Sunday, 20 December 2009

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best for 2010. At this time of the year I always feel that Christmas once again has snug up on me by coming around again so soon. That it is truly amazing that another year has almost passed. But what a great year 2009 has been! Lots of traveling, lots of exhibitions, lots and lots of wonderful time spend crafting and sewing, not to mention time spend with my lovely husband and friends. Life is great!
I will be heading to Copenhagen, Denmark tomorrow. I actually tried to fly out on Friday, but after a looong wait at the gate, the plane was finally cancelled due to the weather. Suffolk had been hit by a blizzard overnight. The ground is still covered in snow/ice and it is freezing out there. Hopefully there will be no problems flying out tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed for me.
Copenhagen is always lovely to visit at anytime of the year, but I've always especially like being there at Christmas time. The city is beautifully decorated and when it starts to get dusky around 3.00PM in the afternoon, the city begins to glow. After a couple of days my husband will join me and we'll all celebrate Christmas Eve at my sisters. I cannot wait! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you. Stay safe and warm :-)

Friday, 27 November 2009

Textile / Fiber Art Exhibition at Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk, GB

I know, I'm rather late writing this blogpost, but hopefully you will by now, have seen my tweets and facebook postings about Sindano's textile exhibition at the 16th century, historic building, The Corpus Christi Guildhall in historic Lavenham, Suffolk, England. The Guildhall is a National Trust property and NT entrance fees applies. Our exhibition has been set up to day and the door will open tomorrow Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November, both days from 11 am to 4 pm. A mixture of traditional and contemporary fiber art will be on display. There will be sales tables with our handmade pieces. While we are stewarding the exhibition we will be working on various pieces and are more than happy to show and explain what we are doing. I'll be working on my handwoven baskets made from folded paper strips. In fact I just finished the preparations for a large bowl made from strips cut from a Danish newspaper that I'll be working on while stewarding on Sunday.
I just watched the local weather forcast on our local television station 'Look East'. The forcast is a bit gray and damp, so if you want to add a bit of colour to a gray November day, then please stop by and say hello. The permanent exhibitions at The Guildhall will be open as well as their lovely tea room, which will make a perfect stop for nice cup of tea and a bite. If you haven't visited Lavenham before with all its old timber framed crooked housed then you are really in for a treat. A great day out, for your husband as well :-)

Thursday, 12 November 2009

'Fibrefusion' exhibiting at 'Knit and Stitch', Harrogate 2009

Are you going to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate, England, next weekend? The show is on from Thursday 19th - 22nd November. Every year for several years, I have made my annual trip down to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexander Palace, London. Every year I have left totally in awe of the amount of creativity, my head full of inspiration, my bags full of wonderful stuff and my wallet empty.

This year is slightly different and I so excited. As I've mentioned in earlier blog posts, I joined the very advanced textile/fiber art group 'Fibrefusion' this summer. 'Fibrefusion' will be exhibiting at 'The Knit and Stitch' in Harrogate next weekend! Our stand will be downstairs in Hall F as you come down the stairs, and across from the schwissing area (sorry, I'm not quite sure how to spell that). I don't have the exact stand number at the present time, but I think we'll be hard to miss. Please be sure to stop by, say hello and FEEL FREE TO TOUCH OUR EXHIBITION PIECES. They are MEANT to be touched. Usually it is the biggest no no to even think about touching items on display, however much ones fingers are itching. Fiber art is so tactile, and 'Fibrefusion' therefore decided to break the norm, and make an exhibition where you have that added tactile dimension of touching and feeling. It will be very exciting to see, how it is being received. I promise you that the work on display is superb.
If you want to know more about the group, and our work please visit our web site Fibrefusion On the website, you will as well be able to find more information about our very well received inspirational work books on contemporary, free style machine embroidery, that has been published by the group.
The bowl in the photos is not the piece that I'm exhibition at Harrogate. That piece will remain a secret until then :-)

Sunday, 25 October 2009

'Out Of The Fold' Textile Exhibition, Bury St. Edmunds, update...

