Category Archives: creativity

Silent Sunday: Walk at Dusk

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Joining Cee’s Which Way Challenge

Paintings for sale in aid of two wonderful causes

My dear friend Rachel and her husband, who live in America, have created some wonderful paintings  – and they are all for Sale:

“Your purchase will help support Healing the Healer workshops for youth in foster care and Everytown For Gun Safety, which supports common-sense reforms to end gun violence.”

Click here to read all about it.

I am so excited –  I have bought this oneRachel Bavis

All paintings are sold by donation (+shipping) and every penny will be split 50/50 between the two chosen causes.

Please go and have a look at all the amazing art still available.

❤ Blessings Rachel and Rocky ❤

 

 

In a Jug on Monday

That is my son-in-law ploughing the field for the maize to go in – at last we have a stretch of good growing weather ahead of us.orange metal jug

Sweet Cicely and Red Campion, both from my garden, sit in an orange metal jug that has ‘Made in Yuogoslavia’ on its base. My Mum used to have a stall in Wimborne market buying and selling all sorts of bits and pieces – I think she probably bought more than she sold! But she used to find us all some wonderfully fun and quirky gifts – this jug was one of them.

I use Sweet Cicely stalks to sweeten rhubarb, I never use sugar nowadays, I might pop in a few raisins or dates to add a bit of sweetness too.

My epiphyllum is throwing its own party in my sitting room – it is GORGEOUS at the moment! I feel proud of myself to have managed to get it to flower so well!epiphyllumcactus flower

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The pelargonium has been flowering for over a year now, and the marigolds sit in a Victorian glass ink pot, I found in a hedge in the 1970s.

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Pop along to Cathy’s place for a flower feast in her In a Vase on Monday meme, where a happy band of gardeners from all over the world chat about all things horticultural.

Also joining Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Coastal Cosy: WiP Wednesday

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This is so relaxing to make and I’m enjoying making up the colour order as I go.

I started from the top of the picture with sky:

Cloud Blue, Sherbert, Cream, Soft Peach, Sherbert, Cream, Buttermilk, Soft Peach, Silver, Cloud Blue.

Then the sea:

Denim, Petrol, Storm, Denim, Aster, Cloud Blue, Petrol, Aster, Cloud Blue, Sherbert.

Breaking waves in Cream, Sherbert, Cream

onto a sandy beach: Buttermilk, Camel, Buttermilk

and one row of pebbles in Silver.

All in Stylecraft Special DK (acrylic) and a 4.5mm hook.

Pattern: Cosy Stripe by Lucy at Attic24.

I have made this pattern before when I joined in with Lucy’s Crochet Along (Cal) and I’m loving making another.

Graphite rocks will come next and then some grassy cliffs, followed by more sky …………

and so to choose more pink for the sunrise/sunset

Soft Peach is in the first bit of sky. Do I keep it calm and soft and gentle by just adding Pale Rosecrochet blanket

Or liven it up with the corals of Pomegranate and Blush

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Or go wild and vibrant by adding Fushcia Purple and Pomegranatefuchsia purplecoastal colours

Which I think would require a more colourful sea beneath it, so I would add Empire into the blues. That Empire blue is much more vibrant in reality – you can see all the colours on the Wool Warehouse website here. But even there it is difficult to see the true colour. Blush is much more peachy pink than it looks on the website.

Which pinks would you choose? I’d love to know!

As Miss E would say when she was about 2 “cany’elp me?”

Joining today’s Daily Post: Lines

 

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Silent Snowy Sunday

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Photo Monthly Meet Up

On the first Tuesday of each month, let’s meet up with a link or links to current or archive photographs and/or blog posts on a theme. Enter as many photos and links as you like as long as they fit the one word subject. Obscure and creative thinking welcomed!

Our theme tomorrow is

WARM

to warm us up in one of the coldest months of the year in this Northern hemisphere

and here are the rest of the prompts for the year aheadphoto challenge prompts for 2018

The link below is to a PDF for you to download if you would like to.

