Friday 13 September 2013

Not one not two but 10!

Heads on the sunflower the birds so kindly planted from their food. What a bonus this is ,and it looks directly in my lounge window. Well my blogging friends what has the last 10 days held for you I wonder, for my it has brought a new haircut ,can you bear it?
And after.
Sorry about the pics . No one was home only Ollie so it was a case of do it yourself. I met Jack grandson in town yesterday ,gosh Nanny he said did you know your hair has fallen off!!
Well another event we attended this week and lots of pics beware. This is a first exhibition for this lady ,who I might add is wheelchair dependent. This is all felt work.
This was  the first piece that faced you as you walked in the hall. The flower arrangement really picked up the colours in the poppy piece.
But just inside the door was Horace playing the piano.
He is made entirely of felt.Martin got a good one of him face on but I did not get him to put it in my photo gallery so you have to make do with a side on view.
Some of the different types of fleece used. The blue bowl on the right is fleece and dog fur. It was a fabulous exhibition and I could have spent a fortune. Story you have heard many times before!

This was sheep !!!! and it was done on hessian with a driftwood type frame. VERY nice.

This  was my favourite I think but a price tag of £350 was a little too much to spend on a day out. The one on the right of the picture was a winter scene of trees and the one on the left was more of a in full leaf one.
The poppies Irises and sunflowers took my eye.
They looked so effective against the white background,
She had also done clematis and a scene featuring all sorts of garden flowers.
This was the view from the doorway into the hall.
A very talented lady name of Di Pattinson. I am debating on if to do a workshop with her. I could not come home empty handed and now my little yellow bowl sits in my  kitchen /dining room.
So that was my trip out this week.I wonder where I will take you next.
Now for the stitchy news. I have finished Faith but not into the finished state yet. I have to get all the sheep done first . Sally and I are really enjoying these sheepie virtues.
Sorry it is a bit fuzzy , and I have not touched a drop.October wordplay is under way so I shall show you next time. Garden Pleasures that I am stitching in the parlour over at Needlecraft Haven has not had a picture taken of this weeks progress but here is last weeks. A few more flowers have appeared this week.
I have picked up from the box of abandonment, Quaker Diamonds as my Strictly Come Dancing piece for this year again. The progress I made last week is letters on the right hand side a few little motifs and the side of the big diamond.
As you may remember this is being stitched over one.I am hoping to get in sight of the gliitterball again this year as I won it last year and think if I can get to the final I will be happy!!!
If you want to join in ,I am sure if you have an abandoned project Miss Julie and Mr Stick will welcome you over at Needlecraft Haven on UFO NIGHT STRICTLY. Miss Julie is a sweetie and Mr. Stick keeps us on our toes. You will have to become a member of NH but I am sure if you get touch with Clare who keeps us all in order you will be more than happy to join our happy band. She has a blog so you could get in touch with her here.
This evening I am starting the Jardin Prive Sal La Pensee Positve part 1. IT has SHEEP!! on it and my friend Sally is joining me too. So an update on that next time.
I have been  a little naughty ,only a little and got a little bit of stash. I had these arrive this week

I have heard good reports about the Before I go to sleep one . I read the Remarkable Creatures book from Tracy Chevalier about Mary Anning and the fossils she found in Lyme Regis ,which is just along the coast from us. The blurb on the back reads . Honor Bright is a sheltered Quaker who has rarely ventured out of 1850s Dorset when she impulsively emigrates to America. There is more so I shall tell you what I think when I have read it. I also have 3 more coming (oops) . This week I also had the pattern of Lizzie Kate Great things and the threads. Threads also for the Jardin sal.This I hought on Wednesday ,what is it about the autumn  and the need for wool and needles, again I am going to try to learn to crochet,

If you remember I bought a book about making mug rugs ,argh tearing my hair out here , what I have left after it all fell off! I have cut and tried to piece it together twice and still cannot get it straight . I WILL ,I WILL NOT give up!!
So now I have given you a taste of what I have been up to I will away to put the cake away I made earlier for my better half-a Delias eggless Marmalade cake. I see the mouse has already had a smidgeon off the end., would you like a piece before he eats it all!!

 Thankyou for reading the maeanderings of an old blogger and commenting too , such lovely people you are. 
Take care hugs and love from


cucki said...

