Tuesday, 19 October 2010

What's been going on...

My art and blogging seems to have taken on a different pace recently. I have established  a routine for myself that includes some aspect of art or craft most day. My camera is part of my life as is logging into my blog and now running my Etsy shop. I no longer feel the frenzy I had a year ago to try everything I could get my hands on. I miss that energy to a certain extent, but I feel as if I am on a plateau, consolidating  all the new skills I have experimented with. I have been busy doing this and that and haven't seem to have had the time to put a blog together - but today I have the time so here goes. (Two long phone calls later - see what I mean)

Last week I got an envelope stuffed with fabric scraps from Lesley at Printed Material. They burst rather magically out of the envelope so I filled this basket with them

After taming them with the scissors and hot iron
I ended up with a beautiful pile of Tana lawn scraps for my patchwork.

You may spot a couple of the pieces in my new creation - a spectacle case.
Which I have lined with yellow felt to cushion your specs.
Shortly to appear in my Etsy shop .
There are some more in the pipeline. What do you think?

I shall be posting this pair too soon.

Meanwhile I have been doing other things.

I am working on my Honesty seed-head book. There is still a lot to do.

...and I have been trying  some ideas for C******** stars.

When the sun came out this afternoon I thought I would take a quick walk round the lake at the park.
I grabbed my camera,  just in case there was an irresistible photo-opportunity. When I got there I thought I would snap as many different birds as I could - plus a squirrel. I made it half way round when I spotted the rather ominous black cloud that had been lurking on the horizon was now overhead and large , so I had to tuck the camera into my coat and rush back to the car park.
1. Pink Footed Goose (there only ever seems to be one), 2. Mallard duck, 3. Coot, 4. Grey squirrel, 5. Whooper swan (one of several), 6.The sun and rain from inside the car, 7. Feral pigeons
So my walk and photo session was cut rather short - I took a last photograph inside the car with the hail stones bouncing off the roof!
Writing this has taken all evening! At least the photographs up-loaded smoothly. Now I will take a time to catch up on everyone else's posts.


Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

Ah that must have been at the point I was leaving for school this afternoon .... I think him upstairs knows it's pick up time and turns the tap on! Lovely makes Jill .... Liberty prints really lend themselves well to small area patchwork don't they.

flutterbycrafter said...

Love the specs case, may have to purchase. I love the heart and little purse I bought, they are beautiful. Your work is simple stunning.

Menopausal musing said...

Those scraps went to a very good home, by the looks of it! Wonderful work. You really are forging ahead now, aren't you? :O))))

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Loving your honesty seedhead book, can't wait to see it finished :)

Printed Material said...

I knew those scraps would become something wonderful in your hands! Can't wait to see how the honesty seedhead ideas develop. Lesley

thekathrynwheel said...

As usual I love your stitching :-)
Great photos too ... hope you managed to avoid the rain!
The seedhead book looks veeeeeerrrry interesting - can't wait to see that one finished.

Jane said...

Lovely things (as always), Jill. I envy you the plateau - I'm still going round in circles!

marigold jam said...

Glad you have reached a plateau - better than dashing from one thing to another like I do! Those scraps have certainly been put to good use and the finished articles are lovely. Sorry you were rained off but not before you'd taken some great photos.


Emma said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments, a short walk is such a good antidote to a day that goes by in a flash. But where have I been? So much to see here, your beautiful garden drawings, oh how I wish...

The blue bg positively flings the lovely item off the screen, wonderful. Great to see a pic of you, even before the haircut! Your new pieces & fabric are great & I wouldn't be without my hydrangea either.

Think of me making C....mas cards at Rag Tag, yes, stars will feature there too!

MILLY said...

You have been creating some lovely things, I just popped over to see your Etsy shop, looks great.
I am just making a little patchwork with Liberty fabrics, triangles of white and then pattern. They are so pretty and look good in your super items.

karen said...

seeing the ducks reminded me of my son who spent so much time feeding the ducks as a toddler that he thought every animal he saw was a ''quack quack''!!