Friday, 12 September 2008

Beating the post holiday blues...

In the summer holidays I posted about getting a little twitchy about being away from my sewing machine.  My solution to this was to keep a sketch book and as ideas came to me instead of them being lost in a compartment of my brain I would actually draw them out.  This meant that when the post holiday blues kicked in I had no excuse to not be inspired...SO that is exactly what I did and on a wet afternoon I flicked through my pages of drawings and scribbles and this one in particular caught my eye...
In the summer holidays I had bought the children some lovely new drawing ink pens as their ability now deserves the good equipment, I sat at the table with them and we all had a go at playing with the inks, as the children drew Pokemon and cars and stick figures self portraits, I felt the need to do something more purposeful.  I love embroidery in fact my Art exams consisted of a  lot of it, I have always drawn out little patterns and then stitched the pictures, I might not be very precise but this is the style I use, just do not look at the back of the work! 
So with a silent house I sat and as the blog suggests 'Suzie Sewed'.  I used a linen napkin as my fabric , its actually a delicate pink shade, I am not sure yet of its future, it might get made in to a cushion or added into a quilt.  Once finished I again flicked through my sketch book and this page made me smile, as most of us do, I like owls and I am very lucky to be an owner of owls from Small Fox and Lucy Kate Crafts.  I had a little play and had drawn out some owls to see how it gelled with me.  (One of the owls is inspired from a plate design).
Mmmm what to do with them now? That is the question, I fear these might just be left as sketches in my book.  
Corner of my home

Oh how I miss all those pictures of Corners of my Home, when I first started blogging there was a routine to posting...Self Portrait Tuesday, WIP Friday and Corners of my Home...as time has gone by this has trailed off and most people who blog enjoy the more freestyle way of writing.  I miss this, it was a way to learn more about the person behind the blog.  As a nosey person who loves looking in houses and flicking through the endless stacks of magazine and House books just to see how a house interior is designed... well, Corners of my home is missed here.  So this morning I wondered around the house once I had picked up the children PJs off the floor and put away the toys the boys get out before they head off to school... with camera in hand looking for a shot... My photo wall came to mind.  I miss my photo wall when I am away, its full of photos that spark off special memories, from friends far a field, the birth of my babes and celebrations .  So I took a few snaps it was only when I uploaded the photos to my laptop that  what struck me was the dust... I am not a houseproud person, to much living goes on here for that, however all I saw was the dust... so guess what I am off to do...

Three cheers for the weekend, I have reacquainted myself with my machine, the bag is finished I just want to make a few little accessories to go with it, tomorrow I am off my patchwork course and Sunday is a family day...I wish you a great weekend.


12 comments:

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Your little stitchery is gorgeous! I love the fact that you have done it on that beautiful linen - it looks contemporary and old-fashioned at the same time! And your owl sketches are lovely - especially the flapping/jumping one! But as for the dust - why not just considerate it as an insulation layer in the current credit-crunch times!

nicolette said...

Your stitchery is fabolous Suzie!!
Those owls will look great too, being stitched or appliqued! You will definitely find something to use them for!

Kitty said...

Lovely sewing Suzie - really sweet. you could do so much with a design like that.

I didn't see ANY dust in your picture until you said about it ... then I went back and saw it. So don't worry - it's not noticeable. Anyway, dust is the best furniture-protector there is. So there.

Have a great weekend. x

OliverandOlivia.com said...

I love this photo!

There are so many blogs out there that have edgy intentionally styled photos, but your photos always feel "real" as does your blog....ahhhhhh refreshing indeed!

Sarah said...

Love that embroidery so much - when the front looks that good who cares about the back. Haven't got into the swing of embroidery yet having bought some of the kit but I feel like this winter I will :o)

I often like the backgrounds of peoples photos as much as the subject just for those glimpses of the real life and home - happy weekend, especially on your course.

the pesky bombolino said...

I'm with Kitty- I didn't notice the dust 'til you pointed it out. But then considering the state of my house it's lucky I'm gifted with the overlooking dust thing!
The embroidery is beautiful.

periwinkle said...

Your stitching is just lovely - I wouldn't have a clue where to start. What are you making in your patchwork class? I love looking in peoples houses too :-0
lisa x

quiltdude said...

The stitchery is lovely and I adore the fat owl in the top right hand corner.
Dust, what dust? if it's not an inch thick it can't be counted as dust.
Enjoy your patchwork class.
x Clare

LOUISE said...

I hope you can come up with an idea for the owl sketches, I love owls too, and love the little badge I had from you. I hope you are having a lovely weekend, and enjoyed some sunshine in your part of the country. x

Anonymous said...

Hi Suz,
The embroidery is beautiful, it has such a 'happy' feel to it, it's a lovely design and I'm sure the back of it only adds to its charm in showing the enthusiasm of the sewer :)
See you soon
katexxx

Melony@ Whimsy Daisy! said...

I NEED to do the little idea sketch thing when something pops into my mind. More than that, I need to do like you and actually follow through with an idea from beginning to END! I have enjoyed reading your blog.

nel said...

I love your embroidery! I really admire people who have the patience to do embroidery work, I just don't!
Hope you had a great weekend, Nel x