Monday, July 18, 2016

Treading water, struggling through, trying to cope.....


As this post title mentions life isn't quite going right for us at the moment and we as a family are feeling like we are treading water.

My father was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia back in 2014 and we've had ups and downs with this horrible disease, challenges that we have over come or adapted to but now its stepped up its game and we've had a really tough 4 weeks.

My poor father has been stuck in hospital all that time, we have seen him change into a person trapped in body he doesn't want to be in, many tears have been shed through sadness, depression, frustration, anger and even joy.
As a family we have had to make some huge decisions that you hoped you would never have to make, daily life and routine has gone out of the window....weve been trying to cope.

Its felt like a LONG 4 weeks and now we are entering another week , waiting for news, constantly on edge... struggling through. 

Occasionally I have been able to get some work done and being creative has been an amazing way to escape, therapy through any kind of art is a great stress relief especially if involves a needle felting needle, stabbing away!



Ive been restocking my Etsy shop with a tropical fruity collection of brooches....




...teaching a fantastic group of ladies needle felting landscapes!

They were amazing and I will definitely be teaching this workshop again soon!




When trips to the hospital have been stressful my drive home over the beautiful Sussex Down have been a huge joy, stopping to take in the stunning poppy and wheat/barley fields, taking in the seasons before they disappear in front of me....





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...walking, breathing and taking stock before returning to my family.





Rainy days needed cheering up so adding more stock to my shop and creating new items like these apple brooches.




I know we have a few more tough days, weeks and even months ahead but we do have things to look forward to which will keep our family unit together even if the captain of the ship isn't quite at the helm anymore.

Treasure those moments and don't give up, there are still snippets of joy that you can always share with each other.




Thursday, June 09, 2016

An #Instawalk with a difference!




Bank Holiday morning we decided to take the boys out for a family day only to bombarded with the usual 'Not a country walk!' 'Don't want to go there' 'Ugh!'
So after a family discussion an idea popped into my head, we all like using our phones, 3 of us use Instagram, we all love art, some of us wanted to go into town, some wanted a walk.... how about a Graffiti Insta Walk!



Taking the idea from many Instagrammers and how much #Instawalk can be, we headed out to town (Brighton) with strict rules.

1. No going into shops for shopping
2. We must walk there and back
3. We each can suggest a street or area we know where there is graffiti 
4. We must stop for tea and cake!




 Living in Brighton you take it all for granted and this little trip out was so enlightening. The creativity and skill of the graffiti artist is breathtaking and the places we found them were so exciting!

We ventured down streets we have never been down, looked up at places we pass often without really taking in what surrounds us....




Photo opportunities were popping up in the most unusual places providing perfect Instagram material!






Spending time as a family in such an unique way really made it fun, we talked, laughed and encouraged each other, the young teaching the old some new tricks! *Photo angles, see last picture!








I got a bit obsessed with doors, how they either added to the art or created interesting contrast!









We found out which graffiti artists we liked, new and old, the ideas were unbelievable, some truly beautiful!
As our feet became tired we indulged in Rule 4, ending the day with copious tea and coffee with cake too big to finish. We returned home with phones full of ideas, conversation and a doggie bag of cake!


I would say that was a successful family day out, don't you!

You can catch more of my pictures in a Steller Story that I put together, enjoy!






Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New needle felted animals and birds!




Meet Pete the Pigeon...
After watching a pigeon stealing the seeds from bird feeder in my garden the other day I noticed that the garden variety were a lot more handsome than the rather ugly city type!

I named him Pete and imagined what life he lead, swooping from one garden to another, wondering if he ever visited fellow pigeons further down the road in the city!

So Pete needed to be made and I thoroughly enjoyed each process.



Talking of process, I do find it useful to record the stages when creating a needle felted item whether its sketching an idea or researching through pictures on the internet.




Ive got plans for these bears which at the moment are still in the early stages but the characters evolved as soon as I started adding the details to their faces.


By adding a few extra refinements such as accessories they have really become their own little souls....



..so please let me introduce Bruce and Fergus!

Bruce and Fergus along with Pete the Pigeon and all my other needle felted animals are in an exhibition as part of the Brighton May Open Houses.

Please pop along, say hello and if you come this Sunday 15th May at 5.30pm I will be hosting a short  talk and demonstration about needle felting.

13 artists at 202
202 Ditching Road
Brighton
BN1 6JE


Friday, April 08, 2016

Spring blossom - DIY project


If like me you can't wait for the Spring blossom, why not make your own and have a bit of fun at the same time.

This project is such a simple one that if you lack any sewing skills you can't go wrong.
Ideal little embellishments that can be added to outfits and hair slides, anything you can think of!

You Will Need
Scolloped velvet ribbon
Matching thread and needle
Pearlised beads


Cut a length of ribbon that has 5 full scollops and a half either end.



Tie a knot at the end of the thread and sew a simple running stick along the straight edge.



Pull the thread to form a flower and tack through to the back to hold into position, then sew on a bead to the front and tie off at the back, simple!





Choose some branches from the garden that are just coming into bud, I've cut some beautiful Hazel from my garden, then attach the little flowers with glue.
Instant blossom!





I obviously had a bit more fun, one of which was making a small stop motion film, enjoy!





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