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Sunday, July 20, 2014

I Broke The Law

"Collecting" the hummingbird feathers is against the law.  One passed in 1918.  I checked the list.. All the HB's I have seen here in WA, the Allen's or Anna's, and for sure the Rufous, are all on the list.  So I will take them back outside.  Any future findings, I will still photograph, but return to the great outdoors.

HUMMINGBIRD, Allen’s, Selasphorus sasin
Anna’s, Calypte anna
Antillean Crested, Orthorhyncus cristatus
Berylline, Amazilia beryllina
Black-chinned, Archilochus alexandri
Blue-throated, Lampornis clemenciae
Broad-billed, Cynanthus latirostris
Broad-tailed, Selasphorus platycercus
Buff-bellied, Amazilia yucatanensis
Bumblebee, Atthis heloisa
Calliope, Stellula calliope
Cinnamon, Amazilia rutila
Costa’s, Calypte costae
Lucifer, Calothorax lucifer
Magnificent, Eugenes fulgens
Ruby-throated, Archilochus colubris
Rufous, Selasphorus rufus
Violet-crowned, Amazilia violiceps
White-eared, Hylocharis leucotis
Xantus’s, Hylocharis xantusii

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Feather, Rivers & Trees

I found a second Hummingbird feather last night, the one with the white pin...can you see the green on it's tip? Enlarge the pic....it's amazing!!  BTW, the pins are large straight pins, not the usual sewers pins.

I added a bridge....and a pathway....
the path is long and windy...as in wind up, not wind up....
I then added a large tree down in front...
And am adding a second one....
This is fun!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rivers and Trees

I started yet another idea....I had this long piece of multi-colored damask I bought from Deb L. a few years ago.  I wasn't sure what to do with it at the time, but now I do. (it was part of a 'burrito' of different fabrics which is a fun fun fun way to get a variety)  Recently, Deb happened to post another damask in this Monet-ish dye 'pattern' and I passed it by because nothing sparked, pitty-patted, light-bulbed...
first 2 trees
...until a few days ago, out of the blue, WHAM....sparks, pitty-pats and light-bulbs flashed!!! But before hitting pay pal, I looked in my own stash....and there it was....a piece of multi-colored-spattered-damask just waiting for me to love on it.
first tree was the big one, but i didn't like it
I cut it in half since it was sooooo long, basted it to another soft fabric, probably tablecloth stuff too, got out some Silk scraps in blue and stitched them down.
I wasn't going to add trees, I thought, until I came up with another flash moment idea...weave.
possible waterfall?
I am loving my trees. I can smoosh the weave around a bit to make the 'trunk' look more single...but the wrapping of thread around the lower areas really pulls the trunk together.
All these ideas have come together from learning from Jude, Arlee, Deb L., Judy Martin
Just to name a few.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Wildlife

Backyard, down in the salmonberry (I think) bushes.

Front yard, a young junko (I think)
It's been hot.  I haven't stitched much.


Friday, July 04, 2014

Picture's With Words

I had fun with the text tool in Picasa3...
The 'wall' on the street side of our deck needed some extra support after years of being kicked by swinging children [if you are here often, you will recall pix of the swing we have on this deck] and slamming the gate shut.  Besides I have wanted a pergola type thing out there anyway.  I am hoping I can talk Dan into letting me have climbing vines of some sort....






Junko's up close.  The first birds I have seen to use the pergola.  
The cat checked it out last night after it was completed.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Progression on Several Things

 So the idea I had for this tree....not a go.  I will do something else to this one some other day.
I didn't care for all the bits and bits on this tree....but I came across another 'tree' I made, and altered, and think this may be the one!  Seriously...this is already ugly, so I think adding bits and bots will actually improve it!  Dog in the shot is for size ref, Abby is an average size dog.
Pulled out this 'sits by my chair' project....love the grapes I stitched over on this toile.
You might have to enlarge the pic to see where they are in the whole piece.
and the blue bird....
among other fabrics gifted to me was this sq. of  blue toile..look at the areas just waiting to be altered!
click to enlarge
I also got this one. Ugly.  But the design on it is interesting so I will try bleaching? it.
This lower pic is not it's true color, the first one is better.

Proud moment here....Zuccinni's!!! Grown by moi!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Our Road Map

Ta Da.  Finished.  For now. Other travels may have to be added.  
This represents just the 5 of us.  
[The extended family members are on other needleworks. They are just as important, but I can't imagine doing this small map with everyone's travel history!...Well....maybe I can]


I don't have a 'frame' on this yet, not sure how or if I will do that.
So  here we have the next project....the one that has had me spinning while working on "Our Map."
"Family Tree" is the name I decided on, just wait and see!

The view from my chair just improves daily!
But the reason I took these pix is to show you a feather I found...
not these feathers, though most do get added to this wallie...
...this feather....from a hummingbird!  It would get lost so easily.  I will have to figure out a way to showcase it on it's own!  This is from one of the birds that visit my feeder.
I had a board out under the feeder, big sheet of chip board stuff, I was painting, and that's where I found the feather.  Love.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Slug Catcher & End of School Year!

The copper around my planters is not working this year, so after dark last night I went on a slug hunt. Tonight I will be better prepared.  Finish nail pounded into end of stick, flashlight duct taped to stick, to see the slimy slugs, and plastic bags to pull the bodies off the nail w/o getting my hands slimy. BoRah.

Crane Prairie Oregon Family Vacation
The morning light on the wall of needlework's makes the stitching  stand out.
My dad on OR beach in early 1980's. The photo itself had turned pink!?
Quilt challenge from a few years ago, somewhere on the web. Had to use 5 things: recycled item[s], birds, mountains and i can't remember the other 2.
Found it...
This quilt came about recently when I read of a contest on/at Lark Books.They wanted at least 3 of 5 things on the quilt.
1-birds {Done}
2-mountains{Done}
3-silver things{Done-used a lid from orange juice container}
4-re-purposed things{Done, see above, also used organza from a gift}
5-beads--I never did add these, though could have.

Fish. It's what's for Fathers Day.
Homework. Removing the bar top in the dining room and raising it above the existing counter top.
See the plug floating above the crock?  That wasn't there, but is now!
Plug was usable before wall was finished!
click to enlarge to see the the original placement of the wall switch plate and plug.
"Wall" from dining side. 

New switch placement!
Lily is in red, her teacher is behind her setting up the next seat.
Lily graduated from Kindergarten yesterday!  She is Class of 2026.

Lily and cousins Rhiley and Avery in Lily's classroom.
Mama, Kacie, and Lily.
Malory, Lily and Daddy, Ben.

snack time in class.  they had nice small class sizes for the K's.
Lily, Daddy, Malory and Megan here in foreground.  
Megan moves up to 4th grade, Yeah Meg!!!!
Lily to 1st. Yeah Lily!!!
and Rhiley to Kindergarten.  Yeah Rhiley!!
So 3 granddaughters will be in school next year!