Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us — as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones. Author

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Keep warm and button up

Todays card is from Joanna Sheens House Mouse cdrom. It is a triple crom with so many wonderful images and backing paper, as well as many other paper crafting ideas. This image is from the christmas cd..(disc 3) and comes from the winter section. I just love this image with the sweet little mouse in his bobble hat. I have matted the image onto a die cut card layer..this was using the Loopy Lace Ovals die range from Tonic. The border is made using the matching punch from Tonic. I have to say that the tonic dies and punches have been a pleasure to use..they cut the 280gsm card with no problem. The backing paper is from the same section as the main image. I have decorated the card using buttons.
I love this image so much because it manages to remind me of winter when I was little. There was a long line of knitting Aunties. They would be knitting bobble hats (with over sized bobbles), scarves and mittens for everyone. It was the days that the mittens had a string that connected them through the arms of your coat. I still have a pair of mittens on a string that I was given when I was little..I hang them up now as a christmas decoration and as a reminder of childhood memories. Knitting has really made a come back and lots of fabulous new ranges are on the market. I can knit but I do so much more cardmaking and papercraft these days. I still love sewing and embroidery and do some on a regular basis. I have a collection of cushion covers that I have made over the years but I am yet to use them. That's because of little cat paws that wouldn't leave them alone. I've also made lots of pictures..both embroidery and cross stitch. They all seem to feature different furry animals..anyone would think that I adored cats and I have a collection of embroidery that was created by my grandmother and great grandmother. It includes some wonderful tablecloths with wild flowers sewn all over them. I use them on the table when I give a ladies afternoon tea. They are so beautiful, reminding you of times gone by. This was a time when most ladies did embroidery to decorate their homes. In my family all the ladies lived on farms..working alongside the men with the animals. My gran was in charge of the pigs and the poultry. Hens, ducks,geese, peacocks, pheasants and turkeys were all her department and she earned quite a bit selling eggs, live birds and birds dressed ready for the table. With the pigs she dealt with them mostly at farrowing grandad said they behaved better for her. I can remember many a night her sitting with a sow ready to deliver. My gran always took her chair,radio, and flask and stayed until it was all over.
It's been so strange writing this blog..memories can flooding back..and it's been so nice to share them..alot of people have contacted me as sharing my memories has made them remember things from their own childhood. It has become a wonderful journey. Well the coffee and crafting have a good day, take care and happy crafting.

*challenges entered*
Joanna Sheen - Button it up

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