Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
It is basically addictive porn for people with a cupboard fetish. But you can read it in public. And soon it will turn into a kind of swingers party with everyone showing their bits off on the Internet. And still the Vice squad will not come knocking. Apart from that female officer with the nice lap quilt on the back of her squad car maybe.
It all happens on the 3rd October. A weekend at that. Oh, blissful blog reading to come.
(http://www.helenconwaydesign.com/ - well, what else?!)
I didn't want to just do a gallery of my work ( although there is one). I wanted to provide a resource about design for textiles that can grow with my growth as an artist. Pop over and have a look - you will find all kinds of goodies with more to come in future months.
* By Design - a new Journal about design. Occasional articles about design, book reviews and so on. Please subscribe to make sure you get all my new articles. This will not replace the inane nonsense on this blog but is an added extra. Articles will appear as and when I have time but will generally be lengthier and more detailed than the usual blog post. Three sample articles are there already as a taster of what to expect. It will give me opportunity to stretch my writing muscles!
* Photography - copyright free photos for you to use directly in your work or as a design inspiration. Galleries are divided into specific subject matter for easy choice.
* Bookstores - come shop with me....!
* Sketchbooks - I'll show you mine and you don't even have to show me yours.
* Galleries - my modest output. I was amazed how much there was!
The idea is that I will add to the site as time goes on. The photogallery should expand exponentially as we travel. If there is something you'd like on there, please shout up.
So go on, why are you still here? Go have a look!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Because the giveaway works like this:
Eveyone who mentions my new site in their blog gets an entry to my draw.
And everyone who adds my site to their links list on their website gets an entry to the draw.
You can get as many entries as you make mentions- just leave me a comment with the link URL below ( or email me).
On the 10th October I will make a random draw and the winner will be able to choose a book of their choice from my bookstores. (Or if the lucky winner has them all, they can choose a book for me to add into my store and send to them).
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Speaking of accommodation you will have noticed that, although I thought I would be lucky ever to get rid of it, the Christchurch apartment I was giving away went within minutes. It is a nice story. It was requested by a lurker on my blog, a fellow quilter and a farmer from New Zealand, whose occupation means that she and her husband never get to go away together - she said they had not had a holiday for many many years. But now her son and partner are able to help out with the farm and so she is coming to Christchurch for a break. It is her birthday on the day the accommodation is booked and her sister has just moved to Christchurch. How perfect is that? From her emails she seems very excited indeed and I am now looking forward to meeting her for coffee.
I still cannot explain how I did not check the accommodation out a little more to see if it was suitable for our particular needs given the nerdish detail with which I have researched the rest of the tour, but she is very happy with it, having the same information I do and so all I can think now is that it is one of those mysterious 'meant to be' situations in which I was an unwitting player.I did feel a bit bad at being such a Spoiled Princess but now I feel like a Fairy Godmother!
Monday, September 21, 2009
So these are not at all like me. But I love them. Dennis hates them but everyone has a lapse of good judgement from time to time. They are as soft as butter ( but more protective), a little brighter than the photo shows, I can walk for miles in them and it is impossible not to be happy wearing them.
I was very amused to get a message from Janet who thought she had spotted me at Festival of Quilts sitting outside Weatherspoons but decided not to approach in case it was not me. Was it you, she asked? The woman she saw was wearing green shoes. I was indeed. I had my feet under the table as far as I recall, but maybe these shoes are a bit louder than I thought.
I just asked Dennis to describe them and explain why he hates them. He may have lapses of good judgement but he is not suicidal. He thought carefully,
"They cry out for attention."
He waited, and when I didn't throw anything he added,
"And they don't need to cry too loud."
I don't care. They are happy, happy shoes.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
00.18 21 /9/09
Believe it or not this is not the surprise I so sulkily complained about you all ignoring in my last post. I use Google Reader and the next button facility so I still see the sidebars on everyone's blog and never realised others did not do the same.) But the title is true....
.. for reasons relating to me having a Spoiled Inner Princess which would take too long to relate, we have decided to change our accommodation in Christchurch. This means that I have a booking for 5 nights from 2nd December 2009 for a deluxe loft apartment in the Off The Square Hotel in the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand which is going unused. It is non-cancellable but the hotel has confirmed that I can transfer the booking, which with my special "book-early-but-you-can't-cancel" deal (sigh) is worth NZD 1183.60. I have even had allocated a quiet apartment to avoid any noise from Cathedral Square in which it is situated. (See the webcam on the square)
So, do you want it? Do you have friends who might want it? Neighbours? Brothers? Sisters? Parents? Lovers? Arch enemies you want to send far away?
First to email me with a request and who can use it, gets it. No cost, no catches.
I'd just like to see someone getting value from it, having paid for it then changed my mind and decided to stay elsewhere.
If whoever takes it wants to have coffee when we are both in Christchurch that would be lovely but it is in no way a condition of the transfer.
Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org with request or questions.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Well frankly, despite the fact that you do not deserve it I am still planning on giving you a surprise soon.
I think it is big and shiney and special.
If you don't agree I shall just go into the garden and eat worms. So there.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
The children in the townships have very little but they love to pose for hotos - all they want in return is to see the picture on the digital display.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
I made the base for this one but the embroidery is all the original design and handiwork of Marcia Conway. I think its beautiful!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Then I spotted them. People. Setting up amplifiers . Right near me.
I was not pleased. Is it not possible to get a drink these days without being subject to other people's choice of noise? And then she started to sing. And boy was she good.
Her name is Esther Alexander and she was Cafe Nero's artist of the month. You can hear three of her tracks from her latest album here for free and ( as I have just done) by the whole CD if you like her. And given that I average CD purchases of one very two years, this is a bit of a recommendation! The first free tcak was the one she started with in the store. I am rubbish at categorising music but I'd say if you like Dido, Katie Meluia and Norah Jones you might want to check her out.