Friday, 13 January 2012

Roaming in the gloaming

It's been a fabulous week weather wise......well when I say that I mean it's been dry! What a dreadful summer, autumn and winter we've had.  It's been ridiculously wet, raining practically every day. 

This evenings sunset was a cracker though, beautiful reds, pinks and oranges!  It brought to mind the old Scots word for sunset.....gloaming, as in roaming in the gloaming!

Now I'm done being stereotypically British and talking about the weather!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Singer love!

My Christmas present from JH arrived, belatedly, on Friday.  I had asked for a sewing machine and said I would prefer an old one, so the word was spread through our village charity shop and a 1950's Singer 201K has now arrived! I do love it! I've only managed to have a wee shot to test it out, incase it wasn't to my if! Here she is in all her glory, I will have to give her an appropriate title, what do you think?

It's got the original manual and with it's help I've figured out what all the feet do!  It ony does straight stiches, forwards and back, anything else requires a foot! 

Some look very complicated.......

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy new year and lang may yer lum reek!

I hope you all had a fabulous New Year or Hogmanay as we call it round these parts! We're lucky here in Comrie to have the flambeaux take place, I wish I had some photos to post but alas I'm not normally to capable of focusing a camera come midnight!  There are some brilliant photos here on Flickr to give you the idea!  The flambeaux torches are lit at midnight and are carried to the North, South, East and West of the village, proceeded by the pipe band and followed by a fancy dress parade, it's quite a spectacle. 

It makes for a fantastic atmosphere as there is a great turnout of villagers and visitors.  It's a good way of welcoming in the New Year with your friends and neighbours without the stress of going to a New Years Eve party which are always an anti climax.  The return of the flambeaux to the square is the signal for everyone to depart and do a bit of first footing.  I think our record was getting back to the house at 5am, not nowadays with two little people in tow..but give it 3 or 4 years!!

I forgot to take photos of most of the presents I made but here is my favourite one!  This sketch book was supposed to be a Christmas present for my friend Anna who was in need of a bit of creative inspiration for the New Year...but in the rush of Christmas it didn't get finished.  It's now winging its way to her as a New Year present, complete with some inspiring quotations and images I know she loves!

I traced to word inspiration on to cream cotton and then embroidered french knots in three shades of turquoise around the outside of the word.  The french knots are raised off the material, giving it a lovely 3D touchy-feely vibe. 

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