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july 19 dahlia

July 19 – More macro photography.  This is a dahlia.  I hadn’t noticed the yellow in it until I took this picture.   The lighting gave it such a lovely glow.

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july 18 marigold

July 18 – I’ve been playing with my macro lens on the DSLR.  It’s really great for flowers.  This is a marigold.  I think I’ll be getting a remote for the camera so I can avoid any shaking when I’m working this close.  They don’t cost much and will make a huge difference with my pictures.

july 17 curtains

July 17 – I made new curtains for the living room.  Previously they were grey plaid flannel.  These new teal gingham brighten the room and make it seem larger.  The flannel ones (or new flannel ones) will come back out come winter.  I’m so pleased because I got the fabric for $1 a yard.  8 yards made curtains for all the windows.

july 16 tea cup2

July 16 – a couple cool days had me wanting some tea.  I found this bone china cup at a garage sale for 25 cents.  It’s from Scotland.  The swallows make me smile.  Also, it’s a smaller cup than my other tea cups, so fewer calories involved when I just want a quick snack.   I have my tea cups (4 of them) and David has his coffee cups and we never use them for anything but.  Then there are 8 nice porcelain mugs that are generally used for hot cocoa or soup.  I hadn’t realized the mugs were so specialized 🙂

july 15 sadie

July 15 – Sadie was chewing on her foot for some reason.  I happened to have the camera out.

july 14 psi

June 14 – I signed up for an art trade making “Plus-Size Inchies” (which are 1 1/2 inch square bits of art).  The theme was “what are you doing this summer?”  I’m waiting on eggs and playing with my chickens, bird watching, having watermelons, fighting bugs and learning my wildflowers.  All of these have a fabric base (though the watermelon rind is actual part of a paper towel that was under the fabric I dyed for my wedding skirt.  I saved it because it got dyed as well and was such a nice color!)  The bug one has a piece of real flyswatter sewn over a yarn squashed bug.  I had a lot of fun making these.  The original ones I tried were pictures printed on fabric and just weren’t very bright at all.  I found some inspiration in a magazine and the night before I made these I could hardly sleep because there were so many ideas flying around my head.  I woke up a couple times with more ideas and I jotted them down before going back to sleep.  That morning I woke up early and jumped right in.  It was GREAT!   The group I’m playing with is the Fabric Art Traders on yahoogroups.  It’s also known as F.A.T.  🙂  They have new trades every 2 weeks and give 5 weeks to make whatever it is.  The two trades going right now are making post cards out of aluminum cans (by sewing on them!) and making felted post cards with a summer theme.  Not sure about the can cards still, but I will be playing with my wooly bits.

july 13 nasturtium

July 13 – my nasturtiums are blooming.  They are jewel tones of orange, yellow and red.  Evidently they are edible – I could throw them in a salad.  However, I enjoy seeing their bright cheery selves in my garden, so I leave them there.   I started these from seeds.  The sunflowers next to them should be blooming in a few weeks.