Good morning, my friends. Hope all is well with you. I’ve been busy this week – when am I not, some may ask?! However… let’s cut to the chase – my desk this morning.
In all it’s glory! All neatly laid out are the pieces I made yesterday. Mrs D and I decided on a playday… We would have a go at the shaving cream technique…
A little compilation of our attempts – top left, Mrs D’s first go; top middle, one of my attempts; top right, what’s left behind on the shaving cream; bottom left, my try outs; bottom right, Mrs D’s fun. As you can see, the bedroom floor was an extremely useful resting place and drying area! You can also see the drawer of acrylic paints – had them since I did my C&Gs back in the late 90’s – but most were fine – only had to throw a couple that had dried up. Yes, I enjoyed playing – but I don’t think I shall bother again – just not me.
So, having tried that… well, we couldn’t waste a playday, so… out with the gelli plate. Mrs D had made her own some time ago, but never tried it… so we thought this was an ideal opportunity.
So, there’s Mrs D showing me what to try out – and there’s my efforts… we had a bit of fun trying out textures – found some old lacy curtains and cut a bit off – but it didn’t work very well, although using corrugated card made more of an impression. Again, it was fun – but not something I will do again.
So, what else to do? We still had loads of time, and hadn’t yet filled the bedroom floor with all our efforts! So, I suddenly remembered I had some brushos. Now, when I did my C&Gs way back, it was in design and embroidery – but the teacher was determined we should really abuse our sewing machines by adding all sorts of things to the fabric and then sewing into it! Hence we were introduced to brusho inks. They are SO intense, and I remember loving the effects I could get… so, out they came. I only ever bought the three primary colours, but they are sufficient…
We had a load of fun with these – spraying water, dabbing with kitchen paper, putting the ink onto a glass mat then dabbing it on the paper… and getting extremely messy! Top left, my efforts; top right, Mrs D’s efforts; bottom left, a close up of one of Mrs D’s attempts; bottom right, the proof – a selfie! Yes, only three hands ‘cos one of mine had to use the camera shutter! At this point we realised that poor Mr D was probably thinking his good lady was lost for ever, and packed up – but we had a tremendous time playing!
So, what else have I been doing this week? I’ve done a jigsaw – love ’em – go to a charity shop, buy one with 1,000 pieces, do it, pass it on to a different charity shop! Of course, sometimes they are not complete – but it’s the challenge I enjoy as much as the finished piece, so that’s ok. I’ve finished the first arran weight cardigan for Africa, using a tiny part of the bag of yarn given me to use up, just got the funky buttons to sew on, and am half way through a second. I had a HUGE day out with John on Friday – we went out to see Wordsworth’s daffodils. Fantastically sunny day, drove East from here then North, then, because the M6 was manic and we were spending more time with our handbrake on then off, we turned off into the start of the Yorkshire dales, and then turned further North. Eventually we ended up in Windermere and Bowness, popped into the Lakeland shop, and then had a walk by the lake. Glorious day – enormous for John, lots of driving for me – but beautiful. Daffodils, lambs, daffodils, catkins, daffodils, hills, daffodils, mountains, daffodils, lakes, daffodils, moors, daffodils…. you get the picture! Tired when we arrived home, but it was so worth the effort.
I promised you last week a better look at the Easter card I was making for John. I’m happy to report it was indeed finished in time…
As you know, I love doing pergamano work – and when I found this pattern in the magazine I knew just what I wanted to use it for. A love poem from Father God, shown and demonstrated on the cross where Jesus died.
So that’s us this week here in beautiful North Wales. I confess I did an absolutely appalling job of visiting and commenting last week – sorry. I’ll hopefully do better this week! I will be MIA next week – as we are hoping, John’s health permitting, to go away with our daughters. We are all renting an enormous farm bungalow just South of Caernarfon. We all went last year, and the grandies immediately asked if they could go back! I think the main attraction was the farm dog – he loved them, and they loved him! Just a thought – some folk have asked why we don’t show more of the different things we do here on the blog… well, that’s because they are already on the site here. If you go to the top of the page, not just the top of the blog posts, there are lots more pages – all stuff we have made over the years. Lots of John’s pyrography work, our sewing, photographs, etc. Not got John’s scraperboard masterpieces up yet – but hopefully I shall soon get some photos of them and get them up there. Do take a peak if you would like to.
Take care, my friends. God bless.