In 2017 I decided to open my website with my monthly 'Journal' page instead of the traditional 'bio' Here I endeavour to explain some useful knowledge pertaining to the creation of a visual piece using photography and examples.
Every now and again the photos within this website will be changed (so do please check them occasionally!) but as this isn't done every month the Journal page was created so that each month there is something new to read and see!
February has been filled with snow storms, icy roads and high winds. On days like these it is so nice being indoors - preferably near a log fire! Even the animals disappear when the weather is unpleasant.
When the weather improves the squirrels re-appear, foraging in the snow and nibbling at something obviously delicious on the trees! It is always interesting to watch the squirrels and these little red ones are very entertaining! Their colour is so similar to that of the tree that they merge beautifully with the bark. The clear blue sky has made a pleasant change to all the cloudy days.
Whilst sheltering from the rages of winter, I have been having fun making more zipped bags. I made a number for friends and family for Christmas and have had requests, so I've made more!
One thing I always love is colour. It fascinates me how diverse the colours in our world are, and how they either compliment each other or conflict. Sometimes you take two colours that you wouldn't think would work together and they do! For example a particular shade of blue and coral, or turquoise and sage green. Colour combining has endless permutations and is always full of surprises - not all good ones!! Mixing patterns can also reward with great combinations.
Bag sizes are all approximate as I'm human and not a machine! All are fully lined.
Sizes are: 4" x 6:", 4" x 7", 5" x 7", 6" x 8", 7" x 9". Prices range from $12 to $25. Matching tissue holders are $10 (see my December Journal for examples).
Bags are made to order and can be done in shades of any specified colour.
I had a lovely visit with my mother and brother who braved the Canadian winter and joined us for Christmas and the New Year. In early January it was my brother's birthday so I did a needle-felted picture for him.
When steam trains were replaced by diesel many went to the scrap yards but fortunately many were rescued and preserved to carry on serving the public. There are many preservation railways which are really living museums. There is nothing more nostalgic than the sound and smell of a steam train! Travelling on one during a starlit winters night is beautiful! It is not surprising that there are many holidays that can be taken where the trip is on a steam train traversing the countryside stopping at interesting locations en route. Visiting these preservation railways is a great way to spend the day.
The advent of diesel changed many things. One that may seem insignificant proved quite a challenge. Many houses back onto railway lines. Woman said that when the trains changed from steam to diesel they couldn't get their curtains clean any more as the diesel left a nasty oily grime behind.
The featured steam train in my needle-felted picture is 1369, a GWR 0-6-0 PT that originally worked for Cornwell Mineral Railway. (GWR stands for Great Western Railway, and 0-6-0 depicts the wheel configuration). When steam was replaced by diesel these engines needed preserving. The whole history behind this engine and that of the South Devon Railway can be found on the website mentioned above.
And of course, I can't end without adding a couple of photos of our new kittens that love helping out with my projects!