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1  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by P_E_S_T on: January 14, 2015 12:37:43 PM
Ok I had to tease a little.
So - what you have to understand is that artsycandice posted my package and we both watched it travel to china. Get stuck.
Travel all the way back to the states Get stuck
Then speed track to the UK !!!! Its taken over a month to reach me, but boy was it worth the wait.

Now.... because I have been waiting for so long, you can only imagine the frustration when I was sitting in my studio with a client and the postman walks around the back of my house to pop my parcel in my kitchen for me (hes such a sweetie he knows I cant come to the door when Im working). Can you imagine how hard it was trying to therapise someone when knowing my surprise was sitting right there !!!!!!!!

Anyhoooooooo In doors I rush, and armed with sissors, open up the front. To find my two boys staring at me Smiley  I had wondered why I had been asked what their favourite animal was !

And just for fun - here my monkeys are (they are tres odd children, dont know where they get it from !)

So - onto the feast Smiley
bought things first. Some snuggly socks, a book which is so amazing, I would have bought it myself if I had known its about making soul-mate dolls ! Im so using it at work. Then a beautiful diary, a very me candle, and some gum Smiley What is not shown is a chinese puzzle box which my son has taken to bed because he was the only one who could open it ! - in it was a badge, a goddess pendant, some shells and a beautiful son token. Im pinching it back tomorrow and I think Im just going to leave all the treasures in there to open up when I need a smile or a hug Smiley. There were also some chocolates..........eaten Im afraid. And a gorgeous crochet snowflake which I have forgotton to photo oooops

Onward friends Smiley...... Gorgeous spirit cards to choose when I need one. I might pop these in the barn for my lovlies to choose when they need one

Feast your eyes on these goddesses, oh me oh my, a whole seasonal flock of wonderment !

Are these your own prints Candice Huh You clever thing. I know just the thing to do with these.......... and it will involve some of those beads Ive been showing you on facebook (dont tell no-one else though tee hee)

This photo does not do these gorgeous prayer flags and wall hanging justice. they will be draped on the beams in my barn and will lift me always x

HA !!!! I pinned these because Candice had pinned them. I LOVE THESE TREES. they are going to be on my seasonal table forever. I dont care that they are christmas themed, they will stay all year round. So there !

And finally my "stocking".
The most bling tastic. Indian coloured, draped skwooshy, boho gypsyesque bag you ever did see.......... Im going to store all my silk scarves in it and hang it in a prominant place in the house - whereupon everyone will mutter - where did you get that bag Smiley   By the way - yes that is sparkle in the photo

You my dear are a wonder. I love you dearly, and enjoy the blossoming of our friendship in the wee hours of my morning and your evening. Namaste x
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2  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap, SU by 1/14, SO by 2/28 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by P_E_S_T on: January 03, 2015 01:29:15 PM
Ohhhhh I'm having so much fun playing Smiley
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3  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap, SU by 1/14, SO by 2/28 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by P_E_S_T on: January 01, 2015 01:26:35 PM
Alright, alright ----
look ....
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4  felted knitted bowls (with link to pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by P_E_S_T on: December 28, 2014 06:12:15 AM
Oh you guys are going to love me.
If you havent experienced the joy of knitting something and then felting it - you truly have not lived.
This pattern is so very simple, and produces the most lovely bowls.
Id love to see your colour combos

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5  Photo transfers with a bit of free quilting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by P_E_S_T on: December 28, 2014 06:08:15 AM
OHHHHH I looooved making these.
When I begged to be paired up with Artsy Candice for the Stocking swap, I just knew I wanted to incorporate some of my fungus photos into a piece of art for her. (she shares a love of the wilderness)
I have been meaning to try out the whole freezer paper thing for a while. And so this seemed the ideal time.

Firstly I printed off the images onto some thick muslin backed with freezer paper. Then I backed them with batting and another layer of muslin. THen I free quilted into various sections.

Strung up with some of my friends nettle yarn, and then fringed with even more nettle yarn and various beads. I actually fell in love with this as it grew. Let me know what you think

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6  Felted painting pots in Felting: Completed Projects by P_E_S_T on: December 28, 2014 06:03:30 AM
Ever year my family and I travel to a rural part of France where we spend 3 weeks soaking up some sun and walking through deserted mountains and farm land.
On one such walk, at the foot of drive way we came accross the bins from a local dairy. Next to one bin was a box full of beautifully simple little clay pots. Much to my husbands dismay, I collected half of the box and bought them home.
All cleaned up, they make the most lovely little watercolour paint pots. As soon as I saw them however, I knew I wanted to do something else to them.
Its such a simple little project, but i just wet felted all over them. Cut off the top and hemmed it with a blanket stitch. I LURRRVE these. And much as these ones got sent for a swap, I have made so many more
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7  Felt embroidered cuff in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by P_E_S_T on: December 28, 2014 05:59:57 AM
I begged to be paired up with the lovely Artsy Candice again for the recent stocking swap, and I had a lot of fun trying to think what to do.
She had a number of felt cuffs posted on her pinterest and so I had a go.......... let me know what you think x

