"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Thursday 24 March 2011

My favourite blues

so sorry ... I've been away a while ...

as you can imagine there is much to catch up with and the best way to start again is just to plunge right in with some gorgeous felt pebbles made by my lovely blog friend Chrissie
(of Niminy Fingers and Make Your Presents Felt)
and to thank Chrissie for her thoughtfulness
shown to me during a difficult time

the pebbles are so lovely and soft
so nice to handle and look great arranged in a column

they are just like my favourite pebbles with white veins of quartz
similar the ones to be found on the Cornish beaches

The pebbles came beautifully wrapped
with this gorgeous seaside inspired tag

a beautiful paper heart Chrissie made for me
with some of my favourite words

shells and beads
poppy seeds

and this inspiring postcard too
thank you so much Chrissie
I love everything!

In the far south west winter has been lingering
with chilly winds, rain and stormy skies

these photos were taken at Godrevy in February
on a very stormy day with high winds and a high tide

I sat on a rock and watched the waves for hours
I find deserted beaches so peaceful

the foamy surf washing everything clean and new

Godrevy is my peaceful place

This month I was inspired by the knitted textiles of
Hume Sweet Hume on my kitchen calendar

Hume Sweet Hume

I so love the girls' vision and the delicate colours of nature

I was inspired to get some knitting on my needles

for those chilly mornings and late nights
I knitted these fingerless gloves
for my brother who cycles 9 miles each way to work every day

and started a lacey knitted sample to embellish a heart for Chrissie

I used very fine embroidery threads on tiny needles
to achieve the very delicate look I wanted

It has a picot edge

and a lacey row of holes

but I can't show any more until Chrissie has received it
except to say it also features one of these ;o)

these mussel shells were photographed by my sister

Fotos by Flo

her photos are very lovely
and if you are interested in using any of them
they are now available for sale through license with Getty Images
Congratulations Flo!

for Mosaic Monday

I put together some of my favourite blues

1. Mussel shells 2. Connected 3. Beach trio 4. Velella Velella close up
5. . 6. The fog 7. Shell 8. Beach rope and shells 9. Heart stone

I find these blues restful on the eye

since I started writing this post
our weather has been very changeable

with very misty mornings
brightening to warm Spring days

I am hoping the warm spring weather will help me move on
and get back to some kind of blogging routine again

I have many new things in the pipeline
many more goodies to share with you
and some news too ... in the next post

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog
I am so grateful for your patience during the last few weeks



Sharne Gregory said...

Nice to see you back in blogland. Happy creating.

Joei Rhode Island said...

How nice to exchange gifts with a friend. It does make making special.
I look forward to the surprise

cardinal arts said...

was worth the wait - your photos and words are always so lovely and calming

Lisa said...

Welcome back Carolyn. stunning photographs.. the beach - always inspiring and magical and so full of emotion..especially in the cooler months of the year.

I am so excited for your new etsy shop...can't wait to see what delightful wonders you'll have in there...I know I am far from alone in that thought!

Sandies' Patch said...

Glad you're back, missed you!
Lovely post, I'm always inspired by your work,photos and musings...such a pity I don't usually get around to creating something...still I can always 'back blog' and look again!
I love the idea of the lacy knitting with embroidery threads, can't wait to see the finished article.
We've had a full week of lovely sunny weather here in Leicestershire, quite warm too!
It's just not by the sea, that would be perfect!

Happy creating!

Sandie xx

K J D said...

Hi Carolyn

I love it when I see you've posted! I always hop over straight away.

I love the grey/blues of this post. Those felted pebbles are amazing.

I thought of you today when I got this months Country Living!!! Have you got it yet?

Re your Etsy shop to be.... how exciting and good luck with it. As I have several of your wonderful creations already I know it will do brilliantly!!! You are very talented and lovely too :)

Just the other week I was wearing 'your' scarf and it was much admired by my knitting friend!!!

Ok, gotta go - I have cupboards to sort!

Lots of love


Anonymous said...

Lovely to have you back Carolyn. I missed reading your beautiful blog. Gorgeous things on this post as ever. Hope the Spring will help you to feel better. Sending hugs

Diane said...

What gorgeous gifts Carolyn - they are beautiful. Hoipe you are feeling better - Can't wait for your next post. xxx

Anonymous said...

Spectacular blues in a dusty, kind of way, winter blues still of dark sky and sand and churning sea. Lovely. xox Corrine

Deborah said...

Welcome back. Lovely post.

Barb Cady said...

Great to read you again Carolyn, as ever a beautiful post. May your beauty be a balm to your soul. x

Shoshi said...

Oooh Carolyn - what can I say? Gorgeous, fabby as usual! I just love this shade of blue... The felt pebbles are out of this world - what a wonderful idea. Your wonderful seascape photos... Like you, I adore the rugged coast in winter when nobody's around, and the wind buffets you and you can smell the salt sea!

I love visiting your blogs. I always come away feeling better for it. Great to see you again!


Iz said...

Very good to see you back again - I've missed my dose of seasideyness!

Jensters said...

Im always glad to see you back Carolyn and hope you are keeping well....what lovely pebbles....i too love Godrevy and have video's ive taken and listen to and love...keep well x

Julie said...

Your blog is looking beautiful Carolyn and I love your new header. The photos look great in the frame setting. I hope you are feeling a bit better after the sad days. Not long now till our visit :-)

Gina said...

Sorry to hear you've been having a difficult time Carolyn. It's been good to see back on the blog. Glorious photos as ever.

Margaret Garrood said...

It's good to see you back Carolyn!
I so agree with ou about Godrevy- it's so beautiful there and I can't wait till June when we can go again. Keep well.

JP said...

sorry things have not been so good - nice to see you back - take care

Chrissie said...

I'm so pleased to see you back blogging again - it's not the same without you. I love the dreamy way you have portrayed the pebbles, thank you dear Carolyn. You've got me intrigued with those very delicate rows of knitting....

Emma said...

Those lovely pebbles will be good to squeeze deep in your pocket while you are on your peaceful beach. good to have you back.

Jill said...

What a delight to find this post and such a treasury of images, lovely to have you back.

Pat said...

I hope you difficulties are behind you now. This post was so soothing, I hope Spring arrives with you soon.

Julia said...

Hello dear Carolyn

No need to apologise for your absence, anything you do is worth the wait and I have completely enjoyed absorbing myself in your blues, your sea and your skies.
I know Ive said it before, but it must be said again I feel..each visit to your blog leaves me very relaxed, and inspired...thanks for sharing your beautiful work and images with everyone, you are a Delight!

Julia x


Glad you are back and with a lovely blog post full of inspiration.Roll on Spring.

Peggy said...

so glad to hear from you again. hope you are well

Tim said...

It is great.

Indianna said...

Hope you are ok. Your blog is, as ever, a pleasure to read x

blomman said...

You have such a beautiful and relaxing blog. I always get in such a good mood visiting it. Thank you!

Penny said...

Lovely post - well worth the wait. Thank you for sharing.

Fenland Textile Studio said...

What beautiful images you have used in this post. You have a special blog which I always find both inspirational and peaceful.

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Kristen said...

Nice work.

anne frederique ferret said...

comme j'aime ce que vous faites...
belles photos, bonnes inspirations et belle réalisations bravo!