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

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

a bit of frost and glitter

 first of all ... may I wish you all a very happy time of the year

well ... who isn't just a little bit "mince pied out" after Christmas?
or is there always room for just one more?

I enjoyed playing with these collages made from old cards and ribbons
using water colours (and salt to create interesting patterns)
and recycling them into new cards ...

my desk has been covered in gold, glitter and wintery-ness most of December
even now ... there is glitter everywhere!
in December I did a lovely paper swap with my dear friend Lawendula
she comes from a very cold snowy part of Germany
Lawendula sent me snow, snow, snow
 and frosty seedheads and leaves and pigs rolling in snow and skating
(not pigs skating ... but you know what I mean)

 and winter comforts of blankets, warm coats and fireside
the swap worked very well because we exchanged seasons

winter is my favourite time of year so I was glad to receive these beauties
but Lawendula wished for spring | summer | flowers | birds and butterflies
arn't these four winter trees just adorable

this December I'm making the most of living in Mousehole
and enjoying the pretty lights and gallery windows at every opportunity
loving the wintry paintings by artist Beccy Marshall
I bought a few of her lovely cards from The Sandpiper Gallery


and couldn't resist this beautiful reindeer with silver antlers

oh ... and during December I've had a couple of "office parties"
one with St. Ives Textiles to Birdies at Lelant
and the other with my darling hubby to Sea Palace in Penzance

and on Christmas Eve I made it over to St. Ives
it was a beautiful bright but very chilly day

 I met up with my friend Lesley Ninnes
and we sat on the balcony of Hub warming our hands on  mugs of hot chocolate

then met up with my friend Sally MacCabe at Back Road Art Works
which is where I fell in love with Mabel

at the moment Mabel is sitting skewiff with legs akimbo
on a bowl of shells ... looking out to sea
just until her bedroom walls have been plastered (skimmed) and painted in January
but this St. Ives gal quite likes living in Mousehole ;o)

one last picture...
of the beautiful frost we had this morning ... quite rare down here

I have another busy day today driving over to Morvah
to see "Landscapes and Heads"
a mixed media | textiles show lead by Sue Dove

and in St. Ives visiting Sally's show at St. Ives Arts Club
Sally MacCabe
This Year ... Next Year
27 December 2014 ... 3 January 2015
be back soon ... with best wishes


TwinkleToes2day said...

Another beautiful post. Your photographic skills highlight your amazing composition skills beautifully. I never tire of seeing your pictures.
Wishing you and yours the very best wishes for a happy healthy and love filled 2015. May it bring all things that make you smile. ((hugs)) xxx

Dyer said...

Ahhuumm... That's the sound of a contented soul. Thank you!

vintagerockchick said...

Ooh how delicious, two beautiful posts in double quick succession. Lovely images, my favs are the four bare trees, the two snowy covered piggies, and the little sketches of the tops and dresses. SO glad you're back xx

Unknown said...

I love Mabel!!! I love the feeling I get reading your blog. Happiest of Days to you! *smiles* Norma, x

Chyfey said...

It is just sooo good to be receiving emails from you again.
Loved your photos and words as always.

Erica said...

SO good to have you back Carolyn. Your creativity has a special uniqueness which I always look forward to. Likewise your outlook and take on your Cornish world. As I have deserted F'book, your blogs are much anticipated. All the very best for 2015.

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

So lovely to see Christmas through your eyes. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Mabel is adorable - I can see why she would want to come home with you. Happiest of good wishes to you and your family in 2015!

Gina said...

Lovely images Carolyn. Happy new year to you!

Barbara Johnson said...

Such inspiration...I caught myself not blinking - with my head slightly askew - while scrolling through the post. I'm going back to do it again :)

Happy New Year!

Julie said...

I loved seeing Beccy's work in the Sandpiper Gallery and I treated myself to one of their pretty birds :-) It is lovely to be reading your very beautiful blog again dear friend :-)

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Happy New Year Carolyn! Wonderful post and lovely to meet up on Christmas Eve. See you soon. Lesley x