Sunday, 23 August 2015

Bee-cause I wanted to!

I had a real urge to make some bees. I wanted them to be at least based on the
Anatomy of real honey-bees but based
Around a pair of cool black and yellow socks... 


Using the filled-width of the socks, I made a full sized drawing to help make the patterns. Those lovely knee socks bee-came the abdomen!


I chose a dense-quality fur from my stash. I can get 8 bee abdomens from a single pair of long socks. Amazingly I had exactly enough black fur to complete all of them! Some thing's are just meant to bee. 

A completed torso, with pipe cleaner legs, looks like a tic!


The 21mm solid black eyes are the right size, but needed the yellow border to keep the bee looking friendly!


Now the wings sent me digging in my bag of lace and mesh fabric. This mesh gave a good effect, but the wings were floppy. So I sewed all the mesh to pieces of acetate, and i had just enough sheets of acetate to complete all 8 insects!


but the acetate and mesh creation still bends, so i added three folds - problem solved! And the folds look like veins too!


Finally the wings are attached with buttons, so they can be moved a little too. The first bee admires my prize flowers ... 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

The one where The Raggy Rat became Queen!!!

So there she stood, creatively dressed as a busy, creative Mum-of-four...


Why are you wearing that?, says Carl from Wessex FM. All that's missing is a chicken under my arm!


For evening dress I eventual decided against pyjamas. I bought a very simple swingy dress and took it in a little, to fit. Ever practical!


There was entertainment and the Pavilion was so beautifully done up. Like a wedding! 


Judges scribbled their choices without conferring. Excitement was building!


And I was happy to win Miss Charity! Esp since we get to support Julia's House!


This is me utterly shocked ... I actually won Miss Carnival Queen 2015!!! And even better I'm listening to some amazing cheers from a certain table!!


Didn't we do well? I'll see you at the carnival!


Thanks to Frances Underwood Photography for letting me share these pics with you XXX

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Turban too ....

This lovely lady asked me to make a turban for 'Murder at the Pantomime' so I did - in exchange for a donation to Julia's House ....


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Facing up to it - 5

Back to orthodontist for adjustments, this time for my fourth colour I have chosen aqua. I also got to take all the girls with me, all keen to see how eveything worked!


When my orthodontist asks me to 'bite together' only metal and metal actially meet! But she seems happy anyway and I'll be back in 4 weeks time!


Here is Daisy using LIPSY which is a touch screen interactive computer with lots of information on it. I've been dying to show Mary just what can result from thumb sucking! 


After they each had a go on LIPSY, we bought some disclosing tablets from the receptionist so that we could carry out the experiment shown, to see just how well we were cleaning our teeth!

They do not taste very nice at all


Each child saw which bits they had been missing after toothbrushing, and set about doing a better job!


Matty had to clean the tops of her teeth again!


Mary had to scrub the fissures of her molars, and the next morning we still looked like we had consumed some very vivid cordial!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

If your other persona was a food-themed super-hero?

After breakfast we had a bit of giggly fun deciding what food-related person we would be. I think Daisy started it. She remains ever cabbage obsessed, so you can guess which work is hers!


Strictly off the record, I am Miss Rhubard so that left Mike to be The Custard Guy. Mmmmm. 


Mary was drawing all of the characters when Matty protested to the way her hair was portrayed and all hell was let loose! Meanwhile Matty got on with her poster ....


Mary has given Queen Tomato an important identity card, and some very practical talents too!


As well as a poster you can take one of these leaflets to contact Cabbage Girl in a jiffy!


And as for the Egg Super Hero, she's tougher than she looks!


Now our magnetic board in the living room look super cool! Just the way I like it!


Then the sun shone and we went out!


We are all superheroes!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Looks like fun at home!

I love it when the blog looks like Home Education. Projects which came from the hearts and minds of happy Children always make me stop and take photographs!


Mary made this doll in a few stages and with lots of different textures and colours. It began as just a face. 

And here, some drawings in one colour that explore pattern and shape very effectively. I have seen how very different this is from work done at school!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Facing up to it - 4

A big blue smile from me this month. I chose Julia's House blue especially as I'm competing for Carnival Queen this year!


This time chez DCH I got four new brackets at the back of mouth. These wrap right around my number 7 Molars, the only number 8s I have are one upper right, as upper left was long ago pulled out. In my lower jaw the wisdom teeth have never emerged, they don't have any room to and sit in the jaw looking awkward. Sometimes one of the other will try to erupt! 

I expected discomfort from the new hardware, and I got busy with lots of dental wax. But I also got a huge painful swelling on the RHS of my face so I popped back into hospital where I was lucky to be seen within moments, and given reassurance and advice. 

As well as a crop of ulcers, Dr Ellis my consultant found my salivary glad with swollen and indicating a possible blockage or infection. She bent some of the new metalwork away from my cheek and helpfully snipped my wire to the bare minimum!

In a few days all was much better so I didn't have to go to my GP. Phew!