Sunday, 21 September 2014

Drawing, and a book

A bit of drawing.

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I just read: Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan. Not the best of books. A bit too much sex, and too much love. I never thought I would say that there was too much love in anything. Maybe I am at a turning point, I don't know. It did most importantly however have a happy ending, which is essential for me. - The reason why I like Jane Austen fanfiction!
Sharon Lathan has based her story on the "Pride and Prejudice" movie from 2005 with Keira Knightley, which made me like it less. Because everybody knows that the 1995 mini-series with Colin Firth is by far the best;) 
Still, it did give a nice view on how Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet's life after the marriage could be. So I have by no means regretted reading said book, and really, I have read worse. "Mr. Darcy takes a Wife" by Linda Berdoll comes to mind..
This is of course a matter of taste.

I will continue to expand my horizon, when it comes to Jane Austen fanfiction, that is. I have absolutely no plans of expading my horizon in general;)


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Feeling a bit better. Still not happy about school, but it is not like there is an alternative. 
So I guess I will keep on trying, hoping time will help. 
Apartment looks like crap, and a bit of clothes washing is definitely due.

I did however manage to bake a cake, and I got some beautiful flowers from my parents garden.
Plus I just ordered some nice books, which I will hopefully get soon. 2 out of the 4 books are Jane Austen fanfiction - I'm loving it:)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tulip painting

Painted the above small picture with tulips.
(I don't remember the seize, I gave it to my mom.)
Just to practice.

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I sleep a lot at the moment.
Can't get into my head that I am actually studying again now. It is afterall 6 years since I did it last.
Mood not so great. The apartment is a mess. Thank goodness for my sweet cat who always keeps me company, she doesn't really have a choice though..

I like the following quote:
 “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet
voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
So I guess I will try again tomorrow.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Bathroom mat

 My mother asked me for an other mat for the bathroom.
So I thought it a good time to try out a new crochet pattern.


First of, I made the one above. Found it a bit too small however.
So I started a new one with an extra pattern repeat.
The picture below shows the result.
I don't remember how big it was, since I have already given it to my mother.
She seemed satisfied with it however.
Mission accompliced.


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 Am having some bad days.
The result is that I sleep a lot, and do not go outside my apartment.
Very happy I got my little cat to keep me company:)

Was working a lot on a secret project. But had to leave it alone for a couple of days to see whether the colour combination was good enough or not. The result is that I have decided to unravel a bit too much. Especially since, I already unravel some earlier. So my passion for this project at the moment, is pretty much non excisting. The result must be that it will be done, when it is done.

I think I will make myself a cup of tea, and maybe paint a little or draw a bit.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Covered jars for pencils


 My mother asked me to do some covered glass jars for pencils, for her new office space. 
She is a teacher and they have just reformed the danish school, so that the teachers have to prepare at the school instead of at home, as they have always done. So she is in need of things to prettify her work space at school.

I came up with the following two jars.

 First jar,
 Crocheted. I didn't follow a pattern for the shape I just winged it. 
The crochet pattern ( or is it called a design?) is from a drops guest towel pattern.
Used scrap yarn.

 Second jar.
Crocheted as well. Used double crochet stitches. 
Just winged the pattern for the shape. Which also meant I had to do it two times to make it right.
Used scrap yarn again.
A lot more boring, so added flowers.

 Crocheted flowers, and a few felted.
Such a drag to sew in all ends, but have had worse.
I glued them on with a glue gun.

Voila.

Hope you are having a good start at school or work.

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Having started going to high school level history, I am finding that I like reading and taking notes. The rest I am not too fond of yet. Maybe it will come with time, as I get more used to it.
I have noticed that it takes me ages to get used to new things, but I will get there at some point, hopefully. Lots and lots of thoughts. Lots of editing and rewriting.
As always I choose to write less,  rather than, more and being faithful to my thoughts.
I think I need a cup of tea. Tea is afterall the bringer of all things good :)

Friday, 22 August 2014

Bird drawings



Made a few drawings of birds.

The "Arg" I have written beside the birds, expresses my frustration when working on them.
I of course try my best to make them as exact as possible, but I am finding it rather difficult.
I do rather enjoy it though, somewhere in between the frustration that is;)


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Started school, can't figure out whether I like it or not.
Skipped school today anyways, couldn't cope with having to see those people again.
Hoping to recharge over the next day so I am more ready to see people when the week start anew.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Water colour of birds


I have tried my hands at some more water colouring.
A blue tit and a normal tit.
They are my favourite birds, so colourful.
 
