"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lovely spring

It is so lovely to see the garden wake up in spring so here are a few photos for you to enjoy from my garden. I really love this time of the year in England. Everything is so lush and green.
I almost caught this little guy on camera:-) he was so busy that he hardly noticed me.
    These geraniums look so lovely and delicate
    This on shyly raises its head
    Some have come to live here accidentally. This one peeps out of the foliage as if to ask can I stay       here please?:-)

    Some are getting ready to unfurl their petals

    These are merrily dancing away in the breeze already.

    I think this one is just waiting to be visited by a bee.
    These are showing off there beautiful colours

    Some are bold and beautiful 

    Some are brazenly showing off their beauty

    While others blush and hide themselves
Hope you all are enjoying spring and enjoyed a little bit of my garden. I will start visiting your blogs soon, now that I am back.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Regular visitors

Can you believe it these two literally almost finished the whole feeder between themselves. If they were not eating they just sat there until they were ready to eat again :-)

Another of my greedy visitors :-)

This one is a resident guest. I think he now has a young family. Sadly I don't think I will be there when they decide to go out into the wide world but I hope they will fledge safely and go on to make new little cuties like themselves :-)


Monday, April 27, 2015

Some progress

At last I made some progress on my Angela Jereski class. The figure has not turned out as neat as hers. But since I have never done this type of doll before I guess it is passable :-). I found making her finger armature was quiet hard, because the wires kept bending too much so both palms were different in size. I had to rip them off several times to get them to look more or less similar.  Now tomorrow I hope to start to sculpt the feet and legs. Not sure how much I will be able to do before I leave but I want to get the feet done at least. I can't take it with me because it will be a bit complicated to pack and take it. I so want to get started on the actual sculpting but have to wait now sigh. Perhaps I will take my half complete Santa and try and finish it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time where has it gone?

I have been away again and when I came back I caught the flu so the time has flown away suddenly. After the flu I have felt so lethargic and uninterested in things. I hope it will pass soon as believe it or not I have to be away again and I need my strength back to deal with all the travelling I am doing. In the meanwhile spring has come here and the weather has been so lovely. I love this time of the year with the plants beginning to wake up after their long slumber.
Our pond is at last up and running. But I have got to do something about that vile green stuff that keeps appearing. Have to do some planting around it too which will have to wait till I get back.

We did a lot of work with our driveway patio and foot paths around the garden and I find that we have lost many plants in the process. 
I am sad that we lost a couple of our rhododendrons also. I guess they did not like the ground being disturbed around the surrounding areas.

However these bushes survived. A splash of colour in our somewhat sparse garden this year. 

I found this cute little clay pot in a fair during my last visit. I will have to plant something in it after I get back.

One of the best things that happened during my last visit home was I found 2 very close friends from my school days. I have been searching for them for a long time and I could not find them. I searched FB again and again over the years and still drew a blank.  I had almost lost hope and then  I thought of searching one last time a few weeks ago. While searching I suddenly came upon my friend's page. I knew it was her but also noticed her page had not been used at all for a number of years and also it said she lived in Germany. I sent her message with little hope of getting a response and I did not. I sent messages to several of her FB friends but still got no response. Then I searched for the place where she had worked in India. I found her university where she had worked. I thought, if she had returned she just might have come back to her original place of work. So I contacted her work place who were either not bothered to give me information or did not want to give it. However after another search of the university website I found her! Wow and actually spoke to her too. I still cannot believe it! 

After finding my first friend I renewed my search vigorously for the second friend. Finding her was again just luck. I came across her sister's page on FB. Since I knew her sister only briefly I was not entirely sure that it was her so looked into her friends photos and I was pretty sure I was on the right track because of family members resemblances. Again I found that this sister did not use FB even though she had an account. But again I sent off a mail not expecting a reply. After waiting several days I looked into her profile a bit further and lo and behold there was a phone number. What luck! Finally I got in touch with my friend through her sister. So it has been 7 years since I have been on FB and searching them but before that I have tried other ways but FB won in the end.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekend fun

Last weekend I had a friend visit us and she wanted to learn a bit of felting. So I showed her how to do wet felting.
I think most of you know how to do this. It is very simple. You lay wool fibres on top of each other in layers. Each layer is laid right angles to each other. Then the layers are rubbed together with hot soapy water. This is a very simplistic explanation but if any of you are interested there are plenty of tutorials on the web how to do this

It was fun and relaxing to do and this is what we shaped it into with a glass. One can shape it into all sorts of things but a glass is all I had so we just did this shape. 

I am also taking an online class with Angela Jereski http://aforartistic.com
I haven't got very far with it yet because I have to wait for all the supplies that I had to order. It's a pity that in UK we do not have craft shops that sell all these materials under one roof. So ordering from various sources takes so long.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finished my long ago project

So here she is. She turned out ok but if I were to make her again I certainly wouldn't pose her this way. I really don't know why I made her to pose this way because I don't  like this pose but can't do anything about it as I decoupaged her body so can't move the arm. As for her name well my mind is drawing a blank :-) any suggestions?

PS actually I have finally given her name Spring because she was completed just when spring is starting here as well as she is all dressed in green. Hopefully spring time will be more productive for me this year

Monday, March 09, 2015

Finishing long ago project

This was a long ago project that was started in Sherry Goshan's group but I fell by the way side and did not complete it.  A few days back I came across it while I was searching for something. It feels like story of my life that I find things that I have long forgotten about which come to light when I am searching for something entirely different :-)  I have decided that it is about time that I completed it. The doll body is a pattern by Sherry Goshan's and the head pattern is by Marie Anne of Dollmakers Journey. 

I have been searching for the right fabric for her skirt and this is what I think will look good on her
I just realised that many of my dolls are dressed in green and red combination! I tried other colours for this one but green is what she will have to have since I had already half dressed her and then abandoned her:-)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

My canvas is done

I finished my canvas. The skirt and her body parts are made of silk ribbon. Her top is made out of felt and her umbrella is made out of paperclay. Her hair out of silk floss. Background is painted with acrylic colours.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Worked a bit more

I worked a little bit more on my canvas. I find acrylics a bit hard to work with as it is not easy to blend the colours. I think it looks a bit better now . I can still see the light brush strokes but it seems to add to the feeling of stormy weather which is what I want. Have to work on the umbrella now with paper clay. At present I have just painted it on.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On the spur of the moment

Hello all I am back again. Travelling so much does sap the energy so I really have not been up to doing any doll making. Since my Santa is not going anywhere at the moment I just decided to do something different on the spur of the moment. Not sure if this is going to turn out the way I want it to but here is the begining of what I started.

I am afraid the image is not strictly  original.  I found this amongst some free images in the Internet that I liked so I  drew roughly the outlines of the image. It is for my own use so I don't think it is going to matter much.  I am doing this in mixed media. Shall see how it turns out. I am just wondering how to do the umbrella I have an idea forming. I am off to see if it works. Wish me luck.


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