Wednesday, 6 March 2019

THE GENTLE ART CONTINUES


This week's book study talks about colour . Reading what Jane Brocket says about her journey with colour and how she views it is interesting but has not influenced me in any way apart from perhaps looking at art work in a slightly different way. I have never really been afraid of using colour in ways that appeal to me . If it looks good to me and it is for me then I really don't give much thought to what others may think. However, if I am making something for someone else I try to consider their tastes. Jane talks about The Dark Side....using dark colours especially black. I looooove black! I personally think that black compliments other colours by making them pop. Years ago I made a quilt for my cat who has sadly since passed away . I wanted to use bright cheery colours and framed the blocks and the quilt itself with black.



However, I agree with Jane that black can be hard to see properly when stitching. Just before writing this post I was trying to find a beautiful crocheted afghan rug ( as my grandmother called it) that my great grandmother made so I could take a pic to add here. Alas, I could not find it and now I am eager to look for it properly after completing this post.  It consists of  colourful granny squares surrounded with black and I have always thought it to be quite striking even as a child. Perhaps that is where my love of black contrast stems from.  I  have always been aware of how different colours make me feel...cheery, happy, calm,meloncholy , even nauseated.  Certain colours or colour combos can literally make me feel ill.  I often wonder if others ever have the same experience.

So many colours, so many variations of colours...muddy, bright, pale, medium, light and dark. I am currently handpiecing another little quilt using my stash of Civil War repros.  I have completed the 1st 2 rows.


So, you see, I can use brights and yet I love the hues of the Civil War era.

Now that I have finished my Sweet Pea throw using those gorgeous colours, I am on to a new crochet project....a baby blanket for munchkin number 2 who is due in September!!! I am so thrilled to have another grandchild on the way.  I chose a turquoise or aqcua blue with purple and a bit of white to break the monotony of the other 2 colours.


So, while I love wearing black and using it as a contrast to make other colours pop, I love variety.  My colour scheme for my decor may be one thing, my clothes another, and things I make may be completely different.  I have mentioned that my favourite colour is purple and I have even had purple in my hair when I was in my late 50s and early 60s.  If a colour makes your heart sing then do not be afraid to use it. It may just make someone smile.

Angel Blessings.


Saturday, 2 March 2019

A FINISH AND A QUEST


I am so pleased that we have airconditioning this year because I would never have finished my crocheted throw. Fresh off the press...well it needs a light steam to straighten out the wonkies.



So, what is this quest? A friend is 2 balls short of this yarn as it is an old knitting pattern and she found the yarn but there is not enough to complete the garment. So, if anyone has any left over or knows where to find it we would be most appreciative.



I hope you  are all keeping cool.

Angel Blessings

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

MOJO BACK



For a while now I seem to have mislayed my stitching mojo and have just been enjoying doing some rythmic crochet.  Now that my crochet project is nearly complete I thought it may be time to get back to some stitching . A few years ago I decided not to buy any more patchwork magazines as I rarely found more than 1 or 2 projects I wanted to do in each issue and sometimes they even reused projects from older issues. I figured I would rather invest in books which were my genre so I could make several projects from the one book. I was paying around $10 for a magazine when I could buy a book for around $30 with heaps of projects I liked. I sometimes buy a more expensive mag called Simply Vintage but I particularly love many things in it when I do buy one. So, I recently revitalised my mojo from this lovely book .



That got me going!  This little quilt jumped out at me.




Ofcourse, I don't make life easy by following the instructions to rotary cut and machine piece. No, no no.  I made a template , selected fabrics from my stash and cut each individual piece by hand. You all know that I much prefer hand piecing but many would question my sanity.  I am making this little beauty slightly larger and have made a start on setting out the first 2 rows ready to stitch.



This took some concentration because the half square triangles are placed in different ways. This will be a check and double check as I go project for sure.

Now back to finishing my crocheted throw and cushion.

Angel Blessings.





