Hi everyone. I'm so sorry I'm such a bad poster. I have been reading all your blogs and have been feeling ashamed at the lack of creativity coming from my little corner of Ireland but all that is going to change now!
So: lots to share. Hmmm what's first.
Well, Holmsey's second book, 'Can I be a Hare?' is nearly ready to be published..the illustrator is working hard on the pictures. Here, I'll show you why they take so long.
This is the size of the finished picture.
HUGE. The illustrator works so hard on them. This is an original piece of the artwork from the fist book.
This is a photo of how one of the pictures is worked on in the second book.
The first side is what is cut out: and then the fabrics are layered and painted...the detail is just miraculous. Paula Hickman is a genius.
And yes, it seems there may be baby bunnies in my next story....OMG aren't they just sooooo cute????
Gorgeous. I'm so blessed to have been lucky enough to have this experience.
My baby brother came and visited me from the UK for a long weekend. My younger brothers are identical twins and I love them to bits. They tower over me now but they will always be my baby bros.
I was ill getting over the flu when he came over but we managed a great day out.
We took him towards our favourite beach in Sligo, far from the tourist crowds.
We had to stop at our wonderful warrior who protects Connacht from the evil hoards!
Then we wondered up to Glencar Waterfall and lake...a moment of romance for my wonderful husband and I.
And a moment of pure fun with my granddaughter.
I love that wee baby more than life itself..she is a real cutie.
They've gone home now but we will hopefully see them at Christmas.
I have not stopped giving up challenges. I was challenged to go on the back of a motorbike. I hate motorbikes. They are scary. It took me three years to learn to ride a pedal bike..I knew the second the person holding me up let me go: they let go, I dropped my legs. I'm a really scardy cat.
My neighbour has classic motor bikes and he offered to take me up the road for a few miles on pillion.
I agreed though if I'm honest I was bricking it.
My two sons were here watching me and I had to do it. The whole point of this is to teach my children to not be afraid of trying new things and to never give up just because life can be dark and hard.
So here I am. Proof I did it lol
Scary mad dangerous things they are rofl. I did enjoy it after a while but I'm sure I would do it again. We'll see. I did the day after chemo after no sleep for 48 hours because of the sterioids. I'm surprised I could even hold on, my bloods were dropping so fast!
But I did it. Another fear conquered.
Crafting wise I've nearly finished crocheting a cardi for my little granddaughter...it was easy until I got to the final trim which is all technical and I've never done the stitch before but again, I refuse to be beaten. I love crochet and its ok to pick up and put back down when I'm not feeling so good. It's much easier than I can with knitting.
I have been doing some cross stitch. The first part of Holmsey's Winter Wonderland has been stitched and I enjoyed every stitch of it.
I've never designed a badger before..I was quite proud of myself!
It's been model stitched on Polynesium linen from Chromatic Alchemy and it's my new favouritist fabric ever!
It will be released on the 1st of November, the next one in December and the one after that in January. The panels can be stitched individually and turned into pinkeeps or flatfold or even little cushions. Or as one picture which is what I will be doing.
Health wise I'm good, I finished my chemo yesterday. Seriously, 18 chemos over 6 months, three weeks on and one week off...I feel like I've run a marathon.
I get next week off, a cat scan the week later and then a meeting with my oncologist the week after that. I'm glad to get a few weeks off. A few weeks of normal. We spent the 6 months remodelling the house. We now have a proper bathroom..with a lovely big bath and the halls have been decorated and painted and I decorated all my kitchen as well.
I'm looking forwards to some time doing things I enjoy. The tiredness and chemo low should wear off by Tuesday and then I get some normal life, until the next lot of tests. I feel ok at the moment and that is all anyone can hope for. Today is a good day.
Now,where did I put that crotchet?