Tuesday, December 6, 2016

pokey...


seems like everything i try and do these is pokey-slow
most especially with this poor old laptop of mine... it's over nine years old now and though it does everything i want it to, it does it very slllooowwwwllyyyyy...

it has taken me fourty-two minutes to transfer seven pictures from my camera to here

which might have something to do with my blogging less these days

but that might also have something to do with the light as well - it's a challenge to take pictures at all some days

the photo taken below is a mid-day shot, out the dining room window
we've had so much fog and rain lately that lights have to be on all day long - this day, where the sun finally poked out of the clouds was the first sunshine we've seen in these parts for weeks
they call it the "lake effect"
i don't mind the fog, except when it comes to taking photos

 

but the combination of sun and fog always delights


 a couple of posts ago i showed this new technique i've learned of late - my favourite ever, i think i said

i've taken it a little further and made some christmas cards...


 the candy-cane twine used to "bind" the card and insert paper together came at the suggestion of a kindred spirit who, whilst admiring the stitched portion and the selected card stock for the card itself, thought a touch of red somewhere might perk things up a bit


 when i tried adding red to the wreath itself it over-powered the design so this was a good compromise... i plan on making more cards as almost all of these sold so i'll experiment a little with ribbons and/or beads in the next round


 i do love the pale icy beauty of this version though


 and the little fragments of lace


 and of course the poked holes
texture upon texture, building up the layers
i made a tree version and am thinking a star would be lovely too
and then i have some beautiful snowflake cookie cutters...

and i'm off...

11 comments:

oldgreymareprimitives said...

The card is gorgeous- good you!

Deb said...

Wow you never fail to create something beautiful with such basic items, your talent knows no bounds. You are such an inspiration and a joy to follow you along your journey.

Karen B. said...

Oh Jillayne.
I LOVE your card and how you made it. This is just so beautiful. If you have one left over, I would love to buy it from you, if that would be OK with you.
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

gracie said...

Wow, the wreath is beautiful....

Rachel said...

We've had exasperatingly poor light for either stitchery or photography, too, so believe me, I feel your pain!

But you've created something really beautiful here, textures mingling and the speckle of red to lift the effect.

Marj Talbot said...

Such beauty in this card It's truly one of the best. Ribbons and beads - love to see those as well. Thanks for sharing once again.

Dorthe said...

They are so very beautiful, dear ,I have no idea how you are creating them, but oh they are lovely, in all the whiteness ,Jillayne.
Happy December, dear.
Hugs,Dorthe

Magpie's Mumblings said...

So pretty! It's amazing how something so simply done can be so striking when complete. I like these!

jude said...

i love the holes.

Createology said...

Jillayne Dear your frosty wreath is so beautiful it takes my breath away. I always love your subtle use of color just as a whisper is to sound. Grace and Divine come to my mind when I think of your stitching projects. I am a complete unabashed admirer of you dear! XO

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, I had to come back to this post from your latest post, to see read about this technique more. Really lovely. I need to find out more about this.

Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady