Sunday, 19 March 2017


I've been off-line for several weeks, getting ready for and entertaining the best visitors, Lavinia (left) and Ethel (right), and my sister who came along with them.

Lavinia and Ethel had a ball with the resident teddies - all-night parties (every night) and all-day festivities too.

Between the jaunts out and about, my sister crocheted these pretty sheep (you can find the pattern  here)

while I caught up with my sock knitting.
The second sock will have the colours reversed, i.e. the rib, heel and toe will be purple and the body lime.

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Here is the last of the pages from my little inchie book.

A vintage flower

Washi tape on the left and a simple watercolour flower on the right.

The custodian of the tower.

A colourful passer-by.

While I was pleased with other pages. this is one spread which I think was vastly improved by photo-edited colour changes.  I especially liked how the black background was changed into soft lilacs.  
Both sides could make a good greetings card.

Do you agree?

And finally here is Douglas again, showing his favourite mug and an inchie page with a little leaf.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I take it while you entertained your sister, Douglas (and other teddies) entertained Lavinia and Ethel. Sounds like all of you had lots of fun.

I am SO impressed with those socks, even though I don't knit. Anyone who can add two different colors using four needles has my appreciation. Simply mind boggling.

Your little inchie book is out of this world, and I hate to see it come to an end. I was most impressed with your photo editing. I can't believe how the black turned to pale lavender. Your amazing photoshop skills are showing again, dear Sheila.

froebelsternchen said...

Lavinia and Ethel are just pretty and I bet they played a lot with Douglas?!. Sounds really as like all of you had lots of fun together and you even were so creative with knitting and crocheting - your socks are going to be a pair of Wowsers and I adore these little sheep. Your little booklet gets full with so many pretty pages! You are always making such a good job with photo editing as well!
Great you enjoyed the visit of your sister. I have guest here as well and we have much fun - unfortunately the weather got not so nice again after some pretty warm days, but we managed to see a lot of fab places here around and had a nice time.

I wish you a wonderful Sunday and a good start into the new week!
oxo Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

Glad you had a long and happy teddy party, and even enjoyed your human visitor. Those socks are fun! Have a great Sunday, and a good start in the new week, Valerie

stefanie stark said...

Oh this is such a lovely picture of Lavinia and Ethel and it conquered my heart immediately! I also fell in love with the cute sheeps and the wonderful sock. This is such a great color combination of purple and green! Your sweet mini journal spmehow reminds me of a wizard's spell book as it is so very very special :) I assume Douglas Lavinia and Ethel probably sometimes use it ... have a lovely Sunday!

Rike said...

This photo of Lavinia and Ethel is so cute - because they are looking into the camera! Two sweet sheep from your sister (years ago I also crocheted amigurumis - you find them on my blog-label), and your socks will be looking great - is it really true, the second sock (not pair) will be in reversed colours?
Your mini inchie book is a big treasure! It is stunning how that black turns into soft lilacs! I like the custodian of the tower, the vintage flower, the washi-tapes, the simple flower, and especially Douglas with his favourite mug and the same leaf in the tiny book.
Have a lovely Sunday! Rike x

My name is Erika. said...

Its been a fun time I think if you've had some company, tea and knitting! Those sheep are adorable. And I like your sock too. Great colors! I bet you both did a bunch of catching up on life-knitting is so much fun when there are 2 of you doing it. Glad to see you finished up that little mini book which I love a lot. Can't wait to see your next project. Hope Lavinia and Ethel enjoyed their company too. Happy just about spring! Hugs-Erika

sirkkis said...

Hi Sheila! I adore your sisters knitting art, really love Teddies and sheeps. Your inchie book art is fabulous and card background versions​ amazing. Great post, Sheila!
Have a joyful Sunday ♥

limmelon said...

Douglas loves having Ethel and Lavinia to stay. Maybe he could do with a bigger mug ? The inchie characters are superb, love the colourful passer-by. The painting/photoshop mix its tremendous as always. Love it, Awesome!!

Annie said...

You two have the best and most well-dressed teddies in the world! I love Lavina's head band. That is just too cute. And just look at those adorable sheep! Also well dressed. I love how you're going to make that pair of socks with opposite colors. Love purple and lime together. These new inchie pages are fantastic. Such a sweet tiny book. I did have a little double take look at the darker ones. Thinking rather unlike you to go that route. And I do love the photo edited for them. I'm with Douglas, that would be my mostest favorite mug too! And those inchie pages might be my favorites also. I love that the mug inspired a page spread.

Beo said...

It seems you had a good and creative time with your
sister. I like what you have made from wool and
I love the picture of Douglas, his favourite mug and
the wonderful page in you inchie-book.
But I like all the others as well!

Anonymous said...

The teddies sure looked as if they were having a ball. I guess I did not realize that they were quite so petite, but why I am surprised, you love your small. Quite like that lilac shift with the digital editing and your guardian and the flowers. Sweet book. xox

Meggymay said...

Glad you had a lovely time with your visitors. The teddies looked so happy and adorable and I really liked those hand made sheep and the socks.
It was good to see more pages from your inchie book, it looks fantastic.
Yvonne xx

johanna said...

oh These sheep ♥!! i love your final pages in the inchie book - how nicely you "copied" the plant from the mug... i never realized that douglas is THAT tiny (what did i think... he Holding the inchie book of course must be tiny;)). so nice you had a great time with your sister and douglas had companions, too:)
have agreat week, sheila!

