Sunday, 27 February 2011
This lovely hand-sewn fabric heart arrived in a package from dear Joanna! The photo will not do it justice.....the welt and bow I think are made from old French ticking and the heart fabric is a delicious pale floral linen. Joanna's "needle & thread writing" is just beautiful. I am very inspired to get practicing my own writing, and to try a welted edge! I feel very blessed with all the love and support from the Pantry Violets at this difficult time in my life. I will treasure the beautiful gifts and wonderful friendships......thank you one and all! LOVE- Oolie
Friday, 18 February 2011
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Monday, 14 February 2011
Sending much love to Pantry Violets, one and all, across the globe! A special thank you to Becky for inspiring this vintage paper heart sachet project, my first attempt at threading a needle and being creative since my Mom passed away on Dec. 11, 2010. LOVE to all- Oolie
Sunday, 13 February 2011
If any of you are in London for the next couple of weeks, I urge you to visit the Foundling Museum to see the Threads of Feeling exhibition- Di came to stay for the weekend before she went to the Julie Arkell (lucky thing!) course down in West Dean, and dragged me along to it......true to form Di cried all the way round the 'achingly beautiful' tokens of fabrics that had been cut from the abandoned babies' clothes and pinned to a ledger in case the mothers returned to claim their children...really amazing and unbelievably sad.....a great weekend of racing around the cloth shops, Loop and the Camden passage, and finished off on sunday by a frenzy of hand dyeing swatches of blanket that Di's sister had very kindly sourced for me from a local charity shop!
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
A lot of the time how you were regarded at Hailsham, how much you were liked and respected, had to do with how good you were at ‘creating’.
Ruth and I often found ourselves remembering these things a few years ago, when I was caring for her down at the recovery centre in Dover.
‘It’s all part of what made Hailsham so special’ she said once. ‘The way we were encouraged to value each other’s work.’
‘True,’ I said. “But sometimes, when I think about the Exchanges now, a lot of it seems a bit odd. The poetry, for instance. I remember we were allowed to hand in poems, instead of a drawing or a painting. And the strange thing was, we all thought that was fine, we thought that made sense.’
‘Why shouldn’t it? Poetry’s important.’
‘But we’re talking about nine-year-old stuff, funny little lines, all misspelt, in exercise books. We’d spend our precious tokens on an exercise book full of stuff rather than on something really nice for around our beds. If we were so keen on a person’s poetry, why didn’t we just borrow it and copy it down ourselves any old afternoon? But you remember how it was. An Exchange would come along and we’d be standing there torn between Susie K.’s poems and those giraffes Jackie used to make.’
‘Jackie’s giraffes,’ Ruth said with a laugh. ‘They were so beautiful. I used to have one.’
page15 Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Some books just take a while. This one's been siting by my bed since Christmas 2006. I ignored it, but Flu has come to our home and forced me into my bed and the book took its chance, broke out of its pile and got right deep under my skin into my soul. Highly recommeded. Joanna
Monday, 7 February 2011
Found a really wonderful source of beautiful vintage images....you know the sort of thing that Joanna and I are constantly on the lookout for at Ali Baba's! Its a flicker site of the website Agence Eureka, and there are thousands of images there!http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffeta/collections/ I really love the printable cut outs to make cars and other 3D toys.
Sunday, 6 February 2011
and this is what i stitched for my newly trimmed pooch last night...
just an old felted sweater, some yarn, a darning needle, & about 20 min.!
and mister bean is cozy....that's why.
hugs from a california girl in the snowy middle west!
Friday, 4 February 2011
Cece did two drawings. The first (above) is of a girl who is very nervous about standing up and giving a speech. She is holding the speech in her right hand and a glass of water in her left hand. There are puddles on the ground because it has rained and she is crying because she is very nervous.
This is a young boy jumping up and trying to touch his toes. I LOVE that she did not have room for his legs, but drew the feet coming back up into the picture so he could touch his toes!
Thursday, 3 February 2011
My favorite - the kangaroo! All the dots of the "hopping" trail are different colors and "bounce" all over the walls of the room - super cool!
I think this is my favorite wall - Capuchin monkey and owl and giant panda, along with "M," "N," "O," "P," "Q" and the clock, of course.
This nest had two eggs in it until the day the girls were born - then the little baby birds "hatched" and have been out and about for five and 1/2 years now.....
There is an animal for each letter of the alphabet, though some of them are hiding in another part of the room so the girls have to look for them to match letter to animal.....the alligator being one that is hiding behind the door....