Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Lost and Found

I have never lost my interest or appreciation of nature. Every single day I wake up and pull back the curtains and see where I live I am so full of wonder and happy and grateful that I live in this beautiful place.

I picked the violets and primroses from my garden the day I left to travel to see my friends and knew they would be gone by the time I returned home. The idea came into my head to press them and then they would be here. As a child I loved to press flowers but I don't do it very often theses days. I opened a book, carefully arranged them on the page just as I would have done all those years ago.


I found them as I opened that book and I knew it gave me so much joy. Yes joy, I knew it would. So I decided to promise myself, to do all the things that give me joy.


I have been away to both London and Edinburgh. In London I visited art galleries, saw the live butterflies at the Natural History museumn and saw many beautiful shops such as Liberty. If I was to pick my favourite thing it would be that day in the haberdashery department full of fabrics, like swimming through a sea of fabrics and I found myself inspired, my head was filled with lots of ideas. I promised myself I would come home and finish off that quilt that has been going on for many years, made from Liberty fabrics. I did make something for a present, for a special birthday and the reason the four of us made this trip. And yes I used some Liberty fabric. And sent it with a handmade tag of course.

In Edinburgh I had a special person to spend time with. My beautiful daughter Jane who made me feel very proud of her achievements, as she had her own show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Her solo show "Made in Cumbria", which she wrote and performed each day and had a five star review.

As for me I walked miles, got lost wandering and discovering secret places, art galleries, craft shops and street entertainers around the city. I laughed at shows, smiled along with everyone else at this lovely exciting and fun filled place with such a friendly atmosphere. I sat in the park, browsed the craft stalls and watched more entertainers. The sun shone all week and we ate outside the healthy cafe each day watching all The people in this busy city. It rained and it poured on my last day but it didn't dampened my enthusiasm and I came home feeling very inspired.


One of my souvenirs from Edinburgh, a lovely Scottish lambs wool rug. Already needed it on these chilly nights. I bought a necklace made from a piece of blue and white China, I chose a piece with a ship on it.

Back home I am walking along the beach at the next village to me. Last week with a China blue sky above me and I am on a mission to find some.

It felt so strange to have this place to ourselves, all this space after being in two busy cities, both full of people. So quiet, so calm and so, so beautiful. After all the excitement of visiting other places it feels good to return to my own world and gentle pace of life.

I wasn't disappointed, little pieces of China with worn smooth edges from years of being washed and worn by the sea as the tides come in and out day after day, year after year. All those little treasures waiting for me to find them, as every time you turn that white shape over and discover the blue and white pattern, it makes me smile. We sat down on the sand and ate our sandwiches and fruit, with sand of course!

Looking out to sea as the tide is coming in, just as we are leaving.


The view towards home. It was a lovely walk and I couldn't wait to get home and empty my bag.


Here I am sorting it out into sea glass and China and my beautiful feathers I collected along the way. Lots to choose from and add to a drawing.


Lost and found, where they lost, well I definitely found them.



And my mind was telling me I must go and collect some blackberries along the hedgerows and so the very next day I was up and off first thing and this is what I found. Four pounds of blackberries, found, picked , washed and made into jam when I got home.


Four jars of blackberry jam, well three and a bit now. Now to me, that is such a nice feeling nice to know you made it, it tastes so good and as it came from the hedgerows in my own village. JOY indeed, on toast, in scones and I even poured some on ice cream.

After finding some fallen Lords and Ladies, drawing subjects, I added them to my book.


I have been working on a little creative project. After a night out at the pictures, watching the wonderful BFG film. I was so inspired, it was a magical film. I was entranced with the dream jars as I had seen some of the large jars in London. But, I couldn't get the image of one of the huge Giants holding the tiny patchwork quilt in his massive hands out of my mind. I had the idea to make one, a tiny quilt, so I did.



I hand printed it with a tiny triangle and then hand quilted it. I finished the border a few days ago. Yes it made my happy to make this pretty little quilt.

I love making things, completely hand made, hand printed, hand stitched and using an old white sheet, recycled. It feels like me. I loved the finished quilt.




I started a new little project and made a new needle case and pincushion with some left over pieces from my new cushions. It is lovely to see my drawings on things I have made and I thought it would make a nice matching pair with my egg and feather I did for peony and sage.