Let's Art Journal said...

Oh my, how wonderful for Douglas to have Lavinia and Ethel come to stay! It looks like you had such fun with your sister too, those two crocheted sheep are adorable and your socks are such brilliant colours - you both are so creatively clever :-) . Thanks for sharing your inchie book, I like the lilac too and my favourite is of course Douglas and the pretty little leaf from the mug - beautiful! Glad you had a lovely time with your sister and wishing you happiness for the week ahead! J :-)

SusuPetal said...

I bet you've been having lots of fun and joy for the past weeks! Your gathering looks so inspiring!

Pfot-und-Hand said...

Hello Lavinia and Ethel, nice to see you.
Sheila your little inchie book is simply magical.
I particularly like the custodian of the tower, but also the flowers.
Greetings to Douglas :)

Gibby Frogett said...

Fab fun filled post Sheila - the sheep are so sweet and your socks are cool -
it made me smile thinking about the reversed colours of the design - vey unique and fun!
Sounds like you've had a lovely time with your sister and Lavinia and Ethel.
And what is it with bears and partying - ours are the same here - we have to keep an eye on things and count the bottles of wine to keep track of what they are drinking. They even have takeaways delivered by helicopter - bears rule the roost!
But Douglas at least looks sober ( maybe?) or is that why his favourite mug is now empty?
Sorry to see the end of your little book - loved the critters - especially the custodian of the tower :)
Gill xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time along with the cute bears. LOVE the sheep, they are adorable and the socks too! Your mini journal is beautiful. Cheers, Shirleyxx

~*~Patty S said...

How nice for Douglas to have friends to visit AND for you too.
You sisters are both very talented.
The sheep are wonderful ♥ and knitting socks seems quite an endeavor too!
Thank you for sharing more pages in your wee inchie book.
I have been unplugged too.
Happy Springtime to you oxo

Tammie Lee said...

I am so glad that you and your sister had a nice visit. I enjoy hearing that they two of you do fiber arts together.

I also enjoyed seeing more inchies. The custodian of the tower made me pause to enjoy.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Just read the question you asked on T day. Slow to respond, I'm afraid. You asked: "Does Sally read your blog?" At times, she does. You never know when she'll click on to see what I'm up to, so anything I say to YOU and everyone else, I can say to her, too. I was once told by another dear friend that I was "brutally honest." I say if the shoe fits!

kat said...

Hello and how wonderful to come by this way again. I love this post filled with soft friends and all the Orange Esmeralda touches I so love. There is so much to enjoy here, from Lavina and Ethel who look adorable to sweet Douglas and his favourite mug, I love that mug too! The crocheted sheep look so warm and cosy and I love the look of those socks, how great to reverse the colours for the second sock, I love that! I too would like to get into some knitting, it must be relaxing and how good to create nice home made cosy wear!
Your paintings are always fabulous but this time my favourite is that sweet little inchie page leaf, it's so delicate and just makes me smile.
I also love the colourful photo edited passer by and I love your little flowers too, they are very sweet, I'm sure Douglas has lots of fun looking at all your inchie book art!

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Sheila, it sounds like you had some real party-animals in Lavinia and Ethel lol! I bet Douglas enjoyed himself too.
What beautiful crocheted sheep... so colourful. How clever of your Sister. Your socks are gorgeous and those colours are beautiful.
Lovely to see the inchie books as well, and, of course Douglas with his special mug. He has a cute grin by the way!
I agree that photo editing is definitely the way to go when preparing photos for a post. I couldn't get over how much brighter it can make photos compared to the ones in the early years of my blog.
Cheers now and all the best :D)

Evergreen Mo said...

Your Bear visitors look right at home and ready to enjoy their holiday. The little sheep are adorable. Once again your art work is super duper and on such a tiny scale. Douglas is looking very pleased, is it because visitors have gone home and things are back to normal.

Giggles said...

Wow I am ten days late... But what a party over here!! Love the bears and those sheep are the most adorable. Your inches are so fun and I love, love,love the little vignette photo at the end with your favourite mug, Douglas with a fabulous purple/mauve tutu and that adorable matching inchie! Great post! Hope you, your sister and the bears had a blast! Thanks for the crochet sheep link!

Hugs Giggles

Hugs Giggles

Giggles said...

Oh oh oh I almost forgot the gorgeous socks...oh dear LOVE LOVE LOVE them too...can't wait to see the reversed colour...better yet on your feet!! lol

Hugs Giggles

Let's Art Journal said...

I just popped by to see if you had a new post and was so happy to see those pretty sheep again, they are too cute! Enjoy your week! J :-)

Jackie said...

Hope you had a great time with your sister and friends, sheila. It probably seems a while ago now - sorry, I am catching up.... I really like your little inchy book with its tiny wonders hidden inside - such a treasure. Great socks too! I love the idea of swapping the colours around. Jx

janie said...

Hello Sheila
Love your inchies they are incredible and so tiny to get all that detail. love your use of colour