And having had a warming Sherry, I'm all ready to go!
It's so cold outside it's painful. I thought it couldn't get colder, but the weather managed it. Last night I slept with my usual pyjamas, plus bedsocks, hot water bottle, extra blanket and HAT. Yes, hat. It became very clear as to why, when central heating was yet to be invented, hats or frilly cotton bonnets which tied under the chin, were worn by ladies to sleep in at night. I could have done with one of those, because my hat came off in the night. Maybe tonight I'll wear my deepest winter weather fluffy lining, ear flapped hat, which has a clasp so I can clip it under my chin. The added bonus of the ear flaps is the muffling of noise. For example, noise like snoring.
I wasn't here on Monday was I? What was I up to? Well, apart from enjoying all your fab comments from Friday's post (thank you soooo much, a big, big thank you soooo much), I was working on my papier mache. It's all papier mache, painting, papier mache these days, and it's really hard to unstick myself from all of that to come and be sociable with you. I think I might be starting to have glue and thread running through my veins, rather than blood, I am that involved and obsessed with what I'm doing. I don't finish working till 10:30 at the earliest each night these days, usually eleven. I'd forgotten how long it takes to create these papier mache figures. Good thing I'm enjoying myself isn't it?
Anyway, I recall I promised to show you my first papier mache creation, the one I did on the Julie Arkell course, so here we go, here's the little fellow brought to life over that weekend.
It took hours and hours to do every aspect of this little chap, because doing papier mache was new to me, along with the embroidery side, which was excrutiatingly slow, as I recall.
I'm making another Dachshund at the moment, but unfortunately his head is out of proportion to his body (I couldn't understand what it was that botherd me about him, then it dawned on me in a flash, his head is too big!). So he is going to have to be decapitated, and given a new head. I don't know why that makes me feel uncomfortable, he is after all just papier mache. (I invest all my little animals with personalities, it must stem from doing the children's books).
After that course with Julie Arkell, I went to stay with my sister, and no sooner had I walked in the door, I was pounced upon by my sister and niece, to create a zebra. I wonder if that zebra is still in existence.
It's been a case of fits and starts with the papier mache. I've kept my hand in, doing some here and there, and becoming more and more enthralled with the whole process, especially the possibilites for little details, which I'm a sucker for. Creating a character, seeing it come to life as I work on it, feels magical.
A couple of weeks ago, Hugo suggested I do a boat, and make it my own, and I thought, "why not, I'll do my version of a boat".
And that's how this "birdy on a boat" came about. My version of a boat!
"Birdy on a boat" will be for sale in my etsy shop soon, when I can unstick myself from my papier mache goings on to put him in my etsy shop. Evangeline, the mouse from my previous post will also be for sale.
And now, how about a little snow report, in pictures, from our garden?
And I'm making sure I defrost the water in their bird bath with boiling water, each day. Apparently birds really need to drink water, just like us humans, they can't drink the snow.
This cold weather is playing havoc with the skin on my hands, the cracked skin is painful, so what I've started doing is slathering on moisturiser and then putting washing-up gloves on before I tackle the dishes, it helps a lot, if you're suffering the same thing.
And my knitting? Well, it's sadly being neglected, so progressing very slowly, must show it to you some time!
Well I must be off now. Lovely to see you, take care, and cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx