Because

July 30, 2021 – Square peg, round hole

I’m looking forward to another class I’ve signed up for …

for lots of reasons: because I wish I had gotten more out of the art classes I took years ago … because I admire the composition and color-sense of so many Kindred Spirits … because I’m endlessly fascinated by watercolor paintings … because I want to know more so I can do more.

That’s really the crux of it, I guess … the wanting to learn thing. I hope my grandkids get that about me, that I always want to know more.

But the most important “because” is having fun. Something I fully intend to do when we head out to St Louis to celebrate Jace’s 7th birthday and Jackson’s 9th birthday.

And if, as I suspect, they’re not exactly thrilled about getting a set of World Book encyclopedias (because, after all, they’re perfectly normal kids), I do hope they’ll have fun playing backgammon and drawing together …

I know I will …

Process note: That amazing thread was dyed by Deb Lacativa.

Mending

Yet another go-round with eye issues sapped my creative energy, but my fingers felt stitchy. So I decided to do some mending on clothes Don and I had worn to shreds …

I did Don’s repairs in a fairly sedate tan-on-tan …

But I got a bit more playful with my own …

because Deb makes it so easy to have fun …

even (especially) on the other side.

Ring of fire

June 10, 2021 – Imitation, the sincerest form of flattery

My folks built a place out on Shelter Island when they retired in the 1980s. These days, it is my brother Art’s home-away-from-home.

Even though I haven’t been there since 2013 when we interred my parents’ ashes, I “visit” vicariously through the pictures my sister-in-law Diane posts on Facebook.

Thursday she posted a link to this partial eclipse photo in The Shelter Island Reporter

with my brother’s byline.

It was the next best thing to being there.

Process note:

I “paved” a piece of yellow linen with two strands of Deb’s thread worked in Jude’s split backstitch (today’s post coincidentally including both the sun and split backstitch) …