Sunday, October 26, 2014

Slowly, but Surely

The temperature is all relative.  We complained about the cold last weekend when it was in the high 50's, here in Maryland.  At the same time, my Uncle in Florida said they were having a cold wave.  It was in the low 70's.  I would find the low 70's gorgeous,  My sister, who lives in Nome, Alaska was experiencing temperatures in the low 30's with snow.  She would find the weather in Maryland and Florida just perfect.

I am finding skin tones really challenging.  I have cut and thrown away enough fabric this week to stock a store trying to find the right combination.  I hope to move onto the baby this week.

Pictures taken last weekend in Maryland, Florida, and Alaska:


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Face is a Challenge

The weather is definitely changing; hot one day and cold the next.  The colors in the sunset are changing from their summer shades to their autumn colors.  The silhouettes against the sky are going from leafy trees to skinny leafless limbs. Summer house decorations are giving way to Halloween decorations. Yes, it is definitely fall.

This week I didn't accomplish very much because the shading on the face is presenting itself as a real challenge.  I keep cutting out different shades of fabric trying to find the right one.  I really do feel at the bottom of the learning curve on this wall-hanging attempt.

 Houses decorated for Halloween:


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trouble with Flesh Tones

There is nothing better to renew the soul and spirit than to sit on the beach.  The feel of sand under your feet and the pounding of the waves just does something to help melt all the cares and troubles of the world.  We went down on Wednesday and the weather couldn't have been better if we had personally ordered it for that day.

The fabric scattering on the floor keeps growing because I am having a very difficult time choosing material to choose for the flesh tones on my daughter-in-law.

Scenes from Rehoboth  Beach:

The gorgeous sunset was the perfect ending to a great day.

The moon rise was spectacular over the ocean.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Taking Comfort in Creating

This week we experienced a lost in the family and great joy with another member of the family on the same day.  It is overwhelming to say the least when your emotions are very raw and are torn in two totally different directions at almost the exact same time.  Life will continue to hold surprises around every corner. 

Working on my wall-hanging was a much needed stress relief.  I'm not sure how much time I will get to work on it this week.

More pictures from Lake Anna:


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Retry on the Shirt

This week I hope to dig out the fall decorations; table runners, Halloween fun, and door decorations.  Thus begins the season of constant "door revolving" decorating until after Christmas.   The holidays will have special meaning again with having a little one to share them with again.

I think the shirt looks better.  I will add more shading with thread.

I am digging out my material to take inventory for possible flesh tones.  I am heavy on the yellow and browns.  Oh my, I think I will have to visit my favorite quilting stores, Prints Charming in Fulton, MD and Patches in Mt. Airy, MD.

Signs of fall at Lake Anna:


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Too Much of a Contrast

I love fall as much as any other season.  I enjoy the pumpkins, fall vegetables, and all the craft shows, special activities and holidays associated with the season.  Last night we had an outdoor movie night with a New Orleans theme; Cajun cooking and the movie Double Jeopardy.  We had a gathering of 15 people with a variety of dishes from Jambalaya to beignets.  There is nothing better than fun, food, family and friends.

The shirt just isn't working for me.  It will come apart right after I finished typing this post.

More pictures from the lake:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A beginning

This week our mini heat wave broke and there is definitely the feel of fall in the air. Yesterday, for the first time I put on a pair of jeans before we went to our daughter's house.  I must admit I do like living in an area with four distinct seasons.  Each bringing it's own sounds, smells, flavors, and sights.



I had a hard time deciding where to begin .   Finally, I decided to piece  together the shorts.  It took awhile choosing the fabrics.  This piece is definitely going to be a challenge for me.

Here are some pictures from Lake Anna: