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Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Couple More For Inspiration!

While I was flicking through my photos today I found a couple from the Vatican in Rome that I thought resembled the postcard images once again.  I am sure you will all see what I mean.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

This work is by Alison Wilson

Work by Claire North
Today I have uploaded a couple of photographs of finished pieces from the Nelson Greek Postcard Class. Both these pieces are interesting and finished in completely different ways.  I enjoyed getting emails from both of these ladies and love seeing their efforts.   I hope you both make more!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ephesus (Ancient City)

This place was probably one of the highlights of the trip.

  Ephesus is one of the most famous cities of ancient times.
  Apparently if was founded around 3000 B.C.  
We were told that in its time, it had around 200,000 population and was the second largest city in the world after Rome (how to know but I will believe them).   In the ruins we got to see the stadium, fountain, houses in the slops, brothel, public latrines, Heracles gate, marble road, library etc...  It was frequently changed and rebuilt due to earthquakes, fires and became a marshland due to the silting of the nearby river.
There is a lot of information about about Ephesus, just goggle it to find out!

Once again the pictures below are snaps of details.  Amazing how they created all of this, so long ago!  The pictures of the tiles are the excavated floors in their houses.

ephesus turkey


Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Glory Of The Past!

Sunday morning, perfect opportunity for me to update my blog.

Wow what can I say except that of course we had a wonderful trip, seeing a great many things both ancient and modern. We got the chance to visit three countries, Greece, Turkey and Italy. Our time went by so fast! Thank goodness I had a camera to capture it all as it would be fair to say that it feels like a dream and I have only been home for one week!

The Parthenon - a great achievement of ancient Greek civilization!

Athens, Quite Simply The Old And The New!

Modern Athens

This morning I thought I would share a few pictures all taken in Greece.  I tried where possible to get some photos of the Greek images that some of you will recognise if you have been to any of my classes or prehaps you have been to Greece and seen these for yourself - if so I hope it will jog a memory or two.   I will endevour to add some pics of Turkey (Ehpesus -the Ancient City) in the next few days

I will leave you today, with the images mass produced on the slippers below!
Needless to say I did not get tempted to buy any!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Taking Off On Holiday

Tomorrow morning bright and early my hubby and I will be up and off 6.00am.  We are heading about as far away on holiday as you can get.  Greece, Turkey and Italy.  I am all packed and ready to go and feeling nervous and excited!  Do hope the Riots in Athens calm down.

As I am typing I have just seen last summers walking group trek past my house, which makes me feel lazy, but guess I will get my far share of walking in on our trip.  Did not see my friend amongst them - and she did say she would participate while I was away, hope she reads this! - but then perhaps it was the slower group that went past! - wondering..........

Any how my plan is to hopefully add a few holiday snaps to this site whilst away and hopefully I can add a few sights that inspire me!

 Stay tuned in!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Last weekend I flew up to Nelson to teach how to make Greek Postcards. I was billeted out and really enjoyed my time with my hosts! Here are some work in progress pictures to show you what the students achieved over the two days! As you can see they are all different, everyone has their own style. 


Wednesday, September 28, 2011


 It would be fair to say that I  have been having a few lucky times of late!

So I thought I would share with you all the news that I was fortunate enough to win the Ode To The Blues Embroidery challenge.  The prize for this was a $2300 Bernina sewing machine donated by Bernina (a big thank-you from me).  So that got me busy last weekend, as I just had to try it out - therefore today I thought I would show you the bags I made with it.  These bags are to hold my Medieval Journal Samples so now they will travel safer on their travels around the country.  The picture does not show the tags attached, but the tags have my name and address on them and I also stamped them with a medieval queen just to keep the theme going. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

These are some of my favourite things...

Blogger has changed, but I am finding my way around the new format.

Today I have been taking photos. I decided to take a few pics of some of my favourite things. Here goes:

 My button collection.  I am always hunting in here for just the right one!  I normally find it too!

The rotary cutter storage bag.  I love this as it is just the right size and is always close by when I need it! Please note the buttons!

My library of craft books!  I don't think you can ever  have too many.  I love them all!

The wallpaper in my daughters room.  It is simply fab!  I love how the gold makes it zap!

The cat! Well shes never to far away, and perhaps shes not looking her best in this snap but hey she is cleaning herself, which I love too - she's a good girl and always trys to look her best!

This was fun so I may even post some more favourites next time, keep watching!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kit time again!

Busy spending a few days making kits to take to Nelson where I have a two day class coming up teaching the Greek Postcards and Envelopes.  Goodness kit making sure sucks up a lot of time, but I have to say they are really looking good.  I am really looking forward to seeing the ladies make them up!

Great to have such warm weather again this week!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Goodness, it seems I haven't been here for a while so I am going to try and make up for it, with a long post now.

Thankfully the weather has calmed down a bit,  the wind is still bitterly cold but  the snow has stopped, the rain has arrived and it is all disappearing.  It really was a Polar Blast!
Anyway this gave me some extra inside time and I got productive and had a play with a few things. After a couple of batches of biscuits and a saltana cake I set to and started a bit of patchwork using fabrics that I have had in my stash for a long while. I randomly picked a pattern and ripped into it!

The Pattern

My Version

So I managed to get three of these blocks made yesterday and followed up with two more today.  Not sure about the spot you can see in the background but maybe I will use it for sashing.

I have been planing on tackling a little crewel work, as I purchased this great book a few months ago.  Saturday was my chance once my youngest son finished Rugby.  I got cracking and experimented, trying a new stitch called "Raised Stem Band Stitch".  I rather like it!  The wool is so nice to work with.
My New Book and the Pattern I Selected To Stitch.

My Attemp At The New Stitch.
My blues is finished and I finally got around to taking a picture.  I also have some leftover bits and think I will add a brooch to complement the hat (it is decorative only, you wont see me running around town wearing it).

Front and Back View.

Looking Down.

Extra Bits.
 I have also finished off another sample of the Medieval Compendium.  I stamped the silk background this time instead of the batik as I felt it was busy enough.  Unfortunately this photo is not quite true to colour, as the beads have come out the wrong shade. 

So there we have it.  Apparantly more bad weather is on the way.  I will leave tonight with a photo of my little flowers sitting in the snow.  Take care everyone.