It's a bit like London buses. Nothing for a while and then two (posts) come along in one day! We have had a very quiet Christmas but it has been a chance to take things slowly. My Mum is still staying with us and will be for a few more weeks yet. She finds it very hard to concentrate for more than a few minutes so we haven't got far with occupational therapy. She is managing a little knitting, just 11 stitches to a row but she will only work one row or maybe 2 and has then had enough. One big improvement though is that she no longer needs the zimmer frame to walk round the house and is managing with a stick. I find it doubtful, though, that Mum will be able to live on her own in the future so some difficult decisions may well have to be made soon.
While Mum has been snoozing I have found time to play some more with Photoshop Elements and am continuing with my lessons with Kim Klassen.
This first image has been constructed using a texture of distressed flooring that Kim supplied. The finished image has been made into a brush which I can now use to add texture to other images. I shall have to play with that and show you how it works.
I am very excited by this image above which has been made with a brush that I made myself out of a few lines of text. I got the idea from Judi Hurwitt's blog where she has been playing with stacked text in preparation for the Sketchbook Challenge that will start on 1 January. ( I would very much like to do this new challenge but I don't want to give myself too many commitments next year, especially as I am sure to have a lot of sorting out to do for mum.) I am going to work some more with this stacked text and making brushes in Photoshop as I can see great potential for it in fabric design. Hopefully I will get more adept and imaginative in making my designs. I can't thank Kim Klassen enough for the knowledge I am gaining by doing her courses.
Christmas was a bit of a non event with us, although we did have a pleasant day, but I did have several very thoughtful presents.
I was both surprised and delighted to receive this lovely book which is a sourcebook of fabric designs from my stepson. Who would think that a young man would put so much thought into a gift? This book will keep me happy for hours! You can tell by the colours of the scrim and thread on the right that a special friend knows me very well! The wool that came with this present is already being used in a knitting project. Mum is knitting me a scarf............eventually! ;-)
My other stepson surprised us by bringing us gingerbread figures and bourbon truffles that he had made himself! We didn't know he could cook! Clever young man. He is a member of two Indie bands and is beginning to get airplay on the radio.
Red Shoe Diaries - Indietracks 2010 Teaser from Red Shoe Diaries on Vimeo.
He's the one with the beard on bass guitar! (The band lineup has changed slightly since the recording was made)
I had another very thoughtful gift from a very special blogging friend who, despite her own considerable problems caring for her own mum at the moment, found the time to think of me and send me a beautiful gift.
herself and for her alter egos Bob T Bear Esq and Dilly . Dilly and Bob are typical brother and sister and their adventures always make me smile and cheer me up when I am feeling low.