In the Beginning

I started blogging in October of 2005. I have had 3 blogs and they are now consolidated into this one so just over 500 posts.

I started following blogs and other sewers many years ago. Back in the day there were Rings. There were sewing rings, embroidery and a lot of others. Blog rolls on the sidebars would lead you to other sites, I discovered like minded crafters  from around the world and learned  a lot from everyone. On Friends of Cloth Doll, I met up with a Canadian in Mexico and  after a move to Montreal, she finally moved to Vancouver. So that was fun meeting her as I admired  her work. I always amazed me how you would be reading a blog from someone knitting a heavy wool sweater to cope with the cold and the next blog would be about the heat in Australia. I always loved all the travel posts.

Then came yahoo groups, more dolls, polymer clay,  ATC  and knitting groups and eventually Ravelry.  I took art lessons from Suzi Blue and took another art course as well from Sue Bleiweiss. I have forgotten a lot of the courses that I took.

The journal cover was made before 2008, using a crumpled brown paper bag.

The doll picture I drew and embellished with crayons, paper , paper tape and encaustsic wax over the top, was inspired by Suzi Blu.

One thing that has changed is photography,  not just because of Instagram and filters and new phone technology. Now people are taking much more care in composition of their photos, no more fancy lace shawls displayed on quilted bedspreads. there was an incredible number of photos of socks being knit. sort of like time lapse but over a few weeks of the sock proudly displayed marching down someone’s foot! I was guilty of these things as well.

My topics haven’t changed, knitting, sewing , plants and gardens, travels and a good challenge still appeals.

Paper Collage Dancers

These are the little dancers, I worked on last weekend. Not my usual colours. That was all predetermined by picking a number out of a hat, and going to my assigned work table. I quite enjoyed this little project.

BTW, this is post 100.

Birthday Collage Dancer

Here is a little dancer, I made after my workshop on Saturday. She is paper with collaged maps, music , wrapping paper and words. I used my little P-touch Brother labeller for some of the words. She was given to a relative having her 80th birthday.

Boating adventures.

We have just come back home after 8 days on the boat. We visited some of the old haunts from years ago, Montague Harbour on Galiano, Ganges on Saltspring Island and Sidney. In Sidney we visited with family, with friends and shopping. I found a big garden pot, my dh carried it down to the boat and it resided in the V berth until we were home.

This is going to be used for my fountain, I’d better get it up and running fairly soon or summer will be over.

Ganges was wonderful, a workout on my visa card. I found a hat, that shelters my eyes and my head doesn’t get too hot. Just a knitted bucket hat, of wool and hemp made with love in China. I found a quilting store, fabric, then discovered the wool and then a few fabrics used in altered textiles that one burns for an unique effect, puff paint and foils. Great fun. I also got a experiment kit from Stef Francis. Ohh, it was a good day. I’ll take more pictures tomorrow.

At low tide, I could see starfish on the pylons under the dock. Two were trapped in the rotted out section of the dock support.

Crafts on Board

When I go on holidays, I like to take a variety of crafts. The criteria is that it can’t take up too much space. All of this except for the pencil crayons fitted into a Canada post mailer box. There was also pen and pencil and a film cannister with needle and threads inside.

This are the word prompts that I had taken along. I found this on Nicola’s blog and the words are put in a bag and you do that technique on your artist trading card or journal page. The two columns on the right I didn’t use as I didn’t have those things with me. I did have my labeller so that I could make my prompts. I also have a set of words that I am going to use for fabric as well.

I am quite happy with this group of 4 ATCs and this journal page. In the end I was tearing up travel phamphlets and yarn labels. Next time I am adding a felt pen, a needle with a bigger eye and a bigger variety of papers.

I will post knitting later, along with the list of magazines that I need incase I am bored.
Adriana , You asked if I got seasilk on board, I think you are besotted with your latest yarn. I don’t knit underway only when docked or at anchor. It would be lovely to get seasilk.

On request

These two spreads are from a book, I am altering with a theme of fashion and style. This is where I practise something new and don’t know if I’ll ever be finished.
There is a niche in the back for a few momentos but I have ripped it apart to reglue, the cover is still a problem as well. I have been wanting to play with paper and currently I have been doing a little scrapbooking, I have only put in the background pages and haven’t decided on the photos yet but I won’t need them until Christmas. It has been fun collecting backgrounds for children.