Monday, March 02, 2020

Just For Fun Art

Love this quote by Douglas Malloch so I did a drawing . 8 1/2" x 11" pen, watercolour
it was given as a christmas gift

playing around with Origami... little turtle... 
fun and sure takes some fiddling to get those folds.. need more practice

a host of whimsical beings in my sketchbook, 8 1/2" x 11" , pen and watercolour

doing my paperwork practice... origami kangaroo from brown paper.
and an occasional game of chess, man, do I need practice to remember how each character can move

And...my tattoo artist son, Max, working on a huge fantastical Wolf charcoal drawing. 
He is never without an art making instrument in his hand

Hope you are all doing some enjoyable creative pastimes and letting it carry your imagination away.
Cheers, from Desideratum

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Cardinals and Doing Repairs




Surely was pleased to have my camera at hand when the Cardinals graced us with a visit. couldn't believe they stayed still long enough to get a picture.


Not the best capture as I had to move quick without scaring them being they are so very cautious. they come at times when not many birds are around the feeder and in dull gray light most often... very early mornings and near sunset.... so bright and beautiful. the pair are together here.

 ...later I decided it was about time for me to fix the worn edges, top and bottom of my much loved and used goose down puff..as I noticed escape down lately floating off everywhere.  I love that thing and could not bear the thought of throwing it away... it's so light and warm, like sleeping under a cloud and it has lasted for so very long... prob at least 20 years so far.  I'm using my 1973 Kenmore machine here...that makes her 47 yrs young. bought second hand before I moved from St. Martins.. love tools that last as well... works great

I went to my fabric stash and found some cotton of as close a colour as I could and in enough yardage and made a wide band to cover both worn edges... was rather bulky to manipulate but I managed to finish the job . I'm so glad I saved it.. now it's ready for another 20 years.. ha. hope so.
cheerio  

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Roses


Little drawing of Roses on my desk on a piece of gessoed masonite, micron pen, 4" x 6"

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Cardigan... It Worked Out Pretty Good

I thought it was about time I posted about the alpaca and wool fiber I spun up last summer
(see this post for beginning of the spinning process : https://gwenbuchanan.blogspot.com/2019/05/heading-into-my-little-studio-early.html 

I handspun on my traditional Ashford wheel.. such a simple dependable tool... I love working with it.

 skeins done up after removing from the clothesline

on the skeinwinder... another dependable tool

using the ball winder here to make it easier to use the yarn.. 
It keeps the loft in the yarn as it is not wound on too tightly



beginning pics of the knitting/experimenting on the wool/alpaca blend... I really enjoyed the entire process...  
still hoping it will turn into a cardigan.


At first I was going to make a knit purl diamond design across the body of the sweater, but it seems the yarn has so much colour/texture that they would disappear so I am just doing stockinette stitch on the body and an interesting ribbing for the bottom of the sweater and the sleeve cuff. 
 I persevered with my limited knowledge and made the 2 fronts and the back

 seamed them together at the shoulder and picked up the stitches for the sleeves from the bodyback and front side seams ( before sewing together) 

Well, surprisingly, I finished knitting my  cardigan.. 
...can't believe I did it.. 'cause I do not know how to knit a cardigan.. 
took measurements from a very worn out old shirt, scribbled notes on several sheets of paper...

I did not know what I was doing but I just kept knitting, changing things as I went along...
 I did not know how to make buttonholes or a real collar... but it eventually turned into a cardigan!!! 
...took 3 weeks.... and I am really missing working on it. 


 
It actually fits and is really warm... I'm pleasantly boggled ...I think I love it!

A big Thank You to all the YouTube people who share your knowledge..












Sunday, January 05, 2020

Happy 2020 Everybody


After we put our new years's apple pies together, my son, Max the tattoo artist, and I, started playing with the remaining dough and did a bit of decorating.


I liked Max's "Crow" pie  the best... 


But they both tasted super delicious.

The best of the new year to everyone... Time moves too fast so make yours exciting and special !!!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Cats, Cats, Cats
















Sketches, drawings, playing around in my sketchbook, charcoal, pencil, watercolour, ink, whatever felt right and was within reach... having fun with Cats... Love these creatures

Monday, November 04, 2019

Garlic Harvesting and Planting 2019


The garlic has been hanging in the kitchen since August... at first it was lying on a large wire rack airing.. it took up a lot of space so it could not stay that way for long.



turned out great.. 106 nice large "Music" hardneck garlic bulbs


the roots on a couple of them had grown through the composted tea bags... so tea bags do eventually rot.


I eventually had to trim off the drying leaves as they kept making a mess on the floor. they look a lot better now all pruned up and hung in a beam over in the corner out of the way. 


and man o man are they flavourful!


A couple scapes were allowed to go to seed and produced these little seedlets.. so cute!


and one of the seedheads grew into mini clovettes


 last year I felt I waited too long as Oct. had been very rainy and cold so when I planted, the ground was wet and mucky... not fun... not taking any chances this year and planted them the first week of Oct...( yes this is late to post) so I prepped the garlic cloves, John tilled up a space and  added compost...


 then I popped in the garlic with a good sprinkle of bone meal, covered about 1 - 1 1/2" of soil and spread straw on top.. Very happy to have them in... such an easy crop...





A farmer up the road 10 minutes had straw for sale so we got a few bales. 


 nothing to do now but wait for next years harvest.... oh, planted 103 bulbs...


On another note, as the year progressed the leaves were brilliant, wish I had more pics of them... they stayed on the branches a long time this year... at last I thought so... till the Oct storms came through.

They are gone now till the spring... 
...so to hold the memories of the gorgeous summer, we will be adding garlic to as many things as we can think of. 
Cheerio and Be Happy!