Tuesday, October 26, 2010

oh deary me

Hewoo all

I'm late, Im late for a very  impoortant date. Sorry one and all- I was going to show last night - but last night I spent mostly on the bed- I have teeth problems and am about to become a toothless bear - oh hhhhhhhhh ahhhh how horrid to think I even said it but there ya go I will be toothless very soon and lost 3 biggies yesterday and wound up on the bed most of the day/night man it took it outta me!So will you all forgive me- here I am bright and early - well for me it is

I have scanned the two sides of my wee sewng tidy bag not sure if I will do anything on the other two sides or not yet --so with out further ado- there are slight differences between the 2 sides and its easy to pick I can so I am sure others of yas will as wll but I believe in small errors to show that a human did this embroidery not a machine if you know wot I mean!

The original project was called "Summer Fruit"" by Jan Kerton. Jan is a beautiful embroiderer and also smocker-- shes one of those women you admire from afar that nomatter wot she does its glorious. This project of hers had strawberries and blackberries, bees spiders (eek none of them on my stuff  EVER" anyway should anyone want to have a look at the original project and perhaps make your own version of the project as I have done - you can find it in Country Bumpkins publication called "Embroidered Bags and Purses" isbn 0-9750920-2-2

The pictures are the wrong angle at present on these scans can u imagine the scans are triangle shaped (which they are) and the single red rose is up the top of the picture okay I am heading back to bed- yup I am being a real woosy baby but its hurting and I lost a fair amount of the red coloured stuff that runs in our arteries yesterday - U really wanted to hear all that didnt ya??? ggggg I am away catch up again soon have a great day wherever you arae in the world today/night

loves n hugs bear xoxoxoxoxox

Sunday, October 24, 2010

here it is sunday night

hewoo all

just a quick and easy blog tonight with a bit of a tease- if you remember a couple of blogs ago I showed a piece of work I was unhappy with??? well now I have  3 pieces that first is torn in shreds all that is  left is the back faabric and some leaves and bits and pieces- told ya I didnt like it ggggg(bears giggling here why put lol or roflol when a nice gentle way of laffing is ggggg more lady like even if I aint no lady gg.

okay enuff bear no more - back to the tease its so late here and I am watching "Angels and Demons" again on Satellite TV and not in the mood to go turn on my scanner So tomorrow come back and in the day sometime - not telling when but sometime I will scan the 2 new pieces I have done and guess what if you look closely you will see they aint no identical pieces theres big differences but a blind man would be happy to see them ggg

so nighty night you living on the other side of the big pond have a fantastic Sunday, and to us on this side of the pond pleasant dreams and see ya tomorrow!
nighty night

bear xxoxoxox

ps the reasons I cant pin me down and tell ya when I will put up my pretties - well in the am I have a dental appointment in the am
and in the pm a podiatry appointment thiss getting old is for the birds not humans!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

added neoworx

Hewoo one and all

I added neoworx this past week and its been  such an eyeopener for moi. I had thought my little blog had just a few friends popping in to see wot the bear had been up to on the few times I wrote to my poor bog. Thats just not true I began getting little emails from neoworx you have just had a visitor from  ......... What an eyeopener it has been for this middle aged old lady, I have been wondering now who these unknown people are - do they just arrive here  by acciddent or is it pot luck they put a pin in the wall and go hither to an Australian Blog.

"It doesnt work that way Bear" I hear you mutter at me, so tell me how does it work?? Somewhere on my blog it tells me how long I have been blogging - back in a mo, ggggg (giggling bears expression of laffter) okay I went all the way back and I have been kinda blogging since April 3rd 2006. Not long and certainly will never been known for the amount of blogging I do, but since then I have been in this little world  of mine thinking only a few people ever come to my blog's door and have a peep at wot I say or do.

