Sunday, 9 November 2014

Magnificent Mushroom

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This magnificent mushroom has appeared in our garden, it is absolutely huge, i think it's an edible one. Not long after we moved here, our then neighbour assured us that all the wonderful mushrooms in our hedges that looked edible were, and were delicious. 
I have to admit, whilst I love mushrooms, I have never actually dared try one!!!
The weather here is gorgeous this morning.
The sun is shining brightly on the golden leaves,
A super autumnal day.
This veiw is of a secret garden,
One of a garden that once belonged, before our time here, to this house.
It is beautifully kept, vegetable patch, and we only really get to glimpse it through the winter months as the leaves thin on the hedges.

Now, I have been busy again this week, nothing new there then.
I made this twisted wire pendant, with a large focal bead, made by me in my glass studio.... This is on folksy....
Meanwhile, I also cut this print from lino, and printed it off in a wintery blue ink
This has still to be put in my shop!

All these photos are on my instagram account
If you want to follow me there, search for spjoyt 
I do love my instagram account, I find it so much easier to use than blogger, it's a lovely way to record my life in pictures.
So, if you have an account, please let me know, and if you haven't and you take lots of photos, consider getting an account. It takes a lot less time than blogger......
See you soon

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween ♥♥♥

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Crazy patchwork stocking

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Finished, my latest crazy patchwork.
This time I have made a jester style Christmas stocking
I have stitched together tiny scraps of leftover Christmas fabrics and sumptuous, rich silks, embroidered over every seam, and sometimes within the patches too,
I have trimmed with gold thread, added faux off white fur, 
Added jingly jangly bells,
And totally enjoy the process
I need to wait and see whether or not it will be filled with exquisite little gifts this Christmas!
See you soon 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

St Ives, Autumn 2014

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Just back from the beautiful town of St Ives in Cornwall. I could live for the rest of my life in this beautiful, friendly, happy and creative place....
We had the most wonderful time, walking along the beaches, looking in every gallery we saw, eating pasties, ice creams, and supping hot chocolates, and just simply soaking up the atmosphere.

We watched the lifeboat launch from our window, this was a practice session. What was interesting to see, was being so close, that females make up some of the crew too! I dont know why this surprises me in this day and age!
We also travelled to Penzance on the First Great Western Railway. A super scenic little route, and very reasonably priced at £4.10 return, no wonder it is well used.... And of course, Penzance is another wonderful visual feast.

And finally, some of my most recent work, including a print of a linocut i did while i was on holiday, when I wasn't staring out of the window, looking at the veiw. The pier was directly in front of us, the seagulls all around.... I had to wait until I arrived home before I could print this off, and at the moment, I only have red printing ink, which I bought for a previous project, but you get the gist.... This print is 12 inches square!
Thats all for now, thanks for reading, sorry I'm such a diabolical blogger at the moment, things could improve, since my lovely son gave me an sd card that fits in my decent camera, and reduces in size to fit in my tablet. This is the only way I can blog at all at the moment, since I can't access my account at all from my main computer.....
Hopefully see you soon,

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Summer holiday, Wales 2014

This is a little while ago now, but I certainly don't want to forget our beautiful Welsh holiday. Endless blue skies, phenomenal sunrise and sunsets, warmth, and togetherness with my lovely family, we visited our usual haunts, added some new, enjoyed the coastal path, and picnics. Swimming in the sea, so warm and blue, eating ice creams, just being, it seems a world away now. But so many happy memories.

