Monday, August 1, 2011

What have I been Doing?...

Neglecting this Blog is What!

So here is a quick up date!
My brother runs a small mixed business and back at Easter he had a heart attack. 
He survived thanks to the rapid response from the local health services and in the meantime has been making a full recovery. I have been busy running the business for him while he recovers which has left little time to tend to any of my more creative pursuits, let alone blogging here.
Although some weeks ago I was asked to assist in making some costumes for a local theatre group who were performing the Sound Of Music.
I was asked to make the Play Clothes for the Von Trapp Children... 
So here they are...







And Gretyl...

7 costumes in four weeks was a challenge... but I got the job done.
And I was very proud of my work.
The production was a sell out with standing ovations. 
I received a lot of very positive feedback on my costume work and have been asked to participate in making costumes for their next production in December which will be "Alice in Wonderland"

Planning meetings start next week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Am I Blue...

Hello there...
Happy New Year to you all...
And here's to a creative and productive 2011! 

This is my latest project.

It is about half of the top for a Cot Quilt for my 1 year old Nephew.

As you can see it is in a wide range of blue tone on tone's and prints.

It is my first effort at a "Bargello" style of pattern. Not that I'm following a pattern. The the design comes from out of this cluttered space I call my brain!

It 's doing my head in but I'll get there eventually...

I'm always up for a challenge...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Magpie Tale # 47

Daddy please don't leave us. Is it something that we've done?
We have heared you shouting often, during arguments with Mum.
We"ll try hard to stop the calling out, "Damn kids" we've heard you say
And stop fighting with each other, if it means that you will stay

Mummy says we're being silly and that it's really not our fault
You and she, she says, have grown apart, that's why you want to bolt.
Is it true that you don't love us any more down in your heart?
Cos we still love you Daddy, and that's the silly part.

That you want to go and leave us now "to find yourself" we've heard
  But you found Mum and you have us, that's why we find it quite absurd
That you'd want to walk away from this and leave us on our own
After all Dad it's just another bill, for the silly phone.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Magpie #46

Take off your gloves now and rest them right here
I'm so glad that that's over, at least for a year
Surviving that lot, well it is quite a feat.
I'll go put the kettle on, you take a seat

Now I don't want to sound like I'm chewing your ear
But I really am glad, that it's all over Dear.
I know they're your family, But, all in all,
As I've said all along, they're not my type at all

Old Aunty Mabel, sits there holding court
Oh the look on her face, at your "Shock Her" retort
When she asked you "Now David. How are things at work?"
You so quick to respond with, "My Boss is a jerk"

The twins. They have grown. Sadly, not up, but out
And when doesn't rude cousin William not shout?
I don't blame him though,  Putting up with those two..
Well...  and married to her... I'd be shouting too...

The dinner was nice,  though, the turkey was tough...
Such a shame that Maud's pudding, was not quite enough
Your Mother was crafty this year don't you think?
Having all of the men washing up at the sink.

While the rest of us sat there, and watched the kids play
I thought to myself , "David take me away"
And sitting and scheming of ways to depart
A feeling of dread settled here, near my heart

For tomorrow it's my turn, I'd almost forgotten,
Family gatherings with us go from dreadful to rotten,
Thank goodness it's only for one day a year
Think I'll skip on the cuppa, and get us a beer...