I was overwhelmed to receive so many wonderful comments from you about my new painting and the Big Blanket. I can’t tell you how much they made me smile, and how much it meant that you all took time to write them. Thank you very much, from the bottom of my little skippy-happy heart.
Needless to say, on the crochet front there was a slight anti climax when it finally dawned on me that the BB was well and truly finished. What’s a girl to do??? Oh its obvious isn’t it!! Start another one of course!! And thats a wee corner of it above there – I have to tell you that my inspiration for the colours in this one came from some photographs of Seville I’d been looking at. The whitewashed walls of the old houses were drenched with beautiful and vibrantly coloured flowers, and the juicy orange trees in the little squares quite inspired me! So upon realising I did not have any white wool, it was hurriedly purchased on Saturday in John Lewis (who have a splendid selection of Rowan at the moment, and 15p a ball cheaper than most of my favourite internet wool shops!! Hurrah!!)
New Blanket began in earnest on Saturday afternoon. The little squares are quite fast to do and I can easily whip a couple up in 10-15 mins while the pasta is bubbling on the hob! (I think this counts as obsessive crocheting doesn’t it?)
Now today was meant to be an art day – but I had one of those rare and untimely moments of utter creative blockage. I sat and stared at the paper, meddled with some inferior sketches and scrunched it all up and threw it (mindfully) into the recycling bin.
The best thing to do when creative flow stops flowing in one particular medium, is to mess about with an entirely different one. I had a yen to crochet some more little squares, but I had to be strict with myself about that – today was Art Day, a whole day with Little Person at Nanny Mum’s and so therefore it was a day designated for other things.
So I thought Id have a go at the Valentine’s cards that the gallery had asked me to supply.
And I remembered that somewhere online, a month or so ago I had seen the most inspiring idea of sewing writing paper. Some of you may have seen this, and its brilliant – I can only apologise for not having a link to the original piece I saw but I thought Id try my own hand at it and embroider some little love notes to turn into cards…and here are a couple to show you!
So that’s what Im doing next. And line drawings, which as most of you will know are black ink on white paper usually.
Busy busy…as usual… 😀
And so, to relax this weekend, despite the gloom and the cold we took off to Old Moor RSPB reserve and had a good walk around. Little Person was delighted to go into the bird hides and peep out through the windows. She didn’t quite understand the concept of being quiet so as not to disturb the birds, and at one point announced quite loudly (and much to our amusement) that ‘it would be quite nice to have a cup of tea in here!’
At which point we had to get out of the hide as we were laughing so much.
As late afternoon approached, a large flock of geese came into land. We could hear them calling in that lonely distant way that they seem to have, darkly sillhouetted against the lilac clouds.
I was given this sunshine award by Louise Broomhead
and the rules state I have to pass it on to another 12 bloggers who are inspiring and delightful!
Well here I encounter a humungous problem. You are all inspiring and delightful. I can’t bear to pick just 12 of you – its far too difficult. And so Im about to break blogging protocol and be very naughty.
I think you’re all marvellous, you all bring me huge scoops of joy and inspiration and so I would like to invite each of you to take the award to your blog if it cheers you and proudly display it there – and if you wish to send it to 12 bloggers yourself then that would be lovely too!
Oh dear, am I terribly bad for doing that?
I hope the bloggers who do take this seriously will forgive me for being a little lame, but I honestly would struggle awfully trying to choose 12 favourites, when I have at least 120 favourites if not more…! (but then again, sharing sunshine with everyone seems to me to be a rather pleasant thing to do, especially in dreary January!)
Well, this was rather a long post! If you’ve got this far, well done!! Thank you for reading my ramblings today, and Im now off for a well deserved cup of hot tea and to sit down and do some character sketches.
See you all soon!!
Love Julia x x x