© Carolyn Saxby

welcome ... and thank you for stopping by ...
please enjoy this slideshow with my best wishes
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I'm glad that the new year brings optimism and opportunity to make fresh starts
so much to catch up with ... always

I wish you all the happiest of starts to the New Year
blessings to all in 2015 ...

29 November 2014

knitted tangles, beach ribbons and pebble textures

a day at the beach never fails to inspire ...
and you can never be quite sure what the sea will wash up for your delectation

one fine summer day this year ... I found fragments of tightly knitted tangles
perhaps a busy fishermen snagged his sweater on his boat 
I wonder at the journeys such items travel before they come ashore
entwined with beach ribbons of kelp and bladderwrack

this discovery ... made me want to unpack my needles and find winter grey wool
to knit a fine piece of grey knitting... just because I can

after moving house in the summer ... I am still slowly unpacking my materials
slowly finding some order in my studio and arranging my projects in a pleasing way
I am enjoying taking my time with this ...

pebble colours and textures continue to inspire and fill my thoughts
yes ... I am a pebble collector

I sent a pebble to a dear friend ...
a friendship pebble in a small collectible tin full of little treasures

my friend Cathy Cullis sent me this beautiful painting
from her "Messengers" series but painted especially for me ... 
it's called "the pebble collector"


you can just see that lovely dreamer house so close to the beach ...
just like my new home ... only a few steps to the water's edge
in Mousehole

you can see my house in this photo ... it's not grey like Cathy's imaginary house ...
but mine is a dreaming house ... a forever house I think

Mousehole has to be one of the most picturesque and beautiful villages in Cornwall
I find it to be such a relaxing, peaceful place and I love my new home very much
gratefully, there is much to explore and photograph in 2015

the past few days we've had very strong southerly winds
throwing up very high tidal waves over the harbour walls

I love that changes in the weather mean that every day there are new things to notice
each and every morning the day starts differently
I find myself grabbing my camera before anything else
to capture the sunrise, the colourful skies, the colour of the sea
the changing tones of the lichen on the rooftops
the weather itself, the tides, the birds ... so much inspiration

beautiful in all weathers ...

I am still very much in touch with my beloved St. Ives and have many friends there
I can drive to St. Ives whenever I want and visit the beaches and galleries
I am still a member of St. Ives Arts Club and I am a founding member
of St. Ives Textiles (working out of Porthmeor Studios) from September 2014
... so I feel I really do have the best of both worlds

I am very happy to be a part of St. Ives Textiles
and we will be exhibiting in St. Ives during the September Festival 2015
to be held at {St. Ives School of Painting} Porthmeor Studios, St. Ives

I shall also be working towards a show of fine art textiles (all new work)
at St. Ives Arts Club in early November 2015
so there is much to focus on as we move into the new year

 at this time of year ... thoughts turn to new projects
and unfinished ones too!

 I hope to revisit and complete all the things I had begun to share here
and didn't get around to sharing (finished) for one reason or another

thanks for following along and for visiting today
I am truly grateful for your friendship
and I'll leave you with these tangles while I go and find grey wool

22 November 2014

finding inspiration in nature

a very happy Saturday to you all

just popping by to share this inspirational video extract (which I found via twitter)
it features the work of a favourite artist of mine, Kurt Jackson, and also the work of artist Michael Porter
who is new to me ... but I'm so glad to have discovered his beautiful artwork and photography

both artists share how they are inspired by nature and their surroundings
and, of course, I share Michael Porter's love of collecting and gathering ...
pebbles, stones, feathers, twigs, berries for dyeing, pressing flowers etc.
whenever I am able to manage a walk out with my camera
so completely understand where he is coming from
and how colours layers and textures influence his work

I hope you find the video inspiring and beautiful ...

extracts from BBC Art and Design documentary directed and edited by Richard Hughes

I have been posting a little on twitter and flicker again ...
I never used to like twitter very much but the opportunity to share photos there has improved tremendously
and flickr has always been a favourite place where I've enjoyed presenting my work and photography
it's a start ... a way back to the way things were ...

thank you for reading today ... have a good weekend

20 November 2014

day break

day break ... and some light at the end of a dark year
beginning to work on new things again ...

