Kalanchoe pumila and a Succulent Start

April 15th, 2019

I was at the neighborhood Farm Supply picking up a few plants for the gardens when I found this bit of a succulent.

Succulent Start Farm Supply

It was on the shelf next to the six pack of Kalanchoe pumila I selected. I took it with me when I checked out. Before I finished asking if I could have it, the person working in the garden center said yes.

I placed it on a pot of soil and hope that eventually some roots will emerge.

Succulent Start Farm Supply

Placed five of Kalanchoe pumila in the garden.

Kalanchoe Pumila Gray

I liked the plant so much, I potted one up to enjoy in the house.

Kalanchoe Pumila Gray

Kalanchoe Pumila Gray

Kalanchoe Pumila Gray


Volunteer

April 15th, 2019

Volunteer Plant

Volunteer Plant

Volunteer Plant

Volunteer Plant

Volunteer Plant


April 18, 2019

Volunteer Plant

Volunteer Plant


Who is left to connect me… Patina

April 11th, 2019

I decided to assemble Who Is Left… and then patina the bronze safety pins and welding rod. I am hoping for the addition of a weeping green, but the wool limits what I can use.

The patina is a solution of dissolved kosher salt in white vinegar.

I folded and rolled the piece in the solution. Then hung it to drip dry.

Who Is Left Vinegar and Salt Patina

Who Is Left Vinegar and Salt Patina

Who Is Left Vinegar and Salt Patina

Who Is Left Vinegar and Salt Patina

Bronze Dagger, Vinegar and Salt Patina Used on Upper Portion


This is a fun little piece that has been on the wall of my studio for several years. It is part of my Cleanse Your Palate series.

Soap Cup

The series is based on negative words and the punishment of washing out your mouth with soap.

I made cups of dried plant materials and fiber. Made silicone molds of the cups.

A clove glycerin soap cup was pulled from each mold.

The wood used for the shelf is from an old garden swing. I carried the wood around for a decade before it found a home in the cup series. The oxidized wire was found in my dad’s shop. Perhaps I learned to save everything, just in case, for some day, from my dad.

A few pieces from the series can be seen on my website, Girl Artist.


Who Is Left to Connect Me… In Progress

April 10th, 2019

Who Is Left

Safety Pins Used–263 small, 9 gourd. The knitted brown pieces are much thinner than the cream and tan pieces. Next time I should use the same stitch for all.

Who Is Left

Cut a length of bronze welding rod for hanging the piece inside box. Current Dimensions–10″ x 20″.

Next–Patina the metal and build a cedar box.

Who Is Left

As stated in a previous post, the quote is from Henning Mankell’s, Firewall.


Who Is Left to Connect Me to My Earlier Life?

April 7th, 2019

The quote is from Firewall, part of the Wallander series written by Henning Mankell.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of my mother’s ischemic stroke. An event that changed everything.

Last year was a challenging year. My younger sister survived her third surgery for oral cancer, but while in recovery had an ischemic stroke. She did not survive.

Two months later my mother had an ischemic stroke. For a few weeks the prognosis was positive-negative, hopeful-no hope. Before summer I lost the two most important women in my life. The women who knew me when I was a child. We grew and changed together.

I am working on a memorial series. Typically I my series have 11 pieces. Several pieces are in progress but not quite completed. Partly the delay in completing work is the result of recovering from hand surgery. Still do not have my fine motor skill and manual dexterity in my dominant hand.

I using fiber to embroider on hardware cloth for my code blocks. Holding a needle for extended periods of time still causes hand and finger pain. Needed to figure out alternative ways for making things. Since I can loom knit, decided to give that a go. This will also be the first piece in a long time that does not have hardware cloth. It is a good thing to break a dependence on a material.

Who is Left…, will still have a metal component. The plan is to use safety pins to assemble the blocks. The safety pins will also add the possibility of green patina running down the piece.

Blocks
There are three colors of wool blocks: 41 tan for dashes, 51 dark brown for dots, and 52 cream for spacers. The 144 blocks will be laid out on a 9 x 16 grid.

