Happy Holiday Monday!
Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her wonderfully heartwarming ‘In a Vase on Monday’. Pop over and visit her post and in the comments you can click on links to visit vases from gardens all over the world – and bathe in a flurry of flower petals.
I’m playing with primroses, hebe leaves and hyacinth pips to create a couple of mandalas
I’m caught up in a meditation of mandalas at the moment
This is a paid for pattern: Illusion Mandala designed by Tatsiana of Lilla BjornCrochet.
It made my brain ache the first time I made it and it took me a week to make – but it is a fantastic pattern with very clear instructions and a photo tutorial.
So I started another
All made with Stylecraft Special DK and a 4.5mm hook
I do hope you are having a bright and happy weekend wherever you are
Also joining Cee’s Flower of the Day.
Posted in art from natural objects, Crochet, garden, mandalas, Vase on Monday
Tagged acrylic painting on canvas, crochet mandala, flower and crochet mandala, flower mandala, hebe, hyacinth pips, In a Vase on Monday, mandala, mixed media, primrose
and in a crochet mandala celebrating our clocks Springing forward here in the UK.
Scheepjes Sweet Treat Cotton
Pattern: Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton with a plain centre
One of my granddaughters was born on Primrose Day so I will be using the one of these photos to decorate her birthday card.
Joining Cathy and her happy band of gardeners for In a Vase on Monday.
My daughter and her family (Miss E, Master R, Little Miss M and Mr.M) went on holiday last week. To welcome them home I made this little cameo, which is photographed in my hall before I took it to their house.
Joining Cathy for her worldwide garden party held every Monday over at Rambling in the Garden.
I used hebe, hazel, primrose, succulents and this flower spike from a laurel
A few empty snail shells were put in the corner as Little Miss M loves snails – when she was 2 she collected them and made houses for them.
In the early 1990s I worked at Dansel , a bespoke woodworking Gallery. If you are ever in Dorset it is well worth a visit. It was a wonderful place to work and very tempting. I am lucky enough to have a few pieces from those days. Each piece was signed by the maker. The mirror frame was made by Simon Teed.
The sycamore bowl was made by Peter Dalby in 1992. It holds Angel Cards, which were created as part of the Transformation Game at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland.
If you would like me to pick a card for you, let me know in the comments.
The picture you can see in the mirror is a piece of felt I made at a workshop run by Di Pattinson a few years ago.
I can highly recommend her workshops.
The piece was immediately pinned to a canvas painted with acrylic paint mixed with sand and there it sits – I always intended to do more to it but now I think I like it as it is. I could fix the pins at the back with Sugru.The diamond weaving hanging below it was made for me by Miss E for my birthday. She knows my favourite colours! Orange and pink together always a winner!
Maybe, I could fix it on to the painting ……. hmmmm ….. ….
I’ll leave for a while….. I think I like it ….. what do you think?
Posted in art from natural objects, garden, textiles, Vase on Monday
Tagged Angel Cards, catkins, Dansel, Di Pattinson, Dorset, felt, miniature garden, pick a card, primrose, snail, succulents, Vase on Monday
Attic24’s Crochet-Along, is a joy! I’m way behind, but still enjoying being part of this project. I’m in Week 4. It is taking me a while as this blanket is the project I have on the go for taking with me to do in odd quiet moments, when looking after grandchildren, waiting for an appointment, chatting with a friend, or watching TV. I like to have something on the go that is pure relaxation and that I can do without having to think too much – and I’m thoroughly enjoying this one.Photographing in dull Winter light is a challenge, so outside I went to have a go. Lucy from Attic24 based her colour palette on Autumn flowers, so today I went out in search of some brave little winter blooms (antirrhinum above) peeping through in my garden.Lucy’s colours are a gorgeous mix. I have substituted some of her choices, simply because I have SO much Stylecraft Special DK yarn already and did not want to buy more. (I’m already wondering if I will live long enough to be able to use all the yarn I have stored away!) So there is no ‘Camel’,’Gold’, ‘Copper’, ‘Grape’, ‘Violet’, ‘Pale Rose’ or ‘Claret’ in mine. Instead, I have substituted ‘Saffron’, ‘Spice’, ‘Bluebell’, ‘Wisteria’, Clematis’, and ‘BrightPink’. My mix looks a little brighter and less Autumnal, but I’m still really pleased with its coziness!
The ‘Magenta’ chimes well with the berries on the, Symphoricarpos, (I think), also known as ‘Mother of Pearl’ or ‘Snowberry’ which you can read more about here. The shrub looks fairly ordinary for most of the year and then the honey bees go absolutely MAD for it in late summer, when it hums for weeks as they cluster round the almost invisible tiny flowers.There are just a few periwinkles around
I suppose I must be about half-way and Little Miss M is determined to help me alongAt 2 she is convinced that she is able to crochet and held the end of the hook as I crocheted slowly for a while and then demanded, “I do it myself!”. She sat there happily pushing the hook in and out for about 5 minutes before it became the perfect blanket for a game of ‘peepo’.
Added 12.Jan.15: I have just seen an African Flower square used as an edging for this blanket on Ravelry. This might be just the edging I need to turn it into a double bedspread. I like the reference to flowers, since flowers were the inspiration for the colour combo. This is a free pattern on Barbara’s Blog, set out with helpful photos.
Further progress: Cal5, Cal5 decisions and choices, Cal6
Posted in Crochet, garden
Tagged african flower square, antirrhinum, Attic24, CAL, flowers in winter, periwinkle, pink berries, primrose, Snowberry bush, Symphoricarpos, vinca