We've been through another year of blessings and sorrows, and sometimes the losses and war news and injustice seem to overwhelm our thoughts, especially contrasted with the joyful music and decorations of the season. I had my 87th birthday, and feel grateful to have dear friends and family who made me feel loved. The recent freezing weather across the US made me especially glad that a few plants were the only casualties and that I had constant power and water supply.
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Saturday, December 17, 2022
. . . ready or not! For years I rushed and shopped and decorated and cooked and wrote--often obsessing to the point of losing the joy of the season. Time and events seem to rush by in a blur, but I have eliminated many items that I used to think had to be done. I love my simple decorations and still have music from Handel's Messiah and our church Christmas program resounding in my head. It's always a joy to see the children bringing Chrismons to the tree.
I loaned some of my nativity sets to the display window at the church. The salt glaze pottery is unusual and I wanted others to enjoy it.
My sasanqua bush has continue to bloom, on the bush or on my kitchen window sill, until the space was needed for the nativity scene.
Saturday, November 26, 2022
My blessings are so overwhelming that I am at a loss for words. Leaves continue to charm me and make my walks more of a bend over/straighten up exercise as I gather more pretties. The persimmon tree and sasanqua bush are favorites in my yard. The croton is in a pot I can pull into the garage on freezing nights.
For the upcoming SMAA 46th annual art show next Saturday, December 3, I stitched several leafy creations using caladium, sweet gum, and black gum leaves. Rahrah spent many happy sleeping hours on the white plastic bag near the stack of artwork before deciding to check out the smooth backing of one of the pictures. I should have remembered the last time she removed a backing in the closet.
|Kathy Vail, harpsichord at Trinity Episcopal Church|
Monday, November 7, 2022
I love pumpkins--real or created or artificial. Good friend Sherry Laughlin showed a group of us how to make a fall decoration with a Cinderella-type (uncut) pumpkin by adding moss and succulent plants in the center around the stem. These stay beautiful for five or six weeks with water misting every few days.
|I love this satin brocade pumpkin made by Susan Carlson's mother|
|Pine needle carpet|
Saturday, October 29, 2022
People in the Northeast have beautiful hillsides of autumn scenes as the hardwoods change from greens to gold, yellow, rust, maroon, orange, and I enjoy seeing these amazing pictures. Here in the pine belt, we are surrounded by huge pine trees that manage to remain green while shedding rust-colored needles in an almost solid carpet over my yard and driveway. Japanese persimmons ripen in a neighbor's yard; my tree makes beautiful leaves but no persimmons.
|Leaves on my persimmon tree|
|Persimmons shared by neighbor|
A leaky refrigerator has eaten up huge blocks of time lately. Disconnecting the icemaker, deep cleaning underneath, and turning off the water line were temporary fixes. Shopping for my preferred features in my size requirements and learning about "supply chain issues" helped me decide I could fall in love with different features. Getting the old one moved out just before the new one arrived was tricky.
Creating this fabric collage of a solid white cat was an enjoyable challenge. I used colored stitches to show shadows and define her shape. Nearly all cats have pink ears and nose, but white fur can't be just white. A variety of fabrics from satin to cotton helped bring her to life.