Wednesday, 24 November 2021

WOYWW - it’s a busy life being retired

It’s been a busy week in the Holland household.

After the Shibori dyeing workshop I did recently, I started
using the dyed pieces to create festive ornaments, bunting
and cards as part of the No Rules Textile Society latest
prompt - Festivities

Here’s a few bits and pieces on the cork wall in the studio.

Tuesday morning was a 6.00am start.
I took a friend to hospital for her hip replacement operation.
Once back home I ended up sat at the desk stitching after a
my Pilates practice.

I may have revolutionised my days by earlier starts.
The ideas and work flowed well, accompanied by a mug of tea
and Alexa playing music by my current favourite band
Hollow Coves.

Zoom talks have become a new source of inspiration as well and
after a talk by textile artist Susan Briscoe on Sashiko and Boro
stitching I went onto produce this little framed piece.

Those folk who know me for my love of charity shop and
vintage clothing might like this.

Here’s an Instagram chum showing off her St. Michael’s denim
dress that she has had for over 30 years.

Here’s me wearing the same one that I bought from a vintage
trader friend for £5 a few years ago.
Isn’t the shearing gorgeous.

Well folks that’s all from me this week, apart from my Mum
celebrating her 89th birthday yesterday with a surprise afternoon
tea party at the restaurant/bar that I did my courting in with
the wandering welder 

There were no afternoon teas 43 years ago as it was a steak
bar and posh drinking hole.

Have a lovely crafty week ladies
Take care, stay well

See you soon

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  1. Happy belated birthday to your mum Lynn. Love the festive work you have been doing. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #17.

  2. That shadow box is gorgeous.
    An excellent purchase of the denim dress, never thought of trying charity shops..... I'm looking for winter weight dresses and that denim is fab.
    What a wonderful tea.... Hope it was as good as it looks.
    Christine #04

  3. I do so enjoy the loveliness you show every week. Your shibori pieces are stunning. Hope your friend's hip op went well, and can see you obviously enjoyed your Mum's special tea party. And in such a special location too. Wonderful.
    (I should be cooking but I can't help but desk hop for a bit!)
    Happy WOYWW
    Mary Anne (1)

  4. My word Lyn, your Mum is doing so well, and who doesn’t like a an afternoon tea to celebrate anything! Love that you’re still so local to your story, makes for so much interest. The two denim dresses from Marks are just perfect, what a wonderful investment purchase they would have been originally. Type of thing I’d wear to death, I just love a nice weight denim dress, jacket, top.
    Your shibori works are marvellous, glad that you’ve found your inspirational hours…net it’s something to do with daylight..I end up feeling very sluggish if I leave my Workdesk time till after all the other stuff is done, because it’s always later in the day. Dark. Ugh.

  5. Hi Lynn
    Love your bog and your dress! your Shibori piece look so nice with the added stitch and love the little finished piece and it looks so good in its wooden frame ,what a busy girl what’s next !

  6. Hi Lynne, I'm enjoying seeing all the projects you've been working on recently. Wish I was half as prolific but it doesn't matter how early I get up, apart from housework and cooking, I struggle to accomplish much these days. Your mother looks wonderful and so does the afternoon tea. Happy WOYWW. Elizabeth x 6

  7. Not sure why this has happened has the whole world gone mad !,

  8. What a lovely treat for your Mum - happy birthday to her! I love that dress - is it real smocking - it's one of my favourite things to do. Max used to have a new smocked dress every season until at about 7 she said "Do I have to have that stuff all over my clothes!" lol. Ah well - that's probably why she produced a grandson for me! Your little blue stitchy piece is lovely. xxx

    1. Yes it’s real smocking just like we had on our frocks as children xx

  9. This is the third time I’ve tried to leave you a comment!!
    Many happy returns to your mum. What a lovely week you’ve did you ever find time to work?
    Annie x #9

    1. The comments thing is driving me mad Annie. I’ve no idea what’s going on..... grrrr
      Retirement is definitely full on haha xxx

  10. when i see all the things you get up to I can't wait to retire! Your Mum's birthday tea looks gorgeous.. Happy WOYWW Helen #3

  11. I love your cork wall with all your creations. Your Mum's tea looks wonderful. Happy WOYWW. Take care and stay safe. With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#13)

  12. Love you newly displayed creations. Afternoon tea is my favourite meal, those cakes look good! Happy WOYWW Angela #11

  13. The framed Shibori and stitched work caught my eye - The blue against the white surrounds - love it!

  14. Hi Lynn, pleased to see you making the most of your retirement. Afternoon tea looks brilliant and happy belated Birthday to your mum. Happy creative woyww, Angela x14x

  15. Your fabric projects are gorgeous! And happy birthday to your mom! What a wonderful way to celebrate!
    Have a great week!
    Carol N #21

  16. Happy Post! Lovely pic of your Mum’s party, it all looks splendid and a great way to spend her birthday. Love the dyeing and stitching on your cork board and the denim dresses made me smile, I used to have something very similar and loved it!
    Hugs LLJ 12 xxx

  17. Sending your friend lots of get well wishes and hoping her hip replacement is as life changing as mine was!
    A gorgous outfit and I'm a bit giddy at how beautiful your shibori is, I love it!
    I'm so glad you Mum celebrated her birthday in style. xxx

  18. You're certainly keeping busy, but in a fun way. Can't wait for retirement!
    I'm loving the framed piece and the shirred denim dress is fabulous.
    Happy birthday to your lovely Mum! xxx

  19. I love the shearing on your dress. I have a Laura Ashley denim type long dress that too, must be over thirty years...but, no shearing. its partner on the rail had shearing but was too small at size 6! Is that a real size!? My daughter would love to own a real tea shop and sell cakes and tea all day! Looks yummy! (She's a Town Planner!)Stay Safe! Keep on Crafting. Happy late WOYWW!?((Lyn))#16

  20. I love the sashiko; it’s so relaxing to do.
    My comment seems to keep disappearing so I lol keep this short
    Take care
    Lynnecrafts 7

  21. Everything always look so beautiful in your photos I just wish I coud see it all at once - for some reason it always displays in GIANT format and I don't know why. Love that grey jacket btw. The tea party looked fun, same age as my mum last week!! Happy belated WOYWW, stay well, stay safe, Cindyxx

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