September 01, 2014

blog hop

Patrice invited me for a blog hop :)
here are my answers

what am I working on:
I'm currently trying to figure out how to make a large tapestry, one that is composed of various smaller parts; actually a kind of wall decoration that is not permanent,
that is to say, you will have the choice to hang the various elements against one another as a whole, or as separate islands that float away from each other,
you are free to rearrange the differents parts or remove some and replace by others...
or you can upgrade the tapestry bit by bit untill it takes the entire wall or more, such as a living organism :)
I will soon make a blogpost about my new project, so stay tuned!

I'm also going to take a pottery course in mid-September

how my work differs from other's in it's genre:
I think anyone who feels the need to express creatively is unique;
we are all different personalities and carry our past with us, which translate into our creative work
if you stay loyal to yourself, your work will also be honest and sincere, and that is what makes it attractive to other people I guess

why I create what I do:
there's no much to say here, to be honest, crafting is my natural state of being and it has always been so
I like to see something appear under my hands, it might be predictable and premeditated
but sometimes the making can take a very personal and unexpected twist,
you go with the flow as they say
those are the best moments

how my creative process works:
I can be triggered by just about anything, the button can never be turned off
actually, I'm constantly looking for ways to express myself
but my way of working is rather fickle and offhand; I usually just start something and when I reach the point when I loose focus or get stuck with the composition or colors, I simply put the work aside and start something new
and after some time when picking up the work again I will have a fresh look and mostly know how to go on...
or at worst, start again from scratch :)
I love working with yarns that I got from friends, more than if I would buy them in a store
It's because I like the surprise and the unpredictable, the knowing that I have to find ways to use the given yarn in an appropriate way
by the way, the lovely green mohair bobbins I recently got from Andrea
it will surely show up somewhere in the tapestry :)

thank you Patrice for asking me for this blog hop!

August 26, 2014

a mixed lot 20, some leftovers from summer

this bug emerged from a bunch of fieldflowers; I think he looks very art deco, like this beautiful raku vase
the pottery classes start again mid September, I hope by that time I can show you my first finished pinchpots :)

August 22, 2014


in the Vosges was a house that we passed by at least twice a day; it was the nearest house from we were staying, at about half a mile;
we've never met the people, but we've watched daily their back garden;
they had those plastic bags on sticks that you could lower when it rained, but it did not rain :)
we called it the house of the condoms

August 17, 2014

august teardrops

W's chicken house after yet another downpour...
when will it finally stop raining, sigh

August 14, 2014


I was repotting some sedum burrito sprouts for a friend;
it's a very fragile plant; at the slightest touch the leaves fall off,
but the good thing is that the plant is very easy to propagate; every single leave from a sedum produces a plant, so I always throw the loose leaves again in the pot and nothing is wasted

sedum burrito sprout
more sprouts at my flickr pages
miniature plant propagation techniques

got some zebra grass from mom's garden

August 12, 2014


this is all that's left of the staghorn fern; not much really, only the basal fronts
but I like the shape, despite it's sad end
the fern was my oldest plant, you can see him here at the very beginning, I had just started blogging
it all seems so long ago :)

and the fern in better days 
good night & sweet dreams!

July 31, 2014


I've made a second flowered garden cushion; I think I'm going to call this series 'Millefleurs', after the millefleur tapestries which I really admire.
millefleurs & more treasures
the first one

July 28, 2014

country life

I've spend some time in the countryside, it always feels good;
working with clay gives a good feeling too :)
these small jars are not really worth to show, but I do it anyway
they still need to be baked & glazed

drinking bees again, they're so funny!

July 24, 2014

about bees

bees need to drink once in a while; an upside sinc bucket with a little water is fine as a watering place so they can't drown
read more about water collection by honey bees