Making and doing

The Looking Up patches continue apace … here are the first three weeks in February, along with my new 2022 calendar from Saskia

Don’s been getting the back garden ready for spring and beginning to put up some of the assemblage yard art from the Hill Country house (note: this is a panoramic image which is why everything looks bowed … the lot is actually about 65’ across) …

Parker helped create a new piece (click to see full images) ..

We also did some doodling and drawing together, inspired by a class recommended by Deb G. P took hers home, but here’s one of mine (with more to come) …

Meanwhile, Jace was busy in St Louis doing his own doodling in a Mo Willem’s book we sent him for Valentine’s Day …

And “poof” … there went February (well, almost).

The week that was

I wrote a whole post about how I was quilting E’s coverlet and then, uncharacteristically, left it in draft mode. Because I guess I knew the linen/harem cloth backing wasn’t going to work …

So I started yet another post titled She’s Come Undone, for the lyrics that kept running through my head as I ripped out two days worth of quilting. No music though … I had to Google the lyrics to come up with the Guess Who song of that title, which now refuses to leave my internal radio. Which is to say, I’m not linking it here.

So I unpinned the backing and pondered what to do. I had some white flannel leftover from the Remember 2016 project and some double weave gauze leftover from P’s coverlet

And both were just the right size, so who am I to argue with the universe? The gauze is now sandwiched between the pieced top and the flannel and I’m stitching them together with a combination of DMC #8 and #12 white perle cotton …

Meanwhile, nothing new (yet) on the art blog as this latest assemblage by Don is still a work in progress (click to see full images) …

And yes, with temperatures in the 80s, it continues to be summer in Texas, so we’re still getting tomatoes. However, temperatures are supposed to get into the 30s over the next few nights … then back up to 80 degrees on Christmas Eve.

50 degree temperature swings? Yep, everything’s bigger in Texas … including, unfortunately, the headlines 🙄

I’ve been dye-ing to tell you …

Don has been creating garden beds in our backyard and topping them with pecan mulch …

When he put the leftovers in one of the front beds, we discovered the neighborhood cats no longer liked “using” it as a litter box …

Unfortunately, it rained while some of the mulch was still in the bed of the little black truck, which then leaked out and stained the driveway …

The good news is, that gave me an idea. I asked Don for a shovel-full of mulch to which I added a couple of gallons of water. After letting it sit in the sun for a couple of weeks, I strained it out and dunked some cloth in the liquid gold that resulted …

with rather good results, I dare say …

And then there’s this …

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/11/after-chris-turri.html