Sunday, 17 June 2018

Father's Day

My Dad and tiny me.

I am the oldest of 6 children.

Bead on 3-9 June

week 24 - 2018

bead on fabric
With my walker, I managed several days on holiday with much more walking than I had done before. So, I am trying to continue. Going out with Holly for about 30 min around the houses...but not down or up hill at this point. (Holly is still trying to work out just where we are going, as it isn't her regular route. And how to go fast enough to keep me from running over her lead or hitting her backside, yet slow enough that I can get up and down curbs safely.
Anyway, I wanted to keep track of this...sort of an incentive to continue.  Little purple bead at the top of the square following the day's bead stack.

Is this too much stuff? well, although I am 'filling' the fabric with a 'random' pattern, I am also recording things for this year. So, that is the true goal.
Taking Saturday's off, for the most part, because it is already busy.
Next week I will be turning the corner for the next row.

Having completed the length - 40 cm - I started up one side with little black beads.
and now that is finished and I have begun going up the other side.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 74
also fridge magnets

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Bead on 3-9 June

week 23 - 2018

bead on fabric

on holiday this week, so I wanted to mark it in a way that would be obvious when you look at the whole at the end of the year.

no trim this week

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 73
a few more fridge magnets spotted for this week and next

Contrast - Cow with attitude (Red eyes?)
and calf with the innocent look

Thursday, 7 June 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like being on holiday with Mr. Thoughtful and Holly the dog.
But you will have to wait to next week for those photos!

However, you know I like showing you the growing things.

The plant that looked like this a few weeks ago...
Looks like this now...
Compare the chives you can see beneath the plant to get a better understanding of the size.

You see what I mean about the leaves staying the same, but being larger. I think that is amazing! Ok, yes, other leaves do that, too! But the fact that these are such an interesting shape and grows proportionally (I think that is the word.) to still retain all the shaping on the edge is a wonderful thing.
I still don't know what it is called.😄

Next to that around the corner is the red climbing rose. First year it is really blooming.

Then there are the first clematis growing in the jungley bit under the apple tree

So, I like indoor plants, too. Although, I don't do well at remembering to water them unless they are right in my face!

At the moment, my son's lemon tree is a bit sad. Well, more than that. There are one or two leaves and one green lemon. So, it has been put outside to see what the summer can do for it. (He should have taken it to uni.)
When I was at the shop the other day, I saw a coffee plant. Oh! Lovely surprise. so, I have picked that up for a replacement.
I know I can grow these because I had one that got very big quite a few years back.

Also, I had a thought about a day or so before going down to the shop, about wanting to have a Tradescantia pallid plant again. (Sometimes called Wandering Jew).
Lo and behold, they had some!
and so one came home with me.😄

One more new thing I like very much.

wheels! My legs have got to the place where I am not steady - or I feel I am not steady. A couple weeks ago, I went on a walk with some of our friends. One friend has MS. So, she was pushed round in a wheel chair. I asked if I could try out her walker/scooter. It was great! Somehow I walk differently so that my hip and foot don't hurt so much. Ok Still tired, but not hurting badly is a good thing!
Then Last week, a delivery. I had a suspicion when a dining room chair came to live in our bedroom and there was a clear space next to the dog's toy bed.
Mr. Thoughtful had bought one for me! I chose blue because my friend's is red and then we don't get them mixed up.
So, imagine me actually being able to go on small walks with Mr. Thoughtful and Holly on my holiday.
This is a very glad thing!😍

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Bead on 26 May- 2 June

week 22 - 2018

bead on fabric

A look at all to the beginning of June - the little purple bugles show the new month beginning.

starting to go back along the sides to begin building a wider trim

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 72

a gift from my husband some time ago.

I 'couldn't find' the farmer and cow when I was doing the other cow knick-knacks. Then they other day I 'found' it on a higher shelf that I used to keep it. 😵

Friday, 1 June 2018

Exciting news!

Last week I received a letter from the lovely people who run Festival of Quilts to say my entry was accepted for the Fine Arts Quilt Masters section!!!!!

This means it will be shown in a separate area from the other competition. There are 23 who have been shortlisted. On the first day of the show, at the Awards Ceremony, a winner will be announced.

In the past, names of those who have had work accepted include some of the very top European and International quilters. I am overwhelmed to join them. This year also, they will be producing a catalogue of the Artwork. So, that gives a way for visitors to take their memories (and my name!) back home with them.

