Thursday, 27 September 2007


Hasn't time just flown! I was full of good intentions, ready to tell you all about the Angie Lewin exhibition and didn't manage until now - so here goes!


Angie Lewin produces lovely prints and collage work that has such a retro feel in both colour palette and choice of subject. The stylised flower heads and seed pods are extremely detailed and complex to print - and absolutely stunning to see for real. It did surprise me how small some of the prints were and I must admit the bigger prints did make more of an impression, for me anyway. 'Alliums' is my favourite at the moment - possibly because it is larger and makes a bigger impact in a gallery setting.

All printed designs are limited editions of 40 prints only and the small collage pieces are one off originals.

More pics....

'Speypath III'

'Island with Teasels'

If you are interested in seeing her work and are near Cornwall, you will find her present exhibition at 'Artonomy' at Green Street Truro - link to their site here:
This exhibition runs until the 20th October 2007.

There is also a list of current and future exhibitions on Angie Lewin's website, as well as a gallery of all past and present prints to peruse - lovely stuff and worth a visit. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Hats and Holidays

After a busy week so far, there are now more things on the website. Please feel free to have a gander! My new camera has been a godsend for sharp photos - shame the light isn't quite so good now that summer has definitely left us. But on the good side, all the beaches in Cornwall are now relately empty which means I can wander about with my camera snapping away, testing all the buttons.

This is Crantock beach, near Newquay - the tide is way out and has left lots of rippling sand patterns to photograph.

I did try out the new macro lens on my camera and got some good close-ups of the madly coloured seaweed/moss washed onto the beach.

I thought these offered interesting colour combinations, possibly for dip dyeing yarns or fabric for new projects. The colours are subtle but still manage to retain a bright pink element - I like that. Nature is very clever in her colour choices - can't beat it!

Of course, we couldn't go to the beach without some drawing on the best free canvas!

A photo heavy post today - back soon hopefully with more progress and some images from the Angie Lewin exhibition I visited today.

Caio for now,

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Post and pressies!

Look what arrived in the post! Lovely bamboo crochet hooks from China - all ready to go! I have never used wooden crochet hooks before and have just stuck to my good 'ol metal ones. But I was looking for a craft pressie and came across these. They look nice, they look as if they would feel nice to work with too. So, I decided to get two packs instead of one - just to try them out - of course!

My first concern was that they were strong enough - I really don't want to snap these when I've just got them. But they feel quite resistant and after a few minutes you forget that was even a worry. Then you realise that there is no groove in your finger from the metal numbers on your 'ol metal ones - bonus! These ones have printed sizes - love the look of these!

Longer hours can now be spent on the ripple blanket - yey! (which has been sadly neglected of late - due to crocheted aprons and websites!)

So of course, I put these lovely new crochet hooks to the test - something quick to see the results. I also got to test my new double knit undyed lambswool to see how it works up.

Not convinced about the undyed lambswool but I like the picot edging on the bootie.

Also in the post came todays special pressie - my new camera! I had to reduce these pictures they were so good - but BIG! It's a Finepix s5700 and I love it. It is so easy to use and you can just start clicking away. it has 7.1 megapixels and 10x optical zoom and mega close up. You can use auto or work manually, but I must admit, I haven't read through the whole manual yet - too impatient to get going! If you are looking for a decent digital camera then do have a look at the specs - the cheapest deal I found was at and super speedy delivery too.
Will have to take some pics of the new camera with the old!

Well, have to crochet a matching bootie now...... till next time.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Website up and running!!

At last the website is up and running! All your needs catered for with unique decorative textile gifts for every occassion! There isn't much to buy yet but lots to look at. I will be trying to get more on it in the coming few weeks.

So feel free to browse....

Click on the picture or this link to visit La Belle Helene

caio for now - very tired, it's been a long day.............zzzzz.....

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Slide Show!


As promised, pics of the apron - both sides. You can imagine lots of pictures were taken before I was even marginally happy with the results. (Although, I'm still not really. Anything that has me in it will not be a good photo). Thank you John for taking the pictures and having the patience!!!

I like how you can wear this both ways round. Although I think the wide red stripe is meant to be the main front, I quite like having the overlap/wrap side front so I can see the buttons!

And as I was dressing for the occassion.....

Had to match the daisies now, didn't I?

PS. I was trying out a link to my flickr slide show. If you want to see it, just click on the top picture of this post and it will take you straight there. If the 'i' is in the middle of the picture, you can click and it gives you information on each picture. (If you want it out the way, just move the cursor off the picture.)


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