I found it calming to work on them. - Which is pretty essential, or I wouldn't be doing it I guess.
As always I used one of my books on birds to draw from.

They are of course not quite good enough, I don't feel like pointing out my mistakes however.
I don't need to add to my existing list of negative things, and things to worry about.

So, here you are, two birds I made a week or so ago.



I hope you will have a good weekend.
I sure need some days to relax, create and breathe.
 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Blue legwarmers for me

 Long time ago I made a pair of blue legwarmers for myself.


The picture above show the legwarmers in progress. 
I was sure I had a picture of them finished, but I don't.

My point is, that those blue legwarmers were too big for me. They kept sliding down. 
Which is a rather annoying trait for a pair of legwarmers, if you ask me.

As I believe in reusing things, it made sense to unravel the existing legwarmers, and use the yarn again for the new ones. So that is what I did. I unravelled them, and started anew.

I think the legwarmers was knitted on 3 mm needles, with 50 sts in circumference.

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 So the new pair of legwarmers.



I found the cable design I used via Pinterest.
I do love a cable!
 The legwarmers have 12x6 = 72 sts in the round with the reused yarn, 
and 15x6 = 90 sts with the turquoise yarn. 
I added extra stitches in the turquoise yarn, because it is thinner, and also because I wanted to add a bit more to the circumference.

 
 I knitted with 2,5 mm needles, using the magic loop method.
In hindsight the needle seize might had been a bit too small for the reused blue yarn. 
So it is a bit dense, but done is done, and I don't really mind it.

The legwarmers are around 47 cm long.
They could easily have been longer, but I didn't have any more blue yarn,
 and I specifically wanted to use yarn from my stash.


All in all I am pretty satisfied with the legwarmers.
Now I just need some cold weather to test them.
Though I am quite happy to wait just a bit to test them;)

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Have started a secret long term project. + A green shawl with cables.
AAnndd I have just started in school. For the first time in 6 years or something.
Am a mixture of excited, bored and anxious.
At least it makes me enjoy my freetime with knitting and other things, even more:)

Friday, 8 August 2014

Drawing, and just now

Have I shown you this drawing?

I made it in a drawing class, quite some months ago.
It is A3 I think, and I gave it to my parents.
There is a limit to just how many drawings I can use myself ;)

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School is drawing nearer.
Sorta looking forward to it. Sorta not.
I can't change it however, and it will be interesting to learn something again.
4 days left to be precise.
What can I do other than enjoy things as they are now?!
- And I really am enjoying it.

Eating some delicious cookies. "Swedish cardamom cookies, by Rachel Allen"
They are seriously good. With cardamom, orange zest, and sugar nibs around the edge.
Yum


Oh, and Hugo's. An elderflower drink with sparkling wine.
The glass is standing on one of my homemade coasters.
Behind you see the result of a day spend shopping with my cousin.
Just loveliness:)


Happy weekend to you!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Work in progress

The last many post I have been showing my attempts of Water colours.
It is about time I showed you something else.

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The top above I made pretty much twice. My own fault completely. 
I could just have made a swatch to test my gauge. But no, no, not necessary;)
Lesson learned.
This is the pattern I used.


Now I Just need to sew it together. Which probably will take me ages to get done.

Why is it that the last finish always takes so long to get done.
 - even though it probably takes much shorter time, than I just used making the project?!

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The triangels in the picture above, I have made 20 of. Need 48.
I am making them after this pattern.
The yarn have already been (almost) 2 whole shawls.
I hope the 3rd time's the charm:)

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Table mats. Using this pattern. Making 6, in 3 different colours.
Been working on them for ages, but finally felt like doing some work on them some weeks ago.
Now working on the last one, The end is near. Thankfully!

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Also working on a bathroom mat for my mother, which she asked for.

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What are you working on?





Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Water colour of a Pelargonium and cat talk


Water colour of a pelargonium?



Not the best result.
I found it rather hard doing something so complex with lots of small flowers in it.
Though practice makes perfect, I've heard..

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Absolutely enjoying the temperature today. Rainy weather and just over 20 C. degrees. Hurrah!
 Actually being able to breathe a bit, just lovely:)

Selma is totally enjoying being back home, she purrs, purrs and purrs (given that I scratch her of course).  It is so much easier to scratch her and give her attention when she is lying in easy distance of me, in my apartment, than having to find her in a huge bed of flowers! - Where she preferred being while at my parents, in all the heat we had.

