Monday, July 30, 2012

Holiday woollies

 No, not the kind you have to wear, but the woolly things I managed to create on holidays! This is the first square for a bag, it's about 3" square - I like doing squares as you can carry around one in your handbag and it's not too complicated. Not sure about this pattern, it's a new one I'm trying and I haven't got it into my head yet so still need to use the book!
 Some knitting got done also, although this isn't finished yet, she still needs her wings and silver star. You can see the finished ones here, my picture is not good, she looks more like a pig than a mouse! I didn't have any white wool of the right weight to bring with me so she got done in pale pink, but I think white would work better really.
This was the biggest project, it's a cardigan for my mother and I managed to finish one front after ages and ages of it just sitting in the bag. Now I need an afternoon of movie watching to get the next front done! I really shouldn't start cardigans - I hate how many pieces they have, and I ALWAYS get fed up far too soon, but it seemed like a good idea at the time!
I also managed to get lots of reading done, which was nice, that's slowed down so much and we've only been back a couple of days.

Friday, July 20, 2012


Off on holidays in the morning - can't wait, even though it's not very far's enough to make a difference and I'm so looking forward to it. I have a basket packed with some crafting things - wool, crochet hooks, patterns, knitting needles, a half-done project, pencils, drawing book, and lots and lots of reading material. A camera, and a list of places to visit. Please sunshine, be kind to us, we don't need much, just a little each day! And I can. not. WAIT to meet a certain little man and his very talented mummy :D :D :D

Friday, July 13, 2012

Card for Lily-Mae

As most of you know, I am involved, in a very small way, in the ballet world. Recently, we were shocked to learn that the 4 year old daughter of one of our teachers had been diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. Lily-Mae is the daughter of Judith Sibley, of YouthBalletWest, and Leighton Morrison. As a parent, my heart immediately went out to them. As the parent of someone training to be a full-time professional dancer, I realised that these people could not both work and care for their daughter and son. Dancing is a hard hard profession, it is unforgiving - if you can't work, you don't get paid, especially if you are a teacher or freelance performer. There is no backup.
There have been lots of fundraising events going on, especially the kindness of Jamie Harrison who donated his busking money to Lily-Mae and her family. We at INYB are holding our own fundraiser tomorrow, the first of several, as we have some more planned for the autumn too, when everyone is back rehearsing. I made this card for Lily-Mae as I read that she likes both dinosaurs and dancing - a hard thing to combine in a card, but I hope she likes it!
If anyone would like to donate to the trust for Lily-Mae, here is the link. Any surplus funds will go towards neuroblastoma research. Thank you. x.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I've been doing this canvas as a present for a friend of mine - took the photo and parcelled it up without checking, so apologies for the bad picture! It's a photo of her granddaughter, which I didn't take, so I can't take any credit for it, and it does look a lot better in real life. She is standing in some bluebells and originally I had the idea that it would be all blue and spring like but somehow it morphed as I went along and became this. The words are from The Prophet, and read 'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth'. I'm not sure about the butterflies in the end, at the time it seemed like a good idea but when I had done it I wasn't convinced! They do have a few little sparkles on them which don't show in the picture. It's sent now, so I hope she likes it! The little girl's name begins with B and they often call her that, hence the title.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Getting Messy

 Funny how some people love getting messy and some people hate it. I'm one of the messy ones - whether it's paint, flour, soil, sand, glue - I've never minded. So the last few days I've been getting messy with Bake n' Bend and Fimo - inspired by the talented Lou, of course! The rare hot weather made it even more messy - the heat in my south-facing kitchen and my warm hands made both clays harder to work with than usual, and quite sticky.
 I had a pile of new Tim Holtz tags, wings, crowns and locks. I wanted to increase my stock a little, even though the 'copies' won't be the same, as they are not metal, but made of Fimo. So I made some moulds from Bake n' Bend - a flexible modelling clay - that's the first picture with all the mad colours. It doesn't matter what colour the mould is, so I've just been using up the colours in the pack.
Bake them, cool them, and then they are ready to use as moulds. White Fimo works best, I've discovered, as then you can paint it whatever colour you like - although I mostly just use Goldfinger in either gold or silver to highlight the raised areas. Keeping them fairly thin works better too, I've made some too thick this time. The cogs didn't work so well, they are very small and fiddly but the wings, crowns and locks were great. Now to get painting and creating (and there's nothing messier than Goldfinger!)

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Not sure where it went..........passed in a haze of busyness and pottering and looking at other people's blogs but not writing anything with my own.....have done some crafting, but mostly have been trying to sort the house out and clear out a lot of accumulated non-needed stuff........and the rain, oh my lord, will it ever stop! My salad seeds have all been washed away, just a few radishes and marigolds managed to survive but are not really growing. Potatoes are doing well on the leafy side anyway, waiting to see what they produce. Resolution for July - blog more, it's a stress-buster!