Friday evening, the 23rd October, we officially opened our Out Of The Fold with a private viewing. The ladies, who had been setting up the exhibition in the morning, had done a fantastic job! I just couldn't wait to get there in the evening to see the result! And it was lovely!!! The exhibition is in the down stairs gallery in the very center of Bury St Edmunds at Cavern4. The building is very old and the exhibition space has a lot of rustic character with white walls and black wooden beams. One of the ladies sold her stunning 'inside out' piece on the opening evening. I'm so happy for her. She is so talented.
I was stewarding the exhibition Monday morning and it was lovely chatting to the people who took time to stop by on a dull autumn morning. I will be stewading again, Friday afternoon (1pm-5pm) and all day Saturday the 31, which will be the last day the exhibition is open.

One of the themes for the exhibition, was that we were all to make a long slim quilt 18 inches x 48 inches on the title 'inside out'. I know that I'm biased, but it was superb to see all the 13 quilts hung side by side. Having all worked to the same size really had a strong visual impact, and for me emphasised the group identity. As a wonderful 'add on' these 13 long art quilts will be traveling to Australia in April/May. Annette Morgan, the groups mentor, has been invited to teach and to bring some British art quilts Down Under, and has asked if she could borrow our quilts. It is so exciting!!! The Australasian Quilt Convention 2010, Melbourne, Victoria
The quilt in this blog post is my 'inside out' quilt: "Through The Layers".

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Stars, lots of stars....

Did I have a lot of fun last night :-) I belong to a quilting group called 'Material Girls'. We meet once a month for two hours at a community center. I have been coming to the group since we started it about 10 years ago. It is mainly a quilting group, but others crafts are represented as well. Everyone is welcome so we have the absolute beginners and new to quilting/patchwork to the very experienced. Usually about 15-25 ladies show up when we meet. Sometimes we have a lecture or a workshop, other times we help each other, if somebody has come to a grinding hold with a project. Last night I taught the 24 ladies. It was such a good laugh.
I had been asked to teach them how to make the very traditional Danish Christmas ornament, an origami star folded in paper or fabric. When I told my sister that I was going to teach star making to the group she just looked at me and said "you are a very brave lady!" She claims that she is yet to figure out how to make the stars after countless unsuccessful attempts. Anyway... All I had asked the ladies to bring was a small pointed pair of scissor and patience! I would provide a kit with pre cut strips and instructions. And I'm proud to say that most of the ladies went home with a star and a big smile on their face and no one broke down in tears..... :-)

Monday, 21 September 2009

'Out Of The Fold' at Cavern 4, Bury St. Edmunds

Have I been busy lately. YES!! Even though my blog has been neglected, I'm happy because I'm almost done preparing work for two different, upcoming exhibitions in one October with 'Out Of The Fold' and one November with 'Sindano'. Actually I'm taking part in a third exhibition with 'Fiberfusion' in November as well, at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate. That is why I've been pushing my self to get all the other exhibition work done, so that I can concentrate on that piece, which I haven't started yet. Mind you, I only did join 'Fiberfusion' recently, so that's my excuse. I'm not bored that's for sure :-)
We, the 'Out Of The Fold' Textile Group is having our second major exhibition of stitched and dyed textiles. This time it is a week long exhibition at 'Cavern 4', Whiting Street, in Bury St. Edmunds , Suffolk, England. The exhibition is on from the 24th-31st October. All new work from the 13 textile artists will be on display. I've seen group members working first on their design work and then on their pieces this last year and stunning work is being produced! It will be very exciting to see the exhibition finally hung. Please contact me for more information.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Do You Know 'Wordle' ?

Tag word cloud:

The website 'Wordle' was recommended to me sometime ago. Kind of forgot about it, but the other day found the little note with the link, when I was tidying up my desk. I love incorporating words and text in my work. More often graphics is more important to me than the actual meaning of the words, so finding 'wordle' has been a lot of fun. On the web site you are able to create word clouds. You can either write/copy and paste a text, import an URL, or import your tags from Delicious. The word clouds that I have created here for this blog post are based on imports from my Etsy shop and my tags on Delicious. The results are just stunning. Don't go to the site unless you have more than a moment to spare. It is so addictive. (Don't say I didn't warn you :-) If you don't want to create your own clouds, then browse the gallery, for some stunning examples, that changes all the time.
The other day I mirror imaged a wonderful word cloud before printing it on a transparency (for ink jet printing). Painted some acrylic mat medium on to fabric, while still damp (you have to work quite quickly), I pressed the printed text transparency with the rough side down into the medium. Rubbed it with a spoon. And presto. The word cloud was transferred with the writing the right side up on to the fabric. Pretty neat. I could get carried away with this..... Here is the link you you want to have a play: Wordle

Etsy shop cloud:

Friday, 28 August 2009

More Festival Of Quilts 2009

At 'The Festival Of Quilts' and at the 'The Knitting and Stitch Show' at Alexander Palace, London one of the many highlights is always the 'Graduate Show Case'. I find it so exciting talking to the graduates, looking at their work. Pure bliss when workbooks are on display. I love other peoples work/sketch books. It is so intriguing to follow the process from initial idea to the finished product. The creative energy is just mind boggling.
At 'The Festival Of Quilts' I just loved Fiona Wilson's work. It was so light and airy. So delicate. Her layered, stitched and lightly distressed pieces were just beautiful. I bought one of her pieces. It just had to come home with me and I love it! If you go to her lovely blog Fiona Wilson you'll find a lot of info about her work and you'll see what I mean
While browsing the huge and very tempting vendor area I stopped for quite a while to listen to a demonstration by Textile Artist Brenda Boardman. She was giving a superb talk on how she uses heavy weight Lutrador in her beautiful free style machine embroidered work. Lutrador is one of the products that I have never really gotten around to play with, so this was perfect getting all this inspiration and learning about it's properties. I bought two long and quite unhandy rolls of the 'stuff' and was logging them around for most of the day. Not particular smart, but I didn't want to waste my precious time going back to the coach. You can see Brenda Boardman's work on her web site: Brenda Boardman

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Festival Of Quilts, Birmingham 2009

Drop Box

Wow what a week last week. Tuesday was the wonderful day out at The Henry Moore Foundation with 'Fiberfusion'. Friday a superb day trip to The Festival Of Quilts, Birmingham with my other textile group 'Out Of The Fold'. Had the most fantastic day. A huge amount of quilts, exhibitions within the main exhibition, demonstrations, workshops and vendors galore. It is always so mind boggling and inspiring to attend these huge events. I usually do my home work and kind of know what exhibitions/artists I want to concentrate on while my brain is still fresh. On this occasion I didn't take a whole lot of photos. Only 12 to be precise. But one of the few ones, that I took was an art quilt that really caught my eye. After looking at for a while, I went to read who had judged it. I couldn't help smiling when I saw the judges name. It was a Danish lady called Lisbet Borggren. It didn't surprise me at all that another Dane would have spotted that as well! As I was too cheap to buy the festival program I didn't know who made the quilt. It wasn't until yesterday that I learned that the quilt was made by a Danish! Internet friend of mine Mai-Britt Axelsen. I'm so thrilled for her. As a matter of fact she won two prizes. First price in the miniature category with 'Little Thin Blue Line' (30x30 cm)(the photo above) and second price for her art quilt 'Another Thin Blue Line' (120 cm x 120 cm) WELL DONE. CONGRATULATIONS!!! On her lovely blog Linen and Silk you'll find much better photos of her prize winning quilts, so do take a look.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Fibrefusion at Henry Moore

