Monday, 30 April 2007
Sunday, 29 April 2007
1. I lack confidence
2. I am the queen of procrastination
3. I think political correctness has gone way too far
4. I struggle to keep depression at bay
5. People who are too nice and profess to see the good in everyone make me suspicious
6. I think I have a good sense of humour, if slightly wicked at times :)
7. I hate the way the world is headed
8. I love nature
9. I love my family to bits
10. Sometimes I believe I am a bad mother
11. I try not to care what people think of me
12. I am overweight
13. I don't always agree with people who say you should 'get it off your chest' or 'work through it', it will be 'cathartic'. Sometimes yes it's absolutely the thing to do but not always. I told this to a psychiatrist once. He left his job after seeing me. I don't think the two were connected - lol (don't worry, I wasn't there because 'the voices told me to do it' or anything!)
14. Maybe I do care what people think!
15. I love textiles in any shape or form and always always have
16. I don't trust the government or the media
17. I do still believe there is good in the world
18. I am an avid reader but a bad student
19. It's a cliche, but my children are my most successful works
20. Friends are really important - if I'd realised this sooner, I'd have tried to make more
21. I can wiggle my ears and roll my tongue
Blimey. I do sound quite a negative person don't I? I'm not really you know, what I should have put in that list is one thing I am passionate about, and that is I believe that there is always Hope. In any situation I am always a hopeful person and I always try and find a bright side.
Do I sound like a raving lunatic now I wonder?
Saturday, 28 April 2007
Today I woke up feeling awful - headache and nausea. Now, I hate to feel sick on any day, but at the weekend it's somehow even worse, you know? Not to mention that I had a tutorial at Stirling University (a 45 minute drive) and I really needed any wisdom that was on offer there. However, I was just too sick to go and so had to stay home and remain unenlightened. Well, a bit longer won't make any difference.
Later today, when feeling somewhat better, I had another try at making my blog photos enlarge with just a click of the mouse. I carefully followed several different instructions given by nice, generous people and did I have success? Nope. Not a chance. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but be assured I will get to the bottom of this if it kills me, which it may well do.
Friday, 27 April 2007
As if that wasn't exciting enough, my brother in law took my sister and I to The Bead Shop in Edinburgh! It was really good and my sister made me buy one or two things (really, she did, twisted my arm behind my back and everything!). But, I was fairly restrained and at least four tubes of beads came from the bargain bin. I won't tell you what she bought (ker-ching!). Here is the side view of the shop with my lovely sister Judith and her other half - the man they call 'Robbo'.
And here is what I came home with. There were so many beads to choose from, all the colours and all the sizes you could wish for. Well, actually there were no size 15 beads which I was looking for so that's not strictly accurate is it? Nevertheless, it was pretty bloomin' good and the staff were very helpful too I might add. And what am I going to make with these goodies I hear you ask? Well, nothing at the moment. I have been good and put them away till after my studies are done, but when the time comes - watch out beads!!
So, you might think I had had enough excitement by now, but no! When I came home I tidied up my 'studio' - okay, my dining room. This is it looking really tidy, no kidding, before the tidy up it was absolutely covered in fabric, threads, the sewing machine and several other piles of necessary 'stuff'. You can actually see the table now. But again, it's all away till after the studies, unless there is a sewing emergency that is...
Thursday, 26 April 2007
I also received an extra bookmark from the clever lady that is Wendy. Don't you just love the way she has combined these gorgeous black and white fabrics - I love it! Thanks again to you Wendy! I must just add that this was beautifully wrapped in pink tissue paper.
Today was my textile group day. It was a really good turnout this time - there were a whole seven of us! It was a good day and we had a good chat at lunchtime although we don't stop for long to chat - we need to get as much done as possible on that interruption free one day a month! Everyone was working on far more interesting things than me of course, but I had fun and mainly worked on this. I just couldn't get a decent photo showing the colours very well but here it is anyway.
It's basically lots of scraps of fabric on a hand dyed fabric background with a layer of tulle over the top and stitched and stitched in a circular motion - not a good photo as I say but I was pleased with the finished piece. I will have to do more work on it but I'm not sure what as yet.
Here is my good friend Maria concentrating hard on some work. She will kill me for posting this picture of her!
I also finished off this piece I had been working on. I will probably add a dark background to it at some stage.
I had an interesting trip to a new shop the other day to buy some wool (the merino tops kind, not the yarn kind!) but that is a topic for another day. Tomorrow I may or may not visit a bead shop I've never been to before over in Edinburgh. Watch this space!
