Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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.)
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.
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. 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.
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 had all the promise of being a delightful Saturday. Then I saw the ominous signs nearby.
First, this innocent sign hanging in a tree, a tree ripe with new leaves, ripe with the portent of a new season.
But 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……..
I looked around and sure enough there seemed to be a leader to this bloody crew.
After much work (and waiting) the first group of zombies gathered to do his bidding.
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.
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”. 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.
And yet the “director” kept us to it.
No amount of blood spilled was enough for his plans.
And blood was everywhere on Saturday. By the bucket full there was blood.
What started out as a beautiful spring day crept into the night, with no rest in sight.
In the end, I too fell victim to the blood and gore.
Oh, wait….this is what I looked like today! Damn daylight savings time!
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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….
Sunday, March 06, 2011
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.
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.
This is a torn paper ATC for another swap. I was trying for an “open doorway” look for the paper.
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.
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.
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.