Sunday 12 January 2020

Hello 2020

Well, hello!  It’s only been eight years since my last post.  I don’t really know what happened to my blogging mojo but I think it just suffered alongside the loss of my entire creative mojo in the last few years.  No dramatic reasons, just foggy mental health and work and health, the usual ...

I haven’t been entirely devoid of creative bursts - I’ve been mini-blogging on Instagram and I’m very happy over there ... But sometimes I want to ramble on a bit more, or explain a process and that’s when the Insta platform feels a little claustrophobic.  So, I thought I’d try an experiment and bring PingsAndNeedles out of retirement. I don’t know how often I’ll be using it or who will read it, but that’s not the point.  It was really only ever for me to have a space to ramble on and document my creative process, so that’s how I intend to continue.  Randomly! I have not spent hours crafting this post because the point is just to begin.

Let’s start with a little item I painted for a friend this Christmas ... and let me tell you the Origins Story:

It all started back here with this Ruby Star Rising and Andover fabrics quilt from 2010!

A few years later it needed a little bit of tlc where the seams were loosening up (prob wrong original tension, I’ve learned a lot since then!) So, having put it into my WIP pile I ignored it for a couple of years (whoops!) and then finally back in 2018 I decided to recycle and revamp the quilt into something new ... (adding more Melody Miller fabric along with some dots and solids, with a mustard tweed backing)

But that left this backing fabric unused .... 

So I used some of it to make make up removal pads (for the same friend)

and then this Christmas at my annual @thepaintingpotterycafe visit I painted this tapas dish which I thought she could put in her bathroom to hold the pads ...

I like the story so far.  

That’s all for now, thank you for reading.
Do any of you have the same kind of theme history behind gifting to people?  


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