Sunday, 13 April 2014

ARGHH VIENNARGGH!!



Ey up my bloggy chums!
Well I missed my *must blog in March* deadline but only by few days so things are improving eh?!

Bit of trauma today as all the brother-in-laws/partners/million kids all descended.  You know it’s going to be a bad day when you have hormones from hell arrive, then them and then himself announced he brought liver for the cats & dog’s dinner! *shudder*

Temptation at that point was to run for the hills, or at very least Tesco Express round the corner and stock up on Easter eggs and wine.

But anyway! Stuff to show n tell so pull up a chair and don’t mind me n the rustling of choccy egg foil :)

Tonnes been going on lately, cop a visual on latest commission…walloping great bear of a Newfoundland called Troy…dontcha just want to cuddle him?!




Bit of work-in-progress action shot!







I had a list of favourite bits and bob’s.

Wine…hence the grapevine which winds its-self around the whole picture and mystically witchy stuff, so a golden pentagram it is…I made sure it was the right way up too; apparently if it’s upside-down it’s well bad juu-juu!





Troy and his *mum* live in Mevagissey so I stitched up the towns lighthouse and included some wee boats.



And finally some Ultravox lyrics…all together now….ARRGGGGHHHH VIENNNAAARRGGGHH!!



I’ve also been knocking up some wee brooches!

Smiley kitties!









Grumpy Kitty!



And a flock of birds including jingly budgie, Cockney Sparrows and tits!








I’m running a couple of workshops to make these little fellas at the Stitch & Quilt Village, Uttoxeter Racecourse  on 26th and 27th of this month so if you’re in the area and fancy a bash, come and say hello! :)

I’ve also been taking a bit of time off here and there to spend time with a FABULOUS bunch of girlies and had a foray into the wonderful world of soldering!  I’ve even knocked up a chatelaine…stay tuned more details on that soon!

Right I’m off for now as I’ve got a Kinder Egg toy to play with and some offal to avoid!
Stay tuned though as I’ve got some exciting commission action to report and new paintings to show you!

Big loves my blogging homies and thanks for dropping’ by! :)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! :)




Oh gordon bennett!  So much for my “will set aside time to update blog on regular basis in New Year” resolution then?!

Where are now, nearly March, last Blog was Christmas…hmm..

Yay Welcome to the new Tri-monthly Mimilove Forever blog folks! ;0)

Happy New Year! Better late than never eh?! Bit like when the other half rocked up 20mins late for our wedding day.  I was none too impressed and him and the best man did nothing to improve my mood when they came flying into carpark, “Sweeny” style and hysterical with laughter.

Turns out they had arrived in time but had gone into the old folks home next-door to registry office.  Went in and the perplexed receptionnist asks “how can I help?”

He said I’m here to get married.  She obviously had quite a good sense of humour cos she took the pair of them into the day room where the old dear’s were all sitting, and with a casual sweep of her arm said “take your pick”

Sort of set the tone for the whole marriage really…anyway!

Shutting my face now as I need to show you my tits….(oh I will NEVER get tired of that!)…sorry! ;0)

YAY NEW TIT PILLOWS!  Some of my regular followers (and gawd bless you for sticking around!) may remember about 3million years ago I did a selection of birds on wee pillows, well they kind of came to a shuddering halt when the front fell off my sewing machine at the same time the car died.  However Santa did the decent thing with a LOT of hinting, have new machine will sew…huzzah!
So first up:

NICE TITS!



Ah, what a love, he’s copped a visual on you and you’ve obviously made quite an impression!
Stitchy words:  “May I say you are looking particularly lovely today?!”



His wee stitchy mate in the shrubbery concurs: “Indubitably!”
The very polite chap and his posh mate are nestled in amongst the hand stitched undergrowth in all the colours of the rainbow. Also has a bit of glitteryness going on in the shape of some sequinny leaves and golden glass beads


Front is painted and stitched onto unbleached calico. Backing is a heavyweight black and white gingham and is filled with hollowfibre padding. Also features a pink cord and chiffon ribbon for your suspending pleasure!



Brace yourselves…THE COCKNEY SPARRA’S ARE BACK…WHEY-HEY!!

Meet Hank…I have done him once before but he bears repeating! :)



He says: "Gordon Bennett! I'm bleedin' Hank Marvin! I'm goin for a Ruby Murray, then off down the rub-a-dub for a swift pig's ear"


Let me know if you require a translation?!  Brighten up your day the Cockney way!



OOO now this IS new!  A Cockney Lavender bag…it don’t ‘art pen & ink!!  



So I've been having a bash at lavender bags, trouble is I've now got a kilo of the stuff in my sewing room and now all I want to do when I go in is have a nap! ;0)


Anyway Cockney themed, hand stitched with flowery gubbins and Cockney slang!
PEN & INK = STINK! (but in a nice way!)



Next...BWARK!!


A glittery chicken pillow! Not literally a pillow for glittery chickens although that's not say you couldn't use it for that if you have a glittery chicken!

A free style painting of a hen in shades of chickeny browns with lilac contrast and metallic paints.



I have hand stitched ears of corn and wheat in shades of yellows and orange with added metallic threads in glittery golds. Hand stitched chicken "wire" and small hen details.

Hand stitched word reads "BWARK!"

