Saturday, 26 July 2014

The week that was

OK, so I had the exhibition

Disappointingly quiet but these things happen

 proud of my new work despite there not being enough people around to appreciate it

My little helper!

 Enjoyed the Highland cows on the way home & didn't have too much road rage when some people stop in the middle of the road to take pics (I parked up safely) or go too near the cows for their own good ( I keep well away from horns that can gore you with a small turn of the head!)

even had time to relax on the terrace - I felt I'd earned it

I'd like to do more sketching - this wisteria follows on from my last post ....can it really be nearly 2 months ago?
 I'd sketched this building from a Macdonalds in Eastbourne when down for the wedding - all I could find in there was a napkin (lovely tape showing thru there ;) & some left over paint from printing below that. I need to work more on my sketchbook

 Working on 2  pieces for the Skye Quilters' exhibition; there I go jumping from neutrals to brights again....

 last but not least a little success in the sale of a piece at the Made in Sleat exhibition, poster below  - we had the opening tonight & I sold my lovely owl feather, I say lovely as I'll miss it but it's gone to a good home.

Mounted on watercolor paper as kindly suggested by Isobel, thank you.

Here's hoping for a busy week!

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Mad dogs & Englishwomen stitching in the midday sun

Finally an opportunity to do a little stitching outside in the sun, a lovely breeze keeping the midges away. Only 7 pics this post, I'm giving you a rest after last time ;)

 This mug was given to me as a present by my Youngest a couple of years ago, he has no idea how touched I was!

 I made up some 'patches' to work on with a bit of tv of an evening, just stitching along, no pattern.

 The idea is to one day put them all together as part of a big piece. Not sure how big, but I've a way to go & my exhibition is in 6 weeks! The feather above is from an owl - I was given a bag full from some naturalists down the road here who found it already dead & thought of me ;)

 All together; a suggestion

 I made a piece to shape into a heart. I've been working with so much color lately it seems I needed a change!

 While sitting outside today I was admiring my Wisteria. A tricky plant to get for a windy place but it was for my 50th & it's only taken nearly 4 years but I had at least 3 racemes this year for the first time!

 & all those delicious tendrils to tie in to the top of the pergola at the back of the house, too. Here's to more stitching al dente ;)

Saturday, 10 May 2014

The Wedding & some blog buddies

Ok, I've got about 24 wedding pics but you don't have to look at them all! Just skim thru admiring the bag & fascinator I've been banging on about for so long (you're all very patient ;)

First, as love is in the air (even the most cynical would love a good wedding!) I made a couple of hearts from the Peacock Fabric enclosing wonderful smelling lavender grown in the south of France by a friend - too wet here ;( .

 did I show you my purse, the one that justified spending so much time on the fascinator & bag that were just for ME?



The day after The Wedding was just lovely, too. The DH noticed a leaflet in the hotel about the Great Dixter garden - you've probably been but I only ever saw it on Gardeners' World & it wasn't even on my radar. So in the morning we spent a happy hour walking around the most beautiful spring garden I've ever seen - sorry, haven't sorted the pics yet, 'cept this one

then in the afternoon my patient DH took me to Brighton to meet two Blog Buddies, Isobel of Threadnoodle & Alison of Fibre Frenzi Alison had a space for her work in one of the Brighton Open House weekends so we met there & then had coffee & cake, of course ;) I've been talking to these girls at our blogs for years so it was amazing to finally meet them.

Isobel back left & Alison right, as you probably know ;) You can see my Wedding Cuff here, it spent it's time at the wedding hiding under my sleeve, tll the evening when it came out for a boogie! So great to meet up & look what Isobel made my day with!

I'm delighted, thank you! Ready for action ;) I was so glad to catch up with Heloise too, giving me a lovely bag of felt to play wit ...(which I haven't photographed yet, sorry)

I can't believe that I had one of the best weddings ever & a chance to meet great blogging friends & go to a wonderful garden all in one weekend. So lucky.

So here are the Photographs, a small taster, honest! Just enjoy, I did.

 8am swim!
still waiting

my parents

 my bro, cuz & his gf
 my sil

 boys, eh?

 Fiji cake

 ooh, harsh sunlight, just to show you the fascinator!
 The Bag ;)
 How long will it be before I stop going misty eyed?