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Catching Up!

Having been a bit slow to post, again, I have included quite a few photos by way of compensation, starting with an unexpected gift from a return visitor to Art Space. Tomoko first called in at the gallery earlier in the year and came back a couple of weeks ago - with her daughter this time. She brought some art cards, including a view of Mount Fuji........

A blank canvas for me to paint..............(click the pic to view the Japanese script on the back of the postcards)

And what do we have here?

Wow! What a wonderful piece of material, measuring 44 x 41 inches, I'm bowled over by the design and colours.

What to do with this gorgeous stuff? My preferred option is to get it hemmed for use as a tablecloth to be arranged diamond fashion over a plain white rectangular cloth on special occasions, like Christmas for example.

Beautiful design, screen printed onto 100% cotton. Thank you Tomoko, it was great to meet you again, and your daughter.

Interestingly, a little investigation via Google reveals that the HQ of Alexander Henry Fabrics is situated in Burbank, California!

Maybe a tablecloth is not such a good idea - I don't want to get marks on it. Any suggestions anyone?

Now here we have a complete change of subject, shells collected on my most recent beach walk, photographed immersed in water to recreate how they looked on the sea shore. Look at the colours - orange, pinks and reds - pulverised by the sea on a regular basis and so giving the yellow sand its underlying warm, 'pinky' hue.

I think these spotty fragments have come from a lobster or crab

See the tiny Common European or Spotted Cowrie.
Bye for now everyone, I'm off to read some blogs. x


  1. That is the most beautiful photo I've seen in a good while. I'm going back to look at it again.

  2. LOVING THAT FABRIC!!!!!!!! And shells just need to be immersed in water to give the true colours, don't they? I have boxes of the things, they never fail to please, do they? Lovely post Lesley.

  3. I love the pictures of the shells. You should paint them! (A picture of the shells not the shells themselves. LOL)

    The cards and fabric are fab!

    If you're not afraid to cut the fabric you could cut out three squares, frame them and hang them side by side, each one showing a different section of the fabric. Any leftovers I'd make a laundry bag. Add some pink or black tassles and it'll look fab and stylish. Oh, and if you're taken with the table runner idea, you can buy special spray to prevent stains on the fabric. Don't ask me what it's called - stain repellant spray? Something like that.

    Take care. Sybille x

  4. Oh Lesley the shells are gorgeous, just like the ones I love to pick up and the fabric is lovely too. Cant's wait to hear what you make with it!

    Bye for now
    Carolyn x

  5. love the fabric~!~ and i would be just like you in having a hard time cutting it . . . maybe you should just live with it for a while and ponder the possibilities . . .
    i think that the postcards are beautiful but then i do have a soft spot for postcards . . .

    the sea shells are a treat and to see them with their colors enhanced by the water is lovely. i especially like the spotted bits and don't think i've ever seen anything quite like them before.

    thank you for sharing~!~

  6. The fabric is stunning!! I was going to suggest framing it but Magpie Magic beat me to it :-)

    Love the shells...we live too far away from the beach!! Still, we will be in cornwall over New Year so perhaps I can collect some of my own then :-)

    C x

  7. WOW! You get good shells on your beaches! Just beautiful! Thanks for stopping by this morning - It's turned out nice nad sunny here which is a treat! t.x

  8. Oh my, what a wonderful collection of comments - and advice as to what to do with the fabric as well! Framing would certainly protect, preserve and present the imagery in a lovely way and a bag with black tassels would be stunning.

    Libby's advice: 'live with it for a while and ponder the possibilities' sounds about right for now, but please, keep those ideas coming. Thanks everyone, Lesley x

  9. The fabric is 'g'orgeous and I love your sea shells.

    Nina x

  10. Thanks Nina, sea shells, to quote Cathy (Menopausal Musing)'never fail to please'. I can never resist putting them in my pocket! Bye for now. Lesley

  11. hi lesley, thanks for stopping by at my blog and leaving a comment!! Have you decided what to do with your fabric yet?

  12. Dear Lesley,

    I've seen a favorite fabric used as a covering for a screen or room divider, and to cover a bolster that hangs above a window,
    and there are always pillows!

  13. Hi Sooziebee, love your blog!

    Julie, more excellent ideas, thanks - this is all very helpful.

    Of course, (sorry, am whispering this) I'm of the 'can't sew, won't sew' but that's not an insurmountable problem, is it and I get so much pleasure from looking at, touching and even the smell of new fabric!

  14. Missing word after 'can't sew, won't sew' - school

  15. Hi Lesley!! Missed seeing everyone's blogs but having fun catching jealous am I of the postcards and fabric??! Look forward to seeing what you create there :)

    (The red admiral painting..STUNNING!)

  16. Feeling the 'shell love'... how creative mother nature is! I always thought the spotty fragments were from a sea urchin, not sure?
    Love your art :0)

  17. Thank you for visiting my blog, you have a lovely place here. I am very envious of your location. I can't think of a better place for an artist's studio than St Ives, lucky you!

  18. Artisanne - hello and thanks and I'm sure that you are right about the fragments coming from a sea urchin!

    Hi acornmoon, yes it's a lovely location - wild, wet and windy today, though!

    Thanks Mimilove - great to have you back. x

  19. Wow, what a gorgeous present of fabulous fabric. Haven't got any idea what to do with it though. I am sure you will come up with something memorable. As for the shells; love them too. The colours are so pretty. It makes me want to get my watercolours out and have a dabble.

  20. Hi Cathy, think I might just get pleasure from the fabric in it's present state for a while. Shells and watercolour go together don't they? BFN. Lesley

  21. Thanks for the comment on my blog...we're back down to st ives at easter..I can't wait I love love love it there!!Have a good weekend.

  22. The most enjoyable thing about walking along a beach is looking at all the random shells and pebbles and the gorgeous colour they hold when wet! I like your little catch. Hx

  23. beautiful. I can never help but collect when i walk along the shore. I wondered if the small spotty bits were from sea urchins. I found some similar when i was on the isle of skye. * ruthie*

  24. Nice post - pictures of shells ..Keep Posting

    pictures of shells

  25. Hi Lesley.
    Thanks for your blog comments. I'm glad you enjoy reading about my sightings. I need to get some optics that will allow me to take my own photos.I was interested to see your beach gleanings. I used to find a lot of Cowries on the South coast when I lived in Penryn, especially at a place called Nansidwell beach near Rosemullion head. However it was the spotty ones that first caught my eye and they are definitely stirring some memories but I can't quite remember where I've seen them before.

  26. Helen, Ruthie, Ron and Richard, thanks for dropping by.

    The sea is really rough and wild today - perhaps I'll see what has washed up tomorrow. Bye for now. Lesley

  27. Those sea shell colors are amazing!!

  28. Red Fish Circle - yes aren't they. The scallops are tiny and easy to miss amidst the other debris left on the high tide line. BFN. Lesley

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  30. Love the shell collection placed in your homemade tidepool! Unless they happen to be very smoothed-out clam bits, I'm fairly certain the spotted fragments are urchins.


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