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Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Bit of Progress

Made some progress on my llama this week, but not as much as I had hoped to. Sometimes the hands just don't want to cooperate with the hand stitching.

 
Now here is where I was going to show you photos of Jensen, Buttercup, and Knight at Speedy's Pirate Party, but I haven't been able to get the camera back from Knight yet. He was soaking wet and growling about darn rabbits when they came home. Then Jensen said Knight had looked good with eye patches over both eyes. Both rabbits hopped away snickering, and I'm pretty sure that I heard Buttercup mumble something about a long walk on a short plank. Guess there must have been a lot of rum consumed....  
 
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Catching a Universe

This morning I was taking Knight for a walk, when he stopped to check some p-mail. Looking around  while I waited, I saw a universe that I had never noticed before. Luckily, I had my camera with me.
 
Doesn't it look like a spiraling galaxy? Seven o"clock in the morning, and quantum physics hits me with something as deep as the oneness of every part of the universe. Good thing I had had my coffee!
 
Anyway, when I got home, I messed around with it in Photoshop. This version might be a crater on Mars. Somehow the redness, and sort of landscapishness (that's a word, right) didn't translate when I loaded this onto the blog. 
 
 
 
This one is closer to the stars that I imagined, but not quite there yet.
 
 
OK, maybe it's all in my head. But, it was an interesting exercise in seeing.  If you feel like experimenting, start with this version here. It's a larger file.
 
 
 
And since it's the weekend, Jensen has something to say.
 
 
"Eye hope everybun has a nice weekend!"
 
Of course, Buttercup seconds that, although she disapproves of Jensen's spelling.

Monday, September 8, 2014

So the Restart is Very Slow....

I really did intend to post more regularly. And I have written some amazing blog posts since the last one. You just never got to read them, because they never made it out of my head, down my arm to my fingers and onto the keyboard. Trust me though, you would have been amazed and entertained.

Another activity that has languished over the last year is quilt making.  Not that I haven't been sewing. It's just that my quilting has been more about using traditional patterns, and using up fabric. During this time my creative muscles have been exercised by taking art classes, and learning to use a lot of different art supplies, and techniques. Last week I finally found myself wanting to get back to creative quilting. Here is my first step, drawn with fabric marker. The crow is a stamp.

 
Next, I added some paint. The red was applied first, and heat set. Then the green and blue were added. I like painting on fabric with a white-on-white design, as the paint really makes the design stand out.


Next came a little bit of fabric collage, and some more drawing with fabric markers. That creature is supposed to be a llama, but I got the head wrong. It came out as more of a horsedog. What can I say? It was my first ever llama. Of course I didn't practice first before diving in with the markers. That would have made too much sense!

 

This was followed by more stitching, paint and collage, and finally the beginning of some quilting.

 
I'm enjoying this. I haven't decided yet if this piece is interesting, or just a big mess. But at any rate, it feels good to get back to creative sewing. That's all for now. Hope to see you again, sooner.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wabbit Wednesday

BC here. Today I'm speaking for the Rabbits of this household. (Not Wabbits, Mom. I know how to speak English, primitive language that it is.) We are feeling outraged, and full of disapproval. We are very upset that a Predator has been brought into our house.

 
And a smelly predator, at that. His fur smells, his breath smells, his food smells, and his toys smell. On top of that, all his toys squeak like a small animal in trouble. What the heck was Mom thinking?
 
 
 
She says she wanted someone to walk with and cuddle. So, I'm being punished because I'm too smart to walk on a leash (apologies Speedy) and don't like Human Bean smell all over me? I mean, us. This is so not fair.
 
 
Guess I'm going to have to do something about this. And, I'll probably have to do it all by myself. Jensen is too busy trying to see if that smelly food is edible. (It's not. That's obvious.) Watch out, Predator, I'm coming for you!
 
Happy Camel Day, Everybun! Now, how do I load this pellet gun....
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Relaunch

This post is starting what I am hoping will be a relaunch of my blog. I've never really been able to get back into the rhythm since Weasley crossed the bridge, and it's starting to feel like something is missing. Facebook is fun, especially for keeping up with my scattered family, but it seems like we build stronger connections on the blogs.

So, if you haven't been on Facebook, you won't know about our new family member. Buttercup and Jensen the Wonderdog have been joined by Knight the Real Dog. Some kinks are still being worked out, but overall the adoption is going well. It might be easier if Knight hadn't fallen in love with Buttercup, and if he didn't think bunny treats should go to Real Dogs....

Knight in Jensen's window. He likes to keep an eye on the neighborhood.

Knight with my Dad. He really does think he's King of the Hill. Knight, that is, not my Dad.

My Dad is the Emperor (with old clothes) , crowned by one of my nieces during a family gathering.
 

As for creative work, I haven't been doing much sewing since the weather turned hot. Except for repairing dog toys, as Knight is heck on squeaky toys. I have been doing the weekly prompts over at Journal 52. This week's prompt was technology. While I love technology, and playing with new gadgets, sometimes I get frustrated because it changes too darn quickly. That leaves me feeling like this.
 

Well, I won't say I'm officially back until I manage to maintain this for awhile. But right now, it feels really good to be writing here. Thanks for your patience. See you soon.