Monday, 19 December 2011

happy holidays

Happy Holidays !!

I hope everyone has a fun
holiday season!!

feather step down

these were half finished pieces that
were just sitting around
so I worked on them a bit
not too long ago, but never
photographed them

love in my heart

am spending most of my time packing up the studio
the movers come next week to scoop
it all up and put it into storage

have been wondering what to do with my sewing machine
and other materials
do I put into storage?
do I take to the house?
where in the house?

I think I have decided to put everything into storage

it's a tricky one, especially as I do not
know how long this all will take
I could be here for another 4 months
but without the studio
and really; without the room for anything
at home

that's what I'll do

so then......
I can get back to more reading
and writing
and contemplating
and devising

which I have not done in a long time

I need to really think about how I want to proceed with my art
what to keep; what to change
and then there's wax
I like wax
I like stuff covered in wax
I want to start exploring wax

but just really calm my head down
and take the time
to think
since I have it

this move needs to move me too
I need to move forward
and try
really try

happy holidays

thanks for coming by......


Thursday, 8 December 2011


how cute is this?!
so want to buy him...
wonder if husband would notice
hee hee

look at that face!!

I spotted him in one of the local antique places

I was actually searching for two other things
to stash away
and take with me to the States

1) a Victorian hot water bottle
weird, I know
but when I first moved to the UK
I saw them all over the place and wondered what they were

will remind me of first moving here

2) pie funnel
a ceramic blackbird
you put into your pie to let the steam out (is that right?)
I don't actually bake, I just think they are cute!
and again......had no idea what they were when first moved here

so......every other time I meander around the local
antique shops - there were dozens
of these things
this time, now that I actually want them,

always the way, eh?

next time, I won't think I want to buy them
am just wandering around........
then they will show up again! ha

thanks for stopping by!
I know I am veering off
my usual arty-stitchy topics
such is my life right now.....

it is cold and rainy today
am hoping it gets colder!
want to build a little fire in the front room tonight

hope everyone is healthy and happy out there


Monday, 5 December 2011

pretty little thing

isn't she a beauty?

I totally forgot to show her to you
my husband bought it for me
at the local car boot sale
right before my open studios
back at the end August!

I have never heard of Jones, but
many people who have seen her know that name
I have only seen Singers so beautifully decorated I know why
Jones was a sewing machine company
started in Manchester in the 1800s

I saw these jugs outside of a furniture restoration place down from my house

ok, when I first saw the sign, it said
"100yr old Polish Jugs"
and I wondered why they had jugs from Poland?
luckily, I kept my mouth shut
when I went in to buy them
the guy who helped me started telling me
they had a huge pile of them
in their studio

they were at least 100yrs old........
and stored.......polish

where am I? furniture restorer.......polish
not Polish!

don't tell Mr, but I am secretly hoarding things to take back with me
ok, not so secretly as he immediately noticed the jugs
but he didn't say anything
well, actually, he did start in on
"no room, shipping costs"
but then he stopped
I think it might have to do with the
blue and white plate
you can just see in the background in the photo
which he came home with a few days earlier!

not much in the creativity line has been happening

my main dilemma, other than packing up my studio
which isn't really a dilemma, more of a
just get on with it!

I have to pack up the studio and have it empty
by the end of the month
ok, no problem
I am going to be here for a few more months into the new year
do I bring my sewing machine to the house?
how bout materials?
where will they go?
can use the dining table....
but there isn't anywhere to store anything
if I actually use the dining table for eating
(yes, I do use it for eating, thank you)

what will I be working on?
what materials do I bring with me?


on another note;
it is finally getting cold!
I like that

but....the usual problem
do I decorate for the holidays?
or they should probably go into storage
with the rest of the studio things
since we will be at hubbie's parents

some day......I would like to really decorate our house
and be there to enjoy it for a bit

hope everyone is doing well
thank you so much for being here