Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vacation notice

Today and tomorrow will be full of cleaning and packing and errands, and then we board a plane and fly off to Michigan. We'll be visiting my in-laws and doing some touristy stuff, and return to Spokane on August 6.

I will be checking email, but I'm not sure that I'll be blogging. I am bringing a sketchbook and (I hope, if I get my act together today) a sewing project, so I will be art-ing as well as exploring. May you have lots of summer fun these next two weeks (or cozy winter days, if you're a friend from down under)!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Spotted this morning

While dropping off Ross and his friend Christopher at day camp this morning, I noticed this fun little sculpture:

Four-legged sculpture, part 1

Four-legged sculpture, part 2

It was sculpted by Tom Otterness, and it's called "The Return of the Four-Leggeds (Back to School)."

That'll be Ross, soon enough.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Appliques and daylilies

I decided to add appliques to my jumper. The paint seemed a little bland, and I wanted to add more interest. So, I cut open the sleeve of an old denim shirt, spattered some paint on it, and did some writing and doodling on it. After heat setting, I cut out some hearts and sewed them on -- not the neatest zigzag you'll ever see, but that's okay.

Heart applique

I'm going to add some other fabrics, too. I hope I can finish this week!

The other morning I photographed another pretty daylily. Which do you like best? Number one?

Orange and yellow daylily

Number two?

Backlit daylily

Or number three?

Daylily with backlighting (#2)

Friday, July 18, 2008

5 really good things on Friday

(Thanks for the nudge, Liz!)

1. The temperature is staying below 90 degrees -- whew!
2. The prospect of making (and drinking) *real* lemonade this afternoon.
3. Sitting in my backyard as the sun sets, and enjoying the cool air.
4. Using my sewing machine on paper for the first time -- whee!
5. Big hugs from my son this morning.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A numbered list for Tuesday

1. Wore my jumper on Saturday. I decided it's a tad too short in the back for my comfort, so I wore shorts with it. I spent most of the day at home, but it did travel to the grocery store. Got a compliment from the woman behind me in line. I said "thank you," comfortably. The jumper hung out on the clothesline today.

Jumper on clothesline

2. Remember my quilting practice? I've sewn most of that fabric into an egg shape.

"Egg" front

(Chaplin often checks out my photo shoots.)

"Egg" back

I weighted the egg so that it will stand up. But it's not gonna be an egg forever . . . something's hatching (soon, I hope).

3. Ross made a peace sign ring out of pipe cleaners/chenille stems. Just thought I'd show his latest creative burst. Peace!

Peace sign ring

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Should have posted this yesterday...

Some of you may have seen our local wildfires on the national news. We do not live in that area, and are okay.

Chris and I saw the smoke about the time that the fire started, and were horrified -- it was terribly windy and dry, and we knew that that area is full of Ponderosa pines, which can go up in flames in seconds. Ross and I love to hike in that area (Dishman Hills), so it's been very sad to watch it burn. Fortunately, no one died or was seriously injured. It still smells like smoke when the wind is in the right direction, and I suspect that may be for days to come.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Writing on my jumper

I decided that I'd write on my jumper. At Artfiberfest I took a crash course in calligraphy from Lisa Engelbrecht, so why not put it to work?

After several trials, I ended up using a Sharpie paint marker, and outlined the letters with white paint.

Writing words on my jumper

This is how the back of the jumper looks now:

Open hearts

I don't know if I'll write anything on the front, but I do have an idea about what else I'm going to add. . . . Gonna wear the jumper tomorrow or Sunday, to give it another outing in its unfinished state.

4th of July

We had a laid-back 4th of July. We stayed in town and watched the fireworks from a nearby park. (Antsy Ross, annoyed Chris.)

Chris and Ross waiting for the fireworks

I brought my camera, but somehow it never occurred to me that I'd need a tripod to photograph fireworks! Duh. I took a few pics anyway, and liked the way these came out.

Red fireworks blur

White fireworks blur

Friday, July 4, 2008

Gourmet lunch for a summer's day

Sometimes the smallest thing enters my consciousness, and I've got to snap a picture. I was making lunch for Ross and me, and I suddenly noticed the carrots and cherries, the dancing colors on the plates. An odd combination, yet appealing to me. I made a dash for the camera.

Hot dog lunch

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Summer days

I love what boredom can do for a kid. While I was painting my jumper yesterday, Ross took out the stapler and some paper, and created a paper fantasy weapon, sort of a wrist rocket launcher, I think. (I would rather that it were something more peaceful, but hey, I am still impressed.)

Paper weapon

This morning Chris took Ross to play a 9-hole, par-3 golf course -- his first "real" round of golf. Chris said he did quite well -- didn't throw his clubs, and managed mostly to keep his cool. (Better than I could do, probably!) Here's his scorecard:

First golf scorecard

Jumper, round 1-1/2

I only gave a little peek of my jumper-in-progress, so now, here's a full view of the front. (This is how it looked when I wore it to church.)

Full front of denim jumper, round 1

Yesterday, I took out the paints and the stamp again, and added more hearts to the back.

Back of jumper, round 1.5

I wanted to work on it more today, but I thought I'd better let it sit for the requisite 24 hours and heat set it before moving on. So, maybe more work tonight.