Monday, 11 June 2012

Roses, a Squirrel and Confidence!

My little back garden is overflowing with climbing roses – Alchemist, Albertine, Metanoia and two Dreaming Spires!

Those, together with  the Honeysuckle, Lavender and Mock Orange, make just nipping outside to my dustbin a hazardous experience for me with my sensitivity to perfumed flowers!

But that doesn’t stop me enjoying this time of year when all my favourite flowers are valiantly blooming in spite of weather that would be more typical of November! The view of the Albertine from my dining room where I work is magnificent at the moment, even through the tightly closed French Doors!

So here’s a ‘Rose’ repeating pattern I created for a June Birthday Card:

And it fits quite well on these newly launched ‘Accessory Bags’ –

But I think I like this little ‘pitcher’ best of all.

I’ve taken nearly a week off for my birthday! My son came down from York and spent a lot of time 'spring cleaning' my computers and setting up my new A3 scanner for me so this is as far as my next design has progressed – the tracing paper stage:

I’m tempted to try this out in soft pastels to get a furry effect for the squirrel's coat; though I might have to wear a mask to stop the pastel dust getting up my nose!

The squirrels in our local park are the grey variety but in the course of googling 'squirrels', I discovered that there are still some of the red, native variety left in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Wight (where I was born). There are also some in a kind of 'reserve' in the North of England but sadly the virus carried by the grey squirrels has managed to deplete their numbers.

While I was writing this, my daughter, Louise, sent me a some photos of a family visit to their local Art Museum (in Sweden).

Here’s Hafsah, my only granddaughter (six grandsons!) ‘having a go’!

Apparently the visitors’ artistic endeavours will be displayed in a local hall at Christmas and Hafsah added the price she expects to sell hers for!

I’m really, REALLY hoping that she somehow manages to hang on to that precious confidence!


Jayne said...

I love your climbing roses. So beautiful :-)

Judy Adamson said...

Thank you, Jayne. Unfortunately, the day after I took photos of them, I had my first ever asthma attack, probably as a result of the pollen :(

Di said...

HI Judy - Love your New rose motif -looks beautiful on everything!

Betsy Grant said...

Mine is a June birthday, so I can look at these as a virtual present to myself! They're quite lovely.

Judy Adamson said...

Thank you, Di.

The only trouble with designs like this is that they fit well on so many things, cards included, that I spend too much time for my liking 'creating' products and not enough time on new designs!

Judy Adamson said...

Wishing you a very Happy June Birthday, Betsy, and please enjoy as many of the roses as you like!

Crystal said...

Your flowers are gorgeous and I am sure very fragrant! What an inspiration it must be just to step outside your door. As for me, yes, withdrawal typing is limited and painting is non-existant. Hopefully when I get the bandage off next week things will get back to normal. Well, semi normal that is. :-)

Judy Adamson said...

Hi Crystal - thank you so much for stopping by and commenting in spite of your difficulties with typing etc! I do hope you'll be back in action soon - or maybe you could try painting lefthanded? (Might produce some interesting results!)

Michele said...

Lovely flowers, and the picture of your grandaughter is lovely too, I bet she is really pretty!

Michele x

Judy Adamson said...

Hi Michele - thanks for stopping by. I know how busy you are.

And yes, Hafsah is very pretty but then my six grandsons all have the Asian lovely long dark eyelashes as well!

Jean said...

Judy, Your flowers are beautiful!

It is great that your son helped you with you computer. God Bless our sons!
Sweet pic of your creative granddaughter.:)

Judy Adamson said...

Thank you, Jean :)