Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...it's been a week.

The Husband continues to deal with his father's estate and taking care of his mother's situation. Any one who has been in this situation knows what a time sink that is. I've been holding down the fort at home.

Our cats are both old - Tica is 17 and Sombra will be 17 in a couple of weeks. Tica has been losing weight and is looking like a bag of bones. I had taken her to the vet in May to have a bad toenail fixed. She looked skinny then and the vet said if she lost more weight to bring her back in. She's lost even more weight and now she's hungry 24/7.

I took her in on Friday afternoon and they palpated a mass in her abdomen. They took some blood and urine to check things out. They also managed to do a needle aspiration of the mass for cytology tests. Well, the news came back yesterday and she has lymphoma. Because she's so old, already frail, and gets really stressed when we take her to the vet, we decided to forgo chemotherapy. She's still eating, drinking water, and walking around, although she doesn't have as much energy as before. We're taking it a day at a time - we'll know when it's time to say goodbye.

The weekend was spent watching Tica a bit more closely in between getting some weaving done and a few chores.

I really didn't work on anything else because my energy-level is low. I'm not sleeping well as I'm keeping an ear open in case Tica has any problems. Sombra doesn't seem to mind that I'm waking her up in the middle of the night because she gets petted more often. :)

It sucks that our pets don't live longer. :(
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Eye Candy Friday...

...blog and run.

Baby scarlet runner beans:

Baby scarlet runner beans

Canna lily leaves:

Canna lily leaves

Society garlic:

Society garlic

and Gomphrena globosa "Firecracker":

Gomphrena globosa



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WIP-it Wednesday...

...almost forgot to post!

Yesterday I mentioned how I got around some appliqué issues using fusible interfacing and fusible bonding web. Here's the butterfly block where I added two butterflies using fusible bonding web.

Butterfly block

The fabric that I chose for this block has a blue sky and clouds background with butterflies interspersed. It really didn't have the butterflies I wanted. I had another butterfly fabric that had the butterflies I wanted, but I didn't like the background. So I took the butterflies I wanted from one fabric and added them to the blue sky fabric - they are the side-facing monarch butterfly and the front-facing swallowtail butterfly in the block. When I do the machine-quilting, I will quilt over the edges of the butterflies to make sure they stick.

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:

  • Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Still working on contrast color #4.
  • Look Through My Window quilt for me (quilting)
    Finished the appliqué pop-outs for now. Working on the cross-stitched square.
  • Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
    Re-sleyed the reed and started weaving - about 10 inches done.
  • St. Charles (needlepoint)
    Worked more on the center section
Queued
  • Renaissance Mermaid (cross stitch)
    Mounted the fabric on the stretcher bars
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Finishing work (Shepherd's Bush Christmas ornament.)
  3. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  5. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hmmm, it's Tuesday...

...and I could swear that I did an Eye Candy Friday post last week, but I don't see one. Guess it was in my imagination!

If I had done the post, it would have included dew on strawberry leaves:

Dew on strawberry leaves

potato vine flowers

White flowers, a little closer

And this morning glory:

Morning glory

My weekend report:
  • Worked a little on St. Charles, the current needlepoint piece in process.
  • Put the next mermaid's linen on the stretcher bars and set up my clipboard for holding the chart copies.
  • Re-sleyed the rigid heddle loom for the Rosewood Wrap [Ravelry]. Wove about 10 picks and did the hemstitching. Wove another 10 inches or so, with the Blue Heron rayon metallic yarn and periodically adding 5 picks of the Cleo yarn. I'm much happier with this combination and look forward to finishing this piece.
  • Figured out an issue with some of the appliquéd blocks for my quilt. Some of the items had far too many edges to be appliquéd smoothly in the traditional method. Enter fusible interfacing and fusible bonding web! For the paperdoll block, I used a combination of fusible interfacing, blanket stitch and appliqué to add a dress to the block. For the butterfly block, I used fusible bonding web to add more butterflies to the block. Both were excellent solutions to the problems!
  • Still didn't spend any time straightening up my area. I really need to vacuum now after cutting out the fiddly pieces of the appliqués.
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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

WIP-it Wednesday...

