Monday, July 31, 2006
The link above is to a slide show made by a former student of my friend Margaret & her husband Nelson. It's the Kenai Peninsula Clarion newspaper web page. Scott is the head photographer for the paper. He got some unique bear shots while at the Kenai River watching the combat fishing.I don't think Scott was doing any fishing that time. Hope you enjoy it.
We're getting ready for our vacation. I made a simple top to wear, that will be loose & cool. I want to get a skirt made to go with it, but doubt I'll have enough time between now & then, as I have to work the next 3 days.
Friday, July 28, 2006
One of these will be going to Margaret, but the other 3 need homes. Anyone interested?
They are made from my hand painted fabrics, & a little bit of my black silk shibori wrapped, discharged, & overdyed fabric. Shi-sha mirrors held in place by thread painting, & some hand beading, & a little bit of wire & painted dryer sheet.Just as I went to post this, we had another earthquake! Only a 3.0 this time, & it didn't last but a few seconds. Not nearly as exciting as yesterday's quake.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
This is my 1st attempt at'real' beadwork. I've never taken a class, & have always just added a bead here & a bead there, free forming it. It didn't turn out perfect, but I learned from the process, & will do better next time.
I will be posting our weekend adventures on my Dark Side. & Aunt Ethel is going back to her ALF today.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The DGD has flown back home to Seattle. The cold is getting a little better. The Niece & nephew have arrived safely from Michigan. In the morning we will head down to Seward to to go fishing.
We moved the trundle bed for the day bed that resides in my studio, back here where it belongs. It was the bed Aunt Ethel had been using, but now they're getting a hospital bed for her, & she will be getting out of the hospital on Monday.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I have a terrible plugged head now & a hacky cough. I'm hoping it doesn't turn into a full blown sinus infection. I had one of those last year, & don't care to repeat it. Darian leaves this evening & my niece Loni & her new hubby's flight has been cancelled, so last I heard she is stuck in Grand Rapids, MI & isn't sure when they'll get here. So I guess that means she won't get to meet Darian. I told her not to expect any kisses at the airport. I don't want to share this misery with someone I love. I've also already called in sick for tomorrow, because I don't think I should be spreading this to my post op patients.
Aunt Ethel's hospitalization may effect our vacation plans too. We may end up having to stay here & be out the tickets & reservations in Seattle, (Ilene & Stu you can still use the room if this happens), but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't come to that. My friend Mindy will do a temporary Power of Attourny if we need, so that we can still go. I'm hoping that will be enough. She'll be 2 weeks post op when we go, & Mindy says that's the usual length of stay for BKA. Mindy works for an Orthopedic surgeon. She said he was glad he didn't have to do Auntie's surgery since he knew us all socially, it would've been a tough one for him.
I've gotten a little bit of bead embellishment done on my clock. Maybe I'll post some of it later. I worked on it while waiting at the hospital yesterday for the surgery. I also stopped 2 places on the way home yesterday to find the fuse on crystals for my July JQ. I only need 2 dark ones. All I could find was a tiny little package for $60.00! Even with my teacher discount, that was way more than I want to spend just for 2 little crystals. So my July JQ may lay slightly unfinshed until I can find a small package.
Monday, July 17, 2006
This last photo is a PINK Yarrow. We have Yarrow growing all over. It's a weed in Alaska, but mostly you just see white. I was tickled Pink (groan, I know bad pun) to find pink in my yard. In Michigan you have to buy Yarrow at the nursery & plant it in your garden. Of course there you find Queen Ann's Lace growing as a weed in the fields & ditches. Here you find it in fancy bouquets for lots of money from the florist! One man's weed is the next one's wildflower!
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Down in the studio, Broccoli hung out with me for a while this morning while I painted with some warm colors. More fire. At the top of the photo are 2 pieces of silk organza. The next 2 down are Lutradur & the 2 on the bottom row, plus the photo below are Warm & White batting (wadding).
Below is the Lutradur. All have been painted with Dynaflow that I bought from Dharma Trading Co.
Now I just have to wait for them to dry, & maybe I'll make something out of them!
Friday, July 14, 2006
It has taken me FOREVER to finish the quilting.
To Celebrate, I took Darian to an Anime Convention! It was in the paper this morning, & since it's her favorite thing, I decided to take her. We met some unusual folks there. Chewie dropped by even. His language was a little hard to understand, but he was very friendly.
& of course, Darian did a little shopping, & we watched a few Anime flicks. I'd never seen them before. They were actually pretty funny.
Here's her bounty.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Today we hiked out in to our favorite fishing hole, & again the fish were missing, but we had a great time, & I got to do a little hand work. I finally got the Crazy Clock mounted on to a canvas covered frame, & have started the really FUN part, embellishing with the old watches & beads!
The working clock face will go in the middle of the spider web, & if I can find a spider that doesn't freak me out too bad, I'll glue it on to the second hand.
I've been following several other blogs like Rian's , Allie's, & Debra's & Suze (whose link doesn't seem to be working tonight) that have been doing such lovely neat stitches. I mostly just had fun, adding strings that were incidentally dyed when I used them to bundle fabrics that I was dying. & fun yarns, & ribbons, which I just did a little rusching & gathering on. I wanted this to be more organic, something different.
I've really only just begun!
Monday, July 10, 2006
The reverse is a crinkled silk that Kathy also gave me.
I used a heavy Candelight thread in the bobbin for the flap on this side, & the button is a beautiful Dichroic fused glass button that I love. Mindy didn't make this one, but she could've!
Sunday, July 09, 2006
She finished in no time at all. She's getting pretty good on the sewing machine. Today we drove to Girdwood, for the Forest Fair. Unfortunately I had a dead camera. We bought some fused glass from my pal Mindy & her daughter Lindsey. & on the way home we stopped for dinner at Turnagain House. Darian was the only one with room for dessert. Oh & by the way, have any of you discovered the Quilters News Network? I saw an ad for it in my latest AQS magazine, & checked it out. I love it! Now I'll never need cable TV!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
The table behind the ironing board can be folded smaller, or made a lot bigger for pinbasting as needed. It's actually 2 craft tables. I bought them a while ago when the Dark Side (Joann's) had them on sale.
Fabric is all organized. I think I actually KNOW where most of my stuff is now! What a relief after years of everything being packed away & cramped.
This is the daybed, & can be used for an extra guest. & yes I did have the Snail Trail quilt on the guest bed upstairs, but it's really too small for that bed, so I put my 1st hand quilted queensize quilt up there after it was washed yesterday, & put the snail trail on the daybed. It's an antique quilt that I bought from a friend.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
We were the 1st to get seated for dinner. We chose to come here to celebrate out 16th anniversary. The food is excellant. Beautiful to look at as well as eat.
This picture was shot through the window by our table. They fish for king salmon out there in the creek.