Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I found the cage thingy (the French name escapes me at the moment)
at Ocean State Job Lot (awesome local cheap store) for 12.00!
and had the pot in the garage
and planted in it are clematis root stock (dark pink) and a climbing rose (Josephs Coat) yellow/peach/pink blooms.
So far I have a prickly twig but the twig has a couple of healthy looking leaves so fingers are crossed.
I remember a couple of years ago White Flower Farm's catalog had a beautiful picture of a rose/clematis combo... so I decided to give it a try. Besides I get such a kick out of the Monty Python Roses, I'd love to have some more.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
We are enjoying 80 degree weather, unusual but enjoyable. The raking is done for the spring, now I should mulch...
these are some pictures I took this afternoon.
Hyacinth I only have one of these, I don't really love the way they smell, they are POTENT
I think this one came to me as an Easter plant one year so I popped it into the garden
Spiraea, the brand new leaves are reddish and bronzey and gorgeous. These plants are one of my "go to" plants. They are tough as nails, enviromentally sound and have tremendous seasonal interest. I put in a bunch of them last fall I really hope they take off this year.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
The picture has nada to do with the thing I'm working on but I felt I should at least put up something to look at.
I plan to get back to some thoughts (maybe actions too) on shibori/fiber related things before the end of the week.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I spent hours today working on the graphic design project. I'm probably about half done now, maybe more... but I've gotten some of my Illustrator skills dusted off! I haven't been using the program too much lately so I had gotten a bit rusty.
No pictures today
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
but realisticaly this is what most of my garden looks like...
although the crocus are very pretty this year
the sedum has put out all these lovely rosettes
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Oh well it does give me an excuse to sit in front of the fireplace for an evening and watch the hockey game...
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I think this is my third one ever... as you can tell I don't invest a huge amount of effort into the Etsy networking thing. I dunno I'm just not that into it. However this is a wonderful group of artisans to be included with. I "know" a few of them from flickr and really admire thier work...
(sofennel, dyeindiadye I'm lookin at you!) and now I will know a few more.
The treasury was chosen by SleyTheDent who sent me a link to this site which is chock full of great info on shibori! Enjoy, I have buttons to sew...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This ties into the many thoughts I have been mulling over regarding the worth of making things and the power of the experience.
The chief and most monstrous characteristic of our time is that the methods
of manufacture which we employ and of which we are proud are such to make it
impossible for the ordinary workman to be an artist, that is to say a man
responsible not merely for doing what he is told but responsible also for
the intellectual quality of what his deeds effect.
The ordinary workman has been reduced to the level of a mere tool used by someone else. However much skill he may have in his fingers and conscientiousness in his mind, he can no longer be regarded as an artist, because his skill is not that of a man
making things. He is simply a tool used by a designer and the designer is
alone the artist.
To make something is to be truly aware of it and can include a moral element.
The experience is defined by choices, what will it be made from, who is it for and to what purpose is it made at all... When one is separated from the creative experience one is also in some ways separated from the implications of the actions to society.
Perhaps I am overstating it but it does seem that our choices to have many cheap things available to us costs us dearly in unnoticed ways. We are fostering a disconnect from one another and the consequences of our actions, moreover it leaves us poorer internally we become barren wastelands where our basic creative drive has rusted away.
This is an incomplete thought...
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
A day that pulled me outside and away from stitching.
The yard cleanup continues
3/4 of an acre isn't a very big lot but it can seem huge when you are raking.
I keep looking at the plants in the garden and wondering which will come back this season. I had a few plants that really got beat up with insect damage last year and I wonder if they will regenerate this spring.
It can look pretty barren sometimes. Life does win out in some cases though...
In other cases it is a profusion,
even an explosion.