Monday, 11 December 2017

December Stones


Red to me is a Christmas colour
and because it is fast approaching
I sought out a red background
despite stones generally being soft greys and beiges.


Kind of a plain Jane stone
a contrast to all the Christmas lights
appearing everywhere


Christmas gifts are on their way
to the grand babies
It would be so much better to deliver them in person
but travelling at Christmastime is not my favourite
thing to do.
Some stones appear seem to be wearing winter hats


To me this is a funky snow capped stone
or perhaps a stone of Canadian origin
wearing his wintery took!


A rock couldn't get more Christmassy
being made of velvet
and wearing red garlands!


Christmas red
pathways across a smooth rock.


Snow has fallen just about everywhere in Canada
but here it has only managed a few slushy flakes
amidst the raindrops. 

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Stoney Beach Inspiration


And so December arrives


And speckled stones still dot our shorelines


Some stones look like the land
or perhaps a map of the land


But all stones reflect their life experiences
as do we


Some are cut deep beneath 
beneath barely visible scars


Some are so smooth
their life experience is barely visible


Others are fragile and so delicate
but often the strongest among us.


As they gather on our Western shores
they get to experience sunsets
like streaks of colour against soft grey skies

This streaky sunset in particular made me think of Mark's skies


Monday, 27 November 2017

First Snow Blanket to Warm Winter's Stones


As Handy Hubby and his golfing friends 
watched snow create havoc with
Ottawa's Grey Cup last night
we laughed
But they got the last laugh 'cos
we woke up to our first snow covering this morning.


In honour of Winter's arrival
I decided on a white background.
This could be a favourite stone
Simply love that little patch of darning.


Just thought I had better go on a rock hunt
snow soon blankets everything
and I need stones to finish off the year.


This one could be a favourite too!

A funny thing happened this week.
If you who have been following my daily stitchings over the years
you will remember when my beautiful car was murdered
by mice.
Well....for the last month our Internet has been spotty
and this week we discovered 
that our connection to the outside world
had nearly been destroyed by.....mice!
Those little munchers had chewed through wires at the top of a pole on the road.
Nowhere is safe!


Sometimes just the fabric says it all
and
not a stitched is needed.


Oh, perhaps this is my favourite!
Just love that crosshatched look.


I suppose you can't tell
but this one is enormous and heavy
and....
it could be my favourite too!

But really....
 we love all our children equally,
don't we.

Enjoy your Christmas preparations.

Monday, 20 November 2017

One Pebble at a Time


As I loaded up this week's stones onto Tanglewood Threads


I noticed how faded and low energy they look


Very grey


and minimal


Perhaps uninspired even.


And boy is that a reflection of how my week has been!
So strange


The one saving grace is this rusched
rock to end the week.
Things must be looking up!


As stones pile up on the studio windowsills
and despite my grey mood


the wild holly berries....


....are spectacular and abundant this year.

I hope this week brings you some red
some vibrancy.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Can a Stone be a Cloud?

 
Dimpled blemishes
for a dumpling of a pebble.


Don't you think this little thing
looks like it would rather be a mouse
scurrying through the grasslands in the background!


If a stone could be a cloud
this one would surely be one.


This one really tickles my fancy
perhaps because it is lying on a watery background
it seems to me it looks like Noah's arc.
Or perhaps a pair of clogs!


Such unusual markings
I haven't come across another like this.
Makes me think how individual we all are.
Each one marked differently by our life experiences.


Now, this individual is fed up and
wanting to exit stage left!
A bit lopsided...the photograph that is.


My favourite this week.
Just a little slither of a stone.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Returning to an Old Friend


This week I picked up an old piece and popped it into the hoop
it is like welcoming back an old friend
Feels good


A few months ago I had decided it needed a rest.
The excitement had gone out of our relationship!
I had lost interest
and there I had other commitments for the show in Yarmouth.


This week it called out to me
and I am happy to be involved again.
My ideas for this piece and stitching in general
 have evolved over the last few months.
Taking a break has done us the world of good!
As a result I am thinking it will be a much better piece.
Our relationship is strong again.

Wishing you a close relationship with your fabric and thread!

Happy Birthday to Handy Hubby!
Gee whizz
both of us nearly forgot.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

It's That Time of Year....


....When yellow grasses edge the marshlands
and breaks in the clouds above
light up orange hillsides.


....When fields, that not many days ago
were crowded with Canada Geese
resting on their journey southwards,
are now empty.


....When Mother Nature plays the drama queen
in a final attempt to keep Summer's colour in our lives.


....When cottonwool clouds scud across the sky
driven by warm winds from the south.


....When we have to memorize
that lime green of summer
and bear in mind it will be back.
That is for sure!


....When our beloved Rusty Pups turn another year older.
They are Halloween babies
and are ten years old now.
My goodness
Can you believe it!
They had just turned one
when I started on this blogging adventure.

Thank you all for baring with me!