Hi: I tried my hand at crochet the other day. I have been looking at patterns and for some reason I decided to try one. So I crocheted an owl. A little owl and I found the pattern at Love the blue bird blog. It was easy. But I wanted to do an owl with the crocodile stitch. So I learned the crocodile stitch, or at least I followed a video over and over. I really don’t know how to do it without the video.
Then I made up a pattern that I thought would work to be an owl. It is a funny looking owl, and I forgot to put the beak on, but it is an owl. I think I should get A for effort.
After taking the photos I was putting away my things and I spilled my dish of pins. And before I started to pick them up, I had help. Four legged help. Simon is always willing to be my support as long as it is not scarey.
I hope you are all doing well. It is getting cold here. I caved and turned on my furnace. I guess I can’t take the cold as well as I used to.
I have taken a short little class with Effy Wild called Sweetlings. I had so much fun creating my sweetling. I thought I would share a little.I drew my little girl. I wanted her to look a little sassy. She is to be cut up like a paper doll.
I started a background for my girl. I spread my chosen colours on watercolour paper. I used Neocolor II Watersoluble crayons.
Then I dissolved the colour with Matte Polymer Medium and a piece of wipe. Letting the colour meld together.
Here is my background. I put some scrapbook paper on, and then a little orange and a little white.
Then I added my little doll. Isn’t she cute? I really loved this process. I can see myself doing more. Go on over to Effy’s site and sign up for BOD 2014 and the workshop is a freebie. Great deal, great fun.
I am looking forward to the practice of working in my journal daily. When left on my own I don’t always do it. So January will bring a new year and new start.
I have been growing Indigo all summer in my backyard and watching it develop. It has grown tall and now flowered. I really do not know the best way to use it. So I mixed up some in the blender with a little water and dyed some silk and some cotton. The silk did the best. But I really did not know what I was doing and I hurried. If you know of a place to read about what to do now that I have some, please write me a comment.
Here is one of my beds earlier in the season.
So with my munched up leaves I dyed this piece of silk.
I was able to get some markings by tying with thread. I was excited to get at least some result. Yet I have a lot to learn. I would like to make a vat to dye some more silk.
After my visit with my daughter Laura I made her a journal, and did the first spread. Then I sent it to her with some photos. I am hoping she will fill the book with colour and words.
This is the journal and the spread. The photos in the spread are my beautiful granddaughters. I am looking forward to sharing my love of journals with my daughter.
Hi: I have been on vacation. We traveled to Boston, visited with Mr. Cricket’s brother and then the Boston Temple. We had a great time.
After leaving Boston, we drove east to Maine. We drove through a strong and scarey rainstorm and up to Machais. We settled in there for four days. Each day driving and seeing the beautiful sites. I had heard on a news broadcast about a hike near Cutler Maine through the forest and out to the cliffs of the ocean. I decided to walk it. For three hours (yup I am slow) I walked alone through the forest to the most beautiful site of the ocean. I was a little intimated by the height, I did not take that into consideration when I decided to go. But it was well worth it.
Upon leaving Maine we drove up to New Brunswick to see our daughter Laura and her daughters Nichole and Jennette. We had not seen Laura for quite a long time. It was such a treat to give her a big hug and tell her I love her.
It was then time to travel back home. We drove a lot of miles and had a great time, but there is no place like home.
Can you guess by the photos where I am? We have been enjoying our vacation for nearly a week. There is nothing like a break.
What a good time. We are here to visit Mr. Cricket’s brother and his wife. They are always ready to pose for a photo.
Here they are at the subway station.
Really? I thought I gave that all up. Mr. Cricket gave away all my canning equipment. What was I found doing this morning, but making Red Pepper jelly and Beet Jelly. Why you might ask? I really don’t know except I wanted to. And they are both yummy. However, I had to buy new jars, and then the canning pot was missing! However, a friend popped in and saved the day by lending me hers. So here is the fruit of my labour:
Pretty colour! I like pretty colour!
Don’t worry Mr. Cricket. I am not going back into full canning swing. Too much work for me! But a little jelly here and there won’t hurt.
I was off to harp practice tonight. I play with three other harpists, once a week. It was fun tonight and we learned a new song. Soon I need to learn how to put a sound bit on my blog and let you all hear what I get up to.
