Monday, May 7, 2018

May!

When last we spoke it was March. And it was really bloody cold.
Then April sprang up out of no where.
It was still really cold.
I was very happy though! My beloved Toronto Maple Leafs made the playoffs!
It was short lived.
They were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in seven games.
Still! That is a big deal.
If you are a Leaf fan, you will understand why.

I have been quite crafty.
I completed my shawl, Wind Rows Shawlette.


I am now working on a pullover, Jess' Birthday Sweater.
I do have pictures but, they are in my Ipod, which is charging downstairs.
The difference between the written pattern and what I have knitted so far is, I have cast on 200 stitches and so far, not done any shaping.
I am a bit on the lazy side as of late. Plus, I really like a baggy sweater.

With April came the start of spring hidden in all that snow.


We started to get a bit excited thinking, maybe, just maybe, Spring has sprung!
Then we had second winter.
No photos.
I was just a bit gobsmacked by it all.

Then more wildlife started to make appearances!


Now it's May!
We were so happy to discover our little Wren has returned!
The couple had disappeared so suddenly last summer.
They had built up their nesting spot and then all of a sudden they were gone.
This past week end, we heard that very distinct little chirp.
I looked out the back patio window and voila!
There he was hard at work on his little nest.


Just down from the Wren nest, we also have a Robin nest!


I don't know if they are exchanging parenting advice but, quite often the Robin comes over to see what the Wren is up to.


Few other feathery friends.


...and not so feathery...


The tulips are more visible! So are the Daffodils!
It is almost a scene out of Alice in Wonderland.


I don't know what these are. If any of you do, please let me know. :)






Finally I have been practicing my watercolours.


That was a longer post than I anticipated. That will teach me to skip a month.
Till next time!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Out and About!

Yesterday I was met with an unexpected day off! What a treat!
I didn't have to be or go anywhere!
So Jackie and I decided to discover new territory.
We hopped in the truck and headed to Frelighsburg. The town hosts a lovely nature path that you can use with cross country skis, snow shoes or just walking.



With any new region we go to explore, Jackie is on high alert!


With my schedule being wide open, we decided to travel to St. Jean sur Richeleau and take advantage of my 50% off coupon at Michael's.
I purchased a small Koi pocket watercolour field kit.

I have been rather busy with my current supplies and needed to replenish my colours.


I also tried out my new pencil set:

I used UNI Mistubishi Pencils, which I found on Amazon.
The drawing is simply titled, Raccoon.

After all that walking and exploring, Jackie and I settled in to binge watch Once Upon a Time and complete a pair of socks.


My next project involves this very colourful string!

It is by Deranged Dyeworks located in Drayton Valley, Alberta. The colour is Radioactive and it is single ply 100% merino wool.
So far it is knitting up beautifully!

Today will be a "take it easy" sort of day.
Too much socializing yesterday.
I hope you are all well.
Talk with you later.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Artsy Stuff

It is much to damp to venture outside today.

The snow is beginning to melt and a lot of mist is rising making visibility a little tricky.
Instead, we have been playing a lot of video games and working on improving our watercolour paintings.
I saw we. I realize how odd that might sound. You see, I am never really alone when I work on my drawings and paintings.
I always have fuzzy supervision!

Jackie likes to provide her two cents from a comfy place on the couch.

Rorschach on the other hand,



well, he likes to get right involved with the process!

I had decided to participate in an exhibit hosted through Twitter, Twitter Art Exhibit, "Benefiting Pegasus Riding For The Disabled of ACT Inc."
Thousands of artists of all different levels of expertise from all over the globe, paint a two dimensional postcard and send it on its merry way to Australia.
Proceeds benefit a non-profit organization helping people with disabilities experience a whole other world of farm life and horses.
My contribution is a little Maple Leaf.

I'm quite happy with how it turned out!

Since then I have tackled a few other watercolours:




I have been watching a lot of videos and trying to improve. There is a whole world of information I have not yet stumbled upon. I can only get better!
I also completed a pencil drawing:

I don't really know if this is finished. I will study it tomorrow.

I also have an oil painting I'm working on. More accurately, on and off again. I don't know. I'm ok with it. I like the subject. I just seem not really excited by it. I will take a little break and look at it again next week.


Oh yes! I finally finished Little Man's toque!

I ripped it apart and started anew. He is much more pleased with the fit contrary to his expression. He is suffering a bit from a cold.
Those mittens are still giving me dirty looks though....
Might have to tackle them this week end.

I'm going back to play more God of War
I like the story line. I die an awful lot but, it is worth it!

Talk with you all later. :)