Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Oh, the excitement!

I love parcels. Someone else in the family loves them even more.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

More lino

Only a matter of time before I start cutting into the kitchen floor...really having fun with lino cuts, need to get organised with some better cutters and inks as this is something I want to keep doing.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Starting and Finishing

 Starting a new wall hanging, cheerful bright pink/fresh green colour scheme, it features a large applique tulip and a row of three foundation pieced tulips, along with some jelly roll stripping. Time to cheer the hallway up and work through some stash fabrics...remember, I do not need more fabric!

Finishing the lino cuts I printed last week, mounting them in plain card window mounts, with the smaller prints backed with highly textured hand-made papers. Pleased with the results.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

What do you do in the snow?

Two approaches to snowy Winter weather.
One: Rita, who was born in an airing cupboard and who has lived a pampered life. Every morning as soon as I'm awake she wants to be out racing around the garden and digging in the snow. She is in and out repeatedly for an hour or so, has breakfast, then settles into the front windowsill to chatter at the birds. She repeats this in the afternoon, coming in shaking the snow from her paws as she races around the house. She is equally demanding about the door being opened to go out as opened to come in and in the afternoon likes to get underneath a blanket for a snooze.

Two: Fred: who has lived a hard life and was nearly starved to death when we got him from the cat rescue. Fred knows just what Winter can be like as he has had to get through some on his own. Fred sleeps in a basket in front of the airing cupboard door where the hot pipe runs under the floor, it is lined with a synthetic furry blanket, so when he rolls around on it, it rather entertainingly flashes with static in the dark. On a cold morning he strolls downstairs around 10am, has breakfast, doesn't bother to look out of the window for long, uses the tray, strolls back upstairs to the basket after a cuddle and stays there until the late afternoon. He comes down for more food, settles down to watch the front garden from his blanket bed on the front windowsill before retreating, when it gets dark and chilly on the windowsill, to his fluffy blanket-lined basket in front of the tv for a bit of light entertainment and a cuddle before bedtime upstairs. Most of this time he is purring.
As for me, well, when it is a sheet of ice outside- as it is today- me and my artifical hip stay indoors!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Lino cuts

Are we enjoying ourselves yet?

 Yes indeedy! Messy AND fun.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Stuck indoors

While the snow piles down.

Developed one of the watercolours from yesterday into a lino cut... having fun!

Oak leaf necklace and brooch

Rather better photos...

Thursday, 17 January 2013


Playing with torn and cut paper and watercolour- ideas based on Winter hedgerows.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Leaf necklace prototype

A quick rubbish photo, proper ones to follow- quite pleased with how it has turned out.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Normal Felt Leaf Service has been resumed.

Phew! What a relief to wake up today feeling like myself, wanting to DO something rather than waking up and just wanting to go back to sleep under the blankets. Feeling better AND sunshine. Perfect. Getting colder, but it is January and in January it should be cold. The snowdrops are shooting, the hellebores starting to bloom and today it was pleasant to be outside for a while cutting back old leaves and clearing around the new shoots so that when they open, the flowers will show- big fat hellebore buds the size of jumbo gobstoppers.

 Even though I was feeling rubbish this week, I slowly cleared all the mess that had accumulated on my desk so that I could start making new mess when I felt better. So yesterday evening I started making leaves

a few more  to sew, then I shall put them together...