It is a prestigious honour to be accepted. I was never sure I had anything good enough! But this year, the piece I entered into the 7th European Triennial was not excepted. So, I decided to enter this. You don't 'lose' if you don't get in, you just select ahead of time which category of the regular competition you want to enter instead, like Art Quilts or Pictorial or whatever, and no one need to be the wiser.

The blurb from the Festival of Quilts website says:
An international juried competition, the Fine Art Quilt Masters Gallery celebrates
the finest examples of art quilts with work that has powerful artistic expression
with abstract and figurative elements.

I asked if I had to keep it under wraps, but I was told "Shout it from the rooftops! " So, I am.

Ramshackle Suburbs
My 'Ramshackled' series explores neighbourhood. In this work, differences in housing are revealed through 'accessories' (trees and plants, building extensions, window type, etc) for each home. 

Housing choices can be personal, voluntary or due to restrictions: income, social or political. With each structure there are certain freedoms and certain limitations.

Here is a detail photo.
I thought I might try lightly striped fabric for the background this time. I really like the look. And so they must have, as well!
Also, this involved me being brave enough to make something 'large'. It is around 200cm by 110cm, (2metres by the width of the fabric.) You might remember me showing the back at different stages while I worked on it. Not the easiest to do!
Now I need to put a sleeve on it and find a box big enough.

Actually, it is slightly scary to imagine it all!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like my violas. Worth the pain of planting them around Holloween. In April, I showed what they had looked like all winter.

Here is what they look like now.

And next to them, the holly bushes.

I was delighted with the little flowers!

There should be plenty of berries, if the birds let them go red.

I like noticing Architecture and Design
I don't go into town very often, but a few weeks ago I did when I went for an eye exam. I noticed some of the improvements to that part of town which helps it to blend in a bit with the new regenerated town centre.

Looking up near Specsavers. They are quite high, so I don't think many people see the circles.

Along the ceiling on the lower part.

I like the way it meanders, even to the point of having very small light tubes matched with large ones to keep the look.

Looking along the street from the sky walk. I like the repetition of the banner/signs on the building contrasted with the repetition of the trees down the grass verge.
oops! forgot the photo!

And looking down to the landscaping, I spotted a plant which we have next to the front door.
Ours has been growing very slowly, but this is a good example of what size it could get to! We will have to keep it in hand.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

4th Plinth - Forced to Flee - Nowhere to Hide

I have finished! (Last week) The little houses made with my adapted box template are stitched together and done!

Inspired by the Artwork: Model for a Hotel (Hotel for Birds) by Thomas Schutte
click on the link to see a variety of images of the sculpture from different sides.

Reason for choosing the art work as inspiration:
The transparent, overlapping colours and the impracticality attracted me.

Forced to Flee - Nowhere to Hide
I am burdened for refugees – South Sudan, Myanmar, etc.
“Here is a tarp and poles. Make your home.”

Documentaries show us people in their desperation. Focus camera on flimsy tents.
Yes, the story must be told!

So, what about their privacy?

Materials and Techniques:
Plastic Document folders used for colour and transparency. Hand quilting thread, hand stitch through layers of the plastic

Adapted box template to resemble my Ramshackle house series. Flimsy house joined together like refugee camps. Open to the elements, transparent. Hiding nothing, revealing all.

-I also added a piece of foam core under the foundation in order to keep the brilliance of the colours. Otherwise, the colour of tables, cloths and so on show through the transparent foundation.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Bead on 13-19 and 20-25 May

week 20 - 2018
catching up on posting, though the beading was up-to-date.

bead on fabric

trim - 351/2 in


week 21 - 2018

bead on fabric

with flash gives the true colour of the fabric
with ruler gives an idea of the size of the squares

trim - 40 in


Saturday, 26 May 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 71

Another strange cow.
You can tell my thrill about receiving this one by the fact that the packaging is still there.
This one I leave in the cupboard in the kitchen. Only rarely get it out.  Why? When you squeeze the lever that is part of the handle, the head lifts up, like an open mouth, to shine out a torch/flashlight.🔦
OK, if it were just that, maybe. But she also says 🐄moo-ooo-ooo🐄 the whole time you are shining the light out in the garden after dark when you are trying to work out why the gate is making rattling noises.😒
So, no, not particularly my favourite! 😆

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Something on Saturday

Cow 70

Not sure I would have bought this miniature fluff vacuum if it were my choice. But it is a funny thing, and it picks up a few threads around and about if need. The suction inlet is under her nose.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for my Dad.
Thomas Gene Wolford
19 July 1935-2018

Love you very much Dad. Thanks for working so hard for us. Even for making us work hard.
For wanting us to have good values. For teaching me how to grow things.
and for showing how to use my own initiative.
For using your time and effort to be able to give. Not sure all the old ladies wanted a big huge fish to handle, but they got one!

