Monday, July 27, 2015

While it rains...

....I have been painting....
Here are some pictures of my work in progress.




Jill xx

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Winter work...


When the weather is fine, and I have free time, I tend to get out into the garden. But with the weather being so miserable lately, I've spent a lot more time indoors, where other interests have beckoned.

I've already mentioned doing a bit of bead work. Well, I've also done a bit of sewing. Last night I made a top from some fabric I've had for a few years and hadn't got around to doing anything with it.


...and I've begun knitting...for the first time in a couple of decades! Seeing all the lovely work done by fellow bloggers has put me in the mood. A couple of weeks ago a friend gave me some wool. So...I'm knitting a scarf. I'm slow and unpracticed, but I'm enjoying doing it. The simple pattern means I can just do it here and there, without much thought, just enjoying the meditative quality of 2 pearl, 2 plain, 2 pearl, 2 plain....


As I write I have done about 25 cm. It's going to take me a while. By next winter perhaps? :)

Jill xx

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Coasters...

Chrysanthemum coasters
Spending the morning loading new coaster sets into my online store....

Daisy coasters

Chrysanthemum coasters

.....and thinking it must be time for another free giveaway. I haven't done one in ages....
I'll keep you posted.... :)
Jill xx

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Getting out the beads again...


 A few years ago I did a workshop in making bead earrings. I loved it.

At the time I was working in a store that sold gift and accessories...all sorts of gorgeous, feminine things. So I developed a little sideline making bead earrings and selling them in the shop. When the shop closed I stopped making the earrings. 


Lately I have been thinking about making earrings again, So over the weekend I got out my beading box and made a couple. I'm no jeweler, there's something really satisfying about being able to make a pair of earrings to match whatever I'm wearing.

I'd like to learn more about beading. Perhaps I could branch out into bracelets or necklaces...?  Last night I had a look at the books available on the subject on Amazon. But I think I'd prefer to do some more courses until I know more about the various techniques.

Anyway...I'm looking forward to whiling a way a few winters evenings playing with beads.

Jill xx

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Linen cushion...

 I've been wanting to make some cushions for a while now...
but because of one thing and another (excuses, excuses :) )... 
I never got around to it.  
This one has a handprinted linen front and the black back is drill.



Jill xx