Monday, April 12, 2010

Dipping a Toe Back in the Water

Well, it's been a while, hasn't it?  Hopefully not too many of you will have removed me from your bloglines in the meantime.  I didn't intend to be away for so long, though I have been shamelessly lurking on lots of blogs.  Truth to tell, I just haven't been that creative lately.  At the risk of boring you, things have been a bit up and down workwise, my job role was made redundant and although I had some project work to tide me over, I had to go through what seemed like a long period of uncertainty until I got a new role in the college.  Whilst this isn't the worst thing in the world and it happens to a lot of us nowadays, it just wasn't conducive to the creative juices!

But now ... the clocks have gone forward, I'm feeling more motivated and I'm ready to blog and roll!

It was my daughter's 20th Birthday in March and I filled a (large) shoe box with 20 wrapped presents and posted it to her in London.  I had fun choosing little items that would (a) not weigh too much - got to save on the postage you know, and (b) all fit into the shoebox.  The presents included: a silver wig, an alice band complete with pink velour cat's ears, a set of battery operated fairy lights, super sour jelly beans .....etc.,etc.  I didn't get a picture of the box or all of the presents together, but I did make 2 of them myself - a tiny knitted teddy bear (no photo) and a tote bag decorated with machine appliqued flowers (which I did remember to photograph).



I've also been working on a quilt for my Dad, I started it in October with all good intentions of completing it for Christmas. Ha! What was I thinking?  Christmas came and went.  I bought him a jigsaw.  It is his birthday at the end of May: he'll be 75.  I am convinced I can complete it by then.  I'll post a picture of the flimsy soon. 

Meantime, I have booked places for me and my mum to go and see the Quilt Exhibition at the V&A next month.  It has had loads of coverage in the media here - patchwork and quilting are the flavour of the month, though Germaine Greer didn't approve in her Guardian article.

It's good to be back!

Fiona

P.S. Of course I bought my Dad more than a jigsaw for Christmas.  But I always do buy him a jigsaw because he likes them. 

9 comments:

Screen Door said...

So Happy to hear from you!!!!! Love baby girl's bag!! Looks like the 20 year old she is.... Keep in touch... anxious to see more stitching.

Clare said...

So good to hear from you and I'd NEVER remove you from my Bloglines.

Enjoy the V&A expo and please please blog about it. It has had loads of coverage in the blog world and Woman's Hour has praised it too so that must mean something, quoi?

Chookyblue...... said...

still hanging in here waiting for your return.........
love the bag you made for your daughter........

Thimbleanna said...

What a very clever idea for your daughter -- I'll bet you had a great time filling that box -- and I'm so impressed that you could get that many items in a shoebox! Love the cute little bag you made her. And enjoy the quilt exhibit for those of us who can't see it!

Leslie said...

Life does tend to get in the *way*, work can be such a drain on the energy. I'm glad to hear things have leveled out a little on the job front. Touch fabric!

julieQ said...

Life gets in the way of my fun time, LOL! Sounds like you too...love your bag.

佩昭彥怡 said...

教育的目的不是在製造機械,而是在造成人. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

anne bebbington said...

Lovely to see you back Fi - love the bag

a good yarn said...

Welcome back! I love your idea of 20 wrapped presents - so clever. The bag is charming with its bright applique. You are back with style. Ann :-)