Saturday, 17 February 2018

Nice Bit of News

Well the current view is a bit drab. 
The tumour came out yesterday. I wont miss it. Biopsy results in a week or two.  Great for weight loss I hope!  All I’ve eaten since Thursday is some mashed potato and that little pot of ice cream. As everything was done fabulously by keyhole, 5 of the blighters to be exact, there was hope I might go home today but things went a bit squiffy so I’m staying in another night. Better safe than sorry with a chunk of the old tum missing.  Anyway I did have the delightful news this afternoon that my Snowdrops piece was voted 3rd in Vistors Chioce at the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival!  I’m over the moon! There are an awful lot of amazing entires to this so super pleased. 
I have my knitting and notebook and thank goodness for the internet. Now I just have to work on getting my temperature down and things working in the right direction and I’ll be home anoying John before long.    

Sunday, 4 February 2018

It's Being Used!

The huge piece is being added to and my little pile of empty thread winders and covers is growing. It may not seem much but it is to me! 

The piece itself has had lots of stuff added to embed the plastic canvas pieces in.  

At the moment it's far too busy and needs some calming measures! I will work on it.  

The village we live in has Iron Age roots.  This has been extensively explored and dug by the local architects and university over the years and there are a few papers on it all. This field in front of the house (to the right in my header banner)

and this one to the rear

Both had Iron Age villages in them.  This is the rear field and if you know what you're looking for you can see the outline of the enclosure and pens. 

I have been gathering information on what I open my curtains and look out on over the past couple of years and decided it's about time I put something together!  According to the finds the villages were of high status foundry works. Lots and lots of metalwork for farm implements but also a large quantity of wagon and chariot fittings as well as weapons.  All, to me, fascinating stuff!  So, that is what I'm trying to put together in the piece up above.  

The plastic canvas pieces are supposed to represent a sword sheath and shield boss.  The rest of the mayhem is the concealing earth.  The only downside of the piece is it's size at 24 inches square!  It's certainly going to be a show stopper!  I now remember why doing  small work is a good idea.  The other ideas in my head, and even in my notebook, will be on a much smaller scale. 

I have still been falling asleep at silly times and feeling like a limp dishrag most of the time.  Yesterday I spent the day in the hospital where I finally had the Iron transfusion. 

I was hoping to feel better instantly but no, the effects can take 10 - 14 days to start being noticed.  At least it's in me and working now! 

I did put together a pile of pin cushions for the up coming Open Studios.  

I have found that most people would like to buy something from you even if they can't afford the larger pieces and these, and a few books I'm hoping to make, fit the bill!! 

This week I also had a delivery from Ikea. I found these hanging pots for my Ikea trolleys. 

Not really what they're meant for but the small ones were only 50p so how could I say no, and they're not that small either. 

I've been almost having a bit of a clear out when I've felt a bit more energetic and I hope these will help my sort the stuff better! 

My two nurses have been wonderful looking after me this week but they're all demanding lunch now. 

Have a great week!! 

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Using it Up

I have started a new piece this week. Its quite large for me and should end up at 24 inches square. One thing Elsa found and brought round to me one day was a rather large bag full of all the cross stitch threads I had used over the years. Believe me when I tell you I have loads of end of project threads! I’ve gone from the days of saving literally every single inch I could as I didn't have the spare cash to buy more to now just throwing them all at a project to finally use them up. Its really quite liberating!

These pieces I have sewn onto so plastic canvas for a bit of body and structure.

I’m now merging them into the background using up more stuff I've hoarded. Lovely work to do whilst in brain still not working right mode. 

I’ve been putting the photos on my Instagram page, Amo107, and using the #useupthecraftstuff. Feel free to use it too! 

I am waiting for another call from the hospital as I urgently need an iron transfusion apparently.  Iron is far too low, explains brain not working, and they need it higher before they operate. I’m downing enough iron tablets a day to go rusty already.  

All a waiting game, not able to plan and January has all but gone.  

