Saturday, September 5, 2009

Knitting and Socialising....

My week away from work has been pure bliss! Gorgeous Spring weather and lots of catching up with friends.

I started the weekend with my art group get together which was at Ro's home this time. Must say that day the weather was dreadful and I arrived looking like a drenched rat after getting caught in a downpour between the car and the house!!! Didnt dampen my spirits at all... Ro's home was warm and inviting and once we girls got chatting/eating, the time just flew. We share many ideas and little gifts and love being in each others company.Knitted scarves a la lesson from Sue Trytell.
Whilst at Ro's, Patsy, another member of our art group invited me along to a knitting group with her friends in Beaumaris.... what a fabulous night. Wonderful group of girls/artists, the room just buzzed all night. My sister Lee came along who has never been able to knit a stitch in her life.....would you believe they taught her to knit...she is hooked! A very lovely lady, Sue, taught me a new stitch (above) ...I have now made two new scarves for friends!

High Street Armadale.

I spenta couple of days in Melbourne with my sister Lee and we visited many wonderful shops (and eateries.... we do love our food!). One of our favourite haunts is High St. Armadale. Took the above photo as we were driving by...beautiful old architecture.

Lee always feed my fabric addiction and took me along to a couple of our favourite fabric shops. I came home with a nice little selection of liberty prints...I've had them our playing, seeing how they mix with other fabrics from my stash...I think they will do fine. I have a few new Klimt Dolls in mind for these.



The above little Spring Bird I stitched for a swap in one of my Yahoo Swaps. He is stitched onto a piece of linen and I thought she could either pop him in frame or include him in a journal. The idea of the little bird came from some fabric my sister recently gave me from Ikea... so many more cute birdies to make.



I am also taking part in an Altered Book Round Robin and the above page was made for Debbi B. The theme for her book was Affirmations/Quotes.



Another page for Debbi's book. This time incorporating some fabric and lace (just cant help but put some fabric somewhere!!!)






And look at the gorgeous new Amelia doll that my dear friend Dot recently gifted me....very bejewelled and beautiful. I just love her sunshiny/spring colours. Upon her knee is another gift I recently received from Dot that she purchased from this Etsy shop, a seedling!!! Isnt he just the cheekiest. I fear Amelia my have a job on her hands keeping this little fellow in line.
I hope you have all had a wonderful week ..... I have had such a lovely time off this week, it has done my soul good.
Sending you all some Spring Sunshine!
Jacky xox


26 comments:

Jenxo said...

Aww Jacky, look at that beautiful chunky wool, your friends are so lucky.
Glad you have had such a wonderful week off work, sounds like just the thing....
love your book pages and your fabric splurges look lovely.love dots little gifties too...
hope going back to work is not too much of a shock to the system....jenxo

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Lots and lots of goodies here. I love the wool you used for your new scarves and it was lovely that your sister can now knit - another thing you share and do together! Your fabrics are lovely and I shall look forward to seeing your Klimt dollies when they are done! Your birdie is too cute!!! I love it very much!!

Have added you to my blog buddy list so I can pop back and see you again! Have a lovely Sunday weekend

Best wishes

Carolyn ♥

ps. I can never get used to the idea that you are approaching Spring as we are approaching Autumn - it's very strange but wonderful! :o)

Sam Marshall said...

Lots of beautiful things here- just love all the treasures!! Your scarves are beautiful.

ArtPropelled said...

Youyr new fabrics are making my mouth water ...and I don't even sew.

Mieke said...

LOVELY bird!!!

Lee said...

Hi Jacky, it was wonderful spending a lovely couple of days with you - it's always so creative and inspirational. Now that I've learnt to knit, who knows, perhaps I'll even learn to sew one day!! Thank you for letting me share your week off with you. It's lovely having a gorgeous big sister like you. Lee xx

Patti G. said...

