Tuesday, 12 July 2011

A Cross Stitch to Remember Brandy

Last week we had some very sad news.  I had a phone call from my sister late on the Monday night to say that our family dog, our beautiful golden retriever, Brandy, had been taken to the vets after collapsing in the garden and that he was going to be put to sleep.  It was a time that we all knew was going to come, but hoped never would, for Brandy was 16 years old. 

Bizarrely, that morning I had decided to enbark on a new Lizzie-Kate design for my mum, titled 'Love my Dog' and I had worked on it in the garden in the sunshine throughout the day.  At this point I had no idea what was going to happen.  So when I got the call it was very upsetting, but also a very strange coincidence as I had been thinking about Brandy quite a lot that day. 

Anyway, below is a picture of the cross stitch, and also a photo of Brandy with Freya. Admittedly it is not the best picture of either of them but one of the last that I have. Brandy was a wonderful dog, everyone who met him thought so, and he is going to be very much missed.

Brandy with Freya - June 2011

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Slow Progress

In the last few weeks progress has been very slow, as there has been a lot going on with one thing and another, so there has not been a lot of time to get my head down and focus.  However, I did manage to get all my research on colour complete, but it is still sitting on the computer because I am undecided how to present it.  At first I was thinking of putting it in my portfolio, but then I had the idea to make a larger, seperate concertina booklet (like the Bridget Riley one but bigger).  I think I am going to go with this idea, and have a yellow booklet, because the portfolio is red, and the BR book blue so then as a collection it will be the primary colours, relating to the theme of colour perfectly.  I have also had the idea to make all my work in the portfolio look old, (my theme is the Aztecs) by staining everything with a tea bag, but this would not really be appropriate for the colour theory work.  So many ideas, now I need to exectute them.   And yes, the weekly plan has gone completely out of the window!!