I have vowed via my 17 for 2017 Challenge not to buy any new clothes in 2017.
Part of this challenge is to recycle or upcycle existing clothes. These trousers were bought over 12 years ago and I haven’t worn them for at least 10 years. The colour is a bit startling all in one block, slightly darker and more purple in reality. We are in the middle of a heatwave here in the UK, I need some shorts, so …..
The (long) shorts come just below my knobbly knees and I shall leave them to fray with wear. The colour is more bearable when there is less of it.
With the bonus of two pieces to play with …
…. on the left an idea for a small shoulder bag, just right for a child to take to the beach and on the right, fabric for textile books or another piece of textile art – fun!
Have you revamped any clothes recently?
My entry for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge
Golden Rock, Nevis, Caribbean
We were told that this was the best place to eat on Nevis – what a place.
sumptuous burger with obligatory Rum Punch for my friend L
and a Conch Chowder for me, (with pink and orange napkins) Yumsk!
Then masses of arty stuff, which was right up my street
side tables made of plastic rubbish set in a solid foam – now … could I do this with some of my beach finds I wonder???? Hmmmm … must find out more.
I want that green chair!
I want to make that lampshadeHad to go for a sit down – I was getting over excited!
An Antillean Bullfinch came to see if we had any crumbs to spare.
So romantic …….
Posted in birds, garden, Photo Challenge, recycling, sculpture, travel, wildlife
Tagged Caribbean, cocktails, Golden Rock, Nevis, recycling, sculpture, side tables, upcycling, West Indies
spring into action
tidy up for a fresh look
and restore order
Our One-A-Week Photo Challenge prompt this week is VAN
Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – prompt words: SPRING and FRESH
The photos were taken when I was making a photographic record, for my farming son-in-law, of the building of his enormous new robotic dairy. The massive project took about 3 years to complete. It was fun to see all the different types of vehicles and extraordinary equipment arriving at the farm. The first van above belonged to a builder, the second to the engineer installing the robots.
Spring cleaning has been a theme for me this week as I have been tidying out drawers. Drawer number one, from this:
I found evidence of moths so every surface inside and out of each drawer in the chest of drawers was vacuumed and washed. Then I sprinkled them with lavender and covered it with recycled packing paper that I ironed flat.I really don’t know if lavender works but it is supposed to. Worth a try as I have masses of it, harvested from the garden in August.
Do you have any tips of how to deter or get rid of moths?
This has fulfilled another element of my 17 for 2017 challenge! hurray!
(clearing and sorting 13 drawers, cupboards or shelves 3 done only 10 to go! ha!)
Cathy and I have created a year of photo prompts for your (and our) delight, pop over to Nanacathy and see her cute little VAN!
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Tagged getting rid of moths, haiku, lavender, moths, One-a-Week Photo Challenge, photo challenge, Ronovan's Haiku Challenge, Spring Clean
caught my eye
in the fading light
Our ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge Prompt this week is FENCE
Ronovan’s Haiku Prompts are EYE and FADE
The mitten on the post must have been there a while as it was green with algae. Since starting to do beach cleans, I see all litter and dropped items in a new light. They are all potential art materials with a human back story. It did feel slightly weird taking it from it’s post, but I am pretty certain it’s owner is not likely to return for it. It will go with other found clothing I have and see what art work it might inspire.
The top of the fence post is a little world of its own
The photos were taken on a walk from Nine Wells towards Solva (Pembrokeshire) along the coastal path.
I was walking from the treehouse as the sun was going down.
There was no wind and I stood to watch the sunset before returning
to the cosiness of my nest in the trees.
What fences have you found this week? Leave a link in the comments below, we’d love to see them.
Posted in haiku, Haiku Challenge, knitting, Photo Challenge, poetry, recycling, textiles, travel, walks
Tagged coast path, Nine Wells, Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, sea, sunset, treehouse, walk
A textile birthday card
With a pocket where a piece of card can be inserted with a message written on it.
And another piece of decorated card behind it, left blank so that this card can be re-used
Joining in with our Photo Challenge prompt of CARD
Please leave your links in the Comments.
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Tagged birthday card, collage, hand made, handmade birthday card, photo challenge, sewing, textile greeetings card
Making some art with my Thames foreshore findings, gathered on 23.Oct.16. If you would like to see more about that fabulous treasure hunt click here and here
I spent ages playing around with bits and pieces before I arrived at this arrangement. I’d love to know what you think.
The pieces down lefthand side are the broken stems of clay pipes, the rest is pottery found on that day.
I am going to experiment with a new found toy – Sugru. (Introduced to me by Mrs Snail – she teaches us all so much!) I’m hoping to fix the pieces on to the canvas with this substance that turns to rubber, but no time left today as I’m off to pick up Big Bro and Little Bro from school in a minute. A Granny’s work is never done!
Joining in with Paint Party Friday
All pieces of art made on the Beach Clean theme are going towards and exhibition I will be doing with Miss E in Dorset Arts Weeks 2018. However we are beginning to talk about a smaller event next year – I’ll be sure to let you know all about it.
Posted in painting, recycling
Tagged 2 Minute Beach Clean, art, assemblage, assemblage art, beach clean art, beach combing, clay pipe stems, mixed media, Paint Party Friday, painting, upcycling