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Many thanks to Cathy, Karina and Valerie for suggesting some of themes

Silly Saturday

And now for something slightly different (lifted from FB) – tiz the season for silly games so here goes:

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My Crafting Superhero name –  Funky Stamping Crusader

What’s yours?

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Happy Solstice

Winter Solstice

Farewell Fred

Oh my Goody Goodness!!!

If you ever want an Afternoon Tea EXPERIENCE go to the Mirror Room at the Rosewood Hotel, Holborn, London.

I have to thank Julie of Balzer Designs for discovering this place.

Fred and I went there for our last date. With my sister, we met my son and granddaughter, Big Sis. We entered the imposingly huge and very grand Hotel and went into the Mirror Room. Have you ever seen such tall lilies!

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the tea started with a variety of dainty sandwichesHomepride Fred, Rosewood Hotel

The green bread has taragon in it and makes a chicken sandwich – I can’t describe how delicious that was, then beef and horseradish and the third delicate salmon pate, there were others as well.

The tea –  Oolong.

My only disappointment was that there was only one type of  Japanese tea, the rest were China teas.

But the cakes! That is what you go to the Mirror Room for!

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They are all in the style of famous artists: Pollock, Koonsberg, Banksi ……

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My photos are hopeless as the room was so dimly lit. I have had to lighten these on the computer, but go to the website to see them beautifully photographed.

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Fred had his eye on the Banksi

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the walls of the cake were made of solid chocolate and inside was a heavenly mix of deliciousness with salted caramelIMG_0247

Sugar Rush!!!!!!!!

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Each cake took ages eat so as to savour the flavours. We were able to send a doggy bag home to my d-i-l and Twig and TwigletIMG_0283

Amazing. The hotel is full of sculpture and art – I will be back!

All too soon the weekend was at an end and I had to say a fond farewell to Fred

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Bye bye!

Until the next time…..

A Silly Saturday with Fred

Homepreide Fred goes Kahlo

Let me introduce you to Fred, my perfect date for my Birthday Weekend.

The photo above shows him getting ready for the Frida Kahlo party.

Do you all remember or know about Homepride Fred?

My sister has a thing for Fred! She has been collecting Homepride Freds in all their many and various forms for years. Earlier in the year she started photographing him at events she went to – I just loved the silliness of this, it obviously runs in the family. She took him to Chelsea Flower Show, The Dorchester Hotel, Royal Ascot …. and others – they had a fun summer together! But Fred had been back on the shelf for far too long, so I invited him to join me as we pranced around London in flowery headdresses.

Our first date: dinner on Friday night …

Homepride Fred, dinner date

Then the next morning  … looking to me like the Milk Tray ad ….. “and all because the lady loves ……..” (another one) arriving on his horse, he presented me with a birthday cake.

The gorgeous horse was made by ceramicist Jane Muir.

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Then off we went to the Battersea Arts Centre to meet up with my daughter and niece.

My daughter had made me this fab card with a perfect quote she had found, written inside

Battersea Arts Centre, Homepride Fred, Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Quote

After an afternoon nap, whilst we had fun spreading smiles and sunshine meandering along the Northcote Road, Fred was ready for a bit of drum practice before hitting London’s Jazz Scene

Homepride Fred plays drums

Each November London holds a Jazz Festival right across the city. Homepride Fred at the 606 club

We were off to the 606 Club, what a place – it is like stepping back in time. As you let yourself in through the black metal grill and scaled the steep bare wooden steps down to the tunnel corridor below, you could be entering an illicit 1950’s/60’s crime den, it felt like being in a film.

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After a fabulous meal and an evening of virtuoso jazz performances Fred met Trisha Clowes, acclaimed saxophonist, at the bar.saxophonistI don’t think she had a clue who Fred was but she played along and joined in the fun!

Fred had a great night

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and as you can see the partying continued as we danced to old 60s and 70s cool and groovy hits playing on the Juke Box.

