This blog started with small daily paintings then changed to a more personal sharing of projects, events and photos. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Crocheted Slippers

My granddaughter chose pink--these work up fast--and fit her nicely.

 The yarn isn't anything special--some acrylic I had as scrap yarn---this crochet project teeters on the edge of being one of those depressing things you could buy at a church bazaar, but oh well... (I have ambivalent feelings about crocheted items), yet here I am finding some peace and joy in making these.

Already getting a little worn in.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Slippers

I crocheted myself a pair of slippers--I followed a pattern, but had to change it a lot for the shape of my long foot and to have them stay on my feet.

Now to make another pair for my granddaughter who just about fits in these!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Washcloth

I found this pattern for a washcloth on Ravelry--very easy and fun to knit--this might end up way too big so I"ll have to experiment with a different size cotton yarn.

More Cupcakes!

Even though school is in, the cupcakes are still being made--these were for a small Sleeping Beauty performance put on by my granddaughter's dance class--she used these colors for the three fairies.

Chocolate with chocolate icing--here she was striving for a moist cake with a thicker icing--she was pretty happy with this batch----mmmm----me too!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Felted Diaper Cover

I thought I'd try out a diaper cover with some left over wool I had on hand.  I'm not an avid knitter and it was the first time I did this brioche stitch (the very large ribbing going down the length of the diaper cover)  I had some trouble understanding the pattern.

After a few days, I finally sewed the side seams and came up with a long and very stretchy diaper cover--here's the front.

and back.  I noticed that all the diaper covers that work well are felted--this pattern didn't call for the felting, so I was afraid it would shrink too much, but I closed my eyes and tossed it in with a regular warm water wash--scary, this felting process!!

It really did shrink--it just might fit my grandson today, maybe not tomorrow!  You can barely tell the difference between the stitches--the brioche panel running down the front and back is thick and padded, which is good, but the waistline and leg openings are not very stretchy, so this might not work!  I did soak it in a lanolin solution after the washing, so as not to soak up too much wetness from the baby.  I'm experimenting--perhaps it would be better to felt the diaper cover, then add the waist and leg ribbing later.   Making sure from then on to wash in cold water by hand?
I guess this is an old time method of covering cloth diapers that has made a come back.  I don't remember having anything like this when my kids were babies--we had plastic diaper covers that would get brittle and scratchy with a lot of use,especially around the waist and legs.

The back.  We'll see if this fits and if it works!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Children's Crafts Fair 2014

Once again--time for the Children's Crafts Fair, put on by the Los Osos Library--it's free for the kids to set up their tables and they can keep any money they made--a very great idea!  This is our fifth year--you can see our past years, here--here--here and here.  This year, my granddaughter and her friend made the crafts.  I've often posted about how I tend to help out a little too much--so much so, that the crafts turn into my creations flavored with the artistic designs of my granddaughter, but I have to say, this year I only helped with some exacto knife cutting, putting O-rings on the charms, and helping with the table and display--not bad for me!!

They sold all these pressed flowers...

People could make their own charm bracelets...

with Shrinky Dink charms!

We sold some left over items from last year's booth,

I bought a pair of round needle nose pliers--my granddaughter learned how to make nice round little loops for making her earrings--I did have to help her by twisting the wire around pretty tightly and clipping close with the precision wire clippers, that I also bought--(I like crafting tools!!), But that's all I did---really!

She and her friend got together numerous times to make batch after batch of play-dough--we came home with just a handful of these left.

Because I really took a back seat this year, I could tell that she and her friend felt a greater sense of accomplishment, pride in their work and had lots of fun--plus they made some pocket money!  Then there's  the mad dash of trading toward the end, which is fun to watch!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer of the Cupcakes

4th of July cupcake

We've been watching DC Cupcakes and Cupcake Wars--my granddaughter has been trying out frosting nozzles--baking minis and regular size cupcakes--cooking from scratch--some exploded in the oven--our attempt to melt a chocolate bar in the microwave went up in impressive billows of smoke, but these chocolate cupcakes came out delicious!

The frosting was a little too runny and these look sort of like they're topped with fried eggs, but don't be fooled these were very good!

Here is my granddaughter's favorite frosted mini.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

On the Beach at Morro Rock

I did play with the colors a bit...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

More Pots

I'm making those little eucalyptus pots again---I'm heating up the mixture of tree sap, charcoal and beeswax to seal the ends of the toothpicks on the outside and inside.

Lids and strings and beads attached.

These are small--can only carry very small things, like seeds, tiny shells and such.

Why do I make these?  I don't know--There is something very satisfying to me, to finish a little handful of pots.  My older pots are holding mostly flower seeds and beads--I lose track of what's inside and have to open them all up before I find what I'm looking for--kind of a drawback, but a fun one--I don't want to write any labels on them.

Book Mark

helps..........pass the time on a summer day.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Music in the Plaza

A free outdoor concert at the mission in SLO--(each Friday evening throughout the summer).  My grandson's second music festval--Music by,  Burning James and the Funky Flames

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

FINAL Dancer Drawing.

okay the art show is tomorrow, so I squeaked this one out, sort of last minute, but I wanted to draw a boy dancer, there are only just a few.
Charcoal about 9"x 11" on Bristol paper

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Final Dancer Drawing?

I finished this drawing today---I'm not sure I'll have the time to do another before the art show that's going up the first weekend in June.  I've enjoyed drawing and painting this subject of dancers--I have more that I want to do...we'll see.
Charcoal on Bristol paper  15"x 10"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby Boy

Stephen Michael---born Sunday May 18th---7lbs8oz

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Wild Turkey

A wild female turkey jumping down off my fence.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bracelets

I came up with this lesson for a 3rd grade class, for Mother's Day.  I wish I had pictures of these finished, but I was too busy putting the final crimp bead on each one.
The first day, the students were given about ½" square of yellow, red and blue polymer clay or Sculpty clay.  We mixed colors so they each had a little blob of not only primary colors , but secondary colors.  They rolled and pinched and put together beads.
Next day, the students strung their beads with a choice of other beads that I had brought in, to make their bracelet.  I put on the last crimp bead to hold it all in place--opened up the end loop and they were done.

I made some paper beads, so each student could have at least three paper beads if they wanted them, but it turns out not many used these beads--I was thinking of having them make these rolled beads, but the clay beads took up all our time, and these small magazine beads would have, most likely, been too difficult for them to make.

Here's a practice one I made at home.

The aluminum crimp bead.

Now, you might want to know about my spectacular ceramic bracelet?  I didn't mean for this to be a commercial in any way, but if your interested, check out my niece's web site, Kaitlyn Duggan Pottery.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Belly Cast is Made...Now it's Time for the Baby!

I helped my son and his wife create a belly cast this past weekend.

They plan to decorate this somehow--I'm curious to see the final result, but I like the way it looks, with just the white plaster strips.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Print of Young Dancers at the Barre

I tried a bigger soft cut print.  I wanted to print three times with the same plate, (cutting away for each color).  I didn't like the results after the third print, so this is a print using the plate only two times, (I used two colors for the second printing).  It's an interesting process that I want to experiment with!

Here's a close up of an attempt at a third color--I didn't get the second or the third printing lined up evenly on this one, and I didn't like the dark lines of paint on the dancer's skin--made them look like they had wrinkles!!