Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Pleated Inkcap

 On my forest walks, I enjoy taking pictures to remind me of the beauty that I've been blessed with.  With a particularly damp season, I am delighted with the fungi that pops up overnight. Using my fungus identification app I am beginning to give my photos names!  The Pleated Inkcap, is especially short lived. The transparent look may be a challenge to stitch.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Saturday update...

 This week was fabulous! Art time with friends, quilting field trip to 5 quilt shops, invitation to exhibit my quilts at a local gallery, and quality time with mom.  Almost forgot - Jon's wheelchair ramp was installed too!  Today I'm thinking... "how did I ever find time to work?"

We leave tomorrow for a 2 week cruise.  Jon is leaving all the packing to me - this has never happened in the past.  He did manage to lay clothes out for me to handle (I rejected a few items) and have the washing machine going now to freshen fall clothes that haven't been worn for awhile.  

My pile consists of art supplies and my favorite hiking boots!  Luckily, I have a good idea of what I want to take!!!

Off to work on my very long to do list....  

Friday, August 26, 2022


 Not a weed a really gave a second glance in the past, but I recently read that it makes a lovely dye.

Oh my goodness, yes! The photo doesn't tell the story very well. It is a lovely blush colour that reminds me of the beautiful dye obtained from avocado pits. I also remember getting a similar colour from fern leaves.  What chemical is in all three to make this fabulous dye? I'm not a scientist, but now feel the need to do more research.  Where else can I find this colour? 

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Eye doctor inspiration

 While at my yearly eye exam yesterday, I commented on the sign on the wall that said, No Photos / No Videos.  Dr. Peck said, "you can take pictures, it's ok".  So I did!  The first pic is my eye!  I'm loving the colour palette.  I was watching a short video today about picking a palette based on your favorite colours.  I'm not overly fond of orange, but this is more of a rust.  The chartreuse is definitely on my go to list and the little bit of red just pulls it all together!  Can I duplicate this in dye?

This was a poster on the wall.  Nothing special, but I do like the marks!

Not sure about this one:

Can you tell what number is on this? My hubby could not.  No wonder his clothes never look quite right!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Dress update: Rainforest


The suggestion was made to add more orange to the Rainforest dress.  Now I think that the left bottom orange beaded fringe is too much!  It doesn't look this bold on the green background, but on the table all I see is the beads!  Eventually I'll figure it out.  

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Using Grandma's Yoyos

Back in the '70's, my grandmother jumped into the yoyo quilt fad.  Not hand sewing that I would want to do, but I'm good with taking them apart and reusing the circles!  I'm off and running using the yoyo's in my #morningtea stitching for the next few weeks.  They make such sweet little flowers:


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

August = Sunflowers

 When I look at the sunflowers growing in my garden, I understand why VanGogh painted them and moved to the south of France looking for light, warmer weather and the wonderful colours of the area.  This year's flowers are all volunteers.  I neglected to plant sunflower seeds, but God remembered how much I adore their happy faces.  

"The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you."  Numbers 6:25