I have admitted many times on this blog that I am not the most organised of gardeners and the fact that anything grows at all in my garden is sometimes a miracle. Last week we had quite a bit of rain....it was torrential for days, and the last thing on my mind was watering the plants outside. Which was all well and good for everything except the poor melon vine in the little plastic greenhouse....whoops! After the rain cleared up, I noticed a dried up yellow mess where the vine had once been and had to accept that I'd killed it without it ever having born fruit. However, today when I was actually looking for something else in there, I noticed something nestling on top of the earth in the melon pot.........
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
The feet were tricky - the only suitable wire I had in the house was very hard to bend and I couldn't quite get the shape of the toes that I wanted. Then it said to wrap the feet with florist's tape, which I had never heard of, let alone had in the house. Instead, I used insulation tape, which gave him great big ostrich feet....so this morning I visited the florists and picked up some tape and did it properly. Wow, that's good stuff and it takes acrylic paint beautifully!
I wish I had the time at the moment to make a few more of the birds from this book - there is a flamingo pattern I quite fancy! One day, definitely.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
This is Bosham (pronounced Bosem) just outside Chichester. We paid a visit there yesterday and had a glorious day in the sunshine, although the sea itself was far, far away as the tide was out. Fish and chips for lunch, an icecream cone while sitting on a churchyard wall, even a surprise bead shop to potter in - a very good day out!
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Stash Fine Yarns have a 3 for 2 sale at the moment - I couldn't resist this gorgeous pale mint green & white yarn. I don't know what it will be yet, but it had to be mine.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Notice the droplets at the bottom left of the painting - they aren't still wet, I've painted them that way. When I was a child, my parents took me to an exhibition and there were a set of paintings which were about five feet square of solid colour with water droplets painted all over them. I remember studying the technique intently, storing it away for future reference. It's been used many times on various different pictures.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Monday, 15 August 2011
Mary Rose museum. Unfortunately the hull of the Mary Rose, one of Henry VIII's ships, was closed as they are still getting it preserved and renovated as well as building a new museum around it. We got to see many of the items salvaged from the wreck and Stacie had fun trying on some clothes in the style of that era - here she is in a Henry VIII jacket. I think we nearly took that one home with us!
HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson's flagship. We knew this might be a bit difficult for Stacie to walk around due to steep and narrow stairways so didn't plan on going inside.
Don't worry about Stacie, after a bit of a sit down in the shade followed by a cherry ice-cream cone back on the sea front, she was fine...and slept in the car the whole way home!
Saturday, 13 August 2011
75 Birds, Butterflies & Beautiful Beasties to Knit & Crochet) with the idea that it would be appliqued onto these....
Thursday, 11 August 2011
I have been painting so much over the past fortnight but just cannot show any of it as it is for Derwent. I have been using a selection of their Inktense pencils and colour blocks in juicy tropical colours - once the commissioned pictures are complete, I think I will have a go and paint something with them just for fun. Not that these weren't fun - I'd rather be painting than doing pretty much anything else!
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Grey socks were unavailable in the local shops, luckily there was a raggedy pair in the airing cupboard at home. Tempers got a little frayed initially -one of the shelves of books above the sewing machine's storage place collapsed, and then my daughter seemed to lose the ability to cut in a straight line. However, once we had found a pair of scissors that she could manage, we were off and running.
I would point out that what looked like a really quick and simple pattern was surprisingly tricky - sock is not a great fabric to sew with. The sewing machine choked a few times and there were a couple of holes that needed cobbling together. We got there in the end and after a couple of hours of sewing, stuffing and assembling, Stacie was very pleased with the end result - I have a feeling he will be making his way into her bed tonight!
Saturday, 6 August 2011
I have been painting alot this week but unfortunately cannot show any of it at the moment. It's all for Derwent packaging and I have been enjoying it immensely as all the pictures have a jungly theme and involve lots of bright colours.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Thankfully, although I can't knit for the time being, I can still hold a pencil and a brush, so the artwork is able to continue - phew! And the dog has been forgiven - I can crochet at least so am making him a new blanket.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Yes, you may well look ashamed of yourself. Did you really have to chase that cat out of the front garden this morning? In your excitement, did you forget you were still on the flexi-lead? As I was in the middle of opening the front door, I wasn't holding the lead properly and had to grab the nylon part to stop you from running into the road. There are about 5 metres of nylon tape on that lead and when they are pulled through your hand at speed, they do this......
*Please don't think I would really punish my dog for his transgression - I'm used to his idiotic behaviour when faced with some small furry creature, but his timing today was abysmal!