Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Elves, Men and Aunt Gerda (February Reads)

Another month, another set of three books towards a goal:
050. Read 3 books per month for 1 year
As usual I've marked these out of 5 according to my overall enjoyment, although this month I did wonder if I should have been marking out of 10 all along!

The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien (2/5)
I began the month with this book to follow on from my Tolkien themed January (I've been watching Lord of the Rings and of course, I read The Hobbit!)
The Silmarillion is basically a collection of stories about how Middle Earth came to be, and of the First Age, when the elves first came to Middle Earth.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

1 Year, 52 Paintings - Goal #55 Masterpost

After completing 52 paintings inside 12 months - goal #55 on The List - I figured it might be easier to create a masterpost to display everything together!

Here are my 52 paintings.
I've sorted them into categories, but have numbered them according to the order I painted them in.

Clicking the thumbnail will take you to the post containing that painting.

01. Teatime in the Forest 02. The Colour of Music
03. Smoke and Mist 29. The Visitor
30. Picnic 31. Gee Up!
35. Giftart for friend 38. New Year at 221b
50. Steve Finn and the Cute Lamp

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Little Deer Daydreams

Visitors to this blog may have noticed the tab at the top, 'Little Deer Daydreams @ Etsy'.
The curious may have clicked on it to find it led to an empty Etsy shop. Oops?

My Etsy shop has been much neglected over the past six months (did my listings really expire last Summer?!)

At last, I have revived the store, renewed some listings and widened my product range!
Previously all I tended to sell was necklaces...

Some were more simple, like the wire-wrapped pale amethyst pendant above, whilst others were chunkier, such as the hematite, smoky quartz and snowflake obsidian necklace below.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

A Dress for the Winter

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my goal to make three items of clothing from patterns.

Yesterday I finished sewing this dress! Getting pictures of it was a nightmare, mostly involving rubbish lighting and my face. (Anyone else manage to pull awful grimaces when they try to smile on demand?!) But I did manage a few reasonable ones, with help of my family.

The dress is made from a pattern Burda Style 01/2015 issue, style 105:

The magazine included two 'views' - one with chiffon (seen above) and the other with batiste and embroidered tulle.

My goal is to stick to the patterns. I did make a couple of changes, but still within the bounds of 'using the pattern':