Monday, October 4, 2010

Hello .......

I'm back from my trip to Switzerland....and very slow getting back into blogging.....

My husband Paul and I had the loveliest time visiting with Matt and looking around Switzerland. And..... yes..... Matt did get selected for the Australian Team to ride at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky (I'm very proud of him). Both he and his dad are in Kentucky at this moment...it all happens very quickly once you are selected for the team. Competition starts to day and finishes next weekend.

I had to share this photo of Matt and I taken on our visit to Lucerne. Please indulge me.
Matt and I at Lake Lucerne.

I did actually get some stitching done while I was away (not much as you will see). You may remember this piece below from my earlier post....just a bit more stitching now. Each time I walked in the woods near Matts home I imagined little spirits that lived in the woodlands and thought I would put them into stitch...this is the beginning of my little Swiss Spirit cloth. A sunflower sun as there were fields of beautiful sunflowers and everyone seemed to have sunflowers in their gardens...huge sunflowers....such fertile soil
, and the little woodland spirit. A woodland spirit.

I've also added to my beast cloth....little embroidered butterflies and more fabric......


The Hare of Tonimbuk
And I've even managed to get to a lino-cut/printmaking class with Helen Timbury since I've been back. Lots of fun and a few more 'hare' inspired lino-cuts to be made soon. I do love printmaking.



Now this one is for Jude....what a woodstack. On her blog Jude has been talking about stacking wood, so I thought she would enjoy this (click for a closer look). There were beautiful woodstacks everywhere in Birr where Matt lives and I took quite a few photos of them...they really appealed. I will be doing a post later featuring all these amazing woodstacks. This one was on my walk up to the woods....






And here I am in the woods....I loved the filtered sunlight, the beautiful trees and undergrowth...so different to our Australian bushland. There was miles and miles of amazing tracks... so peaceful....





The woods and tracks were so beautifully kept.





I miss those walks....maybe I will have to visit again soon?
I hope I havent bored you with my *trip* photos...but I just wanted you to see a bit of the Switzerland I saw...and of course a little bit of art.
EXPECT
WONDERFUL THINGS
TO HAPPEN
Jacky xox








26 comments:

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Hi Jacky, it always takes a while to get back into blogging again. We sort of "lose our thread" if you pardon the pun (intended) and it always seems to take an age to sort through the photos and decide what to run with. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos. I think I especially love the dappled sunlight ones and of course your beautiful stitched pieces. I love the beastie cloth and the spirit. I hope you have a great week dear, lots of love, Carolyn xoxo

Emma said...

Couldn't possibly be bored, we all go on such wonderfully exciting journeys thru each of us sharing so much. (I might have shared a little too much!)

Welcome back!

Notjustnat said...

Jacky, the photos from Switzerland are all beautiful. You are lucky to be there in the Summer. Lovely and green. Your stitchings are gorgeous. Something to be inspires by. Good luck to Matt with his ride in Kentucky - Hugs Nat

Rachel said...

Lovely photos. Hope Matt has a successful tournament in Kentucky!

Penny Berens said...

Oh, the lino cut is very appealing. Well kept woods eh, you should see my unkempt woods! I don't use the word Tanglewood for nothing.

Ro Bruhn said...

Your stitching and your lino cut are fabulous, even better in the flesh, it was great to catch up again. I'm looking forward to the next one.

La Dolce Vita said...

so glad you are back! missed your blogging! just realized that I failed to put your blog on my side bar, I will fix that up immediately! xox

ArtPropelled said...

Hello Jacky!!! Welcome back. How wonderful that your son was selected. I will be holding thumbs. First and foremost your Hare of Tonimbuk is absolutely wonderful! I love him!!The woodland spirit is also very appealing. Great to see what you've been doing and I'm looking forward to more lino-cuts.

Storycloth said...

Hi there and welcome home. I can see that you did not waste a moment on this trip. Love the lino cuts. Gilly

martha brown said...

Welcome back -- and congratulations and good luck to your son!

jude said...

welcome back! that is one mega wood stack. wow nice to see all you little cloths coming together....

Patti G. said...

Welcome home, and awwwwwwwww your picture with Matt is wonderful, you look so happy! I am glad about their riding, and the competition! Fantastic! Keep us informed!
The wood piles are amazing, they actually are beautiful to look at!
Love your artwork too! Your hare prints are fab! :)) You cloth work is always stunning! <3

Sending hugs my friend,
Patti

Peggy Beck said...

Loved your photos, your stiching and glad you are back. Have been to those places in Switzerland myself and yes, so beautiful. Glad you got a chance to experience it.

Jo Wholohan said...

welcome back chickie, looks like you had a ball!!!! best of luck to Matt xx

Suzanna said...

Welcome back Jacky, and congrats and good luck to your son! I enjoyed your pictures so much and the lino cut is terrific...

Julia said...

Hi Jacky,
Just love all these pics, (just how do you get them all to be clickable to larger size), I can only get the top one of my post to do it.
Love the stitched cloth, and was so lucky to have seen it in person on Sat. Those walks you took in Switz.!!!...wish i could have been there with you..what lovely memories to have to bring home.xx..julia

Karen Turner said...

Good to see you back again! I really enjoyed the photos; I especially like the lino cut and your sweet little spirit cloth. Congratulations and good luck to Matt :-)

Zorana said...

There is always so much to see in your posts! Thank you for taking us to Switzerland. So beautiful! And how proud are you of your son? I can only imagine! Love everything- your work is always amazing. xo

Lawendula said...

Hi Jacky, nice you are back!
Have you received the collage box yet? I hope so! Please let me know and please send it on, as soon as possible.

xo FM

Judy Scott said...

Hello Jacky, beautiful stitching and I love your lino cut. And your photos are gorgeous - its lovely to see you xxx Judy x

Julia said...

Yes, I enjoyed doing the envelopes as I kinda thought the fabric was a bit uninteresting to send on its own...my piece is just mottley rust edged blue blobs but kinda okay, am using fabric markers to add some more patterns...xx..julia

grrl + dog said...

welcome back.
You have been busy - the beast cloth looks wonderful, as well as the hare - clear lines.

Jenxo said...

wonderful post Jacky, i loved your little spitits.
You certainly had a fantastic time and must have been lovely to catch up with your boy.... loved your photos, the woods are so different to our aussie bush.
Good luck to Matt too...

Dot said...

Such beautiful photo's from your trip. Love the one of you and Matt. And the one of you in the forest (you look very healthy and happy). The stitching you are creating is special and magical. And your ' Hare of Tonimbuk' lino cut is gorgeous. Loved seeing it up close.
Dot xx

Elizabeth said...

Oh i am IN LOVE iwth Your Hare Stamp!! He is magical!!! You ahve such a wonderufl touch with things Jacky!!!
There is nothing quite like an alpine woods and what a contrast to your home!! I would say taht definately YES!!!! you must visit more often!!!
The patterns in the stacked wood are so beautiful !! I have some very old photos of wood stacks form the time when my grandmother was a child in Sweden- when your warmth depends on wood you learn how to preserve it for when it is needed!! It is an art form all in itself!! never apologize about sharing your travel pictures!!!!!

Robyn said...

Wonderful holiday photos and I especially love the stitching.

thanks for sharing

best wishes
Robyn