Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Cat Nap 2

Continuing on from my last post, I’ve taken another of my ‘Cat Nap’ drawings and developed it.

This was the original sketch:

And here is the watercolour I did:

I’ve printed it on fabric and now it’s ready to be embroidered.

As it’s Valentine’s Day today, here’s a photo I’ve taken with a rose and a heart shaped stone I found a long time ago.

The book is a volume of Welsh poetry and these particular poems are about love, “Serch” being a Welsh word for “Love”. There’s also “Cariad” which means the same thing.

I’m really enjoying watching the Winter Olympics at the moment. I watch it every four years. I’m not a huge fan of much sport, but for some reason I love this, particularly the snowboarding, the luge, the skeleton, the bobsleigh and the speed skating. If I were younger, I might have a go at one of these. Maybe.

Love to everyone, have a lovely day.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Cat Nap & Snow

January and February always seem a bit depressing to me. It’s been dark in the mornings and dark in the afternoons even on a sunny day. By about 3 o’clock the light has gone, clouds come over and the day gets gloomy.

I’ve decided to try to see things with a sense of joy this year; not so much a “New Year’s Resolution” as a “New Year’s Perspective”. I’ve realised in the last few years that we can either let things that happen get on top of us or we can choose to look at them objectively and keep our minds clearer and happier. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth giving it a try. Everything is ok.

To keep this feeling of joy, I’ve done a new experiment with a picture I drew a while ago of my cat Rusty. He’s no longer with us, but he always brought joy to me and I’m keeping it fun with this. He liked to sleep on my bed and one day I drew him while he was there. He’d often fall asleep laying on his front with his face down on the blanket – how he could breathe, I never knew!

I did a watercolour of the drawing:

Then printed it on fabric:

Then I embroidered it:

This is an experiment to see how it turned out, but I’m quite happy with it and I’m going to turn it into a small wall hanging I think. Or maybe I’ll try to find a frame to fit it in. Either way, I’ve got another one coming along soon, a slightly different picture.

I took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch at the end of January. It was a lovely way to spend an hour, watching the birds in my garden. I also made the Birdwatch bites to eat while I was there – the recipe came with the pack I was sent. They tasted ok but I think I’d put fewer oats in if I made them again.

All the birds were the ones I see regularly in my garden. Watching them can be a really good way of getting out of your worries for a while, to help you get perspective on things. I try to see if I can spot them whenever I have the opportunity.

It’s actually snowed here for the first time in about four years. I’ve been hoping for it to snow, if only enough just to have a walk in it because I find the world really peaceful in snow. It seems to bring calm and quietness. I took a few photos as usual.

Whatever you’re doing this week, enjoy it!

Friday, 19 January 2018

A Mini Wallhanging

I was really tired at the end of last week, so missed a blog post. I didn’t want to write anything I could come up with just to post because if I’m inviting you to read my blog, I want it to be good enough for you.

So, here, at last, is something I’ve been working on.

To start off the new year, I’ve gone with something small and gentle as an easy project to get me back into my work. (I needed something easy; after the holidays it’s been difficult to get back into everything, even though I really want to get on with my textiles.)

I’ve made what I’m calling a Mini Wall Hanging because it’s quite small, only 12.3 cm x 14.9 cm (excluding the hanging ribbon). It’s an image of a hydrangea flower to presage the coming of Spring.

Here’s the finished thing.

And here’s the process it went through. First, I stamped an image onto fabric and coloured it. Then I put it on a backing fabric.

I added some stitching around the edges and some beads…..

…and sewed it all together.

I’ve also begun a personal drawing project where I’m hoping to do a small drawing or sketch every day for a year. This was my first one, a couple of toadstools. The fairy hasn’t arrived yet!

And here’s a cat.

I’ll (hopefully!) be posting my daily drawings on my Twitter and Instagram accounts, which you can find here if you wish to:

I hope you’re coping with the cold weather. I am, just about, although I actually like cold, frosty days; it gives me the chance to layer up with warm clothes and scarves and enjoy being cosy. Also, the coldness now makes us even more welcoming of the warmer temperatures in Spring when they arrive. I hope Spring also comes with more energy for me.  

Speaking of warmer weather, this rose has been flowering all Winter. It doesn’t normally – an effect of global warming do you think?

The blooms haven’t lasted very long though. They’ve been withering at the petal edges and turning brown fairly quickly, giving a lovely wabi-sabi effect.  

I’m just about keeping on track with my aims for January with the drawing and plans for my textiles, I just hope I can keep it up. Do you have any goals for this year? I’d love to hear them if you do. For now, enjoy the weekend.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Christmas and New Year seemed to go really fast for me and now here we are in at the beginning of 2018. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and had a chance to relax. For some reason I don’t really feel like I had that much time to ‘just be’ as it all went so quickly, but I had a lovely Christmas anyway.

Well, it’s back to normal from now on I suppose, with the decorations coming down today. The rooms will look extremely bare. I’m thinking of making some decorations that can be put up at different times of the year, although it depends how much time I have! 😊

For now, I’ve made this to remind me of the Spring and the light, sunnier times ahead.

It’s a cherry blossom which fell from my tree last year. I pressed it and stuck it to card with tissue paper, then stamped butterflies around it.

In the garden there are signs of Spring already. My mother’s camellia has been flowering for a while. It always flowers during the winter though. 🌼

There are daffodils sprouting in my pots. 🌱

And there are bluebell leaves emerging from the earth. 🌿

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, I gave that up a long time ago because I just got disappointed if I didn’t stick to them. But I have got goals for this year which I hope to share with you as and when they’re achieved. They include new textile projects to work on, more painting and one big goal that I’ve been hoping to achieve for a while, but I don’t want to say too much about that yet. When I seem to have got near to it before, I’ve had setbacks, so I’m waiting until it’s actually done so I don’t speak too soon!  😃

Whatever your plans are for this year I wish you all the best with them. Have a lovely weekend. 💖

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas

I've been doing some Christmas crochet this week, and here's the result.

It's a Christmas Angel. It's not my own pattern, I found it in a well known women's magazine and couldn't resist having a go at crocheting her.

This is how she started out, a simple circle of yarn.

Then she turned into a disembodied head! 😉😊

Her body arrived though, so she was ok after that. 😁

Not long after, her wings came fluttering along.

She was put together to make a lovely angel as you saw in the first photo. Here she is with a bit of Christmassy sparkle.

I brought in some holly and ivy yesterday to provide some natural decoration along with all the rest of the tinsel. In folklore the nature spirits are meant to be in the greenery and reside in the home during the coldest month if the year to be safe and warm. They're let out again in the new year on twelfth night when you put the foliage outside.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you don't celebrate Christmas, I wish you a peaceful winter. 😊🎄🎅🎉🎊🎍

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas Textiles

I found some lovely Christmassy fabric, so obviously, I had to do something with it! 😃

Here's the fabric:

I love the snowflakes, the hearts and reindeer. As if I haven't got enough Christmas decorations, I decided to make Christmassy bunting.

Here's more of a close up.

It was fairly easy to make and is now up on the wall. I've got some fabric left over so now I'm wondering what to do with it but I don't know if I'll have enough time before Christmas to make anything else.

I hope you're not too cold and you're enjoying the run up to Christmas. Don't get too stressed! Just enjoy the lights and the colour. 😊🎄🎅 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Supermoon & Mythology

I took some photos of the supermoon at the weekend. I know it was a few days ago, but I wanted to give you a bit more than just images of it. I wanted to give you something you might find interesting, so that’s why I haven’t written about it till now.

The moon was associated with Arianrhod in Celtic mythology. She was a moon goddess and appears in the Mabinogion as the mother of Lleu Llaw Gyffes. Her name means “Silver Wheel” and although this has obvious connotations with the moon, it has also been suggested that Arianrhod was connected with the Milky Way, as it is seen as a wide arch curving over the night sky.

Her fort, Caer Sidi, is thought to be either in the Milky Way, the Aurora Borealis or an island off North Wales, depending on what you read.

I’ve read that Cerridwen, another Welsh mythological woman and Celtic goddess associated with knowledge, is also connected with the moon, but that was the waning crescent moon, whereas Arianrhod is associated with the full moon.

Apparently, her festival is on 2nd December, so the supermoon occurred on the right date!

The moon is associated with female energy and for the Celts, the new day began with nightfall rather than at midnight as we now reckon days. The dark always came before the light. They also measured their months, and therefore their calendar, by the moon and the full moon in the month we now call December was apparently called the Cold Moon by the Celts. (It was called Snow Moon by the Cherokees and Oak Moon in Medieval England. There are more names for it in different cultures.)

As I’ve written before, I love the moon. Looking at her silver light shining from the depths of the deep blue sky with clouds skirting over her gives me a sense of mystery, magic and the smallness of the Earth in an enormous universe.

A lot of other people seem to have felt the magic of the moon because there are so many creatures and myths connected with the moon and the night. Werewolves, witches, cats, owls, ghosts, vampires; the stories and folklore go back thousands of years.