After last week and all that went on and feeling a little stressed, this week is starting so much better. The health of my dear Mum is improving and I am so happy with her new GP Practise that has started to care for her. It is a weight off of my mind and a good wander this morning early started my week in a much better frame of mind. Between me, my sister, the care manager, her one to one and the most patient and lovely district nurse a blood sample was taken .. now we can get her on the road to feeling better. Thank you all for your kind words and emails ... appreciated very much.
Nature and Botanical things do please me and with this time of year it has become a world of beautiful flowers and scents in the air. It is calming and I have had a few ideas which, even when I am on a walk I have my camera and my jotter to write down any ideas that pop into my head whilst having a little wander.
In addition I love to collect from our garden just a few bits and then I press them. A few weeks ago now, on our front lawn I spotted a cluster of violets. I could not believe it and the lawn was to be cut. So I picked them and then I pressed them in my little woman book in between kitchen roll. As you can see on the photo at the top of the page, if you look carefully, there are two placed on the ribbon words .... I just love that they are not shredded by the lawn mower and then in a compost bin but indeed, they are saved forever.
I am working on mixed media pieces to go with the flowers that I collect and words of course but also some small embroidery pieces as well. My love of flowers and all things botanical has grown from when I was a little girl and daisy chains that I would make and then my mum would find under a corner of my mattress being pressed and treasured ... that is when I was shown how to do it properly by her.
My latest haul from our garden is in the picture above and has now been pressed in my book for around a week. I picked some tiny blooms from one of our hydrangea plants as well as some climbing hydrangea. There were some berries with leaves and some rose buds along with two roses that were out amongst other things. I love wandering around looking but if you could see me all done
up like it is the North Pole! yes the arachnids .. so scared am I that I have all sorts of fail safes ( in my head anyway) to stop them getting on me... including a conker in my pocket. As I type this I can see how silly it seems but I honestly can not help it....
I have a book called Botanica and it has pictures of old seed packets in there and other artists and what they like to do with some flowers including paper making... It is a beautiful book to look at and a joy to leaf through I can tell you.
It is from America and I am so pleased that I have a copy It inspires my love of flowers and I love to think about the meanings of them ... an old language of love and meanings.
I have decided to do a few pieces on flowers and some will me mixed media as I said and some with my needle and thread, along with some fabric no doubt and a button for luck.
So today I am about to get some things finished and so that this Wednesday I can just sit and design and play with paints, fabrics and colours ...
I hope that you all have a wonderful day today and of course as always .......
Happy Stitching! XX