Thursday, January 31, 2019

When it’s snows, we sew

I thought I’d catch up a bit with you here on what I’ve been up to. My days are broken up into a slow start with my tea in the morning, followed by a few chores, and today a quick errand. While out,  I pushed a bit of snow off the front steps and into the driveway, cleared out the feeder and added some peanuts for the blue jays who I could hear squawking in the nearby trees. They are raucous pigs but pretty and fun to watch.

That’s one of my studio windows on the far right.

It’s almost like walking through tunnels. Please no more snow for a while! To add insult, I had a cortisone shot 2 days ago to my wrist without improvement and I have a sore swollen foot which I will see about tomorrow, so no snow shoeing right now.

Just before lunch, I did a short workout downstairs - rowing and a few exercises and then I showered.

I try to spend a couple hours in my studio in the afternoon. Today, I fiddled with the 2nd seedpod piece that I started, placing the silk ribbon stalks and ironing it all in place.

It measures about 14” by 25”. Maybe I’ll add small borders.

Then I sat down and free motion quilted this little 6” by 8” piece, A Chickadee along the Snowshoe trail, that will be a donation to the SAQA Spotlight auction. 

The chickadee was thread painted on another piece of fabric backed with stabilizer, cut out and fused to the hand dyed background. The hand embellished branches are almost finished and I will add a few ‘frosty’ beads.

I’ve also pinned up a 2nd slightly larger piece with another chickadee. Somewhere I have a picture where the chickadee was coming into land on my hand for a sunflower seed. Maybe I’ll add the hand.

Now, I’m taking my tea and heading to the sofa for a short rest before I get dinner which I started at lunch time by cutting up veggies for a vegetarian sort of pad Thai. I’ll have brown rice instead of noodles. My energy often peters out by this time of day so I either like to have supper made or started earlier.

I hope your staying warm, or cool, depending on the need and having a bit of creative fun. Cherish the moments.


Mystic Quilter said...

Good heavens - what a lot of snow!!! The house is only just about visible. Hope you're keeping warm and enjoying your stitching and fingers crossed for the pain to ease! Love the photo of the blue jay, he/she's a beauty.

PaintedThread said...

Love those chickadees! Wow, that's some serious snow.

Margaret said...

You're so right -- snow = sew (and in my case, also knit and read!) Love your chickadees -- but the poppy seed pods are so elegant and delicate: WOW! Stay cozy -- and I hope your appendages feel better soon!