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 

Monday, August 15, 2022


The old saying, "make hay while the sun shines", hits home on sunny days.  It's hard to print with solar fast without sunshine!  I also enjoy using the flowers and leaves from my garden, so once again - I must take advantage of sunny days before the frost kills off the garden.

My printing is headed for a storage basket to pull out in winter when I'm ready to remember the beauty of summer.  

 Do you call them surprise lilies, magic lilies, resurrection lilies, or naked ladies? My grandmother called these lovely flowers, naked ladies. I do too!  They certainly made lovely sun prints. 

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Every day is a fresh start


For many years, my early morning stitching has been my #morningtea post on Instagram.  This is my current favorite cup for tea (or coffee).  The butterfly has been my symbol for ages reminding me that life is full of changes. I like change.  It feels good to rearrange the furniture, weed my closet of old clothing, or make plans for the future.  

I've felt stagnant recently.  A feeling of just going thru the actions - making a to do list that is almost a copy of the previous day. It's time to re-look at my butterfly theory and try something new.  What is my #morningtea, really?  It's been doing the same thing, over and over and over.  Drink tea, stitch, post...  

It's not that I need a drastic change.  It does seem that my routine has become, well, routine.  I am still writing in my journal every day.  Some days it's not much more that writing the date and temperature.  I find time to garden, dye fabric, art journal, stitch, etc.  It just seems that it's being done without passion.  I'm ready to change that.  I have a year long project on the work table, a commission work for my dearest friend (my sister), plenty of ideas, and enough ideas to last a life time.  I hope to find the motivation to jump in and produce!

Off to the dye pot...  I clipped all my marigolds yesterday.  

Friday, August 12, 2022

"Weird Dye"


Next week, the girl friends are getting together to dye "weird things".  The idea is to collect things from around the house that will make unusual additions to art projects. Some of the items took the dye well!  I was disappointed with the birch bark -it only took a hint of colour.   It will be a fun get together, and I look forward to a morning of play.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Solar printing: oregano

 Im busy solar fast printing before fall gets here. The blooms on my oregano plants are a favorite of bees, and me!

After washing:

Adding some stitch:

Saturday, July 30, 2022

American Bellflower

 Weed or lovely flower? I say, flower! It grows near our pond at the edge of the woods.  I'm very pleased with the print I made using blue solar fast:

Sunday, July 24, 2022


 It has been fun participating in the Index Card a day challenge. It ends July 31st and I am happy to say that I haven't missed a day! At first I was skeptical about a 2 month challenge,  but picking a fun and fairly easy project worked this time.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Chicago Art Institute

 On Monday, Jes and I drove into Chicago for a family visit and trip to the Art Institute.  I've had a protestant religious project floating around in my head for some time and keyed in on a few pieces of religious art. This triptych was behind glass, so there is a bit of glare 😞.  

We had a wonderful day exploring the museum.  I hadn't been in a few years and Jes hardly remembered his last trip.  We must not wait so long before going again. 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Visible mend

 I saw this car mend in a parking lot. My son told me that when he was in the army he made a similar mend to a helicopter just to get it to where the permanent fix could be done.  I bet the pilot wasn't too happy to fly that way.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Little dress project

 A few weeks ago, I had a thought about stitching on little girl's dresses. Not something new and original, but a way to not only do some slow stitching but also use some of the crazy things in my stash.  I was at Good Will with my sister and stumbled upon this dress:

I wasn't sure what the red beads were for as they were not stitched very securely.  Certainly a chocking hazard for a small child if the stitching released.  Off they came! I also removed the gold caps at the shoulders and the overlay on the skirt.  The fun began! This skirt needed fabric patches and stitch...  I have named it "Fern Gulley" after the movie that my son watched over and over again as a child.  If you haven't seen this movie, it is about saving the planet (or at least a small piece in a beautiful forest).  
More later...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

ICAD / Yellow

 Index Card a Day...  This, I have been keeping up with!  It has been fun looking at old photos to pick out one to stitch into a card each day.  The prompt for this one was, "yellow".  I used an old piece of batik fabric from my stash for the background. I mean, really old...  I can't even remember the last time the art girlz got together to create batiks!  Anyway, it is now used and out of my closet.  Yes!!!