Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Brrrrr and Grrrrrr!

'Allo my bloggy chums I hope this finds you all magnificent and gorgeous as ever as we crash headlong towards to Christmas...arrghh!?


Gordon Bennet it's brass monkeys outside!  My garden looks like a walloping great leafy, twiggy bomb has gone off in it and quite frankly it can stay like that, I'm refusing to go out until the sun has got his hat on again, so looking around sometime next May...ish

Besides, I figure it's beneficial for the wildlife and over wintering insects...I also use this excuse for avoiding a wide variety of household chores including dusting, washing up and hoovering...Mr.Mimi is having none of it though and despite my best enviromentalist/save the planet/minimising our carbon footprint lectures he is currently writing something rude in the dust on the mantlepiece...sarky git

Anyway I can't possibly get involved with housework today cos I've got far more important things to do...there's a great big THANK YOU to the lovely Jill from www.sooldsonew.blogspot.com first, whom I mentioned in my last post

Jill is a textile artist producing joyous fun filled pieces which are available from her brilliantly named Fiberluscious Etsy shop
From pin cushions and needlecases...

to my personal favourites fabric crowns and tiaras...



Her beautiful work that has also appeared on Martha Stewarts Dreamers into Doers website no less!!  Jill has most generously featured me as her Artist of the Month on her blog and it's such a lovely post I shed a wee tear that my folks arent around to read it *sniff*
Thank you so much Jill xx

So in between housework dodging and snivvling I have been at it with the needles and paints!I've been inspired by the chilly bones weather and all things snowy n winterwonderlandy...it's a bit schmaltzy too but hey what's life without a bit schmaltz...if it's good enough for Marks n Spencer!!

Here for your purchasing pleasure, a fluffy spotty snow leopard.  I've gone a bit wild and free with the painting here in the hope that I've captured the whole snow storm, blizzard vibe...plus I was having a bit of a sugar rush from a batch of Christmas gingerbread stuff that I've been "researching"


Anyway he's painted in deep blues and greys with whiffs of pinky goldy browns and soft lilacs and I've stitched up a storm in silks and cottons, glittery metallic threads


If you've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...leopard!


Walloping great snowflake...bugger to stitch!


There's also some tiny glass beads and specks of glitter paint in silver and coppers which glint and twinkle when the light hits them  (no gingerbread crumbs, promise!)



 Watercolours and embroidery on paper and will be sent in his own alpine blue card mount ready for sticking in your favourite frame.
He's currently waiting patiently over at my Etsy shop hoping someone will take him home before he get's buried under a snowdrift n you'll only see his ears...come to think of it, that would've been an easier painting...

Also waiting in the wings...titter...sorry...is this fella.
COO! A wee pigeon all sloshy in purples, pinks, greens, reds, greys and blues...pretty much any colour I could get on there really :)


I'm back on canvas with this one and really looking forward to starting work on it, it's been a while; I like working on paper but I can't let rip with the stitching like I can on canvas so forgive the delay as I will be relishing this one, and indeed gingerbread, for a bit

Stay tuned for more posts though as there's more exciting stuff that I might be able to tell you about...again much giggling and leaping around when no-one's looking! ;)

Righto, I suppose I better go and polish the swear words and cartoon genitals off the sideboard...it's not easy this domestic goddess lark...*sigh*

So until the next my homies, big MimiLoves to y'all and thanks for droppin' by! x:)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Ochtober...


..where did that go?!



Oh my poor neglected blog, I hang my head in shame for the lack of updates, but by 'eck I've been run off me tootsies, I shant bother you with all the gory details suffice to say it's been a right old bag of tights!

Most recently an emergency dash to the vets with our old girl Ruby resulted in having half her gnashers (and most of my bank account) removed only to find out she has hyperthyroidism too so now has twice daily meds, which the crafty old biddy has realised she can stash in her gummy side and spit it out when I'm not looking...grandma has been warned not to try the same trick!

Between the in-laws and the kitties with all their varous ailments, the scenes at breakfast time are somewhere between Carry on Doctor and All Creatures Great and Small and the stitching and internetting mojo has been a bit lacking of late; the overwhelming instinct being to crawl under the nearest duvet and not come out, but whinge over, cos I've had some lovely stuff going on too which has been like having a big virtual hug so I'd like to share some good stuff with you and thank you for putting up with my moaning! :)

First up to warm the cockles of my heart this week.  The wonderful Judy Darley (who wasn't put off by interviewing me last time!), featured me in this months issue of Cross Stitch Collection issue 203...yay and thank you Judy! :)



That was all the motivation I needed to crawl out from under the duvet and I have finally got my stitch back on!

So there's a bit of a Scottish theme with my most recent work, which is currently heading off to the wonderful Cathryn Sugg from the Glasgow Goodkind Gallery in Montana

Cathryn is very generously showcasing a wee selection of my work at the gallery and asked if I could produce a custom peice that represented the town..."Hell yeah!"

Cathryn gave me plenty of info to go on, including the local mascot of a Scottie dog, colours of red, black and grey and the local school song

So here is, pre-stitchy but keeping the chill off in his natty tartan scarf:

Watercolor on paper
 
And here is again all stitched up Jimmy!


 

A few lines from the school song:
"Aye! We're the Glasgow Scotties!
Proud to be the Scotties
Cheer all ye lads and lassies!



I also tracked down the school logo, a wee Scottie in his Tam o' Shanter



Keeping him company on his journey are a few of my prints and cushions including

No place like gnome with his lantern and snowflakes:


A very sleepy gnome...please do not disturb!


A glittery jingly bell budgie


And a very hungry Cockney Sparrow!


Fear not though, if you can't make it along to the gallery versions of these fellas are available over at the MimiLove Etsy shop

And whilst I'm on the subject of Etsy, a big THANK YOU! to Waterrose for including cheeky Cockney Sparrow in her beautiful treasury which made it to the Etsy front page!



So once again a big thank you to all the folks that brought a little sunshine into my life and to you folks for popping by and putting up with me :)

Stay tuned for some hot interview action from my stitchy chum, the lovely Jill from Fiberluscious ...don't you just LOVE that name?!

And some other exciting stuff that I'm not allowed to tell about yet...but when no-one's looking I giggle and jump up and down a bit I'm that excited

ooo and a chicken ;0)

Right well it's just gone 7pm so it's time for me to don my white coat again ...if anyone out there has any tips on time management I would seriously be greatful!
Big MimiLoves to y'all and thanks for droppin' by! :)
x