Thursday, May 23, 2013
Those of you who are Flickr members are aware by now of the draconian changes made to this photo-sharing site. This post isn't meant to be a rant against Flickr; there is plenty of that on Flickr's own site. Suffice it to say that I find the new Flickr a visual disaster, and achingly, achingly slow to load.
But there are other choices in photo sharing sites, and the one I looked in to is called Ipernity. They offer a free account or a paid account, similar to what Flickr members were used to. I created a free account, customized a home page and loaded a few pictures, just to give it a test run. To see what it looks like:
My Ipernity home page
I like it. It is clean and simple with a user interface very similar to the old Flickr, and with a respect for our photos: treating them as worthy of individual attention, instead of cramming them en mass in our face. From an aesthetic standpoint, I prefer to view against white instead of black...of course, this might also have something to do with failing eyesight :-)
Choice is good. I think I am going to choose Ipernity over Flickr for future photo sharing. I hope some of you will come and play in this new playground.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The little garden above, Angela's garden, was planted in a 12" diameter basket with a plastic liner that I had left over from last year. Make sure whatever you use to plant in has drainage holes in the bottom. You want to find low and slow growing plants; here I used Elfin thyme (what a delightful name!), Irish moss, speedwell (a creeping form of Veronica) and a polka-dot plant. They were all available at my local nursery; look for the area that has ground covers.
The twig bench, watering can, and shepherd's hook came from Winter Greenhouse (http://miniature-gardening.com/). They also have a large selection of plants suitable for miniature gardening.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saturday my sister and I went to our favorite nursery (more on that later) and Sunday Larry and I drove south a few miles to a county park, were we rode our bikes to our hearts content, free of traffic and crowds.
The interior, which is not accessible, has painted images of Mary and other holy artwork. It is as precious in this remote location as a perfect pearl in the sand.
I took along Ruthie, my latest Forget-Me-Knot, and she had a great time as well; and when we got back, she even helped me plant the flowers my sister and I picked up the day before :-)
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
I used very simple stitches: stem stitch, lazy daisy, French knots, and satin stitch. It is fun to color in the larger areas with colored pencil, an idea from Shelly at Gingermelon dolls.
Now all I need to do is finish the project...any suggestions?
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The coloring of the little girl was done with colored pencils, an idea I borrowed from Shelly at Gingermelon dolls. Shelly has used this technique to lovely effect on some of her sweet embroideries. It is a great idea if you don't want to fill the open space with embroidery stitches :-)
Here is a collage with some closeups of the embroidery. Nothing but stem stitches, lazy daisies, and French knots.
Knit pullover sweater
The sweater is knit from DK weight yarn (I used Berrocco Comfort DK) and size 1 single point knitting needles. Her blue jeans are just the panties pattern, lengthened to pants length.
Enjoy the day, and enjoy the crochet :-)
Friday, March 8, 2013
Nancy Ann on the left is wearing a pretty lavender dress based on the camisole, with a very full skirt and puff sleeves. Cherry, on the right, is wearing deep red rompers with gold trim, a melding of the camisole and panties pattern.
All of the outfits are crocheted with size 8 perle thread and a size 9 steel hook. All of them button up the back.
Basic Forget-Me-Knot underwear
Enjoy the crochet!