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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~


Monday, March 25, 2019

Unconditional love...

~In an Orb of Our Own~

Mother and child intertwined amongst an orb of grapevine.  Through the twists and turns of vine, there is no sign of where it begins, nor where it ends,
much like the deep unbreakable bond between Mother and child.

As in many of my paintings, a small red heart hangs from one of the branches - representing unconditional love.
The tiniest little yellow heart rests on babies forehead.
May it be called a nest, web, little cave … we create our own nourishing spot to nurture life.
A small nest of blue eggs rests amongst Mother and child.
Love and life are all around.
The blue orb colour represents ::tranquility::protection :: intuition:: guardian angel::

#16 in my ©Women of the Woods Series

Just wanted to mention that I will be putting my Etsy shop on vacation mode  mid April as I will be spending the month of May in England :-D 

~have a wonderful week~
d x

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

happy spring

live in the sunshine
swim in the sea
drink the wild air
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
Barnaby ~ one of our garden bunnies
happy 1st day of Spring
and Full Moon blessings 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

"painting" with thread ...

Well, I am certainly hooked on my latest hobby - punch needle!!!
Learning as I go, and having so much fun …
I mentioned in a previous post that the hardest part was finding a shop that carried the needle punch.
I found a few shops in the U.S.A. but they either didn't ship to Canada or the price of shipping was almost as much as the punch needle.
Determination paid off :-D and I found a shop where I ordered the needle punch and weavers cloth.
Unfortunately, while the punch needle was available but the weavers cloth was not, so I am still (eagerly) waiting on that to arrive (and I can begin some bigger projects).
Wanting to start right away, I looked through my sewing/fabric  basket and found some fabric I thought would work … I already had some DMC floss from older sampler projects, and started with a simple heart shape & created a little brown sparrow making up the design as I punched. 

A visit to a few fabric shops for more  DMC floss, felt for backing my projects, gripper hoops in a couple of sizes and a frame (the fabric has to be drum tight) and I was ready to start more projects! 
A heart shaped trivet was next - once again, I just created a heart shape and drew a bird sitting on a nest with eggs and branches and leaves in pencil directly on the fabric. 

a sweet little squirrel ornament was next making up the pattern as I went …
my first project using up the (very)  random odds and ends of DMC floss that I had on hand :-D
lamb with a house pattern was next...
I hadn't planned on using it as a covering for a chip board box I had, but it happened to fit perfectly.
I will paint the sides of the box, add some pretty trim  and tuck a little ornament inside as an Easter gift.
I want to recreate this idea again, but next time have just the lamb as I felt the house and green grass took away from the sweet lamb design … 
close up of all the tiny stitches
going to a baby shower in a few weeks &
I'm giving mum to be a play pen, but I always like to add a little handmade treasure
so I made this little bunny & moon hanger for babies room (it's a boy) 
*love you to the moon and back*
lambs will be finished this afternoon and I think I'll add it to the front of a wicker basket I have.
I'm thinking the basket will look nice holding napkins for our Easter table...
And then … well, I have lots of ideas floating around … I am pretty sure everyone is getting a punch needle "something" next Christmas :-D 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

snowy garden ...

"Even when a bird walks,
one feels
it has wings"
~Antoine-Marin Lemierre~
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I fell in love with this beautiful quote the moment I read it.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Contrasts & Patchwork ...

a favourite Gladys Taber quote 
directions
moon lover
knees
heart * love * create* beauty
patches
stamp
embroider
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stitching & adding patches to my "studio jeans" which are big and baggy, torn and paint spattered and oh, so comfy … letting them tell a story   … 
"We do not live an equal life,
but one of contrasts and patchwork;
now a little joy,
then a sorrow,
now a sin,
then a generous or brave action"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson"