I thought I would squeeze in one more post before the year is over, having had a wonderful Christmas, despite having a rotten cold before Christmas and now having a chesty cough approaching the year end.
One thing I have been doing for years is to design my own Christmas cards, it is rare that I have any left over and so I don't always have a record of the cards I have done. So I thought that this would be a good opportunity to record this year's cards. The cards have varied over the years, sometimes they were stitched or beaded but now I have less energy I usually either take a photograph, if the opportunity presents itself, or I paint and then photograph something from my sketchbook. This year I designed two cards from my sketchbook - on both designs there is a little bit of fabric. On the card on the left the little house has a house made from organza and on the card on the right I have overlaid a strip of organza across the card between the trees and the field giving it a misty feel and the bird's head is printed on organza. I photographed both pictures and then went onto the moo.com website to have them printed.
Christmas itself was lovely - I spent most of it laughing as I found someone with a very similar sense of humour to myself but to add to that my lovely husband bought me this painting by Jelena Lukic - I hope I have spelt it right. I have always been a very light sleeper and often remember my dreams and occasionally suffer from nightmares. I thought this picture was just perfect - it is so dream like, I love how the horse's ears become the sails of a boat and the dribbles of paint that are it's legs as if it only became a horse when the paint ran. I had the strangest dream last night - it was very vivid - I dreamt that we had an infestation of insects - they weren't bees but they were stripped like bees - I dreamt they were living in the armchair in the corner of our bedroom - they were all over the floor and I thought I must deal with it. I was very relieved when I woke to find it was just a dream.