Monday, December 10, 2012
I sat in the cold for a long time waiting for this shot
Lest you think I've disappeared from the face of the earth, I thought I'd write a post on this soggy morning (I'm not complaining, we needed the rain but it's just so gloomy). It's been a busy fall, filled with family, farm, fiber and photography (I like that alliteration, if you were to add in faith and friends, you'd have the core of my life in a nutshell!)
Felted hat that just sold at The Collective
At the Woodford Hunt's Blessing of the Hounds
The Collective's other artists are painters, woodworkers, jewelers, mosaic and collage artists, vintage art creators and more- LOTS of great, diverse work. I have a special feeling when I go to the Collective in Chevy Chase (in Lexington, KY), as I lived on S. Ashland Avenue less than a block away when I was single and teaching school in the 80's. I reminisce about my unsettled young adult self, and how content I would be to know that one day I would be a happily-married artist, living on a beautiful farm with my family and tons of animals, and displaying my own artwork in a Chevy Chase gallery! If you haven't been out to the Collective yet, there are two upcoming Open House/intimate evenings for which you have my personal invitation- Saturday, Dec. 15 from 7-9 and Thursday,
Dec. 20 from 5-8.
Dec. 20 from 5-8.
One of my most popular prints
Hoss, along the river trail on a foggy morning
Friday, August 31, 2012
It seems to have been a spectacular summer for butterflies! This one was spotted in our backyard...
Naturally, our daughter had to rise to the challenge as well!
Fall is slightly in the air, and although I do love autumn, I'll miss the hummingbirds and butterflies of this past summer!
Next up... summary of the amazing felting class I took with Marjolein Dalinga in the Catskills of NY!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Guarding the perch- There is a hummingbird on this spot nearly all the time!
... and no, I'm not talking about the alpacas and llamas (which DO in fact hum, if you're not familiar with them!) I'm referring to the ruby-throated hummingbirds that have been flitting around our home in increasing numbers and ferocity this summer. My husband is the bird-whisperer, putting out 4 feeders for them this year. They are such fun to watch, their territoriality seeming to intensify as summer progresses.
I am LOVING my new camera, a Canon DSLR (the EOS Rebel t2i), and trying to capture the maneuvers of the tiny hummingbirds has been a great challenge as I learn how to adjust the shutter speed, aperture and other settings on my new gadget! I hope you enjoy these shots, some edited with photoshop, mobile apps, or Instagram....
Male ruby-throated hummingbirds have the characteristic red, and are smaller than females
Some perch, some keep flying as they drink
Coming in for a landing
August has been beautiful and even green so far, making up for the brutally hot and dry weather we experienced in late May, June and part of July. Our kids are happily back in school, and we're already anticipating fall. I'm going to enjoy the hummers as long as I can, before they head back to Mexico and Central America... such amazing, tiny creatures! Next time... butterflies!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Painting by Paul KleeIt still feels strange to say it (since I feel so young and all!), but I'm going to be a grandparent soon! My stepson and his wife are expecting their first child, and I wanted to make something special that they'll hopefully use and keep. I decided that a quilt-like, lightweight blanket would be fun to make with felt, and I was inspired by the painting above...
First I died some big pieces of silk paj in varying shades of blues and green, along with two huge pieces of hand-dyed silk chiffon that I overlapped slightly before laying on fine merino wool and tussah silk. I cut and tore the silk paj into 5 x 5" pieces (132 of them, to be exact!), and laid them out so that the colors varied randomly. I then wet it out and used the tumble-dryer method to felt it, then threw and scrunched it to full it. The turquoise tussah silk seemed to run forever, but I finally got it to rinse clear! (Turquoise always runs for a while, and my hands sure showed it!)
Silk pieces laid out on the base of chiffon, merino and tussah silk
Back of finished blanket
Close-up of finished blanket
The final product, a modern nuno baby quilt! I sewed on a little tag, and tied on one of my sheep cards. I think they liked it, and I can't wait to see that new little bundle of joy wrapped up in this!
Monday, July 23, 2012
I haven't felt much like writing this summer, and I've been pretty busy with the kids, but since I'm tired of looking at that last post I thought I'd at least put up some photos! These are a little self-serving, they'll be a good reminder to me of some of the past few months...
I've been a bit tied down, and have especially enjoyed playing around with photography this summer... there is always a lot of good content here on the farm, and I have gotten addicted to Instagram (you can follow me- I'm Alpacalindy) and various mobile photo apps, so fun! I recently bought my first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel 550D 2ti. I'm loving it, and I hope to improve greatly on the photos I post here!
I've also done quite a bit of felting, and I plan to share some of recent big projects soon, including a couple of butterfly shawls and a special baby blanket.
Mirian with Plum Pretty at AOBA Nationals in late May- she is available for sale! (PP, not Mirian!)
I've gotten some trail riding in despite the horrible heat! It's been fun to have Hoss come along.
We got to meet my new grand-nephew! Robert is practicing to be an uncle soon (and Paul and I are going to be grandparents!)
Nearby horse farms provide great subjects for playing with photo apps!
Jeffrey the lamb is finally off his bottle!
Everybody is growing... kids, lambs, and Hoss who is almost not a pup anymore!
We've had quite a few llama treks, despite the hot weather! Here, Bob and Leo...
I've been making some big art shawls!
Friday, May 18, 2012
One of the healthier things that I do for myself is to walk regularly around our farm with the dogs. I am also doing a lot of reading, praying/meditating, listening to inspiring music and other things to try to stay centered.
Today as I left the house with my camera, I noticed again the lovely flowers that I got for Mother's Day and my birthday, as well as a colorful pot of gerbera daisies I have on the steps from my friend Donna, and wildflowers on the fringe of the woods. All made me feel a little lighter.
A tiny, perfect new fawn curled up tight and still, it never even blinked the entire time I photographed it. The other thing that was so amazing is that Hoss never smelled or sensed it, coming within about ten feet on a few occasions (I was ready to grab him!)
I've had a slight smudge on my lens, which shows a bit in these photos but I hope you enjoy them anyway. Here is a little video that shows the setting of this little 'fairy-fawn a bit better. I had to wonder just how close momma was, and if she would have done anything if I had decided to touch her baby (which of course I didn't).
The nature that surrounds us here is one of my most beloved blessings, and I have been very consciously counting. I came across this quote, a twist on the famous poem which quips, "Count your blessings, one by one...."
Count your blessings instead of your crosses
Count your gains instead of your losses
County your joys instead of your woes
Count your friends instead of your foes
Count your smiles instead of your tears
Count your smiles instead of your fears
Count your full years instead of your lean
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean
Count your health instead of your wealth
Count on God instead of yourself
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
We've had some challenges keeping me from blogging lately... nothing I can talk about or share much (which of course makes it all the harder).... I've decided instead to just share photos of the beauty around me for a while, as a way of counting my many blessings.