Well, it's been more knitting than art for me lately. As you know, I have a new little grandson born on September 8, but you may not know that now we're expecting a granddaughter in February. (Different daughter, in case you were concerned!) So, I knitted a sweater for the expected baby. (Now that there's a fall chill in the air, it feels so good to play with yarn.) It's my first sweater, and I know it's not perfect, but I'm still proud of it.
I still have to sew on the buttons, and I'm making a hat to go with it. Isn't the yarn beautiful? It's hand-dyed by my friend Joyce at Elliebelly. If you knit or crochet, you should check out her gorgeous yarns.
No completed art projects to show, but I have been playing with making some background papers in fall colors using stamps from Layers of Color.
We're having glorious fall weather here in the Atlanta area, although it has been really windy. Our driveway is a blanket of pinestraw, not to mention my car. I don't drive every day, so when I do go out to take the car out, I can't believe how much pinestraw has piled up on it. It's fun to drive down the road and watch it all fly off. Okay, I admit it, it doesn't take much to amuse me.
I created this tag as a gift for a friend. A couple of days ago I asked my friend Laura of Layers of Color to give me an assignment as a way to get my creative juices going. She sent me a list of great suggestions, one of which was trying unusual color combinations. She mentioned aqua and orange. That combo struck me. Now I know the color on this tag is not aqua, but that's how it goes. As I looked through my papers looking for something aqua, I found this patina-ed angel, and I thought I'd like to try it with orange, and so I did.
Stamps used are from the Architectural Blocks and Fleur Heart stamp sets from Layers of Color.
I have not been doing much art lately because I have been knitting. With one grandson here and another grandbaby on the way, knitting seems a worthwhile and productive activity! However, I did make a card with a vintage feel yesterday.
The background is similar to the one I used in my Archangel last week, using Layers of Color Architectural Block stamp set and stamping repeatedly to get the overall pattern. I then sprayed patina ink followed by a spattering of walnut ink. The image is Cordelia from my line of collage sheets. I thought the copper brads looked interesting with the "things that fold back to hold them in place" showing. (Is there a word for those things?)
We actually had rain yesterday! We have been in a terrible drought here, and although the weather has been spectacular with comfortable temperatures, plentiful sunshine, and a gorgeous blue October sky, we need rain. I hope we get more.
Here's something interesting I found in my yard a couple of days ago. It's a dogwood leaf, and I thought it was very unusual. It almost looks like a snake skin. It might not be beautiful to everyone, but I think its pattern and intense red splotches are lovely.
There's something about watching a tiny baby sleep that stirs all sorts of emotions. Watching the tiny chest rise and fall with each breath — it's a miracle. Dana, my stepdaughter, took this picture of Bobby a week or so ago with her digital camera. I took it into Photoshop, cropped it, played with curves (if you're not using curves, you're missing a great feature!) and applied a sepia filter.