Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sewing Saturday southwest edition

I've been using my bag of cherrywood hand dyed strip scraps to paperpiece some components.
then moving them around and around the central painted mesa piece. I cut down the aspen trunks yesterday, pieced another strip of geese, and then really started designing...
My husband prefers the geese angled out like above. What if the stars went above and one was added in the bottom?
I'm just moving components around, and made the bottom straight line of geese yesterday.
I've had a bad back and seem to have trouble rotary cutting these days. I made sure to line myself up at the machine while paper piecing yesterday, to minimize back and shoulder issues.

 With paper piecing I can sew without rotary cutting.

I love the bags of hand dyed strings for this, just the right size and all the colors one could want.
the width of strips goes from real strings at 1/2" to about 3" wide. I forgot how rich hand dyes look when used... I have a stash of them but hesitate to use them on just stuff... they do cost a lot and are one of a kind. Altho cherrywood has it down to a predictable range.
My lattice quilt is still on the design wall, filling it now. I had to stop working on it but you see little blocks set up ready to sew in the pic above.

This week I also printed cotton, then silk with my waterlily photos from last weekend. I hope to sew on them soon.
such lovely color. I preferred the cotton print this time, to the silk which is so sheer but with a pretty sheen.
silk on top, cotton underneath
I would have said these are more my color scheme but I'm enjoying working with the deep rich earth colors on my southwest piece too.
I just love color!
What do you think about my little southwest piece? Opinions welcomed... when there are too many choices I go a bit bonkers!

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Paint Party Friday

They say, write what you know... so I paint what I know...
It's been so hot here, that we've taken to the porch for a calm moment after lunch each day this week, and I decided I might try to capture a moving target!!
I realized a lot goes into a sketch, what with viewing angle, movement of subject, light and shadow. I didn't have this photo to go by that day, just the constant movement of a 2 year old!
I fretted that I got his leg too long, but he said to me,
don't worry Mama, my legs ARE long!
(I used tombow markers, on sketchbook thin paper, and water... the paper cannot handle this, note to self)
One of the "I Like Thursday" bloggers included three outstanding photos of flowers in her yard, so I attempted to capture them in the sketchbook. As you can see I'm grappling with shadow and line. I used my staedtler fineliner in gray to sketch (no pencil this time) (very brave) and the tombow markers because they were right there, and the white gel pen.

challenging to get shadows from colors but I try to imagine the photo in black and white, and I learn from doing. Tombow are too harsh on sketch paper, so I think I might have liked plain watercolors on top of the pen/ink sketches, and on good paper.
As you can tell, I've not watched painting tutorials this week, just painted from the heart. I do like to do little emotional works now and then. Unfortunately I can't quite capture the subtle shading here with my camera, but I like the composition.
The paper gave way to the pens again, will I learn? on my lady's eye to the right. I like the gesture of a neighbor walking by and the wall is just a thing of beauty, with hands reaching across it, connection being made. Done with KOI watercolors, waterbrush, staedtler pen in gray. There is a light blue wash on sky and light green on bottom, not showing in photo.
I keep notes in my sketchbook too... one day I just painted swatches of color to see the lines they created as they intersected. KOI florescent colors with waterbrush on thin sketchbook paper. As an afterthought, I wrote a short sentence on my feelings at that moment. The whole thing very momentary and free. I share it with you here, because that's what I do, but it's an example of capturing a split second in life in a journal page.

And we started with poodles, so I'll finish with two of my loves, flamingos and poodles... a flamoodle?
why not?

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

I Like Thursday

Welcome to this week's list of likes... I love the cloud show here! For a painter who takes note of light and shadow, it's an ever changing show.
I like Milo's little spaniel friend who always plays with him at the fence when we go for walks
I like the lantern I found on sale at Michaels and might put one of those battery candles in it for Fall
I liked the wonderful casseroles we've been making with our vegetables and herbs, Finally coming ripe.I described it in Monday's post if you're interested in the recipe.
right up in the mountains, but HOT HOT HOT!
We loved the fine craft show in Golden CO last weekend, and I did an artist interview for you later, but for now, how about this quote by Anaiis Nin
the artist is Cassady Harries from Layton UT
"I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

I was stunned by this artist's work, giant artwork with MANY crystals and gemstones embedded in the  work
I had to snap a shot of the texture, and giant turquoise on the piece compared to the wee chips in my anniversary ring.
amethyst crystals too

yep, those are geode crystals, some amethyst some quartz. Holy cats!
the artist
They sell for about $5000 each and people were lined up to purchase them! Wish it was in our budget!
Loved seeing the gliders leaping from the mountain tops!

