Category Archives: creativity

Flexacube pattern published

I just had to share this genius pattern from Rainbow Junkie!

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You may remember that when I made this for my daughter.

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I didn’t think that the pattern I had bought worked as well for crochet as perhaps it did for knitting. It might have been better if I had some foam cubes but the cube edge size was twice as big as I wanted, which I didn’t like either, so I had done a lot of adapting.

https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/you-win-some-you-lose-some/

Later I made her this based on my own ideas

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and knew that eventually I would create my own pattern.

https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2020/09/14/my-cubey-twisty-thing/

Well I have been working hard to put together a pattern for the style of cube I made but that also gave the possibility for people to choose their own colours.

I had a few small wooden cubes and here you can see the two demo cubes I made

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that were stuck together with sticky tape and embellished with bits of…

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Silent Sunday

How to quickly access WP Classic Editor

Words Worth Writing

Oh, wow! Hello Classic Editor, I have missed you much!

Massive thanks to Wild Daffodil who showed me how to access the classic editor in WordPress without having to jump through hoops.

Basically, you go to your dashboard, go to Posts, click the drop down arrow next to Posts Add New, and then choose Classic Editor.

They’re threatening to remove Classic Editor completely, so the more who complain about it, the more likely we’ll get to keep it.

If you use the free WP, you can use the support forum here. If you use the paid-for WP, you can access support here.

If you hate block editor as much as I do, LET THEM KNOW. If block editor means you are less likely to use WP, LET THEM KNOW. If blogging with WP used to be a dream and now it is a nightmare, LET THEM KNOW.

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Saturday Saunter

This scene is from a walk I did with a friend and her dogs on Thursday, just over and mile from my house. (click on the photo to see it larger)

We have done the walk many times, but we both just had to stop and soak in the view which seemed particularly beautiful in the September sunshine. We both remarked on how lucky we are and how we never take for granted that we live in a beautiful and relatively safe part of the world.

My heart is with anyone affected by wildfires at the moment, all those in California and  particularly Cee, who has been evacuated from her home.

❤  Stay safe friends wherever you are  ❤

Textile Tuesday: Stitchbook progress so far

The year of Stitchbook Collective is nearly over. What a well timed, fabulous course of workshops it has been! Just one more delicious box to come winging its way to me from Yorkshire and Helen Birmingham of Untangled Threads.

Would you like to see progress so far?

Although there is a slight sadness that this project is drawing to a close, there is also excitement going into Year 2!!

There are about 65 of us who are embarking on Year 2 which is in a different format – quarterly instead of monthly. I am very excited about this and it feels so good to continue in the community of supportive stitchers that has built up over the last year.

Helen is also starting a new Year 1, which I highly recommend.

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The Workshop boxes are still available from her Shop.

Are you working on any textile related projects at the mo? Leave a link in the comments if you would like to share them with us.

Happy Stitching!

Spidery Social Saturday

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A wonderful afternoon on a socially distanced walk with my granchildren, my daughter and daughter-in-law.

I have loved lockdown as a long-running creative retreat, but today recharged my batteries in a way that meant more than I realised it would.

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Sand Circles

Today I learnt a friend and unique artist has died.

I am sad beyond words. I need no sympathy because that belongs to his family and closer friends. I just want to celebrate his talent and his art.

Marc created this wonderful ceremonial expression of connection – a magical time on Mwnt beach. One of those people casting moving shadows is me.

Here is the post I wrote about it.

And another when I went with my cousin to Mwnt beach for a New Year’s Sand Circle.

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Symbolic Silent Sunday

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On having the virus .. and coming out the other side

Sensible advice from someone who has recovered from Covid 19

Sarah Salway

This isn’t a post I’d ever want to write, but it’s also a post I’m delighted to write. Because I’m now home from hospital after recovering from serious virus-related pneumonia. I’d been ill for a week beforehand so had – luckily – been in isolation, I’d felt I was recovering but then started coughing non-stop, became breathless and eventually dialled 111 who sent paramedics.

