Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A Creative Merry Christmas

I have been waiting for a bright day to take some photographs to add to my blog - the light levels have been so bad during November and December and it has been hard to feel inspired to stitch, although I have continued with my altered book and have taken up my knitting needles to knit a throw for the settee.  However, yesterday and today we had a few rays of sunlight - just enough to snap the following pictures  - below are the lovely rays of creativity made by my friends Corinne, Lynne and Gill - thank you - how wonderful - perfect presents.  And my gorgeous early Christmas present from Don.  

Corinne made this lovely little paper mache bird which is perched on the wonderful plant support that Lynne made for the garden and Gill made this pretty little cotton reel purse.  


Below is my early Christmas present from Don - this lovely sculpture by Sarah Jenkins on my favourite subject of landscape - I love the marks in the foreground and the shapes, especially of the barns on the horizon.

Heres looking forward to another creative year ahead and being inspired by others.

Friday, 11 December 2015

A Choir of Angels

With Christmas speeding towards us at an alarming rate, the Billericay Girls wanted their  2015 Christmas decoration project.  I call her the grumpy angel - she has so much to do and she isn't getting any younger.  She can be a centre piece for the table to remind everyone how busy she has been or she can simply grace your mantel piece.

My effort is on the left - the basic angel pattern is cut from pelmet vilene and then decorated.  Her   halo is made from tomato puree tube, her wings are covered in a black gold lamé with beading, her dress is made of silk, her arms covered in silk velvet, she is threaded onto a stick which runs through the centre of the cotton reels on which she is mounted.  And finally when looking for something to add to her dress I found my mothers old rosary which I thought perfect - a reminder of those we miss.

On the right are all the Angels that were made by the girls together with the origami Christmas trees which Kirsten kindly demonstrated.