...sorry, no photos today. I had a choice to make this morning: take a photo or go to Trader Joe's to buy coffee. Coffee won!

I'd hope to report work on some of the longstanding WIPs in rotation, but the only things that got any play this week are the quilt and the Charred Teal Shawl.  I actually worked on the shawl twice this week. It was my car project to Half Moon Bay and my Craft Coffee project on Monday.

The quilt is coming along. I sewed the sashing on the computer-printed squares. I also added a square with Flying Dumbo to represent Disneyland and one with alpacas (and maybe llamas) to represent spinning. I wanted to add a square for either Art Deco or Frank Lloyd Wright because I love both styles. Until yesterday, I hadn't found anything I truly loved for either style (or didn't cost too much to cut up). I finally found a cotton dinner napkin printed with a FLW design - score! It's on its way!

I don't know whether I'll add any more squares beyond what I have now. Who knows?  Some other idea may surface while I'm finishing up the appliqués that are on some of the blocks.


WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:

  • Look Through My Window quilt for me (quilting)
    Still working on the appliqué pop-outs for the squares.
  • Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Still working on contrast color #4.
Queued
  • Renaissance Mermaid (cross stitch)
    Kitted and ready to start
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Finishing work (Shepherd's Bush Christmas ornament.)
  3. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  5. St. Charles (needlepoint) 
  6. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  3. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  5. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and the weekend report.

I at least thought about posting yesterday, I just ran out of time. I was busy processing photos from our Saturday excursion and barely finished before I had to meet someone for coffee.

The Husband suggested that we go to the coast on Saturday. Since we wanted to beat the crowds, we left relatively early and got to Half Moon Bay around 10:15am. We found a nice little cafe and had some breakfast and coffee before we headed out to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.

We've been there before and really enjoyed it. First, we headed to the tide pools. It was already quite busy, but not so busy that I couldn't get some photos.

We saw seals lounging on the rocks with cormorants flying about:

Seals and cormorants

We found a very interesting rock in one of the tide pools that looked like it had its own little tide pools:

Rock detail

And some shells:

Shells at the tide pools

We took the Bluff Trail and got a different view of the ocean:

Along the Bluff Trail

and the seals:

Seals

and a flock of pelicans!

Pelicans in flight

We took the stairs down to Seal Cove and enjoyed the beach:

Seal Cove

It was a wonderful way to spend a few hours. I really needed to get back to the ocean, and this was perfect!

After some chores, the rest of my weekend was spent working on my quilt and a stealth project. It was a great weekend!
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Friday, August 03, 2018

Eye Candy Friday...

...and I'm looking forward to doing something other than spinning this weekend!

Our tomatoes are finally coming in! They are really late this year. Our first ripe one was a casualty of some critter. So far they haven't gone after the green ones.

Green tomato

While it was a little cooler this morning, I didn't expect to see dew drops in the garden.

Dew drop on a tomato plant

The Husband has planted a bunch of petunias to add spots of color in the garden.

One of these things is not like the others

The kangaroo paws continue to thrive under the apricot tree.

Yellow kangaroo paw flowers

A hummingbird decided to photo-bomb my dew pictures. I took one shot after another and managed to get three OK photos.

Hummer at the feeder

Up this weekend: Work on the quilt and get the next mermaid's linen onto the stretcher bars.

I'm expected another feature fabric to arrive today or tomorrow. I'll need to get that square sewn as well as finish the Tour de Fleece and name blocks. I need to stash dive for cross stitch fabric to start the San Jose State square - I've already pulled the floss for it.

I have a couple of small sewing projects to do, both of which are stealth projects so I can't talk about them yet. One is ready to sew; the other needs fabric pulled from my stash.

I also need straighten up the studio. I have fiber and handspun that needs to be put away, and a little vacuuming wouldn't hurt!
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Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...it's been a week. The Husband continues to deal with his father's estate and taking care of his mother's situation. Any one...