Yesterday I spend the most wonderful day at the Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Hertfordshire Henry Moore Foundation It was a day trip with the textile group Fiberfusion. Very recently I had the honor to be asked if I wanted to join this very advanced textile group. This was only my second time meeting with Fiberfusion Fiberfusion But what a day! What more can one ask for: Great company, fantastic weather, a superb pub lunch in one of these very old, timber framed English country pubs AND the most impressive sculptures placed in natural surroundings, with lots and lots of open space around them. The sculptures were allowed to express themselves, not being crowded by one another (or city scape's for that matter. Very powerful. Three of the sculptures were placed amongst grazing sheep. One was on its own little mound, but two of them were actually the field. Over the years the sheep had polished an area/ring around the sculptures in sheep height, giving that area a lighter golden colour. It was lovely. The Marquette room was very exciting. There it was possible to view some of Henry Moore's design inspirations and his first attempts creating mini sculptures, playing and familiarizing himself with the shapes. In this area of England (East Anglia)there is a lot of huge flint stones/blocks in the ground, and one of Henry Moores returning design source were these big lumps of organic shaped flint stone. I didn't know that. It was a beautiful day out.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Workshop and Cakes!

I've have (once again) not been blogging as much as I would have liked to. 'Real life' has been busy, so my 'Internet life' has been put a bit on the back burner. Having said that, I have missed blogging as it does focus my busy life for a brief moment. So what has taken my time? Well the last week in July I attended a 5 day summer school in free style machine embroidery, Tutor Pauline Verrinder. A superb time with 15 like minded creative souls and their sewing machines. I'll write more in detail abut that later. So much to tell......
The summer school was followed by a lovely warm and very sociable weekend with friends. Then I had to do my final preparations for teaching one of my textile groups. We all take turns in teaching and cake baking. I do more teaching than cake baking which is totally fine with me :-) Everything in moderation (kind of :-) but I do love all these home baked, traditional English cakes all baked from scratch that suddenly appears in the tiny kitchen of our village hall where we meet once a month. This one was a moist, sweet, tardy lemon drizzle... beautiful!!!! Such creativity!
I tell you about the workshop I taught in my next blog post. Gotta run, I'm of to make a cake.... :-)

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Great blog: Etsy Technology Help

I love it when I come across great blogs! This blog:
Etsy Technology Help I really would like to share with you. If you have an Etsy shop and is, like me, a tad computer challenged, then I would highly suggest you take a good look. I promise you it will save you a lot of time :-)
A couple of days ago I saw the blog link posted by
MagnetGames the blog owner, in the Etsy Forum. I clicked over there and was for a long while totally absorbed in all the great tips. Some I had come across before in the Forum, but a lot was new to me. Since then I have been implementing some of the things that she suggests. Amongst others how to add an active link to your blog post that opens up in a new window (like when you click on 'Etsy Technology Help' above. How to add a Google custom search area, like the one you see in the left hand side column. There you can type a key word and it will search your blog for posts with that specific theme. Very handy. Another tip mentioned: In my shop I have now added active links to some of my descriptions like 'You might like this listing as well'. A great way to make it easier for customers to let them know whats in your shop.
I still have a list of things that I would like to add or tweak in regards to my blog and etsy shop over the coming days. It always makes me so happy with all the great people out there just wanting to share what they are great at. Thank you MagnetGames!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

