Friday, July 31, 2009
Weather is gorgeous! Local seafood the best! Having a fabulous time.
Hope all is well with all of you.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Our only child came into our lives at 2:15 p.m. thirty years ago today. He is the best thing that ever happened to us. We'll be celebrating tonight with his favorite dishes - Vietnamese Pho and fresh rolls, both made from scratch, followed by lemon pound cake.
This really is the most blessed day!
Photo credit: Bill Guerrant, Photoshop credit: Suzie Guerrant
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
We're enjoying gorgeous weather. The kids have kayaked, gone to the pier, seen Jockey's Ridge and gone for a midnight bike ride. Matthew prepared a gourmet breakfast of blueberry waffles with REAL Vermont syrup. We're now headed to the beach for sun and kite flying.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
are design inspiration!
Clinging to a semblance of sanity until I can have surgery, I've been doing a lot of creative thinking. Designs are dancing in my head if not on paper. I have an idea for a series of quilts based on a singular theme sparked by something I saw on a tee-shirt. The title came to me instantly, and then another and another and another.
In many cases, the titles for my quilts have come far ahead of the quilts themselves. Many are song titles. Amazing where ideas come from, isn't it?
I tagged along with my dh recently to the Atlantic Farmers Market, an ethnic grocery store located where a Winn Dixie once stood. DH of course was seeking exotic fruits and vegetables; I was fascinated by the colorful designs everywhere. Below are a few:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Our newest addition came from Kim and David across the street. A tiny little plant with two leaves was delivered this spring and kept inside until the soil warmed. Having been advised "It'll need a place to climb," my dh planted it at the base of an ancient wooden hand truck I'd drug home from the thrift store ages ago. I'd loved the wood and the rust and thought it would be a nice scuptural accent in our garden. My dh - not so much. But it makes a wonderful trellis for the beautiful moonplant.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I haven't been able to post lately because of problems with my hands. All of us who use the computer and/or stitch all day have difficulties from time to time. Mine will require surgery once my cardiologist releases me and I'm no longer taking an anti-coagulant drug. In the meantime, I'm severely limiting computer time and stitching and I'm not a bit happy about it. I'm addicted to both! Besides, I love keeping up with my readers and letting them know what's going on in our lives here.
The yellow coreopsis above is in our yard; the beautiful purple clematis is at my sister's in IL. Don't you think they should be growing together?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Our four baby bluebirds fledged sometime between 6 p.m. yesterday and noon today! Hope they're all in a safe place. I caught my very first brief glimpse of them last evening before mama bird dove right over my head as if to say "shoo!" My dh put up this second bluebird box today. And now we wait.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Today would have been my father's 96th birthday. Very hard to imagine, as he died just 18 days after his 70th birthday. So very long ago.
He loved to fish, he loved his horses and he loved to farm. He was the salt of the earth and everything to me. But the thing I loved best about him was how much he loved Mother. Both are in my heart today.
Shown are a few photos from his youth.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I captured a few shots recently. Bluebirds are fast; I am slow to focus and shoot. But you can see the male in the first two shots, followed by the the female and baby which fledged in May, and then the female alone.
We've loved watching these beautiful creatures. It's unusual to have them in the inner city as they prefer open fields.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I found this book on mosaic technique today at Marshall's for $2.99. It would have been so helpful to have read this before our projects!
Small reddish beads surround the inner border next to the mirror.
We each began with an old table. Mine was a $6.16 find at Value Village years ago.
Most of Lisa's china was newer and thicker than mine. She was also more judicious with her grout layer. Beginning by piecing together the large floral center of a plate, Lisa worked towards the edge with colorful yellows, greens, blues and reds. After a few hours, she spread grout over the top, wiping it off with a large damp sponge. Much time was spent getting the tiles cleaned and making sure the grout looked very nice.
I did not spread grout all over my shards, but pressed a board onto the top to help flatten the surface.
1. Use care when applying the adhesive. Make sure it is not deeper than your china/tiles are thick. You just want the china/tiles to adhere, not be buried.
2. Because of edges and rims, it is difficult to get a flat surface when using shards of old china. Tile - perfectly flat to begin with - would have been easier to keep even. But IMHO, it would not have been as interesting.
3. Use a sealer over your completed mosaic to protect the surface from stains.
4. Doing mosaic work is a lot harder and more time consuming than it looks. Lisa and I couldn't believe it took hours!
5. Be sure to wear old clothes. This stuff is messy and does not wash out. Ask me how I know.
6. My next project will be a mirror or picture frame - something which does not have to be perfectly flat.
Note added July 12: Once we got all the china/tile broken up, I think we spent 5 or 6 hours making the mosaics. My table was about 16x24", Lisa's was a bit larger. Allow enough time for this project, as the adhesive will be solid as a rock once it sets up. You'll want to finish setting everything in place at one sitting. If I'd used less grout and had flatter pieces, I'm thinking I could have finished in about 3 hours. We did allow an overnight cure.