Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
I saw a beautiful shawl hanging outside a knitting shop this weekend and thought it would be perfect to make for when we go on holiday this September. It turned out that it was made using a free pattern so I just had to buy the wool.
I haven't done any knitting for ages and it is made using very chunky needles which I have never used before, it took me a few rows to get the hang of it but it's starting to come together really quickly. Here is a close up which shows the colours a bit better, though the photo was taken with a flash so it's still not that accurate.
Once I've finished the actual knitting, which I think will only be another evening's work then I just need to add simple tassles to the sides and it will be done!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
So far I have only posted a couple of swaps but they seem to be going ok. I hope I can keep this group together ok. It's my first try and managing a list, it's exciting and nerve racking all at the same time.
Here is a picture of a sunflower card that I made for a swap on this list a while back, before I took over.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Ann and a group of other volunteers make quilts for the children and they have a day of craft activities. Ann asked if I would go along and teach the children how to make fabric postcards so they can send them home to their parents. I had so much fun and I think it was a great success. This time the group was all girls and they seemed to really enjoy making their cards. I took a whole pile of fabrics and embellishments with me and they had a couple of hours cutting sticking and glittering. We had a fabulous BBQ which was put on by one of the families in the village, and in the afternoon the children made friendship bracelets while me and another friend Barbara stitched all of their cards together. Emily and Tyler came along too, Tyler had great fun, he made a postcard too (his has Scooby Doo on), but I'm not sure he quite understood why the girls didn't seem to understand him when he was jabbering on! Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera so I didn't get many pictures of the day, but when Mark came to pick us up at the end of the day I used his camera to take this picture of all of the cards together. D0n't they look fantastic!
In the evening we went to the free concert in the park in Chippenham, part of the Northwilts festival they had several bands including Bucks Fizz and Go West so a bit of an 80's fest. It was lots of fun though and they had a great fireworks display at the end.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I have just spent an hour touring around some other people's blogs and they all seem far more exciting than mine, I really must get a life. I hate my job at the moment but do not have a clue what I would like to do. That has always been my problem if I new what career I wanted I could follow that dream but here I am about to be 30 next month and am still drifting through life without any aims and very few achievements.
Why does everything have to come down to money. I would love to travel more, I'd love to attend more art workshops and would love to treat myself to some wonderful fabric and embellishments but everything costs money and I just don't have any of it at the moment. When will I win the lottery (well I guess I should start by buying a ticket someday).
I'm full of cold and off work today but we are in the middle of a heatwave and I just can't settle to try and do anything. It's too hot and I can't breathe. RANT OVER!
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
On the plus side before I dropped off I finished up another set of postcards for a swap. This swap was on the Postcard Pals yahoo group and the theme was red. When it actually came to it I found that I was lacking in inspiration. Emily kept saying I should go with the title 'Simply Red' So here is my card a basic red background with some cord and sequin embellishment.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Went to Circencester today to see an exhibition of Textile Art by the Bath Textile Artists. It was really interesting to see all of the different methods they had used to come up with some really beautiful pieces.
All of the work was for sale, I wonder how well the artists do at such an exhibition? I think it would be great to have art works for sale but I don't think I could ever be that good I am still very much a crafter rather than an artist.
Well unfortunately I could not afford any of the larger pieces but I did buy a greetings card made by one of the artists I will post a picture tomorrow if I get time
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Because my sister and nephew have been staying I have managed to get a bit behind with my swap commitments, but today I have been taking advantage of the fact that Tyler is on hols with his dad and have managed to start catching up.
However my main project today was to make a postcard for my friend's daughter, whose beloved cat Rosie passed away recently. So here is my tribute to Rosie card. I hope Ruby likes it when it arrives.