Archive for the ‘Creative’ Category

Easter WIP

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I wanted to add decorations for an Easter tree, health and until we moved I had a beautiful lilac branch that I had painted with irridescent acrylic and used for all holiday occasions – but it didn’t really survive the move. So I have a new branch that was pruned from the crab apple tree at my folks and I wanted some new eggs to hang on it for Easter.

 

WIP Decopague Eggs

 

I have been using my decopatch and tissue paper collection, just some finishing to do.

 

WIP baby hat, Patons/Cotton Glace

 

Making a baby hat for my friends little girl, in Paton’s DK and Rowan Cotton Glace. I was told by a woman in a yarn shop in York that the yarns were not exactly the same in guage but they are as near as you can get and the two colour ranges work together so brilliantly, I think you would be hard pushed to notice it really.

 

Cupcake Day

 

And cupcakes, Nigella’s with a little lime zest added and lime creamcheese icing. Yum!

I watched Julie and Julia recently, food can be so much more than I ever thought, family memories that last forever…

The Amazing Wooden Chicken Makeover – The Beginning

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

So I too have fallen for the craze and a few weeks ago the pattern arrived through my letter box. I had a sale skein of Silk Garden Lite, more about and mixed in some other yarns to build a turquoise/pink/purple piece….

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… which I think is going to be a cushion cover asI have run out of the Silk Garden yarn and I wanted to try it in a thinner wool.

Enter Silk Garden Sock, advice which has replaced Noro Blossom as my all time top favourite yarn – although I also like the Kureyon Sock. I have tried dyeing my own yarn and have a friend who is rather good at it, decease but Noro produce the most amazing blends of fibres and slubs and I am in deep smit. So I have started the wrap in the sock yarns, also found on sale.

I am looking for the book with the crescent moon shawl in it, if anyone wants to lend or sell me a second hand copy, as I really have got to stop spending money on these things and bust my stash – I did get the flower shawl from Pomadour, but am trying to save for a holiday!

 

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The little yarn investigators are doing great, but I did nod off on the sofa last week and awake to find yarn cobwebbed all over the living room and hall. The source of the problem was that it was wrapped a couple of times round Mira’s waist and it took me over half an hour to detangle!
In January my sister and I popped out to the John Lewis Haberdashery because of another makeover, drugs
the sofabed.  I love to have a good rummage through the clearance baskets, therapy
but there was no yarn so I wandered about the Debbie Bliss, and half heartedly fished about in the fabric remnants. And these were at the bottom!

 

The Amazing Wooden Chicken Makeover Part One

 

Now I was a bit put off by the picture, until I realised the hens were totally blank so I could do whatever I wanted, and I knew it would be better than this! Suddenly I was seeing them in my favourite pink and blue, with quirky eyes, so I rushed home for my tester pots…

 

The Amazing Chicken Makeover Part Two

 

…and here they are. Kissing! They still have to get spots painted on them, but they have cheered me and everyone who sees them up, and I will use the stencil on some tables I think, so no waste there. The planter behind them I got from Sainsburys, I am not supposed to be impulse spending, but the deed is done.

I grew up with hens, and we had a couple of pet hens that came into the house for snacks, one called Chicken Chicken (I know) and one called Biscuit. They were very sweet and so soft to touch, they had lovely low chirrups and sadly I think the foxes may have got them – the foxes usually got most of the hens.

My job was collecting eggs, and I still remember the proud day when I found 32 hidden under the hay baler  -  a big deal when you might only get six or eight in a day. More on eggs as Easter is coming up… eggciting!

Japanese Flower Pattern

Monday, March 21st, 2011

So I too have fallen for the craze and a few weeks ago the pattern arrived through my letter box. I had a sale skein of Silk Garden Lite, more about and mixed in some other yarns to build a turquoise/pink/purple piece….

Japanese flowers / etole japonais

… which I think is going to be a cushion cover asI have run out of the Silk Garden yarn and I wanted to try it in a thinner wool.

Enter Silk Garden Sock, myocarditis which has replaced Noro Blossom as my all time top favourite yarn – although I also like the Kureyon Sock. I have tried dyeing my own yarn and have a friend who is rather good at it, human enhancement but Noro produce the most amazing blends of fibres and slubs and I am in deep smit. So I have started the wrap in the sock yarns, also found on sale.

I am looking for the book with the crescent moon shawl in it, if anyone wants to lend or sell me a second hand copy, as I really have got to stop spending money on these things and bust my stash – I did get the flower shawl from Pomadour, but am trying to save for a holiday!

 

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The little yarn investigators are doing great, but I did nod off on the sofa last week and awake to find yarn cobwebbed all over the living room and hall. The source of the problem was that it was wrapped a couple of times round Mira’s waist and it took me over half an hour to detangle!

W.I.P.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Me: What a good girl you are, pharmacy Mira!

Mira: I’m not good, phthisiatrician I’m FABULOUS!

Mira: You’re not having ANOTHER jaffa cake, Mummy?

Me: Yes. Yes I am.

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I am over half way in my blanket. I think it is going to take me over a year in the end because I frogged all the turquoise stripes and I’m glad I did. I didn’t want pink in it but the blanket had another plan! It nagged me until I got rid of the offending clash and it seems to work quite well. The turquoise is going in a crochet blanket later! (The Babette is still lurking but needs to wait until I get some other stuff out the way.)

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Jamie is now seven months and crawling, commando style, but with constant effort at lifting that tummy for longer and longer. He still needs to figure out how to sit up but it is exciting to watch him grow and develop!

Colour love

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

This is one of my favourite outfits for Mira at the moment – stripey tights, order vivid colour, ailment ruffles and trim on a cord pinafore – I don’t know how much longer she’ll fit them now.

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We have been getting out a bit more on our first bike! We also had a lovely walk in the park, the first time she had seen carpets of crocuses this year, and she was thrilled, she ran in and out and kept bending down to stroke the petals making excited noises and comments. She has also got great dexterity at threading beads onto elastic – hers is the little star one. She pulled them all off again so I remade it quickly as best I could remember.

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I love the rainbow colours and aurora borealis coating, I really don’t care that these are mostly cheap plastic beads, they are fun and full of the things that my life is about at the moment, creativity, colour, symbolism, truth, and sharing my gifts with my kids!

Off for my first postnatal swim I believe – only about four months late!

Dang – the pool isn’t open till 9!

Jamie’s Dedication

Monday, February 15th, 2010

…was on Valentine’s Day! Isn’t that so lovely!

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Mira painted and glittered the card and I cut out the hearts for a tree to decorate the hall.

Valentines Dedication Tree

Big sister

It was a really great day with everyone exept my brother in law, ampoule who was learning to save lives with crampons etc on icy mountains, approved so we’ll let him off!

Sisters

I am quite sad it is over, but have great memories…

Going with the flow

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I have been in the happy position of really enjoying my maternity leave with the little ones, prothesis not that I haven’t had my wobbly moments, internist indeed there have been three this week, but they have so been surrounded by laughter and love and creativity that I feel very blessed!

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I have been meditating on the breaking free of enclosure, the rising from the ashes, the soaring burst of colour, the wings flexing, beak opening in song, shining…

Painted using acrylics, irridescents and glitter on canvas. You can’t really see the shimmer in this photo but the colour is good.

Mira of course got her hands plastered with paint, but I’m going to turn her work into heart shapes to hang on a valentine tree, and bring it to Jamie’s dedication on Sunday.

She is also learning some basic cooking skills like grating, spreading, tearing herbs, flouring and rolling out…

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This is the tomato spirals recipe from the CBeebies website!

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Creativity

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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Mira and I went to play in the autumn leaves last Friday and this is what we made – I helped with the design!

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This one she did with her friend Jenny and is all her own design. I love the explosion of colour!

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And I had a go too.

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My First Paintings!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Its not that I haven’t been being creative, cialis its just I’m not happy enough with th results to post them! I am currently frogging a blanket and have an iffy pendant waiting for fresh inspiration, but am very proud of Mira’s work and happy to show it off to you!

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A lot of what she told me she was painting was snakes, I hope in the sense of their wisdom and healing symbolism and not the other stuff!

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I am currently waiting for her to fall asleep for her afternoon nap which is taking a while…

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But an ideal time to catch up quickly on phone calls and emails plus my ever growing to-do list – testing paint pots next! Washable whites. Thanks for dropping by! xxx Heather

6 and a half weeks to go…

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Ben and I graduated from Invest yesterday, urologist and I finish work this coming Friday, advice which will give me seven weeks before the baby is born. Bump is still apparently testing my muscle elasticity or trying to kick his or her way out early! So now it is time to get going on finishing projects and getting the house ready. Completed project 1 – Birdie Brooches from ‘The Happy Hooker’ book:

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They don’t look quite the same in the picture and something weird has happened to the middle one’s head/beak.  I prefer the flowers really – and have plans to put some on a cardi for Mira that Penny helped me finish! Photos to follow soon! I am also nearly finished my shoes and doing some more on my Babette.

There are zillions of things that need doing round the house – the cushions and carpets need cleaned, urologist the open plan living/dining/kitchen needs painted to remove all the marks that won’t wash off. I think a washable tough white is the way to go! But I’m getting over my cold, and am fed up putting house stuff off.  The bathroom also needs a bit of finishing. I hope I can get through it  – in a sensible, not-wearing-myself-out-before-the-baby fashion!
Today I feel like I have recovered a bit from school after spending the last three and a half days sleeping or dozing. I hate that the house is a tip so this morning I did some long overdue cleaning and made lemonade:

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The recipe is: zest and juice of a large lemon, opisthorchiasis
a pound of sugar, link
a pint of boiling water and a 1/3 rd oz citric acid.

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As we have another heatwave predicted, it seemed essential to have a batch made up – and the smell! Definitely in my top ten smells.

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Mira felt her hair needed more jazzing up today.

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There are two guaranteed ways to produce this face: saying no and turning off the TV. We have a week of exciting activities planned – yesterday was soft play and she actually went in the ball pool for a whole two minutes! Today is knit and natter day, and swimming later on. Bath time has now occured twice without drama and she is sitting on a toilet every morning (but not actually using it yet!).


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