lots of paperwork and contracts to push around
lots of typing and "swearing" of documents
it took up a lot of my time
and one or two for our own tree
around the 10th December which is pretty late for me ...
but it looked lovely when it was finished
before it poured with rain (big blobs)
it was bitter cold too
we took shelter in a cafe on the seafront
where we steamed up the windows
with fish and chips and a mug of tea
then we did Christmas shopping
and admired the festive displays
in the shop windows in Fore Street
we had more tea
and a hot mince pie with Cornish clotted cream
in Madeleine's Tea Room
(necessary ... of course)
thank you for a lovely day Rosie ♥
in December ...
I made a seaside heart
the first one for a while ... and a little different
using some beautiful chiffon fabric my friend Cathie gave me
the chiffon had swirls of aqua sparkles which
made me think of waves and as it's been so windy
I was thinking how the winter wind
whips up the sea creating larger than usual "rollers"
the winter sea air carrying a saltiness
I layered it up with scrim, melted chiffons
and a little bit of my own hand dyed silk
free motion embroidery
lots of aqua and blue seed beads
and french knots
the beaded dangly is a "scrumble" of peyote
in various tones of aqua, sky blue and turquoise
with turquoise accent bead
so happy this heart sold to a lovely lady in the Channel Islands
in December I created lots of different beads
and I'm pleased to say I need to make more
(hopefully next week)
such lovely seaside colours
mid December I got mild shingles
and the week before Christmas got very stressful
feeling like our conveyancing was going to fall apart
it finally completed on 21st December
and we didn't get home until 23rd December
but once home I felt a whole load better
and had a very lovely, peaceful Christmas
we had some beautiful cards this year
so many featured snow and snowflakes
and were covered in glitter like cards from Christmas past
I love all the different silver snowflakes on this one
that make up the tree
this gorgeous one is Sally MacCabe's card for 2012
from her original painting
let it snow
I only managed to make a few hand made cards
and hand delivered them on Christmas Eve
an inch of snow - for Sally
some of my cards featured snow and snowflakes too
and I had coffee with Sally
mmm ... she does make a great cup of coffee!
then I popped in to see Lesley at Art Space with a card
and met her lovely mum
it was such a grey day ... cold fingers and toes ...
but the snowflakes on the gallery window gave me an idea ...
we haven't had any snow in St. Ives yet this winter
and it's quite a rare thing in this part of Cornwall
so I created some snow magic of my own
on my Christmas Eve photos of the harbour
St. Ives starlings are such friendly birds
it's possible to sit on the beach by the cafes
and hand feed them crumbs of cake ... they are so tame
Christmas arrived and I had some wonderful books
from my lovely friend Jo ♥
I was thrilled to receive Angie Lewin's "Plants and Places"
so very inspiring
dedicated to the coast and seaside finds
and from my darling hubby I received
Kim Thittichai's "Layered Textiles"
straight away this project jumped out at me
using painted bondaweb on canvas
it would lend itself to a seacape
loving this project that reminds me of the scrumble
of flotsam and jetsam I often find tangled up on the beach
sea glass mixed with seaweed and wire ... yummy!
demonstrations and explorations
a beautiful summer read
Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Lelant, which is only a few miles outside of St. Ives, so when she writes about Cornwall I can lose myself in her stories imagining that she is writing of St. Ives and this very pretty part of Cornwall. All of Cornwall is beautiful, of course, but this area of outstanding natural beauty has a very special pull
on my heart strings ... and yours too ... I know!
snowflakes in St. Ives
a very special day swapping pressies and cards
thank you so much for a lovely day Jo ♥
then we went for a winter walk in St. Ives taking photoswhich will be a base for textile art work for our exhibition
in The Library, St. Ives in March 2012
"inspired to stitch"
with a beautiful swap with Mimilove
isn't he gorgeous!!
and adorned with sequin flowers and a bell
in a stitched and stuffed budgie cage
he is so like a budgie called "Beauty" (that we had as kids)
who sat on top of the mirror looking down at himself
and telling himself he was a "pretty boy"
"Beauty, pretty boy"
I adore your gift - thank you ♥
well that's December and 2011 all caught up with
thank you for visiting and reading my ramblings
January is already looking good ...
hope you come back and visit again soon ♥