Sunday, 29 May 2011

Spud U Like?!

Well hello my bloggy chums, how are we all today? Magnificent I hope?
I'm afraid I'm starting with a vent and a whinge this time, sorry but OOO it's been a right week of it as MimiLove Towers this week!
If the power shower packing up mid rinse-repeat cycle...(altho in all fairness it has been held together with sticky tape and limescale for the past 2yrs so it was only really a matter of time) which was closely follwed by a flat tyre in the hospital carpark which induced a Basil Fawlty hitting car with branch style attack, which nearly got me sectioned, if that wasn't enough!

On top of that, and probably worst of all in my book...I in advertantly ate a lump of parsnip...I HATE parsnip...there I've said had cunningly disguised itself as a potato in a vegetable soup thing and induced, I have to admit, a pathetically childish hissy fit!
If ever you wanted to thwart n repel me from your door vampire style, then just thrust a lump of cooked parsnip my dad was partly to blame after one of those sneak get your kid to eat vegetables attacks by "disguising" them in mashed potato but I knew summin was a bit fishy cos his moustache was trembling when I questioned the weird sweet twang!
This also sparked a heated debate between me n Mr.Mimi, lover of all the (wood based!) root vegetables too: Swede-ok but ONLY if mashed. Turnips - just plain insanity nothing more to be said. Carrots are a minefield all of there own: raw yes, grated no, cubed/circled and boiled - Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

The jury's still out on carrot cake...

I really should get out more....

So anyway!! One thing we did agree on was spuds...specifically this one:

Meet Spud, the furry companion of my chum luligirl's mum.

He's a Smooth Fox Terrier, which has tickled me no end as it conjures up the voice of Lesley Phillips in my head..DING DONG!
I have to say I was supremely nervous about doing this, not only because it was a birthday present, but luligirl is a fantastic artist and portrait painter too

You can see more of her beautiful photography and portraits on her flickr photostream pressure there then?!

Anyroad, luligirl was generous enough to commission me to do my stitchy thing on a wee pillow this time. I had a few guidelines: mum's favourite colours of pink and green and favourite tune by blues legend Muddy Waters, then I was pretty much left to my own devices huzzah!
So here is Spud, hand painted in acrylics, surrounded by a hand stitched flowery garland in shades of pinks with leaves in shades of green

Sequin flowers and glittery glass beads for added bling!

The lines from Muddy Waters Hoochy Coochy Man:
You know I'm the Hooochy Coochy Hound!
Everybody knows I'm...Spud!

He's backed with black and white checked gingham and has a wee pink and white spotty ribbon

I have received news that mum loved him, so sighs of relief all round here and a big THANK YOU to luligirl for trusting me on such a special occassion :)

Once again I cannot tell you how much I love doing this sort of work. So if you have a furry, scaley or feathery chum that you would like festooned with stitchyness, hop on over to my shop or drop me a line

Which is precisely what my other chum Mud the jewelling genius behind It's a Lovely Cake has up for the MimiLove treatment is this wee fella, Starsky aka Pig..

Hot pre-stitchy action!

So that's what I'll be up to for a wee while.

Now cast your minds back if you will where I was wittering on about a new Royal Wedding themed collaboration between myself and the street art chaps Idiom

Well we have finally tied the knot and are proud to announce the marriage of our stitchy and street arty skills...we are also announcing a Bank Holiday on Monday 30th May by way of a celebration...huzzah! :)

Yes folks I'm nearly a month late to the alter, but I've finally finished my part in our latest piece! The chaps sent me a fabulous hand stencil/screenprint:

And I did my painty stitchy thing.

Hand painted glittery Cockney Sparrows festooned with stitchy flowers cheer on the lovely Mrs.Prince William in her glittery stitchy crown

"COR BLIMEY! I can't believe me mince pies! You're a right Boby Dazzler and no mistake!""Goodness me. I can hardly believe my eyes! You are very beautiful indeed!"

The bride wore a fluffy dressing gown, the grooms patience wore thin! ;0)
A3 Hand cut stencils and screen print. Hand embroidery...and hand painted glittery Cockney Sparrows and available for your purchasing pleasure...if you'd like to have our collective wedding stitchy painty brains hammered to your wall let me know!

Now, cant sit around here all day bloggering about with you lot, I'm off for a slice of carrot cake...purely for research purposes you understand...

Til the next time folks, big loves to y'all and thanks for droppin' by!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Hello Sailor!

Warning this post contains mens business! :)

Ahh Gawd bless ya Sir Henry Cooper

I was a bit too young to remember ever seeing him in the ring (I heard that comment at the back!) but I do vividly recall this:

My poor Dad had to endure a Brut gift pack pretty much every Christmas...technically his own fault as it was all my pocket money would stretch to and Denim was considered a bit to racey, but it's a niff that takes me right back!

And talking of going right back...(show me tenuous and I'll link to it!)...many moons ago before this stitching lark took a hold I used to paint portraits of celeb's, film posters that kinda thing, great big walloping things they were and I had the honour of painting Our 'Enry which he very kindly signed. The painting was then sold on and eventually ended up being auctioned Sotheby's, (blimey!), so I owe Sir Henry a big debt of gratitude for sending me on my painty path and my Dad an apology for years of reeking of cheap aftershave!

Now whilst we're on the subject of the wonderful menfolk I have the pleasure of knowing, I'd like to introduce you to my stitchy chum Mark, also know as FilmResearch.

