Saturday, September 30, 2006

Autumn is here

I love this time of year, for me this is New Year rather than the January version. I don't know if it springs from the years of conditioning to the academic year or because my birthday is in September but I always feel that this is the time to start planning and looking forward. Life seems to pick up its momentum after the lazy days of summer.

I have been to the theatre three times this week, one was an amateur version of "The Witches of Eastwick", it was a competent offering, the second was the last preview of "Wicked" which must be one of the most hyped shows ever to reach the West End. I enjoyed it! The two leads were very good, staging was impressive , the costumes were stunning and the Oz jokes were fun but there was something lacking which I can't put my finger on. When I have seen something that really grabs me I feel "Oh I wish I was going again tomorrow" it didn't happen though I would like to see it again sometime if only to get a closer look at the costumes! My last theatre visit was to the Youth Theatre of the society who performed "After Juliet". It is always touching to see young people who you have know since they were small pushing into the adult world.

Re my crazy patchwork adventure, I had a blue block which I had started some time ago and I thought I could incorporate it into my "quilt" . This is what it looked like

I decided I wasn't happy with it so I distressed it a bit, this is what it looks like now!!

So I don't think this is going to make my quilt, though I quite like it so far and may play some more with it.

Back to the drawing board!!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment. Chagall

I found this quote and thought how aptly it fitted my butterfly mind!! For my birthday my son gave me some new storage boxes for my workroom which promted a three day orgy of re-organisation. This was not without pain whilst I made myself throw things away(five bags for re-cycling) Then my room was finished and tidy my two desks were clear and I hadn't an idea in my head!!!!!!
After a few sterile days, as I mulled over how I could use all the goodies I have accumulated, a little seed began to grow. I have played about with crazy patchwork/quilting before, I made a bag to keep my needles and scissors handy.(see pic) I did a bit of surfing and was stunned by the wonderful work out there. Soooooooo I have started a quilt, I am making it in blocks so that I can do the hand sewing wherever. Further inspiration is going to come from a site I found this morning called In a Minute Ago. Sharon Boggon is the creator, she is just coming to the end of a wonderful series of 100 stitches for 100 days which I intend to follow (started back in June 2006). So as the saying goes watch this space................

Monday, September 11, 2006

Birthday blues

It would appear that I have managed to survive my 65th birthday, don't now know why I had such an attack of the glums in the couple of weeks leading up to it. Anyway whilst I was down I made a book so here it is.