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Sunday, April 22, 2018

A Visit to the Butterfly Rain Forest

Some photos of my trip to the Butterfly Rain Forest at the Museum of Natural History in Gainesville yesterday with my sister and Tessa.

And a few bugs and crawly things that always seem to grab my attention, Tessa likes looking at bugs close up. When I first moved to Florida I was amazed at the size some of the insect were, years ago I snapped a photo of a grasshopper measured of 4 inches long, then there was a beetle with a horn like a Rhinoceros, there are several in the display case in the photo.
And a few more butterflies
and waiting to become...
and yes it's real
and on the move inside the science lab
It was a beautiful day with just a light drizzle falling later in the day, we made it through the first round in the rain forest without rain, spent some time in the museum and made another round with the butterflies before a visit to the gift shop.
Bought a few trinkets and a t-shirt for Tessa and some plants to attract butterflies for my sister's garden.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April's New Moon Orts

It's a new moon and time for the April TUSAL  ort report. Below are my orts for April so far,  lots of great color mostly from the two projects I am currently working on.  
I'm so glad I keep my orts in my little thread catcher (barely visible in the photo) because I needed a short piece of green to finish off part of a leaf on the greenman and I didn't want to cut a full length and split the thread when I knew I would be moving to my other project.

The blue fabric the orts are sitting on will soon be used for another spirit doll, in the meantime I need to pull out the satin floss to start the moon that is barely visible in the photo but is in the left corner of the tree.
So that concludes my Ort reporting for April, if you are curious about what a TUSAL is head on over to check it out.  https://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-totally-useless-stitch-long.html

The new Gail Pan book arrived in today's mail I pre-ordered a few months ago and can't wait to start the projects in this book.
I love the the simplicity of Gail Pan's designs and would love to just trace each pattern in the book page by page so they are ready for stitching but I have a few projects waiting in the wings and I need to complete the 2 pictured here first.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bits-n-Bobs and Some Slow Stitching Too.

Some stitching progress on the Greenman has been made though not as much as I had planned. It won't be long till the stitching is complete you can see my needle in the bottom corner I paused to snap the photo.  This is a pattern by Urban Threads.
My own piece is another project I am making for a friend an antlered Goddess as evident in the photo, I have made several changes along the way and I'm sure there are a few other changes to come before she is done. I am posting today here on Kathy's Quilts for slow Sunday stitching  https://kathysquilts.blogspot.ca/2018/04/slow-sunday-resting.html
Bits of cast off fabric, the odd button or two and beads, a few loose charms, thread, yarn with other fibers add a little bit of air dry clay and few wooden clothes pins, mix some of the ingredients to get a few Spirit Dolls.

No scrap is too small to keep, any loose button is tossed into one of my button boxes for another day,  all those orts that on each new moon are lovingly stuffed into my orts jar waiting...sometimes the wait is a long time in coming then all at once those items are gathered and transformed.

Whether I am slow stitching hand embroidery, or hand piecing a quilt square or two (made from old cashmere sweaters) or putting bits and bobs together to create a few spirit dolls.  I love slowing down to do hand work.  Molding air dry or polymer clay feeds my need to get back into a pottery studio, for now it's enough.  



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Heeding the Sirens Call


"It's new every morning, and I feel as if I washed my very soul in that bath of earliest sunshine." ~Anne of Green Gables




A Morning Dove stops to rest
A cloud feather floats by
The sun shimmers in the west
Day is done my heart sighs...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn."


The first day of Spring has so far has brought to us here in Florida
Pouring rains
Heavy Winds
Tennis ball size hail
and
Tornado Warnings

The tornado warnings have increased to cover Georgia, SC and NC, and Alabama already had one in the wee hours of the night.

Northern parts of the country are getting inches and inches of snow, heavy winds and a storm named Toby.

Though winter may be long, Spring always comes, at my house besides the rain, winds and tornado warnings my Jasmine is in bloom.




Happy Spring!