I LOVE my new iPad . It is a second gen one, not the third, but it is GREAT and it has 3G so I am in a waiting room . Posting online. How cool os THAT?
I have been away for a few days visiting our daughter.Had a lovely visit but we are really tired now so not much exciting stuff happening artistically just for a couple of days. Back at it soon!
|At our house,Highland Dancing was front and centre for many years. Velvet, tartan and lace was the order of the day....and, NO, this is NOT our tartan!|
|For me , it was tutus and roses and sequins. Divine!!|
|So many little girls dream of becoming ballerinas.|
|Life IS a dance! Let yourself go.|
|Hours of practice. Sore, bleeding toes. GREAT satisfaction|
|Express yourself with abandon!|
|I am calling this the Wall of Wierd- because all of the little pieces here have odd, interesting , mostly industrial fabrics in them . NOT very Trad!|
|Pity the colours are not TOO accurate. However, you get the idea.|
Having read Morning AJ's comment this morning, I feel I should voice my opinion in agreement with hers and with the opinions of many other Blogspot Bloggers. ENOUGH, already! Enough with the "prove you are not a robot" nonsense. We DO all know where the Delete button is and how many of us have found nasty comments or spam all over our blogs anyway? I am sorely tempted to refrain from commenting on those sites that persist in using this silly system. It is insulting and unnecessary. Please feel free to comment on MY blog , unencumbered by robots or by proving you are NOT one. If you are cheeky though, be prepared to be zapped into oblivion.
I have been quilting the background of this little piece - having a ball! I did a little bit of bobbin work on the curlicues at the end of the spikes. It is ok, but I need to speak to my Guru to get the tensions adjusted properly. The quilting is ALMOST finished and I still like this piece. It is abnormal for me, but maybe I am growing ? I am less fearful now of trying wild and crazy things than I used to be. This one just grew out of my head :-)( shows the state of my head, doesn't it!!)
|Just showing the background quilting|
|Bobbin work on the curlicues|
|Too bad it is cropped so much. I will get a better one next time but this is as far as I have gotten to date. I HOPE to finish the quilting tonight.|
|....and pretty maids, all in a row.|
|...a host of golden daffodils|
|..pansies are for thoughts|
|...inch by inch, row by row...|
|... yet another thought|
|Spikes on a serpent shape|
|Thinking of the Tomato Hornworm!|
|Little sea creatures|
|Later the same day. Started some quilting a la Zentangle.|
|Neat back side, eh!This is for Penny who loves backs- if she sees it!|
|...and another part of the back- just for fun. I like backs too.|
|Silk for the reemay. Wish I had intensified the blue.|
|The reemay just sitting on top of the silk. Love the colours so far.|
I decided, after much anguish, that I did NOT like the way I had finished the Urchin, so, one last time, here he is FINISHED!! No more tweaks. I am done! Fini!
I also added some little metal beads to the bare, empty spots to suggest sand grains. These are gorgeous little beads, faceted pewtery coloured and very sparkly in a delicate sort of way, given to me by a very kind friend!
I am a MUCH happier camper :-)
|Remounted and FINI|
|Little metal faceted beads added to the bare spots and out onto the binding|
|Bottom left hand corner|
"One small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind!" Remember that? Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon for the very first time and we all watched- MILLIONS of us. Then, eons ago, a single humanoid ancestor strolled along a muddy stream bank and left an imprint there for all time when the mud dried and the print became fossilized. He left us a tiny peek into his barefoot world. We walk alone. We walk with friends. We are constantly climbing the steps of the ladder to success- or trying to. Take care where you step because your steps may be indelible and not all marked trails lead to happy endings.
*PLEASE WATCH YOUR STEP*
|One small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind.|
|Fossilized footprint of an early human ancestor|
|In our life, we really always walk alone|
|How lovely to walk with a little friend though!|
|On our climb up the ladder of success, be careful where and how you step. We will ALL be watching.|
I am still debating about removing the background of the Sea Urchin. I am not totally pleased with it. Maybe I will just finish the Urchin himself. Once again, stay tuned - and prepare to be amazed..... or not ?
|My original drawing coloured with pencil crayons|
|Black and white , enlarged photocopy of my drawing|
|The painted reemay|
I am linked to the Needle and Thread Network with this one.
I THINK I am going to put the whole thing on another piece of fabric with batting. It has been a proper WIP as I have kind of had to make it up as I go. I DO know what I want and where I want to go, but I am still altering as I go along. Maybe it will be done by tomorrow ?
|The beading is all done now|
|A few closer looks at the detail|
|Still raggedy edges but now it wants to be bound and mounted nicely|