Wednesday, 19 May 2010


"I wanted to write about it all.
Everything that happens in a moment.
The way the flowers look when you carry them in your arms.
This towel - how it smells , how it's thread.
All our feelings - yours and mine.
The history of it.
Who we once were.
Everything in the world.
Everything mixed up.
Like it's all mixed up now.
And I failed.
I failed."

Dialogue from "The Hours"

I guess it happens to the best of us at some point or another. Or perhaps it doesn’t, I’m certainly no expert.

How does one measure personal success when it is so inextricably linked with the success of others? By nature, success is both relative AND personal.

I don’t have the ability to articulate exactly what it is that has suddenly struck me dumb. It’s just that, well, the incessant blogging and the crafting… they give me an imperative, but they don’t give me a meaning. I don’t think I anticipated that they would. Don’t you find that, no matter what your intentions, things always end up being so much less than what you start with?

I don’t for a moment expect this is making much sense to anybody else. I catch myself sometimes, poised, staring, thoughtless….literally thoughtless, like my spirit has vacated my body and dropped for a moment into some other, alien existence of which I know nothing.

It is human nature to carry on.

Thus, I’ll give you the blog post I had planned:

Don’t forget – today is the last day to enter my GIVEAWAY here. A winner will be chosen at random at midday tomorrow. International entries welcome.

At the weekend I finished another small project. Well, I guess that ‘project’ is not really an appropriate title; it’s just an idea that I had to use up yet another scrap of fabric! I won’t bother to write a proper tutorial or anything as it is pretty self explanatory. I think the end product is pretty cool though – I’m thinking of doing some of the whole family, animals and all!

All you need to do is take a photograph (new or existing) of yourself in ‘profile’. Of course, it is probably easier to get somebody else to do this for you (and yes, I was still smoking at the time mine was taken!!!)

Print the photo onto basic paper (you don’t really need the image).

Trace your outline as carefully as possible onto tracing paper.

Place tracing paper onto some black card/paper and go over the outline once again with a v. sharp pencil. You want to push quite hard so that the outline is transferred (indented, I guess) onto the surface of the black paper.

Cut around the outline and hey presto – silhouette!

Now, If you like the size then that’s groovy, otherwise you can enlarge the image on a photocopier and cut it out again.

After that, all you need to do is frame your silhouette using some fabric scraps as a background.

Here’s mine:

And another scrap bites the dust! Cool, huh?


  1. That is cute! Don't feel despondent about blogging. Just because people aren't commenting doesn't mean they aren't reading. We live in a banial society and many of the most popular blogs are indeed banial. When you write about yarney goodness, create nothing and a hundred people comment on it with oohs and ahhs you know you have made it in the blogging world. And I know you read that blog because that is how I found you:) I actually think yours is more interesting and I will be reading even if I don't always comment.

  2. Hi BoyKnitter,
    Weirdly enough, I think I do get what you mean. But as you said carrying on is what we do. Sometimes I do get a flash of 'what on earth is it all for/about?' but try not to let it get to me. I like the silhouette idea.
    Also thanks for visiting me and leaving a lovely comment for Cassie!
    Sarah :)

  3. I love silhouettes, great idea to team one with a fabric background! Arianwen is right so many people lurk out in the eather, your blog is enormus fun! (spell check gone - where? sorry for poor spelling)

  4. You say you don't have the ability to articulate, but you do so well. I love reading your blog and I love the silhouette. I once had my face done by, you know one of those scissor people, and I was so vain that I didn't like the nose they gave me so I shaped it to look better. Didn't made ant difference to my actual nobbly conk!!

  5. Your silhouette project is cool - must try this with my teen daughter during the school holidays. Love the modern fabric you have used in the background.

    I had bloggers burnout earlier in the year and started to wonder what the point of it all was. I took a break and came back when I was more refreshed.