Monday, 10 January 2011

Bienvenue!!





Here we are...

...firmly in 2011...

...and it's good to be back at the lappy :-)

It's been an odd time....since December 12th 2010...

...what with visiting bugs (again!)....

...BOTH of us this time....

...and the server (computer) going FUT on Christmas Day!

Still....

...all that time without internet allowed me to get a load of headwork done.


2010 was, I can safely say, a VERY mixed bag for us here.

Choir things went really well...as did all other things musical...

...but serious health issues threw a right spanner in the works around April-time...

...and are still continuing...but now in a NOT so serious manner THANK GOODNESS!!!


It made for a good deal of thought though...

...that kind of scare helps you to put things in perspective...

...so I've spent a lot of time trying to evaluate all aspects of my life.


I won't bore you with all that stuff...

...but I will let you know what's behind the new Blog image!


For quite some time, I've stressed a bit over the fact that others seem to be able to focus on a particular theme and/or colour pallette. Their work is so constant...dependable...and yet not boring...

Me though....well....I'm all over the place...

....painting...spinning....weaving...stitching....dyeing....

...inspired by Africa...Morocco...India...Japan...China....

..and it was getting to me.

However, all the heart-searching and thinking showed me that...

...THAT IS ME!!!

A "Textile Butterfly"...

...flitting around wherever I please...

...and ENJOYING MYSELF IMMENSELY!

So LET IT BE....."variety is the spice of life" after all :-)))))


2011 is going to full of all sorts of bits and bobs...

...experiments and adventures...

...the first of which begin here...

...with more little houses.







I've become really enamoured with "little houses" :-)...

...and have begun to experiment with the possibilities...




..like machining some rooftiles, and curtains.

I like the format, and will be spending a lot of time working with it over the next few months.


There are other things happening too...

...more on the weekend...

14 comments:

ger said...

... a cottage in the country, with roses round the door... - I´d like to call one my own - but your houses offer at least a little virtual substitute for the moment ...

tastykaeru said...

I think the variety and the 'flitting' adds depth and interest to all of your work :) long may it continue!

Kate x

stitchinglife2 said...

Happy new year :-)
I really like the little houses, especially all the roofing details. Keep on flitting!

Chris Gray said...

...one day Heike...one day.... :-)

Thanks Kate...those words are really kind ;-)

SL2...HNY to you too...and flit i certainly will ;-)))

Penny said...

I pinched your idea and am having lots of fun with little houses too. I think I am a butterfly too, join the club, I think maybe we have more fun, certainly cant get bored with all those things going on in our heads.

Eva said...

Your new header is beautiful! So happy and easy. And I was happy to read that the health issue is relieved a bit. Hope it will improve further on. Thank you for your ever so kind comments!

Chris Gray said...

Your little houses are lovely Penny!...think we've got a theme going here :-)

...and thanks Eva...for your good wishes and friendship...

ArtPropelled said...

What an uplifting header, Chris. I enjoy all the flitting you do from one idea to the next and your beautifully detailed houses warm my heart.

JP said...

love the houses

threadmedley said...

Love the new header - Textile Butterfly! That does describe you. I love all your adventures into new things and look forward to seeing a lot more this year. Can't wait to see what new things you have in store!

T said...

textile butterfly, i like that. the exploration of everything from all over the world.

xt

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Robyn, JP, Jan and Teresa...

...flitting is such fun :-)

Rachel said...

Flitting gives you new skills and that gives you new ideas. I'm a flitter (although not quite such a range as you!), too, and I think it helps immensely!

Diane said...

First off ((BIG HUGS)) and asking much forgiveness for being such a bad friend and disappearing forever at a time. I am so happy that health concerns are starting to recede and new hope lies on the horizon!
As you kow, I too am a textile butterfly so I can commiserate with you on that one! Love the new name and all that goes with it.
THe houses I adore! I have always loved houses, loved to draw them and look at them and even started felting one once. I promise I wont be such a stranger now and must watch these houses unfold!
Thank you so much for your wonderful card. Much Love, Diane