March 6, 2019

A Revealing Photo

This is especially for those who asked how things are going with our new puppy and two resident kitties.

March 3, 2019

Next Comfort Doll

Easy knitting works for me these days, and here is my latest 5” Comfort Doll. He perched himself on a stack of soft paper napkins in a basket that I wove about 20 years ago. He makes me smile so I’ve left him there!

February 13, 2019

Where I’ve Been

There must be something in the air in Blogland. I’ve seen a few posts about new family pets, and now we have one too. He’s a shelter rescue who came home with us just yesterday, a 10 month old, 33 pound Labrador mix. Although his behavior has been stellar, he has distracted me completely from knitting, painting, and all other blog-related activities. Since I’ve raised numerous dogs with our family over a number of decades, this is my husband’s dog now that he’s retired. Being Irish himself, he has named our sweet new boy “Seamus”. I didn’t see a conflict with that name at first, but I now find my tongue tripping over all the pet names in our house. Seamus joins our two kitties Sasha and Shanna! 

January 24, 2019

Playing With Knives

I’ve been eager to experiment with my new set of palette knives, and after a number of tries this painting makes me happy enough to keep it. I wasn’t going for detailed realism, so I didn’t use any of my paint brushes. I just wanted to spread the acrylic paint onto a 9”x12” canvas with the knives and end up with something I like. This scene of rocks and water might exist somewhere, but I don’t have a photo or picture. I like to just start a painting and hope for something to come together. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. There are probably 3 different paintings under this one that I didn’t like and covered with Gesso. I think I’m wasting paint! 

January 16, 2019

Comfort Doll #2 - aka "Donnie"

This is my second 5 inch knitted Comfort Doll. If you knit and know the two basic knit and purl stitches, you can make this. It’s made from a simple flat rectangle with alternating knit and purl rows (photo below). I have a 3rd one in progress. So easy and so much fun!
Next day PS: This is a nice gift for a little one, but I would stitch the eyes instead of using buttons. 
Another day, another PS: Thank you Jennifer Gail for naming him! 


January 6, 2019

A Special Painting

I sent some acrylic paints to my daughter Beth which she received yesterday. She used them immediately, and just now she texted me a photo of this finished 9x12" painting. I absolutely love this, it’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do myself. She painted an impression of a scene from her mind with dabs of paint to simulate what she was thinking and feeling. Yet, it’s left somewhat open to personal interpretation by the viewer, and I have a slightly different take on it. She is discovering "Impressionism"!

January 3, 2019

String Block Quilt Layout

I said I’d never make another big quilt, but to get a layout I like says otherwise. Ive decided to do something like I laid out for this photo, which is only a portion of a possible finished quilt. I didn’t plan my scrap use, and the strips of one block don’t match up with the strips of another block. Some of the blocks even have strips that are slanted all the way through. Putting sashings of only about 1" between the blocks will hopefully keep this project from driving me crazy. I still see diamonds, but it has morphed into something I like that’s different from my usual symmetrical projects. Making something different feels good!

December 24, 2018

A Painting Session

Our daughter Beth is visiting and suggested she and I spend some time painting together. So I gave her a blank 11x14" canvas and put out all my paints and brushes. I’ve recently been thinking about trying a palette knife painting myself and decided this was a good time to try it. I had an abstract piece in mind, and it started out that way. But it slowly began to morph into an impression of a landscape. So I decided not to fight what felt natural to me. It’s a 9x12" canvas and I’m calling it finished, but Beth says hers is still in progress (see below).

She hasn’t decided how to proceed yet because it looks like sky as pictured here, but when flipped upside down, we see water. She will sleep on it! 

December 19, 2018

Slowly Coming Back

I’ve found a couple workarounds for Blogger issues, and I’ve been able to start re-building my blog roll. So I recently took a bit of time to try knitting again. This 8" comfort doll is a fun project, and I hope to make more after the new year. Best of the holidays to all! 

December 8, 2018

Taking a Holiday!

Blogger is acting up for me again. Since I have a lot of other things to do getting ready for the holidays and family coming home, I’m taking this break. Wishing each of you the best holiday season ever, and an awesome 2019!

November 17, 2018

More Eco-Dyeing

My son recently harvested 3 colorful leaves for me on a trip to Newport, RI. These are the pages I got after eco-dyeing them. There is very good definition (which is enough for me :), but color didn’t transfer well. It’s all about chemistry during the soaking and steaming process (ask Kathyinozarks). On the left is the main image, on the right is the opposite “mirror image”. These pages are always a lovely surprise!

November 13, 2018

Sunset Inspiration

I like to walk at sunset, and sometimes the clouds and colors are magical. This is my impression of a recent landscape across the fields as it became a dark silhouette against the sky. The size is 11x14", acrylics.

November 2, 2018

Eco-Dyeing Results

The leaves I used all had some Fall color, so I hoped for more colorful results. However, the paper images  are mostly shades of dark green and brown with some lime green/yellow tones. There’s also a red blotch that started out very strong and soaked through other papers in the same location. While taking the bundle apart after steaming, I couldn’t figure out what caused that. The faint row of papers on the left resulted from leaves that were not soaked in the rusty water. I think Kathyinozarks knows the chemistry of a rusty water soak (with a splash of white vinegar). Several of you asked, so I hope Kathy comments and explains it.

November 1, 2018

Eco-Dyeing Urge

I see colorful leaves while walking and decided to do some eco-dyeing. I got all my supplies out, pressed the leaves for a couple days, put them in rusty water (suggested by Kathyinozarks) and got my papers ready to soak in Alum. Then I couldn’t find my container of Alum! I’ve been away from most projects for months because of my hands, but that creative urge is strong! So I will go for Alum when the stores open. In the meantime, here are my leaves still soaking. I hope I haven’t overdone it!