I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! Raymond and I spent Sunday at home together, lazing around (as you saw from yesterday’s post) for a little while, then we went outside to do an extreme garden makeover…..
Remember we live in the top flat, so we have a small triangular flowerbed by the car port, then a little space measuring almost 1X2 metres cut into the hill where our wind chimes and compost bin lives…. so really there wasn’t much to do, but it was very satisfying once it was done! I love composting, I love the way that all my food scraps left in 4 old stacked tyres for a few months creates rich, nutritious dark soil that you couldn’t even hope to buy in a garden centre….. I know there are lots of ways of dealing with food scraps in a enviro-positive manner, how do you get rid of yours? I’d love to hear some of the ways. My old tyres work a treat, although you have to be wary of rats when composting in the city…. lucky for us we have a “rat killing Ninja” living with us (Raymond) but that’s a story for another day!
Not much has been happening in terms of craft however…. I mentioned that I’m in a bit of a creative slump and I really really am! I’m struggling to work colours together and have been doing an awful lot of frogging… my eyes are tainted by this slump and nothing looks good enough!
I did however, get my Mandala on the other day because I suddenly decided the other day that I just could not have the purple one (in the sidebar) on my little side table anymore… I took against the colours vehemently and just had to create a new one to replace it!
As I said, I’ve been struggling with colour combinations, but decided to take inspiration for this mandala from my kitchen mat which has quite a Mexican look to it. It uses much more vibrant and dark colours than I usually do, so is quite different to my other ones but I’m liking it!
Now I’ve made it, it doesn’t resemble my Mexican rug at all, as it’s not pink enough and I left out the black, but I used natural stone coloured wool for the first time ever! I couldn’t bring myself to use white, it’s just not me…..
I am still looking at it, hmmmming over the stone and having weeny regrets about using it! (See what I mean???? Slumped.)
I showed you that picture to give you an example of my frogging! After I blocked the mandala, I popped it on my table and it was TOO BIG!!!!! So I frogged the edging and the orange and yellow rows to make it smaller, then added detailing in dark pink.
It is beyond wonderful to have that purple away from my personal space!!!!!!!
Because I haven’t been furiously hooking for the last few days, I’ve been sitting, staring at the centre of this mandala, and it is quite a spiritual experience!!! When I sit and look at the centre, become deeply involved with the colours and the pattern and achieve 100% focus on this, the rest of the world DOES just melt away… it’s like, CROCHET MEDITATION! Crochet induced transcendence! If you’ve made a mandala, have a go!
It’s quite handy to have this sitting next to me then!
If you spied my DPN’s there, yes… I’m starting another pair of arm warmers…. I still have a pair I haven’t even shown you yet (tee hee) and it seems that I am addicted to knitting tubes. Maybe it’s not a creative slump after all? Just a different and slightly unusual creative tangent…..
OK lovely people! I hope you had a fun visit today! if you’ve made something fantastic you think I’d love to see, which might give me a colour buzz or make me go “ooooh!!!!” let me know!
Sending you all blessings for the week ahead, I hope it’s great,
Lots of love and peaceful thoughts, from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
p.s This is for you Aunty Jenni, Raymond loves you this much……
(That’s his “big love” face….. his, come and pick me up and love me look….. know you all want to!!!!) XXXXX