Thursday, 23 April 2015

One of "Fifty to Make"

A delightful "bookazine" dropped through my letterbox today!

"Fifty to Make" by Traplet Publications...

...it contains fifty favourite projects from Sewing World Magazine...

...and my Little Alsace House is included!! YEY!!!





Should be in the Newsagents soon...

...if not already...

...and your £7.99 gets you 50 lovely projects with full-size pattern sheets too!

Go on...

...treat yourself :-)

x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Printing and stitching.

I took some of my print blocks and paints down to my quilt group meeting last Saturday...

...and we all had a few hours of "kindergarten" fun!

I had a plan in mind...

...as I'm doing a printed and stitched book workshop with Lingen Stitchers in May...

...and need to get a nice sample done before I go.

So...

I printed a number of panels...



...including this here little heffelump.

The next stage was some machine stitching....




...then the whole piece was sprayed with metallic Brusho Sprays before painting in some areas with Inktense sticks.




I will begin the hand embellishment this evening as I enjoy the Treasures of Ancient Greece on BBC4 .

Have a good evening....

x C

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thinking about a Journey.....

I'm getting a wee bitty excited now!!

A fat little letter plopped onto the mat this morning...

...containing my cruise pack for August/September....

...including the "Shore Excursion Guide" :-)))

O.M.G. the choices that have to be made!!



CAGLIARI - SARDINIA

Do I visit Calgliari City, Botanical Garden & Conservation Area...

... Su Nuraxi and Barumini Archaeology....

..the Archaeological Site of Nora...

...or an easy amble around the city?


LA GOULETTE - TUNISIA

Do I visit... Carthage and Sidi Bou Said...

...the Bardo Museum and Medina...

...or Panoramic Tunis?


SOUSSE - TUNISIA

Do I visit...El Djem...

...Monastir & Sousse...

...or Roman Kairouan?

(I'm really looking forward to this leg of the journey as I have some photos of my father's that were taken during the North African Campaign. He was in the Eighth Army who faought there and then went up through Italy and Austria before finally coming home.)


VALLETTA - MALTA

Do I visit...the Blue Grotto, Tarxien and Marsaxlokk (how the hell do you pronounce that one?!)

...Valletta and Mdina....

...take a Valletta Harbour cruise...

...or take in the panoramic highlights of Malta?


SYRACUSE - ITALY

Do I go to Noto...

...take a Syracuse city tour ...

...or visit Mount Etna?


CHANIA - CRETE

So will it be Chania town and surroundings...

..rural Chania...

or take a bus trip to Knossos?


SANTORINI - GREECE

Will it be Pyrgos, Oia Village & Winery...

...Island Highlights and Fira Museum...

...Akrotiri...

...or a trip into the Volcanic heart of the caldera?


PIRAEUS - GREECE

The choices...

...An Introduction to Athens...

...Athens and the Acropolis & Museum...

...The Acropolis...

...or take a canal trip to Ancient Corinth?

Pffffffffff!!!!!!!!

As I said...CHOICES OR WHAT?!


I've been working on some sample pages for this trip...

...just a few ideas for folk to do during days at sea....







It will be SUCH FUN!!

I still have a lot of sample pages to do...

...so watch this space for updates. :-)

If you're interested...

...the cruise can be booked HERE

or go to http://www.voyagesofdiscovery.co.uk/ and have a look at what they have on offer.

Go on....treat yourself!! :-))

Sunday, 12 April 2015

...and back home again!!!

Wow!

It's been a hectic few weeks...

...with hardly any time being spent here at home...

...but having wonderful jaunts elsewhere.

No work this time though...

...just a glorious break visiting Chartres...

...one of my favourite places in France...

...gathering even more pictures to use for my Medieval themed projects.



No matter how many times we visit...

...I don't think I'll ever tire of gazing at what I call "The Lady"!

The focus this time was on detail...

...and there is plenty of that!!

Drool along lovely people............













And there are over 400 more that I have to play with!! :-)))

How wonderful is life?!

x C

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Back home...for a little while!

It's been a hectic few weeks all in all....

...but I've really enjoyed meeting lots of lovely people...

...making new friends...

...and catching up with old ones!

Anyways...

...after my sessions with the York Guild...

...I shifted a bit south to West Bridgeford to do another talk and workshop.

Again, we were treated to a visit by Christine Poole and her husband David...

...who just happened to be set-up on the same little campsite as moi!!



The talk was very well attended, and the workshop was really delightful!!



Some gorgeous work was done......







Well done the ladies of West Bridegford!! :-)

...and thanks to Kath Owen for arranging it all!

After the workshop, I belted back to the Gladdyvan and got hooked up so that I could head-off to Lincolnshire for a workshop with the Lincoln Guild.

This was being taught by Dee and Joan, and the subject was Medieval Illuminated letters using tissue and tea bags!! What fun!!!

Here are some samples...



The Lincoln EG are having a very special event day on the 11th April - being held at The Hardy Building, Bishop Grossteste University in Lincoln. Go along if you can, there will be lots to see and you'll be sure of a great welcome!1



After a tiring couple of weeks away, I had a few days to relax before going down to Cardiff to my very own quilting group "Cardiff Quilters" to give a talk at the AGM (which I actually managed to miss completely because I thought it was in the afternoon not the morning!) Still, I got there in time for lunch and my talk went ok (I think?!).

I have some time before my next away-fixture, and I fully intend to make the most of it!!

I'm off to take some "medieval inspiration" photos over the Easter hols...

...watch this space!1 :-)

x C

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

York Guild blog post....

Here is the link to the blog of York Embroiderers Guild.

...their post re. my talk on Saturday...��


Monday, 9 March 2015

Hurrah for York!!

Well!!

I've had a wonderful few days here...

...with some equally wonderful ladies!

First of all the talk on Saturday...

...graced by the presence of Christine Poole - Chair of the Guild...

...accompanied, as ever by the lovely David Poole - husband extraordinaire...

..who was given the job of official "talk photographer" :-)





This was followed by a workshop all day on Sunday...

...where 15 ladies slooshed around paint and then settled to stitch for the afternoon!!

Some piccies of the fun and some results too...


















Off to Nottingham tomorrow....

...West Bridgeford Embroiderers....

...here I come!!