I’ve been trying to work out how I can usefully share this information with everyone – I certainly don’t need sympathy now. Yes, it was one of the most scariest, loneliest and grim experiences I’ve ever had, but I’m one of the lucky ones. SO LUCKY.

However, there are things I learnt which I can share – so please do feel free to ask any questions you may have. I know there’s a difference between reading cold information and talking to someone who has been through…

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Silent Sunday

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Field Art

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I set out across the field thinking that a field after maize is a bleak sight, devoid of creative opportunities. …

….and then I started noticing details in the hedgerow

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Pussy willow, so magical in the sunshine. This photo was taken with my phone, isn’t it remarkable how technology has moved on in such a short time.

Looking up against the sky, lifted my spirits

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My mind translated this picture into stitch: running stitch, fly stitch, couching and French Knots.

With stitching in mind the patterns of trees against the sky and the maize stubble became more intriguingwinter sky

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the mark-making danced in front of me turning into pattern and linerandom

This mix of random shapes, which hold a sort of rhythm is what I am aiming for in my pieces of textile art – I haven’t quite got there yet but now I’m inspired by these images to have another go.maize stubble abstracted

Joining in with is great theme: https://thesandychronicles.blog/2020/03/06/friendly-friday-challenge-art-unexpected/

I’m sure you too have found inspiration in unexpected places……

Trouble with WordPress

I have had difficulty commenting and ‘liking’ posts on other Blogs for a while and now my own site is causing me difficulties.

I think you might be seeing a mass of adverts sprinkled in amongst the text and the comments. I am so sorry if this is the case. Could you let me know if this is happening.

My site is free and I have never felt the need to change it, but I think WordPress might be making things difficult so that I will be forced to pay for a site.

Anyone else having similar issues?

 

Update: I have noticed that recently there has been NO Spam in my Comments, whereas before there was always quite a lot that WordPress had captured for me to check and delete. That might be why they had to make changes and get everyone to Log In afresh – which makes sense. A courtesy email to explain that would have been good.

 

Rain

Fires in Australia

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I would not normally post about things like this but these are extraordinary times.

It seems the government in Australia are largely responsible for the inability of the fire services to contain the bush fires that are causing so much devstation, because they have radically cut their funding. When Governments do not step up, we have to.

It is hard to know what we can do from this distance, but money can provide all sorts of resources that the Fire Fighters need. One messaged that they need more face masks to protect them from the fumes and volunteer Fire Fighters are having to pay for the petrol that goes into their fire trucks.

There are a few places to donate. The Red Cross being one. However I am sceptical of large organisations. I have been following Celeste Barber for a couple of years now and as far as you can trust anyone you only ‘met’ online, I trust her. This is where I have donated and I share this just in case you wanted to do something to help but didn’t know how to.

Celeste Barber on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1010958179269977/2477326602586291/

Willing it to rain in Australia, wishing everyone involved safe.

 

Happy

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It is my birthday today, and look what a lovely card my daughter and her children made for me. Particularly love the portrait by Little Miss M (7).

 

Amber Skies by Aaran Daniel

Do you remember last year when my nephew and his friends were on the Mongo Rally and wrote a song for me?

Well Aaran who put it all together has a new song just out: Amber Skies

 

I think it is beautiful.

And if you want to see and hear the song written for me – I’m known as Dondi by my nieces and nephews – here it is again – earworm alert!

Silent Sunday

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A Very Silly Upside-Down Saturday

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I took my lovely friend for a surpise day out – we had FUN.

Friends who you can be silly with are precious!

Silly Saturday with a Twist

“Let’s play a Game,” says I.

I was thinking a card game, Snakes and Ladders, or Ludo.

Granny plats Twister

Off Big Bro and Little Bro went and brought back Twister – Little Bro was spinning the pointer and taking the photos.

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Silent Sunday

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