Wednesday, 30 June 2010
I got back home and Bill was flat out from the effort of bringing home a bird, a third the size of himself, and over a veritable obstacle course of walled gardens. He was so proud of himself. I love cats but hate this aspect, it just reminds me that a killer sits on my knee and purrs. I'm just so pleased I was in the garden otherwise he would have brought it through the cat flap and into the house and that would have been even more traumatic for me and the poor chick.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
My sister in law got a couple of these funky curtains recently and has given me one. Oh, what to do, what to do, any suggestions??
Here's a sneeky peek at the Heavenly Journal's progress, alot more to do yet and I have to post out by Wednesday, cripes!
Had to put a little picture of me on it somewhere, lol.
PS Also finished something for the Boudoir Swap today but can't show you that until Anne hopefully receives it later in the week, my lips are sealed :)
Saturday, 26 June 2010
The inspiration for
But gardens mean more to me than that. I’ve always loved being in my garden, be it actually gardening, or reading, or knitting, or having a cup of tea etc. My garden is my oasis of calm. It’s my space to paint with plants, to watch nature and to chart the passage of the seasons. It helps me to put things into perspective as it reminds me of the great cycle of life and that my petty worries are just that, petty worries.
My garden is a small town garden that I’ve transformed from a square of gravel with shrubs around the edge into a curvy, flowing, riot of colours, textures and scents. It is tousled, abundant and productive, with vegetables mingled in with flowers.
My artist’s eye is always on the look out for vignettes, so empty clay pots are not just stacked up but ‘displayed’, alongside old-fashioned metal watering cans and some of my own clay vessels. I hang charms from trees and arches.
I love my roses best of all. Even though my garden is small I have still managed to get 7 roses in so far. I love ramblers, climbers and bush roses, nothing neat and manicured, just alive with colour, scent and sheer exuberance.
So this is what
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Monday, 21 June 2010
Now I have to get them to the post office, no mean feat as I've woken up with a very bad back and I'm hobbling around in agony. I picked up something really heavy yesterday, a slab of marble from the top of my new edwardian washstand. I kind of knew I shouldn't but I still did and now I'm regretting it big time. The washstand looks lovely in my bathroom - photos when I've decorated - that's some consolation. I think I'm going to hobble to the chemist at the end of the road for some painkillers and then sofa rest and maybe watch New Moon or the latest George Clooney, Up in the Air. So cautionary tale, listen to your little voice screaming "Do you think you should be doing this?" It knows what it's talking about, lol
Sunday, 20 June 2010
He still has the adorable eyebrow whiskers that set him apart in the shelter. He still bites but not as much and never in temper, he's playing but is a bit rough, ouch! In short I love him to bits, a real character.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Beth has retinitis pigmentosa which means that she suffers from retinal degeneration and will lose her sight completely eventually. Her challenge is to get her art and her story out all over the world, to raise awareness of this and similar conditions, for which there is no cure, before she loses her sight completely. She is a member of the Milliande artist group and she put out a call for people willing to receive an ATC from her with the aim to get to as many regions of the world with her story. If you are a member of the group and live in an area of the world where there are not too many artists, (so not UK, USA, Canada, etc) she would particularly like to hear from you. If you are not a member but would like to find out more about this project and Beth's progress please use this link Please help her to reach her goal and spread the word, thank you.
Monday, 14 June 2010
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Monday, 7 June 2010
I've finally finished my crocheted blanket. I started it in the really cold spell we had last winter. I sat, cold and shivering, in my front room and looked across at the big bag of wool I'd recently bought for the peasantly sum of £3 from the local charity shop and I started to crochet. As soon as it was as big as my lap I felt warmer but then as the weather warmed up my crocheting slowed up until it has taken me about 4 months to complete. But I'm now ready for the next big freeze, lol.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Thank you for all your encouragement and support when she was missing, I really have been so touched. She was found yesterday.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
This is Zephirine Drouhin, a climbing rose that I planted last year to one side of my arch. It has the most amazing perfume - and I know this because I sniffed all the roses at the David Austin nursery!
Last but not least this is St Swithun, nicely perfumed and lots and lots of blooms. Are you noticing a bit of a pink theme going on? As well as pink I allow white, blue, purple and shades thereof in the back garden and this is for all plants not just my roses. I wanted to have some sense of calm and serenity but not sure I've achieved that as the variety of colour within this palette is actually vast, but I do love my little garden. My other 4 roses are not in bloom yet so there is more joy to come :)
Friday, 4 June 2010
I found that I needed to be tighter on the stitching but I'm pleased with the final outcome. It'll have a new cloth cover on it when it comes back to me in about 14 months. This journal is going to be used in the International Journal Swap I've signed up for with 14 other artists. We all send off an A5 journal to the next person in line and then that person does a two page journal page on the theme of that particular journal. My journal's theme is Heavenly Gardens. I now have to make a temporary cover and sign in page. I'm so looking forward to this swap, there are some really interesting themes to tackle and I'm really excited. I've been looking to join one of these types of swap since I read True Colors.
Thank you so much of your kindness and support about my little Anya cat going missing. I'm afraid she is still not back but I've not given up hope. I'd like to think she's found herself a nice male slave/owner, she's always prefered men, but just wish she could send me a postcard.