Sunday, February 27, 2011
Late February/early March is notorious for weird, changeable weather around here. It has been frosty cold.
And it has been snowing off and on for the last few days. I think this is probably the last gasp of winter, because spring seems to be beginning to poke up its head.
So I've been continuing to hibernate, dreaming of summer vacation to the desert (yes that's the kind of crazy I am) and stitching the gray days away. And planning. This coming week is both my birthday and the six-month-anniversary of this blog. Celebrations all around!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
And a lot of old city directories.
Then I take all this information and type type type until there is a long, long report. If I knew in college I'd be making my living churning out research reports every week, I don't know if I'd have made different choices, but I probably would have invested in more ergonomic keyboards.
Which is a long-winded way of saying the ol' carpel tunnel is flaring up and stitching is suffering--just when I could use that meditation-like activity the most. Isn't that the way the world works? You never know what's on the next page.
And, what's the next page for this blog? I'm not sure--maybe I need some direction--but I know it is almost six months old, already! Look for a give-away celebration to begin in a few days, more mossy rock and stitchy experiments, pretty cross-stitch sampler progress pictures, more book and scissor reviews, more pretty photos of the world around us. It's also a good opportunity to ask you, dear reader, what you come here for...what would you like to see more of on the next few pages?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
This time I used only natural fibers (silk and cotton) and glass and wood beads. Gives a little different effect than the last one.
The third mossy patch is in progress now. Can't wait for my little rock garden to be finished!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I'm very attracted to the look of Zentagles, and their intricate-looking detail. They very much look like the way I approach some freestyle embroidery, and could be a fun way to try out ideas. Despite the intricate look to a finished tangle, they are surprisingly easy.
That up there, is one of my first "Zentangles"...I'm pleased, and a bit surprised, with how well it turned out!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
I usually do try to update more often than this. It is amazing how quickly that delicate balance of kids-work-hobby can be upset by a simple thing as a minor cold.
But yes, there are more mossy rocks in the works, and as proof, a photo of all the lovely greens in my project box.
(Photo taken with awesome Vignette app that makes your camera phone pictures look like antique film prints. So much fun!)
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I used Rainbow Gallery "Fuzzy Stuff" in a buttonhole wheel stitch to make the fuzziest parts, you can see one pretty well in the center of the above photo.
Wouldn't it be cool to mass a bunch of these together in a "rock garden"?