31 October 2013

The raven...

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

 The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe 1845 - photograph - Wilson Graphics

30 October 2013

28 October 2013

Yes it was windy wasn't it...

Two wooden planks blew off from a neighbours bloody loft conversion scaffolding at 6.30 this morning... husband watched one sail past the window as he was having his coffee. It landed on a metal window box crushing it, then landed on my little mini denting the roof, it bent the roof support above the windscreen, cracked the windscreen all over, then landed on the bonnet denting and scratching it. The other one is resting precariously on the window box as I write! Wouldn't mind accept I had a brand new exhaust fitted last month! ha ha.

27 October 2013

24 October 2013

No body writes letters any more...

painting - Agnes Noyes Goodsir 1915

When we were apart at different universities, we wrote and phoned each other all the time, I wish I'd never thrown them away, it would be nice to read the letters we wrote to each other...

23 October 2013

22 October 2013


couching by Kay Susan's blog - smockerytast.blogsop.co.uk

In embroidery, couching is where yarn or other materials are laid across the fabric and fastened in place with small stitches.

couching by Barbara Cheeseman's blog - embroideryoverlaps.blogspot.co.uk

20 October 2013

The last days of September 2013... mood board


daisies - unknown / trees photo - Alex Shar / sunflower - unknown / quilt - Cory Volkert / fruit photo - whimsicalraindropcottage. tumbir.com  / flower rug - vintage home blogspot / textile - throw from Missoni / red dahlia - tournesol150.tumblr.com / corn field - unknown / flowers fabric - unknown / pear photo - unknown / batik pattern - Amos Amit / flower photo - Mandy Disher / dress - Jeanne Lanvin 1920 / painting of girl - unknown / daisies - malinconialeggera.tumblr.com / apples - Elizabeth Maxson / green crystal Despujolsite / landscape painting - William Wendt /  hydrangeas in pot - unknown / corn field - Stuart Lee / blue hydrangea - unknown / opal - zencoma.tumblr.com / landscape - Casey Klahn / girl in pink dress - unknown / chrysanthemums - nostalgiaatthestonehouse.blogspot.co.uk  / red corundum rock / elderflower - clemmensen-brok.com  / white hydrangea - Clive Nichols / daisies - unknown / writing - prettystuff.tumblr.com / landscape painting - Tom Roberts 1921 / roses fabric - ragrescue.co.uk / painting - Claude Monet / chrysanthemum - Katherine English

14 October 2013

The knitting and stitching show...

Friday was the day I went with a friend to the knitting and stitching show at Alexandra Palace. Just like last year, the beautiful creations of Mandy Pattullo were really the only works I wanted to photograph.  

Mandy was there with her husband, she is such a lovely lady and very modest about her work. Her own photos of the stand at the show can be found on her blog thread and thrift

     We went around separately, then met up for lunch half way through and discovered we'd both bought one of her pretty hand made textile cards. 

My intention of not spending too much time in the first hall failed as there were so many interesting things to see. Which was probably a good thing as by the time I got around to the big hall four hours later where you could buy all the materials, I was practically on my knees.

There was an exhibition of amazingly intricate large art works by a Canadian lady (whose name I wrote down but can't find) and it was beginning to get a bit 'The Twilight Zone' when we met up for a cup of tea and found we would have both liked to have owned the same piece... not at £3000 though!

I thought this collage of paper and fabric was especially pretty.

Neither of us was able to finish looking around the big hall, in fact we only managed about a quarter of it, but I came away with a couple of sensible things like a new cutting board, some Christmas presents and a few small pieces of fabric and lace.

The Liberty fabric was from Alice Caroline also the patchwork cushion kit, which I thought would make a lovely present. The small print fabric was from The African Fabric Shop  the lace from namolio


                                           On the free shuttle bus back to the station after, the noise on top of the bus was so loud you could hardly hear yourself speak, it was like a group of exited children after a school trip, people were knitting, crocheting and showing each other the things they'd bought.


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