Thursday, 30 April 2015

A Nice Surprise

 
 

I had a nice surprise earlier this month as I was the winner of this lovely pack of fabric as a giveaway on Janet's blog . It is sea themed and named "More Hearty Good Wishes" by Janet Clare who makes gorgeous quilts and has a book with this same Title. Since receiving my prize I have been busy designing and making this little quilt. After finished the hand quilting and sewing on the borders it was finished and here it is photographed in the garden today.

My other surprise was this butterfly in the house. I gently carried it outside to let it go, but not before I spent some time Capturing a drawing of her.

Back to the quilt. I set up in front of the upstairs window and that way I could enjoy the views of the shore. As I was cutting, sewing and ironing I would have a break and glance down to the shore. I would watch the tide creep in and out of the estuary as time passed by. As I sewed I would look at the seagulls on the fabric as I would also watch them soaring above in the sky outside. It was such lovely fabric to work with, with designs of Boats and fish and grasses, lighthouses and other related coastal subjects. I loved the colours too of this sea themed fabric range.
I spent lots of enjoyable days with lovely views from my window as I quietly and slowly stitched it. When the sun set I would put it away again.
 
 
 

And then after it was all complete I have my little seaside quilt to treasure.

And it will always remind me of those lovely sunsets and the rainbows that appear
 
Outside the bluebells are starting to open up and make a sea of blue in the garden.
Inside I have my finished sea quilt.

Guess what turned up in the room as I was sewing one day. It just came and sat on the tissue paper which was wrapped around the spare material. It opened its wings and flapped and fluttered on the window sill. I opened the window but it never left, it kept me company for several days. Perhaps a lucky charm.


And the rainbows made me smile, as they magically shone on my quilt ,.....moments later gone.

 

Hope you enjoyed seeing my sewing.

Thank you for visiting and for the comments which I always enjoy reading.
See you soon, Millyx
 
 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Easter

The sun is out and it is a beautiful day. I have been in the garden and the birds are singing so loud, they are enjoying the day too. I hope you all had a lovely Easter.

 

I had a little display on my kitchen table. A jug of primroses I picked from the garden and some daffodils and my favourite coloured hyacinths called Woodstock. I made a new bag , featuring my hare drawing and the blackberry coloured spots from the peony and sage fabric. I spent all day Saturday making it and it was finished with the perfect coloured button I bought once on holiday. I always find my way into haberdashery shops and I buy bits and pieces, then one day it is just what I need after storing it for several years.

EILEEN POSTLETHWAITE

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When I had finished it I was really happy, I brought it downstairs to show the 'interested' husband. He actually likes me sewing, I am quiet for hours and hiding away with my sewing machine. Easter was the perfect time to make a hare bag.

I have lots of flowers out in tubs and around the garden. The birthday present of 60 bulbs is looking and smelling wonderful. My sister planted them last November and on Sunday I picked her a bunch of the sweet smelling daffodils and told her how lovely they are. I have enjoyed watching them grow, the are just outside my kitchen window. Soon the pot of tulips will be out, another 60 bulbs all blooming, what a lovely present they have been. She also gave me the maroon hyacinths wrapped in brown paper.

Now for a tour of some of the flowers in my garden, all taken this afternoon.

Cowslips and the first camellia. Then a few snapshots of my snakehead fritillaries. They are growing at different stages, see the many colours, shades, Chequered patterns and some of them have appeared white ones.

 

 

 

 

I am going to try and capture some in my drawings as they are so beautiful.

A secret little glimpse of a little chequered pattern of my own. This is the little mouse quilt I made with the elderberry dyed fabrics.

Milly mouse under her elderberry quilt, homemade from elderberries picked along the hedgerows in our village, dyed fabric and hand stitched by me.
The sunshine at this very moment as I say good bye. It is just catching the garden, the midges are waking up and we have seen a butterfly and several big bees collecting pollen from the fritillary. It has been such a warm day for getting out into the garden. Thank you for your comments, for the people who tell me I inspire them to draw and others who tell me it is a nice calm place to visit. A little taste of spring for all of you still waiting
See you soon......Millyx



 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Time

Last night we changed our clocks to British Summertime. I am looking forward to the longer evenings. I have been enjoying lots of late afternoon walks. It is such a lovely time to go just before the sun sets. All the birds are singing and high up in the trees the rooks are building their nests.
I like watching how the the colours change as the light fades. You see all the silhouettes of the trees against the evening sky and the nests are easily seen. And by the time we wander home the sun is setting.


Beautiful colours all soft and faded. A lovely way to end each day. It has been a mixture of sunshine, rainy days, windy blustery days and several days of cold frosty mornings. One morning during the week we woke to snow covering the landscape but it soon disappeared in the sunshine later in the day.
I am happy to say the first bright sunshine flowers have appeared along the hedgerows, the lesser Celandines. I picked a few and had fun capturing the flower and leaf in my square book. It began to curl up and the petals gave me some interesting shapes. I also have a large new pot of black Indian ink and so couldn't wait to use this too.

