Monday, 28 February 2011

All most done!

I thoguht I had all most finished the Twelve days of Christmas. I am just in the middle of making the boarders. It feels like it is taking forever to make this wall hanging. I don't know why? Anyway, I was hoping to have it completely finished for Wednesday, so I can take it for show and tell at the Liverbirds. However, that is not going to happen. I have just discovered I do not have enough fabric to finish it. I rang the shop where I bought the fabric from and luckily they have got some left but I can't get there till Wednesday. Boo hoo boo hoo!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Mish, mash shopping:

The weather today was like a beautiful spring day. The sun was shining and I decided to take myself out and about and eventually ended up in Southport. I love Southport it has the most delightful shops, not to mention two quilt shops but on this ocassion I only managed to visit one. The picture shows all the purchases I made as I strolled through Southport without a care in the world. The shoes were an absolute steel £6, I know bargain or what? I got some much needed socks and I won the two voodoo dolls in an arcade, on the 2p machines. You can't go to Southport and not go in an arcade and I did give myself a limit of £2. The book of lettering was from the works and was only 99p when i got to the till. The kitten cards where from another cheap book store £1 (you can never have to many open cards or notelets). Then I hopped on the 44 Bus and off to Marshside quilt shop. Two half metres of Japanese woven fabric and a fat quarter later, I was back on the bus heading for the train station. Phew! I think I need to put my feet up now with a well deserved cuppa, all that fresh air has wiped me out.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Foundations from the past:

Yesterday I had an interview at Hugh Baird College. I originally applied for the BTEC Extended diploma Art and Design but instead I have been offered a place (subject to an available place for a mature student) on the art and design foundation pre-degree course. Yippee. I was given a tour of the art department, was privy to students work (WOW) it was a great day. I had to take some of my work with as the course is predominantly drawing. It has been many years since I have drawn in such detail and depth, all I could take were several sketch books, some wall hangings and my journal quilts. The chap who interviewed me asked if I could do some drawing and let him see it in a few weeks but said he could see I had potential from the little doodles in the sketch books. Here is my first attempt and what better subject matter my adorable shoes. I am so excited at the prospects of doing the course which starts in September, please keep your fingers crossed for me that a place will arise and it will be mine.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Lost in my own little world:

After a lot of sewing and washing (<- boaring) yesterday, I felt I needed time out with a difference. I realised I had not touched my sketch book in months, so out it came, as did my water colour paints. For me, there is nothing quite like the feeling I get with pen or pencil in hand and page after page of blank paper in front of me. I am so at peace with myself, whilst being completely lost in a world of ideas and images. The exciting part is when the pencil first touches the page and I try to transport the images from my minds eye to the paper. This is the first step on a journey of which I do not know the final destination. Yesterdays journey started as some squiggly lines that turned into the most delightful flowers. But what to do with the end results? Sometimes they are destined to be sealed away in the sketch books never to see the light of day. Then other times, like these flowers, they are meant to be shared. I decorated several plain white envelopes and some A4 paper with the flowers. I will use these when I write to my pen-friends, Leanne (Auatralia)and Lana (Cananda).

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Sicky and Poorly:

Poor little ole me!I have not been at all well. I have had the cold from hell, which then turned into a throat infection that came with an horrendous cough. I hate being ill, I am such a big baby, I feel so sorry for myself and penguin mode escalates beyond belief. However, today I was determined to get some sewing done and here are the latest results. Maids a milking, ladies dancing and lords a leaping. Phew! I also managed to attach them, quilt as you go style. I am really hoping to have the Twelve Days of Christmas, wall hanging finished over the weekend. I have an interview for college soon and I want to take this as part of my portfolio of
art work that will help me get on the course. Do you think they will be impressed or what?

Friday, 11 February 2011

Back on track:

Oh dear! All this education is leaving me little time for sewing. I finally finished my last written assignment, for PTLLS, on Tuesday and I grabbed the chance to get on the sewing machine. I completed two blocks, six Geese a laying and seven swans a swimming. Then yesterday I was off to see my friend Janet, who gave me an excellent lesson on quilt has you go. Not to mention a lovely lunch and a home made scone mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! (I know, how lucky am I in the friendship department.) I have a terrible head cold and I sincerely hope I have not repaid Janets kindness by passing it on to her. Anyway, I have dosed up on Paracetamol and with a bit of time management this weekend, a lot of family and house-work juggling, not to mention completing English homework, I hope to start putting the blocks together. Erm! How many hours are there in a day?????

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

I passed:

PHEW!!!!!! Yesterday I passed my micro teach. I was so nervous I forgot a few things but it did not matter it was a pass and I do not have to do the exercise again. I only have a couple of written assignments left to do and I will have completed PTLLS course. I want to say a BIG thank you to all my family and friends who have given me their support through out the course.