Jacky,
LOVE your knitted scarves! Just amazing and beautiful! <3
And your gifts from Dotee are stunning......as always! She is such a talent!As are you.....blessed to be so close to eachother!
Sending a hug to you!
Patti

Judy Scott said...

oooo spring sunshine how wonderful ~ enjoy :) I love your birdie and have seen some birdie fabric in Ikea ~ its lovely. Love the wool colour and your fabrics are gorgeous ~ I love liberty fabric too. So happy you are able to share your creative times with your sister. Have a wonderful week ~ Judy x

Jo Wholohan said...

these fabrics are just yummmmm jacky, i love them all :))
your birdie on linen is just gorgeous, you really have a nack for fabric girl :)) xx

lynne h said...

wow, jacky, lots happening at your place! those fabric swatches are gorgeous - i can see the klimt dolls in them at this distance... i love your pages in the round robin book - love the words and the image... and your amelia doll is so precious - i'm sure that she and mrs. mizzle will have loads to talk about. and the seedling! now that is a very cool idea...

thank you for sharing all of this...

xo

La Dolce Vita said...

I love your pages and everything in this post! just yummy stuff!

ManonPopjes said...

Hi Jacky, Thanks for stopping by on my blog. I just love this whole creative world I have just recently got into. I just wished I had all day and all week to create. So nice to meet all these very talented people!! I love the pieces of art you have created and those klimt dolls just look adorable. Dolls are one of my weaknesses I must say. I would love to read some more of your pages today but I have to go to work right now so hopefully I will be back tonight.
So lovely to meet you and hopefully we will speak soon!

Linda said...

Love the colours in the scarves Jacky - would like to see more!
Your fabric bird is very, very cute and I am full of admiration for the journal pages!
I too have a seedling (actually mine is a vampire weedling, lol!)
Dots Amelia doll is a beauty, as always.
Hugs
Linda xx
PS I have bought that IKEA fabric too - is it the one with the leaves and seedheads?

Gaye Todd said...

Always such a pleasure to visit your blog!!

xx

Julie H said...

Oooh your pages inb Debbi's book are gorgeous, I look forward to having it in my hands.

Lovely Amelia doll too!

Ro Bruhn said...

It certainly was a great day on the Saturday, I just wish I'd been able to make the knitting night, I'll try to be fit for the next one.

Julia said...

Hi Jacky,
WHat a lovely post, feels like I was there on your journey with you and your sister in Armidale..
Haven't been there in ages, and its only a short drive for me, but it's too tempting to spend too much if I go.
What wonderful work you are doing...love the bird on the linen really sweet, and lovely stitching work...as well as the journal pages...wow..love them too..
What a great time you must have had with Patsy and all at the knitting group....wish I had been invited.....
xxx...Julia

suze said...

Ah Spring! We are headed for fall here but temps still in the upper 90's.
Love your little bird and all of the beautiful colors!

Nic Hohn said...

Looks like you have been drinking in loads of creativity...hooray for you!

karen said...

so glad you didn't spend your whole week off on the dreaded housework!

Jo Horswill said...

Hi Jacky, great to catch up with you at Ro's....it was a great day!
How amazing you are...to learn a new knit stitch, and then whip up two new scarves!!!
Love everything else here, Jo xx

Debbi Baker said...

Hi Jacky! What a fabulous post - so much beauty and colour!! And what a thrill to see your pages in my altered book - they are gorgeous!

Jackie said...

So we've both enjoyed some sunshine this week..I hope you get a better summer than we had.

Marilyn Rock said...

The wool is lovely; happy you enjoyed your week off! Lots of eye candy here! I've been away from blogging; my computer crashed and I figured out a way to visit blogs on my husband's netbook so at least I can visit.

rivergardenstudio said...

I love your spring bird on the red page in your journal... and your fabric pieces, and what a wonderful time your are having with your friends and your art... roxanne

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Jacky, I love your book pages - all of them so far, but particularly the bird with a red background - it's luscious! Lesley