Honestly, sometimes I really think I am losing the plot, well, losing days for one thing. Every day I tell myself that I really ought to be writing a blog post, and then I get sidetracked by something else and before I know it, several days have passed and I haven't got a clue what I have done! Obviously I haven't achieved anything worthwhile, otherwise I would be writing about. So what have I done the last 4 days? Sunday morning we had a little womble through a small bootfair. Bought only two things, 2 pairs of big wooden knitting needles, perfect for my next project, and I found a woodworking jig for my DH, woohoo, which was a bargain at £4.
We seem to be watching a lot of the Winter Olympics at the moment. I don't know whether thats because my DH is now retired and we watch together or whether I am getting more tolerant of lots of different sports. I certainly enjoy the curling, ice scating, snowboarding and skeleton.
I also spend a lot of time reading blogs. I can't help it, there are so many fabulous blogs out there and a girl has to get her inspiration somewhere, right?
One thing which I have wanted to try for a long time is printing on fabric. There are so many beautiful fabric collages out there in blogland and I have drooled over them and lusted after them, coveted them and admired their oh so talented creators. Well, today I have finally taken the plunge and done it, yay! I picked a photograph of my beautiful mother when she was 15 years old ( top of the picture ), and randomly picked a couple of vintage photos which I had saved ( apologies to the wonderful people who shared these lovely photos in the first place, like the idiot I am, I didn't save your names ).
Here is the piece of cotton fabric, printed and ready to be cut -
I want to make a collage with one of my mum's pics and a small lavender cushion with the second one. Fingers crossed, I hope I'll do her justice. The other two I'll probably use for little lavender cushions or door hangers as well, we'll see, hopefully inspiration will strike when I get serious about getting the sewing machine out.
A few days ago, I received two smashing magazines from my dear friend Michela -
We had taken part in Floss's magazine swap. What a great idea that was! Michela obviously knows of my fondness for food, especially Italian food. Ok, so I may have to learn Italian, but it will be so worth it, the recipes look absolutely delicious. Here, look, judge for yourself -
anything with courgettes will do just fine for me, I love them
And in the other gorgeous magazine I found some really love Spring projects. How about these gorgeous cushions, for example? Just perfect to tempt Spring to arrive -
It has lots of lovely patterns for all sorts of things inside. These pattern sheets are just crammed full of the loveliest embroidery designs -
And nor for something completely different. I have probably mentioned the OWOH event a few times. I had so much fun visiting hundreds of blogs, and entered quite a few of the giveaways as well. I won two of them, woohoo! One of them arrived yesterday, from France. Now red is not normally my colour, but this collage really intrigued me when I saw it during my visit to Mireille's blog called Titbelsoeur toute seule. It is even more amazing in real life than it is in the photo I saw on her blog. The details are incredible, every time I look at it I see something I hadn't seen before. The fact that it is French is of course a bonus! I really do like it an awful lot. Thank you so much, Mireille!
I'll toddle off now and see what goodies I have stashed away to make a collage with for my mummy's photo. I can almost picture what I am after. Keep your fingers crossed for me.