At the crack of dawn

Well it is amazing how much one can get done when getting up at the crack of dawn. Our old cat decided that she was tremendously hungry and was talking up a storm at 4.45 am. Being a light sleeper at the best of times, an early raiser and still jet lagged from our recent travels to the US, I decided to stay up and get some computer work done which is a great feeling. Even though I did manage to get some work done in the US, I'm still behind from where I would like to be. I'll get there in the end :-)
I have just listed two batches of my hand dyed embroidery thread/yarn on Etsy red/blueish thread and olive green/blue thread Some time ago I blogged about the dyeing process and the final result. Please take a look if you want to more info/pictures (March 14Th and 19Th 2009). Four more listings are ready to be posted on Etsy over the next couple of days. I like to spread similar listings, so that they are not just sitting there as a big group. I work in so many different styles and I like that to be reflected when people visit my shop. I was just thinking, that I wouldn't mind, if the light would be good for taking pictures today. It looks quite promising. Slightly overcast, but bright. I have so many items ready to be prepared for Etsy. I find it easier and more time efficient to do a good batch in one go instead of breaking it up in chunks.

Monday, 6 July 2009

A quick update

Just as life was starting to find it own rhythm and my blogging was sort of picking up every thing goes a bit pear shaped. I know I won't be spending much time in front of the computer for the next couple of weeks. My husband and I are leaving to go to the US shortly. We have managed to sell our lovely house in Virginia and will be heading over to put everything into storage. It is with mixed emotions as we loved the house, the area and all our wonderful friends, but since we were not moving back to the US anytime soon in the foreseeable future it didn't make sense to keep it. I will be keeping SewDanish open, but any orders will not be shipped until the 23 July when we are back in GB again. Have a lovely summer, stay safe and hopefully not too hot :-)

Oh, on a completely different note. NFL and Fantasy Football season is just around the corner, judged by my husband getting more and more jittery. If you or your friends are interested please check where you will find info about the 5 books that he has published on Fantasy Football, with '201 Fantasy Football Tips" being his latest publication. There is a clickable link in the right hand side of my blog under 'great blogs' if you want more information about his books.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Textile challenge

In one of my textile groups we have done two challenges. The challenge is that we all get the same little package containing the same selection of fabric, beads, metal, cord and other tid bits. When we are handed the package we decide in the group whether we are allowed to add anything, whether it all need to be used or just be represented etc. Usually there are no stipulations on what item to make.
The package from which I made the mini quilt in the pictures, was a selection of very strong coloured sari fabrics. They were so much in your face. I like colour but they were just over the top. After having made a simple strip pieced top, I sandwiched it with wadding, backing and a final overlay of a chiffon scarf on the top to knock the colours back. Then I quilted it. Cut it up, played with joining and embellishing, finishing it of with raw edge stitching. I was really pleased with the result. It was a lot of fun to make. I can highly recommend doing a challenge like this. It is absolutely amazing to look at the different results, having all started from the same base.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Unique Women In Business #UWIB

You might have seen the occasional twit from me about UWIB, Unique Women In Business. I belong to quite a varied mixture of teams and groups and 'Unique Women In Business' is one of them. It is a great group of about +100 ladies. All the ladies are shop owners, many are on Etsy, but quite a few are not. It is a really nice mixture of shops. I first came across UWIB in the Etsy forum. I did a bit of research and was debating on and off for a while to join or not. One of the few group rules is, that to stay a member, you have to make a purchase from a group member each month. I'm not a huge shopper and didn't really like the thought of being tied down to having to buy something. But after a while I decided to 'take the plunge' and joined. When you join your initial purchase has to be with the one who referred you, after that you can choose any group member you like. To leave the group you just don't make your monthly purchase and you are out. Very simple :-)
But seriously, I'm so pleased that I joined. I have now been a member for about 6 months and I'm enjoying myself tremendiously. I have been building up a nice little collections of ACEOs made by fellow members. It is so much more than just 'spending money' group. Lots and lots of great info, links and support are being shared. If one has a question, you can be certain that somebody knows the answer or can give you a push in the right direction. Some group members are very active in making fantastic treasuries and spotlights, something I yet have to figure out how to do. Looking at my Google Analytic quite a bit of traffic to my shop comes from UWIB's blog and UWIB members blogs. It is such a lovely group of energetic ladies. Erin Keys who is the group moderator is doing a superb job keeping track of it all. You can find the link to UWIB blog and a selection of links to UWIB members shops in the right hand side column of my blog. On Etsy you can also do search on 'UWIB', as members will have tagged their listings. Feel free to contact me if you would like more info on the group. I'll be happy to answer your questions :-)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

