Monday, July 9, 2012

Birds and Bags

Hello Friends!

So good to be back blogging again!  I've had a wonderful summer so far. My days revolve around  hooking, knitting, painting, gardening, reading, swimming,  and visiting with friends.  Of course I've also been cleaning, cooking, pulling weeds, paying bills, watering, watering watering .... you get the picture..... everyday life.

What I've really enjoyed this summer is bird watching!  I'm a card carrying, binoculars on a strap around my neck, member of the Audubon Society.  My hubby bought me a pair of super duper binoculars for my birthday. I now can see things far away, really really close up, and crystal clear!

 The above shot is me looking up at our family of yellow crested night herons.  Four of these "cuties" are now learning to fly and are all over our yard.  I can practically walk right up to them, as they seem to be very used to us now.  They've been watching down from their nest as we work around the yard and have our evening "deck time".  Deck time is a nightly affair that involves wine, sitting, and doing nothing.

We are also enjoying the family of adult cooper's hawks with their four new babies.  These sweeties are huge, and they whistle all day.  They swoop among the trees, and I can hear them whistling right now as I write this post!

These babies usually can be seen in the bird bath trying to battle the 100 degree plus temperatures!

And what outdoor nursery wouldn't be complete without triplet baby fawns and their mother roaming about?  These little guys suddenly appeared the other night.  They ran all over the place while mama drank from the pond.

So, it can be hard to get much done around here aside from wildlife watching and photographing, but I have managed to be a bit creative.

Below is my gazing ball pillow.  The pattern is from Primitive Spirit. 

 I think it turned out absolutely gorgeous!  I wasn't sure where I would put it, but seems to work nicely resting on my little gold-checked wing-backed chair.

I'm sooooo excited to be going to New York in the fall!  One of the things I'll be doing is attending a wool festival.  This trip was just what I needed to put me into high gear and make a new fall tote to carry on my journey.  I was trying decide color and design, when the obvious choice came to me.  My love for hedge apples!  I love the color, texture, and shape of these fall beauties.

The colors I chose evolved from the greens.... I knew I wanted a grey background.  I think hooked bags look their very best after being carried awhile with a bit of wear.  This one may come out late summer to very early fall so it will be nice and a bit frumpy for the New York trip.

Below is a quick shot I took of the inside before I assembled the bag.  I wanted roomy pockets so I wouldn't be digging for stuff all the time.

I've made other bits of this and that, but this has been sort of a lengthy post, so I'll share more of my life and creative endeavors here at the doorstep on another day.



Charlotte said...

Welcome back, what a wonderful summer. So glad you have been able to enjoy all the wildlife and craftiness. You are such a talented lady.

Cathy G. said...

It's so good to see a post from the doorstep! Such a beautiful shot of you bird gazing! Colorful and gorgeous as are your hooked pillow and handbag! So exciting to be going to a wool festival in NY! Hope you are staying cool and the wildlife you are keeping a watchful eye on aren't suffering too much in the heat!
Cathy G

Maria said...

Will the New York bag pattern be available for purchase?
I love it!

dulcy said...

Thank you Maria! I'm not selling patterns anymore, but I appreciate your sweet comment.

Amy McPheeters said...

LOVE the baby birds and fawns. What an absolute treat to have all that going on right outside your door! Your latest hooking projects are wonderful (of course!). We were in NYC in early May. I love going there, and then I love coming home to "reality" - or at least to my reality! Hope to see more baby bird photos!

coinguyslady said...

Love all the babies you have been spending your time with.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Miss Dulcy, I miss you when you're gone! Love both your new hooked pieces ~ you've been busy ! Happy summer to you!

Jennifer Richardson said...

its so GOOD again
to get to traipse along
beside you
as you make your world
(and ours!)
all the more beautiful
and bright.
I really love the way
you live your life.

Pixie said...

Hi Dulcy so lovely to see you back with us all,, and so glad you have had a wonderful summer....have missed you.x

wonderful photos of the amazing wild life that surrounds you,, how lucky you are to be able to get so close to them all,, especially those dears.
Amazing bag too, it looks great on the chair, the colours go really well together,, love the rug too thats got in on the picture also.
Hugs to you Dulcy and glad your back. xx

Dag said...

sounds indeed like an awesome summer, dulcy!! beautiful birds, your pillow and the bag are wonderful! i agree, inside pockets are a must!! looking forward to more about what you've been up to!! stay cool - dag

Tammy Burks said...

Dulcy, You've been so creative here lately! We really need to get together soon! Love all the wildlife pics, I'll have to get Kenny in here to look at them!

Mary Stanley said...

Enjoying all the wonderful photos-birds, deer and especially your lovely creations! Great hooked pillow and the bag is fabulous. Will be so fun to take to NYC!

Karen Piehl said...

i love your pillow! beautiful work!