Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Can't Resist those Birds


Sitting and waiting for seeds to fall.


Hunkered down waiting for yet another storm to pass.


Tiny cutey pie .


Waiting her turn.


Snow watching.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Seven Days Scratched


A week with a lovely ending...


A lecture on the move towards abstraction
and Kandinsky's first abstract watercolor
where I found and stitched some shapes.



Friends have loaned me a book on primitive art treasures.
This long nosed fish was a tiny weight for weighing gold.
Nowadays we don't make such things into beautiful art pieces.


Two days of snow and being cooped up inside.


If it's Friday it must be time for yoga classes.


Our treat this week is the arrival of son Brett for a lovely visit.
I can't believe how ugly my stitching for Sunday is!
Way too preoccupied with a wonderful guest I guess.


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Waiting and Sketching


Never leave home without a sketchbook....


Never sit in a waiting room without pen and sketchbook!
I had seen these shapes in bark on a tree.
As I doodled it occured....


...that a series on tree bark
could become shields
because the bark protects a sensitive core...


...but they wouldn't have to be shield shaped.


Then I thought of frozen puddles...


...and how I might stitch them.


Then I remembered my circles piece
and that I should do another one.
Finally my wait was over
having accomplished a lot!

Monday, 20 January 2014

A Bookish Week


A week of learning and sorting


Monday evening was fun
I attended a lecture on the history of sculpture.


Mid-week was spent sorting through boxes of old books
and discovering worn and tattered copies
of Winnie the Pooh.


I've been playing with a design of cracked tree bark.
I'll show you some sketches tomorrow.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Shoreline Grasses Piece


I think this piece is finished.
It will have to rest for a few days
as I think of a title.


A little piece of rusty shoreline worked it's way in somehow.


Grasses stitched their way from behind a pebbly shore.

Usually I know the title by the time I've finished...
...not this time.
Wonder what it wants to be christened!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Strutting His Stuff


He's thinking of skating perhaps


There's gotta be a few seeds around here.


Perhaps on the table


If anyone else comes I'll shoo them away!

Monday, 13 January 2014

A Week of Snow, Wind and Rain


 Winds have been ferocious
Swirling snow 
then whipping waves
in rain filled puddles


My car won't start
It hasn't worked since New Year's Day!


The chickadees
are constant nibblers
of our delectable sunflower seeds!
And
on Friday yoga classes started
and 
we went to see Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips


Keeping warm.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Where the Birds Gather


Birds gather in our berry laden bush.
They wait there because the bird feeder is very close by.
the Blue Jays are bold and noisy.


Cardinals are timid.... 


....but patient.


When the coast is clear
they dart towards the feeder.


The Junko family is always hopping beneath for fallen seeds.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Scratching a New Year


I have decided to continue 


recording my days in stitch.
and as it snowed Mark's Donna celebrated a birthday.


We have had the most snow
 and
 the lowest temperatures since moving to the Maritimes.

This year I am going raw edged again.
This year I am going to add smaller bits and pieces
of cloth to a base rather than the long strips used in the past.
This year the stitches might flow from one day to the next.
Every evening after dinner I will sit down and scratch away!


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

From My Birds to You and Yours


Happy New Year!


May your day be filled with blessings
Like the sun that lights the sky,
And may you always have the courage
To spread your wings and fly!


May your past be a pleasant memory,
Your future filled with delight and mystery,
Your now a glorious moment,
That fills your life with deep contentment.


May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.


May the nourishment of the earth be yours
May the clarity of light be yours
May the fluency of the ocean be yours
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.


Blessings on you and yours this new year.