Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Trail of the Hummingbird

A few weeks back I watched an interview with Oprah Winfrey and Elizabeth Gilbert - author of Eat, Pray, Love.  Elizabeth was talking about always having a passion for writing and knowing that is all she ever wanted to do.  She recalled how she had received an angry letter from a woman who frustratingly didn't know what her passion was and put a lot of thought into her response.   She said that some know their passion and follow it and others follow the path of the hummingbird, following their curiosity.  She  made the analogy of the hummingbird flitting from tree to tree trying out different things and maybe finding a passion whilst doing so.  Elizabeth's words have given me a lot of comfort as I also felt very much like the woman who had contacted her.  I have many interests and find it difficult to commit to just one.   I live a curiosity driven life and am very much following the trail of the hummingbird with the hope that it will lead to one passion.

Whilst flitting from 'tree to tree' I landed upon' inchies'.  I have been wanting to make inchies for ages -  pieces of artwork measuring 1 x 1 inch.  The ones above are made from stamped card scraps that I painted over with water colour paints and wax crayons.  I then cut them up into 1 x 1 inch squares,  stamped over with some tiny stamps, added some redundant peel offs and highlighted areas with white and glitter gel pens.  I outlined them with gold pen to make the designs pop.  These were so much fun to make.  Now where shall I hop to next?

Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday Thoughts and a Tutorial

It took me forever to find out how to add a tutorial to a stand alone page on the blog.  Anyway, I finally cracked it and if you would like to have a go at making the pincushion in the previous post then click on to the 'Dinky Pin Cushion' tab above and you will be taken straight there.  The instructions are by no means comprehensive but I have tried to be as informative as I can. 

It has been a strange week of mixed emotions.  I just want to make things but sometimes other people's needs come first.  I can get so wrapped up with creative projects that I think that if I lived alone I would just make things until I lost consciousness!

There are some jolly bluebells in the garden right now.  Alas, not the wild native Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta but the Spanish Hyacinthoides hispanica which is threatening to take over our native species.  They are pretty all the same and I will pick them later and put into a jam jar.

I hope your Friday is going well and that you have a cheery weekend.  If you do decide to make a pincushion from the tutorial above let me know how you got on.

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Did You Guess Correctly?

I made myself a dinky little pincushion from the fabric and curtain ring in the previous post.  It was such a fun project and I may write up a tutorial for it if I get requests to do so.  I think it would sell well at craft fairs (if you get the right kind of fair!)

Today I have one of my monkey mind days.  Should I embark on some machine sewing, or do some fabric printing or a follow a further painting lesson in my Carrie Schmitt  book, or even take another look at the felt animals and see if I can get around the problems I was having making them?

For now I think I will take a deep breath, have some breakfast and see how the mood takes me afterwards.  Do you have any advice on how to tame a monkey mind or resist jumping from one project to another?  Sometimes I feel quite exhausted!

Have a great day!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Where is Everybody?

Where is everybody?  I feel I am turning up to an empty room at a party and everyone else is enjoying themselves in the room next door!   Anyway that aside, above are a couple of items I intend to make something with.  Any ideas on what it could be?

Have a great week wherever you are!


Saturday, 16 April 2016

A Quiet Moment

I had a quiet moment in the garden today between the April showers.  I thought the flower heads on this pieris looked particularly beautiful.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A Dressed Bunny and Five Minutes of Fame

I finished off my bunny with a basic linen pinafore and matching hat.  She was a dream to put together and I will definitely make one again!

In other news I got a letter published on the reader's letters page of a local newspaper.  They haven't edited it at all which is pleasing although they have added a extra 's' on the word encouraging which is rather annoying! I liked to see my words printed on paper as I think we can get a bit blase with our writing being seen on a screen.  It was good to see that an editor sees my thoughts worthy of publication and it's not just me pressing the 'publish' button!  

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A Change of Plan

I had to give up on making the little felt animals.  After many failed attempts whatever I was doing wasn't working.  Many of the pieces were so tiny to turn inside out and sometimes I was required to machine sew through four layers of felt.  I think I will just take inspiration from the book and make my own version of felt animals.  The book and its instructions were far too advanced for my skill level.

Anyway, I still felt the urge to make 'something' so I turned to the patterns in one of my 'Tilda' books.  I felt much more comfortable in understanding the patterns and instructions.

Here is my first attempt at making a bunny.  She is meant to be wearing clothes but as I made her from patterned fabric I don't think she feels too nude!  I will have a go at making her a hat and dress and who knows what creative urge I will get next!