Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Scenes from a construction site.

I've been busy recently assessing fabric and chopping up paper preparing to make a patchwork "picture" for Sophers to auction off with the larger quilt Ma is making to help raise funds for the trip she is taking with about 15 young people to Uganda. It has been inspired by the one I did in greens for Mum and Dad for Christmas for their dining room.

There are about 80 squares here about 2cm by 2cm... it too a while - all done by hand.

The dining room currently looks like a construction site with squares made out of off-cuts from other quilts, African fabrics and a large amount of paper strewn everywhere!

This is how far it's got so far... there are three different sizes of fabric (all from Africa) from 1.5 cm square to 6 cm square... I must be mad

Ahh well - when it's finished it'll make more sense I'm sure - I've a fab bit that is a suitcase and this one that looks like a butterfly (from Jenny) that I'll incorporate and frame too - very colourful, but Sophers recon's very suitable (she should know she's been and brought back some of the fabric)

Then there is this - I treated myself to a stack of Kaffe Fassett, Martha Negley and Philip Jacobs fabric... I'm going to have to make something fab, plus find someone to give the offcuts one too when its finished, I think most people I know have something made by Mum and/or myself!!

Anyhow - It's time for tea, this time from my lovely teacup and saucer from Zandra Rhodes (my favourite things collection) Plus to start planning what I'm going to do next week.... I'm off work again AND ... well... it's my birthday next week too.....

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

The Blogger's Assistant!

I had mean't this to be a different post than it is, but to be honest, I thought I'd better show you what I'm looking at whilst trying to do this post

Cute, ain't he... he keeps on coming round for a cuddle, I've had to abandon the first attempt at posting because he walked over the keyboard - nutter that he is. Bless Dougal - you really are taking after your namesake at the moment, what with the rollerblading, thickness and fear of nuns....!!!(only joking about the nuns bit - he is like Father Dougal his namesake in the stupid stakes though...!) these are small.... those are far away...

Anyhow, I digress!!!

I hope everyone had a marvellous weekend. Sophers and I went to Wales, a lovely little place between Capel Curig and Bedgellert. We sat round a campfire (well two really - v cold!) watched Sopher's friend firebreathing and I had a go at a didgeridoo!

Thanks to the lovely Sarah (yes another one - we get everywhere!) for the photo's - I forgotted my camera

We took our mbira's and we played for the gathered throng, although it was very cold and gloves soon were put back on!!! It was a beautiful place though and I can't wait to go back for a proper trip when it's a tad warmer!!!!

The weather might be cold, but it has its advantages, like fab sunsets! On my return home from work yesterday I took this from my front step - even in the most urban of environments, it's easy to appreciate the fabulous colours this sky paints for us don't you think? Have a Happy Wednesday....!

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

I've got a new book....

Really... that's unusual Sarah! I hear you cry...

I've been in a complete creative slump recently, and in my - much talked about - done nothing about - effort to kick myself out of it, I got this book, to administer the much needed kick up the Arse-ne Wenger (sorry...can't swear it's Lent)

Well I'm liking it so far, I've been drawing mugs and chairs and even people I'm excellent at eyebrows I have discovered, so if you want a badly executed drawing of yourself - with excellent eyebrows - you know the woman to ask! However, I want to do something I'm better at, I have tasks to do to make things for the Africa night (will tell you more) but I want something to do that I want to do and this is where I'm stuck...... my hands are idle - bad sign - you know what they say about the devil and idle hands AND it's Lent too, so please help, save this nutter from herself and tell her what to make!

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

What is making me giggle in a very childlike manner today!!!!

Has anyone seen this - oh the giggling!!!!!!


Wednesday, 6 February 2008

It was eighty years ago today....

It has been brought to my attention that eighty years ago today, women in the UK, for the first time, were given the same rights as men to vote . To the brave women (and men) who fought to make this possible, we can't thank you in person, but we can remember what you did and every time we put a mark on a ballot paper realise how far we've come. It may not be a perfect system, but we have our say. Here's hoping that everyone will one day have the right and freedom to do so.