Sunday 30 November 2008

A Magical Forest

I had a brilliant time in London and I will share more with you soon but today has been a sorting out today, catching up with the jobs I left behind.
My head has been buzzing with all the wonderful art I viewed.
So all I can manage today is a mosaic of some of my trees, it has been quite useful for me to see my different colour combinations.
A very busy week a head as I'm sure most of us have at this time of year!

I really must start writing my Christmas cards.

Have a good week ! x

Thursday 27 November 2008

Embroidery On Paper And Little Snow Tree

Snow Tree Sold
Adding Hand Stitches On Paper

Machine Stitching On Paper

This week I have been experimenting with some tea bag paper which I purchased from

I have used two layers which I have ironed together and then I painted with acrylic paint .

My subject is not something I would normally attempt.

It is a section of a photograph of a room.

It is a challenge set by my art society, each person has a different section of the same photograph and we have to use our own choice of materials and use only five colours, again our own choice.

I still have quite a bit to do, I have used some machine stitching and I am now adding some hand stitches.

The paper is taking the stitches very well, I have backed it with calico. I love the fact I can merge my painting style with embroidery.

I have been working with one of the A'level art students at school and I suggested she use this paper as she wanted to use embroidery in her sketch book.

I'm excited at the moment because I am going to London tomorrow with A'level and Community students to visit the London Art galleries.

Tate Modern, Tate Britain, British Museum, and National Portrait Gallery.
Nothing compares to seeing a painting in the flesh so to speak, the textures, brush marks, intensity of colour, size and much more.

We are staying one night, so two days of galleries, heaven!

I hope to share it with you next week.

I will leave you with another tree brooch .

Hope you have a good weekend.

Sunday 23 November 2008

Shopping List Saturday ( Sunday )

A winter feel to shopping list Saturday this week, as the cold winds arrive.
I think next week it will have to be winter woolies!
Charlotte at Fancypicnic also has a winter theme, I had already done my mosaic and found Charlotte had also had the same idea.
A range of blogs are promoting etsy sellers you can find the others on my side bar.

1. Of course I love this tree painting by Paintbox.
2. Her whispers are wind.Her sighs, the snow by eekdesigns is a beautiful original print and the title is perfect.
3.This soldered pewter ornament was created with cynthiacallans original snowflake paintings.
4.dollmachinegallery has this delightful, whimsical, wintry painting.

I am busy with orders at the moment and I hope to show you more in the week.

Hope your keeping warm or those of you in warmer climates I wish I was with you!
Oh! and thanks for your lovely comments in my last post.x

Thursday 20 November 2008

Stitching Trees And Tags

More Trees


Just a quick post to say thank you to Cathy Novembermoon and Tricia Letscreate for tagging me.

I think it's a great way to share blogs and an opportunity to share interesting little known facts about yourself.

Also I had an award from Lynn which I need to pass on, so the following blogs I tag and I will give an award.

The rules of this Tag are:1. Link to the person who tagged you.2. Post the rules on your blog.3. Write seven little known facts about yourself.4. Tag seven people at the end of your post and link to them.5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog6. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted.

Maryanne Wakeley

I am now supposed to leave some interesting facts about me and as I did that not long ago , I thought I would leave that for another day and instead you can see a picture of me!

Sunday 16 November 2008

More Creative Mess

Tree Brooche sold

I think I may need to sort this out today!

When I am in my creative world I cause havoc around me!
If you love threads as much as I do you will love this picture or you may despair at my unorganized mess.
I am sure if I kept going you would find me buried under the pile of silk tops, wool, threads and more threads, not to mention paints, pastels and books!
The trouble is do I have time to tidy when I am in full flow ? ... no, yet now I must pause so I don't waste time finding that exact colour of thread I need, although I quite enjoy that.
I am in such disarray that I still need to do my Shopping List Saturday , I hope to bring you that later but I really must sort myself out.

Wednesday 12 November 2008

A Splash Of Colour

Purple Tree

I have managed to add some embroidery brooches to etsy today.
You can find them here.
I think the best way to describe them is stitched paintings, lots of small stitches of different shades blended together.

I have some more to add but the hardest thing for me is to let them go, strange I know but each one is so different, yes the same theme, but each has its own character.
I hope they are like real trees because they are individual, also different in seasons and weather.
Well I may not manage to sell them but I have sold this one above.
Today my daughter has been ill with a flu type virus so a day spent lying on the sofa curled up in her duvet.
I'm hoping the rest of us will not get it, fingers crossed and staying positive!
Hope your having a good week and thanks for visiting.x
P.S Thank you so much Lynn for giving me an award.
Sorry I think I still need to nominate some blogs, I will have a think.

Sunday 9 November 2008

Shopping List Saturday ( Sunday )

I have had one of those mad weekends, trying to fit in house work, bonfire parties and shopping the boring kind etc...
So for exciting shopping I can share with you these lovely items from etsy sellers.
It's a pink with a hint of turquoise this week as a theme, following on from my little pink tree.
1.Joycelo from Dublin makes these beautiful aqua glass beads.
2.I love Charlotte's unique textile jewellery and this collar is stunning, you can find more in her shop Fancypicnic and check out her blog too.
3.Daphne Had a Penchant for Pink, Her Pekinese, and Men in Uniform original painting by
vivstrauss would make me happy especially a man in uniform!
4.Leahsutton has these wonderful hand knitted fluffy bracelets in her etsy shop.
I hope to update my shop this week and to share a few more pictures with you.
I must say thank you for all the positive comments I had in my last post, they are so appreciated.

Thursday 6 November 2008

Little Stitched Trees


Here are some little tree brooches I have been making this week.
They measure about 5cm in diameter, although small a lot of stitches have gone into these.
It has been useful working small, I have had time to play with different colour combinations.

The trees look so wonderful this time of year, the rich colours against grey mists or blue skies if we are lucky!
The landscape changing everyday, a wealth of inspiration.
I hope to bring you more soon.

Sunday 2 November 2008

Shopping List Saturday ( Sunday )

Oops! sorry late again, sorry Charlotte at Fancypicnic who organizes shopping list Saturday.
Well it had to be black this week for Halloween, inspired by witches,black cats and dark nights.
1.cathycullis has beautiful embroidered items in her shop and I love this little face appearing from the darkness on her hand made felt purse.
2.This wonderful Gothic style purse is made by urbanheirlooms using an antique key.
3.A black wolf features on this intricate necklace made by adorapop , it's an illustration of the story of Peter And The Wolf.
4.lottiefrank has this delightful original print and many more in her etsy shop.
So the half term week comes to an end, how quick was that!
Hope you have a restful Sunday before the start of your week.