Scout...Dib! Dib! Dib!....

Not that be honest I was a bit too rough for the Brownies/Girl Guides round our way, whilst they were knocking up bivouacks and whittling splints in the town hall (as was my understanding of what went on) me and the bezzie were trying to work out the best way of procurring the parents stash of Malibu, mixers and Quality Street out of the "Christmas cupboard" in the living room

Fortunately the "Christmas cupboard" also housed other delights such as the collection of casettes for taping the charts off the radio of a Sunday eve, a tin of "useful bits" like burnt out flash cubes and the family board games.

So we developed a cunning strategy whereby she would distract the folks, (which was quite easy as my kitty at the time-Pepsi-had anger management issues and would pretty much launch herself at anyone who entered her field of vision) and I would casually announce we were just coming down to get the Scrabble.

Then whilst the bezzie was being mauled on the corner unit, I would be squirreling bottles of whatever weirdness the folks were trying out that year (anyone for Bezique?!) and whatever else I could get up my batwings

Once she'd got her hand out of the kitty's mouth we shot off upstairs...the perfect crime...least we thought it was til many moons later the folks pointed out the clinking noise coming from my jumper combined with Frankie Goes to Hollywood and hysterical giggling blaring down the stairs half hour later pretty much gave the game away...bugger...rumbled!

Suffice to say were weren't really Guide material...still arent for that matter! x;0)

Anyway..where was I? (See the perils of Christmas cupboard excess finally catching up with me) oh yes, Scout!

Remember this piece I did for Judith and her crew, a pawtrait (titter) of their rescue kitty River.

Well, big sigh of relief to know that he landed safe and sound in Texas; fortunately Judith wasnt put off by working with me and commissioned another picture, this time for her sister Deidra!
So introducing Deidra's precious pooch Scout currently winging her way to the US of A

Hot pre-stitchy action!  See Scout all watercoloury in shades of browns, blues and purples with her pretty freckles and floaty soft ears!

I had the brief of: sweetpeas, Scout's favorite butterfly, a much loved scarf in shades of lilac, blue and brown and Deidra made up this little song she sang Scout from the moment she got her, basically "darling girl, darling girl, darling girl . . . "

Here she is again with my stitchy interpretation

Scout is nestled amongst a stitchy shrubbery of leaves in a variety of cottons and silks in shades of green and blues with flashes of silky shiney yellows, golds and browns. I hand stitched sweet pea blooms in soft lilacs, pale baby blue and pinks echoing the scarf colours

Her wee butterfly friend is hand stitched in black thread with glittery metallic blue and has flittered past Scout leaving a trail of glittery gold and Darling Girl tune behind her

I'm currently in my usual state of postal stressing but hopefully Scout will be touching down Stateside soon.. So once again a big THANK YOU to Judith (and Deidra!) for trusting me with their precious furry family members!

Once again I cannot tell you how much I love doing this sort of work...just gimme a picture and few guidelines and I'll give you a unique portriat of your loved one. On the other hand give me a bottle of Tia Maria and a copy of Welcome to the Pleasuredome and I'll give a you bad rendition of The Power of Love!

On that out of tune note I bid you adieu...but stay tuned for some hot Miso Funky action!
Mimi say RELAX....and pass the Quality Street

Ta ta for now my bloggy chums
Thanks for droppin' by!


Selina said…
These are just beautiful. I lost my dog in February and had been saving my pennies for one of these, then I also lost my cat in June, so all my money went on him at the vet. So I need to save for two of them now. You do absolutely beautiful work Mimi, it will be worth every cent (when I finally can afford it!!)
jo said…
OOOh I do love it when I check out my blogs and see another post from you!
The only downside is that now I'm going to be singing Relax all blinkin' day LOL!!!
Miz.November said…
You are too flippin funny.
AeFondKis said…
What a lovely portrait, fresh and zingy as usual! Love the way the sweet pea and butterfly frame the doggie!
aaah flash cubes had just about forgot they existed! My first kodak camera took cubes what a treasured prezzie that was!
Carol Q said…
that's just so damn gorgeous Mims, the dogs got a real gleam in it's eyes.
Lyn said…
Excellent post mimi!
very funny but also another fantastic piece of art. I love it'
Tyggereye said…
I love your work. It always inspires me. It is so neat. They must have just loved LOVEd that commissioned piece. Gorgeous.
Clare said…
Arr sweet memories of trying to tape the charts avoiding nonsensical inbetween chat...the pause button on the cassette player streaming smoke...and as for snaffeling booze well...anyone remember Thunderbird or 20/20?
Hilarious reading about those youthful exploits - and Scout is wonderful, a lovely work. Lesley x
Kinks said…
The physical scars have healed...but the mental scars still run deep!
As you could probably tell by the wide birth i gave your kitties at the weekend!!
love yoooou!!!
Aha, another little peek into your past Karen. You certainly got up to some mischief with your bezzie, great memories.
Love the picture of Scout, she's a gorgeous looking dog, just want to reach out and give her a scratch behind her floaty ears.
Deidra is going to love it.
Joanie Hoffman said…
You are a genius! And so wonderful at writing & painting & stitching & making me smile. xoxox, Joanie
deidra said…
"Dearwest Mimirove ... I just rove what you've done wiff me and I can't wait to see what you "do wiff" my baby brotha from anotha mutha!!! My mummita has always said how beautiful I am, but, whoa, hey ... ! My brutha, aka BabyBoo, thinks I rook hawt! Thank you mimilove! Rove, Scout"
San Antonio, San Antonio, Tx USA
What About Me? said…
Love your work. The combination of the paintings, embroidery and words are just wonderful. They are one of a kind.

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