Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year , new classes

Wish you all a very Happy New Year !!!  So very happy to see another one coming and a ugly one gone 😂😂.
I do hope to have a much different year this time. My health seems to start to improve and hopefully will  get better and better.
The classes to be done this year will be more about embroidery and hope to be less stressful than the ones I had run in 2015.
2016 been a year with no classes , no job nothing , totally empty ....
The new designs to make it to the classes are following the brazilian embroidery characteristics missing only the real supplies.  
 The one below is a small one done for a short burst of creativity .
 
































 The bigger one bellow is more for advanced classes and a longer time .

 
































Hope to be more able to do blogs and other social media post in this new year too. 


Happy crafting and good health to all
Lots of love
Renata

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Floral mess

Try few times to do this post but been very unsuccessful for the moment  .
I have terrible problems on doing a blog from my tablet . The problem I have is the fact I do pictures with my tablet and then I can't download strait away those pictures on my laptop .
Anyway I manage to start few more projects so at the end of this year I will still have plenty projects unfinished even if this year was a year of things to be finish .
This project below is hopefully going to be made in a pillowcase. I like it a lot as I get to use many of the left over threads from different other projects.
The design is one of mine and is giving me the chance to practise different stitch combinations .





I do hope this project to be ready by 31st and this is going to be a great challenge. Between time of visits and guests coming for dinner, children coming and going back ( Pick ups from airport and drop them back ) will be an achievement to manage to do some sewing .

Anyway hope you all will have a Merry Christmas
Lots of hugs
Renata

The Shuttle Hive: A Century of Rising Threads

Been lucky enough this summer to participate to a action of the National Museum of Ireland which was a commemorative collection from designer Alison Conneely and inspired by the role of women in the War of Independence.
This exhibition is running until Jan 2017.
"The exhibited collection will display six themed garment panels – reflecting themes from rebellion and resistance to family and domestic life – each consisting of three items of clothing created by Conneely. The panels are inspired by the various roles played by women during this war-time period: as rebels; spies; uniform makers; nurses; messengers; symbols of old Ireland; and revolution directors. Alison’s vision is of a ‘tapestry of values’, and she has used fabrics that evoke both rebellion and modernity, with an ultimate dream of evoking a new myth that is both complex and clean cut."
Me and my friend have been attended the Weaving Workshops where we created small pieces of weaving art .
 

Here is my finish piece of weaving which in the picture below is  3d from up . My idea was to present the bloody dripping days of 1916.

The exhibition is very interesting 
 Very happy to be part of this project too. 

Happy crafting all
Hugs 
Renata



Saturday, 10 December 2016

A lovely commission

This year was full of bad and good and all sorts . I like to think it was more good than bad . I was having only one bad think , getting sick with cancer but then good things start happen.
I start getting better and better, surgery was a success , my husband find himself a permanent job which seems to be his dream job and I am back on the job for few hours per week 😃😃.
For my crafty part this year was full of  projects which was waiting years  to be finish.
My little butterflies waited over 10 years to be finish.

This year was the year when I got the most important commission up to this moment .
It was a very small crosstitch sampler for Gate Theatre , used in " The Hairers "


Like usual when you arrive on the set to finish your job you find your self short on the treads or some other problem. I find myself in that position when you have your sample longer than the frame and had to do some improvisations at the last minute.
Hope they enjoy working with this setting 😅😄.
All in all I would like to consider this year to be finishing in a very good way .
Will start the new one like I new chapter in my life and will be positive as I was all this year.
Initially I was thinking I will just wipe 2016 from my life but now I think God give it to me so I can learn things about me, family friends and strangers .
I learn is OK to be sick , is OK to ask for help and is OK to say NO I can't do something because I have to put myself and my family first.
Even my crafts lost the first place which they always had 😂😂😂😂.

Happy crafting all
Lots of hugs
Renata
  

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Proud and happy

Happy days will come ahead of me . Yes .... I am going to have my both children home for Christmas.
I am one happy mama 😃😄😄
In the summer my daughter decided she will follow her boyfriend to London and will leave there for two / three years . He is doing a master or specialize in some sort of physiotherapy and she will continue her work as makeup artist with Lancome .
My soon in other hand is gone to Sweden for one year in the student exchange program. He seems to can't wait to get back home. Is good to be on your own but is better when mum is doing laundry, cleaning and food sometime 😂

 Here is at my son's secondary school graduation. A very proud sister as you can see and a very serious boy thinking to the hard life (not yet ) which is waiting him .

 Very proud family ....

 He is probably thinking :""hmmm... here I come speeding from the back""
Yes .... I am very guilty , been the most proud mama and I am still proud of two good children which beat all the odds of coming in a strange country with no language skills and no help.
There I am more proud of my husband which manage at his age to get a college done and a master in internet security and this year he finally manage to land the job of his dreams in Bank of Ireland and this in the top of my the stress generated by sickness.

You have a happy stitching there and I send you lots of hugs and good health wishes
Renata

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nostalgii

I find it hard to get back on writing blogs.
I don't know way , just don't find words so more important like before. I use to pay attention to each word I speak and to try to communicate my ideas the clearest possible.
Now I think an picture is saying everything for  people which want to hear 😊
This weekend I have done few pictures of my work from Royal School of Needlework and got a bit of nostalgia for the days when I was running around like a headless chicken 😅😅.
 The crewel embroidery which I so hated at the start of the school become some sort of speciality for me now . Love to do a piece for the diversity of the stitches and for the speed you can have in finishing a piece.
 Gold work embroidery is the reason way I decide to do the RSN in first instance but I don't know way I start few more pieces but never manage to finish them .

