Monday, 28 July 2014

A happy accident

Isn't it great when the bit you are going to discard turns out to be the most interesting? I was doing some lino cutting yesterday of a bird and couldn't decide at first if I wanted just the bird or a box around it. Having left the box I did decide I preferred the bird on its own and cut of the extra bits, one of which was a triangle. And that's the bit that has become more interesting and playful.

 Here's the bird, a lovely little thing in itself, standing 4cm tall.

 And here's a card I made with the triangle off-cut that was going to be thrown away. Very happy with these!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Japanese knot bag

I made a Japanese knot bag today! I didn't know that was what it was called before I googled it. My friend has a knitted bag (which she keeps her knitting in) and it has one long handle and one short handle. To close it you thread the long handle through the short one. I wanted to make one for a while although I wasn't too sure how to go about it, but I had the time this afternoon so I googled it. And there it was! Exactly what I wanted. A pretty simple pattern and easy to work out.

The front panel with the buttons was from a dress and that was already constructed so it was pretty easy to put together. 

This is the back fabric which is some very cute retro thread bobbins. And you can just see the inside pocket peeping out in the spotty fabric.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Printed cards

With my recently purchased printing set of letters I have been having a lot of fun. Today I printed out quotations from some of my poems which will decorate cards. And here's what happened. Still struggling to get the letters evenly spaced as some of them are not central to their wooden handles, but I like the quirkiness of them, almost childlike. The full versions of the poems are on my other blog, Mindful Living

Monday, 14 July 2014

calligraphy poems

In Plum Village in June I wrote a lot of poems. The Family group that I was with had the job of looking after and replenishing the tea table. When everyone from the other 2 hamlets came to us for the Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh we had to make lots of extra teas to provide for them. My friend suggested I write out some of the poems and she would decorate them, so here are the results.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

I've been away

I'm aware I've not had time to post on here for a while. I was away for 3 weeks of June on a retreat at Plum Village in France, which was absolutely amazing and wonderful! I wrote a lot of poetry then (see my other blog Mindful Living
but haven't done anything creative for a while as my Ph.D. and its completion is forefront at the moment. Tomorrow I'm off to Glos to co-lead a Mindfulness and Poetry retreat which will be great fun and then the next few weeks will be Ph.D. focussed but after that ... free time for some fun and creativity!!
So I'll share this with you for now, a little boat I made out of a magnolia petal and leaf, and the poem that accompanies it.
I made a sailboat for you
from a beautiful cupped petal
large enough to be the whole hull.
I formed the sail and mast
from a leaf and a stick,
the passengers were pebbles,
a coin and screwed-up silver foil.
My skills in sailboat making
are limited to say the least.
Attaching the mast to the hull
created a hole through which
water quickly floods.
I made a beautiful sailboat for you
to sail off in your imagination
far across the lotus pond
towards the sunset
to discover new, unchartered lands.
But this sailboat is for dry dock only.
© 4 June 2014