Thursday, 15 May 2014

May 15th 2014

Hello people..I haven't been writing much recently.. just too much going on and I'm still coping with bereavement which meant that something had to give. However, I decided I missed this too much so will try to catch up with recent news, albeit a bit at a time. Slightly excited to be doing a craft table this summer at a summer fair type event so much of my spare time has gone on making and creating. However, jumping back a little....




A few weeks ago I went to the golden wedding party of some very dear friends who meant a lot to me when I was a teenager. At the time they were a young married couple with four little children who somehow managed to find the time to host a youth group in their home after church on Sunday evenings. The fact that I didn't attend church didn't seem to matter..they opened their home to us and opened my eyes to many creative ideas. There was always something interesting going on there: guest speakers, talks about crop circles (a new phenomena then!), trips to the countryside and so on...and unlimited access to their record collection! Jean used to make jewellery and Alan used to be into paper sculpture and archaeology. I used to babysit their children, which now I look back on as an amazing leap of trust. I hadn't seen them for some years but we have always exchanged hand-made Christmas cards and kept in touch. It was so lovely to see them again at the golden wedding party..the children I babysat are now adults with children of their own but as I sat with two of them at the party the years slipped away and we spent a lovely afternoon reminiscing about the old days. Of course I had to make my own Golden Wedding card for the day (and a few extra whilst I was in creative mood)..  I experimented with a swirly heart stamp I had found at one of the Creative Crafts & Hobbycraft events and tried making the hearts in two ways...embossing in gold (on the left below) and also using gold leaf then tearing the edges and finishing them off with gold paint...



So, this is how they ended up..the embossed one is on the left and the gold leaf again on the right. After a bit of deliberating and asking a few people I settled on giving the embossed card to Jean and Alan. I hope they liked it..


                    We had a lovely meal, including a delicious lemon cheesecake dessert..



                                      ...a lovely special couple and a very special day...



Whilst I'm in heart theme mode here are some pierced paper hearts I made a couple of months ago which I hope some time to get around to mounting onto greetings cards..who knows, at this rate they may be ready in time for next Valentine's Day!


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I was sad to hear of the death of Tony Benn  a few weeks ago and whilst flicking through holiday photos recently I was reminded of this portrait of him by Andrew Tift which I saw a few times in the National Portrait Gallery in London. A great portrait of a great man...






Last month there was a wonderful exhibition in our local botanical gardens at Treborth, just next to Menai Bridge. Called Plantlife Patchwork Meadow Exhibition it was a celebration of Britain's wild flowers. Here are just a few of the embroideries...














             The beauty in simple things..the almost sculptural loveliness of a simple
box of cotton buds. Thank you Poundland!


                                                            (Spot the rogue blue one!)



Oops, time is running away with me and I have a class to teach in an hour and a half so I must love you and leave you..tonight my class is finishing off beach hut paintings then we'll be painting sunset skies and seagull silhouettes..a summer seaside mentality is the theme of the moment..happy happy pictures. I wish I could show you the lovely work the service users create but client confidentiality prevails. Ciao for now!!