Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Wall hanging tapestry video

 I was awake at 5 this morning so I got up, had a coffee and a bowl of cereals, and went for my walk around the village. It was lovely and quiet, the air was fresh, and the birds twittered.

I made a video about my latest tapestry wall hanging. The yoootooob subscribers have been waiting for this, it's been a while since I showed it in it's early stages. So it's all done and dusted now, and I have moved on to the next project.

I apologise for the background noise. The camera has picked up the sound of the fan on the new computer. I am going to have to make the videos while the computer is off in future. I must say though the upload was a lot quicker than the old computers.

I have already posted photo's of this so you might not want to watch the video, it's up to you.

Thank you to the readers who had a look at Erika's yellow sticker video. She was chuffed and I was chuffed. I'm going to find some more of hers later.

The library van is here, so I'm off to see Stan for a chat, and change my books.
Toodle pip.  ilona

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Meet Erika, another yellow sticker shopper.

I'm so excited, I just found this video on yooootoooob. Erika has given me a mention in her Yellow Sticker video. Wow, how good is that. All my talk of saving money by shopping late has worked, Erika has saved a lot of money. Now, could everyone do me a favour, click on the 'watch on youtube' symbol and when it has finished please leave Erika a comment on her channel. Let's surprise her with lots of comments.

Thank you. Toodle pip.  ilona

Happy Spinsters Day

As I don't have a dad to wish Happy Fathers Day to, haven't had one for many years, I am re naming this day, Happy Spinsters Day. So here is my special treat, egg, beans, and a veggie burger on toast for breakfast. Scrummy, lovely, and filling. 
Enjoy your daddies, whatever you are doing, and I will enjoy my Happy Spinsters Day. Toodle pip.  ilona

Saturday, 15 June 2019

A trip down memory lane.

Saturday morning, and it's not raining, hooooray. I went off out yesterday to visit family. This is my sister, and Aunty Pat, visiting Uncle Stan's grave. A bit of a tidy up and new flowers added. That's better. Aunty Pat has settled in her new retirement bungalow, but doesn't have transport to come and visit the grave very often. 
While I was there I took a few minutes to pop inside the church. I do like the kneeling mats they have there. Some good ideas for anyone making a tapestry.


 Later on, after I dropped Pat of back home, and had dinner at my sisters, I made a bit of a detour to visit the village where I used to spend all my summer holidays at grandma's house. This is White Lion Well, on the roadside next to the house. Looks like someone is taking care of it by planting flowers, and keeping the hedges tidy.

The church door wasn't locked so I spent a few minutes inside. A few quiet moments, thinking about my grandparents and great grandparents who would have used this church. Dunstall is a very small village, not many houses. 

Some of my relatives are buried in the graveyard here, my father, an uncle, and grandparents.

Time to head off back up north. The drive home was easy, not much traffic about, arriving at 9pm. A day of memories.
Toodle pip.  ilona

Thursday, 13 June 2019

At last ! Finished.

This has been a long time coming. I start off with a little idea and it turns into a marathon. A piece of hessian out of my Aunties garage, been there for many years. I painted coloured squares on it, and stitched smaller squares and oblongs over it in simple backstitch. 
I started in the centre and worked my way to the outside edge. Random sizes of any colours I fancied. I decided not to make the edges dead straight, I think it looks better with a haphazard look. The remaining coloured edge I painted black, trimmed it and frayed the edges. 
Then I mounted it on a piece of  thick upholstery type material which Crafty Club Janet gave me, it looks a bit like the hessian. I stitched it around the edges with black cotton twice, then a few random stitches in the centre in matching thread so it wouldn't show at the front, to keep it together. 
In between the back and front is another piece of fabric to give it some substance. Three loops at the top with a piece of driftwood through them. I went for three wider loops rather than four narrow ones. The fabric is quite thick with a rubberised backing and I was having trouble getting a needle through it. A pair of small pliers close at hand solved the problem. 

I am pleased with the way it has turned out,  though it was a slog at times, doing the same repetitive stitching over and over again. Need to do something more colourful and creative now. I've made a start and it's looking good. 
Raining again, I'm not doing much walking at the moment. Playing with the new computer. It took a while to figure out how to edit these pictures. It's a similar programme that I had before, but different layout on the screen. A lot of scratching head, going all around the houses until I find what I want. I have never used Paint before, but I might give it a go and play around with it. 
Toodle pip.  ilona