Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Excellent news that Team NZ won the 2nd race of America's Cup so fingers crossed for tonight. Ian was asleep during the second race when we presumed they had lost and I was dozing off when I heard the commentator say something about Alinghi being behind. Woke up in a flash.
Also can report that I have completed 2 of my TAST stitches so only 2 behind now. Be up to date by the end of the week and I have also been furiously writing lots of ideas for future work. This happens whenever I go away - the creative side of my brain has time to work.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Here is Goodie Goodie Gumdrops finally all ready to go to the show and at the bottom is her special brooch. There is no machine or hand stitching on this garment by the way - the cami is from my book - all embellished between metallic netting, the bolero is knitted, the skirt is knitting and hand dyed lace and the brooch of course is knitting scraps and embellisher. Her bag is also fron my book and is knitting and embellishing. The name is because when we were on Waiheke Island Ian got himself a Goodie Goodie Gumdrops icecream and me something else (not with such an exciting name) and didn't share a lick with me. Actually she looks a little dumpy on the dummy but she really is sleek unlike her maker.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Too many of you have too much faith in me - but the garland was completed and collected by the UPS man who came a little earlier than 3pm. This is a hint of it but if they don't like it you might never see any more. Once I have finished my skirt, I will be able to finish the packaging and packing of suitcases. Tomorrow is a very big night - the America's Cup final starts and it is actually on Fox Sports - and the All Blacks play their first game in the Tri Nations. The really big game is next Saturday though - ABs vs Wallabies. We will be out of that show like lightening to go watch.
And we are having the most glorious rain here today. The brick fence between us and next door has been plastered and the fence at the front of our house is for next week. Very exciting - we have been waiting for a couple of years for this. The postie will be thrilled as he has been complaining about the size of our letterbox for a long time. He just throws the mail over the fence instead.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Pics tomorrow. And just think - I am 3 TASTs behind.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
I wasn't actually going to post today and was about to turn the computer off but Maggie Grey has just emailed me to say her blog is up and running which is excellent.
Do go and visit her.
I am off to bed to read my new piece of mail - thr3fld - the journal from Laura, Linda and Catherine. It was expensive.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
The first of our native irises is out. This is on what we call the Barbara bush - Barbara (our cat) used to always sleep in it and sadly that is where she rested for her final sleep so it's a bit special. I am not sure if the flower appearing means it is spring or what - we haven't quite had winter yet.
I am pretty bogged down right now but it is all my own fault. I have this garland to make - I spent some of today (should have spent all of today but you know how it is when you keep putting something off) working on the bottom part which means at least that I know where I am going which does help. Of course the Husq thought it was too sophisticated for free machine zigzag and played up so I had to get out my trusty Bernina 1230, clean it and because I wasn't looking whilst it was bobbin winding, the thread got all jammed up down inside the machine. More wasted time. And the other thing is that I am not really sure what the garland would or should look like. It has to go on Friday so I am pleased that I have finally broken the back of it by making the branches so to speak. Flowers tomorrow and I am planning a plethora of different sorts.
The other thing which has to be finished by Saturday is my Art to Wear - the cami is made (it's in the book) and the bolero is half knitted but the skirt - well...... Once again it's all my own fault. It will be done.
I also have to write an article for a zine but Saturday as well. And package and pack some stuff yet for Sydney. At least we had a nice breakfast at the Merchant where we met Serena and Frank. And I got some lovely roses for the kitchen. Ian has been cleaning up the area outside teh studio. A little bit here and there and we will soon be ready to do the garden area. It will be lovely once it's all finished but that won't happen for a while. The front garden is the next big challenge once the fence has been plastered and stuff.
Friday, June 15, 2007
A start but don't you love the back drop..
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I bought this Molly N pair the same day - no point in going into a good shoe shop and only coming out with one pair when the choice is so exciting. Please note the sandfly lingering marks on my legs.....
This is what I am wearing today - my Naots. And I like interesting socks too. Sarah Lawrence gave me this pair.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
These two little card holders arrived home today - they were for Quilting Arts a while back but didn't get there in time. You pull the cord and your card pops up. The top one is La Scala yarn stitched onto felt (this was made in the days before I got carried away with my embellisher.) The bottom one is copper tissue punched with a daisy punch and stitched onto tissutex.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I have some really talented people enrolled in my Playways on the Net course. This is a piece by Robin McWhinney from Qld for Module 4. I have been running this course since 2001 and I never fail to be enthused and excited by the work they send me. Plus they are all so lovely and don't complain when we are behind in getting their work on air and back home. It's coming Robin....
I have spent quite a bit of time packaging Angelina for a big order today - horrible stuff - gets in everything (yes I KNOW it is wonderful for textile work)- anyway I can hear Ian with the vacuum cleaner as I type.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Because I haven't 'created' anything I thought I would show my Virgin Bride dress which I made a few years back - which is modelled by Kazuko. It is natural silk fibres made into silk paper (fusion) onto bridal tuile (nothing less). Onto each each large piece I stitched Shakespearean sonnets and bridal words of wisdom such as I won't do all the housework or clean the toilet etc etc. Then I cut it into strips and wrapped a variety of yarns, beads and fine knitting wire around each roll and stitched it all very tenderley together. If you look at the back of the photo you will see the barbecue in our garden before we demolished it for the studio. Underneath is her bag because every bride needs one for her hanky (yes I made one for her)
Off to a play tonight to see The Goat.
Wasn't it absolutely wonderful that Team NZ won the challenge for the Americas Cup not that there was anything on the news here about it. Where is the Anzac spirit I ask?
Monday, June 04, 2007
We had a wonderful few days - just relaxing - only managed to read 2 books including Sebastian Faulkes new one - Enderby - which I really enjoyed. I have still got two to go though including Death in Brazil by Peter Robb which I started in Bintan - it is excellent too. Couldn't work on Generations as the battery on my 'puter was flat so should have left it at home.
On Saturday morning we got brave and went on a flight over the Buccaneer Archipeligo - on a 5 seater plane - smallest I have been on is a DC3. The scenery was magnificent - such ancient land formations. We flew over the Horizontal Waterfall and cruised over the 1000 islands - well some of them. Saw pearl luggers and got some history as well. Then we landed at Cape Leveque for an hour.
I can't seem to write in between the pics but the top one is the view from the restaurant and the bottom the beach where we didn't swim but dipped our feet in the water. Think we might go up there for a couple of days next year - it was wonderful. Then we flew back to Broome along the coast. In the afternoon we watched the ABs play France and the first half of the Wallabies against Wales - it got rather boring I must say and our red wine called to us so we wandered off to cook a bbq.
Back home we have been flat out getting the orders underway but tomorrow I am hoping to get back to the studio for part of the day and get to work. Lots of things to do - instead of finishing my bolero for my art to wear I unpicked it. Time to pick up the plot and get going.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Three TASTs in one and since I was in Broome I chose Kimberley Dreaming threads to stitch with and a frangipani for my theme. And I found Broome full of plastic frangipanis this time. Must have seen me coming.