Tuesday, 30 June 2015

My Day....

30th June 2015

A fabulous day here in Blackpool, hot with a gentle cooling breeze......

....we went for a long beach walk this morning while the sun was hiding behind the clouds.....

....a lot of sea activity on the new pipe line...


....clouds beginning to break up ....


.....I stood and let the waves break over my feet, first time this year!


It must have been rough out at sea as there were many dead jellyfish, this one was huge....


.....and lots of sea weed....


...RD and Jack having a paddle....


.....my beach finds...


.....wonderful texture on these shells.



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We bought plants labelled 'assorted coloured sweet peas' a few weeks but it seems to be mange tout!!


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Checked my dried flowers, these were the petals from the beautiful red poppy and they feel like silk!


Pink poppy...


.....cornflowers....


....cow parsley.


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Added hand stitching to my picture and framed it, RD liked it!!



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The beginning of the next project, I have printed on my rusted linen with a feather....


....the base, using my rusted hand made cloth....


.....watch this space!

We will be eating our meal in the garden this evening, still very warm.....




Monday, 29 June 2015

A Great Weekend....

29th June 2015

My sister came up from London for a long weekend....

.....on Saturday we went to Wrexham to celebrate a friends 90th birthday.....



.....we had a lovely lunch and lots of laughs!

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The weather has been good for the last couple of days and we have had walks on the beach and around the golf course....(forgot the camera)

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My youngest son cooked his wonderful meatballs for dinner yesterday.....



...I had to persuade him to wear an apron!!!

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A walk in our local park....



.....these poppies are SO beautiful!

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The postman brought this today.....


.....an ATC from Australia and I love it! I have to get out my paints/pencils to colour the design!

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Have also been drying poppy heads, a gift from my neighbour, hand stitching my collage and making more bunting for the park...

....can't believe it is nearly July!!!!






Thursday, 25 June 2015

Quick Update!

25th June 2015

I have been quite busy the last few days, walking the dog, gardening in the park, doing housework, Pilates and hand stitching my mixed media picture from my Anne Brooke course! Still more to do.

Also have made a card for a friend who is 90 this weekend and we are going to her celebratory lunch....

...french knots...


.....finished and framed my blossom tree, french knots and beads, on pale blue silk.



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I have made a postcard and ATC for a swap with friends in my on-line creative group but can't show as they have not yet been received!

Told you it was a quick update!!


Monday, 22 June 2015

Healthy Eating...

22nd June 2015

While I was away last week my daughter was talking about her "Nutribullet' which is a kitchen machine that makes nutritious drinks, I bought one......

....in the cup, spinach, fresh mixed fruit, fresh ginger,  omega mixed seeds and coconut water...


.....one glass of a tasty, nutritious drink, the colour is odd due to the spinach!


My son is enjoying experimenting!

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Yesterday I went for another walk around the zoo/golf course the opposite way....

.....it is strange how different everything looks! Jack loved it, lots of new sniffs!

The lake, iris and bullrushes and buttercups....



...the heron is watching the water....


.....lots of this lovely fencing along the side of the path, where would we be without volunteers?


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My fabulous clematis on our shed....


....lovely colours in the boxes in our back area.


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Have made another strip of colourful bunting and still knitting!





Saturday, 20 June 2015

An Enjoyable Workshop with Anne Brooke

20th June 2015

Today went to a workshop with Anne Brooke.....

....Anne began by talking about her work and showing samples of her sketchbooks.....

....on the left her 'doodles', on the right doodles cut out with various papers and centre the stitched sample....


....I love this sample of cow parsley, machine and hand stitching....


.....on the right before stitch, on the left papers free machined.


We went back to our tables and began our own pieces, I was using a variety of papers/fabrics....

....before stitching....


.....after, these photos do not show the texture of the papers...


....then I began to make the 'flower/seed heads' by cutting wallpaper and fabric...



......stitched using free machining...

.....just need to hand embroider.


It was so good at the end of the day to display our work....

.....the results of the workshop...


...apologies for the colour, not true to the pictures!













.....some of the work from the back....





.....a good, relaxing, creative day!