Saturday, May 15, 2010

New listing...

Just listed:

I've been working like crazy after work every night this week on new things. This is one that came to my head one night and I was quickly able to finish it in the same sitting. I got the sea green canvas a while ago from our local fabric outlet, but never really used it. Now I've been using it for a lot of my embroidery. I love the color and because I often stitch in earth tones (especially greens) it really stands out nicely.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Art Show

The bookstore-cafe that Kinsey and I are managers at (, had an employee art show for the month of April. We each exhibited 3 works which all but one were made especially for the show. Here's what 4 of them looked like.

Here's Kinsey's burning building collage. Kinsey's medium of choice is recycled magazine pages. I don't know how he can find the exact colors he needs so well. You don't really noticed that his art is made from magazines until you really get up close.

And a close up of the building and a car. I love all the detail in this one.

Kinsey had the idea for each of us to do the same design, but only in different materials. He chose magazine paper and I of course, choose fabric and embroidery. We entitled these "Ship at High Seas I and II". The first two shots are of mine. The overall work didn't photograph well in this light. I'm hoping to get a good shot before the buyer picks it up.

You can see the colors better here:

Kinsey's version:

I've always had a fascination with maps and trail booklets. I've had this idea in my head for a while and thought this show would be a good experiment with what I like to refer to as map embroidery. My subject (which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone) was Acadia National Park.

My favorite part. I liked this close stitch look a lot. All the different colors and the circular stitch motion have a really nice feeling to me.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Garden Update....lettuce anyone?

We've been busy gardening - starting seeds, transplanting, planting, raking soil, expanding beds, etc. The last post (quite a while ago) I showed off our salad table we built. I'm thrilled to say that it's worked out wonderfully! Here's our lettuce all ready for eating.

So far, we've had no problems with pests or animals (the squirrel population here is a bit out of hand), so overall it was a great thing to build.

Chives are beginning to bloom:

The Bleeding Hearts are beginning to die. Doesn't the shriveled dead one look like a bean?

Our irises finally bloomed this morning. The purple and white marbled color is quite striking against the green leaves.