Wednesday, November 10, 2010

color, dots and stripes

Yesterday I received the holiday catalog from Cath Kidston and was inspired by all the lovely colors in it.  I love the homey coziness of her style and the cheerful color she uses.  I picked through my colored pencils and pulled out reds, blues, greens, pinks and purples just to play with color a bit.


Without thinking about any sort of design, I started with her name and then grouped colors, making dots as samples and labeling them with color names.  After that I added more and more dots and spots, just enjoying the colors.  One of my goals this month has been to play with my sketchbook in different ways, and this was certainly fun.  I think I might do something more deliberate with the colors, but I'm not sure what.

I've been progressing with my next crocheted purse.  I've really taken my time with this one, working on it in between other projects, but the crocheted part is finally nearing completion.


I attached one side and the other is ready to be sewn, too.  On the top of the photo you can see the two handles.  I'm a bit stumped as to how I want to finish the opening.  And I'm not sure about the lining.  I don't know what the right fabric is for this one.  I'll figure it out, but it might necessitate a trip to the fabric store.

On an non-crafty note, so far I am thrilled with my thrifted sweaters from the other day.  Yesterday I wore a stripey one.


I love the long cuffs.

I've been giving myself unspoken goals each day.  Today's?  Working on a new bracelet idea and playing with watercolors some more.  Everyone has been so encouraging about the painting I've been working on and I really appreciate that!  I think I might let it sit while I work on something else.  Maybe another version of the scene or maybe something else.

14 comments:

  1. Hi Anne,

    So nice to discover your blog. I love how you describe it. Makes me smile. I love the fact that you can do such complex crochet. I learned once, put it down for the summer, and totally forgot how to do it. I love this photo. :-)

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  2. I think it's wonderful to explore in your sketchbook, just creative play...good things will come from it for sure and fun throughout the process :) Oh and i love that sweater, the long cuffs are definitely lovely.

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  3. Been a while since I've gone thrifting - perhaps I'll set a goal of doing that one day for AEDM. Thanks for reminding me - love the purse! Love that stitch!

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  4. sweet little dots and spots! I have absolutely NO idea how you have managed to crochet that amazingly gorgeous textured purse...LOVE it! And any old excuse to go to a fabric shop is good enough for me :)Enjoy!

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  5. The texture on you crochet purse is really great. It is not one that I have seen before. I have always wanted to crochet, I just haven't taken the time to learn.

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  6. I just discovered you blog. Nice to meet you!
    I love where your purse is going. I use crochet. Maybe I will get the old crochet needle out. You have inspired me. Also I think I will have to go thrift shopping soon.
    Love the sweater.

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  7. Dearest sweet anna, im a huge fan of Cath Kidston and i want to get my hands on that holiday holiday catalog!! Your crocheted purse has such gorgeous color and oh my, your stripey sweater is gorgeous! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

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  8. Your banner is fantastic!
    So many different styles and techniques around your blog. I enjoyed it very much.

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  9. You make me want to learn to crochet, I love the stuff you make and your sweater looks lovely (I actually have one very similar).

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  10. The purse is looking great. Love that blouse - I like stripes. Also the dots on the sketchbook - so sweet.

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  11. Love the long cuffs, too! And what a pretty color and texture for the purse. Very nice. All crochet? I like to crochet, but could never knit. Can't get both hands going!

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  12. I like your little dots sketch page. It's fun and beautiful.

    Love the long cuffs too, cool design and you look great in it :-)

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  13. I love the purse. I look forward to seeing how it turns out!

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  14. Thank you, everyone!! I appreciate hearing from all of you!

    Yes, the purse is all crochet. At least so far. I'll be sewing some sort of lining for it. I, too, don't knit. I learned the basic knit stitch and would love to learn the more complex stuff, but for now I'm focused on crochet.

    All the best!

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