looks a mess
before I teach
looks a mess
before I teach
I had a few obvious photographs I could use for this weeks photo challenge, but this one struck me as the most pertinent. How many REAL friends do you have?
This photograph is of a hanging made by my friend Jane Lemon. She is a textile artist of extreme talent, and this hanging was commissioned by Amnesty International to celebrate 50 years. The photograph isn’t excellent, but you can find more information here and here. I’ve also blogged about it before. It was created partly on the embelliser, with hand and machine embroidery. It is stunning and very thought provoking when you see it. Keep your eyes open in case it visits your area.
There are times when it’s more than a friend that is needed. Thank goodness for Amnesty International.
More information about the challenge and lots more entries can be found here
Let’s just say that April was a little damp! Fortunately I haven’t needed to travel much, but last weekend was different, it was the Needlework Fiesta at Brockenhurst. The motorway journey was accompanied by lots of spray from vehicles, but the landscape was the biggest surprise. Instead of trees and grass with the occasional New Forest pony, much of the area was transformed into a lake and the camp sites we passed were decidedly empty. Ironically, the annual Boat Jumble at Beaulieu (just around the corner) was cancelled as the venue was too wet! I didn’t take any photographs this year as I was moving around as little as possible (shouldn’t have been there, to be honest), but I wrote a little about the event last year. Our journey home was broken by a delicious meal with our friends Val and Dave, you can see what I had for my starter here, others chose this!
I’ve really missed blogging over the last few weeks, but haven’t been comfortable sitting at the computer. In fact, I’ve spent more time in bed than I would have thought possible, but after a good rest yesterday I’m feeling much more like my usual self. Hopefully I’m beginning to get back to normal after the op’, but still no driving. Thanks for all the good wishes you have emailed. I apologise if I owe you a reply, or a reply to a comment on the blog. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!
(By the way, if anyone fancies joining me in Stockport later this month there is a little more information linked from here)
If you have been following this blog you will have read this post from last week. I knew that the time for The Things to move on was fast approaching, so I had a treat in store for them! This time they were OFFICIALLY going on a trip (official in the sense that I knew they were going……)
You can understand that I couldn’t trust them to be loose in the car, they might have escaped! So, you can imagine how pleased they were to be let out of the bag
They were very anxious to look at the hotel room and see their surroundings
They even posed for a shot
They preferred the view outside, though
even though they weren’t really tall enough to enjoy it properly
Taking charge of the TV control was no effort, though, and before long they were channel flicking. It’s ironic that they chose to watch this one for the longest….. read on!
Yes, the day had arrived for my next visit to the TV studios. Now the fact that it is a shopping channel may not really qualify for the title of TV as far as some of you are concerned, but I have to say that the boys and girls in charge of the programmes are lovely, and I hoped that they would welcome the Things with open arms. Sure enough, they were allowed on set, but not just on set – they were allowed to make their debut!
Just being part of the scenery was not good enough for them, of course, slowly they worked their way onto the table…. If you look closely you can just see them
I think they hoped for a closeup!
And lo and behold! Ellis obliged! Look at those faces – they were in heaven!
Who knows what tomorrow may bring. Today is a very special birthday for someone, and it’s just possible that they may make their way to a birthday party tomorrow night. I have warned them, though….
There will be several posts today. It is catch up time, and I’ll link each one back to this first one. You may have thought that THE THINGS had already left, but far from it – they have continued to cause madness and mayhem as we travelled from place to place. The time will soon come for them to move on, so this cautionary tale (and the ones that follow) are indications of what to expect for the next host or hostess. I had hoped that a visit to our cultural and historical country would have given them a chance to mature, however, this first post will probably convince you that that is just NOT going to happen…..
So, it is a while since we travelled to South Wales. It was a teaching trip at Busy Bees in Newport, and the last place I would have wanted them to come as I knew there would be too many opportunities for The Things to get lost. Sadly, they have obviously learnt a thing or two on their travels, and I had not sooner removed my coat that to find…..
….. Two little Things trying to get out of my pocket!
What a shock for 14 lovely ladies! It was meant to be a workshop on the embellisher, but as you will see, once they saw the colour there was no keeping the Things under control, and most of the time was spent chasing them around the room.
What a squeal went up when they saw these colours, they thought it matched their hair, and wanted a coat. I can see they need some colour lessons!
Frankly, I think this went well with their hair, but they were more interested in hiding underneath it. Thing One disappeared really quickly
It wasn’t long before they found this one. Thing Two thought it made them invisible. Thank goodness for turquoise hair!
At coffee time they found this flower! They wanted it for a buttonhole…….. We had to drag them away.
They were only left alone for a minute. Off they went again – this time find some pretty fibres. It took us ages to untangle them,
and, undaunted, they just went off to find some more mischief.
We had hoped that they would take an afternoon nap, but no such luck. They were desperate for a ‘go’, however I feel that they are too young to play with needles
So, another tangling seemed to be the order of the day!
They soon found more
More squeals announced that they had found another ‘buttonhole’
Then, just for a moment, they went quiet, and we thought they had gone to sleep!
We were wrong! Off they went to play roly poly on another partly made cushion
but this was once again changed for some more quick tangling.
Finally, though, something took their eye, and all was peace until they saw something really unexpected out of the corner of the eyes
At last, we had some peace and quiet was negotiated!
Yes, I’m pounding the motorways again today. M3, M25 and M1. Travelling north towards the snow…. Hopefully we won’t meet, but you never know. I’m off to Create and Craft TV again, so if you are free tomorrow these are the details.
Wednesday 4th April 2012 at 10am and 4pm UK time
I hope you will join me, but don’t forget that all programmes are transmitted LIVE, and will change to another if all stock is sold. Find it on the internet here, where you watch it live. To watch it on TV tune into one of the following channels.
Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813
If you are wondering what I mean by ‘again’, take a look at the photograph and follow the link for a few more details.
I’m hoping that the Things will appear on C&C! Watch this space if you can’t watch TV……
…. I’ll let you decide!
For reasons that I’ll explain later today included a visit to the hairdresser! As always it was a time of pampering and relaxation. Soothing music, expert attention…… you get the idea. I couldn’t wait. It doesn’t happen every week, so I intended to make the most of it.
However, life doesn’t always give you what you expect………!
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DON’T GO ON YOUR OWN…….
The problem was that I had to spend a lot of time sitting in the chair.
Leaping around to keep them under control was difficult
so, as you can see, they had the time of their lives!
They even tried to phone home!
So many bottles, so much temptation for inquisitive creatures.
In spite of everything Claire managed to remain her calm and cheerful self.
And why was all this titivation so essential?
TV tomorrow (Wednesday)!! 10 pm and Midnight on Ideal World
More information here
This morning I discovered that my DH had taken a wobbly photo last week. While I was ‘strutting my stuff’ on the TV he was quietly and patiently waiting in the green room, and playing with his camera. It has all sorts of bells and whistles on it, and with nothing better to do, he was experimenting a little. Well, most of the results were suitable deleted, but he discovered a lot, and a few were left. The one below was taken by accident, or at least, while trying out the various zooms, and not aimed at the screen, hence the quality, but it if you squint carefully you can see a vision of blue – and that is me!
Which brings me to the ‘Green Room‘ ! As you can see, it isn’t! Green, that is! However, it was comfortable, and he spent 9 hours patiently waiting for me. He met lots of lovely people, and didn’t fall asleep in front of the TV – which of course he would have done, if he had been at home!
The links below are both a bit rusty! What a shame I didn’t have another in the theme to follow here…….