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Saturday, 31 December 2011



I like this time of year for reflecting on things. I concluded that I won't make any resolutions, but just go with the flow!
I have some watercolour paintings in the pipeline and some wonderful vintage textile pieces to be used, so keep posted!

HAVE A WONDERFUL 2012!!



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Tilda Santa, and snowy cushion.

A very quick post before the children get home!
I tried another of someone elses patterns. This time it was a Tilda santa.
It's a pressie so shhhhh.

Made with a Scandinavian bundle from fabric rehab.


And a needlepoint (?) cushion with a lovely snowy theme.
I'm going to list it tomorrow in my shop at £15 if anyone needs a pressie!


Monday, 28 November 2011

I wanted a wolf.

Since making the Kirchner doll I was inspired by using the felt again and I have been trying to make a new pattern for a wolf inspired by my childhood book of little red riding hood.
I decided to try paper to get a better idea of the 3D pattern idea.


The one behind is hiding his rather skinny legs.
It didn't look much like a wolf , but I decided to see how the shape worked in pink felt -as I've got a lot of pink!
And I've ended up with piglet!
Back to the drawing board with a longer nose.


 

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Mimi Kirchner Doll.

I have been making my own patterns for so long, I'd forgotten how using someone elses pattern can help you look at things in a different way. I recently tried Mimi Kirchner's felt doll pattern (below) from purlbee.I was surprised how robust the felt was when it was sewn by hand. I've used a machine before and it has ripped.


The instructions were very clear.


I loved doing all the details on the dress, but need a bit of practice on the face.


But I had no complaints from Eleanor.

I might try the other hairstyles!




Thursday, 10 November 2011

Rabbits and birds.

I've been quite distracted recently with our pets,sometimes I feel like I'm on a farm- Which I love!

I have found a bit of time to move my workspace AGAIN so I stop using every surface in the house to work on. 



I'm finishing off another still life.

A bit more stitching needed.
I've also started some work on mums and babies in applique - just trials drawn from family photographs, to see what happens.





And finally, those little distractions. A scene of domestic bliss.


Dad shut out after a night on the town.





Monday, 7 November 2011

New applique.

I have been working on some applique pictures which have gone into a lovely gallery in Fowey called 'White Doll Arts', visit if you get a chance as it is full of gorgeous gifts.


This seagull was the one that ate my chips.

A still life.


And finally a new mum and baby decoration. I've had a little sort out of my shop to make a gallery of examples of work. If you haven't so far take a look at www.eclectichandmade.co.uk
That's all for now.Byeee. 

Sunday, 16 October 2011

I'm enjoying doing a bit of watercolour at the moment. It's inspired by - again- things that I like!


I love the old postcards showing various portraits.




Plus a little one of Dan my husband, over 20 years ago! looking out to sea from a bungalow right on the beach in Bracklesham Bay where he used to live. I've added a little copy of a Mary Fedden still life for good measure.

Those were the days!




Saturday, 15 October 2011

Hockney.

A quick note to say, I appreciate the lovely comments I still can't however leave any comments on my site (due to an imput error!?)still can't fix it.
I commented recently on loving the rain! I don't take it back, I am still inspired by it added to by some wonderful watery paintings by David Hockney. I have copied a few from the book 'Hockney's Pictures' by Thames and Hudson, so I thought I'd share them -Thanks Paula if you're reading this!


'Wolds way' copy of Hockney
and 'The Road to Ruston'


Copy of 'East Yorkshire, spring' Hockney
I love the patterning in the landscape.


Copy of 'The Red Chair' Hockney
Love the simplicity of this - the look anyway - the fat drops of rain and the reflections. 


A rather pale copy of 'Lovely Day With Puddles'

 





Sunday, 9 October 2011

New paintings.

Here I go with another post! I find my blogs echo my life -a creative flurry and then silence......another burst and then quiet again.... 
So here goes..


