Saturday 28 February 2009

Down the canal

I went for a walk down the canal a few weeks ago to feed the ducks. Look at this pretty photo. Can you imagine having this at the end of your garden? I hope the owners appreciate what they have. I certainly would if I lived there! This must look even prettier in spring...

Little bag

I made this with fabric from the swap with Carina. It is so cute!
I am now having problems with the sewing machine, and it is so frustrating!
Anyway, best wishes to all for the weekend. Carpe Diem.

Wednesday 25 February 2009


I seem to have an amazing ability to catch any sort of virus that goes around. I am now at home feeling sorry for myself wishing I could feel like a normal human. Poor me.....
I spent all day in bed yesterday, but I have managed to get up today, feeling better, but not quite there yet.

I have been sewing a little bit today, making something with one of the fabrics from my swap with Carina. I am framing the flowers and different designs of this fabric and it will probably end up being a cushion. The colours are lovely and this deserves to be on display.

 In theory I was going to use all the fabrics, buttons and rickrack that she send me for just one project, but they just seem to asked to be used in different ways...
Hope you people out there are doing well, and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday 21 February 2009

Drawing Greek and Roman Sculptures

In order to enter to College I had to take a drawing exam that consisted of drawing a  classic bust with charcoal. I failed because although I had practiced I really did not know how to draw. I spent the summer drawing Greek and Roman busts every morning copying them from an art book. My uncle Manolo (my favourite uncle) is a painter and he would see the drawings at the end of each morning and make comments on what was right and what needed improving. 

I have very fond memories of that time that I spent drawing. It had been an extremely busy year for me. I studied and worked at the same time, I had to get up at 6.30 and sometimes would finish the day at 11.00 at night. Spending part of the summer drawing (and then going to the beach, meeting my cousins, and being spoilt by my family) was a wonderful experience.

Some people say that one should draw from life, but it all depends of what it is that you want from your drawing (and in my case there weren't any Greek or Roman sculptures around...). I needed to learn to observe, to judge proportions, to see light and dark, and to relax. I got everything I needed out of drawing from photos.

I carried on with drawing classes through the academic year and I passed the exams to enter into College. Anyone can learn how to draw! Yes, you too!

Beautiful women

Check out this video. It is so beautiful!

Thursday 19 February 2009

My first swap!!

Look, look! This is my first swap with Carina!

I have been looking forward to it from the day we agreed we would do it, and I was so excited when I arrived home and found the parcel!

Lots of lovely fabrics. I am getting all inspired looking at them...I could do this...or I could do that....

The bits in the plastic bag I have to use for a project. I can add a couple of things from my lot, but I mainly have to use what Carina has chosen for me. I love what she has put into it. So bright and colourful!
And look! She has given me unexpected extra goodies! 

I have really enjoyed swapping with you Carina! Thank you!