Sunday, 23 December 2012

Tis the get skwiffy!!!

Firstly my apologies for lack of blogging and for not popping round to comment on everyone else's lovely blogs. I've been a bit strung out over my mother, who is in hospital recovering from a much needed hip operation. But the problem is that she wants to come home and the dementia is hindering her recovery because she wants to get out and not do the required exercises. So for now I visit her daily and take a day at a time.
Fern loves this time of year, no surprises there! She loves decorations and this year we have my eldest daughter and her fiance with us.
This is her favourite tree, super girly!
This is the other one, very Victorian.
I'm also typing this whilst trying to stop sneezing; I have a well timed Christmas cold.
But never mind I have a full drinks cabinet and I'm sure there is something there that'll warm me up a treat.
So I'll just put at the reindeer treats that Fern made
And I wish all of you, your loved ones and families a magical Christmas time, stay safe, snug and wear lots of smiles. Also a big hug to those special, hard working people in our hospitals, fireservices  and police.
See you in 2013

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The evocative Miss Havisham

Currently in the cinemas is the BBC production of Great Expectations starring Helena Bonham Carter as the jilted and broken bride, surrounded by the crumbling debris of her wedding breakfast.
"I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its luster, and was faded.  I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes."

Dicken's description of her creates a powerfully gothic  and memorable image of a bride cruelly robbed of her dreams and so grief stricken that she remains unable to find any purpose in her life. She instead adopts a girl who she teaches to break the hearts of men in an attempt to ease her pain through vengeance.
It is this image that seems to have inspired so many incredible costume designs and so many inspiring performances.
The most recent being Gillian Anderson's ghostly and tense interpretation.

If you have the chance try and catch this on the BBC iplayer or youtube.
Before this in 1999, my god I can't believe it was that long ago, Charlotte Rampling looked amazing and was breathtaking in the role too.

Hopefully at some point I'll get to see Helena version too.
On the subject of lace and shabby I've done a bit of sewing this week and made 2 cuffs and a fold over clutch.

Lots of lace, braid and images printed on cotton, leather backing and silk to tie.

This next cuff is stamped on leather, silk scraps ,embroidered crosses, metal disc and glass button.

The clutch I made for my niece and is a tattoo flash printed on to thick cotton ( my epsom inkjet is hardcore!), and suede from an old skirt.

I hope you are all keeping well and not to stressed with Christmas preparations. I've still got a few handmade gifts to finish off and I've been begged by Fern and Hev's to get the decorations up this weekend, so that will involve crawling into the over stuffed under stair cupboard and trying to find the decorations in the dark! Wish me luck.