Amazing isn't it - in the space of just a couple of weeks, it's gone from this -
Well now, I had the biggest thrill to find myself as a recipient of this award, thanks to the delightful Janna of Palimpa Lim's Wunderkammer. I was completely bemused as to why she might have done this thing, but, what can I say other than a big THANK YOU, Janna!!! Now, that's the first rule of accepting this award -
Showing it on my blog, is the second. See left <
The third is to list the rules. Anyone else getting a kind of Fight
Club feeling? No? Just me then!!
So - this is the deal.
1. Add the award to your blog - tick
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you - Again, dirty great Thank You to Janna!!!!
3. List the rules - that's what I'm doing!
4. Mention 7 random things about yourself - oh dear!
5. Give the award to 15 bloggers, and
6. Inform each of them by commenting on their blogs.
So, yeah, thanks Janna for all this work!!! Ha ha - just kidding, I love having the opportunity to shed some light on my faves.
But before I do that - 7 random things, eh? Ok, here goes, and I'll try not to offend anyone!!
1. I'm very fond of gin!
2. Once upon a long time ago, I was a musclebound herdswoman, looking after a couple of hundred stroppy Jersey ladies.
By which, I mean these -
not these !!!! -
3. I'm struggling already. I have a tattoo of the original illustration of the Cheshire Cat by Lord Tenniel on my bum! Thankfully, no picture sharing of that!
4. Moving swiftly on - As a child, I desperately wanted to be Dorothy Lamour, or failing that, Calamity Jane.
5. My favourite films are Annie Hall and Angel Heart - what else would you expect from a Gemini?!
6. I love talent shows like X Factor, and cry like a baby pretty much throughout!! Oh dear.
7. Oh, thank heavens - no more - um ...... ok, I'm, a big fan of the most cheesy and awful 80's music imaginable!
Well now, if any of you had seen me as the cultured daughter of a fine artist, then I daresay my enjoyment of Mr. Christie up there has totally destroyed that for you!!!
Ok - so (thankfully) on to my 15 recipients of this somewhat double-edged pleasure!!
1. Anvil Artifacts
2. Fanciful Devices
3. Vlad The Bat
4. Infinity Stop
5. 13 Alternatives
6. Flotsam Tide
10. A Wild Thing
Bees On Pie
Less Greed Company
I shall post on your blogs when I finish this if my connection will allow me to.
Well now - during this long period since I last posted anything, I've been wrestling with the formation of the hollow shape, and there's been many a curse-ridden moment!
I'm more than a little bit in love with my little bottles and rattly beads though. These are my Egyptian inspired pieces so far -
That odd greeny colour is bronze clay paste, and the lighter stuff is unfired glaze. If these get wrecked during firing, I'll probably weep.
This stuff has more of a Mexican feel -
I'm really looking forward to hearing what noise they make after I've fired them. They have little clay rattler's inside them.
There's these little things on a vaguely Indian theme -
Janet's love of all things amphora have been inspiring me with this lot in porcelain.
They've got a way to go yet as I'll be putting some moulding on them.
Then there's these -
Yeah - bead caps - this is by no means all of them.
This is in a very early stage. It's taken from a moulding of an evergreen frond. Hey, Janet, are you checking out that shield shape??
There's a lot more besides and hopefully, I'll be ready to light my fire in another week.
Me and my man took a trip out to Woolacombe beach last weekend to see if we could find anything interesting on it, but it was particularly nasty weatherwise, and just non-stop sand. Stunning though. Look ...
They're not really showing you what the weather was doing, but this kind of does!!!!!
On a bright sunny day though, it must be spectacular down there.
The valley has been looking rather beautiful lately, with hazy spring morning sun bouncing off the misty cloud below.
A few days ago, I opened the door to find Mack staring at this, and I was instantly transported back to that beautiful film that I've watched more times than I can remember.
Le Ballon Rouge by Albert Lamorisse, made in 1956. I watched this sooo many times as a child. There now, is that helping to restore the image of me as a painter's daughter, despite my enjoyment of Saddle Up and other such gruesome treasures??!!!!!!
Talking of my sexy boy - here he is enjoying his Valentine's Day dinner, all dressed up in his showgirl outfit! Ain't he purdy?!
Full of squid and prawns at this stage! He's so cosmopolitan!!!
Oh , I'm sure you must all have revelled at Janet's latest astounding diorama by now, featuring the hairy beast within that most stunning of exteriors. But just in case, by some rare chance that you haven't - just get a good look at this !!!
These pieces make me gasp every time. She's just SOOOO talented, and a completely lovely being.
This was a loooooong time in the making, and I SO hope it goes to a good home. I just wish it could be mine.
Well now, I think that's about all from me for the time being. A big welcome to Roberta, Melinda (congratulations on your museum acceptance), Janna and Cynthia. It's always lovely to see new faces and new additions to the member's corner.
Back to the mud for me then. I'll return to show you how they look after they've been through the fire.