Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Our small black cat.

We first saw Milly might be on the road to recovery when she began to wash herself and then drank an amazing amount of water. Her progress was slow but yesterday she noticed the decorations in the hallway and gave one, just one, a pat. We were so pleased ,since for days she had either curled up tightly or sat and stared straight ahead. To day she is looking out of the windows and eating a little more. Her breathing is still very noisy but now we feel certain she will soon be just fine. She does look extremly serious and as if she was just checking things out.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

More journal pages

Looking through my journal I wonder if I would ever dare to actually write in it? Sometimes I am quite happy with my handwriting but othertimes I know it can be very uneven and untidy.Maybe I should write it on paper and then glue it in the book? Or maybe when I have got over my amazment that I have finished it I won't feel so precious about it?

A lovely peaceful day

After a happy and busy day yesterday it is lovely to have time today to do just what we like. Tony is occupied setting up his Sat Nav and then intends to relax and perhaps watch a film. I have spent some time on the photos of my finished journal. In spite of doing the brilliant Skinny Mini e-course I am still having trouble producing good photos,I need to practise a lot more I know. But here are the back and front covers.
When I came to put the pages together I realised they had several things on many of the pages that were quite deep and then made the book slightly wonky. It is my first attempt and I have learnt alot. I am looking forward to starting another one. Will post some more pictures tomorrow.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Visits to the vet and what could these dolls have been up to?

We have made 6 visits to the vets this last week,thought Milly wouldn't survive but yesterday after an x-ray and more awful injections she suddenly drank some water. The first time she had for 6 days. T0day she ate a teaspoon of tuna and actually purred when stroked.It is such a huge relief ,we were wondering if we should ask for her to be put to sleep as her breathing was dreadful and she seemed to be in great pain. We have all our fingers crossed she will continue to improve.

The relief lifted our spirits enough so that we began to decorate the house last night, ready for Christmas. This is the dolls third Christmas and now we have changed the windows I was unable to hang them up as I did previously so I sat three of them on a ledge. They looked very prim and proper. High in the opposite corner I put a forth doll(an angel).When I went into the room early this morning you can see what I found!!! They look like they had quite a wild night,can't imagne what they got up to but I think they had some fun.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Visits to the vet , journal pages and zentangles

The little black cat has improved today, the vet a young polish girl was wonderful spending a very long time checking Millie out. She had several injections and pills to swallow,none of which presented any problems for the first two days, but will now she is feeling so much better!!!
Yesterday she slept on the pile of lace next to my chair in my workroom while I spent time on the two journal pages. I love the quote, its seems very apt of late.
I have just mislade the name of the dancer who made it, will have to tell her name my next blog.
I have also made a little progress doing zentangles, I tried, as Judy suggested, to do large ones but found it very daunting so compromised and used a postcard size. I have finished some, though there are several mistakes, but to my surprise I have enjoyed doing them. I will post a picture when I have one I am satisfied with. So my thanks to Judy at Judy's fabrications

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Difficulties and delights

The last few days have thrown up problem after problem, today we were hoping to sort out a few things but it wasn't to be. We realised one of our small black cats was behaving very oddly,as one of our neighbour's cats died recently and another became ill we were very concerned All else had to be put on hold and we took her to the vets. The vet was wonderful ,she knows our cats quite well as they are all ex farm cats and came from very unhealthy backgrounds. They seem to have been in and out of the vets so often. This time the symptoms were extremly worrying, she has been given all sorts and we have to phone the vet tomorrow if there is no improvment.
When the postman came he brought me the lovely rag rug in the picture. It was made by Beryl Daws. a friend from England . Beryl is the person who first inspired me to sew. I saw an exibition of her work and loved it so much I found her phonenumber , contacted her and she showed me the basic steps to enable me to start trying .If you type her name into the internet her web page comes up. She makes wonderful things, well worth looking at.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Snow, journal pages and zentangles

It has continuously snowed here for 2 days, the world seems a different place.The light is different, in the day very bright except in the bedrooms where the snow covers the velox windows making the rooms very dark.The silence is wonderful, just the occaisonal sound of the birds and crunch of footsteps as neighbours walk to the village bakery.
The cats don't know what to do with themselves, they have spent hours sitting on the window sills watching the snow fall.
I have been busy trying to workout how to put the many pages I have made for a journal together. I realise they are very thick ,if thats the right word ,because of all the bits and pieces I have used to decorate each page. I choose the theme Memories as I find nowerdays I often look back and try to remember events in my life and see I will like to have a journal that will trigger even small things I may have otherwise forgotten.The three I have posted have facing pages where I write about the thoughts that have led me to make each page.I have always been fascinated by insects and often use them in my work. In the summer there are many beautiful dragonflies about over the stream and lavoir. My other loves are faces and flowers.I have boxes of photographs of friends and flowers which have been the source of many of the things I have made.The girl with the red hair reminds me of my granddaughter, she has hair exactly that colour and is lovely.
Later this evening I will carry on filling in my zentangle. I still find them hard to do and spend ages thinking about each space.I am not very spontaneous when I work but I am hoping I will improve.