Monday, 11 August 2014

London to Brighton

Well, a few days away is just what I needed and what better place to be, visually than our wonderful capital city of London ànd a sunny day trip to Brighton in the mix too.
Many, many thanks to my dear friend Barbara and her brother Stan once again for putting me up for a few nights. What a wonderful experience.
There is so much to see and do in our wonderful capital. On my first day I went to my favourate clothes shop in London town, had an amazing hour long bus ride, over Waterloo bridge and beyond to meet up with my friend in a vintage styled cafe for a much needed coffee, cake and catch up.
day 2 saw us up bright and early, lots to do and see.
We walked for miles and miles, we went mud larking on the shore of the Thames, looked round the oxo building, had several coffee stops, and went to the Tate. We spent a long time in here, we looked in awe at the Matesse exhibition, and another one we didn't like as much.  
We went out onto the balcony to see the London skyline, and see the tiny people on the ground below,before heading home to recharge our batteries for the next day.
The next day dawned, but we weren't up so early. We had lunch in a local cafe, followed by an afternoon in the Horniman museum and gardens. There is one room stuffed with musical instruments!

We had coffee sitting outside, followed by a tour of the amazing gardens, the fruit and vegetable patch was truly amazing, the varieties they were growing! My camera didn't stop clicking away,(although I seem to have managed to delete most of the photos from this post)
On our last but one day, we headed of for sunny Brighton.(only my 2nd ever visit.) It was warm and sunny, but windy by the sea....  We looked around the shops, the beach, the museum, the pavillion gardens, and of course, soaked up the sights and sounds of the pier.
On our last day, we mooched around Borough market, before meeting up with one of Barbaras amazing friends who gave us a wonderful guided tour of Bermondsey, pointing out numerous things, that would have otherwise gone completely unnoticed. Like the site of the very 1st post office, where several famous people lived, and the origins of several buildings, we went to the fashion and textile mueum, the glass blowers studio, and Guys hospital chapel. This lady really needs to write a book!!! Not just about her amazing life, but the life of Bermondsey as well. She has done so much to help this area, it's people and to save interesting buiodings and campaigned for many, many things, including a village hall and to save green spaces.

So there we have it, what an amazing time, back to reality...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Melt down

I'm not actually talking ut the glorious weather we are enjoying at the is moment,
More about me!

You see, I've lost it.
The ability to be creative
Artists block.
I have run out of creative ideas, 
I have tried painting, and I end up with a muddy mess.
Worse than a 2yr olds,
I can't sew,
And after years of my head being full of ideas as to what to do next it is now empty.
Should I enjoy it, or be worried,
Will my creativity return, or have I lost it forever.
Has anyone else suffered in this way? I know writers get writers block, but I've not heard of artists with artists block.
Perhaps I should just enjoy the summer, (as I am doing) stop trying to be creative and retire!
And even possibly tidy my stuff away, so when/if I can get back to work, I'll at least know where everything is!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Schools out forever ♥

Well, there we are then, after 22 years, from my 1st child starting a school nursery, to my last child completing A levels, I'm through with school.... Yippee.... And the changes I've seen in the past 22 years are phenomenal, and not all for the good, when my first child started, you could walk into school whenever you liked if you wished to, now there are locks on absolutely everything, to keep them in and you out, you could also take them out whenever you pleased, and go on a family holiday when it suited you, not the school. They introduced suit and tie uniforms all over this area, fortunately, we just missed having to fork out on that expense. Finally, in the 11 to 18 schools, they group the classes with all age groups from years 7 to 11, it doesn't work, no one talks to anyone, not even the teacher.... Whilst my last child was studying for A levels they amalgamated two schools that were next to each other, shut one down completely, and have been left with a failing school, no wonder she's worried about her results. Turns out that 5 of her teachers are leaving this summer, (rats leaving a sinking ship) they can't teach their subject properly, as their being told to teach anything and everything.
Anyway, schools might be out forever, however, their not out of the education system yet. I was really dismayed to hear that the course my daughter has worked so hard to do since she was little, has been axed as well. She is in the last intake for the art foundation course at the university school of art and design. So, so sad.  Thank goodness she didn't decide to take a gap year... But for now, we can all enjoy the summer, no exams, no homework, a very well deserved break.
And if I had my time again? I would very seriously consider home schooling.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Sunday, 6 July 2014

This weekend

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