Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Nellie sent to me. These are the perfect finish for the edges of the Forest Muse. The backing fabric is attached and the chenille yarns are being couched to the edges. Tomorrow is the reveal!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I know spring is coming. Even as the snow keeps falling.
I know because this is what I am seeing in the forest...
Young bucks with one antler. As spring approaches they drop the antlers. I have yet to find any of the shed antlers in all these years! I think the squirrels get to them quickly.
And there are plenty of squirrels... More then enough to gather together all the shed antlers and still have empty handed ( pawed?) squirrels.
Also in the great Chicago tradition, the chairs that mark dibs on shoveled out spaces are now all lined up curbside as the snow has melted. Of course it is replaced with more snow but nowhere near the 25 inches that dropped all at once! This photo was taken only a day or so before the thaw. We now have clear streets and much easier parking. At least until the next snowfall.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
This was a big surprise for me from my daughter at Christmas. I had mentioned on facebook that these vases would make a wonderful Christmas present. My dear daughter saw that and ordered up a pair for me from Paula . Let me tell you how wonderful these are. they are heavy,made from repurposed pipes. They are nearly impossible to knock over so they make a wonderful addition to my work table where they hold brushes and pencils etc. I love how they look with a delicate flower in them. A contrast of delicate and substantial. She makes these in various sizes and colors from small votive to tall vases. A real joy!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
stitching up spring. All these wonderful greens and purples. Colors of springtime. hills and valleys as it lays in my hands. the texture just calls for a brush with fingertips.
I stitch while I watch the snow. Willing it to melt. knowing it is not yet warm enough.
Friday, February 04, 2011
My brother recently got married. And he has uprooted himself and his wife to move across country to take care of our ailing father.
I decided that I wanted to make something nice for them.
I knew that for Sylvia I wanted to use a Ginkgo leaf design. I had been playing around with the idea of using a real leaf and stamping it onto fabric with fabric paints.
But for heavens sake it was January in Chicago...lots a luck right?
Well...Coming out of a store with my husband on a cold day with a light snow falling what do I see at our feet?
Yep. A real honest to goodness Ginkgo leaf. Just one. Right there. At our feet.
This is the leaf now. That is the test print. Photos will be taken later of what I did with it. I just love the way it looks now all gold and gleaming. It has become a treasure that I will keep here on my wall by my work space. A reminder how sometimes things are just amazing. Amazing.