 

 

Fred was a bit the worse for wear the next morning

Homepride Fred with a hangover

But after a couple of Paracetemol he was ready to go to Covent Garden where they seem to be taking inspiration from the Tate Modern and suspending large shiny spheres overhead

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and then time for a walk in the park before meeting up with friends for tea

more of Fred’s deliciously arty tea on another Silly Saturday …….

Are you doing anything silly this weekend?

Photo Challenge Round-Up: October

Week 40 RUST

Cathy at Nanacathy

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Murtagh’s Meadow

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Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 41 REGAL

Cathy at Nanacathy

Denis at Haiku Hound

Kathy at Sewing Etc.

Postcard from Gibraltar

Gillyflower

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 42 MUDDLE

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Murtagh’s Meadow

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 43 PAINT

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Murtagh’s Meadow

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 44 SHOP

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

 

Postcard from Gibraltar

 

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

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Did I miss anybody? Please let me know if I did.

Only a few weeks left of 2017. It has been a fun year hasn’t it – thank you so much to everyone who has joined Cathy and me. Keep your entries coming, we love to see all the different interpretations of the theme.

Weekly Photo Challenge 2017

 

Sandra’s Silly Saturday

Frida Kahlo themed clothes

Last Saturday, the 11th day of the 11th month was my birthday.

Happy Birthday to me!

Not sure where the idea to dress in the style of Frida Kahlo came from but …….I trawled my wardrobe for florals……

…… found the right candles from Divine Excesss

and set off for a Palooza (new word – thank you Laurie!) of a weekend!

Joining Nadia’s Photo Challenge – Jewel Colours.

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…. I left on Friday and stayed with my sister who lives in London. On Saturday we met up with my daughter, A who, thanks to her sister-in-law looking after her 3 little ones, was able to meet us for the day. Hurray! My niece was able to meet us as well! …. at the Battersea Art Centre, a truly amazing building full of quirky features and faded grandeur.

This is the mosaic floor that greets you in the entrance hall.

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I just loved the faded flaking paint in the atmospheric corridors.

Joining in with the Daily Post today.

Battersea Arts Centre

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the perfect place for a Kahlo themed party don’t you think!

I loved the way we all entered into the silliness of it and my daughter even sported a rather amazing monobrow!

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I didn’t go quite that far!

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The Arts Centre has a restaurant which even had chilled Prosecco at the Bar and a most delicious Mexican style chicken and cous cous for lunch.

The grand staircase was the perfect setting for more photos

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There were African crafts for sale in the hall, all adding to a sense of being transported somewhere else

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we had time to try a few things on

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and then my niece spotted the perfect setting for a photo of me and my sister

One of my favourite photos of the day

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Later A found the caption to go with it:

“If you are not embarassing your children you are obviously not having enough fun”

A huge thank you to my lovely family for joining me in Kahlo-land and brightening up a grey November day, spreading sunshine and smiles as we all walked through SW London after lunch in full regalia. Our headgear promoted the most wonderful conversations and there was a little bubble of magic surrounding the whole day.

I hope to be able to tell you more about it soon …. it is taking me ages to sort through all the photos and for most of this week I have been looking after a poorly Little Bro (5) who has the most horrible cough, cold and temperature.

Itching to tell you about my visit to the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the most spectacularly arty tea London has to offer ….. not forgetting my perfect date for the whole weekend … ….

Must go now and administer Cough Mixture.

In a Vase on Monday: 4th Anniversary

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A really quickly put together entry for Cathy’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ 4th Aniversary Challenge.

Firstly I must congratulate Cathy on this wonderful meme and the fact that she has popped items, from her garden, in a vase and posted every Monday for 4 years.

HURRAY!

Well done Cathy – amazing. I absolutely love this weekly international garden party even though I don’t get to participate each week, I love it when I have the time to visit all the entries. I have learnt so much and enjoyed the vases. Not just the vases – but the props and stories that go with them – a richness and abundance of joy.

Try Google images ‘In a Vase on Monday’ if you want to lift your spirits!

Cathy has asked us to post an unusual container this week.

I would have loved to be able to give this a bit more thought bu tI have been away and had a very exciting and busy few days – I’m exhausted – happily knackered – but I did so want to join in.

