Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Beach Rug

I am working on a new rug. I have given the other beaded wool rug a rest until I decide how I want to put it together. This new rug idea came from my attraction to rocks with rings around them. Living by the ocean, I have amassed a collection. I like how rocks become arranged at the beach between the tide and the soft sand and then slope up to the dunes. Kevin has also painted several scenes of river stones that are around our house and, no doubt, were an influence as well.

This technique is called standing wool. It allows for more free shapes and pictoral patterns. I am really enjoying the process of putting this one together.

I have also started working on an ebook about this and the beaded wool rug techniques. It will be full of pictures and detailed instructions. If anyone is interested in trading editing for a copy let me know!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Beach Baby

Our little nude dude. It was such a nice golden late afternoon the last time we went to the beach Eliot had to go for a swim. My friend and I went hunting for Elder Flowers but I wasn't quite right in my identification. I still haven't figured out what they are.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Experimenting with the Duaflex:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Solo Day

I had a welcome Solo day to myself. Eliot was with Grandma and Kevin was helping his brother move. I realized I hadn't been spending ANY time alone. I really needed it. A lot. I am going to have to work some more solo time into my schedule on a more regular basis. I had a lot of time just to sit and think and work through some projects.

I did a lot of dehydrating of flat 'breads' for this week for lunch. I also made an awesome rhubarb lemonade suggested in my comments last week. Thank you so much - it came out great. I think I would sub all the sugar with honey next time.

I also started sewing a new summery dress.

Yumm...I think I was influenced to pick out the above fabric by the lemonade color.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yard Sale Gold

I went yardsaleing this weekend and found a couple of fun things. More vintage buttons to add to the collection. All I could think about was how I need to learn to knit so I can use these in greater numbers.

I also found a Kodak Duaflex camera. I was pretty excited about this one. I have been occasionally scanning ebay and crag's list for one then it appeared at a yard sale. I had a great conversation with the man selling it about what I was going to do with it. I hope he keeps the other one.

Basically, these cameras have glass at the top for previewing the image. You can photograph the top glass with your digital camera and get an interesting image. I had to make a contraption out of cardboard to keep the reflections to a minimum - so if I go outside with it I will probably get some looks. It reminds me of the Holga's and other toy cameras I used to use but this time no film! People on flicker an the web are calling this 'Through the Viewfinder".

Thursday, June 17, 2010

week(s) in review

A catch-up post. In no particular order - you will notice he got his hair cut somewhere in the middle of these...

Because we haven't had a picture together in a while.

Putting our toes in at the beach.

Helping with baby Sasha.

Eating rhubarb pie...still some rhubarb left but I am not sure what to do with it. I made a crisp that came out well but I am trying to think of something a little more unusual. Any suggestions?

Misty water at Crescent beach.

Trying to find Northern Fly Honeysuckle with no luck. It is supposed to be a good blueberry substitute.

With Grandpa G in MA.

First time fishing! He was so excited and serious about it. I can't wait to go again.

New toy.
New dance.

And a tired out beach kid.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Enjoying Spring

We have been enjoying the nice spring weather around here. The flowers are really going and everything is so nice and green. Eliot is learning how to ride a bike with training wheels and I am trying to figure out how to make good looking leaf prints. I tried using gauche but clearly that is not going to be the medium of choice.

I found a stash of balloons that I wanted to get rid of. So, instead of having them hanging around the house for days upon days filled with air, why not have a water balloon extravaganza?
They lasted just long enough and were thoroughly popped and tossed and out of my junk drawer in under an hour.

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