Little Stories are posts where I share odds and ends from my life and my atelier. Since I missed making posts in October and November, I will share two Little Stories back to back. While I am working on large projects, I like to keep a few small projects handy. When I need a break, I switch over to the small ones. Specially when I am stuck on a project, taking a break and going back to it after a while helps me see it from a new perspective. Before we continue with the adventures of The Girl And Her Cat, let me share a few small finishes with you.
A “little” decision
I have a small announcement to make. Last month, I have officially closed my Etsy shop. With all the recent seller policy changes over at Etsy, I felt like I was losing my identity as an artist there.
Ever since I opened my shop here at the website in 2020, you gave me the confidence to make this decision with your continuing support and purchases from my shop here.
Most importantly, I can keep in touch with you more directly. I always enjoy the interaction that I have with you here.
So, from now on, this is the only place where I will sell my quilt patterns, cards, prints and journals. Thank you so much for continuing to purchase from my shop here. It means a lot to me.
A little warmth
I really like Thea Colman’s knitting patterns at Ravelry. They are beautiful and very well written. This one looks intricate but it is an extremely easy cable pattern to follow. I made this one with extra long ribbing, so my husband’s ears will be covered completely and keep him warm when we travel to cold places in winter months, which is something we do often.
The yarn came from Shropshire. We were meandering around the small villages there when I happened to spot a small yarn shop. I was looking for some English wool. The lady at the shop was so helpful. With her help I got three skeins of this 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool, reared, sheared and spun in Yorkshire. The yarn is wonderful to knit with and softened as I knitted with it.
The combination of the pattern and the yarn made for such an enjoyable knit, and the smile on my husband’s face made it extra special.
A little drawing
Last December, we were visiting one of my favourite places in the Sierra mountains. I wasn’t in much of a mood for gallivanting around the mountainside this time. I saw a tree outside the cabin window with its wild-looking trunk and branches. It was so peaceful to sit by the window-side and a warm fire, sipping hot chocolate and drawing the time away.
I probably will paint this one day as part of a landscape, but for now it is a finished drawing in my sketchbook.
Specially since I started book making, the amount of scrap paper I have lying about has increased. They are too small for any significant project, but not small enough that I can toss them in the recycling bin without feeling guilty. I use them for playing with colours. Recently I started making little 1″ x 4″ mini bookmarks out of them. The four botanical ones went to their new homes. I have the flying birds at home now. They are all painted using Van Gogh watercolour on leftover papers from the pocket journals available in my shop.
A little Girl and Her Cat
I have of course also been painting in my little 3″ x 4″ blue books. Here are some more of the adventures of The Girl And Her Cat from the Wandering Pages book. Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –
Wandering Pages has all the paintings that I have shared from this little book so far.
Do you also work on small projects alongside large ones? Or are you a one-project-at-a-time kind of person?
I am off to make new journals for the shop.
Until next time,
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