Sunday, 28 June 2015

Savor Summer

Today feels very unlike summer as it is miserable and rainy.  However my good blogging friend Anne over at My Giant Strawberry has a plan to make every day feel like a summer vacation!  I am very pleased that she has asked me to join in on the fun.  She will be doing an introductory post about the project on her blog on Friday 3 July.

Throughout the month we will be focusing on summer joys on Mondays and on Friday's will be posting either on creative play, book recommendations, recipes or homemade spa treatments.  So, whether you are having a vacation or a stay cation there should be something to inspire you to get into the holiday mood and savour the fleeting days of summer.

The beautiful watercoloured logo above was designed by Anne.  If you click on the logo in my side bar it will take you to Anne's blog.  Don't forget to click on it this coming Friday when Anne will introduce the project to you and hopefully inspire you to take part too!

See you on Friday!


Monday, 22 June 2015

Beaded Cross Finale Finale!

I didn't have intentions to show any more beaded crosses for a while but as that is what I have been doing I thought I would show and tell!  For the blue and gold coloured cross I added some pale yellow glass crystal beads to give some contrast, and I made a smaller cross with silver seed beads with larger silver beads to give a bit more dimension.

I really should stop making these now as I have no plan for them other than to sit in a pile of 'done' stuff! The reason for all this beading is to keep my brain active.  I have also been doing Sudoku and Logic puzzles in the evening.  My brain craves something to do and I feel so wasted being at home with no real purpose other than to  'be around'.  I seem to live my life vicariously through others and would love to have a life of my own where I am earning a wage and given some worth to what I do.

Today is wet and miserable and I am in the second week of my husband staying off work with a trapped nerve in his back.  I selfishly want the house to myself and feel under scrutiny each time I come up on to the computer.  He hasn't said anything but I know he would swap places with me any day. 

If only I could get organised and write up a plan of action for my future.  Each time I mention self employment a row ensues and again I feel worthless and incapable. 


I see myself as a deceased old woman atop a pile of projects complete and incomplete with the local authorities stating 'she didn't know which way to turn, so she stayed put'.  I really hope that my indecision's won't be the death of me!  I'd best crack on and draw up some kind of life plan lest the choice is taken from me.

By the way, I am not depressed.  I am just exasperated.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Beaded Cross Finale

This is the finale of the glass pearl bead necklace making for now.  I think I need to experiment with some other beads and designs and maybe use some semi precious gemstones too.  Whenever I am making things I do seem to like setting up a production line!  I learn best when I repeat something over and over again.  Once I have 'mastered' what I have set out to do, I stop and move on to something else.

Pity I am not doing a craft fair this year.  I think a table set out with these designs would make quite an impact, if only to pique people's interest.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Beaded Cross #2

I thought I should 'model' this cross so that you get a sense of its proportion.  As you can see it is quite a statement piece!  I used teal and cream glass pearls and really like this colour combination.  I am on a roll now.  What colour should I make next?  Hmmmmm, let me see.......................!

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Beaded Cross

Following on from my last post, with faith and folklore in mind, I decided to make a cross shaped beaded necklace with some glass pearls that I had been looking to use.  I really enjoyed the process of bead weaving and although simple in design, I think the look is very effective.

For some time I have been wanting to make jewellery with a purpose or a meaning attached.  Maybe I have found my niche? 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A Good Omen?

According to folklore Passion flower is a good omen.  It is just as well as it is growing rampant like a weed between the garage roof and a shelter in the back garden.  It is a treat to have such an exotic looking plant growing so freely.

Looking on line I see that there is much folklore regarding this plant one of the most frequent being that in Christian terms it represents the Passion of Christ - the period of time between the Last Supper and Christ's death - as explained below.

The 72 radial filaments or corona in the centre came to symbolise the Crown of Thorns.

The 10 petals and stamens represented the 10 faithful apostles—excluding Peter because he denied knowing Christ during the Passion, and Judas because he betrayed the Christ into the hands of the Romans.

The lower five anthers of the passion flower symbolised the five wounds of Christ on the cross. 
The three spreading styles or stigma symbolise the three nails on the Cross.

The tendrils resemble the whips that the Roman soldiers used to scourge Christ, and the lobed leaves the soldiers’ hands clutching at Jesus. 

The dark spots under the leaves represent the 33 pieces of silver that the Romans paid Judas for betraying Christ.

When the passion flower has bloomed and spent its energy in a day (the time that Jesus suffered on the cross), the petals do not fall off but close around the ovary. To Catholics, this represents the hidden mysteries of the cross and the entombment of Christ after his crucifixion. 

Extending the analogy even further, the passiflora’s round fruit symbolise the world that Christ came to save and its red stains the blood of Christ shed with the crucifixion.

I got the above information regarding the plant representing Christ from here.  I like the plant purely for its beauty but find the general folklore surrounding plants fascinating! 

Saturday, 13 June 2015

A Sign of Life in the Greenhouse

There is just one sign of life in the greenhouse.  Feline Gingerous lies on a discarded duvet oblivious to the decaying plants around him.  I decided to give the greenhouse a miss this year and if Gizmo wants to use the 'house' as a second home then it is fine by me.