Tuesday, 24 December 2019
|In the new Guest Room the bed is almost made, you can just catch a glimpse of a bassinet on the right.....blankets and pillows are shared, everyone has to squeeze in together, the more the merrier is The Dwelling's motto|
|Fun and games and loud music in the Play Room|
|By contrast: Calm & Quiet in the library|
|Angels have descended in the Studio, hoping to inspire Ms Smith whilst she's producing her latest creations|
|May you enjoy a Merry Christmas with your loved ones....and remember,|
in the dark there is always a sparkle of *light*
Friday, 20 December 2019
Slowly but surely the Dwellers are getting ready for Christmas: there's a tree, there are candles, there's an angel at their table.....and we have posted well-wishes all over the place, we are even preparing a guest room!
|There are starry lights, paper hearts,|
wintry visitors in our midst.
And guess what?
The Spirit of Christmas arrived on time this year!
|'are we really heading in the right direction?' a question I seem to be asking myself a lot lately, as the whole X-mas enterprise requires a lot organisation; I have asked my friends here to help out|
We have made small paintings as possible gifts,
we have been wrapping teeny, tiny parcels
whilst singing carols with funny hats on, as well as studiously trying to ignore the rain and we all dream of snow, sleigh rides and skating on the lakes nearby. There's a great deal of rummaging for festive outfits, fancy table cloths, warm blankets, silver tableware;
not to mention extra toilet rolls, towels and toothpaste!
with such a full house there's just so much to remember
Fortunately I am not alone....I will be in my studio this weekend and hopefully a few of you will pop by for a visit
Sunday, 15 December 2019
|the 13 names have gone into the cap!|
so another couple of birds will soon leave the nest
and now for something completely different
tada! I am so happy it's (almost) done:
still a couple of loose ends to tidy up on the back and maybe, just maybe, I will add a running stitch here and there
the colourful front is a patchwork mix of cottons and linens, many of which have been donated
the back, of which a tiny purple triangle can be glimpsed in the image above, was the original cheap shop-bought machine-sewn quilt; after years of use I was fed up with the patina of stains and dyed it a dark purple.....I tore out the diagonal quilting stitches and removed the bias binding; after having made the patchwork I ended up with these four layers: purple-dyed cotton, padding, purple-dyed cotton and the patchwork;
these were first roughly basted together with a long running stitch in all directions. Using a large quilting hoop, starting in the middel of course, I began quilting properly. Moving along in more or less straight lines with a running stitch up-and-down, and left-to-right.
I finally used the diamond-shaped marks left from the machine stitching and this made for some interesting intersecting lines all over
Saturday, 7 December 2019
|'Moon rising over Tree of Life with a pair of love-birds watching’|
yes, it's that time of year folks....
December can be a very expensive month, so I have decided to help you out by:
1. giving away this Small Pillow*
2. offering a 10%discount on all art work, see what's for sale over on the websitehttps://saskiavanherwaarden.nl/en/
Tuesday, 3 December 2019
|I just love the bare skeletal branches this time of year,|
how, on a sunny day, the air is crisp and feels unpolluted...
just by being outdoors your senses are uplifted, so you return home energized and ready for the day
ha, after weeks of switching between fiddling on the laptop building my website and patiently stitching the BirdQuilt, I felt the urge for something quick and got to painting and drawing in East-Indian ink, my favourite medium in high school: I used to draw black&white birds with my Schaeffer fountain pen; I must try and find where I stashed them