Sunday, June 21, 2015

I've been bad.........

saw a tutorial, wrote down the instructions and didn't make a note of the blog.      I thought it would make a fun day with "The Girls"  and it did, so if anyone recognises the home of this tutorial please let me know.
This is the fun table
and this is the result.
Mine have found a home here
On top of my print tray which is slowly being filled.

Last weekend the weather being too disappointing to go to Kentwell we took ourselves off to Margate, not a seaside day either but we went to see the Grayson Perry Exhibition at the Turner Contemporary.  It was very good, so well displayed so that you could walk right round the vases. We treated ourselves to fish and chips, well it was the seaside.I didn't take any photographs in the exhibition but did take a few,
a dog having a wonderful time playing hide and seek with his own reflection. We watched for ages, he was having such fun, running away and pouncing back.
Gorgeous green

A whimsical lady
and two ancient Minion relations. So looking forward to to new film.

I love the seaside, the tide was in when we arrived but when we left the harbour looked like this.  Wonderful colours everywhere even on a dull day. 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Ye gods........

nearly half way through June...... running catch up as usual these days....

Apparently costs have driven the Prism exhibition away from the, oh so convenient, Mall Galleries to the backstreets of the East End. There were a few exhibits we liked.

Two apologies, one for the poor photographs and two for not making a note note of the artists which is really annoying.
This one is part of an exhibit  by Bea Sewell, all in closed back boxes ready to reveal their secrets of mementoes of her life.
The venue was round the corner from the Geffrye Museum where you can walk through time in different rooms from the 1600s to the 1990s. It also has this lovely garden room,
which we though would make a rather good workroom. I wish!.
The grounds are lovely too with magnificent trees.
We had a peek in Jessie Chorley's shop,
Loved this bunting.
A visit to the East End wouldn't complete without some graffitti. How about this one?

I have actually made something which is now on my workroom door. It started with a stip of canvas, continued on a "and then" basis not knowing what the end product was going to be.  Totally useless article but great fun.
and I have spent some time in the garden where the roses are just coming to there first flush,
DH is improving daily but just in case we can't make it  the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is on line this year. Saves the queues but still hoping to go for real.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


I am sorry for the long silence.  DH has been in hospital and that has been taking all my energies.  Happily is now home and hopefully will soon be back to normal. 

This morning I found this

It is on show at the British Library until the 28th July so I hope I can get up to see it. The Magna Carta exhibition is on until September.  Having very definite London withdrawal symptoms at the moment.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It's in the print.......

On Friday my daughter arrived for her Dad's birthday with a wonderful present for me.
A bag full of old newspaper.  The newspaper was found when she had some windows replaced and is dated May 2, 1922.   It was a copy of "The Star"  a tabloid London evening Newspaper which just happens to be the evening sister paper of the News Chronicle where I worked when I first came down from the north, unfortunately it closed a few months after I arrived.
I worked in the newspaper library. Every morning the Librarian would mark  the articles to be cut from all the newspapers and then in the afternoon these were filed in manilla envelopes. The men did the news and the girls did the people, we each had a section of the alphabet, can't remember mine exactly but I know I had the P's as I remember filing Judge Pennycuik(because of the unusual name) I hated the Daily Telegraph because it use to continue  it's stories onto another page, double cutting.
So a few memories in the bag. Breakfast in the Black and White Milk Bar on a Saturday morning.  Felt very sophisticated and exciting.
This image from Getty Images ( breach of copyright intended) is a good few years earlier but it hadn't changed much.

I have just started to try and straighten the pieces as best I can, very careful ironing,  it is very brittle of course and could take a while but today has unearthed a few treasures.  Some intriguing headlines

 and one that I sent to my "touring"daughter.
Who can do all those things. Currently playing Madge in "Top Hat"

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jessie Chorley Workshop......

another great day at Sew Not Strawberry Jam we arrived to find the workroom had been adorned with bunting by Jessie and she was already sitting stitching as she greeted everyone.
So much to look at,  Jessie is a very generous tutor both in materials and ideas.  The theme of the day was to make a journal, we glued and stitched, talked and laughed and feasted on the delicious lunch, biscuits and cake provided by Sam of SNSJ, another generous lady.
 These were some of the "toys" we had to play with, I lusted over the rubber stamps of pages from an old French children's book whcih Jessie had found.  These are our books, mine is the one on the right.
Today was another of the un-seasonally warm days so we made the most of it, just in case this is summer. I sat and stitched in an effort to try and remember some of the things Jessie showed us.
(I think my scanner need cleaning)

We decided the magic words of the day were "and then", a little different from "what if" but just as exciting.A thing of wonder that all my favourite tutors teach hand sewing with vintage fabrics and yet they all have such individual character. I am looking forward to the book Jessie is bringing out in August and hope to re-visit her shop in the Columbia Road .

I could go to SNSJ without taking a few photographs of the Shepherd's Hut  (before the sun came out)
the Studio

and the geese.

Off to see A Little Chaos tomorrow, trying to pack things in as DH is due to have a rather nasty operation in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My idea......

............of a perfect day.
The girls and me went to see Cinderella

and we all enjoyed it.  The film was good but for me the outdating thing was the costumes.  A clever mix of the the 1950's (so in vogue) and the past. Stunning, I wanted to be able to freeze frame and examine.
cinderella 2015 movie amazing costumes 
Seriously, grab a little girl (or two big girls) who are little inside and go and enjoy. Disney really appreciates that little girls like to "twirl" in a dress.
Follow the film, if you can, with a laughter filled lunch in the sunshine and there you are.....the perfect day.   Thanks girls.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Busy Weekend......

This weekend was our long awaited exhibition which was held in the Lecture room of a local garden centre, (unfortunately for my bank balance my favourite garden centre Coolings  but that is another story)

Here is a flavour,
We had examples from group challenges like "seed packets" (executed before we knew we were exhibiting at a garden centre)
and jigsaw pieces with the theme "Spring"

 Me and my friends had decorated vintage napkins which we turned into boxes here we have "
a box of boxes","a seed box" and "a red box"

There is also my friends heart which I should have done more in close up.
One of our most successful exhibits was the table of teddies (and a dog)

It never fails to amaze me how you can start with the same thing, the bare bear in the middle, and each individual creates something unique.
My Seth Apter piece became the centre piece of our table devoted to books and fairy stories.
It is now taking centre stage in my hall way.
On Saturday we played hookey especially to go to the Renegade Craft Fair in the Truman Brewery in east London.  I am sorry to say it was quite a disappointment. I don't know what they are like in New York, Los Angeles and the other venues the advertise but we found the London version,  instead of being far out and innovative, to be no more exciting than the usual craft market in Old Spitalfields. Such a shame.  The most exciting part of the day was finding this glorious graffiti wall.
The weather here is very warm for April which is very welcome and we have spent the last two days putting our little patch of garden to rights.  Today under the bird feeder I found this strange black growth.  It was very difficult to photograph but is I say it resembled fine black wire wool it might give you some idea. It was quite metallic in character.

My Google investigation leads me to believe it is a fungi which come with either Niger seed or black sunflower hearts.  Whatever, it looked vaguely evil so it has now been removed.
One more day of warmth promised for tomorrow and then back to normal.
 Looking forward to "Cinderella" at the cinema tomorrow and a workshop at Sew Not Strawberry Jam this weekend with Jessie Chorley.