Saturday, 23 February 2019

COLOUR



This week's topic for The Gentle Art of Domesticity is "Colour" . For some unknown reason I cannot locate the image to attach here even though i went to the usual place to find it. Bah humbug, computers lol.


So, what is my favourite colour? Purple!  I have a purple camera, purple sunglasses, purple specs, a purple phone cover,  and I always carry a purple pen with purple ink in it. I recently bought a black sun hat and couldn't resist personalising it with some purple fabric. However, like all colours, there are so many various shades. Even black and white come in vatious shades. This became very apparent to me when searching for black or white fabrics.


Over the years I have come to realise that I love all the colours of the rainbow yet my clothing is mainly black, and my home is predominately varoius types of blue. I have blue bedroom and bathroom walls and the  main living area and kitchen is a light aqua' ish blue. Our home is weatherboard and guess what colour???? Aha, BLUE.  I have never been shy of coloured walls but I have found it limiting when it comes to hanging quilts. However, I just hang them regardless.

Our furnishings were mainly pine as I love natural woodgrain. We never painted our pine door frames and architraves because we love the timber. We have pine floorboards too. Recently we were able to change some of our furniture to white with wooden tops and grey sofas which creates more harmony for me.  Not so higgildy piggildy.  I find that one can always express themselves with the colour of soft furnshings like cushions and throws.

I have my great grandmothers's cane chair which my dear dad lovingly repaired and painted white for me. I love displaying my little civil war quilts on it. Note mainly blues hehehe. And yes, I collect owls.



Other colours are displayed. Not blue.





Here is blue again.



So what  table runner is on my table right now..hmmmm an aqua blue lol.




I think there is a theme here. 

I hadn't realised how much blue is in my home probably because I have green bench tops and so many bits and pieces which are all different colours. Colour can affect our moods and I guess I have chosen blue because it isa peaceful colour, a restful colour unless it is a really dark deep blue. Food for thought.

Angel Bless




Tuesday, 19 February 2019

BLOOMING COLOUR

 

I haven't done any stitching for quite a while but I have been enjoying crocheting a cushion. The unfolding colours made this project rather delightful to do and, dare I say , I am quite pleased thus far. The front and back are both complete and I just need to crochet the sides together once I have found a round cushion insert. I am not sure I have ever actually seen any round cushion inserts anywhere but I have a backup plan to buy a cheap round cushion and use the insert from it or even the entire cushion.



Angel Blessings

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

DAYS OF OLD



Despite having to deal with the aftermath of the horrendous floods, Jenny has still managed to link us up this week with the book study. I, for one, appreciate Jenny's effort considering everything she has endured. Thankyou Jenny.

This week we ponder the tv series and movies we have loved and still do love. Wow! So many.

TV series.... As a child I loved Hazel, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Petticoat Junction. Creeping into my teenage years came The Brady Bunch and my heart just went ca thump ca thump watching gorgeous David Cassidy in The Partridge Family. It saddens me that he has now gone to the big music festival in the sky. Later on came The Waltons and The Sullivans and my fav of all time series Little House on the Praire. A bit further on I always got a laugh watching The Gilmore Girls.

Now, movies... hmmmm I loved all the Shirley Temple movies, and the classics such as Gone With the Wind and Jane Eyre.  Then there was the very funny Ma and Pa Kettle fims, and Doris Day with Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk. I still have a laugh watching Lucille Ball in The Long Long Trailer and I love Fried Green Tomatoes, The Ghost and Mrs Muir, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Needless to say, I have few DVDs of the above mentioned movies and TV series.

No pics today and I hope I haven't bored you. I would love to know your favourites.

                                                            Angel Blessings

Monday, 11 February 2019

BLOOMING

While my flowers are wilting and dying off outside my crocheted cushion is blooming.



It is such a pleasure seeing it grow .

But that is all I have done.

Angel Blessings.

THE GENTLE ART CONTINUES

This week's book study talks about colour . Reading what Jane Brocket says about her journey with colour and how she views it is intere...