Friday, 31 December 2010
Father Christmas very kindly arranged to have my finished embroidered icon framed and it is now proudly hanging on my bedroom wall watching over me as I sleep. I have since discovered the image is of either St George or St Demetrius. It is from an icon, probably a gift from Emperor Justinian, and is kept at the monastry of St Catharine in the Sinai desert. How do I know all this? - Keith found a book by Sister Wendy (she's famous on BBC) on icons - perfect!
Anyway, here it is in the frame.
All the best everyone.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
Happy holidays to all of you. May you enjoy happy and safe times with your loved ones which will provide you with warm memories that will last for many years to come!
those wire ornaments bring back feelings of nostalgia - thanks for posting that - also reminded me to buy Christmas gifts for my hairdresser, postman andnewspaper person. Thanks phil
i know heather's cards well - we saw them last year and this year and they do get better and better. read with warmth about rosemary and when i saw her photo, i thought that i had met her - maybe at helena's gallery? she looked so delighted at having bought a piece she loved (those pieces are easy to love). and now the caregiver has one as well - rewarding to have your work so treasured , heather. how wonderful for those who know her to be part of the life of someone so 'in it.' for sure she will be sorely missed, but it sounds as though she lived life to the full. may her family and friends be comforted by the special memories she created and the good name that she had.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Almost two years ago, Helena held a group show at her gallery called "Red Alert". I submitted two pieces, and they both sold, one to a dear friend here in Hudson, Rosemary Lombardi. This was the third piece that Rosemary had bought from me and of course I was thrilled.
Rosemary was diagnosed with colon cancer five years ago, at the age of 60. She lived life to the fullest in the last five years, traveling to Italy twice, going to fitness class, reveling in the company of two little grandchildren. About 5 weeks ago, she asked me to visit her to discuss a Christmas gift for one of her caregivers, Kate. We looked at some of my finished work, but in the end I offered to make her a smaller version of the Red Alert piece, which Kate had admired.
Rosemary passed away on December 11, and her funeral was yesterday. This morning I delivered the framed piece to her husband Peter. Right up until her last couple of days, Rosemary was busy planning holiday menus and gifts. Her family called her "The Little General". I hope that Kate will cherish this piece and that it will remind her of a wonderful lady.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
What annoys me horribly but I have to work thru it as it cannot be changed is the slant of the writing. I used freezer paper cut outs to stencil and thought I had it perfect , aggravated with the quilting and the slant of the building .... ouch!
Great fun and a little daunting as I have never participated in anything as big as this.
The first showing of the Challenge was at the IQW2010 Show in Japan and it won Best Group Exhibition. It now travels in Japan, then France plus other countries and we in SA only get to see the whole exhibit ( although we do have pics) sometime in 2011 or 2012.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
These should have come at the bottom ! Above are pictures of the interior of the hotel which includes graffiti on the walls!
This is the entrance to the hotel (actually running as a B&B at the moment). Below is the view thru the front door towards the pool and verandah. There are mezzanine levels on either side of the building which hold the 10 bedrooms, all with magnificent views.
This is just a taster of what's going on so if any of you find yourselves in my part of the world it is really worth a visit.
Friday, 3 December 2010
PS there's always de-structure....wicked me!
Love the new theme! I am so happy that I have been able to and still will be able to follow my own 'african' theme.
Structure ???? This will probably be a dead give away but having had the Soccer World Cup this year .........................!!!!!!
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Hilary has told me that it's my turn to choose the next theme.
Structure. (Man-made or natural, interpreted as broadly as you wish.)
I hope you are excited by the possibilities.