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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April's Happenings


There has been stitching going on during the rainy, cold days of the last week. And a special little visitor came to stay.
Wedding Piece progress:




not much further to go.......!
a gelli plate printed fabric

adding embroidery to the pattern with a variegated crochet thread

6 more wrapping cloth pieces have been pinned

two more are in the works
This little Hedgehog came to Canada all the way from Linda in the UK!

I decided to call her Honey. Isn't she so cute? Thanks Linda! Love my Honey Hedgie!


She's checking out another of my gelli print fabrics. I think she approves.  ;-)




I took another walk to the park

I was surprised to still find snow here and there in the woods and the marshy areas

This Mallard Drake was on the path with his lady 

This amaryllis was re-potted a little late and is just blooming. It didn't bloom last winter, so I'm pleased it's doing so now

Now the second flower is opening. There are 4 buds on the stalk. I've had this amaryllis for about 7 years. The red one bloomed last winter, but I only have green leaves this year.



Hope you've had a fun and creative week.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Friday, April 10, 2015

And Then There Was Paint

There was paint gathered on my art room table: I'd been fabric painting with my gelli plate. In the corner was a canvas. It had some paint on it and an idea struck.


before


adding some texture with stencils and moulding paste

all dry and awaiting some colour
 oooooh, colour!

squirt, and swirl and smoosh

coming together.

I like it and almost stopped here.....

knowing when to stop is often difficult for me--I want to play some more


adding more turquoise and taming the yellow


some white to create the look of foam


the pouring medium adds a glossy surface


that's better--no glare in the photo, but the colours are not quite true.....











That's better. The colours are more true in this photo.
The texture created with the moulding paste can be seen and adds a bit of interest to this bold painting.
We're remodeling our basement bathroom. The walls are white paint, white subway tile with a thick row of glass tiles in browns, beige and black. The tile floor is a medium dark brown. The accessories are brushed nickel, and the new towels are turquoise.
I think this painting will add a nice, intense splash of colour. Do you?
Anyone for a day at the beach?
lol

I sure had fun playing with my paints!
I hope you've had some fun creative time, too. Have a great weekend.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Walk

We had a lovely Easter weekend and walked down to the local park on Sunday afternoon.



there is still a bit of snow here and there

I could hear the water rumbling and went to investigate


swirling and frothing



bouncing over boulders




this ice is still thick along the banks of the river


the pond wears a layer of ice, too


it was a little windy, so we returned home for a hot tea










A little stitching was accomplished over the last week:



a few more leaves and roses













on wrapping cloth piece #12, I added stitching to the rose and leaf pattern on the fabric

a row of bullions and french knots

and a few more long bullions

This piece is now finished!
wrapping cloth piece #13 is awaiting thread and needle







Hope everyone had a Happy Easter.

May you have a creative week ahead.

Hugs from Suz
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Marching Out


March is ending, and, hopefully, taking the last of the snow with it!
I'm ready for spring.
 Mr. Cardinal was sitting in the magnolia tree in the front yard.

I think he's looking for spring, too.
















a sure sign that spring is on the way is this little chipmunk, out looking for seeds

These goldfinch are starting to turn yellow







Still, it was really cold last week, so I brought home a wee bit of colour to cheer up the house
Mr. Milkers came to visit for a week. The snow was still pretty deep then.

look at that chin spot and those tear-drop eyes! What a cutie!

















A wee bit of stitching was done on the Wedding Piece this week, with a few additions:


2 woven picot leaves, a cast-on stitch rose, and a bud.......more to add.......



On the wrapping cloth piece #12, I added a beaded center to a fancy picot flower. The base is a wrapped ring with rows of buttonhole lace 
 
bullions bridge the design of this lace

this giant bullion is 185 wraps!
Soon it will have a few more friends......
the progress so far

I need to create more wrapping cloth pieces


















It was time to actually use my Kumihimo kit.

The large braid on the left was made with the kit material using 8 strands.


The braid on the right used 8 strands of size 20 crochet cotton. I've been playing with patterns.














 Tatted bunnies and cabbage edging is a seasonal tat with Easter next Monday. I used size 20 crochet cotton, so this feels quite bulky. Bunny 1 on the left has a major error with the neck join.

Next I'll tat the bunnies, with a longer chain between them, using a finer thread.






Two more gelli painted fabrics join the queue awaiting some hand stitching.
















My art room has been re-organized. It's a small bedroom. (~9x11) Here's how it looks now..........( well, before I did the painting!)

north wall

east wall

This work table is a very old one with a porcelain top- once probably used for rolling out pastry, but now it's great for cleaning up spilled paint!
west wall

The center unit was fastened to the dining room wall when we bought the house, but didn't work with our furniture. Now it's a great unit for storing some of my supplies.
south wall

There's a bedroom closet to the left of the computer, and there I keep my fabrics in plastic storage tubs.











Here's how the work table looks now!
Neat and tidy didn't last long, did it? lol













 Treasure hunting this past week led me to a second-hand shop where I found these blingy buttons, ( up north near the lake house)

(aren't they pretty?!)
two packages of lace,
















( rolls of lace!)



4 cut-lace napkins, and 2 lace doilies.

The total came to $5.00! Wow!

I love shopping there! (too bad it's so far away)




Well, that was my week with needle, thread, paint and fabric. Hope you've had a fun and creative week.








Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz