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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

a grand day out...

to the Fashion Stitch and Embroidery Show at the NEC, Birmingham, planned, booked and suddenly there I was at Penrith station for the 8.20 train...I left home just after 7 to make sure I was on time! I love train travel...


I had a really pleasant quiet time sitting for 3 hours thinking, reading, looking at the countryside...and earwigging all sorts of one sided mobile phone conversations and musing on my fellow passengers' lives...it's always interesting to people watch on a journey...and then I was there, a fair walk from the station to the NEC down long, long corridors and then there it was...and I was in amongst the stitching, fabrics, makers, artists...heaven! 

So here's a little taste, and a big thank you to the organisers and the patient stall holders and all the lovely people I chatted to, and ate my lunch with...and all the stitch artists who shared their work with me...colour, texture, plain, fancy, all manner of ideas and inspirations...such a rich variety to cheer my soul!


and booty of course, the opportunity to visit stalls full of fabrics and threads, and exhibitions of wonderful embroidery means a little spending must happen, an exchange of energy and love in return for the pleasure of viewing and chatting, and being inspired...

 
I came home exhausted but filled with happy memories of a lovely day...and the inspiration will stay with me, it has lifted me out of winter torpor and got my creative juices flowing again, so good to touch base with all those who love making and stitching! Thanks for sharing!

Hope you enjoy this tiny taster, and maybe you'll be able to visit next year

Emmaxx



Wednesday, 19 March 2014

a new post...

I often sit down to blog not quite knowing what I am going to write about...somehow once I start things just flow...

This is one of those weeks, I seem to have been busy, but mostly with domestic affairs, though I do have a trip out planned for Thursday, tickets booked, I am off to Birmingham for the long awaited Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show!! A great way to celebrate the arrival of spring, with new ideas and inspiration...


It's a big thing for me to go in one day, I'll be on the train for 3 hours each way, which I'm actually looking forward to...lots of time for reading, looking out the window and resting...and I get about 5 hours there which will be plenty...I haven't been to the show since it was in Harrogate and my daughter came with me, we had a lovely family trip, and it was a nice show for her, not as overwhelmingly big as Knitting and Stitching show...so I hope to come home inspired!

Meanwhile Woolfest is on my mind, I know it's ages away but I need to feel I am putting some ideas together...so I've been playing in my studio with fabrics so as not to frighten myself off...
 






we'll see where this landscape goes...

and I've been reading Kate Northup's wonderful book Money A Love Story...and to kick start my journey to financial freedom have bought a lovely stamp...so that incoming bills are not frowned on but welcomed. I love the idea that electricity bills and other mundane but oh-so useful aspects of life will be thought of as the blessings that they are!



and outside is greening up and hopeful signs keep cheering me up...despite the cold and wild wind tonight(apparently it is the Spring equinox tomorrow so perhaps that's why!)...I think hawthorn is my favourite at this time of year, so fresh and green


and this is my joyful tiny white forget-me-nots, so tiny and pretty



and did you know that tomorrow, March 20th is International Day of Happiness? declared by The United Nations as a day to celebrate happiness around the world...

so why not celebrate the Spring Equinox and the Happiest Day and really go wild!

I'll think of you doing just that as I head to Birmingham for my own celebration, where better to be happy than amongst textile art and stitchy creativity!

Emmaxx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

only a week, seven days

but it's been filled with sunshine and friendship and family and being outdoors and of course, stitching! So much to be grateful for... I had my stitchy friends round to my happy studio for a morning of chat and sewing, bring your own work or do something from my materials but come and drink tea and share some making time together I said...and sew we did! Sarah's working on creating 3D with some free machine embroidery...mmm! challenging but she's getting there...can't wait to see it finished!


Helen brought some of her beautiful heart designs and sat quietly handstitching on the sofa while the rest of us whizzed on machines (in between the chat!)..aren't they lovely? and I love her work box and threads...





Jackie played on the embellisher and started a seascapey background...looking good! love the colours...
 

and we missed you Heather and Jane but we'll all be together again soon I hope, and we'll do some lunch and maybe some more creating together because it's joyful and it's inspiring! Thank you my friends!

I treated myself to some tulips and had half for a friend, I do love a special offer! These stunning red tulips are still cheering up the hallway..



and then a lovely surprise in the post, all the way from Australia...from Vicki, a beautiful handmade brooch...you can see her inspiring blog here, thank you Vicki, I love it! and the internet which makes connecting around the world possible...


and a trip to the northeast at the weekend to spend some quality time with my Dad, and see my sister, came back over Alson, just the best road drive though the most beautiful countryside, and hardly any traffic. Stopped in Alston for treats to take home from The Moody Baker, sorry no pics, they all got eaten!



and home to my family and a fresh new week already half over, and it's been gloriously sunny, I've been out planting seeds and watching as the garden comes to life, almost moment by moment in the warmth of the sun.


and this glorious willow harvested and drying in the sun, sums up our life here, as simple as we can make it, focussing on what really matters, or at least trying to!
 

have a simple week...Emmaxx



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

blue skies and sunlight...

have made such a difference this week, lighter evenings and birdsong...the transition to spring moves on seamlessly, sliding out of winter gloom and into hopefulness...and some pops of colour from the bulbs which always surprise and delight me...




a sprinkling of snow on the tops...it is still cold, but I am determined to be out there as much as possible, (breakfast out in the sun wrapped up is a great start to the day!) even got the garlic planted last week


out in the sunshine lie piles of willow drying: husband of patience has laboured over half term, out in rain and sleet to plant more and to harvest what wasn't replanted...and I just love the colours and textures of the gleaming wet and shiny willow...







and being indoors looking out has been inspiring too, the light is better for sewing and working at my artwork, for choosing fabrics and thread colours, I find it so much easier in good light...
this week I've been working on something new using dissolvable paper and stitch, I even love the holes letting the light through!






must go and get on and see where this is going!

have a creative week...Emmax