Little Bit of Yellow

April 13th, 2021

Succulents

Succulent Yellow Flowers

Succulent Yellow Flowers

Salvia Yellow Flowers


Memorial Bowl

April 11th, 2021

Every year on April 11th, I do something to acknowledge my nephew’s date of birth. When my nephew was 17 he had a major surgery. He survived the surgery, but died later that day.

This year feeling a bit done in, perhaps it is partially to do with the past year and the daily COVID news. I recently was fortunate to receive my first Pfizer jab. It is a bit of a relief that I am in the system.

The piece evolved from a celebration to a memorial piece for the loss of nephew, dad, sister, and mother.

Memorial Bowl Photo–Mom, Dad, Kathy

Memorial Bowl Photo–Kathy

Memorial Bowl Photo–Rick

Code
The code on the bowl has my nephew’s, dad’s, sister’s, and mom’s DOB and DOD.

Memorial Bowl Detail Code

Memorial Bowl Placed on Box Filled With Family Keepsakes
Memorial Bowl New Home

Materials List
Wool, Safety Pins, Roofing Felt, Photos Printed on Paper, Fabric Stiffener (Corn Starch and Water)


Amaryllis and Drying Seed Pod

April 9th, 2021

Amaryllis Plant

Amaryllis Stem

Amaryllis Seed Pod

Amaryllis Seed Pod Empty Section

Amaryllis Seeds

Amaryllis Stacked Seeds

Attempt at Seed Propagation

Amaryllis Seeds

Dampened Paper Towels
Amaryllis Seeds Paper Towels

Amaryllis Pots


Dolorous Time Piece

April 7th, 2021

My mother’s name was Dolores, not exactly pronounced the same as Dolorous, but I like that the definition is great sorrow.

April 8th is 3 years since we found my mother after the first of her strokes. She died on May 15th. I have been having a difficult time with grief this year. Decided to try to work it out in the studio. I recently worked on a software project, needed images of watch/clock faces for time. When I went through my mother’s things I found two identical watches and one similar. She must have really liked that style of watch.

Dolorous Time Piece

The first watch has code for my brother and his birthdate, the center for me, and the right one for my sister. The watch used for my brother and sister have a date function, they are set at 15. The sections of the band were bound with black waxed linen for birthdates. The knotted fobs have code for names.

The black code above the watches–Great Loss Stops Time. Doesn’t really, but it should.

The woven section has the code–Vertical strands are my mother’s date of birth, the horizontal her date of death.

Dolorous Time Piece

Dolorous Time Piece

The knotted piece on the right has the code for–grandson, husband, daughter. The great losses during her life.

Dolorous Time Piece

I was relieved to complete the piece, forgot to document it. I have it hung in her room. Unfortunately not much light. I used museum wax to make sure it doesn’t move about making it difficult to remove from the wall to take photos.

It was challenging to make the piece. When Michaels was moving to a new location, I bought a bunch of birch panels and frames for cheap. I used stain, paint, vinegar steel wool/salt, oil sticks baking soda attempting to age the wood. I was very close to burying the frame in the garden. After sanding it the umpteenth time, I applied a matte black spray paint. Seems okay with the black linen cord and the silver of the watches.

The tacks should have been easy peasy to attach the parts. Loads of resistance. What was really cheap delayed completing the piece at least a week. The challenge was welcome and was distracting.


Amaryllis Seed Pod Removal

April 5th, 2021

Amaryllis Open Pod

Amaryllis Pod

Amaryllis Seeds Removed

Amaryllis Removed Seeds

Amaryllis Stem


Easter and Spring Flowers

April 4th, 2021

Happy Easter

Solandra Buds and First Flower of the Season

Solandra Bud

Solandra Bud

Solandra Bud

Solandra Flower

Solandra Detail

Passiflora Buds and Flower

Pasiflora

Amaryllis Opened Pod

Amyrillis Pod

Amyrillis Pod


More Pine and Pollen

March 31st, 2021

Pine

Pine

Pine


Popcorn Seedlings

March 31st, 2021

I was pleasantly surprised that I now have corn seedlings. I purchased a package of corn seed for use as part of a Thanksgiving card. Even though I attempted to use the seeds in a card, the seeds were still viable.

Corn Seedling

Corn Seed Packet

Corn Seeds

I ended up using pumpkin seeds that I harvested in 2011.

Pumpkin Seeds

Thanksgiving Card

The lyrics are from a Thanksgiving song that was popular when I was in elementary school.

Lyrics–Henry Alford, 1810-1871
Music–George J. Elvey, 1816-1893

Botanical Interests offer great seed in gorgeously illustrated packets.


Memory Bowl Tests

March 26th, 2021

Gone back to working on my knitted Memory Bowls. Ran into a problem with the bowls not being sturdy enough. Put them on hold.

The bowls are fiber with some negative spaces within the patterns, a stiffener is in order. In the past I used sugar, shellac, corn starch, liquid starch, floor wax, microcrystalline wax, salt, and miscellaneous other stuff in the past. Wanted to spend some time thinking about how to finish the bowls.

Serendipity?

I have been following Maria Amélia Mendes’ YouTube channel. Her concrete tutorials are easy to follow, with loads of good tips. I really want to make some concrete pieces. Recently she posted a video–How to make baskets with wood sawdust. Thought I would test out her glue formula on a couple of knitted pieces.

The glue was combined with wood shavings and pressed into a form. After the pieces dried and hardened she added an application of her Finishing Glue. It is the same formula as her glue, with the addition of 100 ml of PVA.

Maria Amélia Mendes’ Homemade glue recipe:
1 liter of water
1 cup of cornstarch
50 ml of white vinegar

I made the Finishing Glue for my test pieces. I had forgotten that heated corn starch and water solution can suddenly become thick. Applied the glue to the test pieces. The thickness made it a tad challenging. If the pieces had been fragile, wouldn’t have been able to apply the glue. I refrigerated the left over glue. May try diluting it a bit if/when I use it in the future.

The first bowl is linen with a little plant fiber.

Test Bowl 1

Test Bowl 1

Test Bowl 1

Test Bowl 1

Test Bowl 1

Because the glue was a bit thick, after I applied the glue I gave it a rinse with the kitchen faucet spray function. The bowl was placed over a form to dry.

The second bowl is cotton with plant fiber.

Test Bowl 2

Test Bowl 2

Test Bowl 2

Test Bowl 2

The bowls were placed over forms and left in the sun to dry.

Test Bowls Drying

Both bowls are firm and the appearance of fiber hasn’t been altered too much.

Bowls China Cabinet

My next test will be with wool. Wool can be tricky. My first test using molten wax on wool changed its appearance to a plastic-like surface. Definitely ugly.

Check out Maria Amélia Mendes’ Youtube channel and her excellent concrete videos.


Garden Finds

March 24th, 2021

How was the hole made? An animal?

Hole

Hole

Nope, it was the location of a large pinecone.

The pinecone was eaten by some type of animal.
Eaten Pinecone

Pine Pollen
The first time I have seen pine pollen up close. It fell into the garden during a windy evening. The trees are roughly 40′ tall.

Pine Pollen
Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

In the four days it has been on the dining room table, it has opened up more. Its pollen is clearly visible.
Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen

Pine Leaves

Pine Debris

Another Pollen Find While Looking for A Seed

Pine Pollen in Hand

Pine Parts

Pinecone

Unfortunately the Seed is From a Previous Season
It is still beautiful.
Pine Seed