Friday, March 21, 2008

Squerls

Today, finally, the constantly grey and drab weather got to me. The tipping point was probably when I found myself in the middle of Hampstead Heath (masssive sprawling park) with no other people in view, tramping along muddy tracks in the wind and rain. I know it could sound very lovely and naturey but I was feeling kind of lonely and very far away from home.

So tonight I'm having a quiet night in, curled up on the couch eating toasted sandwiches and watching Animal Planet (I'm sooo not into cable TV, but how good is a channel completely dedicated to animal shows!?).

I've had a lot of fun recently feeding squirrels in the parks (video to come soon!) so here is my little tribute, also a means of easing my recent creative frustration:

Squirrel woods
('scuse the colours if they look a bit odd - my laptop monitor is shocking)

P.S. - have a happy easter everyone! I really wish I was home eating hot cross buns and doing an easter egg hunt!

31 comments:

Tina said...

That's a great pattern. I really like the trees. Happy Easter to you too.

Kate said...

I would do anything to swap places with you right now!
Hampstead Heath in the wild and windy bluster is home to me.
Lovely pattern, Happy Easter.

read me... said...

Oh, I love your pattern!

Am sorry to hear that the weather here is getting to you... grey skies are my favourite. I find them so comforting.

Hope you manage to enjoy your Easter weekend...

summer pickles said...

oooh Lara, this design is gorgeous! Being homesick is always hard. Hope you have a happy Easter, albeit far away from home.

Ali said...

Now you understand why half of Britain suffers from SAD syndrome. Hope the blues pass quick.

of paper & thread said...

That design is really cute! and lovely colours too...
Happy Easter!

orange you lucky! said...

That is a beautiful pattern!
I so totally understand the frustration with this never ending winter weather. I'm in Canada, and usually I take the winters lemons and make lemonade, but I'm so ready for some long island iced tea by now:(
Love your blog! Have a happy Easter!

Annie said...

Wait- did you make that illustration on the computer? It's fantastic!

leslie said...

oh, i hope the sun comes out soon. very soon. love the squirrels. of course. and happy easter to you!

Wendy said...

Ack, this is so cute! The colors, the squirrels, the trees -- love it :) Happy Easter to you too Lara!

md said...

Honestly, I think you'll dig Barcelona more than London. Of course, both cities have their good points but Spain does have a warmer vibe... weather wise and other wise. ;)

Annalisa Backlund said...

Gorgeous print. I love squirrels! It's cold and rainy in Sydney too. Pity for all the people going away over Easter.

Hollabee said...

Hey Lara,
We miss you here too...deathly sins isn't the same without our girly chats...enjoy the warmer parts of Europe & we'll see you back soon. They might still have hot cross buns at woolies then ;)

apple cyder said...

Wow--you are good. I love those trees. Hope the weather improves.

Emma said...

yup... I must admit that I've had enough of this winter too - shame you're going to miss spring though.

Lovely pattern by the way, really lovely.

Shiny Black Shoes said...

Love it!

ArtShades said...

Ah, sorry you are feeling lonely. Hope you have a fun weekend and the sun shines again soon (it has here in the midlands today). If you have the chance head over to Kew Gardens - the bulbs will make you feel as if spring has sprung and I think they have an Easter egg hunt on Sunday http://www.kew.org/events/
so you needn't miss out!

kitty's kaboodle said...

hi there lara,
sometimes melancholy is good for the soul, use the downtime to reflect and create because often this is when some great stuff appears. your pattern is looking lovely too.
happy easter to you from melbourne
we'll save you some eggs
kitty

Marta MourĂ£o said...

I like your draw! Have a happy easter and a nice stay away from home.

Corrie said...

oh hugs! I must say I spent every saturday or sunday in the shops to beat the weather because london isn't known for being sunny!

hope you're home soon but that artwork is fab!

Corrie:)

oldschoolglamour said...

Nice pattern, but I think that it would be better if the trees and the squirrels aren't so different in size. Just a thought (:

la casita de wendy said...

i love your patterns, your fabrics and your blog! i invite you to see my work as a fashion designer. Thank you!!

pricklypearbloom said...

I'm smitten by those trees!

Polly said...

I was just wishing I could walk to Kenwood and have tea and Emma Thompson and her husband would be there (as they once were when I was there) and I could talk to my friend Janie about art and literature and music. Polly x x x

Fer said...

I love the pattern, it would make a great fabric too!

Freshly Found said...

The trees are lovely. So simple and so pleasing.

craftyclaire said...

Hope you have a great time in the UK. I used to live near Hampstead Heath, love Maison Blanc for cakes. IF you see one, definitely get a cake. If you can do afternoon tea at the Dorchester, Ritz, Claridges etc, but you usually have to reserve in advance. Have a safe journey home!

craftyclaire said...

By the way Grey Squirrels are seen as evil little things that should be killed, as they've destroyed the British Native Red Squirrel Population. So if it was grey, it's vermin, if it's red it's a friend!!!!!!

Erin said...

Hi Lara, just wanted to let you know I posted pics of the secret project involving your Bulokku fabric. It's not terribly complicated, but I think it really makes the project complete, and my friend Kristy loved it the best!

http://www.whatabouthoney.com/wah2/?p=198

ShiriMe! said...

lara? where are you? i miss your blog updates! ;)

bored with schoolwork and need her blog-reading fun,
Shirley

Tine said...

Those squirrels are cute-cute-cute! And the trees are fantastic! Great style :-)