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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Brooch and New Bits

It is done.  The sweater it is for is not here yet.
Click to enlarge so you can see the texture the stitches give it.  
I love it.  It started out as a scrap about 5 x 8 inches big, on a selvage edge.  I cut out the parts I wanted to combine and stitched it too a pink scrap.  
Just a bit of stitchery. 
View from my chair. Looks farther away than it all really is.
The fish tank isn't that green,...trust me...
Sometimes you have to run with it.  
After asking permission, I started cutting things up....
...and making quite a few changes....
....and more since this picture was taken.
Don't you love it when the sparks fly?!!!!


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Short Post

First.  Happy Birthday to my #4 grand girlie-o.  She is 5...FIVE...years old today!  She is soooo happy because now she can get her ears pierced and go to school!

I am working on a "brooch".  More later.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Friday, May 06, 2016

My Garden! So Far

My niece asked about my tomato plants and how I grew them. 
Here is my high-tech set up.  
All my seeds are started in peat pots for ease of replanting.  And a seed soil starter mix...dirt.
Most of the seeds were saved from last year, but some in here are from a package my neighbor got and gave me.  She benefits from the garden too, so she thought I could try this all in one seed start. 

This is the backyard. New fenced off path to lower garage area.
This pile is grass clippings, branches, kitchen compost, shredded paper, etc. I am trying to come up with a wild flower hill for pollinators.  I want to put in fruit trees, which means attracting bees and friends.
My avocado tree [spelled wrong on picture, sorry]  I am showing this picture so my niece can see how I also do tomato plants.  I started the seeds {saved from last years tomatoes} in the peat pots. A few weeks later, I planted the whole peat pot in a 10/12 inch pot, spreading the seedlings out sideways a bit, to bury more stem. Then I discovered I could put that pot down into the 5 gal bucket and add more soil.  I didn't remove the plants from the pot at all!  {I don't have a picture of them standing up towering in the 10 in. pot. I was quite pleased with them!}
The buckets have the cages in them now also, poked down into the bucket on the outside of the 10 inch pot. They are now down in the "greenhouse", pic at bottom of this post. I have wrapped the row of cages with plastic to keep them warm for now, now that they are outside. The 2 bell pepper pots are nestled in with them too.
Potatoes growing in a dog food bag. This bag has had soil added twice now.  I just roll the sides of the bag up.  I hope this works!!! This bag is on the front deck. For now.
Lupine!  I started the seeds last year, but no flowers.  Now they are flowering and I read that if you dead head them, they will keep flowering. I thought that meant cutting off the whole flower head, but that is not so, as i discovered that the new flowers/petals?  were already growing around the first petals!!  I kept this pic sideways because it showed them up better.
 This yarrow has been the same as the lupine, finally flowering!
This is from a part of a hanging basket i got a couple of years ago. It kept stayed alive in the pot at the end of the season, so I kept it. Last year if flowered, and is again this year.  But the leaves are also changing color this year.  I am only guessing that this is a coleus. 
More pix of my high tech bucket growing in the sunny bathroom.

If you click to enlarge you should be able to see the cantaloupe in the peat pots, sitting in another slightly larger pot.  I had roots poking out of the peat, so I filled the other pots with soil then stuck the peat pots on top!  They are still growing crazy!  I want to wait a bit longer before putting them in the greenhouse, even though i have plastic up around the bed they will go in to.
Just getting it warmed up.
And this is looking out the bathroom window down into the "greenhouse" garden area.  This is a new planter Dan built for us this year.  There are peas and carrots already sprouting, tho you can't see them very well.

click to enlarge and read the notes I added.

And that is the roof of the "greenhouse".  It has no walls, per say, though it is
 backed up to the house wall.  Got plenty warm in there last summer!!

And that is the end of the tour!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

click to enlarge
 Avery, GD #4 found a bit of crayon melting in the sun.  The only pic I couldn't get was of her hands facing me in all their wondrous blue.  Melty crayon is easily rubbed into ones hands.
I started the seeds to this tall lupine last summer.  They are flowering this year!

Mr. Geen is done, tho this is pic before the finish.

the texture is what it's all about!

This plant is doing well too, it didn't even die back completely over the winter.

Back to Mr. Geen.  
It was hard not to pull the threads in the circle. 

Different colors of thread.  A 2-strand embroidery floss no longer being made. Sad. It holds up well to miles of stitching and  even quilting through many layers.

Friday, April 22, 2016

For Upcoming May Day

I remember making May Day (May 1st) Flower Baskets in elementary school.
I loved making them.  But with Mother's Day, no one 'does' May Day, that I know of.
So I decided to celebrate the day again, my way.
I made up a Plethora of Flor-ea. 

backside, of course
For the girls, I made necklaces this time, instead of pins. But the women, Ashley, Stephanie, and Malory, get pins. Oh and my postal delivery lady.  I gave one to her because she is so nice.
The small purple pin went to Stephanie's SO so he would not feel left out. He is a great sport that way.
All crocheted. The small one is a pattern from Lucy at Attic24, otherwise I made up a 'pattern' for the flower and the necklace part.  I love an I-cord, but haven't cared for the crochet version. So I came up with one of my own, super easy peasy!!

And Mr. Geen is still being worked on, just no pic at the moment.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Too Much Geen

So said GD #4, Avery.  She really likes the strip of stripes, but the rest is too much "geen."
Love that child!  And yes I will change that up a bit.  You can't really tell in these pix, but I have added another print behind the 'geen', a small blockish print.  I will cut out parts of the 'geen' so the print behind shows through.  
This started out as this strip of small scraps that I had stitched tog.  
click to enlarge!
I had finished the Fur-Felt Bird and was in a funk....a fog of no creative juices.
YUCK. Thank goodness that did NOT last long.  I intentionally went through a couple of places where I have 'stuff'.  That is where I found this strip...of stripes.  
It will end up another pillow cover, a bed pillow size.  
[Yes I have lots of WIPS, but none of them were calling me.]
This wibbly-wobbly-leggy looking thing is NOT a spider.  It is a crochet flower I made, from a "pattern" in my head, for my daughter who loves LOVES Gerbera Daisy's. It is on a pin that is not visible.  I have other flowers made up for the GD's for May Day.  They will get those in the mail.
But this one needed to be given in person, and explained....what IT was.
These 2 pix were changed up a bit in Dreamscope

Recently there was a fire in the forested area above Sierra City, CA, where I lived long ago. Luckily the fire was soon contained.  Despite the rains and snows they are getting, the forest floor is still dry.
I had never seen the area from this angle.
I love love love this area.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Fur-Felts

Fur-Felt Plankton 
Or Galaxy 
Fur-Felt Bird
As I was working on this second one, Dan mentioned it looking fish-ish...or bird-ish....
I flew with it!
These are made from the bits of fur the dogs shed. Small coils of felt-ish fur. 
Most of the family thinks they are gross.  I see them as possibilities.  Dan sees them as his wife enjoying herself. And encourages her! I am stitching them to small "sample fabrics" from Dharma Trading I do believe, and backed by off-white blanket fleece. It is nice to hold. 

As it really looks on  my pin board.

A new....wait for it....PIN BOARD!!  
Dan had cut this piece about a year ago, for another area that I decided not to use it in. 
A couple of days ago, bitta met bing and with a piece of canvas...wa-la.

Beachy theme.  This started as an Embroidery stitch test thing.  

This one is Chair With A View.  
The chair part was a quilt block I had designed. The rest of it came together when i first started following Jude Hill.