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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Time Flies By.

I feel that I haven't stopped to draw breath recently. I have now finished all fairs, have some time off work, and have felt a tinge of christmas spirit.
As a quick recap, we took part in Liskeard's Lights Up where we made lanterns which we took through the town before the lights went on. I always laugh when the tree goes on as the lights only ever start halfway up.

Genies and a bit of Aladdins palace (I think)

A lovely boat.
There were loads of others including a fantastic Genies head with a moving jaw -you can see more on Flickr.
A few craft fairs and lots of cooking.





We like to think of Christmas as the winter festival, we love Carols and visit local churches searching for a meaning to all the madness! I'm not religious, but I love the memories of childhood christmas's and the story of the nativity. We are doing some work on the house which has meant -there is stuff and dust everywhere!
So sadly for the kids we don't have many decorations up.

A house full of dust.
So we have made some bits instead!


Homemade crackers.(very homemade!)


And a paper star.


I have content myself by looking at last years decorations instead.



What do I get for my decorations instead?

Old boots, no one will have a tea at ours again!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Autumn colours

I love the colours of Autumn, and lovely sunny chilly days. I seem to have been inspired by the earthy woody colours around for my latest brooches.


I also couldn't resist a tiny litchen green sock made by a friend.
The perfect spot for rudolf.


That's all for now!


Thursday, 11 November 2010

No time for housework!

I have been working flat out recently, I have an early morning job and my daughter has been ill off and on, and I don't seem to have any time for myself. On top of that, the critic of the house ( which needs a lot of cleaning) thinks it's not clean enough! So what do we do? We buy fabric.
And I feel better.
I've been making things for christmas sales, so here are a couple of pics showing my recent efforts.

The classic Russian dolls on lovely fabrics from Saints and Pinners and Fabric Rehab 
Also some childrens jewellery.



I'm going to make some more rudolfs and gingerbread men this afternoon (If a certain little girl stays in bed!)
O.K. so that's not very likely.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A little birdie told me.

A little post to tell any of you who don't know Kirsty at sixtyonea  as she is having a fab giveaway with  not only these gorgeous robins, but two other gifts too!


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Christmas Lady.

Here,s that dreaded C. word again. A couple of pictures of my latest doll which will go onto Folksy soon.




She's a hanging decoration with little bells on her legs - I love jingly bells at Christmas!
I have also been covering buttons recently, so I made one especially for her.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Cornish fairies and baking.

I have now reinstated a baking day. I did get my food certificate recently and have already started baking for Fridays country market. I love the back to basics cooking, seasonal produce and no unnecessary ingredients of what was the W.I. ( I suddenly feel very old!) So here are my recent efforts.

Naked Cakes.


All plastered with icing- just how we like them!

I have also been working on ideas, some christmas - reluctantly. I do love christmas but the run up is getting rediculous.
One very messy workspace, but I do have to have everything out, who am I kidding O.K. a fraction of my stuff out then.


A few little brooch ideas.


And some ideas from last christmases cornish fairy. I love trying to make ideas into 3D so this is based on...

...this one. It's proving very fiddly but interesting, and rather funny from some angles



!


That's better.
Happy sewing everyone!

Monday, 4 October 2010

St. Matthews Fair, Liskeard.

On Saturday the Piccy Tree that I was helping out on, had its first outing. The town had plenty of stalls, a funfair and a French market. I ended up helping out with my son in the procession holding a banner. The Piccy Trees were so colourful and every banner told a story about the area. 

My applique panel and other colourful pieces made at local centres and schools.
We set off from the Liskerret centre (a hub of local activity!)with a fab samba band.
And ended up at the fair!

Also in town were members of  the Sealed Knot, demonstating weapons and cooking from the time of the 1600's

A warm welcome at Stuart House (a place where King Charles the I'st stayed)



Friday, 1 October 2010

At last a piccy.

As I said I have been trying to put pictures on my blog from my computer without success. Now I have tried a very long winded way through the picasa album and...............

SUCCESS!
Now I'm tired and I want to go to bed surely there is an easier way! 

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Usual Suspects.

A very quick post to say that at last I have put a bit more on Folksy! It's frightening how fast 6 months go!
I have now been trying to upload pictures for two days and it doesn't seem to upload the photo - anyone else having the same problem? So sorry no pics.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Piccy Tree.

I couldn't resist one more piccy of pumpkins - and pears, which I would love to develop into some sort of applique picture.


Also to follow up on a previous post. I have done a bit of work on a community project for a 'piccy tree' which is run by a local artist Sue Field, and is to record various thoughts about and sights of Liskeard in Cornwall to create applique panels which are hung on a structure.It can be worn for local events or hung up and displayed flat. I'll include some pictures after the start of October( its first outing!). I find it a really interesting idea and the project is envolving many people in the community who have never done any applique before and perhaps not much artwork at all.


I tried couching a thicker thread which I'd not done before and found it quite easy to do...



So I tried some more!
I'll show the whole panel when it's done.
Happy creating everyone!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

More Fruit!

 I have been blackberrying -again and buing MORE fruit for jam and crumbles etc. I like to avoid buying pre packaged foods where I can, and so I like a well stocked larder ( food of course!)


A few apples from the garden.



A few more from the shops!



A few hours of washing prep and cooking and above are a few of the 11 or so jars- I hope everyone likes jam!
I am also keeping an eye on the pumpkins outside hoping they will keep until October.


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Jam and crash.

Our computer had its first crash. Luckily my husband saved most of the photos, but we lost all our 'favourites'. It is however quite liberating to search the web again for more like minded people!
Whilst Dan spent DAYS putting on all the programmes, me and the kids went blackberrying and made lovely jam instead.


Yum.

Friday, 13 August 2010

School Holidays.

It's nearly halfway through the school holidays, and I'm feeling a little frazzled, but we've had some lovely days out, and some good days in too!


Lots of paddling!

I've been trying to cut out too much t.v. ( horrible mum!)
So we've been busy inside too with some boxes from good old 'Lidl'





A dolls house that will be painted - some time in the future!



And finally some colour from the garden.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Poor dolly.

I am, as you can imagine a hoarder. I have however been chucking many things out recently,including a doll I made in brownies! he he.


Isn't she a beauty!



Too late now.

I have also completed another garden doll.




A little bit of 'Orla' inspiration I think.
I have also finished the painted table which as usual, I'm not sure about but I think it's better than it was!





I have to do some work soon for a community project of a 'piccy tree' which is applique panels onto hoops which are worn for carnivals festivals etc
I am going to attempt a panel looking at the architecture of the town, hopefully find some unusual features!
I'll keep you posted.
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