Monday, 10 February 2014
Last Sunday 2nd Feb Jenny & I Set off for Manchester Art Gallery for the very last day of Grayson Perry's Exhibition,
'The Vanity of Small Differences'
These are huge tapestries inspired by Hogarth's A Rake's Progress - the full story can be found
along with lovely images of the tapestries.
Unfortunately photos were not allowed in the exhibition but take my word for it, these tapestries are just fabulous and the photos on this link just can't do them justice.
If you get the chance to see them then do - it's free too!
They are currently at Birmingham Art Gallery until May 11 2014 then they go off to The Walker in Liverpool from 17th May until 10th August...so you can guess where I'll be going in the summer ;-)
Quite by chance whilst searching for one of my favourite Lowry's which had been moved we came across the vase above, also by Grayson Perry...
Jane Austen in E17
That too was huge and I just had to have photos of that ... one of them gatecrashed by Jenny ;-)
We found the Lowry :-)
Piccadilly Gardens no longer looks like this unfortunately - the planners in their wisdom have completely ruined it and what used to be a lovely city centre green space full of flowers is now a mass of concrete - it looked just like Lowry's painting throughout my childhood too so why change what had worked for years?
We had a lovely day...we paid a visit to the Cath Kidston shop,
had lunch in John Rylands Library,
did a bit of shopping,
then headed off home as the sun was setting.
And for the first time ever
I came home without a migraine!
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Well, what a roller-coaster of month January was!
There were so many ups and downs I got dizzy!! Luckily there were more 'ups' and the 'downs' mainly confined to visits to the dentist but as you know I have such a fear of the dentist these 'downs' were pretty bad :-(
Anyway...I started January with the knowledge that I no longer had to get up a 6.30am to go to work :-) That was a mega 'up'!!
When I finally found my feet I started a routine of walking into the village once or twice a week to have lunch with my daughter who works at the local private hospital. I'd then walk back through Abney Park to avoid the busy the busy main road and listen to the bird song instead...
...everything is a bit bare at the moment - and very muddy!! - but it will get prettier!
Then I was asked if I'd like to have a craft table in the hospital restaurant so last week I was running around making more stock in between more dentist visits :-( but then on Friday I set up my stall and settled down with my Kindle for a quiet day...
...as you can see it was a wet and miserable day but I wasn't prepared for the sales I had! I sold quite a few cards, a textile art picture, fabric covered notebook, cushion covers and I actually sold two quilts...I am still thrilled to bits about that :-) I also got a couple of orders for little knitted items so I will be knitting fingerless gloves for the next one too!
Another event for January was my son't 30th Birthday...I can't believe so many years have gone by - I can remember that time vividly! So we all had a lovely meal out and Baby Belle came too and was as good as gold :-)
...and here is that Black & White & Red All Over quilt finally finished and handed over to the birthday boy!
So...that was January!
Now I started February on a very high note - Jenny & I had a lovely day in Manchester on Sunday visiting the Grayson Perry exhibition at the art gallery...but more about that in the next post ;-)
Friday, 24 January 2014
While I'm on a blogging roll here's something else I've made today!
It's a lutradur heart shape that was painted brown, scribbled and dotted it with plexi-glue and when dry rubbed it with copper foil.
I finished the edges by burning with a soldering iron and made a Valentine's card with it.
A quick & easy project :-)
Her's another card that was even quicker to make...
...now I really must go and get some sewing done
Well it's done!
It's been tricky but I persevered and got it finished at last!
I bought a book called Quilting Modern as I wanted to learn more about improvisational quilts. This design was in the book and caught my eye straight away. I really need to challenge myself and I'm really happy with the result.
It measures about 52" x 52" so more of a throw or lap quilt size.
Phew...now for more creativity!
Next week I've got a sale of my stuff at the local private hospital,
The Alexandra Hospital, in Cheadle
so I'll be taking along cards, small quilts, cushion covers and my thread-painted postcards.
It'll make a change if nothing else ;-)
Be Creative is a Facebook Group started by Myfanwy Hart.
This group is all about finding time to do something creative! It's all about
finding anything from 15 mins to a whole day to actually do something - not just
think about it!
One weekend a month - and more if you can find time. From art to stitching,
photography to cooking and everything beyond and in-between - if you create
you are qualified to join.
Why don't you pop over to her blog and take a look
If you fancy joining in ask to join the
...ask anyone who is a member, Myfanwy or myself
or click the link on the page.
I hope to see you there!
