Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Is......

Spent Sunflowers


The next best thing to sunflowers in a vase, are spent ones laying outside for the birds.  They're still so lovely!  I'm looking forward to tomorrow when our little farm across the road is open and I can get some more.  Way too much shade here for them to grow.

Ava's Hooking Project


Grandchildren are visiting, and that means activities.  Our little Ava finally finished her rug hooked puppy dog.  She worked so diligently on this.  I think she did a really nice job!

Rides In The Convertible Bug


Ava and I have also spent lots of time driving around with the top down (or hood, as she calls it) and AC blasting.  She likes to go where there's lots of people out and about and wave to them as though we're in some kind of parade.  So much fun!

Indoor Fiber Art


Hot days bring me inside to work on more shawls.  Already preparing for fall and holiday bizarres.  I've started adding extra long sari silk in with the fringe and each shawl has one embellishment.  This one is now Janet's, but adorned with a small piece of patina brass.

I really love this turquoise shawl, which is a nice cotton/silk blend.


On all the others I've added one or two rough cut mineral stones.  Small and subtle.  This one has a bit of aqua aura and rose quartz.


The one below has a cool chunk of smokey quartz added to the fringe.


I love the idea of one added stone or embellishment as sort of a "happy surprise" to each shawl.  Not enough to become too hippy or clanky, but you know it's there.

Need to get out and hit the flower garden.  I've worked so hard on it this year, and am proud that I still have quite a bit of color using only perennials with not much sun time.  Maybe two to three hours a day of it.  Discovering new flowering plants through the Master Gardener program, and knowledgeable friends.

Happy Day!
xo
dulcy

  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Shawl


Another shawl with the additions of extra long sari silk and tea dyed ribbon. Great for summer in this soft silk/cotton Noro blend.   Love it against this old disintegrating chair.  The chair should be pitched, definitely not useable.  But it's so beautifully old!  Great prop for whatever I decide to photograph!

Very hot and extremely humid, but I love the jungle effect we have surrounding our house.  Daily visits by deer, and a mother raccoon the other morning with at least seven babies bumping into each other.  So cute!  Watched a hawk flutter up outside the studio door with a snake.  That didn't end well.  I like all the dampness.  It looks and feels lush.  Great for skin and hair!  Another summer day in the Ozarks.

xo
dulcy

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Knitting Knitting Knitting

Did you know that last Saturday was World Wide Knitting In Public Day?  No?!  Well, I did and invited Tammy along to find somewhere interesting to knit.  We decided on a favorite haunt, Inspirational Home in Galloway Village.  We found a cool and cozy little bench by the creek, and the lovely proprietor, Debra, was so kind to take our picture.


We didn't get much knitting done, but had a fun day drinking tea, some knitting, and browsing a bit in this lovely little eclectic shop by the creek.

I finally finished my "forever" log cabin knitted throw.


I love the fact that all the colors were made with leftover yarn from my shawls.  So, lots of pretty Noro color.  The border is an acrylic I bought that was pretty cheap, but the color works well.  I'm happy with the results, and glad it's done.  These large projects seem fun at first, but get to be a bit of a drag after awhile.

Knitting some socks for hubby with this gorgeous sunny gold yarn


ordered from my friend Dag.  She spins and dyes gorgeous yarns.  This is my husbands favorite color, and it's very modeled with lovely striations of shades of yellow and gold.  Very soft too, so nice to work with.

Excited to begin another little knitting project.  I ordered a pattern from Ravelry to make one of these super cute little croft houses.


I just love little houses!  Also looks pretty easy and a great use of small yarn bundles.  Cute gifts!

Very very hot here..... gardening only in the mornings, outings and projects in the cool indoors.

xo
dulcy


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Happy Day

Today has been fun for the following reasons:

- package in the mail
- surprised visit from a my friend, Ann
- finished another shawl
- hydrangeas!
- wearing my new pretty red glasses

I won't go into all of above, but here's a peek at my happy day........

I received a lovely package today from Peggy at Woman With Wings.  I've admired all her creative endeavors, and really love her stitched moon clothes.  We did a little trade, and today I received the June Cloth.... my birthday month!


Love the color, little house with eye, the calendar, the complete composition!  So charming.  Thanks Peggy!

I finished another shawl in my favorite Noro yarn.  A gorgeous grass green in a cotton/silk blend.


I already have one of these green lovelies, so added this one to my Etsy shop.

