Fur Coat and no Photographer

Living with a photographer is not everything you might expect it to be, i.e. when I need some photos done wearing the things I’ve made recently (in this instance two fun fur jackets and a fun fur sleeveless vest) I have found that the only way to get him to do them for me is to book a photo shoot!  Free of charge, of course, but even so.

I’ve “booked him” for next weekend so hopefully I will have some images and will post them then so watch this space …

I guess he has a point though, they will look better if I take the trouble to look nice.

Happy New Year

Having considered whether I should commit myself to any new year resolutions and after giving this matter a lot of thought I have come up with a couple of overarching resolutions which I think might just do:

ONE:  I will spend more time doing the things I want to do… … not just thinking about spending time doing the things I want to do (whilst doing the things I don’t)!

TWO:  I will be the best I can be.

And THREE, which is specific to this, I will post something in my blog at least once a month!

My creative space #2

Well, with the intention of getting back to making things again I have been organising my new craft room.  I have had no option but to take over the conservatory and whilst it is very cramped the light and outlook are both wonderful and most of the things I need to hand have (surprisingly) fit in. 

My books, magazines and folders have had to go along the window sills and the fabric stash is in the trunk with bits and pieces in another trunk and the bureau. This has been a bit of a challenge but I am now well on the way.  With a couple of blinds up at the window to block the direct sun which we get in the afternoon I am now approaching a position where I might be able to start to work in here.

I do like having an outlook on to the garden and I guess spring is the best time to be in here with all the activity around our nesting boxes and bird feeders – the only downside is having to keep rescuing bumble bees, butterflies and the occasional bird which unfortunately manage to fly in!  Example a blue tit who paid us a visit in 2009 –

The photo’s not particularly good but (unsurprisingly) he didn’t seem to want to have his picture taken and spent most of his time flying around and pooping!

Time to get back to this

Because of other priorities I have had a really long break from this blog so it is definitely time to get back to it again.  I have missed the focus it gives me, blog… create…blog…create… actually keeps me going).

Sometimes family and home have to come first though so that’s where I’ve been for the last few months.

Since last summer I’ve been helping M with his photography as his “lighting and general assistant” (if you want to look at his work visit MichaelJ, I will add a link to this).  Also because of the recession No1 son has decided to return home to get work which has meant a complete re-think of the space in the house and all my sewing and craft gear (which had taken over his room for the last 5+ years) has had to be relocated to the conservatiory.  With only an electric heater in there it has been rather cold (especially through the bad winter we’ve had this year) so all my creative projects have temporarily been on hold.  Now, with the appearance of spring, it will be a lovely place to work and the creative mood is stirring 🙂

In between times to keep myself happy I have been charity shopping and had great fun adding to my wardrobe and buying bits for the house from recycled donated items, great fun, great reward, little cost!

Books (growing up)

As I got a bit older again, (about 8 or 9) I really started to read a lot and the favourites which I can remember were Stig of the Dump by Clive King and all of the Narnia series of books, by C S Lewis (which I read many, many times over).

At about the same time I was introduced to my first ‘serious’ book, the Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier.  A moving account of the journey of a group of children through war-torn Europe.   (I should probably read this again since my father-in-law made a similar journey to England during the war.)

The Secret Garden, the Lost Prince and a Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Thursday by Catherine Storr were good teenage novels, then I got taken over by English Literature at school through taking both ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels where I read even more, but not usually my choice of either book or author.

I’m so glad that school didn’t put me off reading for life as I hated Jane Austin and Dickens which was on the syllabus (just not my thing) but luckily I did take to T S Elliot and Shakespeare and some of the other poets, playwrights and authors we looked at.  I read so much more than this during my teenage years but these are the books which stand out in my memory, possibly because they deal with relationships (quite an important theme for a young girl 🙂 ).