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.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Just now


I have this small box that is filled with scraps of yarn
- which as you can see on the picture, Selma finds rather interesting!


I of course find her too adorable to make her move :)

Went for a walk with her a couple of days ago, (Finally! she would say) which went rather well, until we met another cat. She was not amused.
The rest of the walk she was saying noises and being rather uncooperative. (More than normal)

In general she is rather uncooperative when I take her for a walk.
In the way that she just stands there sniffing the grass maybe chewing on some of it.
Really you can't say "take her for a walk" because there is only a very small amount of walking involved. It is so unbelievable boring!
But, she does love it, ever so much. Besides from when we meet a cat or something, that is ;)



On the creative front - Have finished a pair of legwarmers, I just need to sew in the ends.

Have also started on a new pair of legwarmers my mother asked me to make for her.
The one you see in the picture above - the yarn is more turquoise than it looks.
 With a cable design, I like cables, they are fascinating :)

Actually unravelled what I had done on the legwarmers, to start again, with fewer stitches.
There is nothing else to do when you discover you have made a mistake, fortunately I hadn't  knitted too far to make it very tedious.

Happy knitting, and unravelling if you any of that to do;)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hama bead projects

 A try to make roses.

It was interesting to "paint" with the beads. To see what else you can make besides geometrical patterns inside the given shape - a hexagon in this case.
It might be easier if I had a square shape though, so the points would be in a normal pattern. 
Vertically and horizontally, instead of being tilted as they are in the hexagon shape.
I did not consider that when I bought them, I just really liked the hexagon shape.
I did also buy a heart shape, but now I feel it is a bit too, well, sentimental to make hearts.
Instead I think I will buy a square shape when I am next in town, and then experiment some more.

I did use the hexagon shape to make some decoration for my sofa-lamps:

Geometrical pattern in the make



Normally I have some knitted Christmas balls hanging from the two lamps above my sofa.
They have been there for at least a year though, and I am in the need of some change.
So I made the two hama bead hexagons you see in the pictures above.
I used 5 different colours and then randomly made the two different geometrical patterns.
It would simply be too boring to make two identical ones, so that is why they are different.
I do hate boredom!

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I fear I have gotten moths in my kitchen cupboard where I keep all of my mittens and scarfs.
You are thinking, why on earth do you have you mittens and scarfs in a kitchen cupboard?
Well that would be because my main door is in my kitchen. So you walk directly into my kitchen. There used to be a small entrance room when I bought the apartment, but we removed the wall to make the kitchen larger. Which I am very pleased with by the way.
Anyways it is very annoying, and it is like the millionth time I got moth. I simply must tackle it tomorrow. Did spray inside the cupboard though. Didn't have energy for more today.
 
Today has been a needed relaxing day, with knitting, lots of tea and die hard movies, it can't get any better than that. Well maybe if it was Jane Austen movies :) 

Hoping for days where you have a chance to do some of your favourite things!

Friday, 23 May 2014

Bird drawings

 I have been drawing a bit. Birds.

Two Great Tits




I worked on the bird on the bottom for quite some time, but couldn't get it right. 
So in the end I gave up.


A blue tit

I used a H4 pencil, a 2B pencil and a 8B pencil.

Birds are wonderful.
Small and elegant.
I always love when I can spot a bird in a tree or something.
Tits are my favourite kind of bird though.

The area I live in is called "Fuglekvarteret" which translated means The Bird Neighbourhood. 
This is because all the streets in the area are named after birds.
Like "Bogfinkevej", which translated means Chaffinch street, and "Blåmejsevej", which translated means Blue Tit Street.

My cat get very excited when a bird condescends to visit my bird feeder which sits on one of my windows. Actually I do too;) - Which they do very rarely by the way, but I hope more birds will visit in the colder months. Now I just have to hope my cat won't frighten away all of the wee wonderful birds when they actually come;).

Happy weekend!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Water colour



There is a few mistakes, but I won't go into that.
I did do some more work on the piece after these pictures were taken.
I tried doing a white tulip, which failed miserably.
Then I wanted to paint the background blue, but that also turned out wrong.
So the result is not so nice. In fact I am a little embarrassed it could go so wrong..
Which is also why you will not get a chance to see the actual finished result.

It is rather difficult to do water colours I find, and complex.
Patience and lots of layers are essential with water colouring.
We live and we learn.

Right now I got 3 water colour palettes. I had one before hand, but after my mothers mother died in January this year, I got all of her drawing things. Including 2 water colour palettes.
My gran was a lively lady, and liked to draw and paint.
It is from her I have gotten my interest. Every holiday in Copenhagen where I visited my grandparents, we would set up all of her things on the dinning table, and then get cracking.
Sweet memories.

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Fan of Jane Austen much? - Me, oh yeah.
Now you can get cookie cutters as a man silhouette and as a lady silhouette from www.janeaustengiftshop.co.uk. Mr Darcy and Jane Austen.
What is not to love?

I just made homemade ravioli. Ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and fresh basil.
True some of it failed, holes appeared. There was however enough for dinner and a bit extra, oh and portion of normal tagliatelle that is drying.  It was yummy!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Just now


 Flowers from my parents garden.
Are those leaves not beautifull?

I finished reading this book by Kerry Greenwood.
I rather like her books.
It is such a shame that the danish libraries only got a few of her books.
But I will take what I can get. Anythings better than nothing!
Got two of her books waiting for me at the library.

Normally I keep the lids of my boxes on. Everything looks more tidier then.
But it is rather fun to see how she gets attracted to that lid. No matter where it lies.
And Voila there she sits, or lies.
In a lid.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Bedroom garland

I have had several garlands hanging in my bedroom, from my overhead closets.
Now It was time for a new one. In reddish colours.


I used 8 different colours. Mostly cotton yarn.
First lots of round pieces were crocheted, some two coloured.
I crocheted in most of the ends as I went, so I didn't have to sew them in later.
Leaving just the last end.


Then I crocheted a long red string,
 onto where I sewed the round pieces with their said last unsewed ends.
Then I continued to crochet two strings onto the red string in places.
 A darker red and a purple.
So there were 3 strings in all with round pieces sewed onto them.
- Also called a garland.


Then I fastened the garland onto my overhead closets with tape.
I started up fitting them closer and tighter together,
 but didn't really like it, so I loosened them up a bit. 
Now it is as you see on the pictures.


My bedroom does look a bit like an invasion of an Ikea kitchen.
-Which makes sense since my closet is from Ikea, and it is the same as the ones in my kitchen.
Because of that I try to add something to make it look more like an actual bedroom.
Here the garland comes in, and the painting in the background.

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Which reminds me, that painting really isn't done.
 I will probably end up painting it over with something completely new,
 the next time I get a craving for painting.

I actually haven't got any craft I am passionate about at the moment.
Which is rather annoying. - And a tad boring.
All I can do is to do a bit,
- so I at least don't feel like I am completely waisting  my time.
It is just, since I got all the time one could need,
 it is a shame not to spend all of those hours being creative you see.
Such a waste of perfectly good usable time.

Now I will drink another cup of Assam tea.
Which surely can't be called a waste of time,
but something that renders the day a bit better by each cup:)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Hama bead coasters


These are the 5 colours I got of Hama beads, the small ones.
The ones where you have to use a  pair of tweezers to move them around.
I had no idea they would be so difficult to move around.
But in the store, I thought what the heck, and splashed out on  a pair of tweezers anyway.
Big spender me;)

Anyways, I quickly gave it a go when I got home.

First try
In the make

Before ironing

Finished coaster.
It got all wonky because I didn't iron it quite well enough.

Got to keep trying thought, so I started making some more:
These are the result.
6 finished coasters.
 
Number 1
In the make

Before ironing

Finished coaster

Number 2
In the making

Finished coaster

Number 3
In the make
Finished coaster

Number 4
Finished coaster

Number 5
Finished coasters

Number 6
Finished coaster

I don't know if I will make more.
They do take quite some time to do, and I tensed up a whole lot.
Too much really to want immediatly to make more.
But I dare say that I will make something more of hama beads in a bit.