I hosted a class on hydrangeas for our local chapter of Master Gardeners Monday evening.  Our extremely knowledgable presenter shared her love of hydrangeas.  Mine are, for the most part, full and lovely this year.  I put one pretty white bloom in my little vintage heart vase I found while flea marketing with my buddy Tammy.


I have lots of blue and pink plants, but not wanting to cut blooms yet (tip:  leave blooms on plant until color is completely full.  the cut blooms tend to wilt sooner if the color is not all the way in).  The robin is a pastel I did a few year ago.

It's blazing hot here!  Hope you're staying cool.  I'm weaving in my air conditioned studio, drinking lemonade, and gardening in the very early morning.

xo
dulcy

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Etsy Time

It's that time of year again...... yes, updating and reviving my Etsy store.  For now, I'm just adding a few shawls as I finish them.  I put in three today, and will add another pretty blue next week.

Here's what I have so far:





All three are made with gorgeous Noro yarn, in a silk/mohair blend.  Very light weight, and nice for all seasons and occasions.

This one is mine, but love the green and have yarn to make another.  Its's a silk/cotton Noro blend.  Such a great color!


So.... if you like green, may have one in the shop in a couple of weeks or so.  You can visit at

I take these everywhere in the spring and summer to stay warm in overly air-conditioned shops, restaurants, etc.  They wad up nicely in a tote.... no wrinkles ever!  That's what you get with great yarn..... gorgeous color, and soft great texture!

xo
dulcy

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Blooming Posy Bags

I've started making my little over the shoulder hooked bags again.  I really enjoy the process of design, color, and texture.  I would sort of like to start hooking something large, but haven't felt pulled that way, and frankly, don't have room in my home for another large piece.  Of course, I shouldn't say that because new becomes old, and old usually finds it's place over chairs on the porch, or home on my studio floor covering spots on the carpet I can't seem to remove.  And anyway, it's about the process....right?

So here's a quick look at a couple of bags I created last month that were exciting and fun to make.

First, I have what I like to call my "Dazzling Dahlias" bag.  I used some of my "sexy jersey" wool that I purchased from Deanne Fitzpatrick.  Great fun to hook with!  Nice and soft, and lends itself to clipping and twisting.  The background doesn't show up very well here, but it's a gorgeous slate/eggplant blue with a tiny gold thread runny through.  Really works well with the jersey pastels.


This little bag is currently for sale at our library gift shop, "Between Friends".


I was so in love with the background color (because, for me, it's always about the color) that I did another.  I like to call it "Gorgeous Gerbers".


Lots of pretty proddy on this one.  It's also at the same shop.


A happy pair!

 Weaving happening too.  Shawls in shop that I failed to photograph, and a gorgeous pink on the loom.

All is well and in color!

xo
dulcy

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Shot Of Gudrun

I didn't think anything could get me excited to rug hook again, until I bought this pretty top from the Gudrun Sjoden catalog.  I'm a big fan of her "everything".  Each new season I think "no more Gudrun" and then she comes out with a new line of artful clothes made from organic cotton in places to create a sense of economic sustainability, and I'm a goner.  Casual dressing fits my lifestyle.... mostly jeans...but I do like to add art and color.  Here's a shot of my newly hooked bag and my Gudrun blouse (you can only see a bit of that... but sleeveless and wonderful!).


I made another one of these little pouches that I call my "Midnight Garden" bags for the library gift shop.  It's displayed with one of my shawls.  A gorgeous teal in a silk/cotton blend.


Here's a couple of closer shots of the above bag.



It's funny how one simple thing can jump start a creative process (for me anyway).  With the blouse, I also ordered Gudrun's new book.  Oh my gosh!  It's big, colorful, and full of inspiration.  Plus it tells the story of her 40 years in business.


Aside from all this hooking and weaving, I'm gardening up a storm.  I think I'm going to add one more hellebore to my front garden, and  call it a wrap.

xo
dulcy

Friday, April 29, 2016

Time to Create & Time to Rest

This is what it looks like today from the upstairs bedroom window.


A bit out of focus, and shooting through the window and screen, but I never grow tired of this view.  Lush with rain and spring.  Peonies are just beginning to open, so lots of sweet smelling bouquets.  The black locust is blooming now (white flowers of front view) and just smell heavenly.  Keeping the windows open!!

I'm resting this week, as the past month has been busy, and I've worked hard.  Ended well with my husbands show, my sale, and good friends visiting.

I was part of a sweet little spring bizarre on Sunday at Tea Bar and Bites Cafe.  Lots of fun creative types, and lovely friends.  Great way to spend a pretty Sunday.  I sold shawls, and let go of some "gently used " hooked bags and pillows.  Had a few second thoughts on selling things I'd worked hard on, but such fun to move on to friends!