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8  A poetic Halloween neighbourhood. in Halloween Decor and Parties by P_E_S_T on: October 29, 2014 12:16:12 PM
I was so excited to see a block house swap come up, and Ive been itching to get back into paper crafting - so the halloween swap was just up my street.
In the end, I began by writing a rather spooky poem...... followed by the creation of a little neighbourhood. Each house was sent to a different partner. You will see that each partner received a different character from the poem.
The "moon", in the window which appears when you hold it up to the light, came by pure accident. I stamped and embossed onto something which we call kite paper over here - creates a rather spooky effect dont you think.
The piece was finished by tucking the poem into the door at the back which means the whole piece becomes almost like a little book when you look at the back.

Anyhow...... I will start you with the pictures and end you with the poem ...... dont get scared though mwahhahahaha

"And now for the poem Wink "
In an ancient woodland, not far from me
Lies a house thats called Chelwood thats dead as can be.
How can a house be dead you cry
Well read on dear friend and Ill tell you why..

In 1808 the master did write,
That music could be heard in the depth of the night
And though he would pace up and down on the stairs,
Nothing could be seen, nothing was there.

He ordered the priest to come and spy,
But even the church could not work out why,
The piano would play, and the gramophone sing,
The violin screeched and the doorbells would ring

In 1815 the master did write
Im going quite mad from this noise in the night.
Im sure I heard footsteps around and about,
But no one was there when I gave a shout

It was that same year that the locals do say,
The master stopped visiting in town by the day
So they sent young Gemma, a brave lass its said,
Though Im saddened to tell you that Gemma too is dead

She was found the next morning, Dead by Fears
Frozen stiff still covering her ears
And the music was calling from out of the door
And the Master was lying flat on the floor

Now, the next bit seems odd but Ive heard it tell
That over his corpse danced 4 ladies from hell
Singing and dancing and cavorting with glee
A gaggle of witches to bring sin to thee

And so it was decided, this house had to go
The priest was dragged back even though he screamed no
And in a circle round the house the villages stood
As the priest muttered words from under his hood

And as the prayer was spoken, the house did scream
Windows and doors and chimneys gave out steam
And as if with one almighty sigh
The house in front of them began to die

This house called Chelwood is a beautiful spot
Myself and my children walk there a lot
My son found a piano key just the other day
And Im sure last night I heard it play..

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9  Another re-loved book :) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by P_E_S_T on: October 08, 2014 05:02:13 AM
I was recently paired up with Smeddley in the IYP swap, and from talking to her - I wanted to give her something really personal Smiley As I am completely addicted to finding old dust covered books and re-loving them with some art work, I chose to make another of my re-loved books.
I asked her to write down a number of scentences beginning with the words I am. ...

This is the result. Smiley

THis was an interesting page to make. As smeddley had written I am imaginative, I chose to spill a load of paint on the page and then imagine something in the paint....... the dragon appeared quite wonderfully Smiley

And of course the final bit Smiley At some point during our conversations, I discovered smeddley quite likes looking out of a window at a cool fall day. I just knew I had to make her a window to look out of Smiley

Im not an artist, by any means. The paintings are nave, but these re-loved books are really a space I pour my heart into.
Comments always welcome Smiley
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10  "the bird collector" a trilogy in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by P_E_S_T on: October 05, 2014 04:19:52 AM
I was recently paired up with ArtsyCandice in the IYP, and was taken with an idea from the moment I read her questionnaire. She mentioned that she had a rather wondrous hobby of collecting bird skeletons............ In my mind flashed a memory of a documentary I had watched where elephants, on coming across the skeletons of their dead, turn the bones over and over in their trunks as if they are receiving stories from their ancestral trails.
I was taken to write a poem, and from there came a felt sculpt and a drawing. They are a group of pieces, and I cant even bear to split them up on here.
Please enjoy my little trilogy..

The poem reads......

Caressing the bleached white memories,
the bird collector smiles.
A new ancestral song winds its way though
ancient pathways to her soul.
Where bones grow wings,
and skulls reclaim sight.

This bird collector is like no other,
she does not cage the free.
Nor gather still, silent frames.
Instead she seduces the spirits of
winged folk,
calls them into her being
and awakens a new breath within.

Thanks lovelies for browsing
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