Why didn’t I think of that before.?

Its that time of the year. So many things happening at once. I'm making some feeble attempts at getting back into the swing of things but I'm a little hampered. I have 2500 books where my fabric stash is situated….just one box of 24 books is 15 kg, so I can't shift them without help……

Problem solved.

Its been 2 months since I worked physically on my project. I hadĀ  a panel of the applique prepared, but its been really hot while I’ve been away and I imagine theĀ  studio became hot and dry. I got out the prepared applique today and found that the glue was very dry and when I…

Thread painting preparation.

Last year I photographed the window of an antique shop in England. I have blue and white china and I also inherited my Grandmothers' and Mothers' pieces. All my daughters have blue and white too, so as a testament to them all, I decided to make this image into a quilt. I've been planning this…

There are no words, just inner reflection.

I've been home a week today, fortunately I've had no jet lag because Thailand is only 4 hours behind us…. a bit different to 13 hours difference from the USA. But gees life has moved at an alarming pace. I got out some important work and hugged and spent time with the grandies, then I…

That was my day.

I find I've had elves in my studio… then again it was possibly some of the 6 little Hollands who came for cake this afternoon. !!!! We also had another little granddaughter given to us this morning, Jaya Grace, Meg and Jamie, the proud parents are thrilled.   Kaiden waited for his cake all day….

whoow.

I'm behind with the blog.. BUT, the past 4 days since our arrival home have been full of interaction and action. I haven't started back on the Bayeux… I hope Monday is the day…. (I just can't wait)  There is such a backlog of paperwork that piles up while I'm away and can only be…

Live in your art.

Finally home and working in the shed. Unpacking —- I have the delight of playing with all the goodies we bought on our trip. The embroideries from Thailand and China still take my breath away. The first thing to do was to scan each piece. I really want to work out how they are made….

It made me think.

15 little kids in pink shirts all sitting in the back of a pickup on a school outing…made me think. It wasn't the only pickup… there were about 10 of them. An entire family on a motorbike…. made me think. The politeness of the average person in the street… made me think. The devotion to…

Fabrics, Fun and I’m finished.

Faced with shops and booths with dirt floors full of the most amazing goodies and then bargaining with the gal who sits on a little plastic chair with an antiquated calculator is fun and exhausting. Salty perspiration drips in your eyes as you try to remain cool physically and emotionally. There's the overwhelming feeling that…

Fabrics, Elephants and an amazing experience.

The eye of an Asian elephant at Elephant Nature Park, Thailand (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Its still dark. From the picture window in our hotel   the lights of Chiang Mai are subdued in the early morning hours….I have coffee in hand and the air-conditioner has finally kicked in to drop the temperature to 24 degrees. My…