Felicity Taylor Eclectic Handmade

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Friday, 28 December 2012

New Year New Hopes.

I hope you all had a great Christmas.
I can't believe  another new year is looming. Like last year, I intend going with the flow.
We are still on the path to a simpler life. Our pre- Christmas was a stressful affair, worrying about the kids having less and the awful feeling of them being disappointed. I underestimated them completely. They were really happy with the things they had, and we had a wonderful day without too much of everything!
We were together and well! Something denied to many.
In an effort to shift a creative block.
I started to read a book we've had for years -'The Artists Way' by Julia Cameron, and came across a quote that seems very apt for new year inspiration.
'Why should we all use our creative power...?
Because there is nothing that makes people so
generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate,
so indifferent to fighting
and the accumulation of objects and money.'
By Brenda Ueland.
How was your Christmas?

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas.

A very Merry Christmas to you all!
Thankyou for reading and commenting, and I look forward to catching up soon!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Slow Sunday.

I have been pottering around today, almost in slow motion! We've put up a few more decorations.
Homemade mushrooms and funny little egg santas.
I have one of the angels from my childhood- I can remember thinking she came alive on christmas eve!
A (little faded) karate santa! -he makes me smile.
A cornish fairy on top of the tree.
It was raining this morning, then hail, then sun.
Maybe snow to come soon?
I took a picture in the garden when it was icy,all the leaves were beautiful and the droplets of water were frozen.
I hope you are warm where you are.
Bye for now.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Maud Lewis' Painted House

Two posts on one sitting! Here's another film where her preserved house sits rather strangely in a museum.

RetroBites: Maud Lewis (1965)

I have just come across a folk artist called Maud Lewis who painted despite great hardships.
Anyone who likes folk ar outsider art may like this!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Christmas elf elp.

In the flurry of inspiration before christmas, I wanted to ditch some old and tacky decorations.I have tried in vain for several years to prize some truly awful (not retro) tac out of my husbands hands. These inlcude smoke stained tinsel (not ours!) and tinsel with anly a few brushy bits left on! Also enough lights to light the entire town.
I thought I may discretely loose the advent calendar with pockets, so I tried to make an elf similar to the lovely Maileg ones.
I started with the pattern from the Tilda santa I made last year, drew in on greaseproof paper and enlarged and elongated it..a lot..Lost the beard and stuffed it with cushion stuffing.
Here they are 'laid out in state' As you can see I enlarged it quite a lot!
The body is made from bits of old and new fabric, and I had a go at some small patchwork on the machine.
I used an old pillowcase and some moda fabrics.
And here she is, complete with hook for hanging.
Unfortnately I've run out of time to do the pockets! Maybe I'll make some for next year.
Bye for now, has anyone else had time for makes?

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