Monday, September 22, 2014

Humungous catch up.......

Sitting in my very tidy(still) workroom I decided to catch up on the Documented life for the last couple of weeks.  When I started to scan them in I found I had not "documented" since Wk 26. So here are the rest.
Wk 27 - Add a crossword puzzle
Wk 28 - Add an Instagram or any other tiny photo to your page.
Wk 29 - Make a wish list, draw pictures or cutout images from a magazine. (old collage of me)
Wk 30 - Add recipes, business cards - a mash book page.  (I made cards that flip in alll directiosn)
Wk 31 - create a pocket - fill it with treasures from your week.(this flips too)
Wk 32 - Incorporate a fortune cookie fortune.(not available so looked some up)
Wk 33- Use you under paper in a creative way.(No under paper, used gelli..not very creatively)
Wk 34 - Fill page with numbers related to your week.(Hope it adds up!)
Wk 35 - Draw sketch or doodle a face or cut out and alter one from a magazine.
Wk 36 - Black and White
Wk 37 -  Use a white pen predominately on your page. (This was fortuitous because I have only just noticed that I completely missed out Wk 36.)
Wk 38 - Draw, paint, doodle a feather onto your page.

Sorry Susanne, won't be there Saturday- NFL Fan Day in London.  Shoulder pads and helmets call.  Hope the Raiders fans will be there in all their glory.
Raiders fans will have 11,000 less seats to fill in 2013. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Absence note.......

Please Miss, I have been a bit busy. Turning this
into this
 The intention was to be able to show my desk as it usually is, with work in progress,  so that I could take part in Seth Apter's challenge.
The spur to have this humungous tidy was the super chest of drawers I had from DH for my birthday but
you will notice that the tidy version has nothing going on.  This is the story of my life, as soon as I have it tidy I sit wondering what to do.  Hopefully over the next weeks I will ruffle it up a bit and produce something.

Since I last posted I have visited the Weald of Kent Craft and Design Show at Penshurst Place which was a very good day out.
This gentleman works in London, moving on pigeons.  He doesn't kill them, just says "Move along please"
and he is just gorgeous.
I have also has a birthday which I celebrated with friend watching the Tall Ships leave London.
Some very tall
and some not so tall but great to see.

I have been doing quite a bit of gardening, bulb planting as we seem to have lost a lot.    Now, to try and get back on track with everything else......looking forward to a visit to Hampton Court  to visit The Handmade Fair on Saturday, hoping that this wonderful weather hangs on just a little longer.

Monday, August 25, 2014

All over the place.......

I've been away, to my hometown.  View of Piel Island from Roe Island. Glorious sea breezes.

We went to Kendal
and walked down memory lane in the Museum of Lakeland Life, a bit disconcerting to see so many things you remember, in a museum. We also loved the Quaker Tapestry.and this quilt.

Made of knitted squares and embroidered panels, I think the square were knitted by a lady (forgot the name, sorry) and the embroidered pieces were worked by her friends. Sorry about the photo quality. There are some better photographs here
We visited Sisergh Castle  I must have passed it a thousand times on journeys back and forth but it is a lovely house to visit.  Fascinating history, Jacobites and all that,wonderful wooden paneling and carved fireplaces  and the portraits, for me, are particularly fine.

In the gardens we found these treasures.

The owls were part of Woollen Woodlands.  A copse of trees had been decorated with literally hundreds of animals and flowers by local groups and schools. Brilliant idea, such fun,We (72 and 82) were running around shouting "Look at this one" "Come and look at this".


I actually took loads more but as this was supposed to be a quick catch up post I better move on, there are some more photographs on this blog
Another beautiful day and a beach combing walk on Walney Island
I didn't wan't to trespass here

The sea made art
Iconic Black Combe
 See how it has inspired other people here
Another view with Walney Channel

Our last trip was to see the tree that has been planted for my brother,on a grassy bank, over looking the town so he can keep it in order.
Hopefully in the spring it will have snowdrops round it and then white blossom.
So that took longer than I thought, if you stuck with it to here can you help me identify this shrub?.  I have searched but had no luck so far.
Right better get to the catching up, seem to have been doing that this whole year which is flying by. 

Friday, August 08, 2014


flying by.  My young friend came for her annual visit and we spent a week walking in Kent, along the River Thames,
by the sea
and through the countryside.
and we planned the walks we would take next year.

This week there was a visit to the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain.  I did love the cockerel
Unknown Bone cockerel

but the star exhibit had to be the  Bellamy quilt on loan from the Carrow House Museum in Norwich.

It was made by Herbert Bellamy and Charlotte Alice Springall in the year before they married. Not the kind of thing young couples do now I think.  You can read the full story here .  You can stand for ages and keep finding new(and surprisingly modern) images.  Unfortunately you couldn't get close enough to examine the stitiches as it was surrounded by an alarm force field which went off everytime you leaned forward or even pointed.
On the way out of the Tate we paeesed through this unusual sight.

Some of the worlds most famous painting being unpacked and hung, with great precision I may add.
I am keeping up with Documented Life, just, and experimenting with weaving but lack the time to scan photograph etc at the moment as we are off on a short break next week. We are going to my home town Barrow in Furness and of course hope to visit the beautiful Lakes but after our scorching summer(so far) the weather is looking decidely iffy. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Art in Action........

was wonderful.  We have talked about going for a long time but it will be a must for the future.  I took some photographs but none could capture the fullness of the experience.   This is the Welcome Gate.
and I would love these two prowling through my garden.
The best thing I can do is point you to the web site and let you work your way through the demonstrating artists. It was a mind whirling day, so many things to see(too many for one day) and so much admiration for the creativity and skill on show. Just a few memorables. Victoria Walker, watch the video and marvel, Amanda Wright  and Harriet Riddell, this young lady was machine embroidering portraits (very tempted) Many of the artists were young which is very heartening.
My weaving samples  are growing, slowly.