I'm still playing with the Waterlogue ap and my photos ... the one above is from my recent trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. These are from a lunch outing in my neighborhood:
And from our trip to the local nature center:
I really enjoy the watercolor effects ... I have played with transparent and opaque watercolors on paper and on fabric (a little bit). I am thinking I need to find a class for rank beginners and learn to do it 'properly.' :)
I have managed to do a bit of sewing (by machine!:) lately. I pieced the feather quilt top for my Modern Guild's bingo prize and gave it to the angel who is going to finish it by longarm today. :) Here's how it looks now:
This is me and a helper holding it up to show at the BMQG meeting this afternoon. I can't wait to see it finished! :) I did not get a photo of the three feather pillow top I made from the left-over blocks (it's that white thing folded up in my arm above:) - which I have quilted and now have to decide exactly how to finish. :)
I really enjoyed every step of working on this project - drafting the pattern, leading the sew-in, collecting and sewing together each feather - so many pretty, pretty colors and fabrics! :) I'm pleased with the results, too - it was conceptually a simple quilt design ... but I think the focus needs to be on the feathers, not the setting. :)
I also sewed four blocks for a baby quilt that my friend Barbara B. and I are making together (for our hair dresser, whose baby is due close to the same time as my daughter's:).
These are the rainbow blocks I made. Barbara has other colors to sew up ... we already have the border (multicolored crayon print) and backing (very cute animal balloons on flannel) picked out. :)
I have also finished two knitting projects over the past two weeks. I finally got my cardigan made (YEAH!) and sewn together. I still have to sew on the buttons and block it. I finshed a small sweater for Baby Coming and bought a pattern/yarn for another (different) one today. I used the leftover yarns from those two projects to crochet three face cloths and a soap sack - and donated them for the 'bed and bath' raffle basket for bingo.
I guess I shouldn't fuss so much about how little I accomplish. I feel like I'm just sitting around doing nothing ... but I don't actually do 'nothing' very well. LOL. I _am_ doing stuff ... somehow it doesn't 'count' if it is for me, I think. :P Stupid complexes. :)
I have been enjoying working in my journals, too. Mostly I do that in the late evening while I watch 'tv' on Netflix (I am working my way through all the seasons - up to late season 5 right now - of Criminal Minds). I have two journals in progress - one is a hand made beauty I bought from Sarah on Etsy with very dark pages of fine, heavy paper. The other is a commercially made Strathmore with 'toned gray' sketch paper.
I decided to try darker paper this year as all my past experience has been with white or text papers (some vintage). 'Course, the fact that most of my pens and inks are transparent rather than opaque colors adds some complexity. I have to find my jar of gesso so I can treat the paper on some pages and compare the results. :)
Here are a couple of recent scribbled pages (all hand drawn - if you can call what I do 'drawing':). Usually I start by just spritzing the blank paper with inks and (after they dry), drawing whatever my brain 'sees' in the patterns.
I'm kind of fond of the pig since it is more 'real' than I can usually manage. :) I have pigs on the brain right now since I found a cute quilt design in a recent magazine article:
I have GOT to make this quilt. :) (Whoever made the one above had a quirky sense of humor - I love the 'ham and eggs' piggie!:) I used all my handmade wax batiked fabrics on a star quilt so I'll have to make some more to create pigs with. I might even have a big bed quilt's worth of pigs in me, if pressed. LOL.
Tomorrow I have to drive to Ohio to help my brothers with some more issues involving settling Mom's estate. We have to make some difficult choices. :P I am not sure how long I'll be gone ... and I'm thinking to drive onward to Madison (WI) to see my daughter afterwards. Given that my husband and son have birthdays later this month that I want to be here to celebrate...might be a short trip. :)