Weekly Photo Challenge – Signs

Today’s inspiration from the Weekly Photo Challenge:

All I wanted was to get a picture of the grid!

Here’s a sign from Just snaps, too.

And a few more worth checking out:

Your vote counts!

If you read my post over here you will know that I have just returned from a show. I’ve spent today sorting out bits and pieces and dealing with the inevitable admin that always rears it’s ugly head after such an occasion. I mentioned on the other blog that I had spent some time talking to my friend Iona. I’ve know her for a number of years – in fact, it’s so long ago I can’t actually remember how we first met, but if you visit her site you will see that she creates inspirational textiles using fibre and stitch.

Iona has been nominated as one of the ‘Artists of the Year’ contentants in Surrey. You can view her work at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey, where there is work by all the finalists. The winner will be the one who receives the most votes, and I plan to go along and cast mine next Saturday. Take a look at her site, and also that of the gallery, and if you are near enough I hope you will visit and view the work for yourself. Photographs don’t do the art justice – you can’t get a proper idea of the texture and depth. Let me know if you are visiting – and if it’s about the same time maybe we can meet in person instead of ‘just online’.

One of Iona’s current projects – worth reading about, see here http://iona-art.com/gallery-stitch/stitch-index.html

Weekly Photo Challenge – Endurance

I know that many of you are aware that I dye. In fact, here are some fabrics that I have been dyeing just this week!

 

There is an element of endurance involved in the dyeing, nothing is instant, taking time improves not only the colours but also the effects.

 

My subject of the Weekly Photo Challenge, however, is none of the above! The subject is some of the vital equipment that I cannot do without!

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After many months of searching, I have finally found rubber gloves that don’t disintegrate after just two days of use! Not only do they last…… they also fit the length of my fingers which mean that I can manipulate the fabric and threads within the dye!

 

Well worth the enduring search………………..!  ;)

 

Just Snaps is now here!

Sometimes Life’s a Magpie!

When I was a child I spent a lot of time with my lovely grandmother. She had a saying that has stayed with me, and this morning I had cause to think of it.

Many of you know that I take a photograph each day of the tree at the bottom of the garden.

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The berries are ripened, and gradually disappearing as avian visitors come to feed, but this morning I was greeted by the beautiful sound of a robin singing his heart out. You can see him in the above picture if you look closely, but here he is a little more clearly, although not so sharply!

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In spite of the season he was obviously,  as Grandma would have said, ‘full of the joys of spring’. Sorting my outside dyeing area was a pleasure until his singing was interrupted by an unwelcome visitor

Although happy, (who wouldn’t be with such ripe red berries to enjoy?) the chatter of the magpie is much less melodic, but his real fun was chasing away the smaller bird. His visit didn’t last long – as with all bullies he was soon off to annoy elsewhere.

So, what happened next?

Mr Robin returned and continued his serenade

He returned to almost exactly the same spot – and his song was as joyful as ever, in fact, he’s still singing some forty minutes later.

You see, occasionally life’s a Magpie! But if you wait you will discover that life’s mostly a Robin.

I hope that today your day is mostly a Robin. Take time to listen.

 

Battered and bashed and a lump in the throat.

Sorting some bits earlier I came across this

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An old tin. Battered and bashed, but I knew what it contained. I lifted the lid

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Sure enough the bits and pieces were neatly stashed inside – and there on top was the last piece of work, incomplete. It was the handy collection that my mother took with her when she travelled – so that she would always have something to keep her hands busy. I was prepared – but it still brought a lump to my throat – especially as the thread on top was one of my hand-dyes. I can remember the last time she took it on holiday – with us, to Wales. She opened and closed the tin, but couldn’t remember what she had to do with the things inside.

015The inscription on the bottom of the tin intrigued me, I’m not old enough to remember the name, but I think I’ve heard it mentioned somewhere in the dim and distant past. Looking online there are a few photographs – and also this little bit of history.

Sorry, I have to go and wipe my eyes.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Dialogue

Hot houses are always hot and steamy – photographs have to be quick – before the lens becomes ‘cloudy’. Here is the roof and the reflection.

Just Snaps is here, and full details of the challenge can be found here.