Saturday, 23 February 2013

Creating with seedpods

Strange how the mind has lapses and remembering simple tasks becomes impossible. Just now, I was again playing with the iPad because it is such a useful device when we are away from home. Though right now I am lazily lap-tapping in bed, not because I am I'll, but within that early morning draining tea time. And I was practising using the photo app which comes with the iPad but can't find - or have forgotten - how to get an image into a blog post! Emailed it to myself, saved it, and now cannot find where it has been stored. So I will have to resort to the laptop.

But the purpose of this image is to share my love of seedpods. Nigella, or Love-in-a-Mist which has delighted me ever since I was a child. Annuals, I sow them every year, they they self-seed readily. The seedpods change from a subtle green with tinges of mauve and then the whole thing changes to a bleached calico colour. I sketched a page full some years ago, emphasising the colour. It was during the time I went to an art class and was encouraged to work LARGE though I prefer miniatures so it was a tough assignment. Later, I scanned the results and used them in this cover for a textile book which was to be called 'Seeds of Inspiration' - a joint project with a friend in America. The project fell by the wayside, but I still have the notebook in which are recorded all the entries that were to be created back and forth between here and the USA. They just never came to fruition.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Just playing

Sitting in the Press Room at the NEC killing time earlier this afternoon between one activity and another. Time for a mug of tea, biscuit and a play on my iPad. Discovered you can edit in iPhoto, though whether it has saved the non-cropped version I do not know. This was an experimental piece to try out a new light-weight sewing machine, and is a representation of a nigella seed pod that I had sketched and painted some years before. Not complete, but one to go into a sampler book, perhaps. Dilemma or Delight? I am not sure.

Thursday, 14 February 2013


Yesterday, whilst shopping in Bloxham (near Banbury, Oxon), I had time to kill before going to discuss 'stitching matters' with a group of Embroiderers' Guild friends. I always glance in the showroom windows of Hunt Bespoke Kitchens & Interiors; not because I am interested in a new kitchen (which is happening here anyway, with my husband slaving away for days on end), but because they have such lovely accessories. And this caught my eye and is now hanging in front of me as I write. Not because my own is wooden - it's full of love for my husband (even when he does irritate me, and I him!) but because I collect treasures. And this is now one of them. Perfect for today.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Reminds me of Summer

Summer flowers - and a feeling of sunshine
Sorting my digital photos today, or some of them, to remind myself of what I have, or have forgotten I have. And this one reminds me of the hot summer when I made potpourri - or my version of it - from dried rose petals, feverfew (such a wonderful bright white) and catmint. All retain their colour and even their scent after many years, so long as they are not subject to direct sunlight. (Last year was hopeless for creating anything like this as the plants were rarely dry and would have gone mouldy.) In the background is a beautiful casket my husband made for me, turned from kingwood; and when you lift the lid, their are a number of round spaces into which to slot little bottles of essential oils.