Monday, July 28, 2014

Sketching, Knitting, and Dreamy Books

Had a lovely and breezy cool week in Chicago visiting family.  So happy to have missed the brutal temps here!  I spent one day sitting out back sketching.

garden chair........


freshly picked tomato........


and a tiny interpretation of my step daughter's home........


Still using my little blank book of handmade rose petal paper.  It's almost full!

Finished up my latest experimental knitting project.  A curly sheep bag!


My friend, Claudine, calls it the party bag.  I think she's got it right!

On a different, but a creative sort of note, I'm so completely in love with the books by Mary Randolph Carter right now.  She works for Ralph Lauren and her books are all about old wonderful objects she's collected over the years.  The need for some of us "that would be me" to have our surroundings filled with lovely objects and memories.  Here's the latest I ordered.....


"Never Stop To Think.... Do I Have A Pace For This?"  How many times have you been junk'n with a friend and said those words?!

I have two more of her books.....


I picked up "For The Love Of Old" years ago and have looked at it about a thousand times.  The other is titled "American Junk".  All the photos are a wonderful jaunt into the homes of artists and collectors.  Mary's home is always my favorite though.  She also has great photos of her office and barn.  Great curl up on the couch with a glass of wine kinda books!

xo
dulcy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's New?

Summer has always been a time for new things in my life.  I guess it has to do with all the years I taught school.  When summer vacation rolled around, time seemed so precious.  I always wanted to cram it with projects and new learning experiences.  Once school started back up, very little time was left to pursue anything that wasn't about school, working on my masters for school, attending meetings, professional development,.....well..... if you've taught, you get it.

Even though I've been gone from teaching for five years, it's hard to change my need redo, revamp, invent, and create during the summer.  You may notice a few new blogs on my sidebar.  You may also notice that a few others aren't there.  I still follow the same blogs, and those can be found under the little blurb about me (which is in definite need of an update).  Before, I was immersed with primitive rug hooking, and have sort of left that to move on to a more abstract form of the art.  I'm still having fun making bags and finished this one for my lovely friend Janet.


It's similar to some I've done in the past, but larger.  I did a different treatment for the strap.  Instead of wool, I used a natural linen ribbon that's reinforced on both sides with wire.  This causes it to crunch, twist, and fold in the most wonderful way!  I looped some gorgeous sari silk ribbon to the sides to finish it off.  I think Janet looks fabulous with her new bag!

 
We did a fun, fun trade!  Janet creates many treasures, but what I wanted was a set of her hand knotted fresh water pearls.  She made me a gorgeous choker and bracelet.


The jewelry was nestled inside the white curly lamb yarn in this sweet little birdie box.  I felt like it was Christmas! I received these yesterday, and haven't had them off except for this photo!

A new project that I'm VERY EXCITED about is sketching.  I'm following new blogs and sites on Pinterest that are about sketchbooking on the go.  I have a precious tiny book of handmade paper that I thought would be perfect.  I bought the sweetest little set of Winsor Newton watercolors.  It all fits easily into my bag and I'm ready to sketch.  Here's a few tiny watercolors I did yesterday.




I'm trying to stay loose and fast.  A bit more abstract, with not too much attention to detail.  What appears to be smudges and petals in the background are rose petals, leaves, and stems that are made into the paper.  I'm planning on attending an online sketchbook school that begins in a few weeks.  I'm excited!

So.... that's a bit of creativity here at the doorstep.  Hope you're finding lovely, wonderful, and new adventures this summer!

xo
dulcy

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Home Is Where My Heart Is

Home is where my heart is right now.  I'm so loving being tucked in and working on projects.  I'm using this summer to attack the house in various ways.  Right now we're having a screened-in porch redo going on.  Painting, calking, fixing, etc.  I purchased this adorable light fixture from the Vintage Suitcase (where I work and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ......)  I know I say that in every post, but I'm so happy with my new little part-time job.


Sweet little birdie in a cage will hang from the ceiling.  Just waiting for it to get wired in.  I'm also going to chalk paint my old porch swing.  Hopefully, things will be clean, white, and lovely when done.  The cats, Willow and Iris, hang out on the porch and aren't too happy with the current situation.



You can see that they're a bit misplaced at the moment.

Today has been so cool and beautiful outside.  I picked a few herbs and flowers.



Sprigs of lavender..................


Russian sage, hydrangea, and Japanese fern in my sweet little old green metal teapot.........

