Sunday, 11 March 2018

ever more small pillows, unexpected presents & a minor cheat




packed snugly together within a frame, thinking of how best to display them; above themed according to a pale palette

here the blues are telling their own tale

 a week ago (or more?) a box, full of - as it turned out - delightful presents; completely out of the blue, and all the way from  over the ocean, from lovely Dee (one of my favourite (blogs)) above everything still wrapped and then below partly unwrapped, small offerings for The Dwelling & a couple of items I am likely to use for other creative activities....


 intermezzo

loving these tie dye results,  using previously plant dyed cotton shirts and a silk blouse, they were all turning into a rather sickly yellow/brown and so I decided to dye them with commercial dye: jeans blue for the silk blouse and the shirt on the left below; a mix of olive green and royal blue for the vest and other cotton shirt (I also dyed several pairs of trousers plus a faded, favourite towel, which turned out absolutely fabulous and thoroughly refreshed, nothing to post about though) I really like how the plant dye still shows in parts





back the The Dwelling and some of the presents
the small porcelain bird has taken up residence in OBK's room, where he is enjoying a sandwich and tea whilst waiting for OBK to wake up; I am sure they will have loads to twitter about, world politics and the likes.......

cheeky Cupid has landed in Ms Smith's Studio, where he imagines he'll make interesting modelling material for her, hmph.....

Sunday early afternoon mini-concert: the violinist Hippo plays a merry yet spiritual tune for an impromptu Jolly Cactus Gathering(in the far right notice mr. PR is dozing off)

the wooden church found a spot in the temporary Buddha space, we're not particularly devout here, nor very strict in our dogmas, living as harmoniously as is possible with such a mixed bunch of critters!
always remembering:
breath in breath out

ah, mr PR decided to skip the concert; here he is, sitting on the new green chair, drinking tea/milk/coffee with BigBaby and Woodstock, in the posh new cups (we do so like to be surrounded by beautiful things!)

a BIG thankyou from all of us here Dee, a small token of our gratitude is on it's way to you


7 comments:

Liz A said...

Dee's additions are wonderful.

And overdying ... I went to a talk about local dyes a couple of years ago and Deb McClintock introduced me to the idea of "festival" dyes. The idea was that much eco-dying is prone to fading over time and so cloth would be re-dyed to liven up the colors in time for festival celebrations. You've taken it one step further and I think the blues especially breathe new life into old wonders.

Nancy said...

Oh Saskia! Oh Dee! I am laughing at Mr. PR dozing off (who hasn't done that?!) and then almost in tears at seeing my childhood so happily blended with ALL at The Dwelling! I really can't tell you how much this all fills me!! The dyeing looks great and those pillows! i know how much I love mine :) In the top photo, middle top pillow had me singing Our house is a very, very, very fine house...
And those birds!! Love!

Anonymous said...

so glad all arrived -- I knew you'd find places for all the critters and things! so much fun to take a peek into that Dwelling and all its goings on. Your pillows smushed together like tiles look absolutely fantastic. And tie dyes look beautiful!!

Ardensgarden said...

Thank you for posting! I’ve missed you! ☮️Sarita

Tina Zaffiro said...

A surprise package ... filled with So many treasures. How very small and wonderful our world has become thanks to blogging. I had no idea you live in Holland .. I got to see Holland through the eyes of a 10 year old girl. Although young I do remember ... mostly that I had never seen so many bicycles in my life. Love your pillows ... the sweet birds ... all so WonderFull!

Dana Webb said...

I love your pillows!! They are beautiful all together and separately. Your re-dyes are also inspiring and life in miniature appears to be flowing happily. Lucky you to get gifts from Dee! Eclectic Buddha tickles me especially.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

Liz: the over-dyeing has got me going: loads of old, worn stuff is getting a second life thanks to dyelon!
Besides the fellow dwellers, I too am so happy Nancy knowing you get such a thrill seeing your old friends enjoying life over here.....
I too like the look of them all smushed together, Dee, it feels so cosy; I imagine a room full of them and then diving in!
Hi Sarita, that is so sweet of you!
You got me thinking Tina: maybe the Dwellers need a bike or two, to get around (meaning they could do their own shopping every once in a while)
Thanks Dana, yes tickling is good, as it generally leads to laughter and a sense of gaiety.....