Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
..........I don't even remember doing this orange/yellow piece; I've never liked orange, but my initials are on it! And I even used a thin paper mat and painted a frame orange to match! And I also found a box of wonderful old embroidery patterns/designs that can be used for lots of things nowadays. I don't remember if I ever found whatever I went looking for in the barn or not. Duh. (At this age/stage of the game, I'm thankful I can still embroider, even if I won't remember next week what I did with it!)
Friday, June 27, 2008
This little weird red bird with a green/polk-a-dot breast is from a cute bird pattern on our Cloth Paper Studio group online. The members are making several to swap, but I only wanted to make a few funky ones to keep, and am planning to reduce the pattern some and bead the body for a Christmas tree or window ornament. We shall see.................oh, if the photo will click and enlarge, you can see her little brass locket on her necklace!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
And this is the latest finished library book read last week. It's dense with details like this author's other book "Snow Falling on Cedars", but it's worth wading through for the wonderful story. Up next: Patricia Cornwell's newest!!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I just wondered if anybody else out there in artist cyberspace has a ribbon fetish?! I have always coveted pretty ribbons and strings and cords and such............these three photos are just the tip of the proverbial ribbon "iceberg" in my stash. (That's visible without looking in drawers and shoeboxes.) And these are only the readily available rolls like you can find in craft shops and florist shops............I haven't shown you my stash of VERY LOVED hand-dyed silk and satin and velvet ribbons! I use great snatches off big rolls to wrap packages all the time, and never use it up; I hardly ever get to the end of a whole roll..........(and another reason I still have so much is because when I see more on SALE somewhere, it needs a home!) What's a girl to do?!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
was one of our hot, humid days with smoke in the air all the way from the NC coast, where they are still fighting forest fires. That is about 170 miles southeast of here, but most of the eastern part of the state and up into Virginia had drifts of the smoke for days. I most worried about the innocent wildlife, of course. Thankfully, the fires are being contained now.
Ahhhh............a perfect example of the old-fashioned common southern "daylily". Nearly every yard has them now; and even clumps of bulbs thrown away years ago alongside the roadway ditches are blooming. They are good and drought-resistant; it's a pity they only show their beauty for one short-lived day for each bloom. But just gaze upon the splendor.........it makes the day worth it, I suppose. Only God knows the whys and why-nots of the wonderful world of Mother Nature we have all around us; we are so blessed in this rural area of the south to have such beauty. I wish everyone who is in such a hurry would stop and LOOK at these little daily miracles happening all around us. Don't wait until you are OLD.........there is beauty all around, if you will slow down and look around you!
And is this not a beautiful FIRST beaded cuff bracelet?!!! My friend Deborah (of our Sunday afternoon art group) tackled the job like a pro and used this poly clay focal piece to start. Then she added fat round glass beads along the center sides and filled in with various tiny size 11 seed beads. I'm so happy to get my friends into beading with me!! Now "Dee" is working on a new pink and white round brooch..........and it's time for me to go add some beads to my own June square! Stay tuned...............
Monday, June 23, 2008
I just found this cute enameled metal frog-on-a-stick when I cleaned out weeds, etc. beside one of the goldfish pools. He's been living in a flower pot for several years out in all kinds of weather and not changed his pretty colors at all !
Sunday, June 22, 2008
And here's Baby Sister drinking out of the newest koi/goldfish pond that DH installed last week. There's nothing as good as that good old cold, sweet well water! She checks it out every day............today it had fishes in it, but she didn't pay them any mind.
And here the pond is coming along with rocks alongside and water plants;
it's finished on the outside with plantings of greenery to hide most of the ugly black pool edges. I need to post a new/finished photo soon!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
This cute bird pattern is being used in one of my Yahoo groups, Cloth Paper Studio as a swap. I didn't join that one because my project cup already "runneth over", but I love the primitive look of the pattern, so I had to sew up at least one. Lots of ideas here for using the new hot summer fabrics together; and also I got DH to reduce the pattern by about half and I want to bead a bird for a Christmas tree ornament. Can't you just visualize her nestled in the evergreen branches with little white lights glittering off her white and silver beads and sequins?!! (Wow, it's only six months until Christmas week...........better get my act together!)
One day this week it was too hot and humid for my morning walk, so I did it late in the afternoon, and this soft golden sunbeam was so pretty spread across our little pink petunia bed...........and the CATS are everywhere, of course!
Friday, June 20, 2008
This has been a hectic week, today especially. And we need rain again very badly............I hope tomorrow I will make time to finish a couple of small projects and upload pix of them here!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
.........and this is the FRONT of the same top! And check out the gorgeous(my favorite hot pink ) sleeves with gold lacings.......
........and this is the wonderful end of the sari with its matching design of pink and green sequins and gold beads and threads! Some parts of these designs I can already visualize as being 100% hand-beaded brooches, using the beautiful glass beads........especially those that are silver-lined, making the light flash and gleam
when gazed upon! Oh, let me go find beads and sequins and start a pin tonight........just finished my 2" square beaded monthly block and will post it here tomorrow.
............my talented beading friend who lives in Canada also loves COLOR and her motto is: "Life is short; wear sequins!" I agree, Miss Maggs!
Thank you for sharing your talents and friendship with me............
Monday, June 16, 2008
........and the beautiful white embroidery and sequins design goes all the way down two sides!
I don't know what this piece was originally; it's almost too heavy to be worn as clothing, but man, does it ever have "bling"!!! And that's my thing!
When I was younger I was more traditional, but the older I get, the more I love glitter and shine and bright, happy colors! One of my online friends has as her motto: "Life is short---wear sequins!"
Look how the blues turn into pinks as the fabric is moved..................... .........and all of the intricate gold embroidery on the hot pink background is so very gorgeous. Be sure to click on the photos and see the embellishment details larger. I'm not sure what these fabrics will become, but for sure some are meant to be fabulous purses and pillows and parts for art quilts for the wall. But right now I have to finish beading a little square pin so I can show that to you tomorrow, perhaps!
We are still in the grasp of the awful heat wave with high humidity today and DH is outside installing his fourth koi pool. I'm not much help to him except for keeping him full of liquids and telling him how great it looks; then I have to escape indoors with the A/C. (Something to do with "getting old", somebody told me!) I don't mind getting old, I just want to do it in comfort! Heh, heh...............
Sunday, June 15, 2008
.........and here's the lucky new cat at our house. I guess we should name him "Lucky"; he was fortunate to choose OUR house to come to visit daily and end up adopting him! We have been amazed at how easily he has settled into being a house cat.......except this morning at 2:30 a.m. when he woke us up jumping from the bed onto the top of the tall wood wardrobe!
DH jumped out of bed and caught him before he knocked my grandmother's beautiful old chocolate pot to the floor! We will have to get used to the idea of having a young cat again that is curious and will JUMP up onto tables, etc. And I'll have to keep my beading supplies better organized in case he thinks to check out THAT table one night!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I had the best fun time making this teal felt cone for my dear friend Sue K. last week! The CPS yahoo group was making cones earlier and I didn't have time then, but loved the idea of May Day cones of paper like we made as children and hung on door knobs with flowers in them. So when I had a gap of time and the muse "moved me", I KNEW what to make and had all the elements for it on hand...........ha! (I have enough supplies "on hand" to make cones from now 'til Doomsday!) I get as much satisfaction digging through my drawers and boxes of stash to make an item as seeing the finished product! And I always find "lost" thingies I haven't seen in months that will be perfect for yet another project! Be sure to click and enlarge the photos to see details. I'll show the back side of this cone tomorrow; the blog wouldn't let me add but these five pix at one time!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Our three little goldfish ponds full of koi, goldfish, black "bug-eyed" goldfish, and various mixtures (two albinoes) at the back deck are the only things around here this week that are keeping cool outdoors! DH put in one pool abut 6 years ago for one of his "projects", and because he'd gotten the pre-shaped pool for $4.00 at a yard sale. We had forgotten how hard the ground around the yard/house is, and how full of rocks and tree roots.
But after attacking the hole with the back-hoe, tractor, ax, shovels and anything else we could find, we finally got the hole large enough so that half the pool insert was actually down below ground level.........the other half is above ground, because we also didn't think of how slanted our entire yards are............downhill ! Duh. He's not a quitter, though. We got the pool in, got some water lilies and hid the ugly black edges of the pool with grasses that stay
green year-round and pretty field rocks from all over the farm. Voila! One beautiful goldfish pond. A neighbor who sells fish bait minnows gave us a few gold minnows (one's still here!) and DH added some Walmart fishes and we've watched them grow. When a couple of our dear friends moved away from Warrenton, they gave us their koi fish which were just gorgeous and huge and beautiful !!! Every few years DH gets another wild hair to put in another pool, a little larger than the rest.
You'd think he'd get tired of putting heating elements in for them in the winter, and cleaning out the aeration filters OFTEN during the summers, but he loves them and the projects. On spring and fall days I can sit in my rocking chair on the screened-in porch and read and listen to the water trickling over the little waterfalls. But in winter and this hot summertime weather you won't find me out there.............I'll be reading or beading or napping indoors with the air conditioner making its beautiful noise!
P.S.......be sure to click and enlarge the photos............
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
...........and here is the newest adopted family member who has taken up residence here for breakfast and supper every day for several weeks now. We've treated his ticks and fleas, and hopefully tomorrow if he shows up for breakfast as usual, he's going to be taken to be neutered...........if we can get him into the cat carrier! And I'm praying he won't catch and eat any little wild thing tonight; and also that when we turn him loose after his surgery, he will stay nearby. He's not a feral cat, but his owners wherever they are evidently don't care enough to feed or take care of him. So he's not exactly fully "tamed". Send us your kitty prayers tomorrow, please!
Monday, June 9, 2008
My creative muse finally woke up yesterday, and is still pushing me to finish this felt cone with embellishments for a friend. I missed out on making "May Day" cones (like we used to make and hang on doorknobs for flowers) on one of my Yahoo groups. Not enough time! Too many beading projects still waiting! But when I saw the photos of the girls' finished cones, I wished I had made the extra effort to make one. So here's my first effort in the making.........hopefully it will be finished tomorrow and ready to mail.
I also started and finished a swap art quilt for the wall yesterday, but won't show the pix of it until it reaches its owner! Some of the things used (just to get your curiosity up) were cuts from a vintage/damaged wedding ring quilt; beads; buttons; and all sorts of fun embellishments! It's going out in the mail tomorrow also. Whew! This heat wave is keeping me inside and producing art, but I did go walking this a.m. around 6:30 and the heat wasn't bad at that time of day. The birds were singing and the early golden sunbeams were on everything.........a nice way to start the day; now I'm off for my mid-day nap!!!!!!!! (I am NOT a "morning person".)