Celtic Interlace pattern. Now, mind you, I don't draw very well but she was ready for those of us who are drawing impaired. She laid out the pattern in blocks or squares on the chalkboard and, drawing only a block at a time, I was able to create and burn a design on the gourd that looked ... like a mouse. Isn't he cute?
First we had to draw our mouse and Celtic design. Then we burned the design into the gourd. Next we had to remove the outer gourd surface.This goes against everything we have learned about working with gourds and it's very hard to do. We had to wet sand it down to the white part under neath the outer layer.
After you remove ALL of the outer shell you redo the parts of the design that disappeared with the sanding and you color the design with watercolor pencils. Kathy is so good at this that she just puts a coat of clear protective varnish on after she finishes. Mine was so "kindergarten" that I ended up sanding it again to make the colors pale and they blended enough to cover up some bad mistakes. Then I just put some clear shoe polish on when I got home.
A friend, Mary Jane, gave me a big bag of colored wool felt. This is the first piece that I have felted from the bag. I laid the first layer in a pinkish beige and then a couple of blue layers. Then I use some burgundy and bright yellow to symbolize my garden and a sunflower in the center. I will make this into a small purse for Mary Jane. I love the colors. I'm experimenting with designs in these felted pieces. I'm not very brave about it yet but it's fun to see what happens when you get it all felted.
Remember this lovely fleece from Sandy in Amador City?
felted soap with it. Goat soap, of course. This is actually another piece of felt with a larger piece of doily in it. The rough doily is a great exfoliate when used to bath or shower with. The smooth side is perfect for a washcloth. If you put it in a rack each time it won't get soggy, it will get smaller and eventually the soap will disappear. Then you can use the very small felted fabric that's left for some other project.... like a pot scrubber. Nothing wasted, nothing to throw away and all natural.
I'm going to make more of these. There are lots of ideas on the Internet. I will use egg shaped soap next time.
It's great for kids and older folks. The soap doesn't slip around and you don't need a washcloth.
And then... a couple of months ago I gave a friend some yarn for her birthday and what do I receive in return?
This beautiful hat....
So....BIG NEWS! < MY GRANDSON GOT TWO GOALS IN HIS LAST SOCCER GAME> Way to go Bean! You Rock!!!
And look what we got in the mail....
My youngest grandson, Little Bean, sent his Papa and Noni some of his artwork. It's the Easter Bunny....Freestyling on a skateboard and some beautiful Easter watercolors for our house.
These may have to go up on the window so the light can shine through them. The colors are great.
Thanks Little Bean. You are a really good artist and we are so glad you sent us these pictures.What a surprise this was in the mail.
SEE YOU BOTH THIS WEEKEND FOR THE BEAN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY.
And.....This is really, really good stuff.It's Oregon Chai sugar free original chai tea latte concentrate. You mix it half and half. Half milk (I use non-fat) and half concentrate. Then you heat it up and foam it with your battery run whipping tool. Mine is called an Aerolatte. For all of you who have to ban sugar from your diet, or some of us who should cut back, this is like getting to eat chocolate cake or Ben and Jerry's ice cream (well, almost. OK, it's not quite the same)..... only it lacks all the bad stuff..... and it's really good on a cold day like today...
Did you see the new issue of Sunset magazine?It's got this great article about a place called The Stone Soup Inn on Vancouver Island , B.C. This young chef named Brock Windsor and his wife started a B&B there. He was a chef for a place called the Sooke Harbor House.
I have a blog friend who lives in Sooke. If you have never been there you must take a look at Kerry's blog. It's called Farmlass... musings and wanderings. You will fall in love with this beautiful place. I have been to Victoria and the surrounding area but never to Sooke. It's on the ocean and from what Kerry tells us in her blog, and the photos of the area, it's a magical and lovely part of the world.
She is an artist. She also makes felted creatures.... with souls (each and everyone of them) and you will fall in love with them. She also has an Etsy store where she sells some of her wonderful little animals. Check them out.
Someday I'm going to take a trip up there to see her and maybe I will stay at the Stone Soup Inn..... or on the beach. Either one will do but I'm sure that a sleeping bag on the beach would be cheaper.
*****************So I leave you with a picture..... taken this morning. This is a Tulip tree on the edge of our front yard. It's getting ready for Spring and as soon as the sun comes out again it will open, in all it's glory.
Wait..... what is that I hear outside the window.
IT"S HAILING..... and now thunder. Oh my!
What a Spring this is.....