Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014 Carpet Progress

Minus the eight days Linda Master was here for a visit. I have worked on this carpet every day for exactly two months. Once I get started have trouble stopping. I usually have a section I want finished everyday.

Linda and I had never met in person before. Though we speak often on the phone and email. I loved having her here. I am kicking myself now because I didn't take any photos. She took a few so you may see them on her blog soon.

Her visit was perfectly timed to attend Repair Days at the National Ornamental Metals Museum. It is my favorite weekend of the year. What could be better then two hundred metalsmiths from all over the USA (many of which are old friends) working together to repair anything from garden tools to a genuine Georgian sterling silver teapot with a big dent in it. If it is metal, the public can bring it in to be repaired. All the metalsmiths donate their time to raise money for the museum.. 

There are huge tents on the grounds of the museum. Under one of the big tents they are cooking to feed all these people that have come to work. Three meals a day for three days! This year there was a iron pour. The public could sign up to create a mould and watch as metalsmiths cast the molten iron. In another tent children were making bracelets. Another tent had gorgeous metal work by artists for an auction. Also to raise money for the museum. I hope Linda's pictures of the iron pour came out OK. She forgot her camera and took them with her phone.

Thank you Linda for teaching me everything I needed to know about the Proxxon Fet Saw.. I was clueless!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Petite Point....September

Being invited to watch someone's petit point progress might be equated to watching paint dry.
I have kept a steady pace working on it because I have a finished by month in mind. The race is on so to speak, remembering the tortoise and the hare.
Next week will be all play as I am expecting a house guest I think most of you know. More about that later.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Smaller was better!

These two spice barrel jars arrived yesterday. When I ordered them I really didn't notice what size they were. I have some of Terry's barrel jars and they are 1 1/8 inch tall. I was thrilled when I opened the package to see how tiny they are. His work is getting very hard to find.
Kaneel is Dutch for cinnamon and safran is French for saffron.
It's a good thing I bought a bigger hutch.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Moving Beyond the Square


I have to apologize for not having something more exciting to show you. I have only been working on this carpet lately. While it might not look like a lot of progress, you can't imagine how many hours have been put into this since you last saw it.

I continue to make mistakes (which I am told is called frogging). Those take so much time to correct. If not for those I would be much further along. Sadly enough!

The thing about atitching this carpet is, it is the luck of the draw!!! When you go to buy those variegated threads (made by Gentle Arts). The dye lots vary so much it is unbelievable. The "red" I first got for the body of the rug was 5 times lighter that the dusty pink. It was sort of a washed out orange! If you order the threads rather then get them in your local needle work shop, you have no idea what will arrive.
I think after 7 orders from 7 different places, I might have the variegated red I need (thought it is still very light).

Anyway.... I am happy to be getting out of this square and on to the other designs in the rug.
Hope you are all having a great weekend. Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Baby Blue Jay...Injured or Stupid?

I don't know if this fledged baby Blue jay is injured or stupid. I rescued it yesterday when one of the outdoor cats had his eye on him. I know he can fly because yesterday when I picked him up I put him in a five foot long planter tough (that is on my wall). When I came back outside to check on him  he was sitting on the back of my chair.
I was worried they had gotten him over night but no. He is out in my garden again. He took a piece of cat food from my hand. I wish his mother would tell him to stay on the high branch I put him on. I am scared every time I go out side what I might find. 

He just sat on this branch taking pieces of cat food from me. 

He really isn't afraid of me. I have picked him up 3 times and put him up in a tree.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Petit Point Carpet Progress

I have decided I am total rubbish at petit point. Not that the stitches are bad, not at all. The back looks great. It is just that I make counting mistakes which I then have to spend a ridiculous amount of time taking out. Then of course putting back in. I pay close attention to the chart and I still do it. AAARRRGGGHHH. I am determined. I have never been one to hold up the white flag, But oh boy this thing is kicking my proverbial!!!!!!

Some people take their needle and thread and happily dance across the canvas outlining something five and ten inches away. They get bored with one area and have totally vacant spaces between their other body of stitches. Oooooh I wouldn't dare. I don't stray too far from the mother ship! I am looking forward to getting on with the navy blue that outlines this center medallion of the carpet. That will make all these colors pop to life.

BTW... This is a different canvas from the first one I started and didn't like. I also bought a new frame to work it on.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Very Special Gift

Catherine has sent me a positively beautiful oil painting. I love, love, love the image of this little girl spoon feeding her doll. It's just charming. The colors she used are gorgeous and her brush work is perfection. Catherine continues to astonish me with her talent. I adore her work! I wish you could see this painting in person my photography cannot begin to do it justice.
I am planning to use the painting in the master bedroom. Perhaps over the bed or above a fire place in that room.
Thank you so very much Catherine. I will treasure it forever. It is so special.