In the very beginning of April, immediately after we returned from Florida I headed up to The Mannings The Mannings a huge store and classroom center near Gettysburg and York, PA. I don't knit, don't crochet anymore but I do love needle felting and wool roving and all its possibilities. I treated myself to a class on nuno felting. Despite having several books and watching a few youtube videos, I enjoy taking an in-person class whenever possible. The instructor, Mary Wilson, was a delight and she brought many samples for the three of us students to be inspired by. We got a pick a scarf "blank" from the store inventory and then two small wool roving packages and any of the drawers of wool pieces we liked. My first attempt was fun and I definitely see more nuno felting in the future. There's a real opportunity to create your own fabric with this technique so this fall I'll be experimenting some more.
|Nuno felted scarf|
|a classmate's shawl in progress|
|Garden totems ready to go outside|
|Plates, bowls, candle holders, vases, jelly jars, cocktail glasses|
|Downton Abbey Tea with new tiered servers on the left|
|In the garden|
|Helping to brighten up the newly replanted area|
|Large bowling balls as gazing balls|
|Small duckpin ball covered in mosaics|
When Mr. Lucky's 96 year-old dad passed away earlier this year, it was a time of reflection for us as we discussed his legacy and influence on our lives. One thing we agreed upon is that experiences are more important than stuff. So yes, I enjoy creating, whether it's these projects or my sewing projects, but I also love the time spent with family and friends and Mr. Lucky. We are grateful for good health in our current retirement years and we are having lots of mini-adventures that are piling up as wonderful memories. Just this spring we enjoyed a day trip to see the tulips in bloom at Longwood Gardens and now that I am a member there will be plenty more of those trips in the coming months.
|Longed Gardens in April.|
We ventured south to Virginia for two nights and three days and packed in a hike at Cold Mountain in the George Washington National Forest, a day at Monticello and then a creative day for me learning about air brushing from my talented friend, Julie, who I think is the epitome of Alabama Chanin chic. Check out her completed projects on her beautiful blog, from these hands - Journal Me, I just have all the books, the Natalie Chanin Craftsy class and now the painted fabric.....as well as many good intentions. Let's see how they turn out.....
|Julie showing me how to use Alabama Chanin stencils and air brushing|
|One of my air brushed fabrics|
|A pewter black paint on the other fabric|
This weekend Mr. Lucky and I are heading off on a 16 day trip to England and Wales. We will start with three nights in London, a city we love. We were in Kent and Surry six years ago but haven't been in London proper for perhaps a dozen years. It will definitely be a change from my first visit this time 43 years ago when I back-packed with three girlfriends through Europe all summer long. I fell in love with London and England right from the start. I was too late to get an Alexander McQueen exhibit ticket this time although I will get back to the fabulous V&A Museum. We are also interested in the new World War I exhibit at the Imperial War Museum. From London we head out to north Wales to meet up with a group and we will hike in the Mount Snowden area for a week. After that we head to the Shrewsbury area to visit with friends who are wonderful gardeners and terrific companions. If you are traveling this summer, I wish you good journeys. And most importantly, I wish you good times in your sewing "zone."