Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Tuesday 19th March 2013    




Stages of wreath....     

I came across these foam wreaths in packs of three at The Range just before Christmas and had intended the make Xmas wreaths at work with my clients but other projects took longer than expected and I was left with the foam rings.Hmm, what to do with them.I do get fed up with having a garage stuffed with things I've bought and not ended up using. So, last week I thought an Easter wreath but then thought I would probably have to put it away after Easter which would be a shame after a lot of hard work.In the end I kept to a more general flower effect...



I had seen various crocheted wreaths online and thought "how hard can it be".  I worked out that a long strip of double crochet with 14 stitches per row made a good fit. Then I sewed the strip around the ring (a bit fiddly but at least the stitching is hidden at the back)and joined the two ends,all with over-stitching then added a little chain stitch hook for hanging...



I had quite a few crochet flowers left over from my experiments and brooch-making just around Christmas so I added various buttons I've got in one of my many toffee tins ( I NEVER throw away those Roses or Quality Street chocolate tins )..I'm pretty sure these buttons came from The Works. It was a job of minutes to sew the flowers onto the wreath...


The decision next was whether to fill in the gaps with more flowers or add leaves.I had tried before to make leaves without success but had another look and found a pattern I could manage.With hindsight I wish I had made the leaves in blue shades as the green leaves tilts the overall colour to a more green effect...and you know how I LOVE my blues..though for a first attempt it's not bad. It's hanging in my hall now,at least for the time being. I THINK I'm pleased with it..sometimes you just need a break from working on something to really see it.


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It was my daughter's birthday this week. It was quite hard finding anything for her as she is going through an "anti-consumerist" phase which is all well and good but makes it hard to treat her, especially at this time of year as it's a bit cold for day-trips or beach picnics. Anyway, I was having a clear-out recently and came across this lovely tapestry she made from a kit when she was about 16 and it had been sitting in the back of a cupboard (luckily not eaten by moths!) I used an old sheet in strong cream cotton (recycled,whew..can't be criticised there!) and made a backing to the tapestry to form a cushion.I gave it to her on her birthday and she seemed really pleased. Lovely isn't it?!


Of course there were other gifts.. I found this great Windsor & Newton wooden easel with a drawer containing a set of oil paints, a palette, 2 palette knives and a soft pencil. This was only £10 from a charity shop and had never been opened so it was a very lucky find.I was tempted to keep it for myself as it's so nice.However, along with four canvases, a bottle of turps and a bottle of linseed oil it made a lovely present for Sophie.


She enjoys French cinema and I stumbled across this wonderful film, "Monsieur Lazhar",  on Amazon  which came just in time for her birthday. We watched it together the other night..it's a very moving story about a teacher and his class..I won't say more in case you ever want to watch it but I do recommend it...


My final gift to her was a CD of Chopin piano pieces..hoping it will remind her of a wonderful afternoon we spent in Le Jardin Du Luxembourg in Paris..we were footsore and tired out but then we stumbled across a free orchestral concert of the most beautiful music..so perfect it made me cry. We sat in this lovely park, old men playing chess under the trees, children sailing wooden yachts on the pond..the most beautiful little snack bar that looked like it belonged in a fairytale.. one of those magical days you remember for the rest of your life.



By the way..talking of charity shops..I went into Oxfam the other week and spotted this wonderful old-fashioned typewriter. Isn't it gorgeous? I just wanted to take it home with me. At £150 that was sadly an extravagance too far but still, wonderful to see...a passion begun with the little Petite toy typewriter I had as a child...


Back down to earth (literally), with a bump..the garden is a real jungle after I neglected it so much last year, apart from the fact that everything is starting to grow and needs the usual spring pruning. I made a start cutting back the buddleias which should have been done a month ago..I managed to tackle two of them along with a lot of hedge and tree pruning..I even found a 12-foot-long bramble. A good start but plenty more to do.. 



Up in the pond there is a veritable orgy at the moment! It has been so cold I expected all the frogspawn to have died of frost but no, happily there is plenty still alive in there and I'm anticipating a lot of tiny froglets hopping around the vegetable patch this summer.  :-)



I wish you could all be here in my living room right now and able to share to scent of these hyacinths..a wonderful sweet talcum powder scent is filling the air. All for now, ciao. xx