Sunday, 12 June 2011

Another eventful week

I recovered from the family visit only to get the fluey cold going around, dripping nose, sore throat, sexy voice! I felt a bit drunk in the head...no alchohol either & even decided not to go to my yoga class, now for me, that's not well at all ;(  To compoud it all, when I went to the Chemist in my lunch break on Tuesday to see if they had any cream for a tick bite, they said go to Casualty!!!! Heavens! so I'm on Anti-Biotics for 2 weeks to hopefully avoid Limes Disease ;( The bite grew to the size of the bottom of an average sized coffee cup, about 3" across so everyone's pretty impressed. We'll see what the blood test says!

Despite being tired...still, I got a pennant finished - working from home I can down tools & rest up for a bit every so often.



Sample



Color's gone a bit odd - after 8 years we have bought a new computer. My DH had been installing & backing up everything for a few days - so clever! & today was the day we plugged in the newish moniter & keyboard with mouse to the new...laptop. So, the laptop will be the 'hard drive' & run things in my comfy study & the DH can unplug it & go anywhere else & use it as a laptop. Not at the same time tho.....

so far so good but a few things have changed over the years & I'm looking forward to speed increase while blog hopping - we've gone from 1/2 a Megabit to 4 so that should improve things ;)

Anyway the Fleur de Lys is using velvet from the kind Heloise - I had the incredibly bright idea to use some bondaweb - velvet is sooo wriggly! Drew a pic of the shape on the back - my Dad sent me a pic of the F de L from one of their many history books - stitched from the back, stitched  gold on the front, cut it out (kept the reverse, see sample) Ironed it to the square, so easy!!!! then stitched round with zigzag. I don't know why, I think of  bondaweb as cheating - I should have used it in the bigger book I made last week as it ruched up so much but I generally learn by my mistakes ;) I need to get on with some brooches, cuffs & notebook bits & pieces as  have a 3 hr 1/2 table at a garden party next week...

Heloise also introduced me to Roben-Marie Smith in a post a while back, I LOVE her work. I came across a utube video by her on how to make paper bags & as I ran out, well, I made some a la R-MS. My DH thinks I'm mad but so far the one or 2 customers have loved them ;)



Anyone know what's happened to my courgette, below? Apart from needing a feed it's produced beautiful flowers but only male ones. Not a female bulge behind any of them. In my little experience I thought each plant had both sexes; I remember getting the youngest to fertilize them once, he couldn't believe that a plant practically had body parts within the flowers! But not this one. Oh well, I can eat the flowers in my salad at least.



                                                                     I can enjoy these tho from the greenhouse.




Despite being rather weary I took my arty budy to have a look at an exhibition in the gallery/hall in Plockton where mine will be held in September. It's called Impressions & they're frinds from the art groups I belong to. Patricia Shone is a ceramicist - wonderful textured work, Laura West, Bookbinder I mean, real books here & Ann Coomber, sculptor. so smooth to touch.(couldn't find a pic link)


All 3 feature on the above pic



They've covered up the rather dark hessian lined walls with calico, I think, & what's more they've offered to lend it to me, thanks! Much lighter.

Last but not least  drew the giveaway.

Sustats has won the lacy booklet &

Stitchety Grub has one the colorful one.

They both make lace, too ;) Hope you like them, can I have your addresses, please?

Right, i have a tiny amount of energy left to go & catch up with some blog buddies, see you, x.


17 comments:

Conny's Cottage said...

Lovely paperbags....


hugs Conny

Laura Cameron said...

Eeek such drama! Hope you feel better and the bite is nothing nasty, take care xo

Heloise said...

Hope the infection from the bite is receding. Tiger Balm is great for taking heat out of a bite [not so sure for a tick bite]. I was told that by a trainee GP who had travelled a lot.

Glad you are making so many things with the velvet. I too love Roben-Marie Smiths work. They are great bags that you have made.

Take care.

Jenevieve said...

Hope that you don't have Lyme's, I have to admit to being good at getting ticks out, but occasionally leaving a little piece still in the skin and hoping for the best. Hope you're feeling better soon! Love the paper bags. I think the courgette is fine, sometimes they just have lots of male flowers before the female ones appear, looks really healthy though! :) x

Julie said...

Ouch! The tick sounds nasty. Hope you soon feel much better. x You've done well with little energy, the paper bags are lovely.

Jill said...

Great post as usual - except for the tick! Love the bags - paper bags seem to be hard to get hold of these days, but I guess you could make them quite easily from brown paper.

Jenxo said...

ooh the tick bite soonds nasty, hope you dont end up with lymes....love your paperbaggs, im a big fan of R-M too....

Beverley Baird said...

Hope you are feeling better.
Love your pennant and the bags.
Have a wonderful week!

Maggi said...

The bite sounds awful, hope you recover quickly. Lovely pennant and a great idea for paper bags.

Linda Stokes said...

You have been in the wars! but still managing to be creative. Hope all is well now.

Suztats said...

Oh, Emma, I hope you are feeling better! And I hope it's not lyme disease. Do take care and rest.
I am thrilled to have won your draw! Thank you!

Sue M said...

HI Emma, sorry you have been so sick - more art time is good though! Love your photos and would love to visit one day - but you are so far away! I am reading "Summer of the Bear" set on a Scottish Island - Ballanish - don't know if it's fictious or not - the island I mean. Must google it one day - but I have been thinking about your world as I read it!

jan said...

Hope you're feeling better and the antibiotics have worked.Lovely pennant and the paper bags x

Parabolic Muse said...

I like Robin,too! And who wouldn't love making paper bags?! They can be any way we want!

I hope you are feeing better and better...

underatopazsky said...

That's a bit scary! Fingers crossed the tick bite goes down soon and the antibiotics nail any possible nasties! The pennant is fabulous -the Bondaweb really has made that fleur de lys lovely and crisp. :o)

Jan said...

Sorry I have been lax about visiting blogs lately. I see you remain very busy in spite of your possible Lyme's disease. I sure hope you don't have that, I hear very bad things about it. Your squash will surely begin to bear fruit soon. Yes, there is sex going on in the garden! You eat the babies! Yikes, what a thought. I like your fleur de lyse banner, you must have nearly a dozen by now. Hope you recover quickly from your tick bite. Take care.

Linda said...

Oh poor you Emma! Flu AND a tick bite?!! Have you tried tea tree oil?
Love all your work... especially those fabulous paper bags.
Linda xx

PS We always have 2 courgette plants...that's because I'm greedy, but maybe it helps with the sex stuff? :-)