Monday, 30 November 2009

Creative weekend

This weekend my 3 DD's and myself treated ourselves to a creative retreat as my DH was off on a boys w/e at an RSPB reserve.

The girls all had lovely ideas for things to make and had been looking forward to the w/e for several weeks.

My DD1 wanted to make an advent calendar like the one I made for them when they were young, and this is the gorgeous result she came up with.

I know her children will just love it tomorrow.

My DD3 decided that it was time her little son had something more than a feather duster to ride around the house on after he'd been watching the horses pass by their window every day.

I think he'll be one happy little chap on Christmas day, don't you? He's also got some lovely bunting and bags for his new bedroom.

My DD2 decided to take a well earned break from fabrics and join her Mum and Grandmother in our passion for knitting.

We were all ready for a lovely feast on Saturday evening and started the meal with this baked camembert.

My DD's work extremely hard juggling work commitments with caring for their families and it was lovely to be able to spoil them a little bit over the w/e and see their wonderful creative talents blossom.
Thanks for making it sooo..... special, can't wait for the next one.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Alice Holt Artists Christmas show 09

It's that time of year again!
I can't beleive we've just staged our annual Christmas art show agian. Doesn't time fly.

As usual my DH Mike, myself and our friend Shirley, whose web site is in the making, had a great show at the Forestry Commission, for the third year running.

I was pleased to have put together 18 pieces most of which were new work, and some were pieces that I'd completed on my C&G.

As ever Mike had plenty of work to show and a lovely selection of his African pictures, which proved very popular.

Shirley's Lino prints looked beautiful and I'm rather hoping I might get her lovely Heron, in the foreground, in my Christmas stocking :-)

I was pleased to sell my first mini quilt, especially as I was told it was a Christmas present for an interior designer.

The punk on the left was also a Christmas present for someone's brother.

The lizard was a new lino print, the inspiration for which came from our African safari, so it was particularly satisfying to sell it, as I have decided to return to my lino printing after being very inspired by Shirley'e lovely work.

It was also nice to sell African inspirations, on the left, as I'm planning to make my quilt for the FOQ 2010 on this theme.

It was lovely to meet up with lots of people and have the chance to display some new work, to an enthusiastic audience.

Monday, 9 November 2009

2 thank yous

First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to all those lovely people who sent messages of comfort to us, on the parting of our lovely old dog. We are still missing him hugely, but are coming to terms with it and trying to remember the fun times we had together.

I had meant to post about our lovely w/e with our DS and DW, in Cardiff on 31st.

We arrived with them after they finished work on the Friday and had a lovely meal of Vegetable Wellington, followed by Pecan pie, cooked by our DIL, after her hard days work, it was a great treat, and very much appreciated

The following morning I started my day in perfect fashion, with a swim and spa (part of their complex facilities) and then of course we had to make our pilgrimage to Craft in the Bay where we all had yummy cakes and coffee.

I spotted this wonderful embroidery by Louise Gardiner , one day when I'm very rich I'd like to have a series of her pieces, they'd make me smile every day.

After that we went off to Roath Park for a lovely walk around the lake, which is huge for a town lake.

And here's the happy couple.

The Autumn colour was brilliant.

And how about this for shear textural magic.

And pattern.......

After we'd had our fill of the gardens we had a look at the new shopping centre in Cardiff, John Lewis is amazing, can't wait for another visit.

Then on the way back I spotted this amazing shoe shop, sadly too old for most of these now.

For our evening entertainment our DS had spotted a 'Light up the night" extravaganza at Dyffryn gardens, but what we hadn't expected was lots of very excited children all dressed up waiting to be spooked on Halloween. It was brilliant, lots of shrieks and blood curdling screams from witches and ghouls, plus the amazing spectacle of the garden lit up at night.

And then on the back to the car we spotted this!

We finished off the evening with a lovely meal at Penarth and were lucky enough to have table with a sea view.

I started Sunday the same way as Saturday and we both felt really chilled out and thoroughly spoilt when we left for Redditch to pick up my CHF exhibition piece.

So a belated thanks to you both for a stunning w/e.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Saying goodbye

On Monday my DH and I had to say goodbye to our lovely old dog Bentley who was nearly 12 years old.

He had had a progressive paralysis of his back legs, which had been working its way up from his toes to his spine for the past couple of years, and he finally collapsed on Monday and couldn't be moved from our van.

The house is very quiet without him, he used to bark loudly at anything that moved at the end of the garden and frequently got a telling off for it, and now I would love to lean out of the window and tick him off.

He was a great friend, listening patiently to all my woes over the last 11 years. He never blamed me for bad moods, just waited till I felt better and was ready to pet him.

He was a big dog with an even bigger heart and we miss him hugely.