Thursday, 30 July 2009


If you want to live and thrive,
let the spider run alive!

American Quaker saying

This money spider is the first in a series of arachnobroideries I am doing. This one is for my Etsy shop and will be online soon. I did this yesterday before starting my larger bedbug piece which I have begun today. I might replace the images tomorrow as I had to shoot them on the table to get maximum light!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Domestic Pests No 2

I have been working on my next domestic pest in the series - Bed Bugs! The above is a sample for a larger piece which I am going to call 'Don't let the bed bugs bite!' This is something I always remember my mum saying to me 'nite, nite, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite!' I used to be looking under the sheets to see if I could see something thinking they were going to be huge! Well they are not huge about a 4 - 5 mm in fact and they feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals! The vampires of the bug world but garlic will not kill them just a good pest control company. How do you spot them they leave black inky marks that are bed bug faeces on yer matress, yuck! When they have had a good feed they go red! mmmmmmmmm nice!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Gone is the dreaded lurgy

Well I am feeling so much better today, I think I have been ill with the dreaded flu for just over two weeks but finally, touch wood, I think it has finally decided to go! I nearly called the post title 'Shoo Flu' as I was convinced I was not getting rid of it. I am so looking forward to getting back to some good old embroidery and continuing with my new bug and insect ideas, which I am really excited about. I am eager to stitch this spider above which I photographed in my garden last week! I am also going to be working on re-stocking my Etsy shop which I have been neglecting! Oh the fog is finally clearing yea ha!!!!!!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Shoo Fly

Shoo fly don't bother me!


At last my machine is feeling happier so I am able to start a new set of embroidered insect drawings in freehand machine embroidery.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

A little bit of knitting

After yesterday I felt like I needed something bright and fun to take my mind off things, so I thought I would finish a little knitted jacket I have been making for my daughter Pippa. It's not my own pattern it is a Sublime knitting pattern. I never use the wool the pattern says to use I always substitute it with a brighter one! The colour is 'pistachio' which I got from Texere Yarns my favourite yarn and textiles shop. They sell pretty much everything from inspirational embroidery threads to papermaking supplies. I particularly like their catalogue which has both yarn samples and printed pages giving you the chance to feel the actual yarns before you buy them. I know that I have bought yarns or fabric off the internet without seeing a sample first and been really disappointed! Im just hunting for some buttons now to go on the jacket and I have also started another little knitted coat with a hood in peach. I love knitting, my mum and gran taught me and when I make things for the children it reminds me of all the things my mum and gran knitted for me when I was a child!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Counting down the hours!

I am counting down the hours until my hospital appointment tomorrow morning. Will it be good news or will it be bad. One way or the other by dinner time tomorrow I should know what kind of Arthritis I have. They have an idea what type they think it is and I have been waiting the past 3 or 4 months for my appointment to get the results! Finally tomorrow I will know. Oh the joys, well maybe they can at least give me something for the terrible pain I have been suffering all these months! NO matter what the results I will do what I always do, pick myself up off the floor and carry on!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Banana Bread, Beer, Veggies and the Flu!

What a weekend! Friday I started sneezing and by Saturday morning was aching all over, nose streaming, head thumping! Despite feeling like death warmed up we made our usual banana bread and went over to Tod to do the shopping. Sunday I could not move and spent the morning in bed while Andrew took care of the kids and made his next batch of home brew! I have to say the first batch went down rather nicely and was very drinkable! By the afternoon I was feeling a little better so we spent the afternoon planting some seeds, repotting and harvesting some of our produce. I have not really done much work on my Bronte Parsonage postcard so not much development to show.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Rain Rain Go Away!

Back to normal in Bacup with heavy rain! After yesterdays 'heatwave' we are now back to warm socks, jumpers and hot chocolate. My veg are getting a good soaking though!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009


I did not get a chance yesterday to post some images of the beginnings or early stages of my new tinted postcard. I was hoping to complete a postcard a day!!! Ha ha who was I kidding what with nappy changes, feeds, the school run, cooking, cleaning etc. my precious time at the studio is only small. I will however be working on Bronte Parsonage this evening while I watch and here it is I am sad my daily stint of 'Big Brother'. Why oh why do I watch it? Is it because I like shouting at the TV that so and so is an idiot or is just the fascination of watching complete strangers make asses of themselves while trying to carve out what they hope will be a 'career'. I don't know but maybe I am a romantic and hope the 'fake romances' will be for real mmmmmmmmm well I do think Halfwitt is quite funny and he sounds like Lesley Phillips from the Carry On films. Enough of Big Brother... I am really enjoying my new postcard I was thinking earlier it was starting to have a pointillist feel to it with all the French knots.