Friday, 17 January 2014
Last night at 11pm I had another idea for reasonably priced greetings cards to sell in my
...or if ever I get the chance to sell elsewhere.
So I got cutting out just in case I forgot by the time morning came!!
These are all fabric adhered onto card and available for £1.50 each plus p&p.
I've also listed more photo cards and will post a photo soon but this link will take you to everything if you fancy having a peek!
Now I really must get on with the Black & White & Red all over quilt...
...it's nearly finished!!
Friday, 3 January 2014
Today I had an idea...how about making greetings cards from photos of my textile art quilts and postcards? So I did! I have some lovely blank cards from Craft Creations so I trimmed my photos and mounted them onto the card and they look great - even if I do say so myself!
I will list them for sale in my Etsy Shop from tomorrow (see link top right)
but for readers of my blog I can offer
any 4 cards for £10 with free postage to the UK.
Just choose from the selection above numbering from left to right and email me at
with your choices and I will send you a PayPal invoice.
If you'd like to see larger versions take a look at them in the Greetings Cards section of my Etsy Shop from Saturday.
Many thanks...I hope you like them :-)
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Happy New Year to you all!
After a stressful couple of years and further to my visit to A&E in the summer where they suggested I look at ways to reduce my stress, I've taken the plunge at last and taken very early (!!) retirement from my job at the surgery.
It's a very odd feeling but I dare say I'll get used to it before long!
I've got lots to do...quilts to finish and more quilt ideas in my head to design and also some art quilt ideas to create a couple of series of journal quilts.
I'm also going to stock up my
with more cards, quilts and gifts
which for the month on January you can get 15% discount when you use the code
I'm looking forward to my new life and to sharing everything I create with you :-)
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Sunday, 30 June 2013
At last I can share what I've been busy making lately! Along with my daughter, Jenny, I've been putting together a bag of baby goodies for my first grandbaby due in 5 weeks.
Yesterday we gave them to the mum-to-be at her baby shower.
This seems to be a relatively new thing in the UK - from the USA I think - well, my youngest is 25 and we didn't have them 25 years ago...well not around here anyway!
So...you can see the bag full of goodies above and now here are the gifts inside...
This is a fleece teddy that Jenny made for her new niece/nephew...so soft & cuddly!
And here's a close-up of his face...
Not to be outdone I also made a cuddly...
...this believe it or not is the 17th version of the Minkee Blankee pattern I've made over the years!
I know...I couldn't believe it either!!
And here's a close-up...
Of course I also included a quilt!
This was one I made for Popular Patchwork Magazine a couple of years ago called 'Bee My Honey Bee'
... and I've been saving it for this eventuality
Here's a little cream cardy...all the other knitting I've been doing have been for either a boy or girl as the yarn available is so gorgeous I didn't want to just knit plain colours. Some would be suitable for boy or girl but others wouldn't.
Lastly, this is a knitted blanket I made when I was expecting Andrew (the new baby's father) almost 30 years ago.
I thought it fitting that I handed it over for his baby
And here is everything all together...
...and here is the bag I put them in...
This was a plain bag I bought a while ago but wasn't sure how to embellish it!
I got inspiration just in time!
Now I've got a Boy Quilt to finish (Girl Quilt already done!)
and more pretty baby cardigans...
and a happy event due in just 5 weeks time!
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Monday, 10 June 2013
...to my son and his lovely wife for yesterday!
Last year 9th June was the wettest day it could possibly have been but it still didn't spoil a beautiful wedding.
I got the idea for their 1st Wedding Anniversary card from a photo I had taken of Natalie's bouquet, still peppered with raindrops.
I printed the photo onto fabric, stitched the edges of the petals and sewed tiny glass beads where the raindrops are.
(If you right click on the photo and open in a new window you will be able to see a close-up!)
(If you right click on the photo and open in a new window you will be able to see a close-up!)
Now I'm working on lots of little goodies for the next exciting event in our lives :-)
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
I have been neglecting my blog lately - so much to do and so little time!
I've been on holiday to Anglesey...been making a beautiful Japanese quilt, baby quilts and knitting like mad for the new arrival due in August! I will post about all these very soon
In the meantime I'm offering 15% discount of all items in my Etsy shop...
until the end of June...
Just use the code
...why not pop by and grab a bargain
Monday, 6 May 2013
I've now opened a new Folksy Shop so my items are now available from two sources...but not duplicated.
This is the address of the Folksy shop...
...just until I can put a link on here.
In the meantime you can still use the Etsy logo to access my Etsy shop...
Thanks for looking