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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Day at the Beach

is not actually what you might imagine as a "beach", the sort you imagine on the coasts of our country.  But around here in the Puget Sound, we have a zillion miles of beach!  Tides still come in and go out, and your lips still get salty.
As you can see by the time stamp on the photo, it was still really nice at 5:15 pm.
Ashley found the rock, Danny [her hub.] said it looked like a skull. 
A tug pushing a barge with rocks and a 'tractor'....
...↑....a granddaughter leaping among rocks....
......and another looking at crabs in mommy's hand....
It was a wonderful few hours spent with some of my family.
I am hoping that is a true honey bee.

I know this is a skipper.

Something I seem to be good at...
growing nasturtiums in odd places without even trying!

I call it peeled "tirebark". More texture, like the spoon of beans in last post.

The fairies are able to hid in the garden now.

My husband is putting up a fence to separate the road from the patio.

Gotta love a zinnia!

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Last Time I Posted...

It was a birthday day for my son and his daughter.
Today is just plain Thursday.
I know the focus is not great on this bumble....but look at the size of her[?].  2x bigger than the others that visit my flowers.
I tried to fix the focus on her, no luck, but she does have the rear yellow stripe besides the yellow face.  She also started lifting her middle leg....So I went away.

This was such an interesting pattern, I had to photo it.  
Refried beans on a wooden spoon.

giraffe patterning

The last carrot.  Megan, my oldest GD, loves to raid my garden when she is here, but she left this one behind.  Her younger cousins got to share it.  I think I will grow more.

This pic isn't as good as others I saw on FB, taken by other peoples, but I did see them.  
I called them zebra stripes.
And to keep with the animal them I have going here....
My son's boxer, Sawyer. Still a pup. His first visit to Gup. [me]
His human [or "biped" as Mike Rowe's dog Freddy, calls us human's] brought back the teeny tiny car that quit working as soon as we gave it to him...Sigh....but he took away the truck he has been 'working' on for 2 years now.  [The biped, 'he', is our son]
3 Men and a Dolly

My husband waved good bye to the truck.  He also said he wasn't going to miss it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Heat Wave

We have never had the gardener snake up on the deck that I know of, but today I am pretty sure it was looking for water.  I watered a few rocks for it, between it's visits.
I know I should have cropped out the white hose, but....
We think this being is about 18 inches long.
My other discovery was this wasp nest right above my clothesline.  We haven't bothered each other yet, but I figure this will have to be moved before it gets too big.
I haven't had this many different flowers growing all at once!


The succulents in the fairy garden are going crazy!
The next 3 flowers are actually very small...
look at the center area of even smaller flowers!

ground cover

The first 2 are from this box which has "no mow mix" seeds in it.  They would be perfect for a fairy garden because they are such small flowers.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Can't Remember When

I made this small weave.  I had dyed the cotton string with other things I was dying years ago, pillowcases and such.  Then I used the sticks I have from different road trips. 
I unearthed it from a design wall in our bedroom...I tell you I have design walls everywhere in this house! 
I had pinned small scraps on it.  Now was the time to stitch them down. And add others.

But now this gap is bothering me...that blank space between hanging's sooooo blank....wonder what I will do with that?

Monday, July 06, 2015


I was exploring the app store and came across iPiccy.  of course I tried it out, by messing around with one of the needlework pieces I posted yesterday.
Looks like an open eye glasses case...

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Picking Color

Surfing recently, I stopped over at Handstories and found she had taken a picture and blogged about this beautiful work of Mother Nature.  I fell into the color of this moth and tried the color picker in Paint.  Are the colors that Paint picked the ones i am seeing??  I am not sure.  But then again, who cares?  It's just a beautiful being.
i tried different 'background' colors and this made the pallet really pop!
I had done the same with this bit of 'bark' picture I found on Pinterest.  Is it really bark from a tree?  Does it really matter?  I love the colors.  
Next question.....Is there an "app" for picking colors?  That matches up to....say DMC/Anchor embroidery floss colors??  Guess I will have to go surfing again.
Since i am working on little bits, this was the next one out on the table.  My river-trees-path.
I added this bright green and am not sure I will leave all of it.

A Mountain of silk.

This part of the green...the gauze bit....I think I will try pulling some of that out, it covers too much of the dyed BG fabric.

the lime green net piece can probably stay since I plan to add more stitches.

then i realized the base of the mountain could have a lake....a pond?

Seeing it all like this....the proportions are off...maybe the 'mountain' is just a rock...

Thursday, July 02, 2015

It Works!

My first customer is a Robin.  
Prolly the same fella, or this one the female,  who  has been enjoying my blueberries.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Finally....A Homemade Birdbath!

We are having a heat wave here in the NorthWet West, so I want to make sure the birds have water too.
I got the plastic pipe from the neighbor, the flower pot tray I had, the rocks I had, the fish tank pump I had.  So far the only thing brave enough to visit it on the deck is a wasp. I will be moving it to somewhere in the yard. Hopefully I will get it [the pipe] painted gray-ish first. did that slip in middle child and her equal half. 
She was homemade too, now that I think about it.
After I think I vacc'ed up a feather, I decided to encase the other 3 in net...
here, let me zoom in...
...those 3 teeny-tiny feathers on creamy white fabric....
I understand you aren't supposed to keep feathers...I am just safe keeping them should the hummers ask for them back.
Dan brought me a length of moss, I shaped it into a moss-a-pillar.  It will get replanted. In the meantime, I just water it where it is on the fugly , but oh so handy, table outside.
I was looking at this driftwood one day and wondered what it would look like as a rubbing. 
On fabric.

Not as great as I had hoped, but maybe it's the blue crayon I used....I want to try again, different crayon, different fabric sample.
Another homemade tank tops.  Dan had a bunch of T's where the neck was frayed from beard scrubble.  So I cut off the neckline and sleeves.  Now we both have a bunch of tank tops! And no I didn't bother 'hemming' them, we aren't out to win a beauty contest. 
To see this better, you probably have to enlarge.  Ashley, in the pic above, worked in the hot sun yesterday to get the pavers all nice and level around the blueberry plants.  Thank You Sweetie!  

A robin has found the plants.  I will share with him, but if he brings 42 of his friends....well....first I will be flabbergasted to see 43 robins in my yard...then I will put net up around the year, because obviously 43 robins would strip the berries off completely!.