Saturday, 29 November 2014

Postcard, ATC and Yarn Bombing Update!

29th November 2014

Another busy week....

....made an ATC (Artist Trading Card) for a swap with my Be Creative group...


.....using paper, fabric, machining, hand stitching and beads....


....also made a mixed media postcard.


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We had our last session for yarn bombing at Tesco Community Room today....

....Charity Shop crochet mats stitched together to wrap around a tree in the park....


.....triangles for bunting....


....our 'merry band'....




....a long strip of knitting to wrap around a branch...


....more bunting as we have a lot of railings in the park....


....the lovely Wilma who has so much skill and has made lots of beautiful tree hangings...




.....we had to vacate very quickly because the fire alarm went off in the store!!

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Sue made this for one of the benches in the park...



....recycled lampshade ring and charity shop crochet mat...


....crochet flowers on wire lampshade ring....


....a friend in my on line group sent me this so I stitched it on another recycled ring and added some buttons...


.....also from lampshades, Enid made these bugs...



...another crochet mat on a ring with feathers....


....we are going to make a display of these on the second bowling green hut.

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I am enjoying listening to story CD's while I knit and crochet in my loft space, discovered new authors, Anne Holt, Nikki Gerrard and Kate Ellis.










Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Walk on the Beach

25th November 2014

Beautiful morning here in Blackpool....
...wispy clouds in a blue sky....


...waves gently lapping the shore...


.....sparking sun on the sea...


....playing hide and seek with Jack in the sand dunes....



.....beach finds, might try painting the stones!


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Popped into the local charity shop for beads etc for park project...



...all this for £2.50!

The picture frame has so many mother of pearl beads, a real bargain and you all know how I like to find a bargain!!!


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Yarn Bombing Preparation

23rd November 2014

Started the day with a brisk walk along the breezy promenade....

....wonderful clouds...



....crashing waves....




....sun trying to peek through....


.....I love living by the sea!!!!

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After a hot chocolate I went up to my loft space and tried to organise items ready for yarn bombing the park....


....10 yards of bunting all ready...



.....tree decorations...


....made using recycled lamp shades.....



.....getting there slowly!

Now cooking the roast then some knitting while I watch Strictly.....

.....another pleasant Sunday.....

.....tomorrow have to take the Christmas tree down at the Winter Gardens, I know how to have a good time!!!!


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Two Surprise Parcels!!

22nd November 2014

My day started with an early trip to the supermarket for food, arrived home to find RD cleaning the fish tank......

....this is our enormous 25 year old  goldfish in the washing up bowl while his tank is being cleaned!!



This fish leapt out of the tank many years ago and my husband gave it the 'kiss of life' using a straw!

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Went up to my creative space and finished the sleeve of my daughter's aran cardigan...


....while listening to a very scary psychological thriller, I knitted faster when it became really scary!!

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Then made a Christmas themed postcard ready for a swap with somebody in my Be Creative group....


....think it needs something else added before I swap, stitched mixed media using papers, felt, machine stitching and beads.

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The postman arrived with a surprise parcel from a FB friend in my creative online group...


...these knitted chicks are gorgeous, they arrived in an egg box and I squealed with delight when I opened the box, must find a special place in the park for these beauties!

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Also covered some metal rings, recycled lamp shades, ready for decoration for the yarn bombing...


....will post a photo when I have decorated.

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There was a knock at the door and this was delivered....


....my ceramic poppy from the Tower of London installation, I wasn't expecting it until 2015!

Haven't assembled it yet or decided where to put it but I love it!

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Still listening to my audio book I stitched more flowers on the net....


....it is taking much longer than I anticipated but it will be worth it, I hope!!!







Friday, 21 November 2014

Where did this week go?????

21st November 2014

I cannot believe it is Friday!

I have had a very busy week with meetings, knitting, crochet, organising park project, walking the dog, shopping for food and Christmas presents.....

I must make a LIST so that I can see what I have to do and feel satisfied when I delete items achieved!

On Wednesday we went to the cinema, Orange 2for1, to see 'The Imitation Game', Benedict Cumberbatch  was brilliant as Turing, a very moving film and well worth seeing in my humble opinion!

Yesterday, after Pilates, went to set up a Christmas tree in the Winter Gardens with the park group....


....can you spot our yarn covered cones, dream catchers and glittered cones??


 Various groups had been invited to set up trees and the display will be open to the public this weekend. 

I think my favourite was a driftwood tree but I didn't think to take a photo!! 

Next a quick trip to Lytham to deliver some of my cards and while waiting for RD took some photos....


...in the Square they have a wonderful pebble mosaic...




...dashed home, made dinner, then off to a Christmas Fair to raise funds for the local hospice...

..... treated myself to a glass coaster from Colette Halstead...



...her work is amazing....









...I chose the hare gazing at the moon, beautiful work from a local artist...

www.colettehalstead.co.uk