Here's a small section of my inspiration wall with copies of Mary Fedden, various postcards, and two little birds one from Zimbabwe sounds impressive but I bought it from the Liskeard Show! Also a felt picture from a Fowey craft fair (mybeadyeye)



I'm trying hard not to 'fill in ' the background as I love the space around the shapes, and feel that I ruin them after overdoing it.


Like this one from an earlier blog post.

 
I preferred it before.


And finally this painting inspired by my wall.






Tidying.

My husband was tidying (or titying about as I was about to write) the loft, and came across some old work of mine. He thought I ought to post it for posterity.
It was a college project ( the late 1980's) for a design for the 'Strand Theatre' curtain, and I got through to the last three.


Sadly it wasn't chosen. Still looking on the good side we have one less paper thin thing in the loft.


Monday, 3 October 2011

Heligan.

After such a gorgeous weekend I thought I'd post a few pictures of a visit to Heligan (the first!)
we had on Sunday.
One of the many sunny pumpkins.



Beautiful weathered terracotta pots and rows and rows of cabbages.



Little nests and other earthy finds in the potting shed.


Lovely shaped (rather rude suggestions from hubby!) gourds.

And lastly - I thought todays new builds were small-


Here's a little one up one down gardeners cottage.


Hope you all had a lovely weekend too.






Thursday, 8 September 2011

Back to school.

At last the computer is fixed! I hope it lasts. Welcome to new followers, I hope you all had a restful summer. Now it's back to school and back to routine.

I had a good response at the homespun fair, I am making more jewellery at the moment, so not spending as much time sewing. I am also itching to make some more papier mache too , I have quite a bit of 'junk' stored for new work so need to use the bits up!
We went for a 'picture walk' this morning. I love rainy damp countryside and try and capture it on camera. We spotted some deer who obviously were wary of pebbles.

Then Pebbles met his match with some geese (bless them, but I really don't like geese!)

He made himself scarce pretty quickly.

So after a bit of fresh air it's back to beading!


Friday, 26 August 2011

Computers!

Still at my local library! Apparently there is more and more wrong with our computer!
Lovely to meet everyone at the portscatho fair I've tried to leave a comment in vain so thankyou for your lovely comments. Will hopefully be functioning again soon with pictures!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Computer crash.

I am writing this in my lovely local library. Our computer - only 1.5 years old has died. I am wondering why things only last such a short time!
I wanted to remind you about the Homespun fair in Portscatho on 21st August where I will have dolls, jewellery and vintage pieces. Hopefully I'll meet some more lovely bloggers.

Friday, 15 July 2011

New Work.

Just a couple of pictures of new work and to say that my shop has been updated.
Heres a peek at whats there.


Little cornish rabbits.


A buzzing bee.


And some ladybirds.





Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Nathalie Lete.

I've been looking through an inspiring book 'Modern Vintage Style' by Emily Chalmers, and found an artist Nathalie Lete. I loved her eclectic home, full of her work and various other treasures. I like to see artists who, like me, use a wide range of media to express their ideas.

I am still getting things together for Saturday, and have turned my shopping off on my shop as I'm taking some pieces with me that are one off.


Bye for now.


Sunday, 3 July 2011

Felt Works.

I've been busy preparing for the Liskeard Show at Merrymeet. I've still got loads to do, pricing up takes ages. I've been working on a mum and baby doll out of felt.
It was based on this doll. It has ended up like a matroyshka shape. When I look at it now, although not intended, it reminds me of the recent lovely dolls on murgatroyd hoots so go over and take a peek at some lovely dolls and brooches..  
My neck and arms are now hurting after a couple of hours of sewing these little brooches.(I didn't make them all in that time!)
Sorry it's a bit blurry!
They will be for sale in my shop soon. I've taken my things off Folksy as I've had no sales recently the words needle and haystack come to mind, and I'm not the best at networking! I don't know what experiences other people have had. I thought it best to concentrate on one shop at the mo and see what happens.
Happy sewing!



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