Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekend Dyeing

Some moss that has been "cultivated" in my window box.  Note the rich red color and the little beads on the tops of the tendrils shooting upward from the soil and green velvety base.  I don't know what kind of moss this is but it is growing in a mostly sunny location so it may not last throughout the summer.  In the meantime it looks pretty in the window box along side of the other plants so it can stay there.
  At the studio this weekend eight plus yards of fabric were transformed into three different colors.  They are part of a small series of fabric sets that I am making.  I have decided to keep one set free of designs - aka solids, while the other sets will have some contemporary type graphic print design work on the surface.  I have challenged myself to limit the color palette, which I just had to do so that the grouping of fabrics actually looks like it belongs together. (I can be lead astray so easily by pretty colors!)  So far the results are quite pleasing.  There are no pictures to date but I will be posting some shortly. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Some reserved sunshine!

It has been so gloomy this past seven days here in the northeast with barely a siting of the sun.  I believe that it is on vacation out in Alpha Centauri!  Anyhow I thought that I would share some sun with you all so here are more photos of small blossoms.  One of them is amazingly tiny!  Enjoy!
Pretty blue Forget-me-nots

Cheery yellow Buttercups?  I love the smooth round edges of this tiny bloom with the contrasting serrated edges and texture of the foliage.
One of my favorites - Purple Viola
This is what some would consider a weed and would be easily overlooked, plucked out from the garden and tossed away as it is so teeny tiny.  It only measures about an eigth of an inch across.  So delicate, simple and pretty.
My lawn of buttercups!  Thank goodness for this plant or I might not have a lawn!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Busy, busy, busy

Today's plan is to get out in the yard and plant some more.  More of what I am not quite sure, but most likely annuals of some sort.  Also some dyeing and printing as I have a few designs floating around in the cerebral expanse that are making noise stating their intentions to escape.  So I have to get those onto fabric before they make haste!  You all know what I mean - ideas must be put to something other than just memory, whether it be a scrap of paper or scribbled on the palm of your hand for safe keeping, even if temporary.  So without further blathering - off I go!  Check back later.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Today is sunny and bright, a nice chill in the air.  A brunch today with family gathered around in honor of Mother's Day.  On the menu:sliced ham, breakfast sausage, fritatta with red and green bell peppers, home fries with caramelized onion, scones with pignoli and romano cheese, cranberry and pistachio biscotti, some tasty cantaloupe wedges with large red ripe strawberries.  To drink coffee, tea, orange juice. All home made and best kept simple so that the real ingredient of begin together as a family can be enjoyed.  I love being a daughter so that I can do this for my mom and I love being a mom so that I can have my children come over to have some food, fun and always great conversation..  It seems that MOST of our family gatherings are around food and fun!  Great stuff. Afterward fun outside on the deck and more conversation, some games with the dog. The rain that was forecast never showed only glorious sunshine.  Everyone seemed to have a good time, it was a good day!

I hope that ALL  mothers around the world have a wonderful day with family gathered around.

Friday, May 6, 2011

More pretty blossoms

Just some pretty flowers to look at. I do not know what kind of flower this is but I think it is a perennial.  I love how the center of this particular flower has a deep iridescent  blue color, almost like when you dye indigo and it first comes out a deep rich green and then oxidizes into this blue.  Unfortunately my picture did not capture that aspect very well, but I still like it.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sewing up a Storm

Sitting at my sewing machine every day this week even just for a few minutes - is allowing me to finish those projects that have been rolling around in my brain. You know those ideas that all creative people have that are filling valuable cerebral space, they need to be let out to make room to allow the next creative endeavor to become a thought and maybe a reality.  I have been looking forward all week to sitting at my sewing machine - apparently I'm on a roll (don't tell my brain).
Not completely happy with the Monarch Larvae quilt - it looked a somewhat incomplete.  So I pondered what should be done and decided that it needed to have some texture to add a wee bit of interest.  Back to the sewing machine for that addition, now I am completely happy with it. 
Also the first attempt at creating this small quilt have been salvaged to make a trip tic that appears more dynamic than the linear appearing Monarch Larvae quilt. 
This particular quilt has spurned some other ideas in my head - as it left a vacancy which has now been filled, but it will have to wait as I have my list of things to accomplish and I am trying to adhere to that list.  See my previous post from earlier this year "New Year - New Project List" January post.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Jacket - I Was Drawn To

pocket detail - I just love this little fish and have used it in a few other items

Full front view

pocket detail
Just thought you all would like to see a jacket that I did a couple of years ago.  I let my hand go free and my imagination run.  The designs took me quite some time to do and the entire jacket is covered with all different things.  The jacket is manufactured and made of plain denim.  I couldn't stand for it to be so plain! lol


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