Thursday, February 28, 2008
....and all my friends know I'm a cat nut.......is this baby feline just "too cute", or what???!!!!
And this baby asleep wearing her birthday crown, all tired out from the birthday doings.............
.......and from another artist friend who knows I love Laurel Burch's art.....
one of LB's wonderful, colorful cats with balloons in her famous hot, bright, happy colors! Stay tuned for more surprises tomorrow! Right now I'm needing a nap from eating too much chocolate!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Isn't this a pretty knitted scarf? Shawl? Shrug? I knitted it with two strands of yarn, and it's fuzzy and thick and warm, but the back just wouldn't shape itself into a point like I wanted for a shawl. And it's too wide to be a scarf.
And the ends are too long to tie for it to be a shrug. Shall I add beaded fringes to the bottom edge? Or a black ruffle? Or more fringes of matching yarn? Heck, I think I'll weave in the ends of threads and sell the durn thing. And go to the bottom-less closet and pull out yet another unfinished object to work on!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
She came home all finished yesterday, and I'm still handling her and finding new patches of beautiful beading! What a fun "round robin" this was!
Here above she's shown from the back, and her pretty long and trailing hair held up so you can see how the back of the head was beaded in a spiral pattern, and then longer dangling strands were done.............
...........and I just love the pearls and swarovski crystals woven into her braids that shine and sparkle! What beautiful beading all over; I'm so happy she's back home, and I thank the ladies who worked on her so very much!
Lorelei has a little clay face; and check out that ruffled bosom! She also traveled with a little paper journal I made to go with her, and each lady wrote about her visit. It's a treasure as well as the doll since they both traveled to Australia and Germany and Washington State and Arizona; then Pennsylvania before coming back to me here in North Carolina!
Now I'm working on two small beaded projects for the coming month of March; both for online challenges. Stay tuned.............
Monday, February 25, 2008
Aren't these glorious spring colors?!! Can you tell I LOVE "loud" colors now in my "golden years"?! I don't understand it at all.....and I'm hearing the same thing from other "seniors". We all used to look down on glitter and shiny fabric and sequins; now we can't get enough of them! Watch out!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Our mothers were always right.
It all started mid-week when DH (dear husband) got a wild hair to change our internet providers. THAT VERY DAY. We got a real good "deal"........
the only problem I had was that I could NOT receive my messages from any of my Yahoo Groups; and my blog would NOT let me in to add new stuff!! Grrrrrrrrrr!!! So I have been into each and every group and changed my new email address; (and while I was doing that I removed myself from about five groups that I don't "play with" anymore.) Then I had to send an email to every single person in my "address book" telling them how to find me with the new email addy. Whew!
Thank you, girls, especially Sue K. who sent me this a.m. a link and told me to try signing in w/the old addy; it worked!!! Yippee!!! I'm a happy camper today, so I will post some more new pix of what I've been working on. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Anyhow, it goes something like "....as the twig is bent, so grows the tree."
Or the bough. Or the limb. Whatever. Check out the bend in the tree above.
And the ones below. (And PLEASE let me know if you find the verse!)
When this pine grew as high as this old goat shed's roof, it didn't give up. It just grew AROUND the obstacle of the tin roof which was jutting out in its path! On my walk yesterday, I found FIVE trees like this around the farm. If my dad were still alive today, none of these trees would have gotten this large.......he loved cutting "trash" trees for firewood, which he sold by the truckload.
And this old sweetgum tree did the same thing here when it grew up to the edge of the tin slope. It slowed awhile and then just grew around the tin and the sun keeps straightening it back upright once it cleared the spot!
This happens to human beings also......as we grow and have to endure one crisis or another through the years, we are left with scars and crooked limbs (and hearts!), but if we persevere, and look toward the light, God will eventually straighten us up in the right direction again. And again. And again. Isn't that wonderfully comforting to know?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I got scraps of shiny ribbon, yarns, dyed wool/silk roving, gold beads and fake pearls from an old costume necklace. Then I used my trusty Babylock Embellisher machine with its 7 needles (and no thread!) to felt/punch the wide outside ribbon onto a felt circle for backing. Then added the other scraps one at a time; and finished it off by hand-stitching on some glass and metal beads and a pin-back.............voila! When I get time, I'll make some extra of these large pins in spring colors to sell uptown here.....everyone seems to like them.
Today is raw and cloudy and we had a few showers; the weatherman promises a GOOD rain tonight. A whole inch would be so welcome! It's been a good stay-inside day to answer emails and check out new artists'
blogs and read a new library book..........more on that tomorrow! It's VERY
Saturday, February 16, 2008
these little blocks. Monica has made a yard-tall doll that's gorgeous, and she's going to sew all these little squares onto the doll or her skirt; then auction the doll (and her little quilt made from left-over squares!) off on
ebay!!! All proceeds will go to research thru the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Thank you, MM, for your artistry and time for bringing this project together!
My breast cancer block is not meant to be "pretty". When first invited to make a block for this idea, I started out with something frilly and pink and girly and beautiful. But breast cancer is NONE of these things........it's ugly,
horrible, sick, deathly and miserable to those of us who have had it. So here's my take on it, girls. I hope this doll raises LOTS of money for the Komen foundation!
Friday, February 15, 2008
........and this is what she does EVERY day when I check my MANY emails!
She HAS to get in this chair and wants me to pull it up close to me, or hold her and try to type one-handed. If I ignore her, she starts sneaking that little white paw up on the table and knocks off the pens. Here I caught her trying to get the bright and shiny pink "diamond" paperweight given to me recently by my friend Sue Kurowski. Thanks, Sue! We're loving the pink gem every single day...............
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The thin layer of snow showed up on dark things best, like this bed of ivy, but of course the sun is out now and the temps are rising, so it's long gone.
I received another fun "Pass It Forward" gift in the mail yesterday from the talented and nutty Monica M., whom lots of you readers already know as a talented artist.........especially with her needles and threads! Check out the little 3-D face at the lower left corner...........
...........this photo shows how tiny it is, leaning up against a Hershey's "kiss".
I think she used wool sweaters "felted" in hot water/dryer and made it by hand. Probably using a hand-felting needle....check out those eyelashes!
Thank you Monica!!! Oh, and all the little goodies were wrapped in the pretty piece of purple/gold fabric and tied w/a ribbon! I NEVER know what I'm getting when this gal sends a package! Love it all.............
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
And the well-worn and much-loved fat paperback has entertained me every night since my generous and kind gal pal Susan C. was kind enough to share it with me. It turns out that she and I read the VERY SAME books!
This is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, from 1989.
We have several other likes and dislikes, etc. that are the VERY SAME.
She is a quilter and lives an amazing busy life in a gorgeous yellow house..........find her blog (Blackberry Creek) in the list of blogs on the right-hand side of my first blog page and do visit her and pup Sofie sometime. Thank you, Susan, for the great reading time with this book; I'm almost finished and it's just as you said it was: good ALL the way through!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
And Mother Nature left heron footprints in the mud at the edge of the pond today.........we have a gorgeous blue/gray heron who comes on a regular basis to find his breakfast and supper here most days. We are so blessed to live in the country with acres of land full of wildlife; forests and pastures; hills and vales; pond and creek. All we lack now is about 10 inches of rain...........that's how far behind this area of N.C. is in the ongoing drought. I pray our good deep well still has plenty of its wonderful sweet water underground but we are being cautious about using it, just in case.
I'm not planting spring annuals this year, or any baby dogwood trees gathered from the woods and moved to the yard like I usually do. I'm afraid to "waste" water to keep them living if we have another godawful HOT and dry summer like last year. Maybe I'll plant some cactus and desert plants that live in hot, dry climes!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
(unfinished objects). I've got to be REAL bored to drag that baby out again!
Friday, February 8, 2008
.......and this gorgeous turquoise fabric bookmark with fibers and sea horses (for my water/pisces sign) and strip of handmade paper came wrapped in a beautiful fold-over white card with the little sea horses showing through a window, and "Best Wishes" printed in silver! It came from our CPS group "mom", Wendy........all the way from England! I love the wonderful stamps on the mailing envelope, too...many thanks to you across the "big pond", Wendy!
Yet another birthday surprise from Jackie in our Beaded Art Doll group, this sweet and gorgeous "Dotee doll" to hang on the floor lamp right here by my computer where I'll see her every day! And this baby came in the prettiest purple organza bag and with a sweet note.......many thanks, Jackie, for your time and efforts in sharing a piece of your great artwork!
I'll be turning 64 on February 27th, and don't pay much mind to birthdays anymore, but these little wonders coming in the mail out of the blue from "strangers", but online friends, is so much fun! I enjoy the artsy-fartsy groups I belong to so very much; and to think I went most all of my life without a computer, not knowing there was a whole "other art world" out there in cyberspace, full of the nicest and most generous ladies ever! But I'm making up for lost time now, and am very thankful to be having another birthday.............especially with all the "goodies" coming in! I am so blessed with so many new "friends"!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
And here's our beloved old Baby Sister, helping me thank the online buddy who made and sent me the beautiful handmade birthday card shown here!
It has little tassels of fibers at the top and Sister cat played with it so much, it took me five shots with the camera to get one good photo! We thank you, Katherine! We appreciate your kindness so very much!
Monday, February 4, 2008
The sun is warm today with temps outdoors around 65 degrees, so these bud babies are drawn upwards towards the warm rays. I had forgotten we
transplanted some hyacinth bulbs to this little bed last year also; I will watch them daily and see what appears! Tomorrow's predicted temps will be hovering around 74, and these buds don't usually appear until March.
Isn't God good to us to send brave and hopeful sights like this when we are having a dark/dreary time in the late winter?! Just when we think we can't stand another cold/wet/windy/icy/grey-sky day!!! I am SO thankful for Mother Nature and all her miracles!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
This pin's decorated with an odd metal/glass bead earring that I've lost the match to; and don't you just love those hot colors of feathers with polk-a-dots?!!! I pulled them off a long strand of feathers sold by the yard; don't know why I bought a yard of them........just knew I would NEED them sometime or other! Last, but not least is this felted pin........I added a red felted circle, a little felted ball w/seed beads, a pinch of lavender feathers, some white glass seed beads, and some white flower stamens from waayyy back in a drawer I hadn't looked in for months! (No telling WHAT other oddities live here!)
Okay. That's it for the pins. I'm sick of making them; will move on to the pink cell phone case and pink purse tomorrow and add some *bling* to them. I don't know WHAT has come over me as "a little old lady"!!! The older I get, the more I love bright, gaudy, shiny things! Like my beading friend Maggie says: "Life is short...........wear sequins!"