Monday, June 26

The Tea Lady - a whiplash entry

I watched and read the last round of whiplash avidly. I loved the immense variety of creativity displayed by those who entered. In fact, there are several blogs I now read and have subscribed to, who I found via whiplash entries. So when a new round was announced I decided to enter. So here is a snippet of who, what & why!

I am what I officially call a 'dabbler'. I can confidently say I can sew and knit, I can crochet a little, quilt a little, embroider a little, paint and draw even less! But I am all about having a go. For me one of the main thrills of crafting is trying something new, and challenging the 'rules' I have been taught. My mum would tell you I am an 'unfinished dabbler'! Because, like her, if I get bored with a project, well, I just move on to the next! Our cupboards and drawers (and anywhere else we can stash them!) abound with projects in varying states of distress completeness. However, when I love something I am making, well then there is no holding me back. My head will chant, "must finish, must finish, must finish", and nothing can sway me from it until finished it is.
The Tea Lady is one such project.
I made the tea lady from some vintage linen and a collection of cottons and silks from my stash. She originates from the superb illustration I love, by the extremely talented Shannon at aunty cookie. I look at Shannon's illustrations (I am lucky to own more than one) every day - they make me smile. When I first dreamed up the idea to bring the tea lady into 3D, it was as a thank you to Shannon for the art. However, I found it so hard to part with her when she was finished, that I am now making a second one for myself. Fingers crossed, there will be more like her to come...

If you want to see more of my dabbling then check out my flickr site, and of course if you haven't already go check out the wonderful collection of introductions at

whipup
- (you'll need to make yourself a cup of tea first)

9 comments:

Wendy said...

She is lovely. She looks like she enjoys a good natter.

Isabel Galanaki said...

Lovely!!

yaya said...

You are so talented - thank you so much for the squirrels (named Cedric, Cecil & Cyril) I love them... I too am a dabbler and have cupboards full of unfinished projects (and an unfinished blog as you probably noticed)But I try and it's in the trying that I love...thank you again - for the wonderful swap and the ispiration to try, try again

shannon said...

Yes I have a sneaking feeling there will be more like her to come, possibly 5... I better start crackin'!!

Christine Lim Simpson said...

Wow, Samantha! this is beautiful. :)

Friederike! said...

your tea lady is just wonderful. I can understand how hard it was for your to give her away

Courtney said...

ooooh, I love her...love aunty cookie too...

nichola said...

This is wonderful! Great work.

mangetsu said...

She so lovely. You transformed Aunty Cookie's drawing perfectly. I love both, they are wonderful.

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