a lot of reading since about November. I realised I was just getting more and more weary of pushing myself.

Two of the books I recently read, just looking through books at the library and seeing what might be interesting. Not always the best results, but here are 2 which I read lately that were very moving.

The Book Thief
Wow. Very thought provoking. I like reading books from the WWII period, but had never come across one from this setting and point of view.

Just finished Invention of Wings
Again, Wow. I liked this most for the story and how it intertwined. But quite a lot of it is factual or based on facts about Abolition in America in the early 1800's and how that movement also opened up the idea of women's rights.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Bead on 8-14 April

Week 15 - 2018

Bead on fabric
detail of turning the corner
remember I am going back and forth, not returning to the beginning of the row for the next one.

and the Netting trim/sample so far

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 65

Another mug. Part of a set with 2 cows, 2 sheep, 2 pigs.
The other cow is broken. ­čś×

But, at least there is one.

Friday, 13 April 2018

red boxes

Slow but sure.
red cubes cut out.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

yellow boxes

more little plastic boxes

You can begin to see the changes in colour with overlapping. I am not sure how or if I am going to make that a part of this work.

Just to show you my set up to cut the cubes with the scalpel.
Beginning on the red. (and you know I am keeping the popper closures for something they will be just right for in the future!)

I had a question about which Fourth Plinth Sculpture I was using for inspiration.

Here is a photo collection of the ones we could choose from
And now you can perhaps guess.
Model for a Hotel - 2007 designed by the German artist Thomas Schutte
(the architectural model was called Hotel for Birds)

I am glad I read this. Going by the images I have seen, I thought it was just blue, red, yellow. But I also wanted to include green. And it seems this article at least says the piece included green glass.

Monday, 9 April 2018

more boxes

Beginning to cut out more of the little plastic boxes. This time in colour.

I need to make some up properly now so I can figure out the next step for display. I know what is in my head, but I am not sure that is the best solution.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Beadon - 1-7 April

week 14 - 2018

bead on fabric
from right to left you can see what a busy weekend it was last week. A Certain Young Man's birthday, Good Friday, Sewing club, new month and Easter!
This is where the over all look will have interesting clusters of 'random' patterns. But to me, I can look and see the places where interesting things happened.

And not chenille stitch trim. Not sure how many times I unpicked more than I progressed with that, so I stopped...

...To do something I hadn't done yet.

Yes! I can do this. I found a set of instructions that used the accent bead, which I wanted to do.
I still don't think I will  have enough of the accent to make a very long piece, but longer than the chenille would have been. I can already think of different variations for this.

I think I will have to look for a better chenille stitch instruction because that is what is causing me grief. I can't work out the right turning on some steps from the instruction or image. I think I get it, but then I get to the next row and it isn't right, so I have to take it back. Or I go off and come back the next day and can't do it again!
Now I know why I stopped where I did with the pink one!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 64

Another mug with a similar look to last weeks.
but a bit funnier!
No, I don't use it much. I don't need the teasing that comes with it! ­čśü

Thursday, 5 April 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

A few of the things I like this week.

When the boiler broke, the Thoughtful Man moved the garden bench from the front of the house, to give more room to go back and forth.
Now it is in the back garden. I really like the look of it there and seeing it when I look out the dining room window.

I like this bench a lot. It  used to be at my mother-in-law's house...having belonged to her husband (who I never met). I have no idea how they managed it, but somehow it was packed into the car with other things when Mum went into a nursing home. A nice reminder for my husband of his dad.
Not sure if it will stay, because there is a Buddleia to the left as you look at it. and a Black elderberry bush (a bit like this) in the corner behind.

I like these marks. photos from the autumn.
Buggy wheels and footprints in front of South Hill park entrance.
with the stone semi-circles, as well.

Actually, another like...that last photo is evidence of my photo programme. I use it all the time. Very cool to be able to put both photos together. I know I don't use half the features and the ways I do use some of them are  probably not the easiest or best way. But Paint Shop Pro generally does enough to suit my needs.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Small fixes

While I am in the mood for mending I decided to finally sort this pocket on my outdoor jacket.

The pockets are meant to velcro together to keep pocket contents dry and safe from falling out. Part of this is that the back of the coat pocket edge comes over the front of the coat pocket edge.
The dark blue is the front of the coat.

However, things like gloves catch on the velcro. and backs of cold hands get roughed up because the front bit turns under so that the rough part of the velcro scrapes skin as you reach in for a hanky or just to keep hands warm.
Rough section turning under when putting hand inside.

So, at many years have I had this coat?...I have unpicked the rough part of the velcro! I never close them anyway.
I have been meaning to do this for years! But you come home and hang up the coat, forgetting til the next time.
Not now!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

plastic boxes

I have done a bit of sampling to come up with a template that works for what I have in mind using the plastic wallets I showed the other day.
As i said, The next TVCT exhibition will be work inspired by one of the sculptures which has been exhibited on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.
first a thick card cube using the original template

Next step to lengthen the side opposite to the original long one.
and eventually the proper length

and trying it out in clear plastic
One is nearly right and one is right. I scored the foldlines with the scalpel I used to cut the boxes.
Now to get on with making the rest.
I also need to sample ideas for display
and to see if there would be a door or window,
and if it wants someone or something inside.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Bead on - 25-31 March

week 13 - 2018

beaded fabric
A detail, rather than full photo, so you can see what it looks like.
This week it is the bottom row from the gold start on the right to the bugle beads on the left which stand for the end of the month. This weekend full of birthday/Good Friday squares, too.

I realise now that these won't cover as much of the fabric in one year as I had thought. I have no idea what I was counting when I counted it! So 3 months has not yet covered 3 whole rows. But I do plan to do hand stitching along the lines when I line the fabric for use. So, maybe I will work out what is needed at the end of the year and move up to several each day. Though, at this point, I can't see myself wanting to have a lump of cloth with beads on it in the corner of the room for years!

Well, I have 9 months to think!

I started another trim. Flat Chenille stitch in red.
I tried it previously (in pink) when I was testing the idea of whether this would work for a daily. -I decided, no. But it works for something to do when I can.
It is a very complicated stitch. and I didn't realise how many accent beads it would need. You can see I counted it out. I think I might just get it to 4x the length it is now. Which isn't much. So, I might do different sections using continuous main colour beads but a different accent red in each same size section.
But, it will depend on how much I have to constantly follow the pattern and constantly go back and unpick a row or two!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Something (not) on Saturday

Cow 63

Another mug. I like the cute cow.
I should use it more!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

Sorry about no post last Thursday. It would have been a camel straw.
But this week is a lot better. So, here we are.

I have been looking for another fabric with squares or similar for another 'recording' type of fabric like I am doing with the daily bead project.
The other day when we were hanging my exhibition I saw this...

Just right. Now, which of many ideas to record?

I like these colours on my table. Just about to start working with them for my 4th Plinth piece. The next TVCT exhibition will be work inspired by one of the sculptures which has been exhibited on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.

Thinking boxes at the moment

Loving working at my bead station in front of the patio window.

I like that I have got some mending done. The jacket is next. It isn't that I like mending, but I am glad to be getting a bit more space to work in...less piles of things which have been sitting round here for years.

And lastly, I like a Certain Young Man who is 29 years old today. I am very proud of him. 2 degrees, nearly finished a Masters and invited to embark on a PHD because of the research he is doing! Well Done that Man.