Friday, January 29, 2010

It's Friday!!

Here are today's flowers - I can't believe it's week 5 already - but then New Year's Day was a Friday so we are going into week 5, rather than ending it. February next week - hurray!! I don't like January much, it's grey and boring and cold. But this week I noticed a definite lightness in the sky when I get up in the mornings, so soon I will be waking to daylight, which is SO much nicer.
Not sure what I'm going to do with these flowers yet, but I have several cards to make so they will get used for one of those I think.
I'm planning to go and see the Turner watercolours this afternoon on my way to a meeting, so I'm looking forward to that. I love them.
Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and comments on it - its all much appreciated - and I do enjoy reading other people's blogs too, although I don't very often comment, sorry!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I am cutting your hair.
Something I have done, from time to time,
For the last 19 years.
We used to have the TV on
to make sure that you sat very still.
You liked Dangermouse.

I can only do one hairstyle.
Its good that you still like it.
You close your eyes so I can cut your fringe.
I look at your beloved face.
I don't often get so close to your face now.
In my mind I see a small, round, chubby face;
smooth clear cheeks.
Laughing, smiling.
I look at the beard that is now part of you.
And I wonder where all the time has gone.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hmmm, interesting...........

The other day, in a fit of spring-cleaning (brought on by the sunshine probably), I decided to empty the toaster. Above is the result, in the kitchen sink with a mug. Hmmm. I think we probably had the equivalent of a loaf of bread in the crumb tray!! But at least the toaster is nice and clean now.
And this morning I learned how to get rid of an air-lock in the water system. I didn't do this by choice, I have to add. The water pressure was very low last night (due to the council's water saving measures) and this morning there was a run on the shower and the sink, as usual every morning in our house. The water pressure was so low that the tank obviously didn't get enough time to fill up and so it emptied. Completely. Not a drop coming out of either tap in the bathroom. And then nothing coming out of the hot tap in the kitchen either. So, a bit of research, and some swearing, and much standing in front of the sink with the taps on and a cloth over the tap and eventually............voilá..............water coming out of all taps again, after some VERY interesting gurgling and glugging noises from the attic!
Sometimes I even surprise myself :P

Monday, January 25, 2010

Nutcracker Album

Finally got my little Nutcracker album finished. Its 6x6" and all the following photos were taken by Ewa Figaszewska. Many thanks to her for letting me use them for my album.
This is an amazing shot I think and I just had to include it - it was taken before the show started when the younger dancers were just fooling around!
The next two pages are a photo of the clockwork doll dance in the First Act, Pierrot and Pierrette. I had trouble getting the photo to print out as it is a square photo and so, rather than waste the copies where the edges had been chopped, I used them on the right hand page to make a montage, and represent the broken heart of poor pathetic Pierrot.

After the party is over, the magic starts, and the mice come to visit and generally make trouble.
And then, of course, the angels appear and make everything better again.......
In the Second Act, Clara is in the land of sweets, and there are various dances to represent different types of sweets. This next photo is of the Arabian Dance. The costumes are gold and purple, and the soloist walks on stage dressed in purple veils which are gradually removed by other dancers. I wanted to use the colours and to represent the veils somehow, without covering the photo, so I came up with this ribbon effect.
The last dance before the arrival of the Sugar Plum Fairy is the Waltz of the Flowers. The costumes for this are red and green, like poinsettias, so this paper was perfect. I cut out the frame with a craft knife so that I could put the photo behind it and have the dancers surrounded by flowers.
Thanks again to both Ewa and Mary for their photos and inspiration!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ballet Flowers

These little tiny white lilies are this week's flowers. As soon as I saw them I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. I have been making a little album of pictures from the recent INYB production of Nutcracker. I can't claim any credit for any of the pictures, some of them are from one of the dancers, and the rest are from a photographer who very kindly allowed me to use them, Ewa Figaszewska. I will post some of the pages when it's all finished.
The lilies have gone on a page with a photo of Ryoko Yagyu, a guest dancer from Ballet Ireland who was dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The photo was taken in the wings by one of the dancers as Ryoko was getting ready to go on stage.
The lighting is very blue and ethereal, and the shots are slightly blurry, giving them a magical feel. In the second one she has her left foot on pointe, fixing her ribbon.
I used a photocopy of the piano music of Sugar Plum Fairy from my own music and edged it with lavender colour chalk ink to blend with the colours in the photo.
Personally I think these pictures look like a painting, and I would love them on my wall!

