Monday, 26 December 2011

Happy Christmas :D

Merry Christmas and Yule Blessings to all my dear blogging friends .

My little heart tree was treated to some fairy lights and looks so adorable that I know I'll have trouble taking the lights off when the time comes!

The tree is pretty much the same as ever, althought some of the fairy lights did pack up a few days ago!

My little home made fairy survived another year in the loft.

I may make some more like her to sell for next year!

Despite being knocked off my feet with a chest infection, I decided that I couldn't cope with Christmas in a kitchen with paint samples all over the walls. The pale blue gave way to warm biscuit, which took a while to grow on me.

Now, however, I love my kitchen and how warm and cosy it feels.

I did run out of time (and energy!) to finish making the curtains though, which is a shame, but they'll be hung in the next day or two.

The blind was easy to make and is so bright and cheery compared to the blue one.

Manchee had a great time Christmas morning and enjoyed the wrapping paper as much as his toys! Can you see my books there on the table. Two new Terry Pratchett books, although I need to buy the first in the series, which means a trip to a bookshop, shame :D

Moomin loved her new t-shirt, which is by Paul Kidby, the newest illustrator for Terry Pratchett. As soon as I saw it, it reminded me of Piper, who likes to think she's this tough!!!

She's actually more naughty than tough! I had to take this picture before removing her from the table, as she looks soooo cute :D

Cotton plays it safe and only sneaks onto a chair, until we're not looking that is :D

So that was my Christmas Day, and I hope you all had as much fun and love in your homes as we did here. May the New Year bring Bright Blessings to your homes and hearts.x

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Under the weather.

I've only managed a couple of days in the Studio this week as I've been poleaxed with a rotten cold. It was my own fault for smugly saying that I've not been unwell for such a long time!!! I have swollen sinuses and a constantly weepy eye which makes for a very difficult time with close up work.

So here is my doll that I finished a few weeks ago. She is based on the Mirror Queen from the Grimm Brothers movie and was for an art challenge on a forum last year. It's taken me until now to finish her as I was stuck on a few simple logistics. A good book on clothes making sorted me out :D

She's wearing a cream silk shirt with a wide scalloped collar, a red corset and overskirt in crushed velvet and her crown is crocheted gold wire. That was possibly the hardest part and was very tough on the fingers! Her hair is black mohair and she's had a trim since these photos because I felt it was a little overwhelming!

Meanwhile, back in the real world, I've been growing herbs on the windowsill in order to have some fresh seasonings throughout the Winter, although at the moment the greenhouse is still producing a lot of the green stuff. Mainly parsley and mint, but I may push my luck with some spinach.

The ripple blanket is such a joy to work on and I'm really pleased with it. I've changed from the pastel shades which will be at either end and am now working in the stronger colours for the middle. It's not a huge blanket, about 129 chains, which is wide enough to cover my legs and any child or pet beside me :D