Monday, 20 February 2017

Puzzling

Hello. I've had a morning sitting in the warm Village Hall with the Crafty Club, have to take some layers off when I'm in there. I'm still working on the woodland picture, such a lot of stitching to do. 
In the meantime, the jigsaw puzzle is finished. I couldn't find the exact size frame for it, so a little bit of the edges are lost. It's eleven inches square. I think it's superdooper, and the bold colours really stand out against the black frame.  
I used a jigsaw as a template, removing the pieces one at a time and outlining the shapes with a thin liner pen. Once painted I went over the black lines again. 
Two shopping bags made. I gave three away last week in Tesco, so I keep making some more. The one on the right is fabric from one of the beds my friend was throwing out. I stripped them down and rescued as much fabric and wood as I could.

It's a bit blustery but dry, so I'm off out to walk. I'm aiming for another 100 miles this month, so trying to fit in a little extra walking. I have a day out on Friday with my walking buddies so that will boost it a bit.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.

25 comments:

  1. The puzzle is gorgeous, so bright and makes me smile to look at it!
    Did you have good reactions from the folk to whom you gave the three shopping bags last week? JanF

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    1. Hi Jan. Yes, I look for people who have a basket and not much shopping and don't appear to have a bag. It puts a smile on their faces.

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  2. Oooooh, didn't know your puzzle picture was in the pipeline - looks great. Bags too. Natalie

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  3. You are really talented Ilona.I'm no good at art and crafts.You could do a little-hunt the whatever in one of your pictures and some pinnies.I've done yoga and muddy warm walk.Birds singing.That's me done. x

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  4. love the jigsaw pic my son has flooring like that in his bedroom and it is very bright and cheerful tessa

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  5. I love the 'puzzle' picture, vibrant colours. It was very kind of you to give a way shopping bags Ilona, I do wish people would stop throwing away plastic carrier bags in hedges/on verges etc and marring the countryside, it's wasteful and harmful to wildlife. I keep a few hessian bags in the car so if I go to the supermarket in a rush I don't forget to take them with me, they're sturdy and fun and will last a good few years. Amanda

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  6. Love the puzzle picture. It is EVERY bit as good as the stripey ones from the gallery you featured. You ought to sell it. I enjoy your down home posts all the way over here across the pond
    Joyce

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  7. Great colors for that puzzle, and the bags look sturdier than the ones available in the grocers. Have a good week!

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  8. Are the puzzle pieces made with paper? Lovely colours. Love your bags too. Nicely done.

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    1. Hi Pell. No. I made up the real puzzle, put it on the fabric I was going to paint on, then starting in the middle I removed one piece at a time and used a fine liner to draw the shape, then carried on until all the pieces were gone.

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  9. The puzzle picture looks nice. What a good idea recycling old material and making shopping bags,I think I like the bright flowery bag the most :)

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  10. Love the shopping bags. Prefer to use this type of bag, but have never thought to make my own. You've inspired me: My suitcase full of remnants is calling to me! :)

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    1. Easy to make Marcie. Use a 10p plastic bag for life as a pattern. Or copy any other bag you have.

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  11. omg, this is my kitchen floor. lol
    Some people have asked me if the pieces were laid seperately, the floor layer would have been there for a week if that was the case.
    Good idea making it into a jigsaw. Surely you must have enough pieces to have your own art show by now.
    Briony
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    1. Probably have, Bri. I'll keep a look out for somewhere to show them.

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  12. How nice of you to give away bags to other shoppers at the grocery store. I wish you were my neighbor :)

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  13. Love this blog! I found it while searching for some inspiration, and googled "frugal + pension" and up you popped. After a quick look at the latest entries, I've gone back to the very beginning andy am reading it in order. A bit of a fetish I have, I'm the same with new authors I have to read their books in order too ���� Have just started on 2012 - after about three weeks or so..... I'm trying not to get too addicted but it's hard!
    I wonder how long before I catch you up.......����
    Karen

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    1. Wow Karen, you are keen. I'll see you in a couple of months or so, when you have caught up. xxx

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    2. It's a fabulous autobiography :)

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  14. Really lovely well made shopping bags. You are incredibly generous to give them away and I'm sure they'll be appreciated. Kristel

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  15. I love the flowery bag too Ilona. You are busy! Have just started walking short distances after the chest infection, not aiming for any goals, just building up strength again. Susan (wife of Edward)

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    1. Good for you Susan, a little bit at a time will keep you mobile.

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  16. Loved the bags and jigsaw picture. Thanks for giving me a big smile! Today I venture forth to the discount grocery. I've never been before, but trying to do better with budget. Thanks for all the tips. Sheri

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  17. I love your Jigsaw piece! You have such a steady hand!

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  18. That kigsaw painting is really cool, and very modern! If you are feeling brave you could do that directly on your wall as decoration, no?

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