SewDanish + Etsy front pages

Wow I'm so happy!! I'm doing a happy dance here right in the living room. I just want to share that I just discovered that I have made the Etsy Front Page three times with in a month. And I haven't seen any of them while they were up! I only found out when I checked my Google Analytics and saw big spikes in traffic to my shop. Went to check the Flickr group: 'Etsy front pagers-treasury screen shots'. A great group and tool for finding out what you have missed. And there it was.
Thank you to all you out there that very regular basis choose items from my shop to be featured in your treasuries. I appreciate it TONS!!!. I will one day get my head around starting creating treasuries myself. It is on my long list of things to do :-)
Meanwhile I do check 'craftopolis' almost everyday, a great time saving tool to find out if your a featured in treasuries and gift guides. If featured then I leave a comment, click and visit all the wonderful shops, and share the link on twitter/facebook to give more people the chance to see all the beautiful creations and wealth of creativity.

Etsy Front Page 5/29/09 makeyourpresentsfelt

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Work in progress

I don't like being last minute when working on pieces. I don't mind working under pressure with lots of other things, but in regards to crafting, I hate sitting there with time running out, trying to make things look right. For me it is so stressful and it simply takes the fun out a process, that I otherwise enjoy tremendously. I want to have time to change things if it doesn't work or to follow a new path if an idea pops up. At the end of the day, I probably work very intuitively and need to allow ample time just to look at the pieces, on my design board. When making a larger piece I quite often take photos during the making process. In my workroom, I cannot get far enough away, to look at it, from a descent distance. If overall design doesn't work it will usually scream at you, and it is by far easier and nicer to realize it before it is too late, and a lot of time has been wasted on a weak piece.
Lately I have been working on a quilt for the upcoming 'Out Of The Fold' exhibition in October. We decided as a group to all make a long, narrow piece, a 3d item and a piece based on a 'metal challenge' pack that was handed to us all. The piece in the photos is my half finished, long, narrow piece. I was working on it on the floor and with in a spilt second our old pus decided that I needed help to hold down the corner.(Sorry, to the non cat lovers out there :-)

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

How to make: A stitched, textural picture

The photo I used as inspiration for my stitched piece.

I made this picture a while back and I thought I'd like to share how I did it. It is such a lovely technique, if you like me, like texture and few frayed bits. All together a bit rustic I guess :-)

Choose your design source. It can be a photo you've taken or pulled from a magazine, your own design work, what ever appeals to you. Make a (rough)sketch with emphasis on the flow of lines in your design source. Then determine if you want to add a some pattern as a focal point. Again, look at your design source and see if something 'wants to be added'. Otherwise use your imagination and the artistic licence.

Layer 10-12 layers of butter muslin, (loosely woven cotton fabric). Tack the layers roughly together. Set your machine for free style machine stitching threaded with a a white/neutral cotton sewing thread. Stitch your design. Go over the lines 3-4 times.
Look at your stitched piece and decide what layers you want to cut away using a small pointed scissor. You will be creating depth in your design, so give it a bit of thought envisioning the various combinations. Cut the fabric away, but not all the way through. Leave a couple of layers.