Sunday, January 17, 2010


I had an idea yesterday when I was looking at my flowers. Each week I will set myself the challenge of making something using the flowers from that week. A card, LO or anything crafty at all, as long as I use the flowers. So here are the things I made with the first 3 lots of flowers. Above is a card for my neice's birthday. Okay so I cheated a bit and used two types of flowers on the same card, but hey, they look good together, and I'm playing catch-up! The bird and the little butterfly are on sticky foam pads to lift them above the card.
Then I made a little box to hold something blue that I have made for a friend who is getting married this summer. She hasn't got it yet so I can't say what it is. I kept it really simple, and the ribbon is actually wired and has silver swirls on it which don't really show up as it's exactly the same colour as the box.
I've also made a LO today, and am off to start an album with pics from the Nutcracker shows. I love the weekends!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday's Flowers

Yes I know it's Saturday but I was so busy yesterday I didn't have time to take the photo and post it. This week's flowers are tiny little purple daisies :D. Remember the envelopes are about 3x4 inches so these ones are just right for cards. Last week my daughter picked an envelope and this week one of my sons did it, so next week I might close my eyes and pick one myself!
This morning we had the ridiculous situation of the garden being flooded from all the overnight rain but there was no running water in the house because it had been cut off.
Only in Ireland.........

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Oh Flower of Scotland...

.. well not really, but I have just come back from a lovely few days in snowy Scotland and I am late posting last Friday's flowers - so here they are

- a lovely little bunch of dark blue flowers, really pretty. I have to make a birthday card for my cousin soon, so I may well be using some of these on it.
Scotland was great fun, there is so much snow there but they cope with it much better and it just makes it all seem so ridiculous when you come back here and see the chaos. I have never flown in the snow before and I took lots of pictures from the plane on the way over. Here are just a few - first of all, flying over Dublin...
and then flying over Scotland before landing in Edinburgh
And finally some icicles. There were plenty of these and also frozen waterfalls. It was magic :D

Friday, January 1, 2010

Three Wishes

Some time ago, on the CCS Forum, there was a post asking for what your 3 wishes would be. I decided to steer away from the usual ones of world peace, and wishing I was a lot thinner, and younger, and I went for some different ones. Here are my 3 wishes -
A white Christmas
A bunch of flowers every Friday (like I used to get)
A heat gun.
Immediately I had 2 messages from kind crafters offering me a heat gun, which I was given by Lynda (hug) and have now used. Its great!!
On Christmas morning, it was very frosty. Not quite a white Christmas, but nearly. And tonight, at midnight, I welcomed the year of 2010 by standing quietly in my garden in the snow. The air was crisp and clear and beautiful. I could hear the hooters from the harbour, and lots of fireworks. But could only see the snow. And hear the purring of my slightly unhinged cat, who decided she loved me more cos it was snowing! It was so still, calm and beautiful.
BUT - the most magical thing of all. Earlier this day I got a parcel from the postman. It contained a box, a beautiful red box -
When I opened the box I found a message and 52 little gold envelopes -
In each envelope there are some flowers, and the message told me to open one each Friday for the year of 2010. And so I get my flowers each Friday.
I cannot explain how moved I was. It was such a kind and thoughtful thing to do. It is now January 1st, and a Friday, and so I asked my hubby to pick an envelope for me to open.
And here are my first flowers of 2010.
THANK YOU to my fairy godmother. I really cannot believe that I have my 3 wishes granted. It has made 2010 already so special.
Happy New Year to you all, may you have as much happiness as I already have had, and more. xx