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To keep warm..

this winter, my autumn colours triangle shawl.


 I am pleased how turned out...once again it is with all thrift-ed yarn. It really does brighten gloomy surroundings.


The only way, I could take few good pictures, (with some light) was outdoors. These were taken Sunday morning at the park; managed take few shots before my fingers went numb. I think it was about -7 or 8 celius.






it keeps me cosy & warm while tying a selfie on snowy Monday morning :) 
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Inspiration Pinterest ..... a pair of ankle socks made from a sweater that I could not wear anymore.











I picked  up this Coca Cola tray at one of the Church Christmas sale's recently for 50 cents.  I simply liked the print on it. (not Coca Cola)  It is printed in 1976; a reproduction of 1916 WWI serving girl. A bit of browsing on ebay, I came across the original as well as the same re-print.




December sun 







Thank you for stopping by for a peek,

Happy Holidays and all the best for 2018!!

xox

Gaia

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  1. Your shawl is beautiful, Gaia, with its warming colours. You look beautiful and cozy in it. Happy Holidays to you!

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  2. Your shawl looks so cozy Gaia, and you look very warm!! Our snow almost all melted away yesterday. Love the little pinecone ;)
    Have a wonderful holiday!
    Wendy xox

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  3. Your shawl turned out great, Gaia. The bright colours are just what you need to banish the winter doldrums. Happy Holidays!

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Another kantha embroidery piece I just completed. I used three layers of white voile, tacked in place and drew the pattern.


To create rippling effect of water,I used two different shades of blue and a purple and did them in a kind of an overlapped shells to match the lotus leaf. Also, added yellow at the top to represent sunshine.




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