Thursday, 28 November 2013

pink tinged grey clouds cover the blue sky....

and I wonder if the sun will come out today. The weather is such a big part of my life as I take Lola for a walk I ponder the garments to be worn, be it mackintosh or tweed and woollies. I relish my moments out walking allowing my mind to wander, rest a while or conjure new creations. Today is a day for golloshers as the ground is wet but I think I can get away with a skirt and warm winter coat, may not even need mittens! Sewing sewing sewing of a tall Christmas tree for a window display has been pre-occupying my mind at present and as soon as I get good weather and the tree is nearly done I shall post some images and set the scene for you. Meantime, Lola is patiently waiting and so i shall show you photos of details and duck post as she flies past in her transport...

duck post zooming past

side view of transport

collar detail



Monday, 25 November 2013

frosted leaves decorating....




the hedge outside makes me realise it is cold and a woolly scarf will be needed for my morning walk. Before I go I thought you might like a bit of festive colour. Its that time of year and a bubbly excitment lies beneath the surface, as Christmas looms on the horizon. It brings a cheer to see the bright sparkly lights  beginning to shine and the idea of bringing the outside in with holly , ivy and the lovely smell of pine. The darkening evenings mean I hear the owls hooting in the woods and try as hard as I can to find them, to glimpse a magical moment , they allude me! The post is crucial to this festive season bringing missives from families spread around the globe, so duck post is sharing your news today. Delivering her post to animals in the depth of woodland, tucking themselves up ready for the cold, nuts stored,  scarves and stoles tightly wrapped they hunker down in their burrow.....




duck post ready to deliver the mail



my lovely patchwork curtains

tweed covered body!

Monday, 18 November 2013

mellow afternoon light....

is dwindling and I am just  thinking its nearly time for mine and Lola's afternoon preamble. It gets darker earlier and so the afternoon seems to get shorter. Today has been a day of sewing  making sure the " Lost and Found " is already for the Open Art Exhibition at Unit Twelve. I have been fortunate to be selected and so need to get finished and delivered this week. Today I thought I would share my lovely fat bodies, close up details and "off to catch the post". Construction was quite a project to work out as I wanted my figures to have strength and stature. I happen to have a love of upholstery so that was the route the bases took,they are well stitched , covered and stuffed with wooden bases so they stand tall (some almost two feet !. Fabrics are collected and searched for at vintage fairs along with buttons and other bits and bobs. I love ticking, wool blankets old children's woolen clothing, hand knitting and luscious printed cottons....I hope you enjoy  







Thursday, 7 November 2013

not a cloud in the sky....

and beautiful blue sky, just like the lovely kingfisher I saw this morning whilst walking Lola. Everything was out and about today because the fine morning suited the squirrels collecting acorns and the buzzard hunting  shhh mice ! Poor mice I don't think he catches too many really! Today good news My work has been selected in the Open Art exhibition at Unit Twelve run by the lovely Jennifer Collier. The story is a short one as its for just one character and this time instead of an animal its a lady. Its called " Lost and Found"  and as you can see she is pushing a perambulator ( no not baking tin!) full of found dogs. Its her mission to rescue these lost souls that have been abandoned, discarded from family homes where they were once treasures and give them a new role in life. She will be traveling to Unit Twelve on the 21st November ready for display on the 5th December so please take a peek and say hello to her if you go....



"Lost and Found"



dogs in perambulater
 padded handle

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

the sound of crackling of logs ....





in the fire and a warm cup of tea are much required after such a cold damp walk. The nights are dark and all birds and animals tucked up away from the whizzes and bangs of the brilliant coloured fireworks. Today was a day for staying inside with needle and thread in hand,however packaging and boxes need to be sorted.  A trip to my ceramics studio then onto the flea market which provided one or two little nuggets that might inspire. The camera is not working so i am afraid  that will have to wait for another day.  Whilst I take a break from ceramics I am still busy with needle and thread creating things to wear. I am a fan of recycling and love to find little gems that can be embellished and added to to create something new. At the moment it is a cardi from a cashmere jumper that someone has shrunk in the wash , once finished I shall show you but you must keep it secret because it is a friends Christmas present! So I have rifled through my photos and just thought you might like a selection of bits and pieces from buzzards drawing pencils to bits and pieces I have collected.. I hope you enjoy... and you remain watching my progress for who knows where the path I follow will lead


pencils packed ready for drawing




bits and bobs found and collected

 a lovely retro bow broach

a snippet of loveliness

Friday, 1 November 2013

splishy splashy raindrops.......

are landing in my garden on this Friday afternoon. So instead of getting your feet wet sit down with a lovely cup of tea and a good read! All my characters are safely home and tucked up waiting  for the next story who knows it might not even involve them ! but shhh I haven't said anything like that in front of them ! The next couple of weeks its all about Spring cleaning I know its November but after such a hectic time sewing a tidy up is required. Its good to take time and reflect  allow new stories to perculate and do a bit of research and to be quite honest with the rain outside I am quite content to tidy and rediscover things that have got buried under mountains of fabric buttons and lace !
many of you have seen my facebook page and my line of "washing" . i have taken my camera and played with collaging objects and fabrics. This is something I love to do, it makes you think about what works and what doesn't. I have a large collection of bit bobs and vintage broaches so hope you enjoy the mix of images ......


reindeer with his harness on...

washing with reindeer...

collar detail