Sunday, January 30, 2011

Not entirely wasted...

My time that is while I was in hospital. I amused-moi and the entire ward staff by making these little knitted egg cozies. I was really pleased how they turned out despite the fact that I used scraps of wool that I had instead of the knitting cotton recommended. All credit goes however to Julie at she creates the fantastic patterns for these mega cute animals and you can go to her Etsy shop via the website to buy  the download.I had previously made some of her teeny tiny toys from a free pattern she generously makes available on her blog, look them up at Thanks Julie, you made a lot of sad people smile.
Back to real life tomorrow...or maybe not!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sliding back in.....

to blogland.
Well, the inevitable happened and I landed in hospital myself but it is all sorted now and it is onward and upward!!!!!!
I amused myself for the two weeks by knitting cute stuff and making more origami. I did try a bit of eraser carving to make stamps but it wasn't a success.
Bear with me folks, it will be full steam ahead tomorrow now that I have access to the to get myself one of them there wireless hotspots!
Hatsue, I watched the DVD of your train etegami, it was great, didn't understand a word but that doesn't matter, I really enjoyed it...good work.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Amazing handmade postcards

What a lovely surprise in the mail! A pack of blank postcards from 'senior', the Japanese guy who sent me the name stamps he carved for me to use on my etegami.
Along with the cards was another etegami he had painted of a Japanese Jomon clay figure, these figures are from a time in Japan's prehistory and are evidence of an ancient culture. What I like about his work is that they are obviously done by a man and show a strong character.
I have tried to use the paper with limited success, the texture is quite strong, my poor Kangaroo looks a little like a weasel! Did I mention before that he makes the paper from grasses?
It is one I did for New Year, sorry it is a little late! I shall practise on the cards some more when life returns to 'normal' around here
I hope my Japanese friends can understand the pathetic pun.
My dear Mum is still in hospital and I am afraid the effort of going in every day and the stress of seeing her in pain is telling on me. I do hope I am not heading for another 'tune-up' in hospital myself. That would be inconvenient to say the least.The Prof. is as usual doing a great job of holding the fort, he is not allowed to get sick!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Curve ball

The story so far... or why I am not blogging or indeed doing anything creative.
Last Monday had to take my mum to the ER, vomiting and shaking, called an ambulance for her as she was so ill.
 The ensuing week has been one round of tests after another, hospital visiting by me and general exhaustion.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible...stay tuned, our technicians are working on the problem.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year to all of my bloggy friends.

I think I have caught the 'carving  erasers for stamps bug'!