Sunday, 29 March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
Today I walked all over the place and once I started, I felt like I could just keep walking forever. A bit like Forrest Gump, crossing the country, except I keep stopping to pick flowers! My legs know about it tonight though and I've managed to work up quite an appetite too.
One of my destinations was lunch with my mother Doreen at her nursing home. She has become a favourite of all the staff there and gives them her best smiles. It is good to know that she is happy in herself. We sat outside in a sunny courtyard surrounded by yellow daisies and talked about sewing machines.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
This is a face in my art journal drawn in ink, over water colour squirted from a spray bottle.
Lately I've been all over the place creatively, wanting to try all sorts of different things and not being able to settle on just one. This is just the way it is - so many great things out there to experience and so much fun trying to squeeze it all in!
It's been a busy time here, what with the soccer season starting and lots of things to organise on the homefront. I'm just loving our gentle autumn - soft light & easy temperatures.
I'm now the proud owner of a new sewing machine. It hasn't been taken out of it's box yet and will wait for a block of time to concentrate on re-aquainting myself with the basics. I grew up with my mother's sewing machine nearly always on the kitchen table and would often thread the machine for her, run scraps of material through & loved playing with the 'feet', bobbins and tiny tools.
With the things I learned from my mother and a textile & design course in high school I know enough to get started on my own. There are stars in my eyes about making fabric collage or a wall hanging maybe, based on one of my paintings. We'll see what happens.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
I am enjoying being domestic lately and have taken up crochet again. It's been fun playing around with different stitches for a scarf that I'm making in a fuzzy, slubbed yarn - a simple design, nothing too challenging first up. You can make absoutely anything out of crochet as the buddha above (don't you just love it?!) shows. To keep whatever you're making modern, it's a matter of choosing the right yarn, stitches and pattern and of course, using a bit of imagination & creativity.