Monday, 12 December 2011

Merry, Folksy Christmas

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide songs being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all a-glow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you!

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Blog 2- The sequel.

I've been trying to write a second blog for some time now. Unbelievable that someone so new to writing could experience writer's block so early in their blogging life.

My problems were manyfold, however my main concerns were that I became a shouty person as I spent a lot of the second part of this year angry beyond belief. There seemed to be an endless stream of things to be incredibly upset about- local government, national government, local multimillionaires, American millionaires (possibly zillionaire), women who throw cats in bins, Wagner (not the composer)... sigh... you see what I mean.

The next concern was that I became a rose-tinted-specs-Mum. Our daughter turned 3 recently and is quite frankly brilliant (I know, everyones kids are) & sometimes a wee bit annoying (but who isn't).
Very happily, I'm pregnant again & to say I'm blooming would be an understatement. I'm being "carefully monitored" so wish me luck. I won't be documenting the pregnancy (another thing I can't blog about to add to my list).

Also, I enrolled at a local college for a Painting & Drawing class. This is also brilliant but I had to stop myself from a weekly, waffly " This week... at Art Class..." type thing. This may not have been so bad if I'd been producing good work consistently, however I had more than a few stinkers of weeks where I couldn't draw/ paint anything half decent. What the class has done for me is give me a kick up the backside which (without meaning to sound like I seek out pain) was exactly what I needed. I'm now producing a lot more artwork & trying not to be too critical.

Soooo... here's a bit of what I've been doing since last blog (nb does not include any ranting)...

ACEO Working Horse

Rothie House wm

aceo seas breathe wm

Blu resize fin wm

Libby crop wm

It's scary, putting things out there for all to see.

Some of these paintings are ACEO's- I WILL blog again soon & it will be about these miniature artworks (2.5 x 3.5 inches). There are loads of fantastic ones about & recently these took off on Folksy, thanks to the Forums there & Gweddus.

Back sooner!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

How'd I Get Here?

Thought I'd start off with a kind of bio...
Like many, I love designing & making well, anything with pretty much anything.

From a young age I drew endlessly, knitted, crocheted, arranged flowers, made animals out of mud & dried the resulting creations lovingly on a windowsill, made snow creatures in winter, gazed in awe at the magical scenes I saw unfold before me on stage in our annual trip to the Panto & the umpteenth time I saw "Joseph".

Despite these obvious early signs of my destiny as a struggling creative, I went on to & inevitably fail, a science degree, along the way making some "interesting" (for it was the 80s), bespoke dresses for formal occassions, (around this time I got a part time usherette job at our local theatre- pivotal from a making things point of view, socially, a whole other chapter, on a personal level, made some of the best pals a girl could have).

Art School beckoned, a brief affair which I still can't fathom but perhaps it was just the wrong time for me. So I began work with a Kiltmaker; I could sew & loved the idea of keeping crafting traditions alive, but by now I was utterly in love with Theatre. My kiltmaking years were valuable but alas, doomed.

What of my passion for the Theatre?
His Majesty's Theatre became my faithful companion, my constant for many years & I had the privilege of designing, lighting, building some absolutely wonderful local shows over the course of those years while working full time in the Electrics (LX) Department there. (nb. after working on Joseph far too many times to count it did lose just a little of it's magic!)

How could I leave this??? My dream? My curious love?

I can't say that I don't get the odd urge to run back, I also miss my pals (tho still in touch) & the buzz of live Theatre BUT  I think I have always ultimately trusted where life has led me &
right now I love being Mrs & Mum.

I also love the bracelets I'm making ...

& these bracelets are what has led me to begin blogging. Whatever next?