Collected Pine Needles

May 22nd, 2019

Collected Pine Needles


Doormat and Moss

May 22nd, 2019

Moss Doormat

After the rain the doormat looked stained and moldy.

Moss Doormat

Closer inspection revealed the stain was moss.

Moss Doormat

After a quick mist of water it became this!

The moss is so small it did not seem possible to get an in focus photo. Really should purchase a camera.


Morning Glory, Evening Primrose

May 21st, 2019

On first glance I thought one of the pale pink morning glories I grew from harvested seed, was in bloom.

But…

Morning Glory Evening Primrose

a closer look revealed a primrose flower and morning glory foliage!

Morning Glory Evening Primrose

That would be the evening primrose I grew from seed several years ago. Lovely flower and a plant great at making more plants.

I transplanted a few plants under the fruit trees. Now they are a grand cover spanning the entire orchard.

Evening Primrose


Not Easter or Christmas

May 20th, 2019

Blooming and about to bloom–

Easter Cactus

Christmas Cactus


Trapped Cactus

May 18th, 2019

Trapped Cactus

Cutting Taken From the Trapped Cactus is Blooming in My Succulent Garden

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus


Agaves

May 18th, 2019

Agave Piercing Itself

Our Agave Piercing Itself

Agave Piercing Itself

Agaves in Neighborhood

Agave In Neighborhood

Agave In Neighborhood

Agave In Neighborhood


Thoughts, Words… In Progress

May 16th, 2019

Today I cut 330 plus pieces of hardware cloth for my Thoughts/Words… piece. The extra pieces are to replace blocks that are not quite right. Sometimes when trimming a block it is possible to break the joint. A broken joint can result in shredded fiber and make it difficult to bind the block. Also, the wire is sharp and can cause wounds.

Hardware Cloth

My gloves don’t appear too damaged.

Gloves

This is how I had my hand taped. I kept adding tape when areas felt a bit stingy. The clear plastic tape on my palm is a horrible product. It gets sticky and leaves a sticky residue after it is removed.

Hand Taped

The tools that I use to cut the hardware cloth and the removed tape.

Removed Tape

And a few blisters.

Hand Blisters

My palm tonight after a day working, making dinner, and washing dishes.

Hand This Evening

Not as annoying as a month after hand surgery. Apparently, when you are told to work as much as you feel up to, they really mean an hour a day, not 6-8 hours per day.

Blue Hand

The result was the inability to work for nearly two months. And certain activities are still challenging. Last week I had a steroid injection to break up the scar tissue. After the bruise and sting went away, my hand is behaving more like a healthy hand.

I really should have spread out the repetitive cutting of hardware. Funny how when you get in the zone, you just keep working.

So, tomorrow I will spend part of the day cutting and perforating 330 pieces of roofing felt. Maybe begin assembling the blocks.


2019 Anniversary Piece

May 16th, 2019

Each year I make an anniversary piece, somewhat of a 3-D greeting card.

2019 Anniversary Piece

2″ x 5.25″ x .75″
1/4″ Hardware Cloth, Wool, Metal Washers, Pennies

2019 Anniversary Code Blocks

Hardware Cloth .25″ X 1.5″ x .25″
Undyed Wool–Brown Dots, Tan Dashes, Cream Spacers.

The background pieces make the code 0527.

0 is 5 Dashes; 5 is 5 Dots; 2 is 2 Dots and 3 Dashes; and 7 is 2 Dashes and 3 Dots.
3 Spacers are placed between each component of the date. Two vertical lengths of cream yarn were inserted through the blocks and bound into the frame.

This is the first time that I stacked code pieces. I really like the result. What if instead of a piece that can be held in your hand, the scale is 5 or 6 feet? Could use my stash of rope in place of yarn. Something to think about.

1983 Penny

2019 Penny


Soup Making Bubbles

May 15th, 2019

Soup Making Bubbles

They bubble formation occurred when I was steaming onion and carrots in a small amount of water.

Quick Vegetable Soup
Steam chopped onion and grated carrot in small amount of water. Add frozen vegetables. When vegetables are softened, add tomato soup or Spicy V-8 or a combination with 1 or 2 vegetarian bouillon cubes.

Can be served as is or with saltines, with Matzos, toast, rice, or pasta.


Work in Progress–Thoughts, Words, Habits, Character

May 14th, 2019

Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character.

330 blocks–129 Dots, 97 Dashes, 104 Spacers

Thoughts Words

Debated whether to use blocks of 10 squares or 9 squares.

Thoughts Words

Dot, Dash, Spacer
Thoughts Words

Quarter inch hardware cloth, 9×9 squares, 2.25″ square blocks, with 1.75″ square of roofing felt, cream wool stitches.

Fifteen blocks per row 15 x 2.25 = 33.75″
Twenty-two rows 22 x 2.25 = 49.5″

The finished piece will be larger because the hardware cloth borders for each block will be bound with cream wool. Then the pieces will be bound together. A previous piece had 18 blocks that were 1.75″ squares. 18×1.75=31.5″ When stitched together and the addition of a couched border, the finished piece was 33.25″.

Blocks Made in Flash
A symbol for each block was made, then a symbol for each row.

Thoughts Words Blocks

Row 1 of 22
Thoughts Words Row 1

Layout Pattern
Thoughts Words Layout

The Use Count in the Flash Library is another way to verify correct layout.

Thoughts Words Use Count