Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Warm March Weather Brings Gardening Bug

Yep…trees are blooming, warm breezes flowing, and the gardening bug has hit big time.  I have a couple of areas I can have some raised beds in, so I am toting the soil and making my bed….to grow on it.
DSCN1918  I had to laugh.  These look like body bags – too much zombies in my life these days (hint, hint…I still have 1 1/2 days of filming it seems.)
DSCN1919 This is a 4X4 bed and I plan several more.  Right now I have lemon thyme, thyme, curly parsley and rosemary in the corners with a couple of lettuce and arugula and spinach.  Radish and carrot seeds are planted, some dill and for fun, a couple of mammoth sunflowers.  Oh, and some basil.  Can’t have a garden without basil.
DSCN1917  There is pineapple sage, regular sage, some leeks, onions, marigolds, petunias and a couple of Gerber daisies I couldn’t resist, they were so bright and beautiful.
And all of this done with my still ailing toe…….on a foot that desperately needs a pedicure.  DSCN1924  It seems I have this problem.  I keep going along like I didn’t do anything to Mr. Middle Toe and then I go and do something (like shut the refrigerator door with my bare foot) and miss it up---or rather not rest it like I’m suppose to be doing.
DSCN1920  Now, isn’t this much better than my old, ugly foot!
I have placed my order with NC Tomato Man for tomatoes, basil, peppers, watermelons and cucumbers.  I have been buying from him for years now and I love talking to him.  I wish he would write a book about the stories behind the tomatoes.
Anyway, unfortunately, even though the light is still out and the temperatures are nice…..I have class to go to.  Hopefully, she won’t check under my fingernails!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

It Was a Zombie Kind of Day

Saturday morning dawn bright and clear.  Being early spring there was a nip in the air, but the promise of warmer temperatures was there.  The sky was the beautiful bright blue of a spring day.  Trees were in bloom.
DSCN1752 It had all the promise of being a delightful Saturday.  Then I saw the ominous signs nearby.
Directions for cast members to know where to go....high budget movie here! First, this innocent sign hanging in a tree, a tree ripe with new leaves, ripe with the portent of a new season.
DSCN1778But this was not a sight I expected to see on this beautiful day.  Red as the bark of the nearby shrubs, this was not left by any innocent means.  It was left by a……..
DSCN1909  ZOMBIE!!!!!!!
I looked around and sure enough there seemed to be a leader to this bloody crew.  Jack, our fearless director
After much work (and waiting) the first group of zombies gathered to do his bidding.
DSCN1827 And soon, this cruel dictator led his motley crew into the woods for who knows what mayhem and madness.  There was running up and down steep hills.
DSCN1869 Over and over again, he forced his minions up and down these hills, never fearing those carrying guns, as he was the “director”.

Into the deepest woods he forced his people. 
In all of his depravity he was aided by his equally evil “cinematographer”.  Jake, our cinematographer  This diabolical minion carried a magic box around with him at all times, pointing it at the zombies and ordering them to repeat over and over again the same things until both he and the “director” were satisfied. No amount of gunfire, screaming or lurching zombies would stop them.  They wanted MORE!

As hours slipped by, zombies dropped and were replaced by new zombies.
  DSCN1911  And yet the “director” kept us to it. 
No amount of blood spilled was enough for his plans.  
The script! 
And blood was everywhere on Saturday.  By the bucket full there was blood. 
What started out as a beautiful spring day DSCN1775  crept into the night, with no rest in sight.DSCN1914
In the end, I too fell victim to the blood and gore.  DSCN1839
Oh, wait….this is what I looked like today!  Damn daylight savings time!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I Should Be Around This Long

I have been asked where I get my needlework and artistic abilities from.  My mother is an excellent seamstress and can turn her hand at any art project she wants to do.  However, my needlework fascination came from my grandmothers.  My maternal grandmother, Nana, crocheted.  From her I learned to crochet which lead to knitting.  She crocheted a bedspread which I covet to this day.  From my paternal grandmother, Ginny, I picked up embroidery and beadwork.

Ginny has been gone a long time now, but we still some reminders of the beadwork she did when she was younger.  My mother has a couple of beaded purses and odds and ends of beadwork started.  I have copies of these….

pricilla 1 Published in 1916, this book was edited by Belle Robinson, who was my grandmother’s aunt.  I have one of beading and another on crocheting.

pricilla 3 So my abilities are not exactly unique, they come passed down through a long line of females in my family.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

In Between All The Other Stuff

I have been doing something other than working, studying and breaking my middle toe.  I have done some ATC’s for swaps.  Actually, I missed the local swap due to my foot.  I was told I couldn’t drive the next – after we attended the library book sale.

atc gilded love_1  This is one entitled “Gilded Love” which I made for the local swap.  I painted it red first and then did a peeled paint technique with the gold.  I did a mask with a stencil in black and then I used string gel medium in red over the top.  It was fun playing with the string gel.

atc purple swap 3-2011_2  This is for a purple swap.  There are 4 shades of purple on the card.  I am really loving the peeled paint technique (as you will see).  I think I need to find another new technique.

atc torn paper swap


This is a torn paper ATC for another swap.  I was trying for an “open doorway” look for the paper.











atc trees_2  These were a fun group of cards to make.  It took 2 1/2 movies to hand draw them.  I have been working with ‘tangles’ recently and attended a Zentangle workshop at the Yoga Garden in Apex a couple of weeks ago.

yoga garden workshop tangle I have been working with doodles and tangles for a couple of years now and this was the first time I added any shading on them.  It makes such a difference to the overall effect.

peeling paint 1_2  Speaking of peeled paint, this is a peeled paint technique ATC for a swap.  I had a picture of old castles and glued it to the card and covered with a coat of gel medium.  Then I did a two layer peeled paint technique using teal paint and gesso.

spring equinox swap 2  And this is the Spring Equinox swap card.  It’s all in shades of green with a rabbit.

So, see I have been busy doing ‘stuff’.  Of course next weekend I will be in the woods with zombies all day on Saturday.  It’s part of my film class project.  I am makeup assistant, wardrobe and food.  And they will be keeping me out past dark.  I may turn into a zombie myself.