Friday, March 24, 2023

January, February and March


All three months finished. Please click on the picture ad scroll around and you can see much bigger views.

 I had to have a gecko, since we see them so often in Florida. They really are very cute and I managed to fit him in a very small block

I do love pears. One of my favorite snacks is half of a Bartlett pear sliced very thin with equally thin slices of sharp cheddar cheese.

Another big fellow, a sea turtle, who needed two blocks.

I know I am ahead of schedule, but there will be some major interruptions next week and I don't want to get behind.

I recently bought an iPhone 13, one number below the newest, which is a 14. My previous phone was only an 8 and giving me some trouble. I was happy to have a new phone because it was supposed to take great pictures, but guess what? does not take macro (very close up). If I get too close, the picture is fuzzy. I went on Youtube and watched a video of an Apple guy comparing the 12  and 13 for taking macro pictures. The 12 does a great job and the 13 does not. Phooey! 

These close-ups were taken with my iPad. 

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday. BTW Nina Marie writes a terrific blog each week. Go check it out.

Friday, March 17, 2023

It's Not Easy Being Green

 I didn't realize how long it's been since I posted. We have been busy with house guests and beaching and shopping and eating out, etc. but I still managed to get some stitching done and now I am ahead of myself for March.

I started out by following the number sequence on the grid, but then just starting doing embroidery that matched the size of the segments.

For example, my dinosaur was not happy staying in one segment and insisted on taking up three. You don't argue with a dinosaur.

I outline stitched around his body and colored in the green part with diluted acrylic paint. Saved me a lot of stitching and I like the way he looks.

Had to have a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day. I have always been fond of Ginkgoes. The spotted background is made of small French knots in a very dark green. And, of course a palm tree, since I am doing this now in Florida.

Who doesn't love Kermit the Frog? He got the same paint treatment as the dinosaur. I had a terrible time with the stitching of the words. When I did my 286 circles, I was able to trace my designs onto the fabric using a light box and get some very intricate designs. But this whole scroll of muslin is backed with flannel and I cannot see the design thru both layers of fabric, so I am either tracing around cutouts or drawing free hand. Not happy with it, but at least it's legible.

Ignore light blue lines on top right. That is washable marker that hasn't been washed out yet.

I'll try to post next week. Maybe I'll be finished with March.

I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday.