Showing posts from August, 2010

Thread Painting

I think I just discovered a new and fun way to play with my threads-- thread painting. Thread painting --by my definition-- is the art of using all those lovely thread colors to create a picture using stitches programmed into my sewing machine. Example:

Note that the leaves on the left are rather plain. Pretty, but plain, despite the use of a bit of gold dye in the manufacturing. The same set of leaves on the right were thread painted using a simple orange Coats and Clark thread, and my plain old everyday running stitch. Now they really stand out!

That was just playing and experimenting. Right now, I want to go play with everything! I must calm down, but I see many possibilities with this. I look forward to attempting new and interesting things in the coming months. After all, I only stitched the veins of the leaves. I can well imagine stitching up the entire inside of a circle in a spiral (which is so very symbolic), just like I do with Russian Punch Needle, only infinitely easier!

Summertime Party 2

Let's talk about that wonderful thrill of the grill for a moment.

Summer Get Togethers Part 1

Today begins the final days of summer for me. Soon the days will chill, the kids will go to school, and the snow birds will depart for their northern homes. Wait...there's a bad side to this, somewhere. (grin) Anyway, we're planning those grilling events for the Labor Day weekend, right? I'm beginning a series of great ideas to share to make those summer parties shine.

The Junebug Drink


Keep the Kids Busy Until the Bus Comes again

My grandchildren are driving my eldest nuts. It's too hot, it's boring, etc. Yep, it's the Dog Days of Summer. Here are a few ideas to keep them busy until that glorious day when the bus comes.

No Cook Ice Cream

It's too hot to cook, not even for ice cream. Here's some treats that don't need it.

Roses With Smell Please

Ever notice the beautiful hybrid tea roses don't smell or have only faint scent?

Gardening: Hypertufa Garden Furniture and Sculptures

How to make Hypertufa Garden Furniture
Step 1: Gather Your MaterialsYou may have many of these supplies on hand. The remainder can be found at a building supply store to make a trough that measures 16x16 inches.
Tape (Duct, Masking, even Painter's)
Tape measure or ruler
Serrated knife
Sheet of 2-inch-thick foam insulation boards
Eight 3-1/4-inch nails
Rubber or latex gloves
Quikrete Portland cement
Peat moss
Reinforced concrete fibers
Gallon container
1/2-inch dowel
3/8-inch-thick plywood board (2x2 feet)
Spray bottle
Sheet of plastic or trash bag
Wire brush or screwdriver (optional)
Hoe Step 2: Prepare the MoldUsing the serrated knife, cut insulation into two 16x6-inch pieces and two 18x6-inch pieces. Assemble these four sections into a square or rectangle, depending on how you join the ends. Insert two nails through the insulation material -- one near the top and one near the bottom -- of each intersection. Test Garden Tip: For a rectangle…