Made by Miss E.
Made by Miss E.
Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know how much I loathe housework, but these are strange times! Today found me actually wanting to give the bathroom a thorough going over!
As I was putting things back on the windowsill, I realised that every item has a special memory or significance to me.
Left to right:
There is an Umbrella plant, that I grew from a root cutting given to me by a dear friend who I see only rarely nowadays. She is currently staying somewhere in deepest India, unable to return home due to the transport system in that country being under lockdown. The glass bowl it sits in, has been with me since I got married in 1972, nothing special, not beautiful, but it has become an old familiar friend.
In a little pot next to it are some honeysuckle cuttings, waiting to see if they grow roots, so that I can give some little plants to my daughter as requested.
The fish shaped little dish holds a bumble bee that sadly died in my bathroom, I know Little Miss M (7) would love to see it, so I am keeping it for when she is able to come into my house again.
The clay dolphin was made by Miss E when she was about 8. I took her to some wonderful sculpture and stone-carving worshops when she was being homeschooled.
I bought the brass incense burner with the Ohm symbol when I was travelling in 1994 and visiting Buddhist communities all round the world – such powerful memories. It reminds me of chanting in the echoing valleys of the Himalaya Mountains.
The scallop shell was given to me by my neighbour, who is a diver, and brings me yummy scallops in the summer. The shells it holds all come from the beaches of my beloved Pembrokeshire, collected on my month in a treehouse by the sea.
Sea glass, collected on my local beaches, in times gone by.
A collection of tiny white pebbles – there is something so beautiful about them.
The twisted piece of wire with beads: this was a spiral Christmas decoration I had been making with my grandchildren
One of them sat in the bathroom, and after the twins came to stay – I found this one had been just too tempting to resist – I rather like the resulting tiny wire sculpture.
The jam jar has more honeysuckle cuttings,
and the shell on the right was given to me by my Mum when I was a teenager.
A whole lot of family, friends and memories on that tiny windowsill.
Do you have similar little collections about the house?
Welcome to the Monthly Meet-Up Photo Challenge, posted on the first Tuesday each month. The theme of WINDOWS is running throughout the year.
To join in please leave a link to one of your posts which includes a photo of a window. The post can be current or archive – sometimes it is fun to look back through your photos and old posts and rediscover them.
Three from me today:
Greenhouse shading creating pattern and atmosphere at Kingston Lacy
A window lighting the stairwell at Greenway House
And little Miss M painitng, looking out of my sitting room window a few weeks ago.
I’m excited to see the windows you are sharing with us this month!
Little Miss M broke up from school on Tuesday, for the Summer Holidays. As she is leaving the school, her classmates made her a card.
They each drew a little picture for her, and some of the pictures were of her.
There were more on the back
M went through each one telling me a little bit about it, she LOVES her card.
On the back was this picture
Little Miss M: “Look Granny, Elliot drawed me with no eyes and no arms.”
Me: “Perhaps he was drawing himself.”
Little Miss M laughed …… …. …….. a lot!
“Granny!!! It looks nothing LIKE Elliot!”
From left to right
Pink Watering Can
A few years back, after helping put together 3 weddings and numerous Christenings, it was about to be my 60th birthday – I was planning a big event for ME! The theme was to be English Country Garden, I bought tiny colourful plastic flower pots in which I was going to serve chocolate mouse (earth) with pop cakes flowers in them, I bought a garden arch through which guests would enter the village hall, I intended to cover it with crocheted flowers, The drinks were going to be poured from brightly coloured watering cans …………..
Then my son and daughter-in-law annouced the impending arrival of twins – guess when they were due ON MY BIRTHDAY!
All plans for a big party were (happily) dropped – but I still have the watering cans!
And my children gave me a wonderful surprise birthday party in September on our family holiday. So all was very well!!!!
The can holds Jodie’s Forever Flowers and astrantia.
I know you have seen the Giraffe before (from Chive), I hope you don’t mind her making another appearance. I’m very fond of her and her headgear today is a white perenial foxglove called Snowy Mountain.
I bought the seeds at Chelsea Flower Show.
I grew 6 for myself and gave some to friends – they were beautiful in the first year – last year, gorgeous I was thrilled with them. All but one has died, the one I have left is pathetic, it has this one flower spike. Oh dear!
Painting by Kaneda Hanaki
I saw this painting when I was in Japan. When I got home, I contacted the gallery to see if it was still available and it was! I love its quirkiness.
Self-Hardening Clay objects:
Hedgehog with bead eyes: Made by Little Miss M
Pineapple 1 made by Little Bro
Pineapple 2 made by Bog Bro
Crocodile made by Miss E
Made by Devon ceramicist Ross Emerson
Joining the Garden Party at In a Vase on Monday.
Welcome!!! It’s the Monthly Meet-Up Photo Challenge, which happens on the first Tuesday of each Month.
