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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Post

Happy December!
I sure hope this month will be filled with lots of fun and happy activities for each of you. I'm still recuperating from my knee surgery, and I'm being very good and doing all my exercises to reclaim full movement in my knee joint.
What have I been up to since the surgery? Well, healing for the first week or so, and then I decided to pick up my needles and thread, and return to Wedding Piece #2.






 more stitching to do on the B

I'm contemplating adding some pale colours to the monogram


Picture cream seed beads as centers for the Josephine Knot flower cascade
 in the top left corner of the Wedding Piece




still unfinished

woven picot leaves, bullions, french knots abound
more of the same, and yet, different........



lots more to add to this piece

I decided my angel for the Guild Swap needed a little more........

the fancy picot tatting shows on both sides
I added it and some Josephine Knot cascade hair to the other side of my angel


it's on its way to the swap









Then, it was time to return to the gessoed canvas.

I had mentioned egg shells ..................washed, dried, and crumbled

I used 4 eggs

mixing gesso, and acrylic paint

I saw this online, and thought it was a brilliant idea

I mixed the gesso and paint, then folded in the egg shell crumbles

it makes a great texture

it looks rather like corn flakes in milk, doesn't it?

spread into the flower center, I allowed it to dry overnight, then added more colours--yellow, green, golden browns
while wet, I sprinkled on a bit of gold glitz for a touch of bling

once dried, I added a layer of pouring medium to seal all the layers

painting the background......

first layer of acrylic paint colour

hmmm, those leaves look a little too dinky.........

better........

more shading on the petals....

lighten and brighten and shadow......
 splattered

hmmm, there are some vertical lines showing on the top right petal

I'm wondering if it will bother me.....

dried overnight, and a bit of the highlights have faded........

maybe I'll add a few more. What do you think?

I'll let this painting sit for a few days while I evaluate it each time I walk past the studio......

I think it sort of pops



You might enjoy watching this video about seeing our beautiful world in colour.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mid-November & Going Missing

We awoke to snow Monday morning.
It's not our first snow of the season, but it isn't melting away.........
I like the branches with their snow frosting 

footprints left in the snow when I went outside to feed the birds

a little railing embellishment
 at the sidelight
 beside the front garden bed

it's a little early for me to decorate for Christmas. I don't usually begin until December has arrived, but, I had to get as much done as possible. Even all the Christmas shopping is done!

Hmmm, no wonder there hasn't been much else happening.......

I did add a few more glazes to the Georgian Bay painting

the sky isn't quite so blue now
and a few glazes have greyed the water a little.
The horizon needs softening, and lightening. More work is needed on the beach. Then I need to add the shadows of the tree.......
The painting has been put away to dry.

I then grabbed an artist canvas (16 x 20) and added a thick layer of gesso 

while it was wet, I drew in the gesso with the end of my paint brush

first a spiral
 then some petals

I have some egg shells drying for the next step.
what?  You'll have to wait and see..........





Not a lot of stitching has happened.
I did, however, get a start on the newest Wrapping Cloth piece. This is piece #12. Mmmm, wasn't the last piece #12??  (apparently, I can't count!  I went through the box of finished pieces, and this new piece is indeed #12.   ;-* )

Lots of french knots added to the hanky edging and the wee bow

bullion knots begun across the lace verticals

a few french knot tucks on this shiny, rose patterned fabric

and piece #12 looks like this. There's lots more stitching to be done.



















Wedding Piece #2 sports a little progress:


a Josephine Knot Cascade Heart in progress

a start on the monogram
 Casalguidi stitch in progress

there will be one of these L's in each corner

a second ecru stumpwork leaf begun









I enjoyed a stumpwork class this past Saturday, but all the stitching was bits and pieces here and there on the project. Perhaps I'll have some time to work on it while I'm gone missing. Missing? Yes, I shall be absent for a time while I'm recuperating from surgery. Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 19)  I'm scheduled for a left Oxford Knee Replacement. Hoo boy. I'm not certain how long I'll be offline, but, I wish you all wonderful, creative, and happy days until my return. Take care.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day 2014

      Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day:- Tuesday November 11, 2014



On the 11th Hour, Of the 11th Day, Of the 11th Month......

Our freedoms today came at a high price, and we should never forget that wars shatter lives, families, and communities. 


In Remembrance and with Gratitude.  For those who have served, those serving now, and those yet called to serve. Bless you and Thank you.
  THE FINAL INSPECTION
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his
​ brass.
'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal  with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders  and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who  carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most  Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've  been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept  unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their  fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the  throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
Author Unknown~


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 Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Begins

The colours in my gardens are so beautiful now that we've had several frosts, and snow flurries.

I love the deep burgundy against the greens and yellows


a riot of colour

morning dew

not only is the clematis still in flower, but new buds have been opening!


the oak leaves are turning golden brown
there's still a bit of colour here and there on the leaves
chartreuse and dark green amongst the coloured leaves


I returned to the Autumn Cabin to add more colour to the water
the conifers were too solid and dark, I decided
the path needed softening by the cabin
the background was greyed a little with a wash

I didn't like the ripples in the lake....
finished!
It started to rain on Georgian Bay

it still needs to be softened and greyed some more. The water is too blue......

do you see where the rain dripped down and streaked through the lake, and the rock?

softened a bit, but, too wet to work, the painting was put aside to dry









I've been stitching.
Angel #1 is completed with an edging of buttonhole stitch and white seed beads. Her halo is created from the same beads, and stands upright.
The buttonhole lace took a long time, but creates a delicate looking surface.
The first ecru, stumpwork leaf has been created. I think the soft ecru, with just a bit of subtle green along the center vein will be perfect for Wedding Piece #2.



The green is softly greyed, and should work well with the other subtle colour tones that will be used here and there on the piece.













This Josephine Knot cascade is in process, and may find a spot on the Wedding Piece, too.
Wrapping Cloth #12 is ready for damp stretching. I really like the meandering path of the ecru french knots as it winds around the white french knots on the seam.
Piece #13 is being tacked together. Soon the titivations will begin.
I hope your week has been pleasant and creative.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz