Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Happy Face

More faces...
 
 
more sampling...

 
and finally I feel that I'm getting somewhere and the images that have been in my head for so many months are beginning to be realised.

 
Now I'm tweaking and fine tuning trying to arrive at exactly what I want...

 
All this against a week of family upset and drama... a minor op (me), a funeral (my uncle), food poisoning (youngest son) made additionally complicated by his type 1 diabetes not to mention  all sorts of other angst and anger... living in such a testosterone filled house is far from easy at times, believe me. The are days when I long for female company.... but unfortunately today's outing with a special friend has had to be cancelled while I fufill the role of nurse.

 
Washing bed linen and administering dry toast are the order of the day...

 
Ah well... Put on a Happy Face Gina!

23 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh dear, sometimes we get a run of bad things but it will all pass, just keep that in your head!
That is a very happy face I have to say, amazing work! :)
V xxx

vintagerockchick said...

Gina that is fabulous! The stitchery I mean, not the real-life traumas. Great concept, beautifully coloured images and impeccably stitched.
Sorry we couldn't do today but maybe by the time we go, my hateful train journeys will be but a distant memory .... xx

Su said...

What a ghastly week - but your new work is gorgeous, so intricate. Hope next week is a better one :-)

Toffeeapple said...

Everyone that I know, including myself, seems to be in some kind of trouble at the moment. I do hope that it all passes, very soon.

I love the embroidery but am a little un-nerved that it looks like a mask, things that unsettle me no end!

millefeuilles said...

Dear Gina,

What an awful week you have had which makes your fabulous mask - spring has most definitely sprung thanks to your glorious flowers - all the more amazing.

Isn't it wonderful how, despite it ALL, our quest to make beauty in some shape or form gets us through?

Stephanie

September Violets said...

Wow!! This is an incredible piece of work! I didn't realize it was embroidered until I looked closely ... just wonderful! I'm sure if you wore your gorgeous mask around the house this week, it would be sure to bring a smile from somewhere, wouldn't it? Even if it was just your own ;) Here's hoping the days turn brighter for you. Wendy x
ps I'm surrounded by men too ... even the pets are all male!!

Carol Q said...

you must be doing something right if you can produce that gorgeous stitching with all of that family angst going on around you Gina. just gorgeous. hope everyone is recovering. x

Heather said...

Hope next week will be a better one for you and your son. Your Happy Face is amazing - there must be hours of stitching in there. It's like a wonderful carnival mask.

Joanna said...

Sorry to hear about your angst, we are not having a great time of it just lately are we! I noticed the lady dancing in the garden, so here's to the time we can dance amongst the flowers. Hope your week improves, mine is a better thank goodness

Dolores said...

Bumps on the road of life. I do hope your son gets to feeling better soon.
Your mask is gorgeous. Love the colours.

Julie said...

I'm sorry to hear about all the angst and illness and I hope you are recovered from your minor op and that son will soon be fit too, although food poisoning can take a while to get over. Your embroidered mask is stunning. Well done for being creative amid all the testosterone.

Thelma said...

Gina, I just love the 'face'. The idea, the colours, the stitching, just everything about it is fabulous. What a triumph to produce this with everything else going on. Hope you're feeling OK after the minor op.

Vicki Miller said...

Absolutely gorgeous stitching.

Robin Mac said...

What a wonderful mask you have produced in the midst of all that drama. I love it. We are having a few family dramas here too this week and my creativity has gone out the window, I can't seem to think properly! Cheers

sharon young said...

Your faces are amazing and very clever too, I didn't see the smiley woman and the cake at first , just lots of lovely flowers. I also liked your other faces too, but blogger scrambled my comment.
So sorry to hear about your week, I hope next week is a bit better for you.

Twiglet said...

And what a happy face! Totally beautiful. Hope everything calms down for you - life is like that sometimes isn't it. x Jo

pam said...

Hope next week is better! Hope you are recovered from your minor op and not overdoing it! You're sewing is beautiful as ever. Take care try and have a few hours to yourself

Crafting Queen said...

This is stunning. Sorry for your loss and hope your son feels better soon.

bottlebranch.com said...

Wow. Hope he feels better! lllness and T1D is not easy! Beautiful needlework!

Suztats said...

Oh, what a wretched week! So sorry for your loss, and hope everyone is all well, soon. Wonderful mask!
Take care.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Gina -- that mask would cheer anyone up -- it's beautiful. Sorry about your rough week -- I hope next week is better!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I do hope you and your son are feeling better now and that your week perked up somewhat. In fact I hope you're now wearing a smile that isn't a mask x

menopausalmusing said...

Just popped by and am blown away by the photos of your work on this post. Absolutely glorious. Hope life is looking up a bit more now.