Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Quotation week day 2


Today I want to show you a quotation embroidered with raffia.




Once before I used raffia in my embroidery. Than I used it to make french knots, you can see that piece here.




Love this quote because it helps me on days when things don't go as smoothly as I wish they would. Gives me a sense of peace and acceptance.







Hope you enjoyed the quote and I'll hope to see you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Monday, March 30, 2009

Quotation week



Already for a long time I wanted to do something with quotations but somehow it never worked out. So for this week I challenged myself to find 5 quotations and use 5 different ways to work with them.



The first quotation is: An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. That felt kind of appropriate.




I felt the need for a lot of colour so I took a teabox and made a collagebox from it.



Hope you will have a day filled with action!!!

Elizabeth

Friday, March 27, 2009

A little peek



Today's post is a larger project. It is something that entered my mind when I read Rum. I started searching for material, that is sometimes a challenge in itself. Now I found some of the things needed I couldn't wait any longer but I have no idea when this project will be ready.

For those who don't know what I mean with Rum I collected some links. Take a peek here or here.

Well I hope you enjoyed the posts of this week and thank you for the comments, just love to read them.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you monday.

Elizabeth

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lifeline



For awhile now I follow the blog of Karen. She really knows how to handle a needle, something I'm still trying to learn. Today I want to show you the challenge I made up for myself. I call it the lifeline because it is wobbly enough just as life itself.




This challenge I have not completed succesfully. So I need to find some new books on embroidery techniques and study them. Until than I keep on reading Karen's blog and try to figure out how she does so well what she does.




I hope you will be interested to see how this new leg of my journey will develope itself.

Have a great day.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Update



Do you remember our lycheeproject. It's been alsmost three months now and our tree is still alive and showing its beauty to us. The height is about 10 cm and the leaves are wonderful, they almost have the same colour as the lychees have.




And now something completely different.



They are so cute and made by my sons, just a proud mummy showing off.

Have a great day.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Blue girl



Last week I needed to make something in the colour blue. So I collected all the blue pencils and started drawing. The challenge to draw with a colourpencil is that it is very hard to remove it totally when something doesn't work out.



I made a drawing of a whole face but unfortunately it is raining cats and dogs here and making a decent picture is a big challenge. I took a whole serie but only this one is almost ok.

There is sunshine in her eyes, just something I wish for today.

See you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

UPDATE: It is snowing outside.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Blocks of experience



This monday I would like to start with a personal post. This little beauty above is something I made to symbolize lessons learned. It will be part of the "Blanket" although I'm still not sure if it will be blanket.




The heart stands for our life. Everybody lives through experiences they wish they didn't have to go through. Our heart hurts, bleeds, aches and feels ripped apart.




These experiences are like blocks. They weigh heavy sometimes, they can build a wall around you because you just don't want anymore bricks. Later on they can become blocks of wisdom, I was told. Never believed it, but....



Somehow I start to see the beauty of some of these experiences and that feels really very different. The transformation is a process filled with love and I'm very grateful for that.

Hopefully I will remember this next time when a brick is thrown into my heart.

Well, I hope you like my excursion and I'll see you tomorrow.

Have a nice day.

Elizabeth

Friday, March 20, 2009

What you see is what you get envelope

A special post for you today. Recently Camilla had a really nice post called Yellow and red and in this post she added a link to JK Keller. One of his projects is called insecurity envelopes and when I saw his envelopes I was touched with beauty and inspiration. So I couldn't resist to make one myself.




I took the thickest felt I had and started weaving just like I did with this dreamcatcher, although it works a little bit differently because there is no real stiffness in the envelope. The cobweb is to ensure that the message is protected against evil spirits, just like the dreamcatcher protects one from bad dreams.



So thank you Camilla and JK for helping me see things differently and if you visit JK's place, please don't forget to look at the drawings. You will know why when you see them!!!

Have an inspirational day and I'll see you monday.

Elizabeth

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Four elements



A new painting for you today, it is called Four elements. This painting will be my contribution to a local exhibition. It is the first time I will participate in an exhibition so I'm really excited.





Everything is made of wool but several pieces of wool are differently processed which gives it a lot of structure.




I am really glad with the color of the waves, you probably know by now that I'm addicted to blue. Another reason why this piece is special is because it was the first time I felted something myself.





The flames are embroidered with different kind of blue to express the different levels of warmth of them.




This is my symbol for the earth. What I especially like is the center because that is made of very soft merinowool which is not felted. I choose to do that because it makes it very vulnerable just like the our planet is.



With this one I had a little help because I just didn't have a clue how to symbolize air. Than Cathy had a mosaic which guided me to the answer of the butterflies. I'm really fond of butterflies and they add something whimsical too the painting.

This is all for today. Tomorrow I have a very special post for you. Hope you have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Three women



Today I want to show you three sketches of female faces which I made during the weekend. After browsing through some books and the net on how to draw an eye I started to experiment to sketch more realistic eyes.





Please tell me which sketch you like best and most importantly why because that will help me in my learning process.

Have a beautiful day and thanks for your help.

Elizabeth

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Teacozy



Today's post is a new and improved teacozy. It is gonna be a present for a girlfriend who's teacozy was destroyed while washing.




So what did I change? First I used the chainstitch differently, secondly the fastening is different and I made it with 4 layers to make sure that the tea will kept hot for a long period of time.




Because I changed the fastening I was forced to use buttons. When I designed it I didn't think this would be a problem but it became one because I couldn't find the right size in this babyblue color. So that challenged me to make my own button, I used a pipecleaner and some babyblue cotton yarn to make one.



I kept the idea that you can turn it inside out and the collar to fold it the way you like it.




To find black buttons was not such a big problem.



If you can't remember what the first one was looking like, click here. Tell me which one you like best or what you think I still can improve on it.

Have a sunny day like me today. See you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Monday, March 16, 2009

A new darcy



A new darcy has arrived. For those who don't know the history of my darcy, please read the history of my first darcy. The darcy-history shows that inspiration can come from anything that tickles your curiosity.




Lately I dream a lot about birds and flying, so I decided to make a darcy for it.



Did you ever make a darcy or something similar, tell me about it. For me a darcy is fun little project, just love to make one.

I want to thank everyone who left a comment last week, really appreciate that you took the time to write me a note.

Lets have a week filled with inspiration.

See you tomorrow.

Elizabeth

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Double cross



You probably know by now that I love celtic knots. This one is also made with the help of the book Celtic Art of J. Romilly Allen. The book includes a number of samplers of different knots and I used these to build my own crosses.




The meaning of the cross is the path of life with its ups and downs and the chances to take a turn and walk in a different direction.



Enjoy your travel.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sketch



Today's post is a sketch of a face but just a part of it.



At school our teacher always said:"As soon as you are able to look, see and accept what you are seeing, you can draw."





See you tomorrow. Have a sunny day!!!

Elizabeth