Wednesday, November 17, 2010

best wishes...

... for a happy thanksgiving!  i'm grateful for you, my internet friend.  thank you for allowing me to tame my tempest here with you.

this adorable turkey is a free pattern from webs.  the picture is from the website.

one of these may have to be knit upon arrival at our little campo in baja.  here is a panorama for you -- i'll be enjoying this view for the next week.  as always, double click for a much larger view.

Monday, November 15, 2010

it's the end of the world as we know it

and i feel fine ツ

meet maisy, our new family member.  she is a 3 month old labradoodle, smart and sweet.

Friday, November 12, 2010

paisleys and washcloths

i used the autumnal palettes i "discovered" on to paint some paisleys. what i learned:
  1. if you don't gesso your canvas, you get a lovely canvassy texture on your background
  2. if you don't use your paint in say a year, some colors may be dried up and unusable
  3. if you don't have an adequate variety of paint colors, the colors you blend will be remarkably uniform
  4. make sure your overlaid color is significantly different in shade intensity than your background color
  5. i still love drawing paisleys
  6. a painting can be a color sketch

how about some washcloths to consume some stoplight time? i have always liked that basic washcloth recipe, illustrated by the green one with the blue stripe. the center corners always buckle on me, however. this time, i just put a little set of short rows in each corner, and voila! no buckling!

your washcloth hint for the day. you're welcome.ツ

Saturday, November 6, 2010

loving colo(u)rs

if you don't already know about, you should!  you can create colors, look at colors created by others, and (my favorite feature) create and explore color palettes and patterns created by others.  there is a feature (i haven't used it yet) allowing you to extract a color palette from a photograph.  wow!

the palettes above were created by others using autumn photos -- the top from leaves, the bottom from a chestnut


ETA:  you do not have to be a member to explore the palettes and patterns;  you do have to be a member to create, but it's free!