Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Every day

Every day is an artful day.
Fresh figs not only inspired a dye project but an entire garden.

It is fun to gather natural materials for all sorts of imaginative projects.

Anything can be made into amazing art.
I love the made from scratch life.
I love handmade, homemade.
I am working on gathering for our trip.
I am making plans.
I have made so many different things in the past.
From a tea towel I bought in Yellowstone National Park when we visited in 2000 I made a nice pillow.
I wonder what treasures I will find this time?
I am drying peonies,
and oranges for winter teas.
They will be ready to store when I return.

Our son gave us these gorgeous fossils last year.

I have them in one of the mini cabinets in my house.
I have many cabinets of curiosities.

We are getting the gardens ready to be left for a few weeks.
There is an art to pruning.

I decided to knit a lap blanket while I travel.

My daughter told me about this great on line knit shop,
Knit Picks. Great prices on yarn.
I have knitted a few rows to get started. It is an easy, relaxing project. Plus I need a lap blanket for the car.

I am so very excited.
Road trips are so very conducive to 
artful living.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Birds and books

I am surrounded by inspiration.
The Baltimore Orioles and the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are
exotic birds. Spending time with them is a joy.

I have begun a journal for my fancy work.
I shall record my thread and needle choices. A place to do design.

I have so many ideas.

My husband has redone a flower bed.
We are preparing to grow fig trees.
We hope to get our fig trees this Friday.
This has been a dream of mine for many years.
I do hope the figs do well in my backyard.
I am thinking the fig will be my focus fruit for 2012.
I love the idea of a bowl of felted figs!

I want to try doing photo transfers .
I have lots of photos to use as patterns for embroidery.

I also want to do some dyeing this summer.

We are planning a road trip.
We are going fossil hunting.
There are two main fossil beds we will be visiting.
One is in Nebraska the other Oregon.
We are planning our trip to include lots of rocks.

The Adult birds are beginning to bring the babies out.

So cute.

I have decided to knit a lap blanket
while traveling.
I do love these hats.

I shall think about knitting hats this winter.

I am drying herbs for teas and

creating my own tea blends.

This book is inspiring.

Planning a Fossil Hunt
is exciting.
I have my rock hammer and my chisel.