Wednesday, 29 December 2010
I think I may have found a way into selling my artwork in London which is chock-full of arty-farty shops. My grand-daughter lives there whilst at university and is going to be my ambassador! I was so excited last night and full of ideas for new products, I couldn't get to sleep. I'll let you know if this takes off.
I put my Etsy shops on vacation till 3 January but sadly I can't do anything with listings in that mode. My to-do list is creeping up already!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!!
Friday, 24 December 2010
Small Russian dishes - probably served with iced vodka.
What language does the word 'bistro' come from and what does it literally mean?
It is from Russian bystro, meaning 'quick' and used by Russians in Paris during the Napoleonic wars who demanded their food be served quickly "bystro, bystro!"
We all know that Harry's Bar in Venice is famously expensive, and is where the Bellini was first created, but what classic cocktail was first created in Harry's Bar, Paris, in 1921?
The Bloody Mary.
Good for a bit of conversation round the Christmas table!!
Merry and Happy Christmas everyone!
Thursday, 23 December 2010
The one I have is a feather and down mixture but although it's warm, I find it too heavy - DD1 said 'you're getting just like your mother', aah it comes to us all!
I made myself wait to switch on the computer today till I'd wrapped the presents and done a few chores. The rest of the family arrives tomorrow - can't wait to see them.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
And the snow is back so I'm marooned once more.
But finally I got the birdhouse photos done, you can see how hard the perches are to stay straight!!
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Fresh snowfall is forecast for tonight - hope it's not as bad this time.
Got the Xmas decorations up - seem to want less each year but always want more lights! I'm going to keep some of the lights up all year round, it makes the house look so magical!!
Friday, 10 December 2010
So I thought I could do them myself with inkjet cotton sheets, I'll be sewing the labels on so I don't mind frayed edges. Next problem - the colours on the printer aren't correct probably because I haven't used it for a few weeks. My next job is doing the maintenance - how I hate that, it's always so time consuming and takes a good while before the colour is perfect again..... wish me luck!
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
If anyone knows how to undo that delete I'd be so grateful for any help.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
But I managed to 'decant' into fewer boxes and now have empty shelves for my paints which are stored under the bed! I also have lots of canvases to use but as soon as they're finished, I'm moving onto paper as I like the fact that I can move paint around with a razor blade but that doesn't work too well on canvas as it can tear it.
The snow is still battering down at the moment!
I finished another pair of baby shoes - they do take ages to make because they're small and fiddly - but they're so sweet. I listed them here http://www.etsy.com/listing/63374150/baby-ballerina-shoes-in-red-black-and
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
But it's an ill wind and all that, I've had a truly massive clear-out which is quite a feat for a died in the wool hoarder like me! I've been wanting to re-organize my work space for such an age and I've finally done most of it. I have 9 bags ready for the charity shops and apart from shoes (why did I think I could walk in heels that high?) and clothes, I've included lots of art and craft items, and some finished projects that I don't need to keep. I hope they'll make some money for charity.
My artwork has taken a different direction lately and all I needed was to focus on what I want to be doing now. I want to paint and sew and that's it!!
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
If you have any inclination to make bags, you can't go wrong with this complete guide and it has full-size pattterns. Just a couple of little bits of information - flat-headed pins to save sore fingers on thick fabrics, and a machine for making bias tape, woohoo! I feel a retail therapy moment coming on!!
I've not been clever enough to drag and drop the cover photo....
Monday, 22 November 2010
My daughter Fran has taken on the role of hostess over Christmas for the last few years, and this year her flat will be bulging at the seams, she might have to put the tree out on the balcony!!
I was thinking of having cocktails on Christmas Eve so am busy lookig for something special. I remember having a Sea Breeze or two in Jamaica and brought the recipe home, if I can find it though! Anyone have any good recipes to pass on??
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Oh how frustrating, now blogger won't upload my photos saying permission denied! But they're here on flickr if you'd like to see:
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Hope you're all having a lovely day - the weather's definitely seasonal and we might get snow this year in the city.
Monday, 15 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Had a lovely chat with three of my grandchildren - boyfriends, wedding next year (eek I could be a great grandmother in two years' time), old photos are always good for a laugh, there's nothing so dating as hairdos! I'm always being accused of cutting my daughters' hair myself but I promise I only ever did their fringes. But it would appear that maybe I wasn't the only one!!!
Friday, 12 November 2010
I'll have to shelve my Folksy business and MOO cards though and get some new ones for Etsy - but that's fine.
