Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Butterflies - tattered lace and bling

My next group of butterflies will be made of old lace and sparkles.  They seem rather boring compared to the last 70 butterflies, but should make an interesting display once complete.  Goal is still 100 total butterflies for the 100 Day Project!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Travel badges

My travel badge project is part of #thestitchinghour2019.  The goal is to stitch each day for an hour.  So far I've missed a few days, but try to find time each morning to stitch with my tea. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Ink making: Pansies

I went a little crazy and picked all of my purple pansies.  They will grow back... After an hour of simmering, I strained them and painted a little on some watercolour paper.  Lovely blue colour.  Will add some vinegar to the next batch. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Pouncer find in Copenhagen!

I found this "pouncer" at a flea market in Copenhagen.  At the time when I picked it up, I thought it was a frog or a holder for hat pins.   The vendor explained how it was used...  Fill it with sand (or ground cuttlefish bone), to use with pen and ink.  I had to have it!  Not only does the design scream, Denmark, as an artist it had to come home with me.

After returning home from my trip I discovered a surprise in my photos from the Nordic Museum in Stockholm! I had taken pictures of a display of nibs and a sand jar! Silly me, I guess I was suffering from creative image overload.  Is that a thing?

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Dronning Caroline Amalie

This sculpture of Queen Caroline Amalie in the rose garden at Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen was one of my favorites. As a seamstress, the details on her dress delighted me. The small book she carries is a lovely size for altering!   I loved how she was placed to over look her roses. The lavendar was just beginning to bloom and the yellow wisteria behind her was still in bloom.  I would love to return at another time in the year to enjoy the roses in full bloom.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Home again

We had a wonderful time in Stockholm, Malmo, and Copenhagen. I took tons of pictures and brought home some fabulous memories. The well is certainly full once again.

Today is set aside for rest, walking my dog, and maybe even emptying my luggage.

During my trip I started a fun little stitching project.  Travel badges! What a fun way to remember places visited. My goal is to work backwards and stitch up a badge for each adventure.  I earned two countries this trip.

This past Christmas my sister and I traveled to Malta:

This badge was earned in 2017 when Arrianne and I spent a few days in Copenhagen during our Baltic cruise:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

quilting on natural dyes quilt

My goal was to have the machine stitching done before leaving on my trip.  Surprise - didn't happen...  I am very close, and maybe a 2 week leave from it will make it easier to finish. By the way... leaving for Sweden this morning.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

making ink: flowering crab blossoms

My flowering crab is in full bloom.  The bees are all over it, being such happy bees.  To enjoy the delicious scent a little longer, I cut a few branches and put them in a vase inside the house.  This morning the petals were starting to drop on the table, but instead of running the branches out to the compost, I decided to make ink!

I used a ratio of 2 to 1,  water to blossoms.  I simmered the blossoms for about 2 hours with a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of salt. (Trying to somewhat follow directions in Make Ink by Jason Logan.)

After straining, brushing some ink on watercolour paper, and letting it dry, I had a big surprise!

Yes! my lovely flowering crab ink dries green. But it is a lovely shade of green!