It must be summer!
That’s me on the left…….
(I wish )
A while ago I was asked to make some bunting for my grand-daughter. I finished it today. It was an experience that I did not enjoy.
You would think it was an easy task, wouldn’t you? Cut the fabric, stitch the fabric, hang it up. That’s all there is too it.
Or is it?
Well, first the fabric. The one we chose was not easy to locate. No local shop had it and finally I was informed that it had been so popular every shop in the world had sold out. That may or may not be true, who knows, but eventually I did find some, and the cost implied that it was in the ‘if you don’t get it from here you won’t get it at all’ category..
So, pattern made (a whole sheet of A4 paper folded and cut to shape) I proceeded to cut into the fabric. At this point I discovered that He who shall be nameless had been using my ‘Don’t Touch!’ scissors, and the cuts were not all they should have been. Sharpening helped, but frankly I was beginning to become quite disheartened about the whole exercise.
Next stitching. Now things began to go smoothly. The sewing machine stitched like a dream, fronts were stitched to backs in record time and as for the turning! Well, I was amazed at just how easy it was once the excess seam had been suitably trimmed. Now to attach to the tape.
The fabric is a heavy furnishing cotton. I had chosen a tape of similar weight and they went together perfectly. In fact, they went together just a little too well. You see, I had also chosen the perfect thread! I couldn’t see where the thread began and the tape and fabric ended. As I was stitching by
candle light the new money saving light bulbs I couldn’t see what I was doing. I should have started in daylight – but it was only a half hour job, wasn’t it?
Daylight came. Yes, first thing this morning I attacked the project again. My goodness! Yes, that thread does match. Even the long ‘uncut’ trails vanished – yes, in daylight! Finally, and with only half an hour of stitching the flags were completed and are now awaiting delivery.
They actually look rather pretty, and I will take a proper picture when they are hanging up. However, will I make some for you? The answer is in the title.
Will I make some for other grandchildren? Of course I will. Just as long as ‘He’ stays away from ‘My’ scissors
I have been struggling with a piece of artwork. I won’t show you now, but will quite soon. There was a missing element, and I was really getting frustrated.
I showed it to my lovely elder grand-daughter. She instantly knew why I was struggling.
But better than that! She gave it some thought and consideration and
CAME UP WITH THE ANSWER!
What a gem! THANK YOU.
I have refrained from posting my work for sale on this site, not sure if that is a good or a bad thing, but at least this opening statement will warn those of you that think it is bad! I’m excited to share two new links. Meta from greeninthemiddle, also curates an online gallery. She has invited me to be part of this and today my first two items are listed.
I’ve also started a sort of ‘Mini Gallery‘ on Etsy. The work that I’m listing here is a collection of some of the Colour Studies that I make when I begin a new artwork. You have seen some of them before (here’s one), and at a later date I’ll probably be listing some of those. Frankly, though, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that I want!
Posts have been erratic partly because the internet still isn’t sorted, partly because my camera had somehow acquired a very nasty scratch on the lens. The latter has now been solved with a new purchase and the former should be resolved within the next seven days. Sadly family problems are still uppermost in my mind and they, of course, must take priority.
Oh, the joys of the internet! At least the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day.
to the one
Well, it’s the London Marathon this weekend. No, I’m not running. It’s not that I’m slow, or that I don’t want to participate, but I know that If I started the course today I might finish it by the end of the race in 2015. I’d be far too distracted by other things. Actually, though, yes, I am slow, and as for participating – I have never aspired to even think about it…..
However, it is a very good vehicle for charity fundraising. This year our niece is entering for the first time and is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society. If you are still looking for someone to support I know that Ali would be delighted for your contribution, and the money is going to a very good cause. Her page is here, and I know her Grandmother would be very pleased. If you do decide to add your support, please tell her that I sent you.
Conversation with grandson (5)
‘We went to London at the weekend’
‘How lovely, did you see anything interesting?’
He normally recounts the day in great detail and in chronological order. He considered our question, his thought process apparent in his face. The journey by car, the underground trains, everything about this trip to our capital city passed through his mind until he decided.
‘Yes. We saw a sewage farm’
Each time I show you my 100 steps I assure you that the distance is minimal. So it is on the occasion that I want to show you now, but I want to start in a slightly different way.
Take a walk in my footsteps. Is this what you will see?
Well! As I strolled, I looked in the opposite direction! This is what I saw
What would you have seen? I hope you will join in. All the details are here.
I don’t have a phone that will take photographs. I don’t have one because it is wonderful to be away from technology at times. However, my little pocket camera accompanies me everywhere. The photograph I want to share with you today, however, was taken with another. It truly freezes a moment in time, and is probably my favourite
My younger grandson and my mother. A frozen moment in time, the past and the future encapsulated. It isn’t the ‘kiss’ that is the main focus for me – it’s the hands. The love and affection expressed through this gentle touch speaks volumes.
The challenge is set here. Take a look, there will be a wide variety of entries, and you may like to add one to your blog too.