Saturday, July 26, 2014

Finally...

The commissioned block print of the Bernese Mountain Dog pups is all done and delivered to a happy customer, so it's time to show the final version here:


Again, i pulled a small edition, so if you need your very own, you can find it at PressingNeeds.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fluff

Too hot to think straight, so it's a good day for cute cat pictures. So, without further ado, i give you the Social Grooming Totem Pole of Cats:


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Multiplying

After the Dewey print, i was asked to do another one, this time of a whole litter of roly-poly Berner pups. There was some jiggering to do to insert the puppy who'd evaded the photo that had the rest of the litter. I'm printing the last of the edition now, and will be hand coloring the prints next - it looks a little funny without the colored bits filled in, but here's a sneak peek of part of the group:


Friday, May 2, 2014

Not exactly a walk in the woods...


...more of a billy goat scramble, actually. I went out behind the house today to check out the wildflowers and to scout a bit on the foraging front.

After a few very damp days, there were more branches of the little creek than usual, and hopping between rocks i did start to wish that i hadn't traded ankle support for light weight in my footwear choice - but the woods are putting on their spring show...










i met at least one neighbor,


 i've got a better idea where the pawpaw trees are, and i found this:


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Adaptive reuse

The horses and the chickens keep wanting to eat and all, and so the plastic feed bags keep stacking up at the barn. Sure, i wish they still packaged feed in printed cotton bags that i could make into garments and quilts, but if plastic is all i'm going to get around here, why not make use of it? Time to convert them into totes!


I made a few of these at Christmastime, and this one went to the silent auction for the Bluemont dance program. (I already had four prints going to different auctions that week, it was time for something different!)

There are a zillion tutorials out there if you have a regular influx of bags; a lot of them use the bits trimmed from the bag to make handles, but i've found that cotton webbing is less hassle and gives a much nicer result (yeah, and also i got a whole reel of it at a thrift shop for about the cost of a single yard, so it's not adding much to my cost at the moment). I've been sewing these on the Rocketeer that i bought back in August, a machine i had intended to clean up and sell... but i keep going back and using it for projects, under the guise of "testing," so i'm starting to think it's probably here to stay.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A print. And a correction.

So. Done with the commissioned print, it's been shipped off, the customer is delighted. However, in going over the info before posting the listing of the rest of the edition in the shop, i noted that Dewey here is not a Saint Bernard, but a Bernese Mountain Dog.


In my defense, they do kinda look alike. If you want to take Dewey home with you, you can find him here.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Today's lessons

1. Tepid renditions of "The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me" give me the blues.

2. One really good waltz can make a two-hour drive suddenly seem worth it after all. (Yeah, that's two hours each way.)