Table Runner …

Yesterday, I began to make a table runner, based on an idea that I’d seen in the Liberty, Simple Sewing Book.
It involved aerosol paint and doilies as well as some squares and circles of complimentary fabric, having found some lovely material at the weekend, it was time to give it a go.
I’m very pleased with how this has turned out, I’m wondering whether I could use this style to make some curtains …

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I especially love the balloon fabric!

Phew, what a Scorcher …

Now that Wimbledon’s over (very exciting towards the end), I can get back to some painting. I went to paint once the day had started to cool a little (down to only 32ºC in my ‘shudio’!) and was struck by how perfect the weather would be for a hot air balloon ride. Bristol is well known for its balloons, we have the fiesta in August and it’s not that unusual to see several balloons flying across the city throughout the summer months. It was thought of these that inspired this painting:

Whilst watching the tennis, I’ve been doing a cheeky chicken cross stitch, there will be 9 of them when I’ve finished, so far, 6 are complete: Lunch today was a very summery affair, my mother-in-law came for a pre-Wimbledon final lunch – I prepared the caramelised red onion and goats’ cheese tartlets and sausage rolls earlier this morning: We had these with a green salad which included beetroot and ‘tomberries’. The latter are the smallest tomatoes that I have ever seen, literally the size of berries. They were deliciously sweet and juicy.

To follow we had our old favourites of raspberries and shortbread biscuits – again, made before the day became too hot. The ice cream was a new recipe, lemon,vanilla and cardamom ice cream. The mixture had been infused overnight with lemon zest, lemon rind, a vanilla pod and lots of crushed cardamom pods. The result was a rich yet lightly refreshing ice cream which went incredibly well with the juicy raspberries. I look forward to trying out more ice cream and sorbet recipes over the next few weeks – hopefully our summer will last that long!

This last photo is of the beautiful sky this evening, I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are.

Balloons Over Bristol …

My painting today was inspired by the balloons let off by the children at the leavers party on thursday evening. Each child held a balloon that had been filled with helium, they all then made a wish and let them all go together. We were really lucky with the weather and the balloons were a lovely sight against the blue of the sky.

My painting from today also includes 3 of Bristol’s landmarks:

I painted the balloons first and dried them at an angle so that the paint would dry darker at the base of each one. I love the way the colours have worked together and am pleased with the overall impact of having oversized balloons drifting over the miniature looking landmarks. I think this may be my new favourite painting!