Sunday, December 22, 2013

Poppi goes on holiday

Started doing some embroidery finally....these are all on small pieces of calico,
about 5 inches by 6 inches, except for the fish which is about A5 size.  
The fish is not finished, I want to add a lot more stitches yet. 
The background is watercolour paint.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Little dress embroidery

The fabric is a quilting fabric from Spotlight.  I am just going to make a small cushion for my granddaughter with two panels on the front.

Monday, September 30, 2013

At last....

I am trying to get all the little half finished projects that are lying around my place completed, so I can feel some sense of progress after being stuck in a creative rut for most of this year.  I first posted about this relaxing embroidery last October, so it's been sitting around for a long time...

It started off being a relaxing fun embroidery, which I could pick up any time and do a little bit of work on, but by this year it had become buried under layers of drawings, calico, and various bits of pretty fabric and whenever I uncovered it, it stared accusingly at me, reminding me that my creative spirit had gone walkabout.

But after finishing the last embroidery 'One must have sunshine' I felt more motivated.  I uncovered a few of those unfinished pieces, and kept sewing.

Now I can move on to the next unfinished project. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

One must have sunshine...

I finally finished an first finished piece in such a long time. For some reason it was hard for me to persist, I was too restless to sit for long, so I am very happy that it is done.   Sometimes it is easier to finish something when I know I am going to be giving it as a gift.  It reminds me of the saying 'happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others' (Buddha). 

I really love the quotation on this one...'just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower'.

I tried to take photos as it progressed, so if I make it into a pattern, you can see the detail.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

What happened to May and June?

Well what did happen to May and June?  I tried to get back into my embroidery and painting, but to no avail.  I did lots of walks in the winter warm sun, coffees with friends, lots of  children staying and playing, eating and drawing, building lego houses and wooden towers, watching Pepper Pig over and over again...

A walk along the beach and this discovery...a well built little shelter and seat out the front to enjoy the sunshine, and it withstood the high tide as well...

I love the smooth bleached wood

a bit like Robinson Crusoe?


and a cave at the end of the beach ... smuggler's cove.

This is the beginning point of a daily walk along the river....looking out to the east and the mouth of the river further on.  This pelican was warming her feet on the sand, the winter sun is much lower down in the sky...

And on this daily walk, some regular visitors in the river

who love to show off for the boats

Looking north to the other side of the breakwall and this is where the river meets the sea.  The water churns and surges here, depending on the tide

and all along the walk are rocks painted and decorated by visitors to the area, only to be painted over by the next ones to come along...

and when you get to the end of the walk, this is the view looking to the east and south.

There was also a visit to my sister, and this is her cat, Wolf, who would really rather be outside, but the weather was wet and dreary and the thought of wet paws made him resort to looking discontentedly through the window.

After a wet week it was lovely to get back to some sunny winter weather.  The sun does amazing things for the spirit.  The photos at the beginning of this post are of a drawing on calico that I have started embroidering.  Hopefully I will have some progress pics to post soon!  If it works out I will make a pattern for it.

Friday, May 3, 2013

What happened in April ...

Snowy and the wolf hung around in my bag

Succulents grew in the garden....the pretty little pink flowers 
emerge from the edges of the leaves like little roses

Pretty, green and symmetrical, these are hardy
little bushes

The beach was wonderful...the school holidays
were amazing, the water was warm and the
waves were just right.  Two weeks of perfect weather. 
It was a shame to see the end of it, and the end
of the flags and the lifesavers till next summer.

With the beach this good, it is easy to see why my crafting 
disappeared...I have completely lost all my inspiration 
to embroider or paint....aaargh, I'm not sure where it's gone,
but it's beginning to be a bit of a worry.  I hope it returns
soon :(

The water temperature was like a warm bath!

Not looking forward to winter one bit.

I set up a little desk to try and get back into the spirit of things....
I got out my watercolours and my beautiful
coloured embroidery cottons....

and I did a small watercolour for a
birthday card.  They are meant to be
slices of orange but I fear they look 
more like tomatoes!

I had a little visitor for about an hour one day....

He was good company.  
His name is Schnitzel.  Dogs are
so comforting.  He did try to give
me lots of kisses, eek.

Then I took him back to his home.

I can't decide which view I like the best:  the view above,

...or this view.  I really love them both.  
City or country, they both have their wondeful points
and their drawbacks.  I suppose you just have to enjoy where
you are, no matter where that might be.

And seeing these little guys hanging around in the front yard
is pretty special.