Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Update on Sweet Shanna

All her tests were normal. A few things can be done to calm her stomach, easy things, and we are going forward very thankful! Thanks to you all for following. Here is a re-posted photo of her little sister, they are quite a pair. Something crafty soon, promise! 

Friday, June 24, 2016


Here is Shanna, the oldest of our two kitties who is having some health issues. I'm taking her for blood tests tomorrow. Here's hoping to rule out the worst.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hot Summer Day in NJ

So glad to have a fence between me and this group including a couple black bulls! 
I hope to have something crafty to share soon. I seem to be slowing down. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Spotted in a Tree

I love owls, and I just had to let this one roost in our yard when I was done knitting him up. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mini-Quilt Swap for June

This one is going to Colorado next week. June's theme is Birds and Birdhouses. My string blocks have a few bird images, and the backing fabric is nothing but Birdhouses. It's about 16.5 inches square, and it came together quickly. I love making string blocks, but this end result is just a bit too symmetrical for me. I hope my swap partner likes it!  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Staying With It...

In spite of messing up and starting over at least a dozen times (I lost count), I'm staying with this knitting in-the-round project until I get it right. What will it be? An owl, of course! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Swap Group Mini Quilt

This just arrived in the mail from my swap partner in Odessa, Missouri. The theme was "May  Flowers", and I've already found a place for it atop an antique oak washstand (second photo). I needed something with blues to match the lampshade there! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sycamore Sentinels

This dilapidated house with two old Sycamore trees always catches my eye on a local Pinelands road, especially when the sun is strong and the tree bark gleams white. I may work on this more later. The real scene is much more interesting than my drawn impression, but I'm happy with it. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Knitted and Done

This is not as soft as the hand-woven rayon/chenille scarf in my last post, but it's chunky and warm. I bought the merino wool yarn from the weaver at a craft fair who was spinning while everyone watched. It's artsy with all my favorite colors, so I knitted this scarf. I love it!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Beautiful Handwoven Scarf

No, I didn't weave this scarf (wish I had). I won it as a door prize, and I was thrilled to have one this beautiful! The weaver is Dana Zeck, and I asked her what yarn she used. Sorry, I forgot her reply, but it is the softest and smoothest handwoven item I've ever felt. Could it be bamboo, or a combination of silk and bamboo? Gene, can you tell what it is? PS...Just found out its RAYON-CHENILLE yarn

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Testing 1-2-3...

I've missed blogging! So, I'm trying a new app for posting from my IPad.  If it works, I'm back! 
I've missed blogging!
This month's mini quilt for my swap partner, "May Flowers" 15" square , hand-appliquéd center block 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Another Oldie

Painting with watercolors was always hard for me, so I now hesitate to try again. However, in a brave moment while recently shopping, I bought watercolor paints and paper. When I got home, I suddenly wondered "what was I thinking?"!  So, I returned them to the store. Then I found this old, skewed watercolor image done during my obsession with trees in the 7Os. Now I'm feeling like I might really want to try again. First up, shopping for watercolor paints and paper...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

An Older Drawing

Charcoal on newsprint from the 1970s. 
This was our son watching TV with long 70s hair. He's now in his late 40s and shaves his head. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Resurrecting the Past

Getting back to my roots in art, I recently bought some drawing paper and supplies. After decades of not drawing it took some time to get a feel for it again. I had forgotten how lost I can get in being creative this way, time just flies by! This is rough, but it's a start.