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







Tuesday, November 1, 2011

miss you already.....


I have a mountain of ironing to do the size of which you wouldn't believe. I am calmer....much calmer. My security information is all listed in the right US Government departments so they know I'm coming, wonder if they'll have the kettle on? I have dollars, I have charged up camera batteries, I have a shopping list......hang on to your linens North America!! All good to go then? Well not quite, have to sort out my give away. The winner is....drum roll, Monika...postal stuff please. Shame you're in the wrong country I could have delivered it by hand.
The pictures today? A new play around with paperwork and some lovely things I have been making with my girls. You can see theirs here.
Back in two weeks!! Behave yourself when I'm gone.....

30 comments:

deanna7trees said...

wishing you a fun two week adventure.

Miss 376 said...

Have a lovely time and come back with lots of wonderful treasures

Coach Tina said...

Have fun, travel safe! See you when you get back!

Rachel said...

Enchanting, especially the spider's web bobbles!

Joanna said...

Just remember if you fancy a cuppa it is hot tea that you want! Have fun

karen said...

black coffee actually.....

connie said...

Have wonderful trip! I am sending good thoughts for safe travels and loads of fun!!! Enjoy yourself and we will be waiting to hear all about it.

I love these circles on this paper piece!!!

Suztats said...

Have a wonderful time, Karen!!
Love the spider web thingies!

Monica said...

To really have a good time, eat American, drink american and play American. I take it you will be in NYC and miss out on the real USA. Never mind, the northeast is OK but the Southwest has the culture great food and real margaritas. We can wait.

Tammie Lee said...

have a wonderful time!! will you be in Montana?

Tammie Lee said...

oh, and the arts in the image, gorgeous!

Miriam Weaver said...

Have lots of fun!

Doreen G said...

Miss you already as well Karen.
I hope they can understand your beautiful accent.
Stay safe.

Elizabeth said...

The immigration services already are already very busy to find and lay their red carpet, a cup of coffee will be served at the end of it, LOL. I hope you will have a fabulous holiday, don't forget take an empty suitcase with you, and recharge your creative battery after all your hard work.

Congratulations Monika, you are in for a lovely treat.

And I love the creations on the first picture, they are just fabulous.

Time to wave goodbye, enjoy yourself Karen.

Hoola Tallulah said...

Have a wonderful time, I hope the linen fairy blesses you with splendid thrifty finds <3

Els said...

Congratulations Monika (I envy you a bit !)
These balls are gorgeous Karen! And love the "paperwork" of the previous post.
Have a good trip!!

jill said...

Have a great holiday, don't scare America too much and I love the balls and the flat bits. Speak soon

Calypso Flowers said...

Karen, have a great time ! I was terrified the first time I went to the States, but I was over it and laughing by the time I got out of the airport !
Thanks for the course - I have really enjoyed being a part of the circle, AND reading your delightful posts ! Having heard your voice makes them even more delightful !

Denise aka Calyflo (I never know which identity is going to pop
up !)

Tatkis said...

Have a great trip!!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Jeannie said...

Congratulations Monika! Karen, we will all be waiting for your return and a report on all the fun you had. I wish you bounties of goodies for a few pennies at the thrift stores, beautiful scenery that will inspire you, and safe travels.

Iceni UK said...

Happy holiday Karen..... have loads of fun.

DIAN said...

Have a great holiday,

MosaicMagpie said...

I hope you have a wonderful time! You know there is a saying we have over here. "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" So, go wild and kick your heels up!
Deb
I wonder what that expression means...kick your heels up?

Zdolność-tworzenia said...

Piękne i ciekawe projekty. Nigdy do Ciebie nie zaglądałam.

My Sweet Prairie said...

Wow! Yay for me!! : ) I can't wait.

THose bobbles are soo pretty!! Where are you going?

~Monika

l'alternativa said...

Mamma mia!!!!!!! E' fantastico il tuo blog
Io amo tantissimo il ricamo
Ciao a presto
Emi
http://lalternativa-emitamb.blogspot.com/

barbara l. hale said...

Hope you're enjoying your time here in the Colonies!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Good heavens, your holiday is halfway through already. Hope you're having a wonderful time. xx

jan b. said...

These lovely white-on-white puffs remind me of sea urchins. I hope my country treats you well and you return with happy memories.

Sandy said...

Just discovered your blog through We Love French Knots and your work is wonderful! I would like to be put on the waiting list for your two classes repeating in the New Year. Have a safe and enjoyable trip to my country!!