Sunday, July 22, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

(Columbine collage and Watercolor

Earlier this summer I picked a few columbine from my yard to make a small bouquet. I sketched them one morning and I’ve been hooked ever since. I only have the one variety in my yard and had previously considered them a bit of a nuisance as they self seed and spread anywhere. Then I started noticing some different ones around town and searched them out on line. As with most flowers there are so many different beautiful shapes and colors. I’m making it my mission to search out more for my gardens. 

This week, I pulled out my papers and paints and had some fun cutting and glueing onto pages where I’d previously cleaned brushes and brayers. I knew I’d make good use of them!



Once started it’s hard to stop.



The black and white scrap lower right is from an envelope that came in the mail that day.

After I got home today and made raisin bran muffins, I sat down to ‘taste test’ one and play with some water colors in my mixed media sketchbook.








This is all leading to a piece of fiber art that I’m hoping to start next week. It’s too hot for me to spend much time outdoors unless I’m at the beach where I plan to be this weekend!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Less sewing, more gardening

An easing in the humidity meant more comfortable temps today. After making a beef barley soup and delivering it to an under the weather friend, I was able to  sew a sample block for an I Spy quilt before heading out to do a little gardening. 



I’m sure you could guess it will be for my grandson, Ollie. I’ve been waiting and collecting awhile to make one of these.

I noticed through my studio window that the raised bed was looked parched so I headed outside. My rain barrel levels are nearing the bottom. the thunder storms missed us last night. At least I’ve been using a bucket to fill my watering can from the kiddie pool rather than dump it out.



Since it was not as hot today, I took some time to do some much needed weeding near the veggies around the deck and around the apple tree.







I also did a little clean up in this new little space along the shed.




I really enjoy strolling around the yard to see how much the plants have grown and picking a few here and there, just enough for a delicate table top bouquet.








Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Grandsons visit

These past few days I’ve been busy with my daughter and 1 1/2yr old grandson Ollie who were visiting from Prince Edward Island. We spent a lot of the time outdoors—at the beach and in our yard, with a quick early morning trip to the park nearby. It was very hot and muggy.

A highlight for me was a CrossFit workout with my daughter yesterday. It was very hot though and we’d not had a lot of sleep the night before with Ollie up in the night. I had to have a nap mid afternoon when he did.



It was even too hot for too much outside water play. As I write this, I can scarcely believe the visit is over. They left this morning and I distracted myself by cleaning a bit, going to CrossFit at 11 and sewing this afternoon.

I’m putting together the 3 Swoon  blocks into a twin size quilt which I plan to give my mom to use in the home. I need to get it ready soon while she can still maybe remember I made it. She tells everyone that she made the pillows that I made.



The picture isn’t perfect as we haven’t yet hung my design wall. At the moment it will finish at 50 by 72” and I’m wondering about adding one more small strip to each side besides another blue one.

We’re looking forward already to our next visit but at the same time not wishing for summer to pass too quickly.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer days, gardening, pickling, sketching, stamp making, sewing, crocheting

I have been oh so busy and involved in my life — getting my mojo back. I’ve been gardening although I’m restricting my time outside in the heat and humidity. Gord put new rails on the deck (our little one is coming next week) and it looks so much better. It’s easier to see the garden too.





The radishes are one of my first harvests.



Yesterday, I made  a small jar of my favourite Vietnamese style pickled radish. Oh so good.




This week I started my 5th week at Crossfit  and so far I’m really enjoying it. The workouts are adapted for beginners and everyday is different with such a variety of exercises.  Fun! I went today at 12 and then had this for lunch.



This morning, I made a few large flying geese (5 by 10” ) to go in the side panels of the twin size swoon quilt. The design  wall is not yet hung and I’m only able to show the central part for now. As it gets further along I’ll try to get a picture with it laid out flat.

The bag with my Gelli print Artwork on front is done except for the top stitching along the outer rim.




Since my garden is central to my days right now, I’m thinking about some artwork using some of my flower motifs. With my tea after lunch, I started making some foam stamps using the Columbine motif that I’ve been using recently. This is a recent paper collage with stitching added.





For the first stamp I drew into craft foam with a pencil. This will make great background texture both for printing on a painted piece of muslin and for Gelli printing.









I tried another one using a low temp glue gun but the paint wouldn’t stay on the ridges.



I’ve done it before. It must have been the hot glue gun as it works great. I’ll try a very fine sanding and a coat of gesso to see what happens.

All these things I will slowly gather to use as texture on painted muslin backgrounds. Here I’ve cut a couple of motifs from fusible backed fabrics, auditioning them on a small piece of a Gelli print.



Last but not least a new crochet project — a throw in my bedroom and living room colors. It’s done double with Red Heart so goes quickly.



The colors are actually a little softer than the picture. It’s been a while since I crocheted anything and I’m quite enjoying it.