Thursday, December 10
Friday, November 27
I have for along time coveted Sublime Stitching's designs, look at the site and tell me any young / young at heart embroiderer would not wnat them .... i mean look at these.
Whilst I do understand that there are some that are by guest artists (those designs are denoted by the ARTIST SERIES) the majority are her own designs, unfortunately have not been able to indulge in this clandestine crush.well I almost PLATZED!! I was so excited .... I rushed over and picked up the shrink wrapped book with gentle shaking hands & turned it over .... my heart sank.. It was out of my budget. I went home and said to myself it it was meant to be it will. So I did some extra sewing on consignment etc to save the money for this. I thought to my self buying this book of "100's of origional and hip designs" is sooooooo much better than just being able to buy a only couple of her designs on line.
So I saved my pennies for 3 months and went off to the shop .. and there she still was, waiting ever so patiently for me. I paid for her, took her home and tore of the shrink wrap cling film opened the cover and was thrilled at how beautiful the book was made and how lovely the introduction pages were, then I got to the transfer section which is 90% of the book ... and after a few pages my heart just dropped.
Instead of the amazing "innovative, original and HIP designs" that were promised on the cover of the book I got this :
They are the most simplistic drawings, that 5 year old Miguel could manage a pentagon star or a circle with a line drawn through it to represent a planet. Can any one honestly tell me that the above are original and hip?? We have seen them done before and to be honest far less crudely done as well.
Not only are the transfers basic, I don't think they are too stylish, most are quite crude and you could find better in children's colouring in books. I could draw a little cherry and stem or a 5 pointed star that has way more flair. There are about 10 designs that are really good but the rest is just more along the lines of the above ....
There are not 100's of designs there are only 86 ... that are repeated again and again in various sizes. In this day and age of home scanners and printers is that really necessary? If you were a complete novice and had never stitched before then perhaps this is the book for you .. but it does not say that it is for beginners on the cover or even for people that are artistically challenged who cannot draw a star.
I feel so mislead and angry!! And the worse thing is i cant even return the book for a refund as I have taken it out of the cling wrap that it comes in... now I know why it was wrapped so you cant look inside !!
Well now I know for next time - If i cant peruse I wont use!!
Tuesday, November 10
OOOOHHH be still my beating heart!!! Go and join in and perhaps you will get lucky!! but remember my cut if you do!!!! LOL!!
Thursday, July 2
They are on school holidays now... my poor mom! She has him during the day as I'm working and with rotten coincidence I have to work late every day for the last 2 and next 2 weeks!! So I'm only getting home at about 3.40 instead of 1!
Here are 3 of the projects that I have been working on :
I used annieoakleaves little hedgehogs and then added my own extras!
Then my dads one I did not know what to do, he is a very manly kinda guy ... so I just did the missing sock thing!! I hope that he likes it!!
Need to go now as I am off to Johannesburg at 5.30 tomorrow morning for a meeting and I still need to draw up the diagrams for the new bathroom vanity and cupboard that we are having made.
Saturday, June 13
This is the back of the book.... This sun is the most gorgeous one i have ever seen. THe green triange is an 'Indian Tent' ... I think that that was a hint that someone would like to go camping! To the left of the teepee is a "love you heart" and then a flower.
This was a drawing that Miguel did of me for Mothersday. See the red hair .. that was when I had just done my hair. He said that he made it red ... the same as the hair 'polish' that the hairdresser used!! I LOVE IT!!!!! I think that it is fantastic drawing by a 4 and a 3/4 year old. (the 3/4 is very important you know!!)
The teacher then covered a little note book with the paintings and then covered the whole book in PVC ... I think that I can most certainly say that this is the best gift I have ever received
Saturday, June 6
Make it pretty. Give it away. Cover it with mud. Let it stay.
Race it to the edges of the Earth. Jump with it. Fly above.
Never. Ever. Forget it.
How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections as well as Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Re purpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures . She is an amazing inspirational I have no idea how she does what she does, but I am so glad that she does and that she is willing to share with us. She lives her life in beauty.
Sunday, May 24
She had been in remission from breast cancer for 7 years.. 2 months ago she found out she had cancer of the lower bowel... in the following weeks she developed deep vein thrombosis - while she was admitted to hospital for treatment they discovered that she had ovarian & lung cancer too, it was terminal (she told no one that it was) - so she booked herself out and did what she loved most - she went drumming . She had one last amazing party at the begining of the month and this morning at 2.30 am she died in her sleep.
THis was one of the last photos ever taken of her .. it was at her benifit concert held on the 9th May ..
I am sorry that i was not back in SA to be with her and her daughters, I am sorry that I was too much of a coward to see her before I left .. I am ashamed that I put my fears of my cancer returning ahead of seeing her ... I loved her loved her very much
this was an article in the paper about the concert http://www.tonight.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=348&fArticleId=4959476
she was a very loved and popular lady. Every one from all walks of life gravitated towards her ...
Wednesday, May 13
Yesterday, we went to then most stunning beach at Flic N Flac... the water was crystal clear and Miguel could easily snorkel as it was only chest high on him. We will most certainly go back there. Miguel could not wait to get in ..
It was as if we were the only people in paradise ...
Sunset from the kitchen window ... dont have any of the beach yet, as every afternoon at sunset the clouds come!!
Sunday, May 10
The two things that he loved the most were feeding the fish while swimming with them and jumping off the boat into the water ... we are going to try and go back at least one more time. The waters are incredibly clear and just by looking over the side of the boat you can see an abundance of fish and more coral than I have ever seen in my life!! It was an amazing day, with Miguel just loving every second of it all!
Blue Bay ... could you find anything better??
getting ready for his fave. part ......
Have to go as I dont have much more time .. love to you all
Monday, April 27
My new favorite song. I found it through Blubirdbaby thanks for this great song ...
Don't you worry, there my honey
we might not have any money
but we've got our love to pay the bills
Maybe I think you're cute and funny,
maybe I wanna do what bunnies do with you,
if you know what I mean
Oh, let's get rich and buy our parents homes in the South of France
let's get rich and give everybody nice sweaters
and teach them how to dance
let's get rich and build our house on a mountain
making everybody look like ants
from way up there, you and I,
you and IWell you might be a bit confused
and you might be a little bit bruised
but baby how we spoon like no one else
So I will help you read those books
if you will soothe my worried looks
and we will put the lonesome on the shelf
Oh let’s get rich and buy our parents homes in the South of France
let's get rich and give everybody nice sweaters
and teach them how to dancelet's get rich and build our house on a mountain
making everybody look like ants
from way up there you and I, you and I
Sunday, April 26
Well summer officially ended this weekend .. rain, rain, rain!!
Miguel has been quite ill for a couple of days now, - the poor thing had a sinus, ear, throat and chest infection!! So the night have been pretty long!!
Today he was much better so dad did most of the entertaining,so I spent a VERY productive day finishing long started projects as well as some newbies.A total of 9 completed projects!! Well done ... off to have a glass of FAT BASTARD Shiraz and then tidy up time ....
Saturday, April 25
You have to wonder at how much the internet has allowed creative people to develop and showcase their ideas .. we wouldnt see 10% of the things we see now ... I shudder at the thought, how drab!!
I have joined twitter ... still dont get the point of it to be honest, but my geek love stated that i am no one if i do not so here i am - look me up : the_cleof
Sunday, April 19
Im off now to start my new embroideries for the 3 bags that I have started, but I have to put Miguel to bed first as he is finished. My little social butterfly had such a full diary this weekend - yesterday he had 3 birthdya parties - one at 10am, another at lunch time and the last at 2!! Then today we had a 1 hour 45min mass for a baptisim and then the whole day at the beach body surfing and swiming ... to be honest I think that he is so tired he is looking forward to school tomorrow so that he can rest!!!!
Friday, April 17
HERE IS THEIR STORY ON HOW THEY STARTED :
Sunday, April 5
I have also been busy making loads of things, some for a swap, and a couple as gifts .. I will just give the sneak peaks for the swap- don't want to give too much away just in case my swap partner drops by ..
I am sooo excited this is my first swap ever!!! This is the parcel waiting patiently at the front door to be taken to the post office (it went on the 31st).
Thursday, February 12
Hope you all have a awesome weekend!! And happy Valentines day to you all!!!!!!