Friday, November 25, 2011

What's your hidden talent?

This week I've dedicated a pretty big chunk of time to creating a photo book of my favourite holiday shots. It wasn't difficult, but I had to learn the ins and outs of the software and (the hard part) decide which photos to include and which to leave out. Hey, I ended up with 44 pages, and that was only 200 or so of the 1200+ images I have....

Anyway, that led to me spending some time going through the many thousands of photos I have stored on my hard drive. And that led me to some photos I haven't looked at for a long time. Including some of the embroidery work I used to do in another lifetime, when I seemed to have plenty of spare time to sit on the couch and ply my needle.

I'm actually pretty good at it. I never bothered creating my own designs, I'm too lazy for that and there are so many gorgeous ideas out there from way more talented people than me anyway. But I loved choosing the fabric, the silks and ribbons and beads, and turning a blank canvas into something gorgeous.

This was my all-time favourite (you should be able to click on it for a larger image):


I created it to hang on the wall in our lounge at the old place. Those hydrangeas took a LOT of work - each flower had to be individually created off the canvas, then stitched in place. It's very 3D and the colours are magnificent. I lashed out a bit on materials, buying hand-dyed silk and satin ribbon for the larger flowers.

Unfortunately, handcrafted embroidery pieces don't go with the decor in our current house, so this one now hangs on the wall at my Mum's. The rest? They're sitting in a pile in the garage. Perhaps one day I'll see if I can sell them.

Do you have a hidden talent? Leave me a comment and share your secret.


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7 comments:

Liz@LastChanceTraining said...

You are talented! I can't think of anything off the top of my head...

Kek said...

Oh, I don't know - Fabio's balls are pretty good...

Pip said...

I love your picture.......would love to see your books too. Photos are fun to play around with.....you have lots of talents!

Mine: - my sushi made with brown rice and lots of fillings such as raw salmon, lean chicken or lean meat and whatever other salad ingredients.....served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger,....yum ! Less rice and more filling is the key.

Kek said...

Mmm, yum, Pip! I've tried sushi-making and while it tasted good, it looked HORRIBLE. There's definitely a talent to that.

Sara said...

Oh, where to start? :D (bwahaha)
I can draw and sketch. Every time I do it, it comes out great and I don't really know why. I need to make more time for it. Also, I can play a number of instruments, again with the needing more time thing...
You are very crafty. I am jealous of anyone that can sew.

project-frankie.com said...

ooh I have a couple of hidden talents. When I was married and a stay at home mum I did....Cross-stitch. I also made handmade, jointed bears.

I'm going to have to display some of my work on my blog now :)

Kek said...

@Sara - a NUMBER of instruments? You are talented. My piano efforts would be positively embarrassing now....

@Frankie OMG, jointed bears! I did those too. I still have a half-finished one somewhere... Yes, you must publish photos, pronto!

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