there's a new orchid in the house~!~
isn't is beautiful? it's an oncidium "twinkle fragrance fantasy". whenever i get a new orchid i wonder if i will be able to keep it growing, and even better, get it to re bloom. i have failed more times than i have succeeded but my phalaenopsis (moth orchid) is just now beginning to present a stem with a few buds so apparently i continue to succeed with that one.
i decided to use a crop from the above photo for the Photo Art Friday challenge over at Pixel Dust Photo Art where the optional theme/challenge this week is to share a piece of photo art based on any of these words: connected/connecting/connection.
Bonnie has once again freely offered up one of her beautiful textures for those participating. this one is called "Scratched Lens Texture" and i thought that it was very pretty.
|Scratched Lens Texture|
|Oncidium Photo Crop|
|Photo Art Friday|
i cannot remember exactly what i did with the various blending modes but i am happy with the final image.
it feels good for me to be 'connecting' with the PAF group once again.
maybe you would like to see some of the other submissions to this weeks' challenge? there are many talented artists submitting to the theme and it's well worth a few minutes of your time if you are interested in photography and/or the image artwork created from it.
february's postcard for the wonderful daughter has been received and so i'm once again sharing those results.
there is a small pocket made of a torn bit of wax paper stitched onto this card. the pocket holds a tiny metal key charm, dried lavender buds, a piece of sheet music with a small red heart shaped bead stitched onto it and a tiny fabric/paper tag. the tag has been embroidered and written on (both sides) and is attached to the postcard by way of that small pink triangular button and some pastel thread.
i've been working on my little 'Abundance' doll quilt and although i don't have any 'master' quilting plan in place it seems that i've been able to come up with a design for each area as i get to it. i like the look of the playful childishness of this approach and it's all coming together nicely.
i hope that you were able to see some of the other cute doll quilts made from this most recent quilt-along at Lori's Humble Quilts blog.
Cathy at Big Lake Quilter is hosting a generous give-away of a book by the Country Threads team called "Dear Emma". i love the look of all things Country Threads and if you do as well you might consider hopping over to Cathy's for a chance to win yourself.
|painting done by Torrie Smiley|
- restful nights in a bed that i feel comfortable in
- word from Honduras that the wonderful daughter's host parents are doing well
- the joy and appreciation that i feel for my capable hands while i stitch or hold a pencil or pet the dog . . .