Thursday, 16 January 2020

Let me tell you a story




Come in draw up a chair, I’ve a tale to tell you.


So I went to see Auntie Gladys this week, it’s her 88th birthday.  She loves hyacinth and dark chocolate.
Do you want to go out for lunch I asked.
No she replied I’ve got some cottage pie left over we can have that. You can have it with the shortbread and nuts left over from Christmas.


She said do you think I look 88.  No I replied,  you look a lot younger and fabulous.

I then went on to say that I would be 65 this year and will have to wait another year for my pension.

I couldn’t have made up her reply 

“Cows have a lot of flatulence you know with all the grass they eat”



THE END

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday


Remember the Travelling Petticoat I mentioned in 2019, well I’ve stitched my piece onto it now and written in the journal that accompanies it.  


She is now travelling onto the next Petticoat Sister.
Still in the UK but after that, who knows where in the world she will end up.


Carrying on with my “Deeper Not Wider” thing for 2020, I’ve been in my wardrobe, which resembles Narnia,  and I’ve dug out stuff that’s been there awhile and mixed it up to make different outfits.  This lot is originally from charity shops and cost me around £12 in total.


Craft wise I have this little bundle to play with.  They are pieces of fabric designed by a very talented young lady who trades under the name of Mrs Bertimus.
I may add some to pieces of clothing that need brightening up a bit.  I could even frame some pieces or make something with them.  I’ll give it a good coat of looking at before I decide.

Thanks for all your lovely comments last week and I’m glad I’ve inspired some of you to think “deeper not wider”.
Looking closer at what  you already have and the things you do.

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Sunday, 5 January 2020

What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday


Well, hello and welcome to 2020


Hope you are all ready to start something new or maybe finish up old projects.


One of the things I’ll be doing is to carry on picking out random books to read from the shelves of my local library.
Last year I read lots of books I ordinarily wouldn’t have looked at and all for free.


I’m looking forward to attending more craft workshops, learning some new skills and being with like minded people
.

Another thing I’m thinking of is something I read about and that is the practice of 
Meaning to look more deeply at the things I already have and do, rather than looking wider for other things.

Staying on the book theme for example, you could work through that pile of books you’ve already got rather than buying more.

Maybe for you it might be appreciating the clothes in your wardrobe, making the most of them, looking at how you can wear them differently, rather than thinking you need something new.

If, like me, you are prone to skipping from one thing to another and completing nothing, now could be a good time to concentrate on projects you’ve already started before moving onto another. The craft/textile workshops I will be attending will give more depth to the skills I’ve already got.

 Hope you get the idea.


Whether I’m successful or not I’ll let you know 
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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Escaping Christmas for a day - WOYWW



I escaped the silly season at the weekend when I ventured over the border into Brighouse, Yorkshire and the fabulous company and studio of Anne Brookes.


The workshop was print, collage, stitch.


After settling on a colour scheme we painted and printed on papers like wallpaper, book pages, maps etc.  Next up we tore up pieces and layered them up and once happy glued them down onto a paper strip.


After lunch the sewing machines came out and the fun began of stitching the strips down and finally handstitching and adding embellishments.  I’ve still got some bits to do on mine but as Anne told us there’s no right or wrong to this practice and it’s finished when you want it to be finished.



Here’s what the other Christmas escapees created.
It’s fabulous how they are all so different.
The top is either attached to a wire hanger or a wooden bobbin.



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Saturday, 16 November 2019

Why wait to dance -woyww


This week I created a little Tin Art for a friend who is not having a great time at the moment.


I do love making these little vignettes/dioramas.
Aren’t they posh sounding words.

 The phrase I put together with the bag of magnetic words that I found in a charity shop.


An old thimble, squashed with pliers made a little plant pot and the flowers are made from pins and beads. 

My next task is decorating a hessian lunch bag with a Doodly Bird for Postmaster Glyn, for his wife’s birthday at the weekend.  It’s a long time since I last did one, hope my pens haven’t dried up.



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Friday, 15 November 2019

The Pamela’s

As soon as I saw these super brooches by Viv Sliwka of Hens Teeth I burst into song.  Viv has named her creations “Pamela”.
This is how she describes them on her Instagram page 








Yes but why have I burst into song you might be asking. Do you remember Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders ?  If you do you might remember this song -

Pamela, Pamela 
Remember the days 
Of inkwells and apples 
And books and school plays 
Where little Brer Rabbit kissed Pooh in the wood 
And Fluff was the cat that sat on the rug 
Oh, Pamela 
I remember so well 
When Laurel and Hardy were shown at the flicks 
With sticky red lollies on splintery sticks 
Pigtails and ribbons and crushes on miss 
Secret discussions about a first kiss 
But you were young 
And everything was new 
Impatient to do things you couldn't do 
Oh, Pamela, Pamela 
You started to grow 
Answers to questions you wanted to know 
When the rest of your childhood 
Forgets as a dream 
And the harshness of life 
Dims those peaches and cream.

I love the words and think they suit the “Pamela’s” beautifully 


I’ve long been a fan of this lovely ladies work and have several of her pieces.



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