After a couple of weeks playing along, I think we're just about starting to get into the swing of this Palette Pingpong business, and it's fun. This week, it was my turn to choose an image for Gabrielle to work with. After lots of agonising (because there's just so much goodness to pick from on the old internets), I went with this one:
You can see the original, by One Flew Over, right here. Her whole Flickr stream is gorgeous and she also has a super-inspiring blog (I'm especially taken with the linen scarf tutorial). But, before you dash off to investigate that, make sure to head over and see what Gabrielle has done with her quilt-y pingpong palette. It's bound to be delicious, I think.
thing I am a little more certain of, though, is that my parents liked it enough
to have the finished piece framed and, all these years later – far more years
than I’m prepared to admit – it’s still hanging in their home. x
Way Back is probably never going to be a more apt description than for this week’s project-from-the-vaults. Short of digging out my collection of hand-made Sindy clothes (seams sewn with stitches bigger than her head), or primary-school fingerpaintings, this is about as old as it gets. So old, in fact, the details are a bit on the hazy side. I know I made it at school as part of a textiles module on blackwork embroidery (something I’ve been meaning to revisit ever since), although can’t remember if it was for GCSE or A Level. I’m also pretty sure the basic pattern was from a book, but again, have no memory of what it was or where I found it. (If you know, please do leave me details or a link below – I’d love to be able to credit it properly.)
The images here aren’t as good as I’d like because it’s framed behind glass (always the dilemma with embroidery – to glass, or not to glass), but in person, I love the fact I can still peer so closely at something I stitched such a long time ago.
One thing I am a little more certain of, though, is that my parents liked it enough to have the finished piece framed and, all these years later – far more years than I’m prepared to admit – it’s still hanging in their home.
What-ho, lovely blog friends. How are you?
Me? Well, I’m finally back from the foggy, November-ish depths of Dorset with a suitcase full of randomness, some fabulous vintage wallpaper (much more on that to be shared another day) and a big bunch of happy memories. Sadly, not a single grain of beach sand in my shoes or trace of a tan, but it really didn’t matter in the end. When the weather is as ropey as it was over the weekend, being somewhere interesting and unfamiliar makes it so much more bearable. I was especially excited when our Saturday morning wandering took us to Lyme Regis, the home town of fossil-hunter Mary Anning and, consequently, the setting for Remarkable Creatures, a fictionalised version of her life which I read last month. I’m not going to yak on about how much I adored the book, or how enthralling Mary Anning’s story is (although my sister will attest to the fact I can do both, at very tedious length), but if you have any vague kind of interest in science or history or the girl who inspired ‘she sells sea shells on the sea shore’, it’s a heartily recommended read.
But enough about that. Some pictures, yes? I didn’t actually take my camera out and about, thanks to the super-grim weather, but I did snap a few things with my phone.
Thanks so much to everyone who's visited or left comments here over the last few days. I’m likely to be a little slow catching up this week, as Mr P is at home (hurrah!), but will be giving it my best shot. It might only have been a short break, but I’ve really missed you.x
Hellohello. How's your Thursday been so far?
Mine would best be described as frantic, so it's especially nice to be winding down now with another Palette Pingpong post. This week's inspiration photo is super-pretty - you can find it here, over at Gabrielle's. And this is how my palette turned out:
I felt like breaking away from my usual squares and rectangles, and once I started on the hexagons . . . well, let's just say I got carried away. They went from pretty patches of colour on my screen to pretty patches of colour on a simple notecard.
If you'd like to send your own version of the same card, I've made a printable version which you can download here (it's free - hurrah!). Score along the centre line marked, then cut out, trimming just inside the dotted outline. For a square version, rather than the printed rectangle, just cut it a little smaller. Fold neatly in half along the score-line, and your card is ready to send. I rounded the corners on mine for added prettiness, but that's entirely optional.
And while you're in a downloading sort of mood, you might also want to go back over to Gabrielle's blog and help yourself to a sheet of her adorable jam-jar labels and tags. I'm not a jam-maker (or jam-eater, for that matter), but I've still printed off a set to use on a couple of other jar-based projects. They're too cute not to find an excuse.
This week's Way Back Wednesday is in honour of Bella, my wee Scottish Grandma, who'll be celebrating her birthday this coming weekend.
As a fabric-obsessed child of the seventies, it turns out I'm entirely powerless to resist the print-y, retro loveliness of the kit, and had way too much fun playing and experimenting, dressing up a few seventies kids of my own to make these cute cards.
As they'd have said back in the calico-loving seventies, groovy.
Inspired by the fun photo prompts Shimelle has been posting as part of her weekend-long crop today, I headed out into the garden and took advantage of some late-in-the-day sunshine (the only kind we got here today).
Things were pretty pretty using a regular lens.
I didn't do so well with the TTV this time.
Currently winning my heart:
this patchwork bedspread from Urban Outfitters,
this cool technique and tutorial by the ever clever Julie K, these two wallet-scorching Orla Keily lovelies, this beautiful image (by Terry O'Neill, via Glamour A-Go-Go)
and Upon a Fold, one of the prettiest and most inspiring blogs I've found in a while.