Monday, January 31

Munch munch munch

So full of good intentions, but they slipped when they saw this.

It was compounded by the discovery of lots of little tables set up in the supermarket where the nice Tunnocks people were promoting their wares.
I chatted with a man in a white coat (!) and tested a new mini chocolate covered caramel wafer. It was very fine.
I showed off theTunnocks Teacake badge on my jacket and was rewarded with a Teacake teatowel.
So I thought I'd buy a wee tub of said mini wafers for Hugh to share at his off-road trial yesterday. He took them but forgot they were in his bag.
So they came home to our fridge.
They are not quite history but rapidly heading into the past tense.
Simple sweet Scottish pleasures....

This latest stitching is on dusky purple linen and it's going to be a cushion when it grows up.

And this is an approximation of how my display looks in the glass cabinet at the Eastgate in Peebles.

Friday, January 28

Stitch stitch stitch

I've been a little quiet here recently but I'm still alive and kicking. I wanted to photograph some recent stitchery but the sun and I could not get it together.
I've finished the teacosy I was stitching onto the felted merino sweater, and patterned the back too.
My much loved polka dot shirt was worn out at the edges but too good to lose. The fabric has that lovely soft handle from many washings and wearings over the years so it was ripe for a project too. I played with another of the interesting space dyed cotton perle threads I've been selling to join the dots.

I should have taken a pic of the lining which is a lightweight grey suiting remnant with wording woven along the selvedge.

Teacosy No 2 coming up...

Final bit of nonsense for today is a selection from my new 'line'! Sock yarn remnants knitted and coiled and backed with board and felt as pincushions. They all have a hanging loop that's big enough to slip over your wrist, should you choose. Good enough to eat?

And now I am off to Peebles to set up a display of The Border Tart's arty wares in one of two glass cabinets in the foyer cafe at the Eastgate Theatre. They will be on show for three months till the end of April, which is just when Hugh's exhibition of big new paintings will start there.

Sunday, January 9

My Resolution?

Yup, to have more fun and stop worrying about what anyone thinks of my 'stuff'!

Progress on the Tart HQ front has been frustratingly slow because of the intense cold, and though most of my creative supplies and stock have moved in, they are not yet properly organised.

This is a tidy bit.
I am terribly chuffed with my giant ruler!

Despite frozen paint and varnish, I have managed to decorate most of the caravan now and as soon as I can maintain a reasonable temperature in there I will be able to make a [creative] mess.
I have lots of plans and ideas and projects and trials and experiments lined up but numb hands and feet don't make for productivity so I have busied myself elsewhere. Not with housework, obviously, but with getting our new computer and some up-to-date software up and running, and knitting pincushions, as you do...