Here's the lovely Valerie!  She snagged up a bag before I was barely unpacked, and by the end of the show was the proud owner of a new shawl.  I was the lucky one, as I was able to acquire two of her gorgeous crocheted bracelets.  I haven't photographed those, but will share next time.

I was able to get in some knitting during the sale, and finished my "shortie" socks.  This is a soft, but vibrant, merino super wash I picked up at the fiber fest in Texas.  It's called "Vintage" and I just love the colors!


Since these are done, I can get back to my never ending log cabin scrappy throw.  Three more blocks to outline in the joining color, stitch together, done!


I feel creatively drained right now, so lots of gardening, reading, and knitting.  Although..... feeling the pull of rug hooking again.  I may draw something up before the day is over.  Another bag maybe????

xo
dulcy

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring Magic

It feels really magical around our house this time of year.  Everything is big, wild, and green!


I feel like that sense of magic carries over into my life and creativity.

I'm just loving building papermache teacups!  I will be part of a spring sale in a couple of weeks, and I've decided to add several of these.  Using up recycled paper to make these little cuties is great fun!


I like to make them look a bit grungy and old, then tie natty looking ribbon on the handles.

Last weekend I went to Texas and met up with my friend Mary.  We attended the Dallas Fiber Fest and had a great time lusting over all the hand dyed yarns!  I thought I'd never make another pair of socks, but couldn't resist this pretty yarn.  It has a real vintage feel.  Making more of a shorty sock for spring.  Much quicker knit!  All the colors in this picture inspire me!


Another magical piece of my picture is my little cabin dollhouse created by Gooseberry Creek Designs.  I've added a bit of spring to the porch.  The rug is a little punch needle brooch I made several years ago, and the sheep is a winter Saturday project my friend Tammy and I cooked up.


And the downstairs is looking cosy too.


Still painting away in my Jane LaFazzio watercolor and mixed media journaling class.  This past week we were to choose a subject, and draw it using different methods.... creating a journal page.  I chose to draw some of my jewelry.


Hope you're feeling a sense of magic this spring.......

xo
dulcy

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Making Stuff

Very busy time right now.  All fun and creative!  I've been sidetracked by a new little lovely, paper mache tea cups.  On Easter while others were painting eggs, I had my hands in flour and water making paste.  These are my first two cuties.


I used an Ann Wood pattern that you can find here.  I have three more put together just waiting for paper mache and paint.  I'm kind of obsessed with these.

Because of being side tracked by tea cups, I haven't done a whole lot in my sketchbook this week.  Below is an exercise I did using my Tombow pen.  tricky....


I've finished up several shawls over the past month or so.  Two are at our library gift shop, Between Friends, and these two I'm holding onto for a sale later in the month.


I'm currently using a gorgeous Noro solo yarn that's a cotton/silk blend.  Lightweight and perfect for spring and summer!

xo
dulcy

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Painting My Spring

Well..... It's that time.  Gardening and spring cleaning.  Actually, I'm painting instead.  Although, I spent 3 hours in the garden on 3 different days over the past week and am paying for it.  Allergies for the first time ever!  So surprising and aggravating!  Spring cleaning is some sort of myth from the 50's, but I do love to throw open all the windows!  But I digress from the purpose of my post, painting......  I'm continuing with Jane Lafazzio's art class, and loving it.  This six weeks we're continuing to journal with our sketchbook and watercolors, only adding in some mixed media.  So far we have been planning pages with items from nature, then expanding with the designs.  I've done three pages this week.




I've been plucking things from around the yard for inspiration.

Also really enjoying Danny Gregory's book, Everyday Matters.

I took it to heart, and while we were on a little trip to Crystal Bridges I did a quick sketch of my jewelry for the day,  and one of a section of this fabulous art museum, built as giant pods resting on the water.



Everyday does matter!

And here's my guy outside 21C on his very special birthday!


I also enrolled in Jane's Cereal Box Journaling class.  I won't go into all that, other than it's creating journals with a watercolor surface from boxes, such as cereal, crackers, etc.  I made one to use when I'm out art journaling with friends.






These are all pages done while out and sketching.  The heart with the flip pages was done, again at Crystal Bridges, just the other night.  Was so lucky to attend a talk with artist, Faith Ringgold.  Her quilt, created for Maya Angelou, currently resides at the museum.  Such a treat!

xo
dulcy