Monday, August 15, 2011

Not Happy Jane!

Can you believe it that vase I resisted has a crack in it...
I tried out that gold underlay and here is the result:)

These little boxes(?) don't photograph well as they are painted in blue green lustre -that's my excuse anyway. And what about the close up of our strelitzia? I cut this one and took it inside as I believe they last a couple of weeks but it is just spectacular.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Good morning:)  I have been resisting this morning.
 Isn't it funny when you take up a hobby there are all manner of expressions that only people in that hobby group can understand.
When I was making porcelain dolls we were always asking questions like'are my eyelashes uneven or are my eyebrows level and are her eyes looking in the same direction' We thought of putting messages like these on T shirts. Now it is all about resist.
When I first entered Fay Green's porcelain art class they were all resisting and I thought 'That's different and is this the class I really want.'
Now I will post a couple of photos and you will see what I mean.

So you can see that I have resisted all the parts of the vase that don't need paint at this stage. This means that I can sponge on my persimmon red without any trauma. I intend to paint this in persimmon red and gold. Not usually the colours I like but one needs to do this sometimes -out of that comfort zone.
I am also happy with myself this morning because I have already fired two small pieces on which I have used gold underlay on butterflies. Then I need to paint them with gold and fire again. Not very confident about this but I shall persevere.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another UFO!

I had a quick look at Nancy's blog this morning and saw her beautiful knitting and it reminded me that I have a beaded skirt to finish. Trouble is the weight of the beads is such that i can only manage a row at a time before I need a rest. That's my excuse and zi am sticking to it. Here's a little photo.

I think the craft room will have to wait-Art has gone out to lay pavers and I think i should help too:)
Am I making excuses not to get in there-after that I have to make a pie for dinner tonight too-I promised.

Busy, busy, busy!

Do you remember the old Bing Crosby song 'We're busy doing nothing'? Well that is how I feel at present. I seem to be flat chat but not achieving anything. i haven't been in the craft room for over a week and I have birthdays and anniversaries and a friend wants a wedding card -so -I am going in there today and forgetting the housework things -they can wait until tomorrow.
We have a bird of paradise plant (strilizia) and yesterday I cut one to take indoors. They are exotic plants so I hope you enjoy the photo.

This dress-more a gown than a dress-was one of those that was being photographed at Cavalcade of fashion yesterday. Beautiful beadwork. I went there to help catalogue some swimsuits from the 1920's to the 1960's.
Off to the craft room now:)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Busy Week this week.

It is all go this week. Had a lovely day at Pam's (my daughter) last Saturday. All the family there except the Lindens en-masse, although our lovely Amy was there. We have been invited to Ryan's wedding and Greg and Fran are shouting us a room at the hotel for the night of the wedding so that we can stay in town. Brilliant. We are so blessed with all our kids. They are all just brilliant.
Have been trying to make a tassel today out of gold embroidery thread. The fingers are not as nimble as they once were and it really annoys me. My Porcelain Art teacher needs a small gold tassel to finish one of her pieces for the APAT do(I think). Anyway I have made the tassels but when I attach the red bead it looks hideous so I shall leave that for a later day, when the brain is in better gear.

They actually don't look too bad now -since I have put them away for a couple of hours:)