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Arts and Charms Week One: previous attempts

Monday, March 03, 2014

I had a bit of a poke around and came up with a few things I'd almost forgotten: I look back at why I don't do so much these days and think it must be because I'm less stressed than when I worked. I think I did these things as a break from the constant pressures.

A piece of ceramic painting, a knitted lace scarf, so old it is discolouring, a cross stitch picture, all that remains of my bobbin lace-making days (bookmark and mat) to the right, and some candlewicking. That's hard to see as it's white-on-white so here's a close-up.

More ceramics and some crochet. Sometimes I'll sew a small book for notes, which I decorate, mainly for identification.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HIP-WITCH 3/27/2014 5:29AM

    Wow, you are CREATIVE! Can't take my eyes off those intricate details and the stylized animals. Another course I need to catch up on. For the first 3 weeks i only took money and not even my own course, lol!

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LOLA_LALA 3/13/2014 8:38AM

    You're amazing at finding neat treasures! emoticon

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NAVYMOM133 3/8/2014 9:33AM

    I particularly loved the cat plates!! emoticon
You are finding some wonderful treasures!

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GLASSART43 3/5/2014 12:08PM

    So happy you shared! The candle wicking is especially beautiful.


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GOANNA2 3/5/2014 6:02AM

    Lovely things. You are very talented and I envy people who
are good at creating. Have a great day. emoticon

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LADY_JAE 3/4/2014 4:44PM

    VERY nice!!!! You are a multi-talented Lady!!!! I don't know if your lacework is pinned or tatted, but I SO want to learn to tat!!!!

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JMOUSE99 3/4/2014 12:02PM

    All beautiful! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 3/4/2014 11:20AM

    Even just the photos of the odds and ends are artistic!

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WATERONE 3/4/2014 9:41AM

    You are a talented lady. It's hard getting back into projects when you've been away from them for a while. Enjoy!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/4/2014 5:26AM

    Those pics are gorgeous....woohoo...

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PHEBESS 3/3/2014 11:01PM

    Gorgeous scarf - it that bobbin lace, or knit, or crocheted? (And the off white is a great colour!)

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ARTJAC 3/3/2014 10:19PM


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MICKEYH 3/3/2014 7:50PM

    Great works!! emoticon

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WENDYJM4 3/3/2014 6:16PM

    lovely Penny

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PEZMOM1 3/3/2014 6:03PM

    Nice work.

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KASEYCOFF 3/3/2014 5:43PM

    You are quite the craftswoman--! Very artistic...
(They don't have any sewing emoticons, lol...)

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SANDRALEET 3/3/2014 5:38PM

    You have talent use it

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THREEWHALES 3/3/2014 5:37PM

    Penny, that candlewicking piece is beautiful.
Thank you for sharing your talents:)

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CHEBBA 3/3/2014 5:12PM

    Well done - a heartening and insightful blog. Great work too!

The only thing I don't quite understand is the lack of stress - you always seem to be so busy with your different SP projects that it has my head spinning! Perhaps it just seems less stressful because you enjoy it more than when you were 'working'?

I hate the association of ideas with the word 'working'. I prefer to answer the question 'Do you work?' with 'I'm not in paid employment, but Boy!, do I ever work!'. I'm so busy with my canine artistry work, my Parish Chairman responsibilities, my huge garden, my many pets, amputee dog and hedgehog rescue work, my writing magazine articles, going to the gym, dealing daily with my heavy-workload early dementia parents, doing my genealogy research, spending a lot of time with SP - and then regular stuff like domestic chores and cooking…. well, I'm MORE stressed now than when I was an Air Traffic Controller - and you don't get much more stress than that! Hey ho - we're all different!

Well done, Penny - great stuff. You always inspire me. emoticon

Jo xx

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OPTC_RORY_REECE 3/3/2014 5:00PM

    Wow, I'm surrounded by artists!! LOVE IT, but I feel a little intimidated too, like, the kid with his 1st piece of chalk on a sidewalk versus master painters of ceilings and wall murals. Penny, your candlewicking is GORGEOUS!! I love your skills and talents and I've always loved white on white and this just takes my breath away!!

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SUSIEPH1 3/3/2014 4:46PM

    How delightful Penny! You are so clever .. I used to knit and sew .. Loved to dress my babies ..
Not able to do that anymore .. But still love to mess around in my garden .. We have such a big garden now that I moved into the Granny Flat attached to Marian's home .. I mainly care for the plants in the shade house ..
Marian does the heavier work ..
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