My lovely little girl was 12 today, she opened her present’s, we ate cake and had a slow easy day, she is having a big party with friends on Wednesday. This afternoon we watched movies and ate popcorn and I finished off these magic garden drawings. Pencil and pen on black card. It’s hard to believe my baby is so grown up. Happy holidays everyone.
I’ve been planning bags and t-shirts for ages and finally got a couple of samples made up to test run. Rosie is modelling my Molly Dolly Tee, hand painted with a linen and cotton ruff at the neck. I also made up a sample s hand painted cotton shopping bag, we took it on a test run to the local shop and then to the park with drinks and snacks, it can fold up in my shoulder bag when not needed.
This slide fell out of a box of old toys and things of mine that mum brought around today.
It’s the end of an exhausting weekend. The children have had a lot of social engagements, a couple of household breakages with the extra volume of children and to top it all our second guinea pig died very suddenly this morning, I buried him with his brother and then felt very depressed for the rest of the day. So I sat down and created some Halloween costumes for my paper Molly Dolly, drawing and water colours always calm my frazzled nerves.
I haven’t had time to post as I spent the weekend tidying the house and my workspace in preparation for photographs to be taken next week. I’ll admit the home has been sadly neglected in recent months, work and kids come first, domestic duties lag far behind. And although I have woken this morning with a nurofen and volterol worthy back ache it has been very worth while, I needed an outside commitment as in someone coming to document my home and work to kick my comatose domestic goddess into action. Tidying without children is wonderful, the joy of walking into a room and it is exactly how you left it, amazing, I keep opening the girls bedroom door and just luxuriating in the organised calm!!
I even made one of my textile works into a television cover, oh boy the kids are going to love this one!!! Below my work table still needs organizing but the cats don’t care.
Kitchen corner and shelves organised, below at 4.10 pm yesterday I sat down for a cup of tea. Upstairs I had organised my bedroom shelves and displayed some of my vintage clothes and finally the girls room looking habitable for the first time in about six months!! A bit more work to do today but as my back is needing a little rest I’m going to sit down with my sketch book for an hour
I feel Wiped out this week, I think it’s partly because the weather is so cold and I’ve worked such long hours for so many months all my reserves are low. I feel drained by other people’s anger both in a wider context and up close and personal, I can see how easy it would be to retreat from the world all together with my paint brushes and sewing machine. Last week was difficult and this week is rearing its ugly head in ways I had not anticipated, sometimes I wish my children and I could go far far away from here.
So my little wobble over and it’s back to business, above is Jacob the Bird boy and Nelly, these two have waited so long to be completed and I’m so happy to see them finally coming together. They have paper clay painted heads and textile bodies, Jacobs body is hand knitted and I have used a variety of vintage fabrics on both dolls. I’ve also been making some tiny painted clay birds, some of which will go on Jacob. I also have my first flower baby brooch finished and little planter necklace, hope to get these listed in my shop tomorrow.
Thinking about spring and summer and what I would like to add to the shop alongside my dolls I got caught up going through old photos. My darling girl Rosie a couple of years back wearing a necklace and hair band made by me, I’ve felt a bit low this morning, when the kids aren’t here the reality of how precarious our situation is really hits hard but this photo has cheered me up no end, I look at this picture and know why I am pushing myself so hard. And on a lighter note some of my vegetables … where did I put my patterns for those!! and my knitted crown that I want to make up for the Jubilee this summer.