Happy 11th anniversary my dear friends. I trust you are keeping well and safe, and for those who have been ill, are now recovering speedily. Firstly, many thanks to dear Julia who has faithfully brought us this blog link-up for the past 572 Wednesdays. You can find her at https://stamping-ground.blogspot.com She has done her best to keep us in line, encouraging us, drawing us out to greater artistic endeavours – and not least of those is this celebration today. Setting us the challenge of delving deep into our cupboards where we might find our unfinished – or even unstarted – projects, she has challenged us to finish one! So, did we take up the challenge? I for one certainly did – and here’s how I got on…
I learned a lot about scrapbooking from this challenge – the main thing being that you simply never finish! I had decided to finish the scrapbook I gave to my hubby for our Ruby wedding anniversary in 2012. I learned that I could have done hundreds of pages – but in the end, decided to keep it true to its original intent – a celebration of 40 years together. No good adding photos of the family as they are now, or indeed adding the pictures of our actual Ruby family celebrations. They hadn’t happened when I started the album. SO… here are the pages I added in order to complete what I had set out to do
It wasn’t the emotional roller coaster I had imagined – in fact it was a time of sheer joy, delight and thankfulness to my Father God, as I looked back on all our time together. There was so much more I could have added – but that will have to wait! Having achieved what I felt was success, I turned my attention to the other – very long term – unfinished project that I wanted to tackle. That HUGE tapestry. I added yet another “workspace” to my home by sitting on the bed in the main bedroom to do this. The light there is spectacular! And, oh boy, did I need good light. I had forgotten how similar some of the colours were. I confess that I haven’t finished it – for one thing, I ran out of ecru wool, and for another – there was SO much to do. But, here’s the comparison…
I have managed to completely fill in the bottom of the picture, and work up the right hand side almost to the sky line – that’s when I ran out of wool – for the snow! Two trees on the right are now complete, the bushes in the background are done. I’m pleased with how far I got – but am ready to try out something else, as sitting on the bed to do this means incredible backache! Sorry about the apparent striations on the picture… not sure what happened there. The disappointment is that the basket of threads doesn’t look any emptier!!!
So, my friends, that is life here on the North Wales coast. Unlike many areas, the lockdown is still very much in evidence here. I have just noticed there are people out on the golf course for the first time – but we still should not take our car in order to travel and then exercise. We can only exercise straight from the house. The police are at the border with England, as you are able to now use your car – but we ask you, for your sake and ours, please don’t come. We are around two or three weeks behind South Wales here, and they are two or three weeks behind London. In a hugely tourist area, this is so hard for us to say – but we must.
I will endeavour to visit everyone this week. Kathryn – I do come, I do look, and I think your art work is stunning – but I can’t comment… I’m so sorry – but apart from yourself, I think I can comment on everyone else. Take care of yourselves, and stay safe.
God bless you all, and thanks so much for indeed being a piece in the picture which is my life. I appreciate you.