For my first block I have to carve a guinea!
As you start to print, you can cut away additional bits of the block if you don't like the appearance of the print, so I did.
Wow lots of guineas marching along!
I finally cut all the surround from the block, but that will be for next time because I haven't printed with it yet.
Well no surprise there. Masks: we need 'em!!!!!!! All we hear all day long is about the dreaded novel corona virus. Evidently, some bunch of somebodies must have had a celebration or ceremony to help rid us of it last night? don't know... but they left a bunch of empty corona bottles and boxes all over our pretty Jaycee Park at Lake Okeechobee!
Anyway, here are the masks. If you can sew, you can make a washable mask for yourself, family and friends!
Its pretty straight forward, the only problem is looks like there is a world wide diminishing supply of 1/4" elastic so if you have some great, if you don't, you may have to make ties. I found a GIGANTIC roll for sale and ordered it, when it gets here I will be glad to share with you! And its black, the only color available.
Check out this great tutorial by #buttoncountermask
Learned a lot making a necklace for my friend who is crazy about alligators! I bought this alligator scute at the Battle of Okeechobee this year... its a bony process that is under the gator's skin, forming the humps and bumps on its back and adding to respiration. Interesting! But the trick is to make it into jewelry... I treated it as a (somewhat lopsided) cabochon and beaded around it with a double row.
The backing is leather as well as the bail attachment and strap. I also learned how to make my own copper findings. Great lessons!
Excellent day for birding at Archbold Biological Research Station. Went there in search of a Florida Scrub Jay and that was the very first bird that I saw. Such a long tail, it confused me to start with and I thought it might be a cuckoo. But no, it was the alert lookout jay for the family group. I didn't get any pictures but have borrowed some here.
I have seen scrub jays before, but it has been a long time. Second was the bobolink, it flew right in front of the car and landed in some seedheads along the road. A quick look, but once you know it, it is almost impossible to forget. Such an awesome little bird.
Of course the first time I saw it, I was befuddled and did not know what it was. Its also known as the ricebird for its fondness for cultivated grains.
Last but actually first, close to the river I saw two gadwalls fly over me. They have awesome white patches on their wings.
You would think I would have seen every duck in the area being on the lake here, but I am just slowly spotting them... guess I need to be further out in the lake.
Wow that was fast! Sacred Threads has approved my Laid Back Bears quilt and its going to Long Beach, CA. If they sell this quilt, the commission will go to Shriner's Burn Hospital for Children. Learn more about this great hospital here:
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.