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
I have a few other things to blog about but I have been busy busy the last couple of days so I will hopefully catch up in the next couple of days. Tomorrow I go to my textile group - we are supposed to meet once a month (started last September-ish) and I think I've actually made it twice so far! I have nothing ready to take and a complete and sudden lack of inspiration - typical! Never mind, I'll think of something in the morning - I hope :)))))
Sunday, 22 April 2007
Later in the day, while looking for my crochet needles (don't ask) I found this crocheted bedcover. I only ever got about a foot and a half done and it is really wide, so I'm just wondering - do I continue and finish it whenever, or do I rip it down and crochet up some granny squares? Hmmm... Incidentally it is made from some utterly gorgeous Shetland wool (I think it's about 4 ply) from Jamieson & Smith up there in Lerwick.
Judging by these photos, I still have not managed to fathom out how to make them enlarge by clicking on them.... I really must pay more attention...
Not much else to report here although I may go on a trip to Linlithgow tomorrow with my good friend Maria. This involves a quilt shop, a needlecraft shop, a chocolate shop (not for me you understand), a fabric shop, an art shop and of course, lunch!! Mwwaaahaaahaaahaaa!
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Friday, 20 April 2007
Wednesday, 18 April 2007
Enough of that. Yesterday I did a bit of sewing and made a couple of little fun projects. I wanted to make something out of the experimental 'bits' I made with the embellisher. This journal cover was made from commercial felt cut into strips and woven and then went over it all with the embellisher. Then I added some shapes and flowers made with the embellisher and some bits of fibres. I wasn't all that keen on it so I sewed lines of flower and leaf patterns with my sewing machine. Then I lined it, satin stitched the edges, made some cord for it (with some nice beads added to cords and large flower) and that was that. It is actually quite a nice colour combination but my photo has made it somewhat lurid. I tried to photograph it all ways, but it still came out like this - but at least you get the idea - it was fun!
I had similar problems with this photo. Same sort of idea with the woven felt but this has also red net over the top and some hand stitching of hearts on the orange bits and a nice felted flower. It is lined and has a little press stud to close. This is pretty bright in real life!
Monday, 16 April 2007
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Friday, 13 April 2007
So did the girls...My other 'boy' just had to have a go at making fire!...
All the children had a go at mixing the clay - which was to be used to repair a clay oven. They really liked this, it was mucky!
It was a long drive home and we were stuck behind a tour bus from somewhere in Germany for ages on narrow twisting roads for ages. We managed to get past the bus and carried on merrily until coming up behind this - a three wheeler! - I haven't seen one of these for years (showing my age now lol).
All the adults are quite tired out now but are the children - NO! I know this because my two and one of their cousins are in the next room to me supposed to be asleep!! I will have to go in to them and adopt my stern voice in a minute! Somehow I think it's going to be a long night.....
Thursday, 12 April 2007
Anyway, this morning this came...
and this... Both of these were free when I bought the Xpression Embellisher and I've just been waiting on their arrival.
Tomorrow, we are all going here - the Crannog at Kenmore. I love this place, this will be the fifth time we have been and this time my sister and her lot are coming too, along with my mum (we've managed to indoctrinate her to the ways of the Crannog - this is her second visit!). I'm in danger of turning into a Crannog groupie lol. My kids love it too so it should be a good day out.
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
This piece was the firmer 'paper' style tyvek with similar technique only I stitched on water soluble stuff first then attached it to the tyvek before I used the heat gun.
Some tyvek beads - painted then stitched with zigzag stitch down the centre before heating.
I have no idea what I'm going to use them for - maybe journal covers. It was just nice to play for five minutes!
Sunday, 8 April 2007
my goodness, that bunny must be quite tall...
All in all, the bunny left four little eggs each for my children to find - boy were they happy!!
And they did make some lovely Easter cards and things for me this year...
Now to the jewellery. This post is particularly for Angel Jem and Alis who wanted to see us making things (I'm still not posting the pic of me looking like the Loch Ness Monster!). These are the earrings I made when my sister was round this week, I finally managed to get a picture in focus - they are really simple but I just loved the colours of the beads.
Then I found some earrings I made a while ago - the colours aren't very good here due to my bad photography.
And here are some funky rings I made ages ago too. I made loads of different wrapped rings like this - they are good fun but of course I never remember to wear them!
Friday, 6 April 2007
The excitement didn't end there, oh no, after Vane Farm I went home and cleaned some carpets with a new Vax machine thingy I borrowed from my mum (yes, she has many and varied uses) and this was also successful. I just wonder if tomorrow can be any more exciting than today....
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Tuesday, 3 April 2007
Just had to take a photo of the lichen on this tree. There were hundreds like it and I managed to collect some bits that were lying on the ground to take home with me.
Well, after that lovely day out it was off home to make dinner for everyone. No sooner was that all done but my lovely sister appeared to show me how to do something creative with beads. What actually happened was that my daughter and my neice made earrings and phone charms, and my sister and I achieved very little! We did drool a lot over her bead collection though, and I do now know what some of the little findings I have are actually for! I have to say that I had a picture of us to put here but it was quite possibly one of the most unflattering ones of us I have ever seen.... and we can't have that now can we? But, all in all, a very good day was had by all...