Sunday, July 12, 2009

Baby Snake outsmarts the Boy

Megan's boyfriend Billy, aka the Boy (who's really not a boy, he's 24), found a baby snake when he was pulling grass out of the "garden." It is just a teeny, tiny little thing. Of course, my first question to him was did he know what kind it was, being just a little concerned that it might be a poisonous snake, but he just shrugged. So since he wasn't going into some kind of seizure or writhing in pain on the ground from being bitten, I assume it is not a poisonous one. :o)

The little snake really wasn't happy to be held by some great big human. First, he pooped all over Billy's hand. That made Billy put him down, but then he decided to pick him back up to take a picture with his cell phone to send to his friend. Evidently the little fella REALLY wasn't happy to find himself back in the hand of a great big human, because all of a sudden he appears to go into a seizure. He starts writhing around and curls himself into a snake knot, then he opens his mouth, lets his tongue fall out, and collapses like he is dead. Now I'm upset that Billy killed the baby snake, Billy is upset that he killed the baby snake, and his friend is on the phone going, dude, how did you kill the snake (he's talking so loud I can hear him)?

So Billy hangs up, and we are looking sadly at the poor little dead baby snake, when it all of a sudden unknots itself and slides under some bark to hide. I start laughing, pointing out to Billy that the baby snake outsmarted him, but he didn't see the humour in that. But I must confess, it was a very convincing performance, right down to the teeny-weeny little tongue hanging out the side of his mouth. :o)

Here is a picture of the little fellow. I uncovered him so I could take a picture of this emmy award-winning baby snake.



My finger is resting on the ground beside him to give his size some perspective. I'm not sure what kind of snake he is; I'm thinking maybe a king snake. I warned him about Evil Kitty Baby, so hopefully he will elude the master hunter and not fall into his claws.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fabric painting, sewing, and stitching

Last Monday I did some gel printing on fabric using house paint and leaves and feathers. Thank you Rhonda for demonstrating this technique with house paint!

First I practiced on some paper.


Then I printed on my fabric. I like the way both the paper and fabric turned out. Now I'm mulling over some ideas for more gel printing.


I also finished my quilt squares for the beginning quilt class I am taking through the MS Craftsman's Guild. I really love how they turned out, and I can't wait to see my finished quilt! :o)

This is my Shoo Fly square:


This is my Sawtooth Star square:


And this is my Log Cabin square:


I'm now working on the fourth square, which is a hand appliqued heart. What I found very interesting about my class is that we all included some form of green in our color scheme, even though the color schemes and prints chosen by my class mates are all very different. Green seems to be the unifying color! :o)

One of the groups I'm in on the stitchin fingers Ning group is redoing Sharon Boggan's Take a Stitch on Tuesday (TAST). They just started back up with Week 27, which is the bullion stitch. So I joined in, because it is always good to practice different stitches, plus I'm hoping to learn some new ones. Here is my bullion sampler. I used Heathway crewel yarn and Edmar rayon thread.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

June - A Busy Fiber Month!

June was a very busy month for me. The June Gathering for the Mississippi Quilt Association was the first weekend in June, TVR's Share-A-Stitch XXIX was the third weekend, and I also started a beginning quilting class. I had a wonderful June!

My poor dogs had a kind of tough June though. They are never sick, but all three of them came down with kennel cough. Kennel cough is a very infectious respiratory disease in dogs; usually they catch it when they are in large groups such as at dog shows. All I can figure is that Lacey brought it home from the vet's office when she had her teeth cleaned. All three had a terrible sounding cough, and poor Flea ran a fever. They had to be on antibiotics, and Honey (who had the worse cough) was given some cough medicine. It was Hydrocodone, which is the same kind I get prescribed when I have a cough (I even had to get it from the drug store). So I know how sleepy and out of it it makes me, and it did the same thing to Honey!


This was the only reaction I got when I snapped these pictures right in her face. Poor high baby. LOL

I took a hand applique class from Dorothea Hoffman at the June MQA Gathering. She was a wonderful, very laid-back teacher, and it was a great class! She showed us some of her applique quilts, and they are all so beautiful. Then we all set about cutting out flowers, leaves, and a flower pot to make our own small applique wall hanging. Here is mine, taken shortly after the class.


Please note the flowerpot - it is made of some of my rust-dyed fabric. :o) I am getting close to finishing it, and I plan to add some embroidered accents and beads to it. When it is finished I will post another picture.

I took a Silk and Metal class from Sandy Rodgers at SAS XXIX, which is the regional seminar of the Tennessee Valley Region of the Embroidery Guild of America. She is an absolutely fantastic teacher! If you ever have an opportunity to take a class from her, I highly recommend you do! Not only did she teach us techniques, but she lectured quite a bit on the techniques, which I found just fascinating. I am new to metal embroidery, and she made it seem very easy. I intend to finish this piece this year, so it is staying out with my other WIPs. :o)


The silver leaves were painted with a paint pen. That was a fun technique, and I plan on using it again in other projects.

The Mississippi Craftsman Guild had a fun July 4th day yesterday. Several of the members were doing demonstrations. I really enjoyed watching the wood carving and wood turning. Wood turning is almost hypnotic to me. The man demonstrating the wood turning gave me a little wooden acorn he made while I watched.


It is made of Purple Heart wood, which is a tree that grows in the rainforest of South America. The wood is a beautiful purple color, which doesn't show very well in my photos. The grain in this wood is beautiful.


He had a bunch of walnut shavings on his table. I thought they looked very interesting, and would make cool additions to some fiber art. When I asked him for a handful, he got a bag and gave me all of them! Aren't they pretty (this is just a little bit)?


Then Billy shot fireworks for us in the evening. That is always fun. So although it was just way too hot, I didn't hibernate in the air conditioning as I tend to do during our steamy summers, but still had a very good day! LOL I have Monday off, so I have two wonderful stitching days ahead of me. This is the way EVERY month should start! :o)