Sunday sevens #14 17.1.16

‘Materials’  
Over on Instagram I’m taking part in a 30 day long photo challenge (#30daysofcraftiness). On Monday the theme was ‘materials’. It was such a gloomy, wet & windy day I chose rainbow bright yarn, fabric, paints and buttons to cheer myself up. I thought I’d share them with you!

Home furnishings WARNING: bland photo alert!

 Monday also meant the start of a new course for me. Home furnishings this time. We’re learning to make curtains and cushions (the proper way – rather than making it up as I go along!). This photo shows the mess I made of my side seams on my sample curtain – turns out I’d sewn the top and bottom by accident and I had to unpick them and start again! Such a shame as they were rather neat…

 Med steps training I’ve only managed one trip up the steps so far this week, I’m hoping to fit another one in this afternoon. Thursday was a stunningly beautiful day and as I set off at 10am the sun was already rather hot making it harder work than my previous recent attempts. These seagulls were taking in the view of the Bay on my descent.
 

Dozing apes

 On my way back down from the top of the Rock I spotted these two large apes having a snooze on the bonnet of a car. I felt like having a lie down myself after that big climb!
Watercolour class  Oh how I have missed my painting these last few weeks over the Christmas break. My class restarted this week and my word it was utterly fantastic to sit down and get totally immersed in something calming and peaceful. It’s been a bit hectic for us lately and my head has been so busy with lots of thoughts about what I need to do and where I need to be etc etc. I really loved it! The above painting will hopefully resemble a doorway once it’s finished. The cling film on the wet paint should create a stripy effect on the door. I’m following a technique in a Jean Haines book (which my teacher has) to create a very loose impressionistic style.  Time will tell if I achieve it!
 

Tulips I treated myself to a bunch of these beauties this week at the supermarket- aren’t they gorgeous?
 

New flower Out on our balcony yesterday afternoon  I was having a bit of a potter and I lifted a leaf to find this lovely surprise hiding underneath. I do love these lilies, they were a gift from a friend who lives across the border in Spain. I have tried growing them several times from the corm or bulb but with limited success. This Spanish clump though has never let me down. 

I hope you have had a good week, thank you for stopping by to visit πŸ™‚ . Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series created by Natalie at Threads & Bobbins.

23 thoughts on “Sunday sevens #14 17.1.16

  1. Love the colourful materials pic.

    Um, machine stitching the seams? The only thing I machine are the joins (although I’ve done that by hand) and the linings. But apart from the tape at the top, all the rest of the main curtain I do by hand, and join the lining by hand too. Just took one down yesterday to wash. Having a redec.

    Cute monkeys and lovely tulips.🌷

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      1. Actually no it doesn’t. And, for me it was easier to handle as I made floor-length curtains. Nightmare to push through a small machine. How do you manage the mitreing if you machine stitch?
        Redec isn’t too difficult for me. I married a decorator πŸ˜€ But it does mean the whole room gets a thorough clean first, so that’s my drudgery contribution.

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      2. Here’s where I come across as a complete dunce – I wouldn’t know a mitre if it jumped up and bit me. That’s why I’m on a beginner’s course! If we reach that stage I’ll let you know.

        You are so lucky having a decorator for a husband. I’m afraid such things fall to me or we have to get someone in to do it. In fact I have 2 pairs of shutters which need sanding, undercoating and glossing. I was supposed to start that today…. Better get on with it!

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  2. Hi! I have been following your blog for some time now and I really enjoy your Sunday 7. I just moved to Gibraltar in December, so everything is new to me. But something that I’m really interested in, is where I find more information about those classes you are taking. I find it hard to figure out, what possible classes there are here. It is like there is no combined place or website were I can have a overview. I hope you can help me.
    Thanks
    Janni

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  3. The sight of your apes [are they called ‘Barbary’? Something dimly flickers far back in my memory] lying about on a car bonnet is so very exotic! Are they friendly? The colour of the tulips is stunning that photo more than makes up for the’ blandness’ of your beautifully sewn hems! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes they are called Barbary Apes. I guess they are exotic but I guess when you see them frequently they lose their exotic-ness! Signs warn you not to feed them because they can bite although you often see tourists posing for photos with them on their heads /shoulders. I don’t much fancy that, but the babies are cute. I think those tulips are stunning too πŸ™‚

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  4. A lovely way to present your Sunday Sevens πŸ™‚ Those apes are hilarious! Your materials photo is a lovely one, very colourful indeed! Remember, one trip up the steps is definitely better than none at all πŸ™‚ Keep going!

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  5. The view from the steps is stunning! I’m almost surprised the apes weren’t at the top enjoying the view, but then, I suppose the shade is nicer for napping. Good job keeping up with that (every little bit helps). So curious to see how your painting comes out – the colors are wonderful!

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    1. Oh thank you for that, I’ll make sure I include a picture of the painting in my next Sunday Sevens :-). I think I have been doing the steps on and off for about 4 years and I have only ever encountered an ape on the Eastern side (where the steps are) once. On the Western side is where the tourist buses and cable cars are which bring up tourists who carry sweets and goodies which can be stolen from the unsuspecting guests. It’s slim pickings from the daft people climbing up the steps! Thank you for taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

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