So my offering is 4 containers for 4 years – not cut flowers as it was dark when I got home – cuttings of succulents in a spice pot and wine glass and succulents that live on my doorstep in walking boots that were on my feet when I trekked in the Himalaya in 1994.

 

A Silly Titty Birthday Ditty

Shell Assemblage Art, shell art, fairy

A beautiful fairy one day

Flew into Scallop Shell Bay

To visit her friends

Where fun never ends

And now she has decided to stay.

She is as cute as she is pretty

Smart, funny and witty

Titania Tinkershell by name

But she loves it the same

If you just refer to her as ‘Titty!’

 

poem by Judy E. Martin

shell art by  Sandra Dorey

 

If you would like to read more of Judy’s poems, you are in luck! She has published a book – which, by the way, makes a great present! Click here to buy it.

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You can also pop along to her blog, full of wit and wisdom, by clicking on her name below the poem.

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to finding Titania Tinkershell’s name and confirming that she is indeed a fairy. You wonderful comments and imaginations have sparked several other ideas for future Silly Saturdays.

Some are available as cards in my Etsy shop or contact me direct for a discount.

Have a very Silly Saturday! I know I will! It’s my birthday!

Silent October Sunday Afternoon

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River Cerne

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Click on any photo to see it larger.

On the hook this Friday

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Can you see the hint of a darker turquoise?

This is how she looked just after I added that row:crochet table cloth

Sitting on the table I am making her for. I did wonder whether to stop here and leave it as a large mat for the table as it looked so pretty, but I’m itching to see what this pattern looks like when finished, so on I went.

I’ve had the mahogany table for years and I love the details in the design. I had to take it outside to get a decent photo of it.

vintage mahogany table

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As you can see it is not easy to clean!

The crochet pattern is Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton and I have used Spiro Star in the centre. You can see my tutorial here.

I am using Scheepjes Cotton Bonbon and a 2mm hook.

It will measure approximately 1m across when completed.

In the top picture I have just started the 10th ball of the main colour.

It measures 29″ or 74cm across.

The background is one of my unfinished abstract paintings on canvas in acrylic paint.

Pop over to Nanacathy for her weekly gem ‘Knit and Natter Friday’ where you can chat about all things yarny.

 

Rust

 

vintage truck

no silk or satin

to grace my skin, happier

in a rusty truck

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Cathy-and-Daffy’s One-A-Week Photo Challenge – RUST

and

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, Prompts: SKIN and SILK

Join in our challenge by adding a link in the comments on either blog, we’d love to see your interpretation of this week’s subject.

Next week – REGAL

From Rust to Regal, we like to mix it up!

 

Silly Saturday with Maggie

S–t–r–e–t–c–h

 

shell person, person made of shells

A pretty pole dancer named Maggie

Thought her boobs were becoming more saggy

So she worked out every day

Stretching this and that way

And now her bras are quite baggy

 

Her workouts she did every week

Her figure now toned and more sleek

She trimmed up her thighs

And to her delight and surprise

She had gained much firmer bum cheeks!

 

Poem by Judy E. Martin

of Edwina’s  Episodes

 

Judy and I join together each week to follow the antics of little characters that spring into life when I start to play around with shells, flowers and other natural objects. I never quite know what will happen when I start.

We have fun and we hope you enjoy our little rib-ticklers each Silly Saturday.

Fairy Festival

Last weekend I was to be found at the New Forest Fairy Festival  with number one son, his two boys and daughter A and her 3. The weather was glorious ……

there were Green Men

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stilt walkers

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lots of fairies, obviously ….

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inflatable unicorns

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wizards

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and other beings

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and circus skills to try

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a Fire Engine that the children could sit in with its very own Fairy

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a man on a bicycle with a bubble machine at the back

dire warnings

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it was fun

a very Silly Saturday (and Sunday)

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I’m so excited about this coming Silly Saturday …….. yes, that’s tomorrow! ……. there is a surprise in store …..

EeeeeeeeeeeK!

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Soothing for a Sunday

Spiro MandalaMadness