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
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Here are the targets I set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy at Nanacathy
16 WALKS (of more than an hour)
13 done, 3 to go.
Walk 11. Glorious October afternoon walk with my walking buddy, on Maiden Castle, an Iron Age hill fort just a few miles from me.
Walk 12. 2 hour Beach clean walk on Ringstead Beach with Master R in his beloved Woodland Hoodie .
Walk 13. All day on Brownsea Island, walking, wonderful day with my daughter and her 3 kiddlies, we even saw a few red squirrels and some goooorrrrrrrgeous trees.
This oak got first prize as far as I’m concerned
I only had my little pocket camera, so the pictures don’t really do them justice
and the sweet chestnuts – wow
a feast for the squirrels.
15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS
12 done, 3 to go
A card made out of two collaged postcards taped together with a duck tape hinge.
14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP
8 done, 6 to go
I added this wig
11 done, 2 to go.
12 GARDEN POSTS
6 done, 6 to go.
The least said about this the better!
11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS
10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS
This one was made by simply sewing two crochet circles together an stuffing with yarn offcuts – simple!
7 done, 3 to go
9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)
3 started, 6 to go
None this month. This feels more like a wet weather project and the weather has been glorious! I was gardening in T-shirt and shorts today – bliss.
8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING
5 done, 3 to go.
Two more done this month: a weekend spent sorting out my workroom. I am trying to get some order in there. Trying, but not succeeding – I need someone organised to come in a set up a storage system – it is plainly not one of my skills.
7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)
4 done, 3 to go
You can see them here.
6 BUS RIDES using my Bus Pass
2 done, 4 to go
None this month
5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED
4 done, 1 to go
No new ones this month. So far I have tried Pilates, Belly Dancing, a Dance Class, a Zumba-like class.
I think this target will probably stay at 4!
4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP
1 done 3 to go
At last! I have put a pattern on Etsy (and Ravelry and Craftsy)
A couple of seahorses made for my sister to hang on the cute little tree in her kitchen. The house is a sewing box and the cupcakes are pincushions.
1 done, 2 to go
2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES
The plight of so many people fleeing for their lives hurts my heart. The way our government behaves towards the refugees in Calais, especially unaccompanied children, hurts my heart. That I can do so very little hurts too.
Energetically I feel I am still recovering from a month spent by my mother’s bedside, in and out of hospital. I now know that I will not be going to Calais or Greece to volunteer as I had thought I would back in January when I made this list. The situation has not gone away, nor will it for many years, so there will be other opportunities in the future.
I will continue to crochet blankets and collect clothes to send and wait to hear what Liz Clegg does next, now that her Children’s Centre in Calais has been closed. I am sure she will pop up again somewhere and when she does I will make another donation.
This article in the Guardian tells of her work.
Money is a form of energy, so although, I have not done what I set out to do, I will say that for the purposes of this challenge, donating money to Liz’s work, and to Calais Kitchens and sending blankets, squares for blankets and warm clothes are ways I have helped – even though it feels so sadly lacking.
1 NOVEL READ
Hurray! ‘Enchanted August’ by Brenda Bowen got me there.
0 BEADS BOUGHT
Thank you Cathy for this idea, it is good to look over the things that have been achieved and review what hasn’t. I’m already compiling 17 for 2017.
Joining in with Paint Party Friday.
I’m still playing with this one, so nothing is fixed yet.
Acrylic on triangular canvas with pieces picked up on the beach whilst dong a Beach Clean.
See the picture’s development so far here.
I made a birthday card for a friend, bringing my 16 for 16 target of 15 up to 12, only three more to go – I should manage that quite easily.
I used the retro Dymo gadget to type the words, and pinking shears to cut the Duck Tape hinge for an added retro component.
The card was made from two off cuts left over from my Post Card making
and popped into this sweet pocket I bought in Japan, which is meant for wrapping snacks or cakes.
Big Sister is 6 on Primrose Day, tomorrow. So in her honour I have decorated a cardboard letter and filled little vases with primroses, pulmonaria and forget-me-nots.
First I painted the A in deep pink acrylic paint..
when the paint was dry I painted the top and sides with Decoupage Medium, and laid the patterned layer of a napkin over the A. It works just as well with PVA glue, although PVA might need a little thinning with water.
I painted over the top of the paper with the Medium.
and added some butterflies from another napkin.
Oh the softness of the primrose……….. mmmmmmm …….. they taste good too.
Primrose Day is the anniversary of the death of British statesman and prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, on 19 April 1881. The primrose was his favourite flower and Queen Victoria would often send him bunches of them from Windsor and Osborne House. She sent a wreath of primroses to his funeral.
crazed muse moves the pen
scrimbling with excitement
creates peaceful mind
Joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: MUSE and PEN
The two sentences work like this:
crazed muse moves the pen, scrimbling with excitement
scrimbling with excitement, creates peaceful mind
Did I manage to have opposite meanings in the two sentences do you think? I think I did – that, to me, is very exciting! (but not the main reason I’m excited this week)
Maybe it also conveys a little message – not a traditional moral tale or words of great wisdom perhaps, but that scribbling and scrimbling can be like a meditation and a stress-buster.
Have you heard of ‘scrimbling’ it is a kind of two-handed scribbling that Miss E did at school to help with learning to write and well as to calm the mind and help with concentration. Perhaps that was what Jackson Pollock was trying to do – to calm his troubled mind
I found scribbling and scrimbling on a large (A1 or larger) piece of card to be very freeing and wonderful to do.
EXCITEMENT is a very timely photo prompt this week! I’m VERY excited as I am preparing to go away to the land of the Haiku!!!
I am going on an organised textile tour and will be visiting artisans in their workshops. We have been told that the Japanese like to swap business cards, so I made some to take with me.
Then came the delight of scribbling all over the back of it – gosh it’s good to do this – taps into the inner child and feels SO relaxing and silly and fun all at the same time.
You push in your artwork or printed paper one side and pull it out the other and hey presto! it is sticky on the back – magic!
Have you been to Japan? Any timely tips?
Joining in with Bluedaisyz Photo Challenge: EXCITEMENT
Next week’s photo prompt: SHARP
Pop on over to bask in Cathy’s ‘excitement’.
And for a beautiful, romantic Haiku see Liz’s, here.