So that being said -- who are these people and why dont they stop and say something??? comments like -" heck I dont get your  blog"  or "hey this is terrific why dont you do more", or just "hey I stopped by and am just saying hewoo to ya". You are out there my little neoworx emailler is telling on ya, so please come on --- say something, tell me you stopped by --- I would love to hear from you all  ----after all you live in such amazing places, my neoworx counter is telling me so!

love n hugs bear xoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxox

Thursday, October 14, 2010

here it is October and wots more the second week of October

hewoo all
whoohoo I have 18 followers now unreal considering how bad I am at blogging a post, you all have no idea how special I think you are for being here with me and being so patient waiting and waiting for me to blog something- Ok so this one is one that is going to end up in the pile of "heck thats lousey" and I am going to bury this piece somewhere really far down in that pile of " never to be finished items".

why I hear you ask- well the leaves for a start and then the way in which I have put the roses onto the fabric, the symmetary etc- I very rarely do a drawing of what I am thinking off doing - maybe thats what I should do- I have now yup only cos I dont like this piece LOL U are wondering what its going to be well ages ago there was a cute sewing bag pattern - it was made up with strawberries and blackberries embroidering and also some wee creatures, well I am not one to do heapsa of brazillian type or stumpwork embroidery, but I liked the pattern of the sewing bag its cute- I will flush out the name of the embroiderer and the mag I am nearly 100% sure it was in Country Bumpkins published Embroided bags etc- I will  find it tomorrow and give the names etc.

Anyway I adore the pattern for the sewing bag and I had some lovely rich coloured ribbons- Hannah Ribbons - you know them as the bias cut ribbons lovely,oh so  lovely to play with so I thought I would cut them down the middle - (these are wide ribbons) and play with some spider Web roses. Why I have become noted for the way I do my spider Web roses is amazing seeing as how I hate and am frightened of spiders?? I wont  even have spiders webs on my CQ stuff (although sadly some ladies have put them on patches on patches made for  past Round robins. )So I thought its been a while since I put anything on my poor little blog that I would give you a look of a failed piece lol too many leaves not symmetrical all over the place, all close colors of leaves LOLdont like them.

Thank you again followers and non followers for dropping by and having a look at this piece, I still have to sew the wee bag together having trouble finding a handle for it in the colour gold, either to big to small or black not gold and even worse silver dang it all! please feel free to give me your thoughts on this subject.

love n hugs bear xooxo

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

many eons ago

hewoo all
well many eons ago I told of the opossum that were visiting me here at my Dads home, well at the same time the sons who remained at our home while we are helping Dad out here also had opossums visiting- for the apples that Mum kept buying for them to eat- all was revealed when younger son told of how he was cutting up the apples for the opossums supper and there I was thinking older son was eating us out of house and home on the apple front. Many in the USA thought they were ugly like theres but like so many of our creatures I think you will agree that these little lady and her paramour are beautiful. Enjoy the piccies I hope you agree- they are on the veranda out the back of the house, when they run around the roof they make a lot of noise but they are not living with us - just visiting for the apple feast Kirk gives them.

in the last piccie you can see her tail nice and relaxed and arent they lovely and plump, they wont come to the kids completely but they did come close to them and got the fruits and ate them not far from them, they are after all wild creatures, a lot of people dont like them but I love them and welcome their company, after all they were here before us humans were. I really hope you like the pictures of our friends.

I have more photos to put up - its been a weird year , I have found some of the photos I thought lost of Bea and her kittens when they were tiny, also more photos of a CQ picture I made for a friend Jacque who lives in Iowa, at present but may be moving back to Texas.I also have photos of the Doll of Japan Showing that was held earlier this year the dolls were exquiste and were much better then my weak efforts to take photos of them, so please come back and have a look I am attempting to become a GOOD Blogger and also now that my pain in my hands is easing I hope to have more UFOs finished and up to be shown

love n hugs may today be terrific one for you
Bear xoxooxoxoxoxoxxo

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


hi all wot an idiot am I??

you will see the next post down another hewoo and another scan - this is the work finished. Yup I have called it quits on the embroidery, and will hopefullybegin to construct this wee purse part of the  tomorrow then I can set up the machine to do the machine sewing of this wee purse.

http://jeanbeernardv.blogspot.com (go peek at jeans bling at work)

love n hugs bear oxoxoxxoxoxoxo 


Monday, September 27, 2010

hey I been embroidering

Hi all I have a wee something to show----- its been such an age and I thank those who hang in there with me and follow my blog seeing as to how I am not very good at blogging.Anyway I have been doing a little purse- crazy quilt- I must admit I began this yonks ago the shape was in a magazine "Creative Embroidery and Cross Stitch" from there I went out on my own and played, although I saw a little ribbon trail which travelled around the block and have used that. (finally my muse has reappeared yippee!!!)

Anyway I think I have embroidered it to with in an inch of its life and will now add some little bits and bobs to it over the next couple of days. and will then make it up, this is going to go to a very dear friend who has been waiting at least 2 years for something from me so I am adding this little purse as an extra bit - I hope she will like it, I think its so me but will she like that- ie purples and reds heavens I have to get away from these colours and the next thing I make it will be well away from that colour combo - keep youir eyes open seeing as I have finally found my smocking pleater machine I can finally do a little smocking - it was in plain sight all the time- the machine that is-- when I finally saw where I had put it I nearly passed out I have sat in front of it every day I am on the pooter - yup its under the desk top --- oh deary me. Anyway I am not trying tp play 10 secrets here but dont want to give away just who this wee purse is for just yet  ...........

Please let me know what you think of it please.........

love n hugs bear xoxoxoxoxox

Monday, September 06, 2010

when it rains it pours!!

this is a chatty post- sometimes I will throw these in, just to keep us all on our toes- nahhhhhhhhhh~!
anyway if most dont know here in South Australia we have been suffering a drought and horrid water restrictions - garden and car wise. This past month or so well really our winter has brought with it much rain in droibs anad drabs. So on Thursday night when the forecasters said battens down loose items and prepare for wild winds and also torrential rain between 20-50 mms expected over the state.

 So on Friday morning we woke to the sounds of thunder and rain oh eaps of thunder and much lightening and rain and more rain. and then even more rain and even more thunder and lightening and that was how it remained all day n night of Friday. Saturday morening we had had 44mms of rain the previous day(24 hrs from 9amFriday -9am Saturday). Thats about 2and a half inches of rain in our old imperial system. Again on Saturday we also woke to even more thunder and lightening though it finally eased off by the late afternoon but the rain continued, athough not as heavy as Fridays rainfall. Sunday we again had rain but in the afternoon its actually became showers and when we woke today Monday the Sun was shining.  its been some storm and unfortunately it has gone on through to Victoria and they have had the rain in more then we had and have major flooding (we had flooding but not to the extent of Victorias flooding)

Unfortunately when there are storms like this then rooves are taken off by the wind and the winds were terrible only eased last night finally! many homes lost their rooves completelyt many huge trees were unrooted by the storms many home were without power and there are many that still have now power the Electricity company hopes to have the thousand or so homes still without power at present will have their supplies by tomorrow morning.  Of cours trees toppled on houses and also cars much damage caused by the storms will take more time to be corrected. But all in all here in South Australia we have been very very lucky,  the damage in Victoria is so much worse- many towns have been evacuated because of flooding,

Not only were South Australia and Victoria were struggling through these storms but over the big ditch on Saturday those living in Christchurch New Zealand were woken by a 7.1 Earthquake. We have watched th weekends News reports, so fortunate that none were killed and it appears that building rooads and the like were  damaged. Though the Kiwis are a strong nation  and the rebuilding wil begin soon but even todday there are still aftershocks happening- My prayers and thoughts are with all there in Christchurch and also in Victoria. and that the earth will settle down again soon I think everyone has had enough. oh and the best news our Water restrictions are going to be withdrawn- yup they are all of our water Reservoirs are full and the gorvernment has announced that we will have no restrictions as of December 1st 2010, granted that was announced before this weekends downpours but December come on fellas I for one am  not going out to water the gardens or race out to wash a car. theres more rain being forecast in the next day or so oh heck!

