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?

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;)