Sunday, 1 September 2019

Stitching on the Front Porch



Summer's heat is cooling down up here in the North


Early morning walks are cool and misty


 but the days do eventually warm up
and it is a joy to stitch on the front porch


with Rusty Pups basking in the sun


eager to receive visitors.


It is thrilling for me to be given a chance to stitch.
After two months with the pups
they have settled, giving me more stitching time.
Thank you girls!


Couching down layer upon intertwined layer of twigs and branches.
Just the beginnings
of a piece inspired by our Springtime adventures
discouraging the beavers from taking over our garden.
They did leave eventually.
After all, in these parts, they have hundreds of streams and ponds
to choose from!


Deep in thought watching her sister chewing something or other!


Never had a seagull on the chimney before
he must be wondering if any of the Rusty Pup toys
littering the garden
might be delicious edibles!


 They haven't yet worked out how to get into the car unaided
and they are getting heavy.
Hope they learn soon.









Monday, 19 August 2019

Working with Rusty Pups Underfoot


We have started walks


And they can join me in the studio for short periods now
so I have been able to play on the design wall.


This is often how a piece starts
 Pinning bits and pieces up on the wall.
When I visited Judy on her beautiful island
we decided my mottled grey fabric
really needed the company of Judy's dyed grey and brown velvets.
Thank you Judy
Sending you grateful hugs over the airways.


Now that I am home
I think I also have to include that strip of black discharge linen.


Jut playing around adding and subtracting.
I am where I love to be
It is calming to be in the studio 
even with pups fighting over a scrap of cotton
at my feet.


 We have started walks up the mountain.
They have learned the beep of the tailgate opening
means a ride to fun times!
They are not big enough to jump in yet
but they try and help!


We also took them to meet beautiful Willa next door.


Oh, boy did they love her
Willa was so patient
Two excited puppies at once can be a bit much!

Sunday, 18 August 2019

She Loved The Woods


She Loved the Woods
finished and nearly ready to mail to Ontario
for a Connections Fibre Artists show
Re:Fashion


Each one of us chose one of the fashion items
in the Wellington County Museum collection.
I chose this dress
I thought it might have been dyed with black walnut or Alder
perhaps both
I imagined the woman who wore this
might love the woods
as I do.


Connections Fibre Artists
is a group brimming with talent.
Do go and be inspired!

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Rusty Pups and Their New Skills


They have worked out how to climb the stairs
So nowhere is safe anymore
All doors are shut tight.


And it appears the stairs are quite delicious.


 I have been thinking of changing their collective name from Rusty Pups
to
Adorables
but then sometimes
Deplorables
is more appropriate


Sleeping beneath my box of dreams
would be considered an 'Adorable' moment.



When those moments of quiet occur
I stitch waves of bushes and foliage


I think the title of this piece will be
She Loved The Woods


The Deadline for this piece us coming up fast
So I'm hoping it will tell me it's story is complete pretty soon!


Right now I am adding an evergreen canopy...


....above woodland bushes.


But the pups are awake again
deciding whether to play with a long legged rooster.
an old sock
or 
wouldn't it be even more fun to dig up the garden.
We've never had diggers before!


They love greeting visitors
especially Handy Hubby on his return from golf.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Grateful for Snatched Minutes


Ready to receive visitors on the front porch
or
planning their next mischief...


like digging between the sofa cushions before a nap.


That is when I can snatch a few moments.


A few stitches.


But then, 
if you leave them unsupervised
and forget to bring the newspaper in,
you will return to a million scattered fragments.


and..... oh, yes,
I'd forgotten what a puppy's reaction to a broom would be!


But no matter
Order is soon restored....


....and we can all relax again until the next puppy mischief.

The Rusty Pups have doubled in size since they arrived.
They are going to be so big!


And one day it will be safe to let them lounge around the studio
and not eat my threads or fabric!

Friday, 19 July 2019

Day of Memory


We are thinking of you today, Steven.
You were just twenty-one when you left this world.


We can't believe that was twenty-five years ago.

Your family misses you my dear.
Forever in our hearts.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Living with Puppies


Because we share this land with coyotes and bobcats
outside activity (and there is a lot of it!)
has to be constantly supervised.


Sometimes one needs to find sanctuary


I made the mistake of thinking I would get some weeding done
as I supervised outdoor activities.
Of course the Rusty Pups wanted to help and so 
they discovered the joys of
romping through foliage
and tasty flowers.


And boy the garden WAS beautiful this year!


 They also discovered the joys of munching on tiny stones.
Quite an acquired taste.


With trees being chopped up we are all covered in tree sap
 impossible to remove!


What the heck is all that water falling from the skies?


Who can resist this face!


A stick always has to be shared.


Soon I am going to have to find some snippets of time
to get back to stitching two pieces started earlier in the month.


They have to be one next month.
Hmmmm!

But the sun is shining and Rusty Pups also need to be trained!