Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Pink Cactus - getting stoned

It takes ages - plus some are sew on....  around 2000 in the end on this leotard.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Istanbul Schools Competition

Saturday spent sitting - Sunday spent sitting.....

Friday, 27 March 2015

On the way down the hill...

Bit of a wordless picture today - the fog was making it look very spooky - looking down the Bosphorus, Taking T1 to the Metro as she is going for practice on the 'other side' - Asia. Schools competition this weekend.
"Mom, what are those big birds?" 
'Which birds?" (sky is EMPTY) "Albatross??"
"No, they fly in tunnels..."
"No, they are white, with long necks"
"Swan?? long neck owl??"
"They bite babies..... they have pointy beaks and are really scruffy at house making"
"They were flying over school yesterday, making tunnels upwards, like a million of them"
"Ahhh.... spring is here!"

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Pink cactus - more

This has some painting - though the lighting doesn't show it too well.... and then the stoning started.....

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

E group leotard - re-make

This is a re-make of a leotard that is a couple of years old - it was a set of 6, however one walked to Spain - the other got lost in London..... so 1 to re-make - 4 to unpick, re-design for growth and serious lycra failure - it literally lost all it's stretch. Then re-stitching and additional stones.
Re-making, or repairing leotards is awful, diligently trying to avoid stones that either shatter or break the needle.... sewing at turtle speed and tight corners to avoid unpicking the whole garment.... why? they have 1000+ Swarovski stones on each - serious ££.
I have 7 leotards in various stages - all due Thursday night.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Pink Cactus - next bit

Cut then prep to sew....

I Love, love, love these Clover Pins.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Pink Cactus

This is the beginning of the Pink cactus - T1, says its more  like a palm leaf - I go for Christmas Cactus - the colour also. Competition in a week - leo needs to be finished by then.... Not for T1 but one of her club mates.
I work with paper.... apparently I should be using AutoCad - but then I need to learn it - and buy a mahoosive printer - and find space for it..... I will wait....
(yes - mahossive IS a real word)

Friday, 20 March 2015

Brown flower fabric

This has been sitting for at least 3 years in the 'depo' - each time I have pulled it out to show as a potential leotard, noses have been turned.... but I have a 'free' order for 2 small leotards.... out this comes! at last, it will see light.
I hope to start posting daily again - one of my goals for spring. Lets see....

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Least We Forget

Remembrance Day fell on the anniversary of Ataturk's death.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Friday, 1 November 2013

cumhuriyet bayramı

Turkey is seriously patriotic. This was my kids school auditorium on a national holiday - attendance was purely voluntary. Most people wore either red, white or both. I could never imagine this happening for St George. Happy 90th birthday Turkey 


29 degrees. November. Swimming in the sea. 

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Anish Kapoor at SSM

T1 was at a party, so T2 who is into art, Miss P and myself went down to SSM - not the best place to be on a nice sunny Sunday afternoon - perhaps half of Istanbul was down there. The other half walking in the forest judging by the traffic on the way home. So we managed to get a couple of pictures in front of the big yellow - well not sure what the name is, T2 was most intrigued by the black space ones, Miss P by the large marble pieces. Myself by the security who seemed obsessed with my littles and allowed liberal pawing of sculptures by all adults but pounced when T2's flash went off whilst taking a picture of a lump of stone...... I like SSM a lot, the ticket price is a huge factor - 1 adult free per kid, kids free..... don't tell anyone! I liked the work and am intrigued. I will probably go again either with T1 or alone ..... in the week when I can park easily and its not like a shopping mall. 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Market Flashes

I was hunting something or another in the randomness that is my workroom and found this hanging, I had in my mind it was elsewhere - out of the house elsewhere so it was a pleasure to find it.  
It is made of 2 fronts, and to be hung over an internal window, the quilting is by hand and wool batting.
I made it way back in 2003 for a challenge that was being held by City Quilter in New York - it was also exhibited in Istanbul, perhaps that year or the year later I was living in Scotland at the time - it is well travelled. 
I never hung it in the window it was intended and now have moved. I do plan to hang it now it has re-emerged! The challenge fabric was a kind of Asian market scene. 15.5 by 16 inches.
I have misses a few of the quilt fests - Thank you to Amy once again for this twice yearly Herculean effort. Link to the Quilt festival here.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


Growing in the garden - Eat or don't eat anyone??

Monday, 21 October 2013

Big old moon - gonna shine like a spoon.

Mahoosive - Enormous - Luminescent

(impossible to photograph)

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Bebek to Ortaköy.

missed the sunrise this morning. The walk here along the coast is quite ugly at times. The only upside is the fishermen being less leery. 

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Günaydın Şafak

Between Tarabya and Istinye.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Friday, 12 April 2013


Minar Sinan. Huge, enormous, gigantic mosque - next to it a beautiful small museum well worth the visit.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Show time

Show hair. The last 3 weekends...... Getting good at it. T1 has great patience while I do it.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Getting stoned

Leo time - still. This is the E2004 group of 6 leotards. I love Swarovski crystals but placing them in exactly the same place 6 times is hard. Anyone know a shortcut ?

Friday, 29 March 2013

Folk art gypsy style leo

Work in progress. 13 down, 15 + or - to go, this one is a one off.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


For the 2004 E group. Will be fun to get these done! No restrictions except the federation rules ..... Lets see I they become what I imagine .....

Monday, 11 March 2013

Blue colour way

From the same window .....

Saturday, 9 March 2013

All in grey

This sky was stunning. Kartepe

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