Monday, March 17, 2014
Is it possible to be a little too free with the trash can?
This was the only compact I could find at Longears, despite the many, many compacts I have had over the years. This one is at least 10 years old. Frankly, those days when I did powder my nose, it didn't need it. Now, I am far beyond the power of powder to improve!
Well, at least I found one "free" compact for my embroidering craze!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Longears is in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and I gleefully hailed the news that Google chose KC for the very first installations of their new, super-high speed Google fiber network. No more waiting for my Flickr uploads!
Google started with a few communities nearby, and then expanded out toward Longears. Each city would receive Google Fiber based on the percentage of the population willing to sign up for it. Naturally, I signed up faster than a rabbit running from my
Sadly, the city I live in had some concerns about the wording on the Google contract - you know the kind of thing you find in so many documents, similar to the "hold harmless" clause in every school filed trip permission slip:
"I will hold the school system harmless for any injury befalling my child".
I always added, "I expect reasonable care and supervision to be provided." Not that I believe it is legally possible to sign away your rights, but just in case they ended up dropping my son off at the local strip club with a fake ID, I thought I should clarify my intentions. But I digress.
My city became so concerned with the contract wording (that same wording that a dozen or so other local cities had blithely nodded and agreed to) that Google announced they could not wait for my city to agree, and they moved off to other areas. So I will be without that good rabbit.
The irony is not lost on me.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Embroidery thread comes in adorable little hanks like this:
|Note the 2 loose thread ends. That's where you pull out the thread as you use it.|
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|I added the words "Knot: A Secret Garden" to the lid of this tin.|
This month, I finally found purpose for this tin: it holds an embroidered and stump-worked (is that a word?) miniature garden. Using my new books on stump work, I designed a miniature garden and re-purposed one of my late mother-in-law's old linen napkins (another victory over Hoarders or is it more ammunition because I've held onto the napkin all this time?)
I used the "berry" making technique from Jane Nicholas' book to make the round "topiary shrubs", which consists of french knots and beads. I learned stem stitch, long-armed cross stitch and turkey stitch for the rest of the garden furnishings. As a girl, my mother taught me french knots, lazy daisy and backstitch, and the only stitch I retained was the French knot, so this was a big learning experience.
Perhaps I may now be known as someone with foresight....not a Hoarder?
Thursday, February 20, 2014
|My packrat tendencies provide me with plenty of fodder for drawing|
I cannot stop picking things up when I walk. I bring them inside...to draw or decorate with....and then they end up in jars all over the house. On the plus side, I find them endlessly inspiring.
Recently, Quilting Arts Magazine included an article on how to add QR codes to your work. You simply download an app from Stickr.it.com and while you are there, order some QR patches. They come in sticker form and in cloth form so you can sew them onto the back of your fiber pieces. When you scan the code and you can upload photos and record information that you'd like to include about the piece. So much fun!
A brief online search shows other services for this king of thing, and if you try another one, please let me know how you like it.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
|"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn"|
|Stone inclusion - gift from a friend and an old sketch printed on silk organza|
|Dried redbud seed pods, coated with resin for strength, |
and a pressed ginkgo leaf
|Inspred by Jane Nicholas' book Stumpwork Butterflies and Moths,|
I took the liberty of showing the seed stage of the Queen Anne's lace.
The change from blue/brown to green/white signifies the arrival of spring.