Mark uses hand embroidery, fibers, and vintage fabrics to create his glorious work. Inspired by, colors, textures, fabrics and the natural world, which makes him my stitchy soul mate too! :)

His work has been exhibited in shows including Highline Community College in March 2011 "99 Coelacanths." Tacoma Community College 'Post Pop' and Portland Oregon's Redux shop 'Lovesick'

You can read more about Mark at Feeling Stitchy and Mr.X Stitch too  and see more of his work over on his Flickr photostream

Mark is also a fellow budgie botherer (no really, he'll love that!) and we've recently had an exchange of feathery friends!

He is currently squidgin' one of my wee fella's...

...and I'm the proud owner of a wee budgie smuggling sailor! ;0)

Mark says about the piece: "I love budgies, we call them parakeets here in the US. In Australia, the indigenous land of the budgie they call Men's speedos 'budgie smugglers.' Wait, visualize, you got it.That phrase made me so happy"

Well happy doesn't quite cover it, I'm delirious with joy!  The phrase is a personal favourite of mine too and combined with Mark's divine stitching it couldnt be more perfect and I'm thrilled to the gills to own a piece of his fabulous work!

Now talking of squidgin my wee fella's....matron!

 Yet another quick reminder that to celebrate her birthday the fabulous Carina from Polka and Bloom is holding a series of giveaways featuring pieces fellow stitchers and a wee budgie courtesy of moi, so if you want to join in the squidgin' fun head on over to Carina's blog this Friday!

Also in the Mimi pipeline...

There's been a sudden surge...well, two...requests for Audrey Hepburn, (naked...without embroidery!) this is the first, a watercolour on paper

Audrey in her titfer.  Tit fer tat = hat!

The second, I am about to start work on, which is a thumping great 1 meter acrylic on canvas, bit of a shock ot the system as it's a been a while since I worked on such a big scale!

And a stitchy commish featuring a wee doggy, sadly no longer with us, nicknamed Pig!

Now can't sit around bloggering around with you lot all day, there's a packet of Toffee Crumble ice lollies that need attending too...well, they might melt and that would be a waste, so really I'm saving money n the planet n stuff...

So til the next time big loves to y'all and thanks for droppin' by!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Grrl friend!

All together now....ahhhhhh!
Well didn't she look lovely? And what a splendid day too; I don't generally need an excuse to crack open a bottle of something bubbly and have a slice of something Victoria spongey, but I felt it was entering into the spirit of the day and would probably be rude not to!

The dress was a triumph too, featuring stunning handmade lace and embroidery stitched by the good folks at the Royal School of Embroidery, where one of my stitchy chum's Curegreed is studying....I have had a piece of my work shown there, but only in as much as it was a swap piece to Rosa and she had it on her desk for a wee while...but that counts in my book! ;0)

(yoink! Photo courtesy of BBC)

Apparently the stitchers had to change needles every 3 hours and wash their hand every 30 minutes to keep it immaculate; it's probably just as well I'll never be that accomplished because it would've been covered in kitty fur and cake crumbs
Still there's always Harry, I'm hoping he might choose someone with a maverick taste in fashion and a penchant for budgies and jingly bells ;0)

Now talking of stitchy loveliness! I'm sure most of you are familiar with the fabulous Denise Litchfield, the Grrl behind Grrl & Dog
I adore Denise and her work: from her guerilla knitting and street art installations:

(Yoink! Photos courtesy of Grrl& chick too I think you'll agree!)

To her glorious vintage softy characters, check out her Esty shop here:

So I was thrilled to the very gills (and also extremely terrified!) when she commissioned a portrait of her top dog and bezzie mate Baxter, a Dingo Kelpie and a very fine chap too!

Denise sent me some glorious photo's of Hound and gave me a few guidelines, sew this is what I came up with :)

He loves the bush so Mr. Baxter is nestled amongst a leafy french knotty bush/undergrowth in various shades of olivey green, metallic silver and greys

Native flowers: the waratah, a symbol for the state Denise and her crew live in, and for courage under crisis, which Baxter has shown in spades. I have hand stitched a big bold waratah blossom in shades deep red, silky cerise and crimson with purple detail, and also a waratah bud with tiddly glass beads

Pink and green together in any combination, so as a tribute to Denise's guerilla knitting, he's standing on guard in front of a yarn-bombed lamp post.
Keeping him company is his wee Zombie penguin. (Baxter had a stuffed emperor penguin that he loved to play with as a puppy..he would kill it and bury it, then dig it up to relive the fun all over again...bless!)

His pet names of Houndy Woundy and Mongrel Dog.  Like all my various critters, who will snub a fresh bowl of top of the range kitty dins in favour of a rancid bit of doin's they found behind the wheelie bin, Baxter also loves to scrounge for "street treats".  I composed a stitchy ode to his houndy self

Mongrel Dog! Houndy Woundy!
Eats treats from the street
And stuff that he's found...y
He growls, he snores, he barks, he farts
And most of all he is lion heart!

(Apparently I'm vaguely related to Julian Grenfell the can tell can't ya?!) ;0)
And finally a stitched nod to one of their favourite illustrations from the frankly fabulous J T Steiny Dog-a-Day bird shit breakfast!

Hopefully he will be arriving Australia side soon, in the meantime a huge, for the hundredth time, "THANK YOU!" to my stitchy compadre Denise for trusting me with her best mate :)

And if you'd like to see your furry, feathery or fishy friend immortalized Mimi stylee drop me a line or hop on over to my shop!

Before I disappear into a cake induced nap a quick reminder that to celebrate her birthday the fabulous Carina from Polka and Bloom is holding a series of giveaways over the next couple of weeks featuring pieces by fellow stitchers and this wee laughing budgie courtesy of moi...

..who will be up for grabs on Friday 13th May eek...(that's the budgie up for grabs not'd never afford the cake bill!)

Big Bank Holiday loves to y'all and thanks for droppin' by! :)