This morning on the jaunt between school drop-off and my studio I bought two pots of Spring blooms. A little yellow pot of Tete-a-tete narcissi and a beautifully vibrant pink polyanthus.
Then on the jaunt between purchasing/drinking my first latté of the day at the café and getting down to some work I faffed with my blooms. Oh, such sweet, colourful faffing, I'm pretty sure I went a bit weak at the knees snipping and arranging these small stems.
I already had this little old china pot on my desk with some fading blue muscari and a few twigs of almost-open forsythia, so it was simply a case of snip-snip-snip and adding three more weeny stems. I spent a silly amount of time arranging it all just so, for the absolute simple enjoyment of doing it.
And then I added the Mini Chicklets - oh, aren't they just?!! These cuties hatched yesterday - the idea for them formed in my Creative Mind just like that with no warning yesterday afternoon and demanded to be brought ImMeDiAtElY into reality. I was honestly powerless to resist the cheep-cheep of these chicklets, and now they are here and I love them so much. Today at the studio (after faffing with the flowers and dancing around with my camera) I sat down and made a tutorial for making them - I'll write it all up and share it with you tomorrow (Thursday) all being well.
I am constantly finding inspiration in flowers, sometimes it's the real thing that sets me off on a creative spin and sometimes it's a mere thumbnail picture in a magazine or catalogue that does it for me.
These little pictures are taken from a Sarah Raven catalogue which came free in one of the Spring magazines. Sarah's flower combinations are the floral colour-equivalent of my blankets, I just adore the way she mixes colours. Her catalogues are always inspiring and a feast for the eyes.
I stumbled across these today too - posters made from images of vintage seed catalogues from the 1800's. I'm not sure how these pictures arrived on my computer screen, I was searching on Amazon for something butterfly related and suddenly I was drowning in a whole page of these gorgeous floral images.
I especially love the one on the left as I have a deep love of nasturtiums and grow them from seed in my back yard pots most years. But aside from the nostalgic flower-love aren't those colours just glorious! All these colourful floral images are dancing inside my head at the moment as I am in the throes of choosing a colour palette for my next blanket.
Actually, I'm working on several new projects all at once which is a lovely if complex way to go about things. This blanket-to-be has been on my mind for many months now, I sampled and finalised the pattern for the blocks about six weeks ago but have been stalling on the final choice of colours. I want something super-pretty and light, but not pale. I want soft but not wishy-washy. I've taken lots and lots of yarn-peg photos but nothing has felt quite right so far.
So during the past few weeks I've been crocheting up these squares in spare snippets of time, all the while pondering on the colours as they collect into their neat little piles with their tangled tail ends.
The blanket won't be made from these one-colour squares (although looking at the above picture, crikey, I am LOVING the simplicity of that - dare I make a thirty-two colour blanket>>?? No, probably not.) No, I just use these squares to play with, to test out combinations and stuff, it's the next step on from the pegs. Usually by this stage I've pretty much got it sorted with only one or two choices to deliberate over, but right now I'm needing to halve the above colours, and that decision making process is proving to be very tricky.
I've also been crocheting with two new palettes of Chunky yarn during recent weeks, finally getting to grips with a new bag design. I designed this bag way back in May last year, but for various reasons it's needed to sit quietly on the back burner until now. Coming back to it almost a year later has been great and I've now re-worked some of the bits that I wasn't completely happy with.
I've not quite finished working on the bags just yet (nearly, but not quite), and I can't wait to show them to you. The colours in my bag look like Autumn and Spring don't you think? Gosh, listen to me - colour, colour, colour, flowers, crochet, colour, colour....I feel a bit obsessed.........
......awwww you complete cutie-pie, just look how mini you are!!! Loving my brood of chicklets, more coming tomorrow.........back soon, toodle-oo!