Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
This particular breed of chicken lays "duck egg blue" eggs--really they do! There's no need to verify the genuiness of these particular offerings. The colour is not quite even and the shape is just a bit imperfect. That's perfect really.
My plan is to blow out the eggs. Two benefits: fresh egg for me to enjoy in an easy meal and eggshells for me to keep.
Friday, March 25, 2011
I was feeding the dogs in my courtyard and wasn't about to go out chasing the golden light, so I did what I could with my zoom lens. Thankfully there's no soundtrack as the cockatoos who live in these trees were particularly raucous that night. The image is much more peaceful.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
And yes, that is the corner of my laptop you can see in the pic. It's in place and connected--the wireless internet works. I would have blogged from the studio this morning if I'd been just a bit more organised. Yes, I'm getting sorted. Now back to the homework.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I was on my own when I finally had the outer cover complete. I'll spare you the drama of my malfunctioning zip--I decided I could use velcro instead. My first attempt resulted in a twisted lump of bean bag lying unmoving inside my cover. When I went to pull the lining bag out to try again I found that there was a small hole in the lining bag--just enough to let a trickle of little white pellets escape. Auuugh! I found it and stitched it shut. The pellets went in the bin. Then I managed to drag the twisted lining bag out of its new cover. I made several unsuccesful attempts to get the cover in place. You can just imagine me wrestling with a highly mobile expanse of uncooperative fabric and its contents. In the end I decided I needed a larger opening in the outer cover. I unpicked the bottom seam and tried again. This time I managed to line up the inner and outer casing. Here's the result. You can't tell that there's an open seam tucked under the bean bag, can you? I'll address that issue once I'm convinced that everything else is working as it should. By the time I got to this stage I was dreaming of a relaxed half hour lounging in my new creation. I'd worked up quite a sweat. It was not to be. My adjustment to the size of the cover had overcompensated. The bean bag looks good, but it's just a little too full for comfortable relaxation. I'm aware that the bean bag pellets do tend to lose a little volume with use. I'm counting on that. Otherwise I either need to make a new cover or adjust the quantity of filling. Neither prospect is enticing. Unfortunately neither is the bean bag in its current state. To get the pellets to do their natural adjustments I'm going to have to use it though. Either that or spend a couple of hours kicking it around the room! Tempting as that solution may be I think I'll stick to the conservative approach.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I've also spent some time on what is to be a big bean bag--that one's for humans. Today I hope to finish the lining bag and fill it with those incredibly mobile foam pellets. I have fabric for the outer casing, but I'm not sure how far I'll get with that. Maybe it will have to wait until next week to be finished.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
My car is booked in for a service tomorrow. I'm planning to sit at a nearby cafe and stitch away until it's ready. It seems like a more pleasant and efficient use of my time than getting home and back again on public transport. So today I'm going to switch my attention to my other homework--it's currently a lump of clay sitting on the kitchen table. But first I need to take care of another form of stitching. My dog Macc in now two-weeks post-surgery and it's time to go back to the vet for a check up. The wound seems to have healed really well. That should mean his stitches can come out and his Elizabethan collar can go to. I won't be at all sorry to see the end of that phase in his recovery.
Monday, March 14, 2011
In a carton of a dozen free range eggs, each a uniform warm brown colour, beautifully clean except for one little feather clinging to the top of the first one--just where it would most likely be seen when checking for cracks before popping into a shopping trolley. It's a lovely thing in its own way and at the same time as I felt a warm fuzzy pang for the mother hen, I wondered whether there's just a worker at the processing plant with a pile of perfect little feathers, dabbing one onto a representative egg in every dozen. Oh well!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Of course I don't know what we're going to be asked to do with the picture we bring, but for now I'm satisfied with just enjoying the colours.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
The red-green complementary combination is a classic, but there's so much more to see in real life.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
How cute is that! I found myself reaching for it with an embracing gesture before I even knew where it came from. Then she told me it's from one of the miniature apple trees which were moved to her place last year. I last featured it in a post when it was at blossom stage. When I queried its size--I expected full-sized apples from those trees--she reminded me that it's in a very restricted environment. I guess so. Nevertheless it's a real red apple. I brought it home as a treasure. I really should eat it, though it seems a pity, really. It's just so cute.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
On the other hand the packaging did bring me joy:
Some-one, somewhere gets to design these natty little containers to keep all the bits and pieces neatly and safely organised in their box. Oh, what fun! If only the whole experience could be so orderly, simple and functional.