It so reminded me of my childhood, as we discovered if we liked butter, as we held a flower under our chin, the bright yellow glow always told us we did, an innocent game we played time after time.
I love the way the primroses appear too, from all the dead leaves and plants on the ground. I have noticed lots of them growing along the lanes and footpaths, the same places as when I was a young girl. I picked a single wild flower as I have this large clump growing in my own garden.
I have been drawing a bramble leaf with the tracks made by a mysterious insect. After some reading I have discovered it is a moth. These are the three finds I picked an a walk, I managed to paint the ivy leaf and the pencil sketch of the bramble leaf, and the primrose gave me that gentle sweet smell and glowed in the sunlight through my window.

I didn't hold back from collecting the fragments of China. I climbed into the field to look in a muddy river bed and scanned the ground for pieces which has come to the surface. I am thrilled at finding even the smallest blue patterned shape and sometimes patterns on both sides. I love discovering each and every fragment, left from broken objects from long ago. Another treasure was a little green glass marble from a bottle neck in the side of a hedge. I picked up the sycamore seeds at the same place, the photograph shows my finds all washed and sorted.
I never tire of drawing the sycamore and love the twin ones.

And the sprouting shoots.
And this acorn cup, remnants of last autumn, the seeds sown for new life.
And that brings me to my beautiful snakehead fritillary. My first flower and buds of this year down at the bottom of my garden. They are growing so fast. I planted over a hundred new ones last November and I am so excited to watch them all flowering again this year. I picked one of the buds.
I sketched it in pencil and left it. Little by little I have started to paint it with the acrylic inks. My eyes only allow me a short session. So it all takes time but I am making progress. Last year I could not even attempt to draw anything, so I am so grateful I can this year. I just have to be patient.
And something else that has made me smile is seeing the first glimpses of several different ladybirds. When the sunshines I spot them in my garden and along the hedgerows. We counted five one day. This one was captured by the photographer.

So small but so beautiful. I have been making something small by printing and sewing using red fabric paint. It is a slow project as I am making very small stitches, I will keep it to share another time.
I will leave you with a dramatic looking sunset. Each day is different and I love to stop and take it all in. Before the sun sets today I am going to wrap up warm, then enjoy a very windy blustery walk around the village and make full use of our extra hour of daylight.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been doing. Thank you for your comments. If you are visiting I would love to hear what you are doing, or just say hello. See you soon . Millyx


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Water World

This week has seen the highest tides this century. Our estuary was becoming more and more like a watery landscape as the water crept in and covered the shore. I had been for a wander along the shore on Wednesday and collected some tiny pink shells, several mermaids purses and other interesting objects. I knew it was very wet and waterlogged and realised I had to take care, it was so muddy and slippery as the water had been covering much of the shore. The next day I was quite shocked to see the size of the tide, see the photograph above. I thought how I was there just the day before, walking where it was now nothing but water. It really makes you respect the power of the sea.

My finds from Wednesday ready to be washed and sorted in the kitchen sink. I chose the strange black plant stem in the middle, with the six round pod structures on the thin delicate stem. I have seen them before but was attracted to this with such an unusual arrangement. It seemed to beg me to match it up with the holly leaf. So I started a drawing in pencil to capture their shapes and textures.

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I will hopefully spend more time to complete this. I have also been working on a black ink drawing with my dip in pens of one of the large black mermaids purse.
I love finding all these treasures. As the week went on each day the tides become even higher. We woke up on Saturday to a gorgeous day and this was the amazing view around 1pm. The sky so blue made the water a wonderful deep blue sea on this day of the record tide.

We stood on our little railway bridge to see this sight, a watery world before us. I could not resist going onto the shore, through the gate to see the tiny strip of land left uncovered by the sea. I felt so excited with the anticipation of all the sea treasures that would wash onto our shores.

The view from my house as the tide rushed into the estuary in such a spectacular way.

Later in the afternoon as the tide receded. I found some fresh sea weed to add to my other finds. It was a beautiful day and lots of people turned out to see this sight. Dogs were swimming on a flooded area of grass and as the train passed through the village the passengers must have seen that they were nearly surrounded by water on both sides of the track.

In Search of more treasures this afternoon....................

Today we went for a walk to a nearby stretch of beach. We had gone to deliver a birthday present and ended up on the beach. The tide was coming in, the sharp wind was icy cold and I was glad to be well wrapped up. The sand was peppered with pretty little shells and with only a paper bag I struggled to carry all my found treasures. I felt the coldness of the water, as I picked up wet shells and my finger ends were numb. I had to have them, I could not resist them, so many beautiful pairs of tiny perfectly striped shells. Then I chose a whole collection of larger blue and white shells. The heaps of seaweed tossed onto the shore were full of tangles of different coloured mermaids purses, yes of course I collected them too! I have washed the shells, so happy with them.

They are so lovely, I would go as far as saying I could almost eat them.

I loved my walk with the bracing winds, the choppy waves making the wavy lines of brown frothy foam on the sand and so many treasures for me. I can't wait to get started on some new drawings. To watch the power of the sea as it made its way towards my village further along the estuary with such a dramatic sky overhead. A grey sky makes a grey sea. The photographer took over a hundred shots along the way.

As we made our way back towards the car we could see the black clouds in the distance over the Lakeland hills and snow showers turning the hills white. No wonder my fingers were so cold. Even the photographer was feeling the chill and had cold hands with his gloves on,
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All our beautiful beaches inspire me to draw.
 
Did you notice I also found a red berry? Looks like I am going to busy capturing some of my beach finds.
Hope you are all keeping warm where ever you are. Thank you for visiting and for the lovely comments. See you soon. Millyx