I loved going to the Botanic Gardens to see the brilliant water lily exhibit, and took awesome pictures to share, again a bit later as it will be a post by itself!
I loved watching this plein air painter at work too.

I liked this site that gave you creativity prompts based on healing

Milo's Moments
Hi Y'all... come on in, I'm having a little rest. I love that I discovered how to get up in the chair in the family room, now there is one for each of us... so cosy
 Wonder how Daddy fits in one?? Not my problem, he should be up chasing me around the house trying to get my toy anyway! BOL
I liked going to the big craft show last weekend with my pawrents... and meeting lots of dogs and kids.
Mostly people rather watch me than look at art, right?
Last week, I was relaxing on the porch when Mama said Moose was coming over! What!?
She's a year younger than I am and a good playmate! She is rough though, and sometimes I have to call uncle to get her off me...
so we'll wrestle then run, then play "NO MY TEETH are bigger!" for a while, then rest a little
some times we look around the yard together, but when someone walks by, I'm always on duty 24/7 after all like any first responder, and I bark them off, she runs to Mama because she's not a guard dog like me. I love her even though she's a little bigger than I am. Now, after you bark hello at mama, please go see her friends who kept a list of their likes this week!  

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ttp://sky watch Fridays  

Thankful Thursdays pet parade 

Monday, August 19, 2019

the week ahead August

Welcome to this week's Happy Homemaker post. The week ahead in late summer in Colorado.

sunset light with barely noticeable mountains receiving rain in the distance
Weather in Aurora Colorado 
It's been hot, in the high 90's sunny and harsh making me think I need to buy a parasol! But...
Saturday night, it cooled off in the evening and Sunday morning we woke to 56F, very pleasant!
By afternoon it was oppressively hot again at the craft show, and all into the evening hot hot hot. 
The wind blows all day and night here. There are mosquitoes and yellow jackets and black flies swarming.  We are looking forward to a break in the heat and gentler temps. 

Right now
Before the day really gets demanding, it's so pleasant to drink strong coffee with milk, to see my pup running around on morning bunny patrol, to see sun burning off the morning fog and my flowers hanging in there through the heat of summer. We're still wearing shorts and short sleeved shirts, I am trying to wear my nicer clothes even though I hope to stay home today.  I'll likely have a breakfast of cinnamon toast and peanut butter. Last week I tried having yogurt each morning, for the benefits of active cultures and put it on my steel cut oatmeal, but oatmeal makes me gain weight.I've been having vivid dreams... is that cyclical for anyone else? They leave me feeling something after I wake.

nice listening music while you read... a little prayer...
To Do
Every week I vow to find a place to put things, so I can clear off horizontal surfaces and see table tops. 
Some things have no home to go to. 
Our allergies are flaring up, all three of us, so we'll just do what we can comfortably this week
There are the usual daily chores, cleaning, laundry, dishes, meals which we all do. 
I want to draw or paint each morning, learning as I go
Hopefully my back will allow me to return to sewing, I have so much I want to make
I'd like to start a new pair of hand knitted socks this week
I'd like to try painting on fabric, using some inks this week
I am excited that this week is my monthly art quilt group meeting, so I have to gather what I've made to show my new friends, and look forward to seeing what they've been making too!

I had to admit  the neighborhood coffee group is not for me. That was hard, I had high hopes to make friends, but there are some mighty offensive people in the group that are impossible to ignore making the whole experience more of an endurance test than a pleasure. Sad. I've tried many times to steer the conversations to things we have in common, fun things we've done or could do, and it always ends up with someone ranting. Do people understand parties anymore? I've been openly attacked by two people now, and they sit at opposite ends of the table not liking each other either, so where would I sit to avoid them both? 

So you'll find me at home more, trying to live a creative life, keeping in touch with friends across the globe by phone and email, reading, writing, sewing, painting, setting up playdates with Milo's friends,
Milo and Moose
and enjoying the growing friendship of a couple women here who are fun to talk to while our dogs play. I will be on the porch some, enjoying the flowers that made it through the heat. I need to sort through my lovely photos of the recent trip to the Botanic Gardens, where we saw the most magnificent water lilies. So many pretty pictures I should print and frame some.
To-Do... remember the Golden Rule... do unto others as you'd have them do unto you. Promote kindness. Give lots of honest compliments to people I encounter, just to sweeten life's moments because that can change the current of life. Small things like a kindness may have far reaching affects. Who knows? But I can do that.

