This spring, something I've been waiting for for years has happened: the
laburnum, AKA golden chain, tree is blooming. This is a big deal to me
because I grew this plant from a seed. Then, when I put one in the
ground, the gophers ate it. I put another one in the spot. The deer ate
it. It survived, but now instead of a regular tree shape with a single
trunk it's a giant multistemmed thing. But that's all okay, because it's
now taller (barely) than the house and it's doing this:
The snow has
melted enough that I’ve been able to do some cleaning up in the garden beds,
and the primroses are blooming. They are always the first things in my garden
to flower. Today I scattered white Dutch clover seed around the grass areas in
hopes that it may crowd out some of the weeds. The weeds have gotten out of
control around here! I also scattered some lupine seeds along the edge of the
road ditch; it’d be nice if we had some of them. There are enough of them in
the ditches around here!
Finally posting about the wall hanging I made for a friend as a holiday gift!
This friend loves the ocean, so I decided it was time for me to make an under the sea quilt. I've admired other people's undersea art and crazy quilts for years, so I was excited to make this.
I hand pieced this onto a loose cotton base, using quilter's cottons, silk, and taffeta. I blanket stitched the edges of the pieces down. Then I drew and painted in the mermaid, sewed down ribbons and textural yarn as seaweed, used old pieces of lace as sea plants on the ocean floor and dark tulle as shadows, and embellished with beads and shells.
I then sashed and backed it with black cotton, and used dark blue ribbon for the hangers, embellished with vintage buttons.
Close up of the anchor point of a kelp clump, with star fish (rayon trim cut apart), a shell with pearls in it, and a piece of dark green lace as plant life.
Bottom left corner, showing most of the plant life as well as more shells and the mermaid.
Jellyfish in the upper right. The body is a circle of sheer fabric folded; the tentacles are silk ribbons held down with beads. The air bubbles that are scattered around are clear beads with a 'oil slick' finish.