Happy New Year – and Bloggers Meet!

Happy New Year to you all!  I don’t know where the last week went, I seem to have been sleeping a lot; we went up to Stoke to see my parents and on Monday,  I had a lovely day because two people who I have known online for several years now came to visit me. 

Sara Lechner from Austria, who blogs at The Fabric of Meditation, was visiting her daughter in North Wales, and she had a three hour train journey to see me!  Wales may be a small place, but it takes a long time to travel from north to south… And Sue Krekorian of The Magic Armchair Traveller came to join us.  We had a lovely time chatting, visiting a local cafe for lunch and wandering round Newport’s shops, chatting again… and having the obligatory photo in my studio!   DS2 kindly obliged and took this photo of the three of us:

bloggers meet up!

While I was trying to upload that photo, Live Writer decided it wanted to upload another one and it’s such a nice one that I decided to let it stay…. This is one of the leaves of my avocado plant.  I thought the veins with the browning edges makes for a very interesting photo:

brown edged avocado leaf

While we were in Stoke we saw this ferris wheel which is in the grounds of Trentham Gardens factory shopping village (I think it’s called something else but since it was Trentham Gardens when I grew up, that is what it will forever be in my mind).  I had my first summer job there, working as a cashier in the open air swimming pool.  Sadly, the said swimming pool was demolished some time ago…

ferris wheel in Trentham Gardens

I thought the centre of it would make a good Gocco screen…. (without Stoke City football club’s sponsorship medallion … or maybe even with it)

centre of ferris wheel in Stoke

I wonder what 2009 will bring?  DH is going to India again later this month so I’m planning to do some gelatine plate monoprinting and some more screenprinting while he’s away.  So look out for lots of fabric photos.    I meant to do a blog post about 2008 and what had happened in it but time somehow flew away from me.    I think I will remember it for the Gocco and for getting involved in Etsy.  And for my two magazine articles in CTDG.    And for those of you who subscribe to Fibre and Stitch, look out for the January issue because I’ve got an article in there too!  Here’s a bit of a teaser…


10 Replies to “Happy New Year – and Bloggers Meet!”

  1. Love this, I’m so interested in seeing your fabric photos, good luck. Love the ferris wheel.

  2. Great post, as usual, Liz. What fun to meet cyberfriends!

    Want to hear something odd? My first job was selling concessions at the neighborhood swimming pool in Chicago. From humble beginnings, great women come . . .

  3. Traditional New Years Eve in Iceland starts with huge bonfires early in the evening. At midnight the skies light up with fireworks as the Icelanders celebrate the incoming New Year.

  4. Happy New Year to you too! I spy a couple of familiar faces; hope you all enjoyed yourself. The photos of the ferris wheel are very interesting but I’m not a football fan myself so am not so enthusiastic about the logo! Congrats on the magazine article – how exciting.

  5. This was my first Christmas in the UK and I had such a lovely time – I was so inspired that I couldn’t wait to get back to my house and my fibers and start on new projects right away! Perhaps next time I’m in the area we can meet up and swap crafting stories!

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