I was tired of people not being polite at the Gardens last weekend, then one man accidentally reached over me at lunch, and said, "Sorry Sweetie, excuse me!" and that little kindness made a huge difference in my feelings and patience. He won't know that, but I do.

I've been reading the journals of Frances Burney which I heard about on Writer's Almanac. Fascinating account of a woman in 1700's England, who was companion to Queen Charlotte during the reign of King George. The library just informed me it's now due...
Reading the next Tea Shop series at night, listening to The ClockMaker's Daughter on cd while in the studio, which is also due... oy!

We found season 6 of the Great British Baking show on netflix! Yea! It's so wonderful, I love the bakers and what they are making! We started watching an Irish show called JOY on ACORN and it's very entertaining, quirky and humorous. Master Chef, Bachelor in Paradise, Big Brother, and Say yes to the dress are also fun to watch right now.
We get Gilmore Girls in reruns each day on UPTV so I watch that while having lunch... never tire of it.

finished the hexie ring and need to just finish the table runner now.

 Working on paper piecing some blocks to enhance a painted fabric scene of mesa's. Painting a lot.

My life is mostly spent in creative efforts. I do a painting post on Fridays with my week's worth of experiments, Post here, and on Thursdays I do a list of the things I liked that week. Please join me on those days, as other people are also keeping a list of things they enjoyed that week.

Saturday evening, we sliced up a white eggplant, a purple eggplant, a bell pepper, and a zucchini  from our garden, added garlic, onion, ground chicken, and Trader Joe's Red Thai Curry sauce. After that cooked and then simmered a bit, we added in a box of frozen brown rice.
It was so good. I think the pesticide free vegetables, used fresh from being picked, helped.

Last week we did a similar casserole but with a home made alfredo sauce and it was so good I wanted to have it every night. I have a lot of allergies, including corn (and corn starch) in all commercial alfredo sauces. It's basically cream, cheese, garlic and parsley. I had no idea it would taste so much better til DH found the recipe and made it.

We bought a sugar canteloupe, palisade peaches, and a small watermelon at Trader Joe's this weekend too, and look forward to fresh fruit this week. Our TJ's is not close, so we stock up when we go over, and it feels so good to have a full freezer and pantry, with items I can eat !

Deep Thoughts
I read this in the Writer's Almanac yesterday. I get their post marking each day with the events that came before, check it out here.
Every step toward human rights in our country has been met with mulish opposition, but so far it seems, respect and decency has overcome. I hope we can continue that.

On this date in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. The first national constitutional amendment had been proposed in Congress in 1878, and in every Congress session after that. Finally, in 1919, it narrowly passed both houses of Congress and was sent to the states to be ratified. Most Southern states opposed the amendment, and on August 18, 1920, it all came down to Tennessee. The pro-amendment faction wore yellow roses in their lapels, and the "anti" faction wore red American Beauty roses. It was a close battle and the state legislature was tied 48 to 48. The decision came down to one vote: that of 24-year-old Harry Burn, the youngest state legislator. He had been expected to vote against it, but he had in his pocket a note from his mother, which read: "Dear Son: Hurrah, and vote for suffrage! Don't keep them in doubt. I noticed some of the speeches against. They were bitter. I have been watching to see how you stood, but have not noticed anything yet. Don't forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the 'rat' in ratification. Your Mother." He voted in favor of the amendment.

Remember we are on earth to love one another, love starts with respect.

Thanks for reading, now... onto real life already in progress...
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

sewing saturday

It's been a week of hand sewing because of my back issues. I suspect rotary cutting is antagonizing it. But... along with the EPP hexie project being done at night, I did a little paper piecing.
By a little I mean 3' finished blocks...
One was from the internet free, and this one is from my software Sew Precise.
A while back I painted 4 pieces in neutrals to remind me of living in the west. Note I went back and drew on mesa's along the bottom of this one.
I took white strips and painted black aspen bark and they are just lying on it at the moment. I wanted to give the piece more ooomph so out came the scrap bag of cherrywood hand dyed strips and two different paper pieced blocks. These little flying geese finish at 3".
Of course I can't decide which way to face them, to insert some color, to go around the painted piece first.

this design part takes most of my time. I think I'll make a whole separate piece with the star blocks, making some more to go with them. I'll have to figure out what to do with the geese, as I want them somehow on this piece.
I learned, I love the cherrywood colors even though they are not bright. I hate using them piecemeal like this though, as they are in gradient strips, I feel I should be using them on string projects in order of color.

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