I had a happy time looking through my files to find archive photos featuring
A friend in a yellow silk dress at my daughter’s wedding, 2006
A postcard made for iHanna’s Postcard Swap 2016Collage waiting to be turned into a greetings cardPainted garden potsCandlelight at a wonderful surprise party thrown for me by my lovely kids and their partnersBig Sis at playgroup when she was 3 (she will be 8 this month)Swiss chard stalks from the gardens at Esalen, California – such happy memories from November/December 2008I was there for 6 amazing life-changing weeks on a Workstudy Course, working in the gardens and doing Creative Expression and Process ArtHave you ever tattooed a banana? No – really? See here how to do it
A plasterer’s bucket from when I was having my fabulous new bedroom created
A happy sunny yellow trip down memory lane for me – I hope you enjoyed coming along.
If you would like to see last month’s entries you can see them in the Comments in this Post.
Couldn’t resist including another blast from the past
To join in please post a link to your photos of YELLOW in the Comments. Archive, or current, all are welcome.
You can see all the prompts for the year on my Photo Challenge Page
For May the prompt is
My family and I spent Half-Term in a wonderful holiday house in Devon.
We combined Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day, another excuse to bring out the ice-bowl I’d made for Christmas – it survived the 1.5 hour car journey, from freezer to freezer, really well.
the rice was asking for some decoration but the central stenciled heart did not work, a sprinkled heart worked better
time away allows us all to get creative…
the card my daughter made for her husband
Little Miss M did her version, don’t you just love the toes!
and the card made by Dad and Little Miss M….. a love dart to the heart ….
I do hope you had an enjoyable Valentine’s Day, not always easy for anyone on their own.
I’m joining in with Postcard From Gibraltar’s Friday Photo Challenge – I know it’s not Friday, but I hope I can just squeak in.
….. where a dragon, Frosty the snowman and a little glass duck can frolic happily together
The above arrangement was created by Little Miss M aged 5, in a pot of succulents
Then we added to it
with two more funny Forever Flowers made by Jodie
The photo below is Jodie’s, showing more of her wonderfully bonkers creations
I just LOVE them!!!! They make me smile and brighten up a dull, rainy Jaunuary day.
We added some ‘flowers’ made using sculpture pieces by Zolo
These pieces are great for the children to make fanciful sculptures with – sadly they cost a fortune to buy from the US once shipping and customs duty ave been added. I first bought a set at the airport in New York when I was coming back home in 2008. Then luckily a friend of mine was able to get another set for me when she visited the US more recently.
Hazel catkins, ash twigs and golden privet.
Pop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and other gardeners, from all over the globe, have put in their vases this Monday.
Shelma was going out on a date
So excited she just couldn’t wait
She was looking her best
In her January Sales dress
The evening was going to be great
Sandy lit Shelma’s fuse
She loved his winkle picker shoes
It brightened her mood
To be with such a cool dude
He banished her January blues!
They wanted to paint the town red
But painted the beach blue instead
A moonlit walk along the sand
Strolling together hand in hand
Anticipating what lay ahead.
poem by Judy E. Martin
shell art by Sandra Dorey
What lies ahead for this couple I wonder, any ideas?
Will it be calm seas or stormy waters?
Judy and I have enjoyed teaming up again this week. I do love her take on things, pop across to Judy’s Blog to read more of her delightfully beguiling work.
Did you know you CAN still buy Winkle-Picker shoes? I’ll be looking out for them now.
I recently found the pebbles that my grandchildren children had drawn on last Summer, lurking in the bottom of a bag. They had obviously been lying in wait, ready for an appearance in a ‘Silly Saturday’ or two.
The Woodland CAL created by Lucy at Attic24 is growing on me!
I struggled to get the pattern to work at first – my own fault – it looked so simple I just steamed ahead. After masses of counting, re-counting and undoing (or frogging) The penny dropped = LOOK AT LUCY’s TUTORIAL!!!!
Lucy does the best photo tutorials I know – I trust her implicitly – and there was the answer. Check that every third stitch in the ‘valleys’ lines up with the third stitch in the corresponding row below – sorted! Now I can wander along and enjoy the Woodland Walk.
Stylecraft Special DK and a 4.5mm hook
I have substituted Mocha (beige) with Walnut (brown) and I’m following Lucy’s Random colour order with slight adjustments to accommodate the Walnut.
My colour order so far: Lime, Cypress, Meadow, Mustard, Tomato, Spice, Storm, Duck Egg, Copper, Walnut, Gold, Pistachio, Grey, Lincoln
4 more colours to go, for this week – we get the next 18 on Friday.
Taking a walk in the Woodland today is a sweet creature made by Little Miss M out of self-hardening clay and some sticks.
The biggest joy is that I have joined the Attic24 Moorland and More Group again. It started up during last year’s CAL and has continued since. It is a brilliantly friendly and supportive group. I revel in all the detailed yarny chit-chat and practical tips.
How are you getting on with your WiPs this Wednesday?
Put three different coloured sheets one on top of the other and cut through all three layers together. Then have fun arranging the pieces you’ve created.
Add a few doodle decorations if you like.
Use camera settings, photo-editing or Photoshop to play around with different effects.