love n hug Bear xoxoxoxoxoxo

oh PS I have a piccie or 2 of the purple scarf and beanie I knitted I will try and put it on later tonight but lease dont go hanging around for it you all know me by now! Loves yas all!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

here I am at long last

Hewoo one and all

one thing I can be relied on- is that one day I will turn up and begin to talk again via my poor woe begotten blog and it has  been an age hasnt it? -  Life and all its joys and mishaps, ill health and weather keep on  getting in the way and I am sorry to be so lame but hey here I am finally - I will never get a prize for the most followers but I sure have the most reliable friends they stick around when its months in between my "wanderings of finger and mind".

I have a few things to add to my dear blog the first is an embroidered square that I made for a couple of lovely friends of mine who are also in a couple of the yahoo groups I am in as well. So please bear with me and we will catch up the past 6 months shall we?? I have been terribly slack in my embroidery this year - I am finding my hands are suffering terribly this winter and if its one thing most South Aussies are all in agreement with - its this horrid winter we are having- its cold cold cold! an its wet wet wet. Today is a humdinger we have a weather front that has been brought up from Antartica and its VERY COLD struggling to get to 12 degrees Celsius even and rain its been steady most of the day and then theres the winds straight off the ice so you can imagine how its all feeling. BUT enough of that I have a tale to tell and lets get this show on the road!

At the beginning of the year two dear friends on a couple of yahoo lists announce they were to marry at the Doll Retreat at Sherry Goshons home in September. Unfortuatly my broomstick is in the shop to be fix and you can imagine the costs that the Elves mecanics will charge once they have fixed it up not just fixing it mechaniclaly but also to take the extra weight I have gained- More of that later>

  one of these friends Jeff  asked who would like to contribute by stitching a square of fabric for a wedding Canopy, So I said yup I would at least part of me will be in attendence at the wedding wont it?? On the day I received the fabric I also found my Country Bumpkin produced "Inspirations" Issue 65 (2010) was on sale. So I collected that and off home we went. Once I sat down and took my time to begin to go through the magazine I was astounded to find an article on a type of embroidery called Kantha Embroidery.According to the articles author Margaret Light (of Australia) this type of embroidery has been around for many centuries although sadly not many pieces of the embroidery has survived the centuries. According to the history interest began to stir again in the 1980's and luckily for me there was a beautiful example that Ms Light had produced for the magazine. The Embroidery has been used over the centuries for weddings, births, etc celebrations of all types and I thought it perfect for this wedding square. If you look at the picture below  you will notice it is a "Naive" type of stitching - although my square does not do the justice to this Kantha Embroidery that Ms Lights does. (the magazine showed  "Rainbow of Dreams" which was a beautiful example of Kantha embroidery on a pillowcase and top sheet for a younng child. Although the elephants etc were also from the original examples of Kantha embroidery over time.

I so very much hope that Jeff and Bruce like their piece of Kantha embroidery that I have made for them and I sincerely apologise to you Margaret Light for the not so beautiful piece of Kantha embroidery I have sewn. yours was truly beautiful. Jeff and Bruce will after the wedding ceremony have the squares that their friends made them sewn into a quilt and therefore have memoriies of their wedding and their friends to look at for "Centuries" to come Good Luck and Best wishes I hope your wedding will be held on a brautiful day in September and that you carry the loving wishes of all your friends present and from afar.

love n hugs Belinda xo

Reference: Inspirations
                Issue 65. 2010
 Article     "Rainbow of Dreams " pages46 - 57
Author       Margaret Light (Australia)
Publisher   Country Bumpkin
                 Adelaide, South Australia.

the square I made for Jeff and Bruce's wedding canopy

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