I am glad you are with God now.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Little boxes

back to making progress on these little boxes.
some times you have to take a bit of time to get brave enough to take the next step!
so... now I am sewing things together.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Bead on 6-12 May

week 19 - 2018

beading on fabric

nearly to the end of the 4th row - going right to left.

the new pink and black trim
at 22 inches.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Something on Saturday

cow 69

A bit funny, these cows. Perhaps it is how their eyes were painted.

Somehow I have 3 or 4 of these. They breed in the cupboard, I think.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Plant Identification help needed.

After yesterday's post, I thought I would show you photos of the leaf of this plant by the back door.

I love the leaves. They remind me of the Mandlebrot set. (If you follow that link, scroll down past alot of the maths to see what a mandlebrot set looks like...very like my leaves!)
Somehow, they look like this when they are small (even newly grown wee small ones look like this, but I haven't a picture.)
and also when they are bigger.
this one was growing further up the plant.
The leaves can get very huge! and still look the same.

They grow very tall with grass like flowerheads. But it dangles like cornsilk with little tiny tags/seeds that rustle in the wind. It looks lovely with the sun behind it!
It grows very fast, and inspite of it being chopped back to the ground each year, it comes back just as vigorously.

Any clues? If not, maybe I will wait and ask again when I can take a photo of the flower/seedhead.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

I like Thankful Thursday

I like watching the garden grow.

A few years ago, the Thoughtful Man came home with bush after bush, tree after tree mostly from plants at various grocery stores! Now our garden has a wide variety of things, but as, for some reason, he doesn't keep the labels...well, we don't know what a lot of them are!
Still they are all interesting! Lots of different flowers and lots of different leaf shapes.
Not sure what this is, but we have a row of them...or what is left of a row after last summer when a black dog removed about half of them in order to make a place to lay in the shade.
And then while I was trying to position this pink one, I broke it off...😕 We have mostly white and some pink.

An Acer

A blueberry bush in bud

The Bleeding Heart bush beginning to grow for this year.


The heather is doing brilliantly this year

The Star Magnolia tree with flower buds

a closer look at the flowers. If you compare the bush behind it with the first photo in this post, you can see how the acer looks with leaf bud and up above in full leaf.
Now the flowers of the magnolia have blown away and it is also full leaf. Interestingly, the leaves have a similar shape to the petals of the flowers.

Just a couple weeks can make quite a difference.
This is a forest pansy. I looked it up and sometimes it is called Chinese Red Bud.

a week or so later - With and without flash. and now the flowers are gone and it is in full leaf.

I can't remember what this bush is called, but these photos were taken about 2 weeks apart.

The new leaves are a bright red, then they begin to change until they are green like the rest of the bush.

Eucalyptus tree
At the ends of the little branches, it has little buds that make you think they will be flowers...

But instead, they grow into more leaves!
The new grown leaves are slightly pink.

And to finish, a black tulip.
Up close  you can see it is very deep purple, but from a distance it looks black.
My Mom read a book one time about a search for a black tulip. She told me some of the story. So, when these tulips came up from one of the Thoughtful Man's bulb planting moments, it gave me quite a thrill that we have some! I shall have to look for the book, I think.
Edit: Wow! I just looked up the Black Tulip and found it is by Alexander Dumas! So, I am definitely going to look for it to read.

So, anyway, that is enough for today. This week, with the back door open to the glorious weather, I have enjoyed the smell of the lilacs by the shed wafting through. Ours is lilac colour (of course) but Next Door have a white one, so I can enjoy both when I open my curtains in the morning. Usually it comes before ours and then finishes before ours. But with the weird weather this spring, they have both come around the same time.

If you want to see what some of the other likes are, check them out at LeeAnna's blog.