Here's a multiple Dia de los Muertos Giveaway ...The first is a fabric collage banner the central image is a linocut I made .....The second prize is the 'Blondes have more fun' piece....and there will be runner up prizes of some sugar skull ATC cards .....this is the first giveaway on my blog I thought it was about time I got myself organised!!......To enter leave a comment..... if you're a follower I'll enter you twice ......xx
Yesterday we went to Romsey ....well I went into Romsey and Jim and Ruby went to Romsey rapids ....I guessed that the swimming pool might just be too splashy for my liking in half term ....and I was right ....After trawling the charity shops (I got an embroidery book by Julia Caprara and an alphabet stamp set and a gothic black cross from the Oxfam shop ) I had a wander round Romsey Abbey and took some 'arty ' shots with my phone camera ...must get myself a decent camera ....there were some great gargoyles but I didn't have a zoom on my phone ......x The history bit ...not my words .... It was originally built during the 10th century, as a Benedictine foundation. The surviving church is the town's outstanding feature and this is all the more remarkable because the abbey, as a nunnery, would have been less well financially endowed than other religious establishments of the time. The religious community was originally established at "Rum's Eg", strictly "the area of Rum surrounded by marshes" in 907 AD by nuns led by Elflaeda daughter of King Edward The Elder, who was son of King Alfred The Great. Later, King Edgar refounded the nunnery, in circa 960 AD, as a Benedictine house under the rule of St. Ethelflaeda who was sanctified for such acts as the chanting of psalms late at night, whilst standing naked in the freezing water of the nearby River Test. The religious community continued to grow and a village grew around it to keep it supplied with produce. Both suffered in 993 AD when Viking raiders sacked the village and burnt down the original church. However, the abbey was rebuilt in stone in circa 1000 AD.
My Dad's dog died today she was at least 18 yrs old and had never been to the vets in all the time she was alive ........she was a sweet dog who loved everyone...we'll miss you Ginny.... here's a little video I took of her in the Summer......Goodbye Ginny.......xx
We are on half term this week .....much needed breather Kim!!!....I finished another fabric collage today and I'm thinking I may open an Etsy shop ......mmmmm not sure what's everyone else's experience???....we also went on another walk ...Lovely day, clear blue sky ...we walked over the down where they have some Highland cattle keeping down the undergrowth......Gracie wasn't overkeen but Stitch thought they were his long lost cousins......we then walked along the River Itchen ..beautiful photo opportunities but I only have my phone camera but I think they capture the moment.....I have the same hoodie on ...sorry it's my favourite one at the moment ..its a great colour though ........x
No this Highland cow did not have a tree growing out of her back end !!! Can you see why Stitch thought he might have met his long lost cousins when he saw the Highland cattle ...... Lovely by the river we are so lucky to have the river so close .....
Me posing ......Hope you enjoyed our river walk today I know the dogs did .....maybe the beach tomorrow ...will also change my Hoodie .......Enjoy wherever you are.....x
Went to the woods this evening as you can see Gracie is recovering well from her major surgery she had back in July although she still can't go off lead she still enjoys her walks ....xx This one's for my good friend Lisa .....
Went to Salisbury to listen to Sophie singing tonight...beautiful singing, beautiful church...earlier in the day we went to football ...Come on you Reds .....yes they won ...phew ....but on the way to the football ground happened upon a quilting show.....couldn't resist these lovely braids and ribbons and recycled sari hanks ....watch this space to see what happens next with these bits.........x
Just had to put in this photo of Candace and a little friend she met in the Textile room....they just had to try on part of the carnival costume that we made with help from an artist who makes costumes for the Notting Hill Carnival. This one was made a few years ago but is still a feature in my room.....x
Well it's all over .....the opening that is and all 45 pieces of my work ...( first time exhibition) are on the walls of The Art House where they will stay for the next month .........PHEW !!!.....we had a great evening with friends and family and Jim's lovely music ...and the bonus.... I sold 3 pieces ...my first textile sales ...YAY ....
A sad day for us but more adventures for Candace she is off to Brazil .....Lucky gal !!.........Can you spot some makeovers I have given Candace.....Augustus decided to give Candace some new earrings and a bracelet as a going away present and I have embroidered some forget-me-knots on her cape just to remind her of her visit to the UK ....don't forget us Candace.....Safe journey........xx
I am a qualified Textile Teacher but now I am lucky enough to follow my dream being a full time Textile Artist and I love every minute I spend creating in my studio at The West Wing. I am passionate about textiles and am privileged to share my skills with others.
I run workshops for schools, colleges and groups.
I work 1 to 1 with individuals who might want help with basic sewing or more advanced techniques.
Commissions are always welcome please get in touch with me to discuss your requirements. No textile job is too small .....:)
I sell my work through Etsy and you can find me on Facebook at Artymess Textile Art ...come and say hello.
Thanks for taking the time to have a glimpse at my world.
Come and visit my other blog ArtyMaker..I have been lucky enough, along with 8 other Textile artists to take part in The Enliven Project....a project organised by Eastleigh Borough Council....which means that we are working as artists in residence in local Charity shops ...we will create an outfit out of goodies we find in our allocated shop which will be put on display for a month. The outfit will then be featured in the Eastleigh music Festival weekend in July
Here is the facebook page ..with lots of pics .....