Saturday, March 10, 2012
Karma's been snacking on her tiny bit of cat grass that's still growing. Next time I repot I want it to be nice enough for her planter to go out on the porch where it can stay till fall. May be sooner than I expected. Supposed to be into the 50s Sunday and Monday and into the 70s by Tuesday!! That's just crazy!
The other two packages did arrive yesterday--tada!
The Dick Blick one...
...had half sheet (15" X 22") watercolor paper. I got a dozen 90 lb. student grade (.37 each) and a dozen 140 lb (.48 each) of Dick Blick's brand. Plan to make my own journals with them later on. Can't beat the cheap prices and will, therefore, be hopefully less intimidated when it comes to slapping paint on them. (I am easily intimidated by blank paper and new journals.)
Then the other Amazon package arrived via UPS in the late afternoon. Snapdragon socks!! Whoohoo!! I am just in love with these Solmate socks!!
I got these two cheap plastic boxes for organizing embroidery threads.
Each has 50 flat plastic embroidery spools.
Why? To help organized this mess.
I use embroidery thread to sew together my bookcards and for embellishing cards. Such a mess in this satchel and tired of digging. Been eyeing these for some time, too. They definitely are cheap and on the flimsy side, but I am happy to have them. Already started organizing while I watched TV last night.
Biggest purchase was a new iron!!
I can't ever remember owning another iron but my plain old one we've been using for crafts the past ten years. A cheap iron I got back when I got the sewing machine 37 years ago and the steamer broke shortly after I got it. This new one looks soooo fancy with all its gadgets...goodness! This is going to take some getting used to. I'll have to read all the instructions, but now I have a new iron for when I start sewing again.
I am still working on lesson one of Cathy's WC class. Am behind. I'm not done with lesson one and two is already posted. I need to get busy this coming week, I guess.
The drawing with a water soluble pen and then using a brush and water was the next project. Well, I needed help if I wanted to make my first attempt to draw Karma. (I have always admired Cathy's cat sketches and wanted to try.) Drawing animals, people, faces--all have been failed attempts over the years. And drawing from life is neigh on to impossible for me if my subject can move--and if Karma even senses a camera aimed at her while she is sleeping, I'm lucky if I get one shot off before she wakes and stretches and asks me what I am doing. So I printed off both color and black and white photos I had of her. I read someplace that a black and white photo can help with shape and shading (not that I did shading).
I drew a pencil sketch and then used two colors of ink pens (Private Reserve Chocolat and Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake) to draw Karma lying with her back to me. (Not only "people" faces scare me--LOL!) I couldn't add her back foot that you see in the photo because it looked like a growth on her hind quarters--ROFL! But I didn't think it turned out too badly...even if I did gave her a raccoon tail--duh!
Anyways, I might even try her face sometime. :)
Well, let's see. Monday I have a visit with the regular lady's intern for Caroline's cleaning services. Wednesday is a trip on the senior bus to the dentist for a checkup. This weekend I plan to catch up on Cathy's class and have a couple Netflix DVDs to watch--Julius Caesar and In Time. Might be nice enough to open the porch door tomorrow and sleep with the bedroom window open by Tuesday! Not that we can't still have freezing weather or more snow, but you catch as catch can, you know?
Have a fabulous weekend!! :):)
"All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today."