Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Le Grande Dame

The work in progress

This poor thing has been a work in progress for about 12 months now.  She is drawn and coloured with Prismacolor pencils.  I love those pencils and I use them all the time.  The colour has a  lot of depth.  A quick iron across the back of the fabric and bingo stingo ... image all set.

Very cool.

Poor thing tho, she is my project for next week, to finally finish her off.  I'll take a proper picture of her next week with my really camera instead of my ultra hip but kinda useless iphone cam.  See, its a "cam" because its really only half a cam-er-a.  Anyways, her completed pic will be posted here.

I am trying to put together a textile range at the moment.  About a million years ago, I was a textile designer.  I have an Honours Degree in Fashion and Textile design and Textile design was the thing I loved.  I worked for a bit in the fashion industry aaaaaaaannnnnnnnnddddddd ... just hated it.  I have done some paper designs for a craft magazine here, done other little bits and bobs from time to time but this a complete collection that I want to see if I can foist it onto some poor unsuspecting huge company.  

I might pop some teasers up here.

I also write ... books ... just thought you should know.  Its kind of funny, when I was designing for work, writing was my hobby.  Now I am writing (well, trying to) designing is my hobby.

Hang on, that ... makes my head hurt.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

The latest addition to the family ...

Beatrix the wonder cat.

This very artistic shot was taken by my little girl with my iphone.  We were at the vet visiting Beatrix, then just known as the "cat".  My cat of 17 years had been put to sleep.  It was awful, I am still devastated but the day after neighbours came knocking.  They had found a black and white cat who was very friendly.  They had miniature dachshunds who were terrified and fretting.  They didn't know what to do.  I told them to go and take her to the vet so they could check the cat over and scan for a microchip.  But I did ask for the to let me know what happened.

A few days later, they were back.  The cat was at the vet's and the it turned out to be a "she" as well as a pure bred British Shorthair.  And no microchip.  I rang the vet,  no one had come to claim her but they were getting her ready to go to the pound.  I asked to see her.  My little girl and I went the next day.  My husband, well, I thought he was bound to run about the place yelling "ARRRRGGGHHHH" at the top of his voice but he didn't.  He sighed and hummed a bit about the girls at the vet but he was curious.  

And so we went to see her.  And the next day, and the day after, and the day after (when the above pic was taken).  The vet faxed everyone they knew, all the local pounds and further afield.  No one came to claim her, so last Thursday she came home.  We are all in the getting to know you phase although tonight ... well, she was just gorgeous.  She jumped up on the desk in Brent's study while I put my links on the blogroll, then I felt a funny little pat pat on my shoulder. I turned around and there was Beatrix (we called her Beatrix after Beatrix Potter).  She was sitting right at my shoulder.  I smiled at her and she climbed down my should and sat in my lap.

She is a real little sweetie, while I miss my other furry little girl, this one is a delight.  There is nothing relevant to design, art, making stuff or whatever but this is the closest thing you'll get to the anything "personal" here.  Its about a cat.  I think she is cool.

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Monday, 25 May 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen ... we have lift off!

Hi, Blog is now up and running.  I guess this is the part where I wax lyrical about what I like to do and how it "moves" me ... but heave a sigh of relief, I would rather set my head on fire than wax about anything.  Its bad enough getting a real wax, the wonderful lady who does my eyebrows said on the first visit I had with her, as my eyes streamed after a particularly vigerous pull ...  "Jo, there is no beauty without pain."  That was over the top of the whale song and rainforest atmosphere.

Nope, I am good here.  I should be folding up the towels, they are piled around me, and then there is all the loot I bought at Ikea today.  Better get that looking smaller before my hubby emerges.

This blog will be about the stuff I make, the stuff I like and anything else I can think of or be bothered to get up here.  The little pic above is a bit of a glimpse of how I do stuff, sometimes!