Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Holidays- Creative Tuesday


Oh I do like to be beside the sea-side...... (front)

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Today's Creative Tuesday's theme is "holidays".....and to quote a good friend ..."I am not meant to be a polar bear!"......so rather than going for some wintery scene to reflect the festivities that are fast approaching I've gone instead for the nostalgia of the summer holidays I used to have as a girl.
I know I am definitely NOT alone when I say many a day in my summer holidays have been spent on a beach, spade and bucket in hand, constructing magnificent castles adorned with feathers and shells, hunting for crabs and fish in rockpools, trying to dig the biggest hole that could reach Australia, and trying to keep the castle moat full of water....
My Mum would always be found digging like fury in the sand to create super duper sand vehicles which we could sit in and pretend to drive....Dad would be moaning about the sand that would inevitably end up in our picnic....(sandwiches ...i mean what else could they be called??!!)
And do you remember the severe exfoliation that would ensue the speedy towel dry followed by the impossible change from swimming costume to clothes, all attempted whilst wrapped in your towel?! ( partly for discretion and partly to prevent hypothermia!)

Ah memories....and actually I have to say I am guilty of keeping up the same tradition with my own kids because despite there never being a huge amount of sun on our summer holidays I certainly have many sun shiny memories of them :)

Where all postcards end up in our home...on the fridge! :)

I've hand sewn this weeks piece as I had so much fun sewing my postcard for the Big Stitched Postcard Swap and thought the postcard theme fitted perfectly!
You'll find a whole lot more interpretations of "holidays" over here at Mr Toasts place...go and check it out!

24 comments:

  1. Love your card Jenny, it's gorgeous! Thanks for reminding me of a happy memory from my childhood too - making cars to drive in the sand! I'll be sure to build one for my kids this weekend :)

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  2. Girl, this is the sweetest postcard ever! So glad you went with something with a warmer feel to it than the winter wonderland you and I love so much! :) Truly girl, you have mad talent.

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  3. Wow, that is very cool. You shone some sun on this cold snowy winter day.

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  4. Jenny, this is so good--and even more so considering you did all this by hand stitching it! Cary gal! WHOA! that must take you sooo long. Love the ocean waves of colour and the girl herself. so well done. you are clever!

    "and partly to prevent hypothermia!"
    --Hmm, you certainly weren't having beach summers in a place like Barbados, were you? Oh no. LOL.

    I have to laugh as i wondered if someone might not like the cold etc and would prefer to focus on summer hols. And here I come to yours, the last on the list (thus far) and sure enough! Hee.

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  5. Very interesting and creative!!! Here's mine http://thelunaticsdiary.blogspot.com/2010/12/crimson-queen.html

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  6. *Love* your card and yes im all for going for the nostalgia for summer - seems a long time ago now. bbrrrrrrgh. xx

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  7. Fantastic.....and I so like your "Summer" holiday. We too often only think of holidays at winter.

    You uniqueness is beautiful, and believe me, I will join you on that beach. Got my shovel and bucket right here!!!

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  8. Now this looks like the kind of holiday I need!! (After the other kind...)

    So sweet!!

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  9. wow.
    I am in awe (and envious) of your talent with fabric and paint... amazing.
    When I clicked on it to see it larger... wow.
    Oh, that texture... wow.

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. I love the story that goes with it :)

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  10. I, like Kristin, am so in awe of your work and talent. Oh, the patience you must have. I absolutely love this!

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  11. This is such a beautiful piece! I'm amazed when people can create such are with fabric and thread!

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  12. Holy cow. A fabric postcard. That is so cool! How did you get all the different blues on there? I like the way her embroidered feet disappear into the water. I know nothing about sewing and am in awe of your talent.

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  13. Good thinking gal. I wish I had thought to do that. I is so cold here, snowing too. Great piece of work.
    QMM

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  14. this is the best kind of holiday, all I could think of was 'Christmas'. Great idea.

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  15. That postcard is gorgeous (I love the stamp and the frank mark) - oh I wish I were on a nice warm beach with a bucket and spade, thanks for giving me something to daydream about today. x

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  16. Both the postcard and the holiday memories are lovely. You've got me feeling all nostalgic for the feeling of sand between my toes. Nice change from snow.
    Hope you are keeping warm
    Fiona

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  17. Oh I really love that! Gorgeous and just how my holiday is going at the moment!

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  18. I am so sorry i missed this! I saw it on the montage, but didn't visit, what happened to me??? oh I LOVE IT, wish i was going here instead of skiing!!! xxoo

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  19. Love your postcard... Wish I was on a warm sunny beach...

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  20. I know I'm a week late, but I had wanted to stop by and say that this is genius! Really love the idea and the machine embroidery :)

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  21. Beautiful card! Greetings from the summer in Argentina.

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