Saturday, November 24, 2012

Vicki's Pink Scarf Project Finished

Firstly, I would like to thank every single person that
has visited here and left so many wonderful comments about
my Giveaway.  I welcome all of my new followers - 
I will try to visit all of you who have a blog
wish each and everyone the very best of luck!


You may recall just a couple of posts back
that I had started to create some dyed wool for a wrap

for the "Pink Scarf Project" which Vicki
so very generously set up for people to create a pink scarf or wrap
choosing any medium they desired whether is was

knitted, crocheted or sewn and this item
would be donated to women with breast cancer.

 I just love to spin and knit or crochet and saw this
as a wonderful opportunity to contribute something
useful and creative.  So I went ahead with some
of my hand spun mohair (from our own Angora goats),
dyed it to achieve a soft shade of washed out pink.

I approached LaShell of

(where I had previously purchased recycled sari silk ribbon)
who very generously donated this beautiful  sari silk
as a way of contributing to this amazing project also

for my project which I dyed with the same dye
to blend with the hand spun mohair
Wow! I was really delighted to achieve,
what I thought was, a perfect match!

Well you all know me quite well by now to guess that I
wouldn't be able to help myself if

I didn't include some lace or doilies 

So I also dyed some of these as well

and embellished it with a hand fashioned rose

which I also dyed to blend in with the pinks.

It pleases me greatly to know that there is some
very beautiful woman out there who may receive
some comfort and heartfelt warmth as she
travels this difficult journey
all thanks to Vicki
in setting up
this very inspirational project

So if you are interested in pursuing this project and would
like to support Vicki then
I suggest you pop over to her blog and view 
some of the scarves that have already been
so kindly donated.
(Her button is on my sidebar at the top!)

A quick reminder too about my Giveaway which
is still open to enter.

If you would like to enter go to my previous post and
add your name there and please don't be shy
as these opportunities don't come all 
that often!!!
The date for the draw is Wed. 5th Dec.

Wishing for you all a joy filled weekend with continued

Love and hugs, Suzy xxx

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Milestone and Christmas Celebration GIVEAWAY

It's getting that time of year when we all start 
to think about Christmas and gift giving
and as I have reached yet another
milestone with my
thought I would like to give you an opportunity
to receive a gift from me in the form of
this collage
"In the arms of love"

based on this beautiful artwork of 
Bernardino Luini
"Madonna and Sleeping Child".

I am ever so grateful to you for your support and friendship
and for leaving such kind and encouraging comments.
My life has become so enriched in so many
different ways.


The collage is 18x12 inches and consists of

many layers of hand and machine stitched new
and vintage laces and doilies,

vintage upholstery cloth, burlap, buttons and braids.

I am giving away two gifts - the first one is the large collage
and the second gift is a smaller collage below called
"I found wings".

Now how to enter:
If you are a follower already or wish to become one
you can enter once here
if you would like to mention it or place the Giveaway
on your sidebar then
let me know in your entry here on this post
I will draw a second winner for this smaller collage.

The draw will take place on:
Wed. 5th December

 I'm wishing everyone the very best of luck
and to reiterate

"Thank you so very much"
for your continued love and 
support of my creative journey with you here!
a very special welcome to all new followers too!

......Love minus zero,
Suzy xxx

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sampling a Giveaway and Springtime Garden

 It is a very abundant time in our garden this time of year
(so I am warning you that this is quite a lengthy
and picturesque post if you enjoy garden

in so many different ways especially
with the roses in bloom.

Popping up everywhere you will find forget-me-nots, granny's bonnets, grasses of all sorts,

hydranges, irises, roses - rambling and climbing

beautiful shade tress of Chinese Elms, Japanese Maples, Silver Birches,

Buddleas and places to just sit 

and take in all the fragrances, listen to the birds
and watch the Angora goats grazing!

Spectacular colour as in these irises!

And just around the corner is another garden of old world roses

and climbers like this Cecile Brunner and the soft apricot
shades of Crepiscule.

Now on one of the branches of this climber 
which happens to be outside my studio

 you might remember I mentioned that a Willy Wagtail
was creating a nest
and since then everyday as I have been creating
only metres from my table

I have witnessed the most amazing little miracle
of the entrance into the world

of these three baby Wagtails

and the emergence of each one

from the nest,

the testing, spreading and stretching of their little wings,

gaining strength in their little legs
in readiness for flight!

Now it's not every day that we are blessed with
such an amazing miracle 
within just a few feet of where we create just outside -
 that's for sure!
And what's more I feel so blessed for
living in such a special place indeed!

 Even with all this distraction I have managed to create
a little something ( yes - just a tad lacey!) 
for all of my wonderful
followers as a little
"Thank you"
which I will be sharing in a Giveaway very soon!
So do stay tuned to enter yourself!

Wishing you all a most relaxing and joyful weekend!

Love, Suzy xxx

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gifts Coming and Going!

Gifts coming and going
and it's not even Christmas!
but that is what it is like when you have sweet blogging friends -
the gifts just come and go between friends all year round
especially when one sees another needing 
a particular item which may come in
very handy for a project
they may be 
working on!

I very recently received a pleasant surprise
in the mail from a very artistic card creator who lives
so far away from me in Scotland - Lynne Moncrieff of
sent me this!

 Oh just look at that gorgeous image added to this
lovely stamped tag in one of Lynne's own mixed 

 and this also - a dear little shopping list embellished with
another stunning waxed image of a vintage

as well as a collection of beautiful cotton laces
which she knows I will use in my creations.

Thank you so much Lynne for your kindness
- you have been so very thoughtful!
Do go and look at Lynne's blog - address above to view
some of her amazing stamped and embellished
vintage styled creations.

and this was inside a little packet which
I returned to Lynne.

A collage incorporating one of my most favourite
subjects - a pre-raphaelite image.

I just can't help myself when it comes to
layering lace!

also knows about my love affair with vintage laces and
recently made these gorgeous pages

based on some prayer flag ideas she was creating with.

How wise are those words

and how beautiful are these images.
Thank you Judy - I love them all!
And, of course, there are always the extras of more
lace, buttons, patterns, braids too.

This was something which I created for Judy too

And I'm almost certain that these little added

came from Judy also.

Isn't there something special about creating hearts
of one sort or another. I had never seen 
so many different ones until
I started blogging!

This last piece I created for Dear Ati.

Our Dear Ati (Ati's Little World)
lost her precious husband to cancer
very recently 

I am sure she would appreciate a little visit -

Ati also is a lover and creator of the most beautiful crazy
patchwork quilts, mixed media books etc. and has
just completed a square as a momentum of
Simon's recent memorial with a rainbow,
butterflies and music  -
it's gorgeous!

Just one final thing to let you know that
I am still creating my handspun mohair Pink Scarf for the 
Pink Scarf Project for those of
you who may be wondering!


I posted about this in my second to last post
you can read about it by clicking on the button 
on the right hand sidebar!

One final note to each and every one who has been
so badly affected and left temporarily homeless by
the ravages of Hurricane Sandy please spare
a thought for them while we are able
to sit here at our computers
continuing to type
and create!  
I am sure it will be quite some time before many others
there will have the same priviledge!

Sending love and hugs to you all!
Suzy xxx

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