29 October 2014

sometimes ...

just stopping by to thank everyone for their patience with me while I had to take a break from online activities.
life changed in such a massive way for me on 19th February 2014 ...
and I'm still not ready to publicly share that part of my life

since February, I have had hardly any time for myself, my art or to keep in touch.  I think of you all but I get only "snatches" of time and moments here and there to write.  Sometimes, I pop by your blogs (but you may not know that) and read a little late at night.  I admire your artistic journeys and take pleasure from seeing all the creativity out there.  Sometimes, I get a moment to "like" photos on flickr, facebook, twitter and other online places.  Sometimes, I spend a moment or two looking at the peaceful artwork of my favourite artists ...

this lovely video shares the work of one of my favourite landscape artists, Stewart Edmondson,
and how he is inspired by, and interacts with, nature as he paints

it's so peaceful ... what an amazing talent Stewart has

I have decided that I must not rush back ...
so I hope you will bear with me while this break is necessary in my life at the moment

I'm sorry that I am not able to reply to personal messages, emails and comments at this time
but I'm doing the best I can and do hope to be back here in the future
sharing new work and, hopefully, inspiring projects as I see them

enjoy every moment of the season ...
wet leaves, dew drops, spider's webs, windfall fruits,
berries and late summer flowers ... drying ... turning colours
misty mornings, twinkling starlight and dusky evenings ...

thank you

17 February 2014

winter morning and fish shanties

inspired by a cold winter morning at the beach

 with thanks to the artists featured here for their beautiful art and photography:

what a beautiful weekend we had weather wise
still very cold ... but bright and sunny {and hardly any rain}

I wanted to go to the beach ...
it's been so long since I last went beach combing

instead I had a very happy time presenting and photographing the rooms in my cottage
for the estate agents' sales particulars ... making the most of the sunshine

inevitably, serendipitous collections of things pile up in my studio
which sometimes inspire a photograph ... in this case a jar photo

I haven't forgotten that I have still to post about the jar project
and the very special last jar ... it will contain materials I will use in a
very special limited edition zine with original pieces of hand stitched textiles
collections from the jar project and photographs presented in different ways
it's been an exciting project and one that still inspires occasionally

definitely more on that later ...

my work room is now converted back to a clean, smart, fully functional bedroom again
I have moved my textiles table to the dining room
and have limited myself to one {huge} bag of fabrics
plus sewing machine and the {mixed media) contents of 5 double cupboards
so that I can continue working while showing the cottage

while clearing out I found these bits and pieces
that were intended for Tag Tuesday art tags
... the themes of "travel" "fish" and "the roaring twenties"
and {ooops} that's as far as they got

but I think I may try and get them done next week
as I'm starting a new 45 week art sketchbook project with my sister

we will be experimenting with texture and layers, creating textures
and backgrounds for art work but working mainly in our sketchbooks
it will be the ideal push I need to catch up with all of my Tag Tuesday tags
which I will probably share on Love Stitching Red each week

this new project starts on Wednesday 26th February
and the 45 weeks take us up to Wednesday 31 December ... a nice ending

the rest of this week I will be working on some custom orders, finishing up some things
I am making as gifts and preparing new work for my etsy update on 28th February
always busy, busy, busy

thanks always for stopping by and reading my rambles ♥

16 February 2014

beyond the racing black clouds

I haven't had much spare time to write anything here the past couple of weeks
there has been rather a lot going on in all areas of my life

the stormy windy weather has been truly dreadful and scary
so I haven't felt like venturing out very much ...
instead I've been keeping busy with my sketchbooks, painting and stitching
making lots of valentines hearts and updating my etsy shop this past week

on top of everything my hubby and I were just casually house hunting
when we saw a house that we quite liked
so now we are in the early throws of moving and packing
and I find myself juggling a great many things ...

it's early days ... so I won't say too much about it now
but I think the time is right to make that next life changing move
which is very exciting and hopefully a happy and stress-free one

here's a little film showing the tidal surges into St. Ives harbour
it was filmed by St. Ives Community TV
during one of the storms last week ... we've had so many storms recently
there has been no let up at all until this weekend
much of the country has been hit far worse than us and
I feel truly sorry for those whose lives have been affected by the floods
and hope and pray that everyone can stay safe until all this is over


take care everyone ♥

7 February 2014

uplifting blue skies and sunshine

all this morning ... uplifting sunshine and blue skies
a most welcome break in the weather and so nice to have
some proper light in which to work and take photographs

I'll be updating my etsy shop later this afternoon with a selection of new hearts
a new snowy one in white and silver with snowflakes
a Paris love heart and one with a beach combing / rock pool theme
and I'm happy to reserve if you contact me

now back to my stitching while I have lovely light in my studio
hope you are sharing this sunshine too ♥