Monday, October 19, 2009

After a brief absence......

It would seem that I have been living under a rock, but no, I am still here. Work and life have been interfering in my craft progress, dammit. I did get the two pieces felted below. I need to do embroidery and beading on them both and I will post them again when they are totally finished.

The drama of the last week is that I will have my job for another year. I will make less progress felting, but I will have money to pay the bills, so there is some good and bad. For myself, the peace of paying bills seems to win out. I am heading to Dublin October 29th for the Knit and Stitch Show in the RDS. Is anyone else going? It should be fab and I am looking forward to seeing the Swishing Tent. You take in three items and swap vintage or handmade clothing. Hopefully something fun will show up! There is a small fee paid and that will go to a children's charity. I am taking a class on Lutrador and other surface decoration products and a beaded broach class. This is my first time going to the biggest textile show in Europe, but there should be lots of suppliers exhibiting, individual artists, and craft classes. I need to get lots of beads and I will go to Yellow Brick Road in Dublin ( and see what they have to add to my collection. I order some beads online but beads are a tactile thing and seeing them close up is so much nicer. It would be good if there are some fabric people there and I am hoping Fibrecrafts ( is coming over, since this show toured England before it comes to Dublin. Anyway, let me know if any Kerry people are going so we can meet up.

This Friday I may have taken on more than I can manage. I ordered merino and I am going into my son's classroom to felt pumpkins with them. All well and good, but there are 23 of them and I will be under pressure with time. I think I will have to do four at a time and get them done in twenty minutes and then start the next group. They are mostly age 7 and fairly enthusiastic, so we will hope for the best. And I am making Halloween cupcakes for them, too (will post pics), since they are getting their Mid-term Break holidays that day. I have all kinds of gummi eyes and scars and disgusting edible bits to put on top, so they should be a hit with kids and teachers.

I have been trying to get at Autumn jobs. The grass is mowed, bulbs mostly planted, sidewalks swept up and tidied, fireplace cleaned, but I need to trim hedges still. With all the rain during the summer they have grown like mad and need a severe cut to keep them from bearing down on the house. And the dreaded weeding of flower beds. I seem to have so little time for gardening now with all the craft work I have been doing. I am not creating any more flower beds and I decided to plant monbretia along the hedge side and let the flower bed go wild as monbretia will grow through anything. It will look natural and I just can't keep the weeds out because they are all thick through the hedge. I hate spraying poisons because you never know if you killing cats, birds etc.
I got the Fibrecrafts/George Weil catalog in the post and I must say that the precious metals Silver Clay is really gorgeous. I saw it online but didn't take much notice, but it is 99.9% pure silver after firing. You work it like regular clay and let it dry out and then fire it and the binding compound burns away. And best of all, you don't have to invest in a lot of equipment to start out. You can fire the pieces on a gas hob and invest in a blowtorch or a small kiln if it becomes an obsession/profitable. I think Santy wants me to get the starter pack....
Must go now, but will blog again soon, I promise....

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