Monday, 24 September 2018

September is Done

Last week my friend Karren and I had our exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre Gallery.  I forgot to take photos!  Here are a few of the bits I was showing that I'm not sure if you've seen anyway. 



It can become confusing as to what I have shown here, on FB or on Instagram. 

I had quite a few books at this one which is the reason why I didn't have them at the Art Weeks. 



I've promised myself no more exhibitions for a while for now. I just want to potter and play without a deadline.  Saying that I do have one in 2020 and I know how fast time flies! 

I finished my second Cosmic, in denim and white this time.  The other is off to the USA.  I will be raffling this one soon.



I then discovered crochet pooling. Its a way of adjusting your tension whilst crocheting a colour change yarn so the change happens at points you want it too rather than randomly. Quite effective! 

At least I can watch TV with this one. 

I attended a  workshop last weekend at The Purbeck Artisan Workshop with Michelle of Harbour Wood Designs.



That was a fun day out and I shared my space with Coconut!!! 

Our dog walk out where we actually managed to meet my friend Lin was fabulous.  Lots of lovely sunshine, running around and laughter. 

The Grands have been having a great time learning how to drive the tractor. 


Not bad for 4 and 2.  There was also a bit of motorbike sitting but that's not quite as much fun as steering yourself. 

The garden is due for a huge clear-out this winter.  So many of the trees and shrubs have had too much space and we are going to reduce them.  Some of the hazels will be coppiced too.  The trouble with a huge garden is getting rid of the stuff but between the compost heap, the shredder, the chipper and the fire we just about manage! We try to be as eco as we can! 

When we stayed in Pembrokeshire our friends gave us a recipe for liver cake for the dogs.  We had to make some of course. 



It was very popular.  Most of it is in the freezer as it's quite rich and just a treat. We loved our time in Pembs so much we will be going back for another visit soon.  Can't wait! 

I'm not too sure what Blogger is doing.  I still don't have any emails to say if you have commented on my posts.  That means I don't have an email to reply to you directly so I have been going back and doing so on your actual comments.  I have tried everything suggested on the Blogger Forum and, like many, many others, nothing works.  

As I am now going to be a potterer and player I will go off and potter and play.  Have a good week. 

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Time to Catch Up!

A picture heavy blog post I'm afraid.

We've had a busy few weeks here.  First the garden was taking up time but then the heat got the better of it.  The dogs didn't think much of it and were glad of their 5am walks in the cooler part of the day. 





The moth trap has had a few more outings.






We are over the main season for moths now but I will put it out a few more times before winter I'm sure.  I have a scrappy list of what we have found and should really make a proper recording for the garden.  The lack of insects this year has been alarming! 

We've been out strawberry picking.  Some did actually make it to the hut!


August is our special month.  First is Cillian and my birthday.  We went to Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World a for a fabulous day out. 

Our wedding anniversary and  barbecues, 



John had his super special birthday. I bought him another bike to tinker with.  

I think he's enjoying rebuilding this one more then the AJS! I'm sure he won't muddle the two up, they are mostly in box bits now.  It's nice to see him fiddling about and the bikes are a much more manageable size than the cars! 

I've done a little bit of creating.  I have been struggling in many ways, the heat being the least of them.  At least that seems to be over now.  There have been a few books.




But not enough.  I am working on a few more pieces and hopefully they will be ready for the September exhibition. 

I also took a glass fusing workshop with Linda Rowe.  She was one of the ladies I exhibited at in Cranborne and she only lives up the road from me.  



There has been the village fete, the pub birthday and a few other things like Farnborough Airshow which our daughter puts so much work into and which John actually managed to visit this time.  He was very proud to see our stand there.

We have also been away to Wales and had a most wonderful time with the girls. Poor Ruger is a bit too old to put up with the car journeys now so he stayed home with Tully and sitters. 



Our house had it's own gate onto the shore which the girls loved. 

We met up with friends, also Pointer owners and had some lovely trips out. 



  


Can you see the new born seal pups in the last photo?  they're about a week early apparently but a delight to see, even from the cliff tops! 

I took along some crochet and also managed to collect a huge bag of treasure from the beaches which I will have to sort. 


On a moor in Wales I had cathartic moment of tears for absolutely no reason and I finally felt at peace. It was as though my body clock paused for a moment and then started moving forward again. I hadn’t realised how much I had been fighting time backwards over the past few months. I’d had a moment of battery crash on freshwater beach and everything was a stark reminder of how much I had been through at the beginning of the year and how fragile we are.  I have been on the support team of a friend who has had major bowl and ovarian cancer since Christmas and after being given weeks to live is now doing fantastically well after surgery. She is currently touring the country with her dogs and I'm meeting her next month.  There is also the news of my C&G tutor Laura Kemshall and her bowl cancer.  She was having the anaemia at the same time as me and we shared in our iron infusions all be it at different hospitals!  It was a shock that I had been treated, diagnosed, operated on and in recovery before they even discovered her tumour.  I cannot tell you how grateful I am mine was benign and I have an amazing support team. My blood tests a couple of weeks ago were good and I am about to have an appointment for the scan I have to have regularly. 

This week we have relatives visiting from Australia and New Zealand.  We found them through Ancestry DNA and we met three of them last year.  I also have a birthday treat day out with Elsa.  After that it's all go for making some things!! I think I'm a little happier now I feel my body clock has caught up and can move forward again! 

We are now off to a Paddock Party so have a great week.


Thursday, 5 July 2018

Cosmic is Finished!

My Cosmic blanket is finally finished after blocking.

It was a Helen Shrimpton crochet-a-long over 9 weeks.

I’ve worked out that I crocheted it just about every evening for about 3 hours at a time.

It must come out at about 190 hours work.

As well as the usual crochet stitches there’s also ruffle, bead, puff, long, star and crab stitches, treble and front post clusters, popcorn, picot trebles, crossed doubles and the cosmic stars too.

The colour way is Peace and Tranquility and the yarn is Stylecraft Life 75% acrylic 25% wool and Stylecraft Batik with 20% wool and it's 64 x 55 inches.

Cosmic is now on eBay being auctioned for GSP Rescue Trust HERE.

As for daytime creativity I've been letting the brain simmer on a few things whilst working on a pulpit fall for the church we had our Art Weeks in.

The church has very little ornamentation but has lovely shaped window reveals, around the outside of the fall, and a simple wooden cross on the altar. I've laid that over a background of the gentle hills around us and the cross is in the stream which runs through the middle of our valley.

As well as a thank you for letting us use the church I was also, as a textile artist a little sad at the lack of stitch work in our church and what was there was in terrible condition. I may not use the church for worship but it's still a part of where I live. The green velvet has photographed very dark. I hope they like it!