Aww such a sweet post,,,
Beautiful flowers and very pretty stitching
Hugs x

marly said...

Very interesting felt work. Love the new hair.

Cath said...

Lovely pics Barb .
Your hair looks great .
Funnily enough , I have got the knitting out today ,lol.

Simply Victoria said...

Such a creative art exhibition! Your stitching works look fine. Cute hair cut too.

Karyn said...

I looove the new hairdo Barb, it suits you!

The pics form the exhibition, took my breath away with both the beauty and the materials...OMG! What talented artisans,...thank you for sharing them with us.

Your WIPs and knitting are beautiful, especially Quaker Diamonds over (gulp) one :) What a fun group your happy band of UFO stitchers are, and what a great idea! If I ever find myself across the pond and in your neighborhood I just may have to call Miss Julie...but Mr. Stick sounds kinda scary, lol.

The book sounds great, I may just have to pick it up after I finish my current mystery.

Your cake looks delicious...I would most definitely looove a pice! LOL, thanks

Have a great weekend

Kate said...

Loving the new haircut Barb.
That exhibition looks stunning, there are so many talented people. I'm guessing there must be a fair amount of patience required building the designs up.
I may be joining you all on Saturdays soon - we're away this weekend, next weekend we take oldest DS to university followed by an evening wedding reception. But after that I think I'm free.
I'm waiting for my threads for the Jardin Privee SAL, hopefully I can catch up with you and Sally

jane said...

Love the new hairdo Barb.
That feltwork is amazing, what a talented lady. I love your little bowl.
Good luck with the crochet, it's easy once you get the hang of it.
Beautiful stitching, I am undecided about the Jardin Prive SAL, I have so much to stitch!

jane said...

Love the new hairdo Barb.
That feltwork is amazing, what a talented lady. I love your little bowl.
Good luck with the crochet, it's easy once you get the hang of it.
Beautiful stitching, I am undecided about the Jardin Prive SAL, I have so much to stitch!

Michelle said...

Yes I agree the hairdo suits you Barb - such lovely photos. I particularly love the Quaker Diamond piece of stitching - looking forward to seeing that grow xx

Christine said...

Love the new haircut Barb.
I';ve got sunflowers on my kitchen windowsill, not a free gift from the birds like yours, an impulse buy at the co-op, but they are lovely.
I am amazed by all that gorgeous felt work, just stunning, and I really like the little bowl that made it home with you. It looks as if it was made just to be on your table.
I find myself thinking about picking up the knitting too, it always happens when the nights start to draw in.

Catherine said...

So much to see and red about! Love the new cut, the sunflowers and wow, that exhibition is amazing! You have to find that pic of the face!!
Love your stitches!

Clare-Aimetu said...

I love your new haircut Barb, and what a lovely show.

I hope there will be some cake left for the Parlour :-)

butterfly said...

What a lovely post, love your hair cut the sunflowers the birds have done the same in my garden a real bonus.
I am also stitching the new SAL so pretty.
Cake looks yummy and your stitching looks wonderful.

Tina said...

Hi Barb,lovely blog are looking so slim,the haircut really suits you.
The exhibition looks amazing some very talented people.
Love sunflowers,I've got a freebie one too in a hanging basket!
Lovely stitching,and before I go to sleep is brilliant

Tina xx

Sue said...

Love the new haircut Barb and the stitching is lovely. What beautiful things on display at the show, such a lot of talent and the yellow bowl is so pretty.

Carol said...

Lovely new haircut, Barb--that is about the length of mine, too :) What an incredible felt work exhibit--the man at the piano is amazing!! Who knew you could make all of those things out of felt!

Lovely stitching--really looking forward to seeing your October Wordplay :)

Julie said...

You look wonderful, the new haircut really suits you. A stunning exhibition, your new bowl is perfect with your table runner. Stitching is all so lovely, QD is looking super.
Mmm the cake looks very tasty, I bet that went down a treat with a cuppa.

Mouse said...

yup love the new hair cut ... the felt flowers are gorgeous and the price tag *gulp
cute wee bowl and yes you ought to try for a lesson ...
well done on the stitching front and good luck with the crocheting :)
and whoops sorry couldn't resist the cake love mouse xxxxxx

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