With silkshading it was same as goldwork 😏, love the technique but never manage to finish another piece , thought I have one in the frame .
This is the blackwork piece which actually make me cry , NO , I am serious , physically cry . I start practising on the piece below so when I choose the little rabbit I thought all will go smooth and easy Do you think RSN is going to leave anything to be easy? Nope .....
All that stress added with a full time job and teaching classes and a participation at the K&S brought me on the brink of dead.
Now we are going to delete all this year and get a new piece of calico and start from scratch again 😅😅😅


You have a happy stitching there and I send you lots of hugs and good health wishes
Renata

   

Monday, 28 November 2016

Embroidery class

It was a great weekend this past one. My first and last class for this year 😊.
I had a great class at the Kildare ICA Federation craft day , lots of things done .
I hope to be able to get back in shape and take up my classes again .














some very happy ladies going home with a nice Christmas flower
I did have a great help from my best friend Patricia which was on the ball all day and was explaining her self or just keeping them busy until I was free to show them what they needed to know.
This day make me feel useful and back to life again 😊

Lots of hugs and happy crafting
Renata


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Life after chemoteraphy

Is so long time from last time a touch my PC :)
I can't write a proper blog in my phone or tablet . Now I try to pick up back my life and to put behind all this trouble with the cancer.
I am not mad or anything else about what had happen and try to not think I actually lost a year from my life. No, this was a big lesson which probably I needed to learn and I come out with a lot  about my family and the lots of friends I have .
But the best thing was I learned a lot about myself , what I like and what I don't , how strong I can be and what weaknesses I got.
I had to keep busy all this time and I come out with an idea: learn to read a knitting pattern . Well I am only 10% there I think but I am OK with . Now I find I don't feel in hurry for anything .
I nearly finished my big crewel embroidery started last December , need only framing .
I think I  find even a name for ''Rooster with bloomers ''


I find it hard to transfer my pictures from the tablet or phone to my Laptop . It will take me some time but I will manage this one too. Probably I should be back on using Picasa .

Thursday, 28 July 2016

A midnight taught

I know.... please don't be upset about my silence. Just been busy , you know between sleeping , chemo , surgery and hospital stay my life became a bit hectic.
Yes I know... I just was complaining having my life in slow motion and now is just to fast .. ?
No I think is just normal.
I am please to say at least I have no more cancer in my body as from 13th June 2016 :) :) :) ...
I had my debulking surgery and by my doctors they said they took out all the visible cancer .
It wasn't easy been in surgery from 8am to 3pm and then try to weak me up until 7pm. Well ....I was in a merry world at that time as I do not remember any of but my family did not take it easy waiting and waiting ...and waiting .
Now I am fine had not a single complication which was for the relief of my doctors .Now I am back on the chemotherapy for few more so just to eliminate any stubborn cells  that may had make a break for freedom.This time the chemo did not acted like before, feel much better only a bit weak with trembling feet but otherwise OK.
Right now is 4am and I am up from 2am which here in Dublin is mid night and what I am doing ? write a blog . Seems I can't sleep and probably this is a side effect of the chemo so I decide maybe I can catch up a bit with you guys.
Hope all of you are OK and life is good for you as is for me now.
Many people was talking to me and all are under the impression I have change so much after this like I come out of the cancer a total different person.
Don't know about other people but I don't think I am so different , I don't want to be different either . My take in life is still same only maybe a bit more cautious , take things slowly and think first : is it worth to do something and is any health implication and is this something I really want to do .....
Yes I am a bit ga ga ga ...now thinking even when I put something in my mouth if that piece of food is really good for me, is something which will do good to me or is really worth the risk of eating it now. 
Now I am not gone to bore you anymore with all this and I will let you enjoy some of my latest picture of the work I manage to do .

I hope to manage to add here the instagram link https://www.instagram.com/p/BIU9uBlBPIw/

Is hard to decide what to finish first as I have such amount of things started..... but I presume I can close my eyes , put my hand in a bag  and pull out anything .
Here is a small pic of something started aprox in 2003/2004 ,  can't even remember well 😊😊😊

I will back and promise to transfer some of this picture here in the blog later .

Happy crafting all
Lots of hugs

Renata 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Life in slow motion

Long time did not post anything . Is not like did not exist anymore but things got slow and life is different. My month now become only of 21 days how many are between chemotherapy treatments. From this 21 about 10 - 15 are good for nothing else than sleeping and maybe watch TV .
But then every single day is a victory !!!😁😁😁
The rest of the days up to 21 are fill with anything which can keep me busy.
A bit of work to my big crewel which was started as a commission design but then I had to cancel the commission contract due to the my time schedule now.

Is coming out nicer than expected but very slow. The big frame is not very helpful now when you have pain all over the body .
Another small project which start to get some momentum would be a sampler started in the class with some of my students and which I decided I may finish until I be able to be back for classes.
Now... I may have to leave you at this stage so I can gather my pictures for a further post.
My treatment is going well enough so soon I may be able to actually comeback with more crafts pictures.


Happy crafting all
Hugs and kisses
Renata