Wednesday, 22 July 2009

A Tale of Two Kitties...

titter...see what I did there?...Charles Dickenstastic!

Well I have recovered from the foodfest that was Mr. Mimi's brithday, wiped the cake crumbs from my ever expanding chops and have been stitching like the wind ever since!

This latest piece is an Etsy pet portrait commission from the divinely wonderful GiddyGirlie.,
cLovley lady, fellow Virgo, crafting Queen and *current record holder of the Worlds largest Flickr photostream...which of course gave me plenty of good stuff to rummage about in! :)


The main painting is of Monkey and Ruckus, Mia's two gorgeous pussy cats; you can read Mia's very moving post about Monkey here, but I should warn you that if your anything like me and will cry at the theme tune from Born Free, you will be a snivvling, sobbing I was!

I had access to Mia's frankly magnificent photostream and a few wee guidelines as to favourite things (both Mia's and the furry chaps!)and my most favourite thing of all...a free rein...huzzah!

So without further ado I present...


Meet the boys! Monkey, all soft marmaladey oranges with hints of lilac and Ruckus with his soft bluey grey fur and pretty green eyes which have spotted something over there!

And here they are again!

See Monkey all surrounded by love with *millions of silky red stitchy hearts, one with wee bat wings which is something special to Mr.&Mrs Girly!

Silky shiny undergrowth and up pops Ruckus who has obviously spotted something in the leaferies!

A trail of stitchy golden stars has been left behind by wee Tinkerbell as she flew through the Oingo Boingo lyrics:
With sadness in my heart and joy in my mind
I thought about the ghost that we left behind.
With everyone around telling us what to do
With deafening sound whisper I love you

"Browar!" says Monkey..."Wow!" replies Ruckus!

Nestled in the corner are Ruckus headgear of choice, his wee pumpkin hat and Monkey's favourite Incredible Hulk with french knot bubblegum eyes ice lolly!

The chaps are currently winging their way to mum in the USA so I am in my usual state of postal stress disorder so positive vibes that they get ther safely, speedily and wont be a disappointment in the flesh! :)

And a big THANK YOU to Mia for trusting me with her precious boys! x

Once again I cannot tell you how much I love doing this sort of work...just gimme a few guidelines and I'm off for a rummage around in your life! So if you have a furry, scaley, feathery or even *imaginary chum that you would like festooned with stitchyness you know where to find me!

Now can't sit around here all day blogging about with you lot, I'm off to do something with a *bear cub and piglet...
Thanks for droppin' by! x;)

Friday, 10 July 2009

Half a pound of tuppeny rice...

Half a pound of treacle
That's the way the money goes
*Plop goes the

Eastern box turtle to be precise!

I had an argument with my bezzie about this one. She's my best, most trusted critic so she gets to see the paintings before they are stitched and unleashed on the world... when I mentioned turtles she thought big, flappy finned, sea swimmy one's and suggested I'd gone completely mad...have to say I didn't know anything about these wee fellas but I've done a lot of research past few days and can now fight my corner armed with turtley facts... so in yer face shorty! x;0)

So! This latest piece is an Etsy pet portrait commission from my mixed media Maryland mate the wonderful Joanie; I love Joanie and her work so was totally chuffed when she asked me to do this for her...I hope it doesn't disappoint when she see's it in the flesh/shell!

Joanie very kindly let me run wild and loose for this piece but with a few guidelines: the main theme is obviously the turtle, but also to incorporate some Black Eyed Susan's, black crickets, lyrics from Traffic's song Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and a small tomato!
I cannot tell you how much I love doing this sort of work...just gimme a few guidelines and I'm off for a rummage around in your life! Fear not, I keep it the right side of stalking, so you wont find your financial history or medical records rendered in silks and festooned with beads! x;0)
* S'not a typo, Plop is the name of one of Joanies rescue turtles! :)
Anyhoo, introducing with a bow...


Here he is all watercoloury in shades of gloriously rich purples and bluey/grey's with flashes of gold and yellows...see turtley all pokey head up seeing what you're up to!

Yay!..and here he is all nestled in the stitcheries; silky shiney lawn in greens and lilacs with glittery green glass beads

Clickety chirrupy crickets peek-A-boo amongst the vegetation and leavery! OOO I loved doing those...mmm antennae! (See the wee tomato hanging down ripe for a nice spot of lunch)

Almost as much as I loved doing the Black Eyed Susan's...all beaded with rocai...rockil...little beads...

(I love the last line: just choc full of hope and optimism)
If I gave you everything that I owned and asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me as I would for you?
Or take me for a ride, and strip me of everything including my pride
But spirit is something that no one destroys

The wee chappy in the corner is my adaptation of the turtle mascot for Maryland University but instead of an M emblazoned across his chest I've done a J as a hommage to Joanie and her super heroine turtley rescuing!

This is also for Joanie...a photo of my most groovy of shoes...few months late but better late than never eh?!

So to Joanie: my bloggy chum, turtle saviour extraordinaire, mixed media mistress and wonderful person...HAPPY DAYS AND THANK YOU! x;0)

Stay tuned folks...I'm working on a new line of Mimi-Mini's heading for Etsy real soon...(there is a birthday in the house this weekend so if you don't hear from me for a while it's cos I'm in a cake/choccy induced coma...huzzarghhh!!!!!!)
Thanks for droppin' by! x;0)