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Making Progress

Ive been home from hospital since Tuesday afternoon. Apart from being with John and smothered in dogs the best part, of course is being in my own bed! Oh, and the silence.  Why is it night staff are so unaware that its our night and we want to rest and get well? Since I've been home Knowle Dawn, shown HERE, has gone off to be a part of the Welcome ‘18 exhibition at Shaftesbury as I will be showing there again in September.  The town of Shaftesbury also has a Snowdrop Festival, which you can read about HERE if you're interested, and I have made this piece to be entered. 
The whole thing is made in silk and the words are, ‘Nor will I then thy modest grace forget, chaste snowdrop, venturous harbinger of spring and pensive monitor of fleeting years’ By Wordsworth. Still to be framed which we will be doing later.  Also a frame needed for this piece I've just backed. Just a little exercise in colour, shape, form, balance really but I'm pleased with it. 
Ilex Punctorum
Other than that you can probably understand things have been a little slow around here. My energy levels are rock bottom, I have a long way to go to get over the anaemia, but I'm not in any rush. I have my own consultant this afternoon and a endoscopic ultrasound specialist next week and then hopefully we will have a plan to get this thing out.  In the mean time I feel like Jadzea Dax with her symbiont.  I did have one highlight on my stay in hospital, my wonderful friend Nat spotted that pets were allowed on the ward and so she brought Miss Dimple in to see me. 
She was an absolute star, not a paw out of place even with two of the ladies having their nebulisers on full blast. She only has her paws on my lap as I encouraged her to for the photo as I couldn't bend down.  She would make a perfect PAT dog. Love GSPs so much!  I may now have a gentle potter around the studio.  At least sort of tidying is constructive!  PS I’ve used Blogpad Pro again and really quite pleased with it!   

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Not Quite as Planned

So the New Year decided to go a bit squiffy with another tummy bleed. On Tuesday 2nd John found me unconscious on the bathroom floor and I don't remember a thing about it. Anyway ambulance took me in and I've had the scope down and they found a GIST bleeding.  Ive had a couple of these. 
If you are an O pos donor and have had a message to say your donation has been used, it could be me!  To any of you donors, thank you.  I used to do it but of course can’t since becoming anaemic and having transfusions in the past. 
It was at the furthest reach of his scope but they managed to cauterise it but the tumour will still have to come out. CT scan first to see if there are any more.  
In the meantime my view is a bit on the bland side. Those blue ceiling lights are actually changing colour all the time through the whole spectrum. It’s for a soothing atmosphere. 
I have my knitting and thank goodness for good internet! YouTube is having a good airing! The decs are probably still up and its 12th night so I'm not sure when they will be down. Perhaps they can stay up until next year I just don’t have the energy.
I’m trying out this BlogPad Pro as Blogsy and Blogger don’t seem to work for me anymore, apologies if text too small and photos too large etc but its just nice to communicate. 
Pass the Sudoku.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Bye 2017!

This past year must have been one of the fastest on record!  Yes I know it still had 365 days but I swear there's been a time warp somewhere! I can remember things like the charity walks for MacMillian and GSP Rescue Trust and the long time spent in hospital but there's a lot of blur in between.  That's where blogs are handy, if you keep them up, just to remind you.

We had a lovely Christmas.  We started the day with the dogs opening their Secret Santapaws presents.  

It's another charity based event and such great fun. 

You are paired with someone with the same number of dogs as yours so it's very fair too.

As well as treats they had toys and personalised towels, all very much enjoyed so thank you Secret Santapaws.

I have a new studio apprentice.

I could be vying for space in the not too distant future! Perhaps I should have signed Olivia up for the sketchbook challenges too as she is such a good artist.

Yesterday was our Twixtmas Pointy Blast.  

Most of the gang
This year we travelled down to West Wittering and the weather was so kind to us considering the horrid storms we've been having! 

The light level was still quite low so a lot of the photos are a bit on the dark side. 

It was fabulous to see 18 dogs all having so much fun together and not a cross word between them as always. 

Even little Tully is one of the mob. 
Willow, Tully and Talis

It's an amazing beach for dogs as there is nowhere for them to go and it's huge when the tide is out.  there were several other dog groups and plenty of room to zoom.

In preparation for tomorrow's new year I have joined the 30 day Sketchbook Challenge with Susan of Magenta Sky and the January Challenge with 64 Million Artists.  Both promise to be quick think things so lets see how long I last with those! 

I've braced myself for a new round of healthy eating, not diet.  I am, one day, actually going to win on that score too.  Tum does suffer a fair bit since the gallbladder op so even more reason to try and get it right! 

My email box has been having a major clear out too ready for the new year.  I've unsubscribed from more places than I care to think about but that should me less time sifting through the rubbish! 

John is spending today playing with his motorbike in the garage so I'm putting something Moroccan in the slow cooker and going to play in the studio.  

I've chosen Complete as a word for the New Year.  I have plenty on that score to try and get on with!! 

Have a happy, healthy and creative New Year!

Monday, 18 December 2017


I've been on a bit of a roll lately and I'm loving it! 

I've organised more of my collected junk into another Junk Journal to go with the one I made in September HERE.

Plenty of writing pages and places to tuck things in.

I made a piece inspired by a beautiful sunrise one morning on our dog walk.  19.5 x 8 inches.

Knowle Dawn
Rock of Ages finally had a backing put on.  I'm just waiting for the hanger to be forged by Colleen du Pon and it will be complete. 
Rock of Ages
And I'm now working on a piece taken from the edge of a holly leaf.  

I hope this momentum keeps up!! 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Dread C Word

Well this past week I decided to just get on with Christmas.  There.  Now it's December I can say it without shuddering.  Almost.

I was fed up with the wrapping paper in the bottom of the wardrobe always being a mess so I made a hanger thing with pockets to hang in there instead. 

I think I may tighten the elastic on the pockets a little but it is nice to be able to see whats in there without a fight. 

All the cards have been bought and sent. Then I saw this post HERE by Gina Ferrari so had a go at making a dozen. 

OK, so no good for this year but they're all packaged up and put away for next year.  Probably for the village Christmas Fare or something, if I don't lose them like I seem to have done with a load of printed ones.   

Please don't tell me I'm the only one making things now that will do for next year as it's too late for this? 

I also finished my little piece I started in a Fay Maxwell workshop back in September.  

It was an enjoyable little thing to do and has finished at 8 inches so I'll probably mount it onto a sketchbook slip. 

So I'm quite pleased I have finished the horror of Christmas shopping all bar a few bits and my lists have lots of ticks beside them.  My desk is sort of clear and I think I can try a few new things. I feel quite happy! We might find the decorations over the next week sometime.  Maybe. 

I must say a HUGE congratulations to Daughter Elsa who was told last week she passed her Masters with merit!! So proud of her!! It was a long 5 years and she did it all holding down a job and producing two beautiful babies too! Wonder Woman if you ask me. 

Have a good week. 

PS Darren, I've been using the infamous blue felt you'll be pleased to hear! 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

More Catchup

I've been MIA for a few weeks because it's just been one of those times!  I had 2 weeks exhibiting in Shaftesbury again with Karren Burkett and Andrea Jenkins, painters, and Colleen du Pon a blacksmith.  For some reason the planets aligned and though I only stewarded for three and a half days every other meeting, appointment, event, coffee or anything to keep me away from home seems to of happened then too.  I was constantly in the car going somewhere.  These are from the PV evening. 

I sold a lot of my little books so will have to make more of those for the Art Weeks next year.  I had to make a couple of batches of cards too.  I think I have one left.  Here's the second lot.

In the few moments I managed to snatch I completed a few C Word gifts including these bling collars.

and hand stamping over 20 metres of Santa Paws wrapping paper for the GSP Rescue charity! 

I hope you can make out the pointer head with hat on, my own design of course!! 

This week saw the launch of the all new Workshop on the Web format!! It's gone from a quarterly online magazine to a half yearly book with online extras including videos.  

Here's a few snippets with articles by Hilary Beattie

Laura Edgar

As well as Caroline Bell, Angie Hughes and of course Maggie Grey.

There an interview with Jan Beany and Jean Littlejohn and an article by me on Soluables.

Maggie will be starting a course in January to join in with and there's plenty going on online with it's very own website with access via the magazine and Facebook page. It's thicker than any high end American magazine and it's not pages and pages of adverts!! Worth every penny.  If anyone would like to buy one I have a few copies here, just message me. 

I have also decided to start having a clear out and have popped a few things in my Folksy store.  These may change as I will be doing the Art Weeks next year so will be making more for that.  I haven't figured out long distance postage yet but it could be done! I will put the gadget thing back in the side menu but a link is HERE

Other than that Ruger has had a few lumps removed so he's back to the vets for the stitches out today, I've had all my hair cut off and I'm learning sign language again with a deaf awareness group at the pub as the landlords daughter is profoundly deaf and we all thought it would be nice to learn.  I did it many, many years ago as part of Duke of Edinburgh and can just about do an alphabet still!  Must learn more.  

Right, off to stamp more paper as another order has come in before vets and if I don't do creative again soon I will pop!!