I'm going to get it all ready to roll but unfortunately I won't be in time for Christmas. I look longingly at my sewing machine but can't do anything for another 3 weeks anyway.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
I've ordered books from Amazon - that's what becomes of boredom!!!
I'm finding my way around the latest version of Photoshop Elements 9 - such an improvement on Elements 5 - but am waiting for the manual from US Amazon (quicker delivery than UK and even with the shipping cost it works out cheaper).
Saturday, 6 November 2010
DD2 is out now with a shopping list which includes 'phones'. I don't know why I always get the troublesome gadgets - or is it more common than I think??
I have to tell you something really funny - when I changed to blogspot, I chose a new name but 'Savoir Faire' wasn't available. Neither was 'Savoir Faire Toute'. So I thought I'd be quirky and made it 'Flaire' -- some kind soul who IS French gave me the translation:
savoir = to know
toute = all
Might as well laugh 'cos I can't change it now hehe!!!
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
I go into hospital for surgery tomorrow. I'm feeling OK but no doubt the nerves will kick in in the morning. I will have to set the alarm so I can have breakfast before 8a.m.
That's all for now!!
Thursday, 21 October 2010
I'll have time to learn to use my Mac and of course the Ipad will be with me in hospital so I can keep up with the world and my blog!!
Saturday, 16 October 2010
And I went mad and bought an Apple Mac - the difference compared to a PC is really amazing. It's so easy to use - and my friend Kim set it up for me and installed all the programmes.
But the cherry on the cake is my Ipad - oh boy, I'm so excited, I can take it everywhere with me and have all my bookmarks at the touch of a finger, email, internet, even Amazon's Kindle with lots of free books, and on and on!!
I'm so excited I think I need to go and lie down!!
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
But my house isn't very big and I've already used the guest room for everything else - maybe I'll just have to juggle things and take my canvases in there too.
Here are a couple of photos of my reclaimed dining room!
Sunday, 10 October 2010
So today I fiddled around and it's a Eureka moment - I made a card template so easily and it prints out perfectly. I could have saved myself so much time and frustration but anyway now I know what to use for card making.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Then the day after we're off to the Apple Mac shop to get my new laptop. I'm so lucky to have Kim's expert advice as she's had a Mac for many years and -- drum roll -- she's giving me a copy of the professional edition of Photoshop with all the bells and whistles - very exciting!!
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Last night I had one of those light bulb moments and perseverance won the day and it's worked perfectly. I am really really pleased!
Here's the card on Folksy - Grubby Little Angels -
Saturday, 2 October 2010
I was just desperate to start and didn't want to send them back if I could help it. So I gessoed it and hooray the paint went on beautifully. So now it's dry and I'm going to give it a go.
Friday, 1 October 2010
It's a good day to be indoors as the rain is lashing and very windy. OK, I'm ready and will let you know how it goes.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
I decided to make baby shoes with the fabric and had so much fun, and they're adorable. They're here on Folksy:
Sunday, 26 September 2010
"One lucky reader will win this book filled with exquisite photography, recipes and stories. At my French Table by Jane Webster, captures the simple pleasures of family life in a beautiful corner of France."
Saturday, 25 September 2010
I got the only set of fat quarters in the new range of Antique Flower Collection from the US. Can't wait to start sewing! And then I went mad on another stall and bought loads, some of these fabrics had rows of cloth already stitched on - just as well I'd taken my buggy as I'd never have been able to carry it all.
I bought only one book, it's The Found Object in Textile Art by Cas Holmes - chock full of inspiring artwork and many projects using things that cost very little. I read it cover to cover last night.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
I was thinking of buying a new one and a friend told me that she's changed to a MAC and is absolutely in love with it. It's more simple and that's a definite lure for me non-techie minded person!
So I'm going to have a look this week and will let you know what happens.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. Carl Sagan
Sunday, 5 September 2010
It was fabulous to see the dining room with a really huge table laid out with silver and crystal and beautiful china. Everything was sumptuous but the thing that struck me was the size of the beds. The Queen and Prince Philip had separate bedrooms and tiny narrow beds, and there was plenty of space for bigger beds - hmmm.
There was the honeymoon suite for Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the bed was a three-quarter size, maybe it was cosier??
The laundry was like a factory and one of the ironing machines was for shirt 'sleeves' only - see picture below.
I'll post more soon.
