Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Happy to be cool

How pleasant it is today, warm enough to be out with bare arms, but not so hot I break into a sweat emptying the compost bin (Just adding to my green credentials).  It is MrT's birthday so we have been out to lunch, he is watching some cricket he recorded and I am fiddling about. As I have been posting a lot of photographs lately I thought I'd do something different. Firstly some embroidery. This piece I finished sometime ago in April, the last of my colour doodle stitchings.

The scanned colour has not come out very well, what looks orangy/brown here is much paler and the real colour range is  from deep acid yellow to pale straw.
After this I thought I would try something more representational and took this doodle -

and turned it into this
My embroidery skills are improving, but Cathy at Menopausal Musings has set the embroidery bar high so I am still reeling in admiration of her work.
Emma is a more recent blog friend. She lives on the Isle of Skye and creates all sorts of lovely art pieces from what she has around her. No popping down to Hobbycraft for her. She has a significant birthday in June and to celebrate being fifty she is arranging a fifty postcard swap. It is always fun to send and receive so I was more than happy to join in and this week I received this -

 A great little multi-media piece of art. Emma's blog is A Little Bit of Everything and I am sure she would be delighted if you took a look or even joined her in a birthday quest.

I have also been doing some art journaling and working on my 'Garden Book', but more of them another time. I hope the sun is still shining with you, Jill

PS. Blogger is really messing about today with positioning pictures - so if it is happening to you, you are not alone!


marigold jam said...

I am in awe of YOUR embroidery skills - I think you and Cathy are both so clever and artistic I couldn't do either of it. I popped over to Emma's yesterday and loved her postcards but how do they go through the sorting machine? I can imagine spending hours making one of these lovely cards and then having it arrive in shreds - or do they go in an envelope?


Lalabibaby said...

Glad it's not just me Jill .... the last few posts have taken ages! I love your embroidery and it's so much more special because the design is your own. Totally agree about the weather and wish every day could be like today. Happy birthday to Mr T x

Menopausal musing said...

Happy Birthday to Mr T. Now stop "bigging" me up........... your work is truly beautiful. I am with Jane and have always wondered how these art cards get through the post in one piece. With regard to Blogger, I have found it a real so and so in terms of getting line spacing right. I tried to leave a gap at the end of my post yesterday before "footnote" and on my composing screen it had done it, but when I published it, it hadn't left a gap at all............. so tempremental at times!

Jill said...

Jane and Cathy, Emma's card came safely in an envelope with a lovely postage stamp of a WildCat and customised with some hand stamping.

webb said...

Your embroidered flowers are wonderful. Makes me feel like a real slug to not make some time to try out something - anything at all! Good work.

Virginia said...

Absolutely gorgeous embroidery - thank you for sharing this! It is totally inspiring!

Printed Material said...

Lovely embroidery, lovely weather and a postcard swap - what a lovely idea. You know me, I'm all for anything exciting that comes in the post! I'll pop over to Emma's blog and take a look. Lesley

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Really like your 'doodles to embroidery' Jill, what a great idea, and I also love your 'in my garden today' photo of the flowers placed side by side. The colours are wonderful. Lesley

Emma said...

Lovely to see my postcard to you looking so bright! i hope i'm not ceating using an envelope but with all those little bits & pieces I thought it best. Can't wait till tomorrow's card!

Your flowers are just lovely.

Emma said...

I mean cheating, of course.

Yesterday's post took me ages to write as 3 out of 5 letters per word were missing! it was fine half way thru, tho thank goodness.

webb said...

I left you a little something over at my blog. Thanks and enjoy.

Amelia said...

oh this is so lovely to see! I forgot to say the link you sent me didn't work!!! I have been so snowed under and busy running the art e-course, but now as it finishes, I have a little more breathing space.

Do you also know the embroidery work of this lady: www.karenruane.blogspot.com? It's lovely.

Thanks for your lovely comments as always.