dinsdag 31 juli 2018

forced rest

The last half of July has been quiet,
it has been a forced rest :
hardly any work has come out of my hands.
Pain high up in my back makes it hard to do any
felting, stitching, knitting, crochet ...
even cooking ..... (but Man is a great help !!!)

I have had backache before,
but most probably it was triggered this time
by all the heavy watering cans that brought my garden relief
in the HOT  SUMMER  DAYS !
(It's really too hot and too dry over here)

So the new necklace I had started earlier
is progressing  V E R Y     s..l..o..w..l..y 
Even sitting in a straight-back chair
I have to stop after one or two stitched beads ...
at last

Still need to make a closure.


Though it was most of the time too 
to come outside,
the garden was lovely in the morning these last few days.
Counting butterflies for the "Vlinderstichting"
for ten days, so they know in the end
a bit more, which butterflies go where ...
I was lucky :

a Swallowtail (Koninginnepage)
in our garden, a rare visitor !
(and I lucky, catching it like this !)

Despite the heat,
daughter has been very busy at her sewing machine !

is nearly finished !

(and a little trolley bag will be transformed
into "Toothless" )

YES, she's góód !


woensdag 18 juli 2018

18 - 7 - 18

Some fishy business ...

These last few days I've been busy felting fishes.

On Saturday August 18, I will have a stall

Because Zierikzee is so close to the sea
I thought I should make some fishes to take with me there.

(I made some fishes before, but there was only one left)

It's hard to believe I made a tiny ("pink") fish last October
with the template that lies on the blue/yellow one ...

Fish in progress ...

(no logic in it : but these fish are drying ...)


Daughter is making a new outfit
for her youngest when they go to Castle Fest
the first Sunday in August :
last year (you might remember) he was a dragon ...
Now he will be "Hiccup" the dragon rider !!!
(from "How to train your dragon 2"  from DreamWorks)

part one

(the original)

A very skillful daughter,
a shop with not too expensive fabrics,
a tiny bit of my stash,
and a lot of time
what a fierce dragon rider our grandson will be !

zondag 15 juli 2018

stitching in the sun

The weather is  w a r m .
I can hardly remember the last time it rained ...
(a week ago some very light drizzle ...
but you couldn't call that rain, when you asked the plants !)
Luckily there's water next to our garden !
So a lot of heavy watering cans every morning and evening.

Stitching is fine
(though in the shadow of the sunscreen !)

Silk, cotton, rayon and some beads on bourette silk

And because I had some more of that silk
I made a cuff too

Youngest grandson helped with another present
for the teacher that he is leaving.
The group he was is is called "the Guppies"
so his mom knitted six (his age now) little fishes.
He wanted to have hearts attached to them :
three silver ones (from my stash) and three he made himself,
of shrinking foil !
(Krimpie Dinkie)

The shrinking foil was such fun
that he made some more !

(the cat he kept for himself !!!)

Just saw something AMAZING on another blog :
the Gaia Mother Tree 
by the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto
in the main railway station of Zürich, Switserland !

(more pictures on this blog !)
and here too !

woensdag 4 juli 2018


We're already in the second half of the year ...
time flies.

I've been busy making new textile jewels,
bigger ones than my Pink Ribbon's this time,
using all kind of textile "beads".
Like the ones in the last post.
The bright blue one is finished
and another pale blue one.
Little pieces of black-and-white fabric
are waiting to become the next one.
(I'll have a Textile-art Market in August
and one in September)

But today daughter was busy on my sewing machine
to make a farewell present
for the schoolteacher of her youngest.
The children that move to the next grade
did some drawing with textile crayons !

The teacher can lean on a sweet memory cushion.

While most of us enjoy the warm sunny weather
the garden is longing for a good bit of rain.
The drought gives already problems :
like forest fires, trees losing their leaves,
yellow lawns, desperate farmers ...

We heard of birds leaving their nests and young
in the eastern part of the country,
but here some of them are doing still fine !

A young blackbird waiting by our front door
for mum or dad to come with something juicy.

The grebe family passed by in the water.

Must be hard to find any fish under the duckweed ...

And this evening, just before we had our outside dinner,
a bunch of eight blue tits came by to forage
in the garden : no corner or crevice remained unexamined !

(ha, one even sat on my (still empty) dinner plate !)


So all the young ones seem rather happy here !