And then there are the offcuts to play with….
Great for greetings cards. And I’m wondering about printing some out on canvas. They remind me of 1960’s designs. I think they would look good in a child’s bedroom or playroom, do you?
Click on any picture to see it larger
There are quite a lot of You Tube tutorials about creating Notan designs – This one is a simple one to get you started.
My entry in our One-a-Week Photo Challenge.
The Letter A
I came across the Japanese Art of Paper Cutting called Notan, which uses positive and negative space. Go to Pinterest to see the most amazing examples.
The photo was taken using the ‘Sketch’ setting on my Nikon D5200.
Step – by – step:
A piece of A5 coloured paper and an A4 background
It needs to go on a coloured background
Couldn’t resist a bit of doodling, and then it needed to go on a black background. Now some of the doodling looks like cut-outs.
This is such a good activity to do with children aged 4 onwards.
The designs would make great greetings cards.
Please leave your link in the comments – Cathy and I always look forward to seeing each interpretation of the prompt – she has a corker this week!
On the scariest night of the year
The Halloween Disco was here
The Shelleys so cool
Dressed as ghosties and ghouls,
Looking rather scary and weird
Thriller got them up on the floor
Monster Mash had them begging for more,
Bewitched went down well
As did Bat out of Hell
And they danced as never before.
poem by Judy E. Martin
assemblage art by Sandra Dorey
background painting by Master R aged 8
Are you all ready for Halloween? The Shelleys are and at the Dee-I-esS-Cee-O!
Dancing to Bobby Pickett’s 1962 Monster Hit
Joining in with the Daily Post: Ghoulish
Passion for sand play
Creates dragon with baby
on Pembrokeshire beach
Photo Challenge Prompt: BEACH
Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts: PASSION and PLAY
Please leave links to your BEACH photos in the comments – thank you, looking forward to seeing them and remembering long summer days.
the stars in my world
with needle and thread
Three generations of cross stitch.
The blue and yellow Binca pieces on the top were made by my children (now 35 and 41) at school. The white Binca is being decorated by Little Miss M (4) and Master R (7), he has made the first arm of the cross stitches, but got frustrated when he came to the corner, his mathematical Virgoan brain could not get it to be precise enough, so we had to take a break. I hope we can return to it next weekend. Shall I undo the corner bit? …… Hmmmm these moral connumdrums we Grannies face.
You can see my cross stitches on the fabric collage underneath, the start of another textile experiment.
Linking with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge.
This week’s prompts: STAR and BLOOM
Cathy and I have put together a list of subjects for the whole year – jump in as and when you feel like it with current or archive photos, and leave a link in the comments to be included in the monthly Round Up.
Today we made flower mandalas
Little Miss M aged 4, with Granny taking orders and happy to be the artist’s assistant.
Master R, who wanted to make an edible mandala
Miss E, aged 9
Joining in with Cathy and the international Monday Garden Party that is ‘In a Vase on Monday’.
growing and playing
One of the things I love doing most with my grandchildren is sowing seeds and sharing in their wonder as they see the seedlings appear. The top right picture is of some double sided sellotape laid on paper for sticking collage material on. Click any photo to see it larger.
Our Photo Challenge prompt this week = SEED
Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge prompts = SECRET and BURN.
Join us in the Photo Challenge and add a link in the comments below.
I’m sure you have all been on tenterhooks! Ha!
The winners for the Seahorse Giveaway were drawn on 11:11, sorry to have taken this long to let you know.
I wrote a list of the entrants and gave each one a number
and put them in a little pottery cupcake
painted by Little Miss M
They immediately wanted to know who had won, but I had left the list at home.
Miss E thought there ought to be a prize for the best idea too. They are away at the moment, when they return I’ll ask them to choose what they think are the best ideas and let you know.
Drum Roll please!
and a swim past by the shoal (herd?) of Seahorses …………….
Number 3: 10000hoursleft
Number 8: JPeters from Onto My Next 40 years
Number 13: Judy of Edwina’s Episodes
And for the new Followers, only one entry
And Cathy of Nanacathy, had a cunning plan – she suggested we swap a Tinsel Owl for a Seahorse
then this happened!
Hmmm! I’ll have to watch that owl!
thank you Cathy for suggesting such a lovely way to exchange handmade gifts.
A huge Thank You to everyone who took part in the Giveaway and contributed so many creative ideas – I love co-creating things so much and hope to put the ideas to good use over the coming months.
It has been fun!
If you are one of the winners please go the the ‘Contact Me’ Page at the top and let me know colour and yarn preference and your postal address and I will be delighted to send the 4 seahorses on their merry way.
Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along.
deep from our psyche
Ronovan’s prompts: Creep and Race
Photo Challenge Prompt: Monster
Pictures drawn on the ferry ride back from Brownsea Island last week. All drawn by Little Miss M, aged 4, apart from the one top left, by Master R aged 7.
To join in with the Photo Challenge or the Phaiku Challenge which combines the two challenges, please leave a link in the comments.
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