Ta for now.
Here I am at the hairdressers. Don’t you just love the decorating?
I finally got to the hairdressers! Yeah! Dani in Dutton. She is the best hair cutter I have found. So I think I am looking better, and of course the blur does not hurt either. HA.
I have made a little nativity set. Plain and perhaps modern.
I am going to teach a little class to make these. It was fun and easy with the help of Mr. Cricket.
This guy was circling our yard when we were outside yesterday. I am sure he did not think that I was a candidate for dinner. But you never know about our little Abby. She is a small, soft cat and we kept our eye on her. Simon our boy would not be a candidate either. He is heavy and squirmy and weighs too much. Steve said the hawk would bring him back real quick.
Well this week we have been taking self portraits for “Be Your Own Beloved” I have been using the timer on my camera, with the tripod. This afternoon Mr. Cricket and I were sitting on the bench in the backyard and here are the results. You never know just what is going to happen during the time lapse.
Tsk Tsk Mr. Cricket!!!!!
I finally got Effy’s blog button to work. What a struggle I had with it.
Today, my grand daughters arrived. A surprise, a day early. What fun. So we have had plenty of time to reflect on past experiences, feelings and visits. We had a great visit during dinner. BBQ steak and fresh garden vegetables. With all the talk, I have had a better time of reflection and feelings of assurance about myself. Part of why I took this course is wrapped up in those memories.
Here we are. Look at the coloured hair! I love these girls. I only have them for a short while but I will love and enjoy every minute.
And tonight alone I will reflect on the good times and the blessings.
I often go walking with my camera. I love the world around me and the little sites we see as we enjoy our world. My camera helps me to remember and enjoy for a long time. I often have my favorite photos enlarged and hung on the wall. I take lots of photos, but I have never related them to me in the way I am learning.
My ankle feels much better today. I was afraid I was not going to be able to walk when I got out of bed. It hurt all night. But I am doing better today. I was thinking about it this afternoon and it came to me that I am a bit old, and a bit too big to be jumping. Of course that is not true in the real sense but I should get my body ready and warm up and get a little more agile before I do something like that. We need to take care of ourselves and keep ourselves strong on the physical side too.
I held a tiny Rose of Sharon Bloom. We have a tiny bush starting to grow in our front yard. This is the first time we have had blooms. I hope it survives. I do not have a lot of luck with these bushes, maybe my neighbour will keep an eye on it. She has a lovely Rose of Sharon on her yard and my little one comes from her.
I have just finished a spread in Meda’s journal. This is the paint and pass group #5. I love to paint and work on journals.
I don’t know what this is. Maybe you can tell me. I think it is a lichen but I am not sure. It is so pretty. I don’t think it would be a mushroom but what do I know? I would like to find out so please tell me if you know.
Of course the fish were hungry tonight. They always are. The big ones sometimes push around the little ones. I like this photo because you can see their open mouths getting ready for dinner. Even though they just ate a half hour ago.
They are growing big. And they eat alot! I would like to pick one up and say hello, but I doubt if they would like that. When you get in the pond for maintenance, the fish come up to your legs and take little nips. It is a wierd. I did not mind when they were little, but I get a little fearful now they are bigger. I doubt if they would bite but I have a vivid imagination.
This is what is left of my sunflower. Tonight as I came out the back, a little yellow finch was eating the seeds. I think I will set up my tripod and use my remote and try to get a photo of the finch on the flower. That would be a good shot.
Today we were to be playful in our self portraits. I am not really playful. Sometimes my inner child appears but not very often and not always at the right time. So taking pictures of myself, in a playful mood really was out of my comfort zone.
Today was the funeral for my friend, Mr. Cricket and I attended the funeral. When we returned home I was dressed up a bit so I thought that might be a good time to shoot some photos. So I gathered up my tripod, camera, props, cats, and Mr. Cricket and out we went. Mr. Cricket kept asking what I was doing. I said I was having fun. Mr. Cricket looked around and I am sure he was checking if the neighbours were watching!
So here I am. Playful!!!
I tried to get a shot with me jumping in the air. When I landed I twisted my ankle. Later in the afternoon we went out to a BBQ. My ankle became very swollen and I could hardly walk!!
So much for being playful! That will learn me!