"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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Snip snip snip

This is how the final embroidery looks. I did it all without a pattern as you will notice every thing is not symertrical. Went a bit crazy and did it on the top of the skirt too forgetting that a lot of it will be hidden by embellishments.

I am not too pleased with the underskirt skirt. I thought it looked awful. 
So panic stations! What shall I do change the whole thing? Use a different fabric? Oh my goodness have to dye the whole lot again! Cupboards open in a mad dash to find the right fabric!

Oh no don't have enough fabric can't find something suitable this one won't do. Do I have to order more? It will take ages to come!

So finally I went snip snip snip so now it looks a bit better but I still don't like it too much but I cannot change it now it's too late for that .

She is looking completely different to the way I wanted sigh!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Simple embroidery

Angela suggested doing some simple embroidery on the skirt and I think what she has done is so beautiful and affective. This is what I started. Not much of a photo and I am so rusty with regards embroidery that even these simple stitches look as though a child has done it!. It must be at least 40 or more years since I picked up a needle to embroider. The last I remember doing was when I was at school where it was compulsory for us to learn a few needle work, sewing, knitting skills.  The idea is to do some simple stitching. Since I can do this sitting on the bed I quiet enjoyed it. I have to find some thread for the flowers now as I could not find the right colour in the charity shop. By the way charity  shops are a great place to shop for craft projects. You never know when you will come across something that is so right for your project.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

More flowers

This year it has been a great year for roses here. Even this shrub I didn't know was there flowered"

There has been flowers galore and buds too. We will see how long all this lasts

Thank you for visiting and enjoy the flowers in my garden

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dyeing fabrics

I wanted to finish my doll this weekend but on Friday I did my back in so could not do much as I found sitting up very painful. However I did manage to dye some fabrics for the doll. Nothing strenuous I used some of the shavings from the inktense pencils since I did not want to waste the colour and it is amazing how much of colour gets shaved off while sharpening pencils as you can see. So I managed to dye some cheesecloth with this water.
I wet the lace and gently ran the pencil over it to colour the lace. So this is what I have been doing while resting my back
Hope you all had a creative and restful weekend

Monday, June 08, 2015


Today I got my doll's stockings ready. Since I did not have any suitable fabrics for the stockings I decided to make my own designed fabric for her. I bought some plain white knitted fabric and made up the design on it with Inktense pencils. I drew horizontal lines on the fabric with inktense pencils , lightly coloured the inbetween space between the lines and then spread it all with water and let it dry before sewing onto the doll. The design has lots of blemishes and is uneven colouring  but I thought that was ok as it adds to the whimsical look. I wanted to try out these pencils and this was a perfect opportunity to try them out on cloth.

So here she is wearing her stockings and as you can see I went with the green

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Getting there

I have been working on Angela Jereski's class doll. At last I am getting there I feel. It took me a long time to sculpt the head but finally I got it done and it is passable I think. I also started another head but I can already see lots of things that are not right. 
This doll as you can see is a fairy with her skinny legs and strange ears. 

Here are some of the fabrics I brought out to choose. At present I am only checking what colours I will use. They all are silk with a beautiful sheen to them which does not come out very well in the pictures.
I am leaning towards the light green and gold but I shall see. First I need to do the stockings which is going to be challenging as well because I don't have any suitable knitted fabrics that I can use. I got some plain white knitted fabric which I am hoping to dye.

Today I finished attaching the head. Now have to leave it till tomorrow for drying. Waiting is the hardest thing to do.
 Inspiration for the pose came from this book

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.


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