Sunday 25 November 2018

More free patterns for Pocket Dolls.

Here are some more patterns for my Pocket Dolls, including some Christmas ones.  They are only embroidered on one side and are about 9 cm in height, so aren’t a big project.  I hope you enjoy making your own version of each pattern.  Just right click on the pattern and print.





Sunday 12 August 2018

Free patterns for Pocket Dolls

 Some of my  followers on Instagram and Facebook have requested that I  share my patterns for  my Pocket Dolls, so here you are!!!!

The dolls are about  9cm in height and only embroidered on one side.    I have given patterns for the outlines, and how to make the dolls, but it is up to each embroiderer to choose how they decorate their own dolls with their own stitches, colours and patterns.  If you do a few, you can display them in a little bowl like I do.  If you do only one, you can keep it in your pocket.  Or, they make a lovely gift for those who love home made treasures. I would love to see your results once they are done!

Here are photos of my versions of the dolls to inspire you:


And you will find the patterns here:

Just right click on the picture and press print!

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Day 20 Rome; Sant'Antonio del Portoghesi and shopping

Our last day in this wonderful city, and in this wonderful country. 

We wanted to make some last minute purchases but couldn't resist popping into the Sant'Antonio del Portoghesi.


 A very charming gentleman inside explained it that is the national church of the Portuguese community in Rome and the venue for many concerts.  While we were there, a talented Polish guitarist was rehearsing for the evening's concert.  Another chance find that proved to be a  delightful experience.

 Passing several of the tourist bearing horse and coaches,

we also discovered the last remains of the Temple of Hadrian

and the Spanish Steps - which were covered in tourists.

We found, with great difficulty, the Confetteria Moriondo e Gariglio, which, considering the wonderful taste of its sweets and chocolates, the magnificence of its packaging, the helpfulness of its staff and the slightly reverend atmosphere of the shop, does not advertise its presence very well.  We stumbled across the very good Citta' delSole toy shop and returned to the Piazza Navona and the nearby Al Sogno toyshop.

And we lastly returned to the Via del Corso and its off shoots for more window shopping.
There is so much more to experience, see and do in Italy.  I am certain we will be back.

Day 19 Rome: west of the river Tiber, the Castel Sant'Angelo

Today, we decided to cross the river and explore the area around Via Cola di Rienzo and the Via Crescenzio. 
This area is a lot less overrun with tourists, even though it is near to Vatican city, has quite a few street markets, and has the charming Piazza Cavour in front of the Supreme Court.  We found the Mercato dell' Unita, with its colourful display of fruit and vegetables, its delicatessen areas and its butcher and fish shops.  I always am intrigued at the different ways that each country prepares and presents meat.  Here, the chickens were leaner and more yellow than in Australia, the cuts of beef quite different, the amount of offal more prevalent.

We also discovered the wonderful gourmet store, Castroni. Not only does it have wonderful ingredients for the Italian cuisine - sweets, pastas, sauces, spices included - and a stand up cafe, but it also stocks foreign food.  We even found Jamaican Ackees there!
Bob had been wanting to visit the Castel Sant'Angelo, originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a Mausoleum for himself, but later used as a fort, papal fortress, a residence, a prison and then a museum. 
At first, I wasn't very impressed as we climbed round and round the alleys and corridors ever upwards as all I could see were locked room, the occasional cannon and the impression of stolid and solid stone.

  It isn't until we came to the statue of Saint Michael by Raffaello de Montelupe that I began to feel there was more to offer. 
 After that, we were given access to some of the apartments with their frescoes, many of them pagan or sexual,
works of art
 and furnishings, spaces for executions and an armory.
  I always am a bit bewildered by the way the church manages to combine a religion of peace with so much violence. There is also a bar and a cafĂ© and a vine covered patio to enjoy your purchases while taking in the view. At the very top, we discovered one of the greatest views of the city. 

We could also hear bands playing, people cheering, the sounds of Rome.
Descending to the city below, we discovered that the Ponte Sant'Angelo was popular spot for bridal photos.
How I love the infinite variety of experiences in this city!


Monday 25 June 2018

Day 18 Rome: Piazza del Popolo, the Borghese gardens, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

Today, we meandered up the Via di Ripetta past the Mausoleo di Augusto, which is being renovated, and up to the Piazza del Popolo.  Although this street  is a bit seedy in some parts, I quite liked it for some of its interesting shops. The Piazza del Popolo is also being renovated but is far less seedy being a very broad pedestrian area, and with its Egyptian obelisk, churches (the Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto), the Porta del Popolo

and the Fontana del Nettuno amongst other  sights.  They were setting up for yet another concert while we were there.  Italy seems to have rather a liking for public concerts.

We decided to access the Borghese gardens, but before climbing towards them, we admired the rostral columns to each side of the Fontana della dea di Roma, and amused ourselves trying to work out what the images represented. 

When we reached the Pincio Terrace, we discovered that it afforded us a truly wonderful view of the city,

and was a wonderful place for children to fly kites.  We were also happy to find that it was much cooler up there, and that the park was great for strolling under the trees,

 coming across wonderfully unexpected sights,

listening to buskers, and  watching people try out the go carts, bicycles, segways and surreys.

 We then, very happily, stumbled upon the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

 and the wonderful lions on its steps encouraged us to venture in.

  What a find!  All the tourists flock to the same tick off locations, where the crowds make it almost impossible to enjoy the facility or sights.  There were very few people in this wonderful gallery, which is a shame for those who miss out, but was wonderful for us.  The temporary exhibit section included  a lot of textile art like this sculpture, Jannah, by Mehdi-Georges Lahlou,

and this textile piece Purgatorio by Bili Bidjocka

and this wooden one by Bruno Conti.

However, very well known artists are also represented, like Gustav Klimt

Van Gogh


Emile Antoine Bourdelle

Rodin, Cezanne, Monet and Boldini.

Even more amazingly, the gallery was putting on a series of concerts, and we were lucky enough to listen to this wonderful group of musicians in the foyer rehearsing.  Truly, our most unforgettable experiences have been totally unexpected.