When we moved into our new home just over 2 years ago, and the first Christmas season was upon us in our new neighborhood, we were surprised at the outpouring of gifts from the neighbors on the street. That made us feel welcome!
I think that's a downright nice neighborly tradition!
I made Christmas boots / stockings out of felt that hold a bag of microwave popcorn and candycanes to take around the street this year. There are 14 houses on our road.
And I doodled this, but didn't quite fit 14 houses around the circle! May your home fires burn warm this season!
Beth asked how I did the last art post…. Here are the steps… Keep in mind that I am venturing away from the fabric medium for the first time…. And am just experimenting without knowledge!
First I doodled the middle – I found the bird on-line, drew it, and the swirls inside the circle.
I then scanned the image to print out and use that copy to continue on in case I messed up I would still have the original.
Second I used oil pastel sticks in blue and orange and colored heavily around the circle. I took a piece of fabric over my finger and rubbed the color in an outward motion. I then scanned again and printed a copy to continue on. (Is this cheating?) Then I took my new bottle of Gesso that I know is a base to go under art, but I put it over instead with haphazard outward brush strokes. I then took a wadded up paper towel and swiped over the center enough to get the design to show better.
That’s that. By scanning and printing a copy, you also have the same piece to have more fun with later...
Here is today’s doodle revealing my Holiday stress…
Some symptoms of not enough vitamin D are very low energy levels, depression, and chronic pain. I thought all that was just part of aging in this crazy busy spinning world we live in. My doctor checked my D level and I was low. We are treating it with supplements now (about 2 months into it) and it has made a world of difference. I have energy I haven't had for 20 years, my lower back and sciatic pain are at about 1/3 of what they used to be. And it's easier to keep a smile on my face. Funny, I always taught my kids that happiness is a decision, not a result of circumstances.... which I still believe... but.... I have been amazed at how much easier it is to decide to be happy when your body is in balance nutritionally. It just makes sense that the Sunshine Vitamin is an important key!
There is something relaxing and soothing about running the needle of thread thru fabric. Here is my current stitching efforts. I placed brown tone batik strips down on a base and feather stitched them on, then tried my hand and some applique with the turned under edges. Also couched some yellow yarn down for tendril looking things. This is a small block only 9" square.
I have more leaves cut to put on and will continue with the yellow swirls too.
Added 10/26: Here is an update of the block today, I decided one more flower was needed.
Continued Crazy Pryo with an "orb" visitor This picture was taken the night before our First Annual Fish Fry, in which my sweetie shared his catch from when he visited his brothers in Alaska and they took him out fishing. He brought home 100 pounds of delicious Halibut... and he cooked up a grundle for friends...
Notice the orb to the right side of the picture... it has the rings around it... we have been having a few orbs appear in our nighttime photos lately. Some believe they are visitors... some believe it is the flash catching a dust particle... I like to think of what visitors we might have...