Before I start writing about other things, I wanted to share with you my special encounter, it made me smile all day.
I set out for my walk yesterday morning and there just sitting at the edge of the yard was a small hare. I stood very still and so did it, nose in the air sniffing about. I just watched and wished I had my phone to capture the moment. It gradually came closer and closer stopping each time, raising its ears and nose checking for danger it was magical and only few feet away, so beautiful I was mesmerised.
On to the topic of the day Craft, Cats and Football , although the later seems to be the dominate one of the moment.
As the football season draws to a close you would think the opportunity for drama would be gone but no there is still plenty of ways it can ruin my day
…the last things we wanted was them to win today, they will go into the final full of confidence, our season is over , we are rubbish what was the coach thinking of tinkering with the team etc etc…
I did get flowers the following day as a sorry for the silent grumpiness so not too bad an outcome I suppose and by the following weekend, optimism has returned it’s bonkers , a rollercoaster of emotion.
What is more amazing to me is how I find myself confined to the kitchen/studio on a regular basis, checking my phone for updates because the kick of a ball defines the mood of the house.
But tonight is a doozy , the game doesn’t matter but you would think it was the most important one of the season !! So I sit here in the kitchen with DAISY who looks equally bemused and write my blog !
If any of you are reading this and thinking what the hell is she on about, I would recommend, if you were inclined to a greater understanding of the mindset of an avid football fan, you watch Fever Pitch apart from providing a great insight, it has the advantage of staring Colin Firth and Mark Strong. This was my birthday treat many years ago after a nice Greek meal then off to see this at the cinema !! Says it all .
And what of my creative activities while keeping out of the way, I have been quite productive so from that point of view the football season has its benefits.
I am really enjoying looking at new ways to be creative, tweed still plays an important role in my work and there are always elements of it in the things I make, but I am finding the challenge of using new types of media really interesting. I had hoped at this point to be able to share the news about a woven design I am working on, but that is still pending while I work on other ideas.
During my delightful furlough last year, I revisited the design work from my degree days. What I rediscovered was my love of pattern making with pen and ink, inspired by the shapes of Celtic knotwork. I have often wondered if that is why I was drawn to swirly machine embroidery because of the circles you see in Celtic design. I am a however a little worried I am getting carried away with my Celtic knotwork, I love it, it makes me happy so why not…these thoughts are usually followed by a bit of self-doubt . ,,,do you have that too …what makes us feel like that do you think ?
So, what have I been doing with my Celtic knotwork obsession, two new silk screens one with seahorses, inspired by a beautiful batik we have hanging in our bathroom plus some stylised flowers and trees which I think have a kind of Celtic /Scandi vibe. My seahorses and plants have also been downsized onto some tin mugs which is something I have been working on for a while. They should arrive this week , more excitement.
The screens arrived today along with some lovely, coloured inks which I am so excited to use. DAISY is always very nosey when parcels arrive and loves nothing better than to sit on them and once the box is opened have a good look inside.
DAISY has been a bit quiet today, spending most of her day outside rather than asleep on the bed or annoying me by sitting in front of my keyboard. I think it’s because the Swifts are back, they have just returned for the summer and she is fascinated by them. They do like to chatter and get themselves noticed; a favourite game is to divebomb her while she is sitting outside. She did catch one last year, fortunately I was on hand and I managed to rescue it, but that does not deter them…they are so cheeky and full of character.
The arrival of the Swifts got me thinking is a Celtic knotwork Swift just a step too far, I thought it was so I celebrated their arrival by ordering some beautiful ceramic ones from the very talented Lorna Gilbert https://lornagilbert.co.uk/
They have arrive and are as beautiful as I thought they would be !
What a day Hares, Swifts and Silkscreens what next ?
As a PS – Just a reminder I am running a giveaway on social media so don’t miss out !