If you want to dye your stitched piece. Place it in a flat tray. Spray with water, to dampen the surface. Use lightly diluted Dyn-a-flow, silk paint or any other liquid dye and a brush working the dye into the surface. Let the colors merge for a soft look. When happy, let dry and add hand embroidery and other embellishment if you so wish.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Vancouver, Canada

On our recent trip to the US, we spend two days in Vancouver, Canada. I had never been to Canada before and was really looking forward to our stay there. I'll definitely have to come back one day. I just loved Vancouver. I could have spend a lot longer there exploring the city. Walking and exploring the Granville area was fantastic. The creative energy coming from Emile Carr Art and Design University, all the individual or coop artist studios as well as the market was fantastic. A feast for all senses. The second day in Vancouver, my husband and his mother went on a bus trip, while I excused myself :-) I just had to get back to Granville. The day prior I had spotted all these wonderful rusty, multi colored, mossy, textured areas on the buildings made from corrugated iron and I was keen on getting back taking photos. I got there quite early in the day. It was slightly overcast and the light was just right for my little point and shoot camara. The more I looked the more I discovered. I took so many photos that I lost count. I do love digital photos! While I was totally absorbed in my little world of taking photos of rusty bits and planing the next batch of design work, this deep male voice, all of a sudden, spoke to me from behind. I got such a fright and totally jumped. I was definitely not expecting anyone to talk to me! The gentleman apologized for making me jump, and continued to tell me about some other great 'textured' buildings on Granville. And then he was gone. I couldn't help smiling as it was so neat to have met someone, who shared my joy of 'weird' design photos.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Glacier Bay, Alaska

Well despite all my good blogging intentions, I'm still struggling getting back into doing all the things, that I would like to do on the computer. Mind you, on our recent trip to US/Alaska, I did decide, that I was going to spend less time on the computer upon our return. I was spending way too many hours on 'the machine' and I really wanted to transfer some of that time back into designing and crafting. This last week I have spend catching up on lots of projects as well attending all three textile groups. Great catching up with all my friends and see what they are working on. In the machine embroidery group, Advanced Textile Workshop, we were having a fun day making all kinds of buttons in clay, Fimo, felt and stitched. It is always great to be able to make your own buttons for a certain project, as it is a wonderful way of adding the last finishing touch. In 'Out Of The Fold' some of the ladies were doing indigo dying. Some of the pieces were stunning. I look forward to see the results next time we meet. I didn't do any dying. I have so much dyed fabric as it is, so I really didn't need any more. I worked instead on a couple of samples for a 3D object that we are to make for our upcoming exhibition. I was very pleased with how the samples turned out. Will share them with you at a later stage :-)
The two photos in this posting are from The National Park: Glacier Bay, Alaska. An absolutely stunning place. Never seen anything like it!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Life is great!

I have had a lovely day today just quietly catching up with a lot of things. For a change I haven't been out and about and it just makes such a difference. One can get on with things. As you can see from my lack of blog postings, I haven't quite found my rhythm again. So much to do when you are picking up your life again after a long, but wonderful break. But hopefully life is slowly falling into place again and I'll be back blogging on a regular basis. I have so many half written posts from our trip in my little note/sketch book that I'm always carrying around with me. Someone gave me that tip when I started this blog, and that has really been a super idea. Sometimes it is just key words, other times it is fully written. I have never written a daily journal, but I have to admit that there is something very soothing to put pen to paper, trying to digest and verbalize the impressions of a day. Well better run for now. We are having friends coming over shortly for a three course meal. It is all prepared except that I'm in need a bit of dusting myself :-)

Monday, 18 May 2009


Yeah, we are back home in England safe and sound and is again open for business. It is so great being out and about, but there is a lot to be said for being back home as well. I love travelling, but enjoy tremendously being home as well. After a long break it always takes a while to pick up from where I left. One of the first things I did was to reopen SewDanish. I have really missed my little shop. Now the shelves are dusted, the windows polished and over the coming days/weeks I will be adding new listings. So if you have a moment please stop by and take a look :-)
My husband and I are still a bit jet lagged trying to absorb the 8 hour time difference between Vancouver and London. Even though my brain is still in a slow mode, I cannot wait to get back crafting, continue working on the projects that I left behind. Mind you before the crafting, I do need to continue working on the mountain of laundry and ironing, as well as a major expedition to the supermarket to restock the fridge. The joys of travelling :-)