Dienstag, 15. August 2017

Bits of Things

Bits of reading, both hardcover and audiobook.
Bits of doodlings.
Bits of Bullet Journaling and planning things.
Bits of -- no, LOTS of work. Haha. (But it's my last week, so I'm kind of freaking out because I don't handle change very well and I've practically lived with these people my co-workers for almost five years, so yeah...)
Bits of hope and courage.
Bits of life, which lasts bits of time on this earth, but is so full of bits of loss and gain, bits of leaving and coming, bits of family and strangers, bits of sad and happy, and bits of ugliness and beauty.
(I am LOVING the wildflowers this year.)

Samstag, 12. August 2017

Where We Were

The Big Guys

No likenesses here, but drawing something helps one to see and remember the experience.

Freitag, 11. August 2017

Quick Demonstration

Watercolors Together

In a short visit to see Amber, I pulled out my watercolors and we practiced 
 a couple techniques. We are looking forward t seeing more.

Mittwoch, 9. August 2017

Yellowstone Visit

On the Way

We stopped at Yellowstone on our way to Colorado. This is probably not new to most of you, but was new to us.

Dienstag, 8. August 2017

Headband and Bows

Last week I did a little bit of hand-sewing projects.

There was this checkered shirt with three-quarter sleeves that no one wore anymore, and my sister said she'd use it if it had no sleeves and a matching headband. I had taken care of the sleeves last month already, I just hadn't gotten around to the headband part. So that's what I started on.

I took the material leftover from the sleeves and cut a few pieces to work with.
(I've got the measurements I used, but it was such a sloppy project that I didn't think I should bother adding them here, haha)

I borrowed one of my younger sister's ruler -- don't be jealous

Sewed the tube for the elastic and turned it inside out.

Folded the edges of the main piece and sewed them, accordion-folded and sewed the ends, then added the elastic to each end.

Sewed the tube shut over the ends.

The piece of material over the elastic wasn't long enough for it to stretch fully, so I cut through the middle, folded the edges inside and sewed it shut.


my sister -- not the owner of the ruler I used


Had some material left over yet, so I tried out some bow-making.

(Again, I have the measurements, but am not sharing them.)

Made a tube, folded the ends into the middle, scrunched and fastened.

Put the middle piece on.

Alligator clip/barrette.

Then I made two other bows out of some different scraps, just because it was fun.

I gave the bow that matches the headband also to my sister, for her baby to wear.

Happy creating!

Montag, 7. August 2017

Popsicle People

A Children's Project

Take wide sticks. Draw cute figures. 


Let little ones try it.

Sonntag, 6. August 2017

Wedding Banner

Design by Elisa.

"A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." This was the wedding theme.
Made with Sisters. Only photo I got. Then, when all this was set up, all got moved indoors because of rain. But still, all was beautiful and blessed.

Freitag, 4. August 2017


From the Sketch Book

While waiting for things to happen. My take on other's works.

Donnerstag, 3. August 2017

Watercolor of Lake water

Lost Lake

Quick sketch done at the shore, while swimmers swam.

Travel Glimpses

Here and There

While we are still on the road, I will show random scenic places. Maybe when I am home again I can put it all in context with further pictures.

We were so happy to see that SmallTown America still exists and is not all wiped out by urban renewal.
This is Pomeroy, Washington.

This is some scenic spot in the wilds of Idaho.

In the vast stretches of Montana.

One of those "take it quickly out the window shots," but they didn't seem to mind our presence.

Still to come: Yellowstone Park.

Dienstag, 1. August 2017

Crocheted Bag Made of Plastic Bags (Part 2)

I finished that bag I was making out of plastic shopping bags. So here is the second post for that adventure! (You can see the first post here)

Pretty much, the handle was all I needed to do yet.

So, I decided the edge of the bag was fine how it was with no extra finishing, and slip-stitched to join the last round and begin the chain for the handle.

I worked one row of the single-crochet-and-chain-one pattern (that I'd used for the body of the bag) on each side of the chain, looping around the back of the base of the handle with slip stitches when I needed to switch sides. I secured the last stitch and fastened off.

And it was done! :)

Here's an atrocious selfie, so you can get a little better idea of how large the bag is...

One of my aunts was visiting the day after I completed the bag, and when she saw it, she liked it so much that she wanted me to make one for her, too, and she said she'd pay me. Haha! And that maybe I could put these in an Etsy shop or something. We'll see.

Freitag, 28. Juli 2017

The Butterfly Project

We successfully raised a monarch butterfly and we have the photos to prove it.  

I kept the milkweed that the caterpillar was eating in my kitchen windowsill.

When we first got it, it was teeny, tiny speck of a thing.  I'm surprised I even found it!  Sorry for the blur, but you can see it there in the innermost leaf of the milkweed in the photo above.

It grew so fast!  Every day it was visibly bigger.

A few times, the milkweed got wilty, so we picked a new sprig for it.

When it got to be almost as big as I thought it would get, I put the milkweed and caterpillar into this mesh laundry hamper.  I knew (from raising black swallowtails in previous years) that when it was ready to pupate, it would try to go away and find a place to hide. You rarely find a butterfly chrysalis in the wild because they are very good at hiding for that vulnerable phase of their existence.  The laundry hamper enclosed it enough to keep it where we could find it (although, when I bought the hamper, I thought it had a zipper top, and it turned out to have a partly open top.  I put a piece of cardboard over the opening to enclose it fully.)

It grew, and ate, and grew and ate...

Yes, we read Eric Carle's adorable book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

Then one day it suddenly left the milkweed for the first time ever.

Since it could not escape, it settled for a spot up in the corner.

Unfortunately we were not home when it went into the chrysalis.  We came home to see that where it had been hanging in a "J" shape, it was suddenly a beautiful, green jewel, and there was a rumpled little bit of caterpillar skin on the bottom of the hamper.

(As a note, we currently have another in the hamper and just today it went up into the top corner.  I am trying to watch more closely to see we can watch it and see how it wraps itself up.)

It was so difficult to get good photos with the obstruction of the hamper.

Ten days after it went into the chrysalis, I looked at it before I went to bed and the chrysalis had suddenly become very transparent and I could see the colors and shapes of the wings folded up inside.  I wish I could have gotten a picture, but there was no good light for photographing that part.

When we got up that next morning, the butterfly was hanging there, drying it's wings and we could see the empty, clear "package" it came from.

After a while it started to move around and open it's wings.  I could not get a good photo with it's wings open.  But we did some research and determined by it's wing coloring that it was a male.

I put some flowers in a vase into the hamper in hopes it would go for a snack.

But he only wanted to get out of there to try out those new wings!

So we took it outside and let it go.  I tried to put it on some echinacea flowers in my garden, but it took off so fast and was gone almost faster than we could follow.  We last saw it resting up in the maple tree, and then it was gone.

What I later realized that I failed to do was for us to draw it in our nature journals.  (I'm trying to work on nature journaling, but it is hard... the kids need so much help and are fussy about not being able to make things look "right" and I do not yet know how to help them over that...)  Maybe we will still get to that, but one way or another, the kids and I all loved watching it grow and change and we are enjoying the one that we have now as well.   It was a good summer "science" project!