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Food for thought

With this recession biting everywhere I have been looking for new ways to boost our income – I think I my have found away but I will not reveal my ideas just yet as I have lots more research to do but watch this space!


This week I have been working on experimentation with oil pastel rubbings on both paper and fabric followed by watercolour washes on the papers and using the pastels on pre dyed fabric.

These photos show the papers – I used texture plates to create the surfaces, shiva sticks to rub over and watercolour washes.

I am still working with the fabrics and haven’t quite achieved the effects I want just yet therefore the photos will have to wait awhile.


As it is back to school next week, this coming week I will be running around collecting school uniform together along with all the stuff my daughter needs to take with her to art college in Canterbury, we have to deliver her there next weekend and probably won’t see her until Christmas, it will be her first time away from home on her own for any length of time – I hope she will be happy.

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A bit of a disappointment


My daughter and I visited the Festival of Quilts on Thursday, all very enjoyable, spent far too much money, saw lots of really lovely quilts but unfortunately nothing jumped out to inspire either of us and we where not alone, as a friend of mine visited yesterday and called me on her return with the same thoughts. 

I did want to buy a new sewing machine but the machine suppliers left me feeling flat so I will wait awhile and do some more research.

We did see and have added to our wish lists a very reasonably priced quilting frame by  Marysiasquilts ( a company based in Herefordshire.

As always Oliver Twists enjoyed receiving vast amounts of money from both of us, as did a new company to us called The Crazy Wire Company ( 

I managed to find some fabric for some placemats I am going to be making for Christmas presents.

Other than the above moans and accolades both of us had a good day enjoying the banter between ourselves, other quilters and the traders, which I suppose is the main reason why we go to these exhibitions along with research; returning home with sore feet and backs and considerably poorer. 

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Back from Holiday

We arrived back from our holiday in Brittany last Monday night.  Lots of post waiting, lots of washing to be done along with all the ironing.  I didn’t do any art whilst away – too hot! 32 degrees in the shade.

Chateaubriandt (56) Weird bugs at Chateaubriand

Chateaubriandt (80) Chateaubriandt (79)

Derelict pillars at the Chateau I feel a design coming on!