Monday, 23 May 2011

Blown Away............

Just as we were getting used to life without snow..
And just as we were getting used to a bit of sunshine..
And just as we were considering putting the warm coats away till next year...
 Blooming gale force winds and torrential rain.
I'm not going out there with my camera just to prove a point but it truly is wild.
Enough, that people have been posting local road reports on facebook with photos of fallen trees blocking the roads to Perth and Dundee, but I just saw a photo of an upside-down trampoline in the burn. Some poor children in Alyth are going to be very upset to find out that their trampoline has flown over the garden wall and drowned.
Hopefully normal life will soon resume.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Our Creative Spaces

This week I have spent a fair amount of time rooting around in the "change tin".
I think everyone has one of these where various family members drop their loose change. The denomination of the loose change depends very much on the person doing the dropping, the size of their purse, or the depth of their pockets. You very rarely find anything more than a twenty pence in ours, though occasionally a fifty pence appears. However, for what I had in mind, I was happy with the selection of one pence pieces at my disposal.
I was inspired by a Creative Space which I found last week and wanted to make a special bracelet for myself. Wendy at littlegreenbums had been playing with loose change too.
This is what I made.

I chose five pennies from five special years, representing five special people in my life.
I drilled two holes in each coin, filed and tidied the holes, polished all the coins with my favourite new toy... a perfect little mini drill with polishing attachments... then linked them all with little copper coloured jump rings. I was so pleased with my special bracelet that I went back to the change tin and found five special coins for my sister.

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Thursday, 5 May 2011

My Creative Space

Today I was working on a special order for a customer using my super funky French Knitting bobbin.
Everybody seems to have a different name for this particular craft.
French Knitting, Catty tails, Ratty tails, bobbin knitting, dolly knitting, are just some of the names I have heard of.
Anyway, my little bobbin, dolly, thingamyjig is a long way removed from the hand made thingamyjigs that my sister and I used when we were young. Way back in the 'olden days' .. possibly before the invention of plastic.. when thread used to come on wooden bobbins, we waited patiently till mum had finished two reels of thread. My dad hammered four small nails into the empty reels and  voila !! our own little knitting thingamyjigs. Somehow we never really made anything other than long knitted tubes which could be used as scarfs for our dolls.
Todays project involved fine wire and cute little square beads and became a pretty little necklace.
My customer was passing by just as I finished and I forgot to get a photograph.
I'll just have to do another one now and be sure to get a picture.
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