Tuesday, November 30, 2010

tea on tuesday


we're having a typical "low light day" today
(in western washington)
but that is easily fixed in iPhoto


see how good lighting can make anything look better?
and actually, once you get outside the diffused light is almost magic

(the quilt)

it wraps around and between and underneath things
... just like the misty rain ...

(looking up)

the weathering quilt is very wet today
I'm staying warm and cozy indoors
today's tea is Good Earth Original
spicy and delicious
(sorry about the santa mug .... the onslaught is just beginning)

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Monday, November 29, 2010

sewing again

I've been having fun making these cards

and it turns out they are very similar to

something Patty's been working on

and Terri, too

Terri's got a video for the paper bag version

but mine are simply pinned to a blank card (for giving/greeting)
and I did the slow sew (just didn't want to get out the machine I guess)
... oh, and they're in my etsy shop too ...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


It snowed most of the day yesterday.
Actually, it went more like this:
snow an inch or so
snow and inch or so.
This left us with icy streets and - no school!

So today's tea is lots of hot cocoa:

Words to add to my thankfulness rocks:
snow days
snow balls
snow angels
snow men

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Friday, November 19, 2010

gulf oil spill quilt

my quilt top is done
it's a bit of a crazy quilt
(in more ways than one)
It is completely hand stitched.
I used photo transfers of my gulf spill watercolors,
tea stained muslin and tea bag paper.
I've been working on it since the end of September.
Doing the slow sew.

shown above are the shells:
sea star, cold water coral, lightning whelk
junonia, eastern oyster and horse conch

these are the birds:
red knot, snowy plover
roseate spoonbill, seaside sparrow and brown pelican


and these are:
the title, the loggerhead sea turtle, west indies manatee
ornate chorus frog, bottlenose dolphin and kemp's ridley sea turtle
Posted by Picasa

now it's on to the next phase:

153 days outdoors,

carefully wrapped,

tied to sticks,

and left to the whims of nature (and "la nina") in my weathering chair.

I will give photographic updates
and plan to unwrap it on April 20th (the one year anniversary of the explosion).
I shall see at that time if there is anything left to work with.
If so, I'll batt and quilt the thing.
If not, well, I don't know.
Trusting it will come back nicely stained and weathered,
but not completely ruined.

Do you remember why 153 days is significant?
It's not a test, just curious.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Metal 4 Patch" how to

I don't have a video,
but maybe a slideshow would do?
Feel free to leave questions.
This example used just gesso,
but if you want the colored effects of the last 4-patch,
you can just play with some paints to get that.

(If you can't see the slide show from your device, 
you can follow THIS LINK and view it in Picasa Web Albums)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

rocking the thanks

Kim Mailhot over at Queen of Arts
has been rocking our world with her painted rocks
... that's where I got the idea to rock my thanksgiving ...
thanks Kim!

just a few of the things I'm thankful for
oh, yeah, and peanut butter crisscross cookies with pumpkin spice hot cocoa

I've been taking some time off to get over a nasty cold
I'm feeling much much better now
and I look forward to popping around your way today
let's put the kettle on 

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

metal four patch

this quilt square measures about 4 square inches

I "sewed" it with copper wire

I didn't take pictures of the process
but I will with the next one
and give you a step by step
I am so pleased with the contrasting grunginess and elegance of it
modern day wabi sabi
speeded up
faked up
but nonetheless
beautiful in it's wear

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


two of my blogger friends are posting a thankfulness posting for every day this month
and I Just Love That

I thought I might have Thankfultea for this month's Tuesdays
... didn't do it last week ...
but in retrospect
... I was thankful to have robocalls come to an end.

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For this week and today and really for every day
I am thankful for:

how about you?

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please visit my Tea on Tuesday blog roll in the sidebar

Friday, November 5, 2010

homemade rust

(caution: images below are really gross)

To get this home made batch of rust,
I placed all of my metal pieces (bottle caps in this case) face down in a bath of:
hydrogen peroxide 
I did this outdoors just in case there's something dangerous about this combo
(I don't think there is - but better to be safe than passed out)

It generated a luscious sludgeful toxic dump sort of soup within minutes
I just left them in the bubbling broth for a couple of hours 
and voila (wocka wocka):

really cool streetside treasure for my metal quilt

Thursday, November 4, 2010

quilt beginnings

I didn't drink all this beer and now I'll go make a quilt
but I do plan on make a bottle cap quilt like THIS one

first I pounded them out
(to simulate a car running over them)
and then I'll purposefully rust them
(to simulate weathering all summer on the pavement)

next time you go for a walk around the neighborhood, 
you may just find some genuinely flattened and rusted bottle caps 
.... one of my MOST favorite things to find and collect .... 
they're like landlocked seashells in my view

and if you find them and don't LOVE them
send them to me

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

need a lifeboat today?

try a cup of Lifeboat Tea

Lifeboat Tea on facebook

Lifeboat Tea first originated when a sailor and his crew were caught in a violent storm during the tragic Fastnet race in 1979. All crew members were rescued from their sinking boat by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Lifeboat Tea was set up to mark their gratitude and to raise money for their life savers.
What a Difference a Cup of Tea makes

Lifeboat Tea aims to raise over £200,000 a year for the RNLI, with funds going towards training and equipping their volunteer crews.

To date, Lifeboat Tea has raised well over £100,000 for the RNLI.

Lifeboat Tea is a lovely full-flavoured, family-owned tea that has been created to provide sustainable funding for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) - the charity that saves lives at sea.

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please vote in the election today
(your vote DOES count)
and then come home and have a nice cuppa


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Monday, November 1, 2010

it was a happy one

(the nightmare before christmas)

hope yours was too
now the christmas assault on the senses begins
just remember to breathe