Layout

Knit Pattern–Dash 41 Tan Wool Blocks

Cast On E-wrap
Knit E-wrap

R1 Skip, K5, Flat Knit
R2 Skip, K, S, K, S, K, Flat Knit
R3 Skip, K5, Flat Knit
R4 Skip, S, K, S, K, S, Flat Knit

Pattern rolls.

Knit Pattern–Dot 51 Dark Brown Wool Blocks

Cast On E-wrap
Knit E-wrap

R1 Skip, K, P, K, P, K, Flat Knit
R2 Skip, P, K, P, K, K, Flat Knit
R3 Skip, P, K, P, K, K, Flat Knit
R4 Skip, K, P, K, P, K, Flat Knit

Knit Pattern–Spacers 52 Cream Wool Blocks

Cast On E-wrap
Knit E-wrap
Only Knit Purl Stitches
R1 Skip, K, P, K, P, K, Flat Knit
R2 Skip, P, K, P, K, K, Flat Knit
R3 Skip, K, P, K, P, K, Flat Knit
R4 Skip, P, K, P, K, K, Flat Knit

Swatches

Knitted Swatches with Cotton Cord Separating Blocks After First Fulling

Blocks

Blocks for Code

Scraps

The scraps are random sizes, might be fun to stitch together to make letters in a different code piece.
Been thinking about learning to use my mother’s sewing machine.

Scraps

The blocks were fulled, not felted. Loops for pegs still visible.

Safety Pins
I ordered two types of bronze 3/4″ safety pins from amazon:

Household Mall 3/4-Inch Safety Pins, Bronze (1440 Pieces)

Firefly Bronze Metal Gourd Pin (1000 Pieces)

Received the Household Bronze pins. They are beautiful!

Safety Pins

Safety Pin Detail

Waiting to assemble the piece until I see the Bronze Gourd Pins.

10 April They Arrived…

Gourd Pin

Gourd Pin

The extra space in the curve of the pin might work better with the thickness of the wool blocks.

The safety pins would be lovely for use in the i-cord bowl series I am planning to make. The title is Collected Memories. Got the idea when going through my parents’ collections found in random drawers.

A few years ago I dinked around with the idea of i-cord bowls. Wasn’t the time to develop the work. Maybe I was waiting for bronze safety pins.

Brown Bowl with Safety Pins

Cream Bowl with Safety Pins

According to the email I received from amazon, I may not receive the gourd safety pins until April 12th. So, I patiently wait for the order to arrive.


Blooming Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

April 7th, 2019

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Earwigs love to live in the top leaves of the plant. I use a soft brush to remove them and their debris.

And to remove debris that collects on their leaves.

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang


Relieved My Little Japanese Maple Did Not Die

March 28th, 2019

Did my Japanese Maple Die?

Before I left for a week in August, my little Japanese Maple looked like this–

Japanese Maple

I came home to find it looking like this–

Japanese Maple

Concerned that it might dying. I removed all of the dead leaves, and waited.

Relieved that today my little Japanese Maple now looks like this–

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple


Senecio Jacobsenii, Weeping Jade After Days of Rain

March 28th, 2019

When the Weeping Jade was planted in the garden.

Senecio Jacobsenii

After Numerous Days of Rain

Senecio Jacobsenii

Senecio Jacobsenii


Blue

March 28th, 2019

Blue Bulb

Blue Bulb

Blue Bulb

Blue Bulb

Blue Bulb

Blue Bulb

Blue Bulb

Blue Bulb


Succulents and a Datura

March 9th, 2019

The rain and storms have wrecked some of my succulents. We have had more rain from July to March, than we had July to June the previous year.

Echeveria pulvinata Red Velvet
Echeveria

Echeveria

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Not sure what this plant might be. I purchased it for .50 at the local Farm Supply

Succulent

Succulent

Senecio Jacobseni Weeping Jade
Some of the leaves on this plant are rotting.

Succulent

Succulent

Another plant that I have yet to identify, but it is lovely and about to bloom.

Succulent to ID

Datura pod, seed ready to be planted. The plant was started from a volunteer the previous year.

Datura Pod