Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I may find a cooler spot and pick up my knitting. I'm working on a little cotton baby sweater.
And, how exciting, the mailman just brought me my complementary copy of Quilting Arts TV, series 1000, in which one of my pieces is featured as a UFO.
I could put my feet up and watch that.
Night before last I sat patiently and quietly on my deck and finally got a few, make that about a hundred, bird photos.
Here is a female hummingbird peaking out from behind the scarlet runner beans.
I've heard the peeping of baby robins lately in the yard. I caught this naughty fellow eating my flower petals and looking all innocent.
The hummingbird at the Russian sage.
I even got a bee.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
My husband is doing a bit of painting this morning and we're shortly going to get ready to go to the beach. We may take the kayaks out.
I've been working a bit on the birches. I added some brown branches here and there, and then I stitched in a few clumps of red dogwoods in the foreground. I started with a heavy thread in the bobbin but then wasn't sure if I liked it. The one on the right I did with heavier thread and to the left, a regular thread.
These are both done using the heavier thread. I'm leaning towards the lighter one, but will look at it with a fresh eye to be sure.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Well, the hot summer days just keep coming with no rain in sight. I went out to the beach on my own today, as Gord was resting up for his golf game tonight. I had a nice cardio walk on the beach with my sister in law before going for a lovely swim. The ocean seems to be getting warmer by the day.
I picked up a cooked lobster on the way home and added some fresh picked and steamed Swiss chard for my dinner.
Then I pulled out my paints to play a bit while listening to some of the Olympics. Did you catch the opening ceremonies last night? I thought it was quite spectacular and the flame with all it's petals is so beautiful.
I purchased a few Twinkling H2O paint pots some time ago and hadn't tried them. Today, I picked another bouquet. Thought it would be a good time to try them out.
I dabbled with a quick watercolor sketch of some delphinium.
I added some dabs of gold Twinking H2Os, not all that visible.
Then I quickly sketched a coneflower.
I added some Twinkling H2O, jasmine. It's going to take some trial and error with them.
There are lots of pretty flowers blooming right now.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
While it is not the usual type of book I might purchase, such as a fiber art book or perhaps a 'how to' art book, it was none the less quite interesting. The book is filled with lovely loose sketches and airy paintings taken from the artist's sketchbook and depicting all manner of fairies. These are accompanied by some assorted facts and histories and stories about all sorts of fairies from all over the world.
Though we generally tend to think of fairies as friendly, ethereal, little beings that may even grant a wish, it has not always been so. On the contrary some were impish, naughty, downright nasty and even menacing. For example, you might read about the fairies of dead trees that it was believed could haunt a house.
The belief in fairies goes back in history to pagan times and the stories and myths vary greatly across the world. The artist depicts them in ethereal watercolors and loose sketches that are very apt for their other worldly existence.
I would see this as a great coffee table book. It is written in such a way that you could browse through the pictures and flip to almost any page to read a tidbit about a particular type of fairy.
Although it is nice to pick it up and be able to jump in anywhere, I could have used a bit more organization, I did find myself flipping from time to time to see if I could match the information with the drawings. Also, since I'm somewhat ADD, I would have found it helpful if it had been arranged perhaps with headings or chapters.
If you're interested in the world of fairies, her blog is quite beautiful.
I went for my Wednesday morning swim today. I've missed a couple of weeks and it felt good to get back to it.
Some of you may recognize this piece from a while ago. I've pulled it back out, hopefully to finish for a quilt show this fall.
The leaves were made by cutting up fabrics with a pinking rotary cutter. Next the bits are sandwiched between 2 layers of Glad Cling Wrap Plus which is BPA free. Then it is hooped, and free motion stitched. Finally, I laid it between 2 sheets of newspaper and ironed until all the plastic is melted away. I always do this with a window open.
I tacked the leaf sections down with a glue stick and free motion stitched them to the background.
I'm so anxious to get this part finished so that I can add some red dogwood bushes to the foreground.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I got a rainy day to spend inside but it is still so uncomfortable, it's hard to do anything. My husband is on vacation for these two weeks, so we're doing a few things together.
When it cleared a bit, we went out to arrange the bird bath that I made from second hand store glass.
It isn't full of water yet because I set little stones over the holes with the caulking and one is leaking a bit. When it's dry out we'll add more caulking to the hole. The glass bowl is an old light fixture. I'm quite taken with them and may do another if I find the pieces.
Last night I did a quick little watercolor of a few stones and shells from the beach.
Now I'm going to do a little bit of stitching. So much to do, so little time!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I know, some of you might be thinking enough already but this is what I was doing instead of sewing. I did start the day with a bit of machine quilting on a baby quilt. When it got hot, I headed out to the beach on my own for a swim since my husband went golfing.
I've only shown my toes in the water but I really did go in, honest! I was thinking how nice a picture it would be from where I was floating. Didn't think it would be a good idea to take the I Pad with me.
I love the colors at the sea shore.
The view up the beach.
There's my favorite green in the sea weed
I came home and made tofu in marmalade sauce with rice and cauliflower. Mmmm.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, by Sally Armstrong has been out for a while, but I just got around to reading it. It's a wonderful adventurous book about a woman's life settling in the wilderness. And that wilderness just happens to be in the area where we live which makes it even more interesting.
Also, if you feel so inclined, you could check out my postcard at the Quilting Gallery and vote. Voting is supposed to start today and continue until Monday.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Quilting Gallery. Voting starts Friday morning and runs until Monday, so if you have the time I'd love it if you'd go vote.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Yesterday, I got the binding done on the hummingbird. I quite like the black polka dots.
I'm linking as usual to the Needle and Thread Network.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Last post, I mentioned making journals/coloring books for kids to sell at the local craft shop. They are a little hand written book for children with half finished pictures, prompts and a little crafting thrown in. The pictures and bits of info have a summertime theme along with a few tidbits about the local area. hey would be good for tourists or local children. I've put some in clear plastic bags and added colored pencils and crafting bits to work with.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I've been working on another little creative endeavor the last couple of days. I sketched out pages for a children's journal that I am making for the craft shop. Today, I set up a make shift light table made from the plexiglass sewing machine surround. I've been tracing over my writing and designs with a black pen, so that I can copy them. I will use a brightly colored card stock for the cover.
While I was out watering some of my plants (it is so hot and dry), I took a picture of this tea cup plant stake that my husband helped me make on the weekend. It is put together with bamboo, a large nut, and some outdoor clear caulking, very simple. I've only had the picture on my frig for a year! Now I want to make a couple more. I'll have to be more careful with the background next time; it is almost lost against the fence.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Needle and Thread Network..
Monday, July 9, 2012
Yesterday proved to be a much nicer day with fresh air and a cooling breeze. My husband helped me get a little housework done and then we golfed later in the afternoon. While making lunch, this little fellow/lady (I don't know how to tell the sex of chickadees) arrived at my fountain. One comes everyday; I'm assuming it's the same one. Often, he bathes in the little bowls when the fountain is not running. This time as you may notice it was.
As for sewing, I did manage to grab a few minutes to sew up the second pillowcase. Another, UFO done!