Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stay in Bed Sunday

Today is Stay in Bed Sunday so I am staying in bed.  So far so good, though it is only lunchtime.  This is to raise awareness for people suffering from mitochondrial disease and to help them find a cure.  It sounds like a terrible disease and one that I had not been aware of, till recently. 
I am reading The Island of Lost Maps - a True Story of Cartographic Crime, by Miles Harvey.  I love old maps, with their strange symbols and beautiful colours.  Place names have a way of taking you off into your imagination, conjuring up strange sights and mysterious adventures. 

I have also started an embroidery for the Feeling Stitchy Embroidery competition and have so far unpicked what I have done at least twenty times!!  My lettering needs lots of practise!  Anyway, I shall plod along with it, it's all good fun!

I hope you are having a lazy Sunday too.  The rainy weather here is perfect for it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I am feeling very happy this evening.  My pufferfish embroidery was posted by Carina on the Feeling Stitchy blog which is one of my most favourite places.  They have a great competition going at the moment too.  Embroider a book cover.  I am definitely going to have a go! Anyway I got fish cocktails for dinner just to celebrate haha. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A lovely book and another fish

I must be the laziest blogger ever.  I have tried but failed to even post something once every month.  I love looking at other people's blogs, especially the one's that are up to date.  Aaargh.  I have been away, is that a good excuse?  Probably not.  What about I have five grandchildren?  No?  I have been sewing and painting?  Hmmmmmm, maybe.

I recently borrowed a book from the library called The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey  It was such a lovely book to read and very calming.  It's about the author and how she is bedridden with a mysterious illness.  A friend brings her a snail in a small pot plant.  Watching the snail is about all she can muster the strength for.  She comes to learn a lot about her little snail friend and the book has lots of lovely quotes in it.   One of my favourites is this:

Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, or the end to be attained, but set earnestly at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day. - Sir William Osler (1849-1919)

The little task at my elbow recently has been another fish embroidery, this time in orange.  I've finally finished it and put it on my flickr page.  I drew this one from a book I bought second hand years ago because I loved the pictures in it, Sea Fishes of Southern Australia, and it is based on a fish called a white-barred boxfish, also known as the Humpty-Dumpty!  I've painted this shaped fish a couple of times now.  I drew it on calico and lightly tinted it with watercolour, and then stitched it.

Humpty Dumpty