Day by day …

01/02/2012 § Leave a comment

Turn a new page – new pictures to enjoy – first day of a new month …


Coast and country scenes prevail in our home
and this photo that appears on the special calendar that I had printed, from our Calendar Girl Collies to their ‘Daddy’ for Christmas!

As I went around this morning, turning pages, I stopped to smile, and gulp, as I looked at this little sketch that I bought at a car boot sale a few years ago …

Now if you’re into Monty Roberts the horse whisperer, or any form of natural horsemanship, you may be familiar with the term ‘Join Up’ – it’s when your horse comes in to you as a mark of trust and respect!  I did a post last year that goes into a bit more detail and links up to one of Monty’s videos.

How often do we put up pictures and then forget to look at them as they become so familiar?  This one’s a poignant reminder of my black Welsh Cob called Storm who joined up with me enthusiastically many years ago – a 3 hour operation to repair my broken elbow, wrist and fingers followed!  He was startled by a squawking chicken, and leapt on top of me – me being a place of safety obviously!  Now I set off alarms because of all the metal in my arm!

I must get some photos of him, but I must admit I do get a bit upset as I had to have him put down a year later when he was so badly injured and would have forever been unsound.  Gulp a bit more, I try to take some comfort from the fact that he didn’t suffer and I know what happened to him.  I make a pact with all my animals – they’re with me until the end of their lives.  I said my final goodbye to Storm 10 years ago and still the thought of him brings tears to my eyes.

Gulp some more and think about sewing instead …

Here are some of the purses that I’m working on in the final few days before the gallery show.  Sorry to keep on about it but I’m SOooooo excited – I’ve never done one before and feel a bit nervous and excited all at the same time.  These little beauties are lining up on the mantlepiece along with all the little flower brooches, hair slides & flower pins that I’ve been making.

Better hop – there’s fish and chips for supper tonight but before that, there’s a little duck pecking at the back door.  It’s freezing cold and she’s ready to waddle down the garden to her warm straw bed in the henhouse.

Wrap up warm now …

Adaliza x



Flowers for a winter’s day …

08/01/2012 § 13 Comments

A while ago I bought an amazing hank of wool.

I wound it into a ball and promptly lost the label, but it’s hand dyed with angora, as I recall.  It’s truly beautiful – subtle colours, soft to the touch, it crochets up beautifully – with strong form and clear stitches.

One ball of yarn – what shall I make?

Now I enjoy sitting of an evening, hook and yarn in hand, doing a bit of crochet!  It’s a wonderful winter craft – Misty the collie at my feet with Belle observing my every move from the comfort of the old settee.  There may be some music wafting through the lounge, or maybe something entertaining on the TV.  Whatever’s happening, crochet is ultimately relaxing – at least I find it so – as evening drifts towards night-time.

Here’s what I’ve made – so far …

Brooch Pin

A brooch pin with sparkly crystal bead …

Flower Brooch Pins

Well, I made three!  One with a pearl instead of a crystal …

Flower Brooch

This may be my favourite brooch – 3 little blooms and leaves.  Look at those colours!

Flower Brooch

I hope you’re all enjoying the New Year and making your way gently back into making and creating now that all the decorations have been tucked away in the loft.  The mornings are still so dark but the birds are singing away in that magical time just before daylight.  I let Flora out this morning while it was still quite dark.  She doesn’t see too well in the dusk and she waited a few minutes before venturing down the ramp with a loud quack to greet the morn!  She hopped over the back doorstep and into the kitchen this morning too!  Much consternation amongst the collies!

Pop over to Wendy’s blog to see what everyone else is up to.  I’ve been patchworking today, so maybe next week there’ll be something larger to show and tell!  We’ll see …

Happy New Year and thank you Wendy for hosting Handmade Monday once again.


I’m also linking up to Funky Polkadot Giraffe’s site, so follow the link and see what else is being created.

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