Last but not least…FANCY A SHAG?!  YAY! Thoroughly inappropriate gift for a loved one ;)
Look all I’m saying is, give a bird a stupid name, don’t expect me to ignore it!


A free style painting of a Cormorant/Shag, just sitting on his rock watching the world go by.


I have festooned him with a silky shiny briny sea, hand stitched in shades of blues and silver silks and metallic threads which shimmer when they catch the light.
A glittery fish in shades of purple and metallic green keeps him company.

Words read "fancy a shag?!"


All hand painted-hand embroidered-hand stuffed! Available for your birdy squidging pleasure over on the ol’ Etsy shop!

Right I expect i’ve bored you rigid by now so before you start drooling on your key board I shall clear off!  But there is some exciting stuff going on which I will tell you all about…soon…ahem!  Suffice to say there’s a workshop to report, an exciting new group of stitchy gals to tell you about and I’m going to be in a book in Brazil…blimey! ;0)

So stay tuned if you can be bothered or come over to my Facebook page and join in the fun!! :)

Big loves my homies and thanks for droppin’ by!
x

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Happy Christmas?!



Allo darlin's..you're all looking mighty splendiferous today…new frock?!

So yes Christmas!  As with most festive occasions in the gaff I was woken Christmas morning by Mr. Mimi in what's rapidly becoming a traditional fashion.  He kissed me gently on the forehead, placed a mug of tea on my bedside table and whispered the words everyone wants to hear from their loved one's on Christmas morning: 
 "Wake up you old tart, the cat's been sick in the spare room"
Pretty much set the tone for the day. The kitties had been glued to the rockery for the two days in the run up, queueing up for the baby mouse bonanza that had obviously been occuring.  I came down to be greeted by the dog standing by her water bowl looking quite forlorn as there was a disembodied mouse head floating around in it., (the rest of it had been regurgitated all over the windowsill in spare room) and both kitties copped the right 'ump for being put straight back on Santa's naughty list.
We had a new team member this year too.  A "little" stray that had been abandoned by her owner and was being kept locked in a shed. She arrived the weekend I was away so had a 2 day bonding session with himself. We were told she's nervous and not used to human interaction and will probably hide away for while etc.  
Hmmm…
I was a tad concerned until himself sent me this photo….
...that's my pillow she's got her arse on…charming.
Suffice to say she's won the kitty equivalent of the lottery and adores him completely…I'm still getting a "you still 'ere?!" look every time I try n get into bed but generally speaking I think she's feeling quite at home!  He optimistically named her Delilah but as she lumbers about the place with all the grace of a drunk hippo, I've re-christened her Big Lil…she did however like her Christmas present….Mr.Squizz... but as the other 2 clearly had the best one, she also spent rest of day sulking.

Himself excelled himself in the trifle department this year…it was huge.  He made his own custard and was positively triumphant when he announced he'd "doubled up" the recipe and ended up with a 4 pints of cream to 12 egg ratio in it.  The whole thing barely fitted in the fridge and it was virtually impossible to serve as it caused a kind of vacuum effect akin to trying to get out of quick sand, when trying to pull spoon out.
It's day 4 now, we've been served it at breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper.  There's still half a bucket of it left, it's most decidedly on the turn and I don't think there's a Statin big enough to deal with my cholesterol level.  He's squirrelled himself away in his shed now so I'm taking the opportunity to get shot of it before it does me.
Generally speaking though, that's a pretty good Christmas by our standards!
Anyway s'nuff of my wittering, got loads to show you!
So first up I was commissioned waaaay back in August to paint these guys.  Mr.Bunny and his best mate Pooh the cat.

Hot pre stitch action: watercolour on canvas

I had a brief of veggies n narna's so that's what I did!



Stitchy details:



and also:
"...when we gave him a voice, it was sort of a slacker, surfer voice – he called me "dude," and my wife "m'am dude."As this was for a wedding anniversary I stitched 2 gold rings and "engraved" them with stitchy names!


I also finally finished the cow!

Whey-hey! Watercolour on canvas with all manner of stitch doin's including...


... a wee stitch meadow...
…walloping great daisies...
…poppies n cornflowers...

…and as it was all getting far too serious there for a while a big dollop of Kelis


(I stitched the price on as well…I'm good like that!) ;0)

...and for added measure a wee stitched Laughing Cow logo!
She's also delighted as she's now living in Northern Ireland which is kind of spooky as I took her with me when I went and so she is now officially better travelled than me!
And last but not least a Christmas commission…

...a wee beagle called Mollie…just a painting, no stitching. Watercolour on paper.

Have to say I'm still riding a bit of a high from my trip to Northern Ireland and choc full of vim, vigour and brimming with inspiration…and indeed trifle!  I'm currently working on a range of new cushions which will be hitting the ol Etsy shop soon and which will also be appearing in Cute Cross Stitch magazine soon, courtesy of my fabulous mate Judy Darley, who's also off to pastures new and concentrating on her wondrous freelance writing…check out her work here!
I've got all sorts of other bits and bobs in pipeline, including prints of my work and maybe even some wearable stuff…oooo!
So in the meantime I wish you all a happy, prosperous and peaceful New Year and thank you all once again for your kind comments, love and support of my work…also if anyone knows a good cardiologist drop me a line! :)
Big loves homies and thanks for droppin' by :)

xxx