Talking about animals and heat, I tried giving her ice cubes in her water, but she didn't get it at all.
She just walked away, probably thinking I was stupid, continually pointing at her water making various noises to try and interest her.

We also had quite the success travelling from my parents to my place, in car on Sunday. There was absolutely no puke, no pee, and no poop involved! Another Hurrah!

 There she is, lying among the perennials. 

Now I will listen to some music, read Pride and Prejudice, tidy up and drink some tea:)

Happy day to you!


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Holiday in Germany

How have your summer been?

I have just been 12 days in the southern Germany with my parents.
More specifically driving The Romantic Road and a visit to Stuttgart.

My favourite things:
  • Some beautiful embroidered chasubles. They were at "Marienberg" ( an old fortress), in Würzburg, the first city on the "romantic road".
  • A beautiful candle stick formed as an Iris. It was at "The old castle", which holds the Wuerttemberg State Museum in Stuttgart, which is where we ended our German trip.  
  • Generally I like details, and there was plenty at the different castles and museums we visited.
  • We ate ice cream, a lot. My favourite, was soft ice with smarties in a cup, from Mac D.
  • Apparently Chanterelles are in season, which proved to taste rather well. 
  • During those really really hot days, I found that a Hugo Spritz was just the thing. - An elderflower drink.
  • Knitting away on 4,5 mm needles, it felt like I was racing ahead, compared to my normal 2,5 mm needles. It went so fast I even had time to knit the top I was knitting twice! ( Had to unravel it just before I was finished, because I hadn't measured my gauge!)
Also had one of my weirdest food experiences ever ( though it didn't trump the baked Waldorfsalat I once got in Sweden) . I got something called a "knödel". Sorta mashed potatoes in round form, but with the weirdest texture. Simply had to give up on it!

Visiting the Mercedes- Benz museum in Stuttgart - Which was my fathers choice. Surprise there!
Really it was okay, because as you see on the picture I entertained  myself :)
Listening to "Persuasion" by Jane Austen and knitting.
We were there for 4 1/2 hour (including lunch)... sigh.. 
I took my revenge however, when we went to the Fashion museum at Ludwigsburg Residential Castle. Not that we were there for nearly as long!

We had a rather hard time getting understood talking English. Which shocked me a bit. Though I guess it makes sense because they tape over everything with German voices. Where as in Denmark we just put on danish subtitles. (except of course small children TV). Also I happen to love English, so I am a bit biased. Luckily my dad know some German.

We also had to sit in a Mercedes Benz sale room for 3 hours while the car got repaired.
A bit of a bore. Again though, I entertained myself with some knitting. - So it really wasn't too bad.

All in all pretty good holiday.

Below some pictures of cities, palaces and gardens.

Würzburg Residenz

Garden at Marienberg, Würzburg


 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Neuschwanstein castle




Thursday, 10 July 2014

water colour - leaves

 A water colour of some leaves, Judas tree leaves to be exact. 
I don't think I have ever heard of such a tree before, or seen one in real life.
As you can see, it actually doesn't look like the illustration in the book I made them after.
I must just continue to practice.

The book is called "Trees and Shrubs of Britain", and I found it at the local flea market.




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I am at my parents.

Which meant another trip with the cat down here, went sort of okay. She still puked and stuff, but most of the trip she was much more well and calm than she has been before.
Gotta look at the positive side of things ;)

There have been a lot of cooking and baking.
- Especially some Swedish cardamom cookies by Rachel Allen, that went down very well!
Yum Yum.

It is soo hot right now in Denmark.
If there is something I hate, then it is 30 Celsius degrees. honestly I prefer 15-20 Celsius degrees (or colder. I just love weather where you can wear cardigans, or at least not sweat like a pig, and be able to keep just an ounce of dignity- and drink tea of course!

Off on a holiday early tomorrow. Germany.
Bringing some knitting, crocheting, and "Persuasion" and "Sense and sensibility" as audiobooks. Also some books, a Nick Hornby, and some Miss Marple. What a brilliant basis for a holiday :)

Happy holiday to you, when you get to it.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Water colour, pear flowers

 Did this water colour while on weekend at my parents.
It is flowers from a pear tree, 
done after a illustration in a book about trees and shrubs, I found at the local flea market.






The leaves didn't get very good, but it was fun doing the white flowers.
Last time I tried doing white flowers, a tulip more precisely. It went rather wrong.
So a tiny success:)
Doing this water colour, more specifically, the contours - made me realise,
 that I need some smaller brushes to work with.
I already got a big brush and a smaller one, but one or two even smaller ones would be perfect.
Will not talk about the background, it is pretty obvious it isn't a success.