And I've been hooking away!  Here's a peek at a bag I'm doing for dear friend Janet.  I've done this pattern on several bags, but this one is larger, and I've used quite a bit of sari silk and ribbon.  Loving the effect!


I'm going to try a whole new treatment for the strap that I've vaguely put together in my head.  Hopefully my vision will come to fruition and I'll have a pretty finished bag to post later.

My very large "red rug" from the Heather Richie rug camp was cluttering my mind.  So....... I cut about two feel off of it and feel light and new!  Using lots of sari silk in this piece also.  I may even use the silk to crochet the border.  I think I'm going to love it!


So all is busy, creative, and beautiful at home.  Hope the same for you!

xo
dulcy

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Colorful Summer

I'm having a most colorful summer!  Just returned form the Heather Richie rug camp in Cape Fair Missouri.  What an inspiring experience!  Heather is Britain's top rug hooker, and has made many trips to Africa over the past 20 years teaching rug hooking to the blind,  establishing a school and foundation.  Her stories were sad, funny, inspiring, and simply mind blowing.  Her use of color and materials were such a refreshing shot in the arm for me.  Here are a few samples of Heather's gorgeous work.




Aren't the colors absolutely luscious?!  Lovely flowers literally popping up all over the place!

I took a very large piece that's mostly in shades of red, and very abstract.  Here's a couple peeks!


I accomplished quite a bit more than this, and will show the progress as I go.... lots of the above with quite a bit of ribbon, sari silk, yarn, and bits of this and that.  In fact, it's so large that hubby is taking me to Salt Box Primitive in Warsaw, MO to purchase a nice new large frame.  It will be much easier to hook something this big (60"x 30") because of weight and general awkwardness. 

I went on this adventure with lovely bestie Tammy from Love Your Life.


Pop over to her blog and you can see lots more from the retreat and what she ended up doing.  Quite amazing!

I came home with come curly sheep wool, a gift from Heather.  I began knitting this little curly sheep bag.


It may look like a curly sheep mess in this photo, but I think it's going to be really cute.  I'll post a pic when it's finished.

Added treats from the camp were.....

A newborn baby goat, born the first day of our retreat.


And two sweet donkies that greeted me each morning!



All in all, a very colorful summer so far!


xo
dulcy

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Job, Chalk Paint, and Rugs

I'm still over the moon with excitement about my new job at Robin's Vintage Suitcase.  I work in the shop, and also keep her social media up to date.  The shop is constantly full of the old and new.  An oasis of stimulation and creativity.


We carry gorgeous art papers like the piece above.   I went in yesterday to make a paper cone (I'll post pictures of that later) with pretty paper and lovely silk ribbons for the upcoming one year old birthday for our sweet little grand daughter, Ruby.  I used the birdie paper to make my own cone for the spare bedroom.  Speaking of the spare bedroom, I mixed up some chalk paint and painted this little dry sink apple green!


We have several gorgeous pieces of chalk painted furniture in the shop. I got the bug to paint, and love how this piece turned out.  Especially the pretty brown showing through the green and that bit of a distressed look.   Here it is below with everything back in it's place.

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I think it looks smashing against the red walls with the addition of my hedgeapple rug.   I also acquired what I call the "Channel No. 5" lamp from Robin's.  Having a regular job has given me gobs more energy, and a bit creative stimulation to begin new projects around the house.

I spent this afternoon with Tammy, do check out her new blog LoYoLife
We've been trying to figure out what we'll be doing for our upcoming Heather Richie rug camp.  Here's the beginning of my newest rug.


Oh dear.... I actually do have a plan, but more on that later.  I do want you to know that I'm still rug hooking.  This piece is going to be larger than what I've been doing, and I'm really looking forward to getting started.

One more lovely thing about the new job at Vintage Suitcase is ...... hubby waiting for me when I get home with a nice glass of wine.....


And, of course, our little cat Iris.


By the way, some these pictures are the result of my new camera app, Camera Plus.  I've had fun playing with the various effects I can get. 

Have a very creative day!
xo
dulcy

Friday, May 16, 2014

Pieces of The Netherlands and Belgium

A series of shots from our travels to the Netherlands and Belgium.  No particular theme, just people and places.


That's it for today!  I think my next post will be about the boat we traveled on.  Viking River Cruise.... the most amazing, comfortable, and easy way to travel!  Ready to go again!!

xo
dulcy