Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Unfinished Post Card

In fact not half finished!
I joined a '6x4' group a few days ago. The group challenge is to make at least one textile post card each month, not necessarily to trade. I felt like doing something a bit disciplined as I usally faff about, often getting nowhere.
I found the deck chair fabric panel that Maureen sent me some time ago and decided to make a card for July on a Summer theme. I felt sure that I'd finish it by today.
Well I didn't - we have visitors coming tomorrow and Friday so it won't get finished until early August. (August?? where have those seven months gone to?)
I've uploaded the unfinished piece to prove to myself that at least I started it in July.
I know I'll blanket stitch the edge next, add a few tiny shells on the beach and white fly stitch birds in the blue patch on the left.
Hopefully the edging will take up quite a bit of the remaining two patches - I can't think what to do there - maybe a few seed beads and leaves.
Then I'll have lots of time to do a card for August - but I'm sure to be rushing it in the last few days again - that's how I work!

Am I Improving?

I had to take a pic of this little geranium bloom struggling to find light through the Euonymous - and it's a symbol of my struggle through the technology of blogging!
Today after trying this and that to make the layout of the page different (? better - I don't know!)I managed to change the date headings to GMT!!! That pleased me so much as I've muttered and tutted lots about it - so I am improving slowly but don't ask me how I did it!

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Now I'm Old!!!

My mum used to laugh at this poem and say she knew the feeling - now I do!

Monday, 28 July 2008


I'm just addicted to Amazing Circles from dumpr!
Is that sad I ask myself? Maybe, but at least I don't wear a red hat and purple clothes - yet!

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Mahonia in July

Mahonia has to be one of my favourites in each season. It was lovely in Winter with frost and even snow for a few days - then the thick clusters of yellow flowers and lovely perfume and now the rich blue berries. All year round the leaves are glossy, often tinged red - I love it!
Later today I had to make an Amazing Circle in dumpr program.
I love that too.

(The background is a neighbour's tree - gorgeous, I often take a photo of it but just forget the name - must look it up.)

Saturday, 26 July 2008

In the garden today

The lobelia and petunias look so dramatic today as they reach out

.... to the sun and the cloudless sky (well - a few wisps now and then and often aeroplane trails!).
We have two small apple trees in the garden - below them used to be lawn - what has happened to the grass?
Never mind I quite like weeds, even though John doesn't, and I enjoy taking photos of this and that!

Friday, 25 July 2008

Wylde Women Award

Oh dear - see upload below.
Once more I can't get upload and links right.
I just hope all my talented friends will be able to get this award.
I think you will be able to pick it up via Leticia - link with her through her comment on my ATC 'In the Garden' below.
Sorry to make things difficult I really should have some lessons in IT, my trial and error methods keep failing me! Connie.

Wylde Women Award - please enlarge this.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

ATC 'In th Garden'

John and I enjoy the scenery when watching the Tour de France - though we know little about the racing and the complicated system of points. I knew we would sit and watch lots today as it was going through the Alps so I sorted out an old piece of crash linen and did this simple freestyle embroidery - one eye on one thing & one on the other! I always enjoy doing this kind of naive, very basic, stitching.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Lovely Lawn Daisies!

I love them - John doesn't.

At least I've got photos and even an 'Amazing Circle' (made in Dumpr program).

Friday, 18 July 2008

Bits & Pieces

When PC was down last week I enjoyed making ATCs from bits and pieces I had around.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Quilted Fabric - Poppy ATCs

I had a browse through a basket of fabrics and came upon a favourite piece - with poppies. Have enjoyed doing simple quilting onto felt foundations and have another edged ready to quilt.
I'll send one to a friend who collects poppy ATCs.

Saturday, 12 July 2008

PC back, clear, and nothing lost. Good!
Maybe it's good to have an enforced break from sitting in front of a screen for hours at a time.
I enjoyed making ATCs other than needlefelt for a change too.
these are watercolour flowers, maybe for an art swap, and quilted fabrics for no particular reason other than that they are easy to make!

Monday, 7 July 2008

Monday 7th July

PC is being attacked by a virus and has to go for urgent attention - if I owe you a swap or reply I'll be back ASAP!

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Best learn French!

We have breaking news - Barbara and Peter, John's sister and her OH are moving to France shortly, after eight years in Spain. As we visit them regularly we will have to brush up our French - so I've put Babel Fish on here and will translate all I write, read it as a daily lesson, and hope it brings back French from school days so that we can get by when we are visiting them.
Our Spanish never improved - particularly as all the Spanish people we met wanted to speak English! I think it will be different in France.


It's award time again! Thank you dee for this.
The rules for this award are:
1. The winner may post the logo.
2. Link with the person who gave you the award.
3. Nominate at least seven other bloggers.
4. Link with these bloggers.
5. Leave a message for each that you have nominated them.

I would like to nominate two, as it seems other friends already have the award,
Kim Mooneybeams
All the blogs I read are so interesting and deserving of awards.

Friday, 4 July 2008

ATCs Crazy Patches.

I've enjoyed making these in the last couple of days - the backgrounds were machine stitched some time ago.
The one on the left is ready to go off in the post but the other will be staying with me as it's a 'reject' ie when I offered it as a swap card it was turned down.
Well I like it anyway - I think it's quite pretty! ..... later ... it's not staying after all as someone has asked for it!

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Edited Photos - Sweetpeas & Gallardia

Its dreary , cloudy and raining at times today!
So I decided to make a couple of quickie greetings/note cards from edited flower photos.
I'm not sure I like editing flower pics but the results are a change from the more traditional cards I make.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Sunset 30th June

This was yesterday's sunset at 9.45pm - so completing a lovely "sky" day
Today has not been bright - mostly cloudy and grey, matching how I've been, as my leg has been uncomfortable and needing rest!