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Am watching lots of gardening programs, house renovating/ building programs and programs about antique auctions and the like.
Absolutely loving it!
No people die in such programs, no crazy plot or tremendous drama.
Just pure loveliness for fuelling dreams :)

I do watch a tad too much tv. Way too much actually.
I wont say just how much, you might fall down you chair and hurt youself ;)
Though I doubt I will have time for quite so much tv when I start studying after the summer holiday.
Which is probably a good thing.
 
Happy weekend to you.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Bird water colour

 I have done 2 water colours of the same motive. A blue tit.
I did the second because I wasn't satisfied with the first.

Below you will see the process of making the 2. blue tit.


Sketch before colouring with water colour.


This time I tried doing the background first with a larger brush.
Which worked out okay. 
Though I didn't go quite close enough to the motive, so there is white edge around the motive. 
Not ideal, but the best I have done so far.

Below you see the two watercolours side by side.
 

The one on the left was the second try, the one on the right was the first try.


 The first Blue Tit I made.
The head is too small, and pointy, and the leg seem too long.
I made the background as one of the last things. - Using a small water colour brush.


The second Blue Tit I  made.
The shape is better, and I like the colours more, and the background also looks more even.

I gotta do some more water colouring in the future:)
Practice makes perfect, I've heard.

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Time flies, apparently. It is already a week ago since I posted last.
It's not that I do anything sensible. I am hardly creative anymore, which makes me sad.
Creativity used to be my identity -so without it, I feel a bit lost.
 
In August I am going to start school again..
I never finished my high school because I have been ill. So now I am better, it is time I guess.
Am only going to take a single class, to start up slowly. 
It is a small school for people with mental illness, with less people in the classes and so on.

So I better enjoy my summer!
Happy summer to you:)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Weekend with cat


 I am at a mini break at my parents - with my cat.

My dad came and picked me up in Copenhagen,
 and we drove down to my parents who live in the country.
It was a DREADFUL trip! I am not exaggerating.
Selma (my cat) was soo ill - it was horrible to watch.

It took her a day or so to get over it,
but now she is in a fine mood and is really enjoying being able to go outside in the garden. :)


Here she is lying on the stairs at my parents. Keeping an eye on things.



 Flowers from the garden, are there anything better!
The flowers on the left is Alchemilla  and some bush roses. The vase is a Hyacinth glass.
The flowers on the right, is Alchemellia/Lady's mantel, lavender and Spiraea. The vase pattern is called "Frisenborg" and is made by Royal Copenhagen 



Here she is smelling away, her favorite occupation.


Cat picture, cat picture, annddd a cat picture.
I hope you survived.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Tulip water colour


I have been playing around with some watercolour again.

The two tulips are made after the red tulips you can see in the book on the picture above.
As you can see the colours doesn't match at all, but it is okay because I wasn't actually going for it.
I just wanted to practise the layering technique I have discovered works best with water colouring. 
It is quite the revelation to me, and it is actually rather fun to work that way, though it does take some time with all of those layers.

Now of course all I need to do is to make the stamen and  - the back ground - .
Oh, that background - because the last time I did a water colour,
I completely ruined the piece by trying to do a blue background.
I was rather embarrassed about it, so I didn't even show the finished result.


Here you see I have tried to make the blue background, but it isn't really working
I of course tried fixing it by adding more blue, as you can see on the picture below
 - which didn't work.
So I haven't figured a way to make the background nice when doing water colours.
Maybe one day I will get an other revelation!
One can hope.


Finished water colour.
I am fairly satisfied with it. It was certainly fun doing - except for that damn background.

Have you ever tried water colouring?

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Went to see my psychiatrist the other day.
Was very worried she would say I wasn't ill any more, and send me packing into the frightening world of today. Luckily she didn't do that. Phew. Relief.

Have had a lot of anxiety about being thrown into "real life".
The last 5 years I have been getting treatment for depression and social phobia. Not being out in the real world. You sorta get into this little bobble when you are ill. You see only a few other people and many of them are sick as well ( At least that is what it has been like for me). 
So the real world becomes this frightening thing you don't wanna go near. 
With horrible things, like social gatherings,  rush hour, expectations and so on!

I am however doing a lot better.
I can actually smile and laugh now. (When you are depressed you often stop using facial expressions)

Well, that is enough positivity for one day, let us watch the news and get depressed again;)
Really I am not going to that. I have enough in reading the headlines of a newspaper each day.
No more than that, thank you very much.