My new little Feather pincushion and egg needle case, trimmed with some of my blackberries and bees, ready for the next sewing project.

So what shall I make next? Something that brings me Joy!

Maybe a slice of toast and blackberry

And go and sit on my front step and enjoy the view.


See you soon, hope everyone has enjoyed their summer and looking forward to Autumn. Millyx

The view as Summer ...........

...............................................now turns to Autumn.






Maywyn said...

Your enthusiasm is as inspiring as your artwork. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photographs story of your travels.

Congratulations to Jane! Five stars is fantastic.

Frances said...

Dear Milly, what a very fine gift you have presented us with! I looked at this post yesterday, but wanted to return today for a second longer look with fresh eyes.

I don't think the comment box will be large enough for me to mention all my reactions to what I found here.

You already know that we are both Liberty fans, and it would have been fun to have visited that haberdashery with you. It would have been even more fun to have been in Edinburgh and to have seen your talented daughter's performance. Please do keep me posted with where/when she might next be performing.

Edinburgh is such an interesting place with its old and new town and all those hills. I like its blend of old and new, and hope to visit there again some time.

Ahhh, but your walk along that open shoreline must be the very best part of this post. The view is spectacular, with the shore, the sea, the sky all vying for an artist's eye. You certainly found many treasures along your walk, and it's grand to see what you have been painting.

I almost forgot to mention the pressed flowers, which were such a clever way to keep the flowers' beauty while you were on your travels. Welcome back! xo

RH Carpenter said...

Oh, this was such a lovely post today!! I enjoyed hearing about your trips and seeing what you have been creating on paper and in fabric, these days - ending with a beautiful thought to sit on the stoop and watch the sunset with you :) Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and your love of nature. You are inspiring and I think you should write a little book, really!! A book of your thoughts on your walks, your collections, and you would illustrate it - even if it was never published, it would become a family keepsake forever. All the best as summer fades, the autumnal equinox arrives and the sky blazes in the west each evening.

Deborah Nolan said...

Dear Molly first of all congratulations to your lovely daughter. What a wonderful achievement. Your art and hand work is just beautiful. I always enjoy seeing it as well as your collected treasures that inspire your creative endeavors. That BlackBerry jam looks delicious. Bet it will not last through winter: )! I know it would not at my home. Thanks so much Molly for a great post. Take care and have an awesome autumn. Hugs!

suz said...

seeing what you create is so inspiring - I love your work. Congratulations to your daughter - talent certainly runs in the family. Thank you for sharing your walks and finds with us.

Feathers said...

Welcome home! You've been missed, but I'm so glad you had such a safe and happy time away, visiting loved ones and enjoying such a change of pace, spending such a good visit with your daughter. This post shows that you haven't lost your talent for sharing your experiences and discoveries.-We're as glad to have you home safely as you are to be there. Hugs from across the big pond, Anita.

Sarah Morrish said...

Oh Milly, What a wonderful blogpost. I've been neglecting Blogger for a while and it is lovely to come back and be welcomed by your writings and pictures.

I fell in love with Edinburgh when I studied at the RBGE in 2012 and long to go back there.

I too saw the BFG with my two young nieces aged 7 and 10, such a delight to see it through their eyes, especially after reading the story to so many children in my past life as a Nursery Nurse !

Thank you for your inspiration.

tiziana boccaletti said...

Dear Milly,
Your blog posts are a true inspiration! One can tell immediately that you have a strong connection and love for the natural world. I am so grateful you are sharing it here!

Lucille said...

What a joy-full post. We enjoy collecting sea glass too but never find blue and white china. What a treasure trove. What do you do with your glass? I'm tempted to put it back on the beach for someone else to find. I think spotting it is the best part. When I have it in jars it's pretty but not as special as when it's glistening on the beach.

Linda said...

Such a fantastic post! I also love nature and never tire of anything remotely related to it. Your photos are very beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

HollyM said...

I am just now reading this post! So much to see. I love your collection of feathers and beach finds. We get lots of sea glass, but not so much China bits.
The fabric with rabbits and the feather and eggs are beautiful! Did you print them or did you send it out? I may have missed that part.
Blackberries are one of my favourites. We don't get them here.
You need to post soon!
Happy holidays.