Farewell Walter


IMG_3616Alas, Walter the Weeping Norwegian Pine didn’t make it.

Of all the trees we’ve had planted this is the only one to have well and truly died.

The landscaper thinks the root ball may have become separated from the trunk when he was planted.

Poor Walter.

Walter will be replaced in another month or so, as soon as the tree stock arrives, though I’m not sure it will be another weeping pine.  I hope so.  They are such quirky trees.

Clarence, his buddy the Chanticleer pear is doing just fine.  He’s put out nice green leaves, and is swaying in the breeze as I type.



IMG_3612I’ve been doing a bit of sewing, trying to use up some of the bits and pieces that were both too small for larger items, and too large to be tossed.

Enter Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T.  I’ve made this pattern up several times (I have the original version), so it is an easy sew.  Even better, it’s something that I don’t have to worry about fitting, having fixed all those issues several years back.

Sewn on the serger.  Hemmed on the cover stitch.

The fabric is from Gorgeous Fabrics, probably 2 or 3 years back.

The cherries will help me be more cheerful!



IMG_3615The irises survived being transplanted from there to here, and have taken hold.  I am so happy!  Even though there were bright green leaves, I wasn’t sure there would be any flowers.  The bit of rain we’ve had recently, coupled with my sporadic (and mostly forgetful) watering seems to have done the trick.

Some of these are reblooming irises courtesy of Grandmeow, while the bulk of them came from  my good friend over the hill in California.  We both have the same plants, so have decided to call it the S and E celebratory iris garden.  They bring the warm fuzzies to my heart.

Vintage Verdigris


IMG_3560Fresh from a steamer trunk

I suppose using vintage and fresh in the same sentence has the grammarians rolling their eyes, but there you go.  A necklace that breaks with convention.  New bead shapes combined with an old beading style.

The new shapes are tila beads and super duos, the tilas in a matte khaki and the  luminous super duos forming the body of the band.  These are stitched together with bright bronze 15°s and accented with bronze tortoise shell daggers.

The stitching is peyote, which made me very nervous.  The way the beads are laid out, there isn’t a good way to put in any knots or ties for stability.  Should the thread break (a rare possibility) I didn’t want the beads to run helter skelter away, so some experimentation was required.  I finally managed it – not optimal, but functionally acceptable.

The two holes in the tilas and super duos drove me absolutely nuts.  The tilas in particular would flip one way, then flop another.  Finally, I reached a beady groove, that zen state where all the beads behave themselves.



IMG_3573Is gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

I’ve wanted to make another beaded face brooch for ages.  It just took a while to match the face with the cabochon.  Ophelia is just over 2 inches tall, and about 1 1/2 inches wide.  Large enough to be seen, but not so large as to be bulky.

The face is carved something-or-other from Tucson.  I think it’s some sort of bone.  I know it’s not proscribed ivory.

The body cabochon is dichroic glass from Weir Glass Studios.  Andrea Weir does some of the most beautiful glass, don’t you think?

The dragonfly highlights of the cabochon are echoed by the bugle beads.  I used lime and kelly green, accented with silver seed beads and chartreuse AB crystals.

The bezel is a mix of matte charcoal 15°s and milky white 11°s.

Ophelia will give a nice pop of color to that little black sweater I wear all the time.