Slow Stitching Snow Day

A glaze of ice and sleet on the roads means a day to stay home from the studio. With more frozen stuff predicted, it may mean more than one day with no studio time. I am thankful there was a warning ahead of time so I brought home some hand stitching.  First on my list is finishing  a long tunic top from the great Liberty of London fabric I bought in Arthur, Illinois last fall. I’m using  a Sew Tina Givens pattern with a difference or two. Always have to break the rules and give it my own twist!

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Fall is around the Corner

Antique Hamilton music stand from a garage sale last month. $1.00 bargain. Painted with homemade chalkboard paint to change messages with the seasons. Sad little geraniums will be replaced with mums and flowering kale when the garden center gets stock. I love finding alternate uses for other people’s junk.

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Not Quilt Related…maybe

 I’m not at all sure that anything I photograph is NQR or NAR..not quilt related or not art related.  In the life of an artist everything that we experience that appeals to our senses is art related. It might be sight [obviously] sound, touch or even smell.  

I took these photos this morning when I realized that my hyacinth bean was growing!  Not only growing, but blooming! It won’t be long until I have long purple beans. The entire growing season of the plant is a riot of dark greens and rosy purples. 

When we painted the porch area we removed flower boxes from under the windows. One of those boxes had been the nesting location for a Carolina Wren. I had 3 gourds that were painted fall colors to adorn the porch in a basket for autumn decoration. We decided they were better put to use  as alternate houses for the Carolina Wren next year. This one hangs above the bean with a long tendril wrapping around the wire. 

Carolinas like their home to be in vegetation so I was so happy to see this happening. 

The last photo is the astilbe that comes up every year in front of the mahonia holly.  I love the contrast of colors and textures in this front garden area.  Some leaves have a matte finish and others like the holly are glossy and bright. The bright sun creates dramatic light and dark areas.  It is these contrasts that delight me and make me wonder if there is an art quilt or a painting in here somewhere.