donderdag 18 januari 2018

18 - 1 - 18

The year has quietly started ...
and I continued with what I was doing
at the end of December :
After the "Snowman" and the "Star catcher"
I was in the mood again !
Other crafts have been quiet for a while,
that's how things work best for me.

I have a whole page with little sketches
with ideas that I might make
into a bigger little painting
with gouache paint (poster paint)
Normally I work with acrylic paint, "oils" is not me ...
The little grandson is very happy that I'm using that now,
instead of acrylic paint !
(that HARD to get from his clothes,
should he make a mess ...
so now he's happy to work next to me !)

After making the layered background
I start with the drawing in chalk pencil
(which is in fact for sewing, but it works great)

Working the light colours is a bit tricky
(because the layers underneath easily dissolve again)

The rest is for tomorrow ...

Red, yellow and blue ...
and learning how to mix the other colours !



We had a mighty storm today here in Holland :
roofsblown off, trees fell and trucks blown over,
all train traffic stopped
and some roads were closed.

In the afternoon is quieted down, thank heavens !

A true winter storm !

zaterdag 30 december 2017

nearly there ...

Ohhhh ...
how fast time went when you look back !

Another year went by

with highs and lows
with dear things to remember
and things best forgotten

I hope, you all out there in Blog-land,
that you catch one, or even a few,
wishing stars
so that some of your dearest wishes come true
in the year to come ...

And my wish for you is a

and innovative



donderdag 21 december 2017

LIGHT on the shortest day !

December, the year,
is rolling slowly to its end.
Things have quieted down
after the rush of felting and preparing
for the (not very successful) market.

All the stand holders managed to get there ...
then the snow really started :
so hardly any visitors !
More than 5 cm snow
and Holland comes to a standstill !
(towards the end of the afternoon
it started raining, so we came home safely !)

It's been a long time since I did some drawing,
so for this Solstice day
I took out my Inktense pencils
and some special pens,
and made a Solstice / Light / Feast drawing
(instead of a stitched piece)

A very
Solstice, Light Feast, Jul, Chanukah, Christmas
to ALL my friends in Blog-land
all over the world :
may you spend many joyful hours together with your loved ones !

And to remember that failed market-Sunday
almost two weeks ago, some pictures ...


vrijdag 8 december 2017

small market

This Sunday afternoon (14.00 - 17.00)
daughter and I will be going
to a small market in the big barn
of a lovely old farmhouse :
Goidschalxoordsedijk 65
in Oud-Beijerland
("under the rainbow")

We hope that the weather will not be as cold as predicted,
but there will be a joyful fire burning outside
with warm drinks.

We have been busy making
"starry" lights in white and gray felt
(with safe LED candles of course)

There are simple stars
with printed tea bags felted inside
and stitched along the edge

And then there is the choir
of little angels
that has grown since last week !

(three more little ladies are waiting for hair and wings)

Today gave as already a foretaste
of what might be coming this weekend :

But we hope on a bit of sunshine too,
just like today !

vrijdag 1 december 2017

star choir ...

Ohhhhh ... November was so slow ...
As could be predicted
after the busy "Pink Ribbon-month" October.

Yes, there was felting,
even a LOT of felting
but it went on very quietly :
after the mushrooms and the gnomes
there were stars

 BIG stars, when you compare them to the gnomes, ha !
These two were the first ...
but there are many more now
(because there is a market in a week's time)
For safety reasons they will be equipped with LED lights.

Now, there is slowly growing an angel's choir. 

There will be more !
A lot of different voices
make great harmony

zondag 19 november 2017

more mushrooms and ...

The felting course had something for the second week
that fitted quite well :
gnomes !
(some people might think that silly,
but I can tell you that the participants
of the course have (re)found
their inner child !)

After the first chanterelle 
there was another, smaller one.
Then I started with this week's assignment :

First there was one ... but he felt kind of lonely, so ...

he had two friends over to stay

Then, today, I had another go at the mushrooms,
ink mushrooms this time.
(some of those are edible too,
but the combination with alcohol makes them toxic !) 

Ha ... really like to do this !

zondag 12 november 2017

a new course

Because the last online felting course
was such fun
I subscribed to the next one too.

We started with making mushrooms

Because I'm very fond of chanterelles
I chose that one to make first

( I remember looking for them in the woods
when I was a small child )

Hmmmmm ...
thinking what kind
I'll be making next