Saturday, 26 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
I hurriedly festooned our Renaissance style bust ...
... and arranged a vase of lisianthus fresh from the markets.
If you go to Hey Harriet's Shadow Shot Sunday at http://www.heyharriet.blogspot.com/, you will be amazed by some of the most beautiful shots.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
... apart from a couple of healthy ones who indulge in herbal teas.
It was one of those "I'll have what she's having" moments, only better.
The afternoon was drawing on, so it was time to open our postcards. I was absolutely delighted to receive my card from Loani, who has regular art exhibitions. Now I have my own piece of her original artwork and I love it.
Muffin makes the most superb heirloom hexagon quilts using Liberty fabrics, so she received a postcard which echoed her beautiful work.
On our recent trip to Paris, we came across this restaurant and as one of our members is Margot and it was my turn to give her a postcard, it was the obvious choice. I worked on it in Photoshop, blending two images, and then printed it out on fabric.
I am kicking myself for not taking photos of the other cards, because they were wonderful - including a classic women's pushbike (and there's a tale behind that one!), a brilliant interpretation of work by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and many more. Blame it on the heat and the sugar rush. However, here are a couple from earlier times.
Time for coffee (or healthy green tea) and some shortbread before hitting the heat waiting for us outside.
So what keeps us together? Loose Threads.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Meanwhile, the activity outside was reaching the the final stages.
... in great numbers.
These little men delighted all who met them, smiling at the customers and charming them into purchasing something from their mums. They were so good and spent much of the day staying cool in the shade and dreaming of their next meal.
Several of my friends visited throughout the day and one particular friend was chuffed with her purchase from Sophie of Strat Designs - a fabulously long red necklace, beautifully packaged in a noodle carton.
I had a fair amount of left-over fabric from the sewing frenzy that I had whipped myself into over the past few weeks. Hating to waste such a stash, I recalled how handy the shoe bags were that I made for our recent trip away, and decided at the last moment to make up a few to test the waters. I feel it's always advisable to have some less expensive items to cover all price ranges.
They proved to be very popular, so maybe I'll whip up a batch for our next market in March.
I didn't have much of an opportunity to visit many of the other stall holders, but I did manage to buy a couple of little things from Amanda of Twinkle Star Art.
Amanda is our BrisStyle resident artist and her children's illustrations are a sheer delight.
Despite the heat, everyone had the most wonderful day, helped along with the sounds of jazz played by Rob and Kev, freshly brewed coffee and the most tempting of cup cakes.
I can't believe that I missed out on my sugar rush AGAIN! Next time I'll be standing at the counter when it opens, just like this gentleman.
I had my most successful market day ever, so I was relieved all that hard work was not in vain. And now for a break leading up to Christmas and then back in the New Year with renewed energies and plans for our next BiDM in March.
So like the current world economy, the market is looking up.