Sunday, November 20, 2011

Embroidery Samplers

I have been having a bit of fun, as you know, with some embroidery and this is the result – I like them but I think I will have a go at incorporating into some mixed media work and framing them!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011


As a child, my mother was always doing embroidery or tapestry. I never liked it much. I certainly did not like the canvas stuff and geometry.
Years on I decided to have a go and produced this my first embroidery…
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Which I then turned into this…

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Which I submitted to The View Gallery in Bristol for a hidden auction for the Princes Trust Charity and it sold ! Yay!
Since then I have been playing away, trying out stiches, yarns and making a few samplers and this is what I came up with…
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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Freebie Giveaway–November

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I found this ceramic artefact on Kirkcaldy beach a few years ago and it has been naturally sandblasted and smoothed by the elements. I have wrapped it in silver plated copper wire and it comes with a silver plated simple chain. For a chance to win it you have to do the following:
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  • leave a comment on this freebie giveaway post for November 2011

I will put all the names in a hat and on the 1st December the first one I pull out wins!

Saturday, November 05, 2011


I am doing some research on birds! As always the WWW is an amazing place to see things from all around the world and the scope of research material is unending, but I am also studying native birds in my back garden and the two hens I own. Drawings are hard as they don’t sit still for long enough! lol! I am managing to attract more birds into my space and with my trusty camera and can be found lurking around the bushes ready to snap that exclusive pic! Hopefully the robin will be compliant today and stay long enough on the table for me to get a good pic. In the meantime I have also gathered up some beautiful images from the net and have shared them below!
I am amazed at the variety of beautiful colours, shapes and sizes, but also how they have infiltrated our language. At the moment it's just playing with ideas but its getting there!! Feel free to add your own bird pic link, story or saying in the comments section…
Here are some of the sayings I can remember:
Birds of a feather
Alright hen
Hey chook
That’s my bird
She’s a tasty bird
Giving one the 'bird'

  • 1 a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate animal distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings , a beak, and typically by being able to fly:[as modifier] :the valley is teeming with bird life
    Class Aves; birds probably evolved in the Jurassic period from small dinosaurs that may already have been warm-blooded
  • a bird that is hunted for sport or used for food:carve the bird and arrange on a warmed serving plate
  • informal , chiefly North American an aircraft, spacecraft, or satellite.
  • 2 informal a person of a specified kind or character:she’s a sharp old bird
  • 3 British informal a young woman or a man’s girlfriend.

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Sales, Sales,Sales

Spent the weekend past selling off some of my older creations with a view to generating some money for new work. Enjoyed meeting my many visitors and clearing some space away both physically and mentally.
The left over stuff will be back up for sale at a couple opf events this Christmas period and then anything left will be e-bayed, e shopped and given away as presents.
Things move on and its time for out with the old and in with the new…
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