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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

by the sea...

a trip to my beloved Northumberland and the sea...I was brought up on the north east coast and my soul sings when I return, my roots and my family call...and now my daughter desires it too as she loves birdwatching up the coast....here at Druridge Bay on a very cold afternoon as the sunlight danced on the crashing waves...fresh air, lots of layers and then back to my Dad's for hot cups of tea!



 no bare feet today...
 




 



sitting in a hide...so peaceful but not for long as it was sooo cold!





 



what a great way to fill in this strange time between Christmas and New Year...we've had the pleasure of visiting family but now we're quietly at home again and I can start to have a big clear out and fill my new diary with the wonderful things I'm enjoying the planning of...

I just love this time of year,  the Christmas 'push' is over and we are relaxing in the safe zone of no one working or being at school and I am getting my head around a bit of a new look for my website and devising some lovely new workshops...and thinking about all the work I want to get making...

a time of light and bright sunny crisply cold days, brisk walks and toasty fires in the woodburning stoves in the evenings...and the thought of spring as we hear birds singing and the bulbs are coming up...and this crazy primrose flowering in December makes me smile...


have a wonderful in betweenytime...and New Year!



Emma xx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas week...

at last it's almost here having been on the horizon just out of sight...suddenly the house is much cleaner and getting tidier as we feel our way into the festivities...eating special food on the day and opening lovely gifts from friends and family and giving thanks for our rich life here in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside...

we saw in the Winter Sostice on Sunday with some dear friends and in a way that is almost the most important celebration as we do it very simply each year and there are no strings or pressures to do any particular thing, just bring food and eat and enjoy each other's company...and light candles to celebrate the return of the sun and longer days...it always feels like a real turning of the year



so making Christmas the same is the aim...homemade cake, puddings and mincemeat made to my Mum's, sister's and Granny's recipes (lots of sherry in the marzipan is her secret!)...there is something special about recipes handed down...though I have to confess that actually all three currently consist mostly of ingredients, so Christmas Eve is going to to be spent cooking and making delicious smells in the kitchen...with cats snoozing in the corner what could be nicer?
 

and all is wrapped..just about, and the crackers are waiting...





and outside the animals still need to be cared for...there is something wonderful about going out on Christmas morning to see if the donkeys are back from helping Santa do his rounds though the village...and getting the chickens, ducks and geese all up and being out in the air and freshness of the day...





and my last making before Christmas? finishing a piece of work inspired by wintry hedgerows which made me very happy...and my making next year is going to be about finishing before starting new...at least that's the plan!




and now that's all folks... at least for now...I wish you all the very best at this season of peace...


Emma xx


Thursday, 18 December 2014

the last stitching before Christmas...

I am slowly feeling my way towards Christmas, just trying to keep it all flowing, smooth and gentle with the emphasis on enjoying everything, I am a bit freer now after two exhibitions and no workshops, my end of term....and almost that of daughter mine and husband of patience...in fact any minute now the teenage u-tubers will be taking over from my blogging on the computer no doubt...so I'd best get on!

It's been a grand couple of months on the creative front, and a request for some brooches from the sister of a dear friend finally got to the top of the list...I love making one-off brooches, little mini works of art, playing with scraps of fabric and thread and my embellisher...I throw nothing away! Even threads left over from workshops in my 'scraps for recycling' bin are simply too good to waste...




Marion had given me some old woollens to felt and I had originally made her a brooch to say thanks...using some of her fabics was so appropriate...so here again they made the background to the brooches...then it was just playing with colours and textures

 
here's a tip for keeping your fabrics in place when embellishing...a little piece of net holds it all and you can pin that down if necessary...but watch out for the pins as you needlefelt! Then the net just lifts off and voila:


a lovely surface for stitching into...


my favourite part of the process...


stitched and ready for backing and a little more stitching...


I love the way the threads and fabrics mingle, it's like painting, mixing colours but so much easier, and you get texture too...


and here are the other brooches, all so different...




I just love all the stitching just meandering and mingling so you almost can't tell fabric from thread






for satisfaction and happiness...you can't beat it!

hope you have a relaxing pre-Christmas week too...


Emma xx