Saturday, 4 September 2010
So now I'm getting back into art-mode. Bought new pinking shears which cut so easily even through thick felt. My old ones (which I couldn't even find) were hard on the fingers, probably no longer sharp!
I feel really motivated and ready to go, at the moment the sewing machine rules - but soon I'll put it away to make room for painting. That huge canvas stares me in the face and I'm not going to let it intimidate me!!
Sunday, 29 August 2010
I used one of my paintings as background but changing from portrait to landscape stretched it beyond recognition. So I turned it on its side and cropped it.
So it's up and I'm pleased with the result.
Friday, 27 August 2010
And tomorrow my youngest daughter, Julia, is arriving from Florence for a week with her partner and little Edoardo who is 5. So not sure when I'll get a chance, but soon I hope!
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
I even changed all the ink cartridges but have probably used up half already with all the nozzle checks etc. and head cleaning - I hate it when I'm beaten by machines! Will have another go tomorrow.....
Monday, 23 August 2010
So I went to Amazon and became a marketplace seller. As long as the book is listed on Amazon, it's OK to sell it used. Listed seven books and within 45 minutes I'd sold one. I looked at that email thinking it must be something to do with the listing - but it was a sale. Can you believe that? I know that they have millions of hits but ..... and the buyer lives not very far from me!
Sunday, 22 August 2010
I've added my usual bits of lace and beads - I just can't sew anything without!!
Friday, 20 August 2010
I do like illustrated books and love Nick Bantock, but this book Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I Am by Sara Fanelli just left me disappointed and I didn't even look at more than a few pages. So it's going back today!
Thursday, 19 August 2010
And my beautiful grand-daughter Alice all suntanned literally just back from Spain .
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Seemingly, at the preview people were jostling each other and rushing to buy her paintings and in fact most of the exhibition is already sold. She really is a phenomenon. I was chuffed to have her dedicate my exhibition book.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
I do occasionally try a new recipe, that's so enjoyable - but, glass of wine in hand, often I thumb through and lose all sense of time and so end up starving, and cook something that takes the least time.
My favourite cuisine is of course Italian, but I also like Indian and Moroccan.
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Here are the before and after shots, and a few of my vintage dolls have put in an appearance. The littlest one is Edwardian and about 100 years old, shows that it was loved - still wearing its original clothes and with a grubby face which I haven't tried to clean in case I damage it.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
But all I bought were paper napkins and wine glasses - but Angela was worse than me, she bought batteries!! I would have taken an orchid but they didn't have the colour I wanted.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
I'm always on the lookout for ways to cut down realistically on clutter (with my art supplies) and revamp even the tiniest space.
With surprising ease and without elaborate professional help, Apartment Therapy will help you clear a path through disorder and indecision - to reveal a home you'll love.
So as soon as I've finished my furniture painting, I'm going to make a start, in fact, I've really already started because I moved all my vintage dolls to another room!
Monday, 9 August 2010
Sunday, 8 August 2010
I'm going to see some street theatre this afternoon and will take some photos. Nice warm weather today!
Friday, 6 August 2010
I've had a passion for any shade of green for years and I was able to display my green ornaments together on that lovely pale blue. The peacock feathers I picked up from the villa I worked in for the European University Institute in Florence where we had peacocks strolling about - beautiful but very noisy!
Now that I'm changing the look of my lounge, I've started thinking about moving the furniture around - I don't know what's happening but I really am in the mood for pastures new but without moving house, just moving things in it hehe!
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Now the next piece is an antique dresser and I can't wait till my room is transformed with paint. I also have a beautiful fireplace with a georgian wood surround which will also be painted. I remember a friend of mine being aghast at me wanting to paint it, like it was sacrilege. But I'm going to do it because it makes me happy.
Monday, 2 August 2010
But a dear friend put me in touch with a cabinet maker who is coming this a.m. to fix it by using a super strong glue. Happy person here!!
Saturday, 31 July 2010
I stumbled across this blog and wanted to tell you about it. There are recipes galore and the photography is second to none. The Eton Mess is so mouth watering, it makes me want to rush into the kitchen and cook!
If you're on a diet - don't look LOL!
Thursday, 29 July 2010
I washed the knitwear at the highest temperature - wrong choice!! They're felted alright - but loads too much. I tried to make some flower brooches but the wool is too thick so it didn't work too well. They don't lie flat - maybe they're not supposed to be flat....but they are lovely!
I'm going to look for some more today and try again!!