Friday, July 19, 2019

Make Ink: Red Geraniums

I'm getting ready to go out of town for a few days (big wedding!), and the geraniums begged to be dead headed before I left.  The heat we are expecting this weekend may kill my plants anyway... What a nice way to preserve some colour:

After cooking it down, I brushed some of the liquid on watercolour paper. You can see the green peeking thru from the back.  I then added vinegar to the water and cooked it down some more to remove about half of the liquid:

This ink blob was on mixed media paper:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Make Ink - Orange Zinnias

Now that the garden is blooming and I have the wedding quilt done, it is time to start picking, chopping and cooking some delicious colour!  I "borrowed" flowers from the library to cook up this pot of loveliness.  Unfortunately the photo I took of the flowers before cooking left my camera.  This happens sometimes for no apparent reason.  The guy at the phone store had to the nerve to ask if I knew how to take a picture.  Inside my head I thought, "Really?  I've been taking pictures since before you were born".  I was sweet and and just smiled.  He then googled and found that others have complained about the same thing.  But no fix for missing pictures.
Any way - I think the flowers were zinnias, but had very short stems.  I cooked them up and after draining I added some vinegar.  The last batch of flowers I cooked I omitted the vinegar and ended up with a lovely crop of mold on top of the ink. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wedding quilt - finished!

The quilt for my brother and his bride is finished.  None too soon.... the wedding is Saturday!

I had wanted to work on a quilt using Gee's Bend Quilts as inspiration.  I like the improvisation look of the quilts made by these incredible women. 

The crosses are not quilted, so I am hoping that after it is washed that they will stand out more.  The other thing I must tell the wedding couple - use this quilt.  Quilts are made to be used and loved.  I will be sadly disappointed if after a few years it doesn't show signs of wear.  Fading and frayed edges tell me that is was not folded carefully and stored in a drawer.  It's ok for the cats to sleep on it.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Warning! Wear protective glasses

This was supposed to be my morning to catch up on the weeding in the vegetable garden.  I decided to use the weed eater around the compost pile first.  Bad move.  Double bad since I didn't take the time to run up to the house for eye gear.  The eye doctor said that weed eater injuries top his list of patient accidents, so I am not alone. 

My eye is fine, but will take awhile for the bruise to go away.  Just my luck! Saturday is my brother's wedding.  I will be the one wearing the sunglasses for all the pictures..

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Travel badge / Iceland

Earned the Iceland travel badge while on a few day layover from Boston to Stockholm.  (It was  planned.)  My cousin, her daughter and I met up in Boston and flew to Reykjavik to join my son for a few days.  Words cannot begin to describe this incredible country.  We enjoyed every minute of this adventure.   A high point for me (besides time with my son), was a hike into a volcano.  First a 2 mile hike across the lava field then we were lowered into the volcano.  The colours inside were so beautiful.  I am an artist, not a scientist, and was very fascinated by the art made by nature.

Yes it was cold while we were in Iceland - middle of September.  But the days were pleasant and it was not overrun with tourists.  I would love to return for another adventure.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Travel badge / Northern Ireland

In 2012, my son and I took a trip to Ireland before he left for Afghanistan.  We wanted to do something special before saying goodbyes for almost a year.  He picked Ireland, as he had been there while on a People to People trip during middle school.  Always wanting to go back, this was a great opportunity to experience Ireland together.  This was my first European trip. 

We both enjoyed the Giant's Causeway and we played and hiked for hours before heading toward Dublin and the rest of our journey.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Eye doctor

When left alone too long in the doctor's office, I start to explore the room.  I don't open drawers, but I do take a serious look at what eye candy the room has to offer. I had already had part of the exam and this book was left on the desk.  With no magazines or anything else to keep me busy, the phone came out and I played!  By the way, are you colour blind?

Monday, July 8, 2019

A few more butterflies...

I'm enjoying this group of butterflies. 

The flowers were cut from an old hankie from my stash.

Fabric is part of my grey dye experiments before teaching a class later this month.

Maybe add some beads when I have time?

Hugs and Kisses...

A few beads sure helped this little guy. He needed some bling.

The fuchsia medallion is from some ugly gingham that was over dyed.   

Left hand corner...  indigo pounding has begun.  So nice to have healthy looking plants in the garden.  It won't be long and the plants will be in the dye pot! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Last days of 100 day project

Finally in the home stretch! Haven't missed a day of stitching a butterfly for the 100 Day Project. Only 9 days left.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Red Admiral

While eating lunch, we watched a butterfly walk around our hummingbird feeder then finally find the spot to enjoy his sugary treat.  Daughter asked what kind of butterfly it was.  From the house, I couldn't tell - too dark looking out in the brightness of the day.  I left lunch to capture my prey, camera in hand!  I'm so glad I went, as there were many Red Admirals just outside the front door waiting to have their pictures taken!