Friday, February 17, 2012

Wales: Darcy's Postcard Challenge

This week over on Darcy's postcard challenge the country is Wales.

I had more time this week and decided to research a bit about it, and the people. Somehow, in the click clicking through the internet, I stumbled upon a section of Wales labeled "Snooker".
It reminded me of a time in my 20s where some friends and I went out to shoot pool ( and drink a few!) and all the tables were full. The bartender told us all he had left were snooker balls, and we naively thought we could hit those around like the billiards we knew.
Wrong.
Very wrong. Not the same.
We laughed at ourselves and took the snooker balls back to the bartender. And I have never seen snooker at a bar since in the States.


When I read about this gentlemen, Ray Reardon, I immediately loved him! How could you not?
Here's a bit of how Wikipedia summorizes him:
Born Oct. 8, 1932, retired Welsh snooker player who dominated the sport in the 1970s. His dark widow's peak and grin gave him the nickname Dracula.
At 14, he became a coal miner, but after a bit of scare, he got out of that line of work, and later became a police officer.
He really sounds like the coolest guy....if I can't sit and have a beer with him, the least I can do is make a postcard with his image.
It was transfered onto muslin and sewn into this 4x6 card.




Margaret continues her journey around the globe in search of new and exciting adventures. She's decided to mingle in the pubs of Wales and learn snooker.


22 comments:

craftattack said...

Beautiful postcard Katie! Love the cards in your previous post, too! Have a good weekend, and thanks for the hugs, Valerie

artymess said...

I am Welsh so approve of you making a postcard with Ray on it...xx

miniroses said...

what a neat post card and technique. It would be nice if Ray saw it himself!

Margaret said...

Love your card, great stitching and super cool theme! I can imagine Margaret's excitement! M

Joanna said...

Ray Reardon, super cool guy! I really like what you've done for your postcard. I think Margaret might be in Wales for rather a long time if she's going to be there until she plays as well as Ray!!

x

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

This is terrific, a bit of history too! Love the new header! xox Corrine

mags21 said...

wow! what a beautiful postcard.my mum favourite player, way back when!!! love your stitching...

Janet said...

Super theme! Great postcard and very original.
I guess you heroine will be in Wales for some time then.
Janet xx

Sandra Hoogland said...

We have a table in our livingroom, mostly play pool though, snooker is so much harder so the balls stay in the box... :)
Love your fabric postcard! It's something different from the others! ♥

Leialoha said...

Aloha Katie...I do love the Ray transfer on natural muslin and all the stitching...FAB creative expression.

Darcy said...

love your Ray card, he is a cool guy and occasionally on tv here. There are quite a few snooker tournaments on tv thru the year.

StefiJ said...

Wow what a great idea for a card

Love the stitching

Daffodils are not only popular in Wales but they are the national flower it was a bit of a cop out really daffodils or rugby players thighs. Errrr and I went for daffs I really must be ill!

gottahavemoxie said...

Wow, love this! Love your stitiching, really added a fab touch.

Jen said...

Super idea and like that you have stitched it. Ray is cool and was a fantastic snooker player in his day.
Jen x

Lulabelle said...

Great postcard! Great technique!

Jamie Lynn said...

Wonderful card, isn't the word Snooker just fun to say

serendipity said...

Super card - this takes me back!
Jan x

Katie said...

Thanks everyone for your nice comments! I had no idea that Ray was such a popular guy! That's it, we gotta bring snooker to the States! :0)

NatashaMay said...

Oh, a snooker player! I used to watch this all the time when I was youngre. :) Not that I play. :) Great postcard and thanks for the info.

Gina said...

I used to love watching Ray Reardon play. They used to tease him and say he looked like count Dracula :D XXX

Cynthia said...

love the transfer and stitching. great image. Wonder how long it will take to master snookers like Ray?

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

I'm sitting here smiling up a storm. Love this post. The story is great. The card itself is great. Just wonderful. Ray is a lucky fella. *smiles* Norma