Monday, September 25, 2023

Sunflower heart

 I grew a few Hopi Black Seed sunflowers this summer to use for dye. The birds had been snatching seeds from a few of the heads, so I decided it was time to harvest. It maybe was a little too early, and in hind sight I probably could of covered the flowers with netting for protection. Oh well - it's done. Now I wait until they are dry to remove the seeds. It will be fun to try this dye during the winter when I need a little sunshine in my kitchen!

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Addressing the Earth

 The 12 dresses in this series are stitched and ready to head to the gallery at the Moline International Airport! I spent time today working on the entry information for Quad City Arts. Honestly - it has been such a long time since I used Excel!!! A few tears and frustration (towards me), but I think it may be entered correctly. I hope.

The dresses will also be in a book, that if all goes well, to be available at the beginning of November. Yes - a little stress right now! This is the "cover dress". More stitching and beads on the to do list:

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Afternoon painting

 I haven't lifted a paintbrush in a long time. As the weather is now getting cooler it seems like a good time to spend a few hours in my little cottage. My plan was to cover the walls with flowers and nature.  Just maybe, one wall will be finished before the first frost. Or not... no stress,  just me time.

Friday, September 8, 2023


This was a fun adventure (at least until I got bit!).  The little black one on my shoulder was quite shy, but jumped up for some attention. Our guide said that it was the first time he had seen her do this. Was it my hat? Or did it just decide it was time to be brave like the other monkeys. I think it was sweat that made the monkeys so affectionate! It was at least 100 degrees and I, for one, was sweating out every drop of liquid from my body... 


Sunday, September 3, 2023

Painting project ahead!

 I came across this on Instagram while mindless middle of the night, I can't sleep, scrolling.  Not that I need another project, but this certainly spoke to me. My little cottage needs a face lift!

This was actually done digitally, but I have a yellow cottage in the woods that will be fun to paint. I'm thinking ferns...

Friday, September 1, 2023

My tree

 How many photos do I have of this tree? I'm sure it's in the hundreds. Sadly, it had no leaves this summer. I'll keep taking pics until the neighbors (or nature) takes it down.

This pic is not enhanced! The sky was amazing as the full moon was getting ready to rise.