For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .







''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007







Friday, May 20, 2011

one year on....

You probably didn't expect to see me today but blogging may become a little topsy turvy for a few days because stuff is going on....monday May 23rd...my birthday. OOOOO lots of presents!! I have been so good this year that I think I deserve a truck load...we shall see. Tomorrow, Saturday, tea party for moi!!! How exciting....pass the parcel, musical chairs...can't wait!! Anyhow, a whole year has gone by, seems to have passed in a whirl....except when I look at what I have made since my 20th birthday, monday being my 21st of course. I was really quite pleased when I looked through my pictures and saw all the stuff created by little old me in the past 12 months and I really felt I wanted to share. So I give you my birthday mosaic, a small selection of all the things I have made this past 12 months. Hope you like it!

36 comments:

Joanna said...

Looks very pretty all side by side. May you have a fantastic birthday and I guess you may get a few more presents than me, does that mean I haven't been good? Enjoy anyway!

Dolores said...

Holy crikey! That's 3 a month...
I hope you do get a truckload of gifts. A very Happy early Birthday.

sylviesgarden said...

How lovely they all look together like that.
Wishing you a wonderful birthday, I hope it is a fabulous day.
x

Gina said...

What a lot of beautiful things you've done. happy birthday for Monday

Suztats said...

That's quite a compilation of work for 1 year.
Happy Birthday!
May you have a marvelous, Special Day!

chocolatefrog said...

Have a wonderful birthday Karen. And take a day off - give the rest of us a chance to catch up a teeny bit! You've had a stunningly creative year.

Jane said...

Happy Birthday!
Jane

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

WoW! You've made some beautiful stitches this past year my friend! It's really cool seeing them all up here like this. I enlarged the image so I could really see them. I think you've done wayyyy more than this, haven't you!????

;-) Debi

Jan said...

Congratulations on your coming of age !wow busy year when you see it all like this ...love Jan xx

lilipopo said...

Happy Birthday I wish you many facebook followers ♥♥
Kate x

Miss 376 said...

Haven't you been a busy little bee? Have a great time over the weekend and enjoy the break

JP said...

happy birthday for Monday - what awinderful mosaic

stitchinglife2 said...

Is that all?

Now, I KNOW you know I'm joking.
Happy early birthday :-)
x

Tammie said...

I love that you pleased your self with the amount of work or perhaps the quality and beauty of work you have created in the past year. Beautiful indeed!

I wish you a lovely time celebrating your life. I add my heart to yours... may your birthday wish come true!

Elizabeth said...

YES, like it a lot!!!!

Have a great party and I hope you will get every gift you wished for.

Have fun.

Miriam Weaver said...

Have a lovely weekend and brilliant birthday!!

Rachel said...

You have done a lot, haven't you.

And Happy Birthday!

Judy Whaites said...

Your work is always stunning, Happy Birthday Karen.

Beacee said...

Have a lovely weekend and a very happy birthday. I hope the coming year is as productive as the last.

Carol said...

Happy birthday my gorgamous!!! Is my baby's 8th birthday so will see you pass thar parcel and raise you one riding lesson!!! Just finished making the cake ! Hope yours is one full of all the things you dream of :) xxxxxx

Sheep Rustler said...

It's a wonderful mosaic of gorgeousness! I hope it helps you to realise how wonderful your work is. Have a great 21st :)

Iceni UK said...

Happy 21st Birthday Karen, wishing you tons of happiness and success in the coming year.
love
Isabell xx

Carrie said...

Wow! You can definitely see your signature style in the mosaic, it all looks so beautiful and cohesive. Have a great birthday on monday.

DIAN said...

Beautiful.
Happy Birthday!!!

connie said...

My how time flies when you are having fun and creating beautiful things!!! I love the mosaic!

Happy Birthday to you!!! You share your birthday with my brother. What a great day the 23rd is! I hope you love every minute of it.

Happy Day!

Lois Evensen said...

Happy birthday tomorrow! :)) You have had such a beautifully productive year. ;)

Big birthday hugs,
Lois

Jill said...

Happy Birthday for Monday, what a wonderful sellection in your mosaic. Looking forward to another year.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Happy 21st Birthday Karen, my continuing 21st is later this summer. All your things look wonderful. Love, Linda

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Happy of happiest birthday days to you!

jennyflower said...

Happy Happy Birthday mon petit! What a lot of loveliness, what a great achievement! Now no throwing any strops at your party if you don't win ALL the games- understand young lady? xxx

Patchwork Linda said...

Sorry I'm late ( holiday last week ) but hope you had a lovely birthday and that you were spoilt rotten.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Karen, Happy 21st Birthday!!!!!:-)
I wanted to let you know that your beautiful buttons arrived and I feel so lucky to have been the recipient. My mom is having some health issues that I need to help out with but I plan on doing a blog post about your gorgeous buttons when that has all settled down. Happy, happy!!!!

Flaming Nora said...

Happy birthday to you, squashed tomato and stew, bread and butter in the gutter, happy birthday to you.
Trust me that is the most acceptable version of the birthday song in this house! Hope its been a goodie. xx

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Hey, Sweet Friend! Happiest of BIrthdays to you! I hope you're doing something really fun today!!!!! You're in my thoughts!

;-) Debi

Jackie said...

Congratulations. Such a beautiful mosaic for such a young person.

helena frontini said...

PARAB√ČNS! Happy birthday!!!