Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Childhood Memories

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Originally uploaded by debsmuddle
April entry for Uk Challenge 'Childhood Memories'
You may recognise the pic from my avatar.
It is a shot taken by my father of my cousin David and myself.David lived with his family on a farm in Devon and most years we would go down on holiday.I loved David and followed him everywhere.We even had a pretend wedding at one stage.I think I used to drive him round the bend.David still lives on a farm with his Dad.Uncle Mervyn is entirely responsible for me not being a fussy eater.You didn't dare NOT eat anything down there as it was almost all grown on the farm.Meat included.My Auntie Hilda(Dad's sister) was amazing.She worked so hard. I have seen her turn out huge quantities of food for various functions ie 250 pasties etc
So this childhood memory is of happy family holidays.Sadly many of the family now gone.
Sewn on neutral fabric with neutral thread as I thought it would look nostalgic.Size is 7 by 5 inch.A nod here to my friend Nickie Kimber for the technique

Thursday, 16 April 2009

SPT 160409

SPT 160409
Originally uploaded by debsmuddle
Another Thursday another self portrait.
I bought a microwave silk dyeing kit when I went to Denman WI college with Ferrers Quilters oh some years ago.We had a great time there having a day with Katherine Guerrier and one with Mary Day(if I have remembered that correctly) I remember a foreign lorry driver nearly killed Sharon and I on the way there by pulling out into my lane whilst I was overtaking him.He did actually make contact with my car but fortunately it did not spin or we would have been in real trouble.
Anyway Denman was great, terrific food etc.
The kit was languishing in the back of a cupboard so I thought it was about time to give it a go.Worked out reasonably well but the scarf is not really long enough.
My skin looks awful in this maybe I need more fresh air or to start looking after it better.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Easter Decorations

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Originally uploaded by debsmuddle
Don't really do Easter as we are not religious but these felt decorations were really cheap in Tesco and I liked them so I bought them.I know this is not in the spirit of buying handmade and I am sorry for that.

Saturday, 11 April 2009


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Originally uploaded by debsmuddle
I am not renowned for doing a lot of gardening but I do like to have a few pots around for a bit of colour.Our local garden centre has an annual Pansy and Viola festival and we are always seduced into buying some.
The challenge then is to remember to water the pots.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

SPT 090409

SPT 090409
Originally uploaded by debsmuddle
Self Portrait Thursday is a group on Flickr. As mentioned in an earlier blog post I don't get one done every week.I haven't got great photography skills or photoshopping for that matter. I am not artistic. I have double chins.I really should challenge myself more to think of some ideas to get round all these problems.This week I think I managed it.

Fairy shoes

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Originally uploaded by debsmuddle
Recently had a go at something that I have been meaning to do for some time. These are a pair of miniature shoes made from hand dyed fabric that has been attatched to felt with some FMS then made into the shoes by hand. I have then added bead and sequin embellishment. Really fun to do and I will definately be doing some more.