Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stool Painting

Took a fun painting class with my riding instructor, Nancey, and her daughter, Emma...Took us two days and gallons (kidding) of paint over in Nancey's studio.  Taught by another dear friend, Melanie of Cat House Designs.  We stenciled a butterfly, drew squiggly lines, and used up all her paint. 
 Emma, me, Nancey

 My stool

 Melanie's stool

 Nancey's stool

 Far right is Emma's stool


Had an old stool from Ames (which has been out of business for years)...ugly, pale stool.  Sprayed it black and had a ball!  Livens up my kitchen especially with a big plant on top.

Just beginning to snow today.  Great day to weave!
xo

Friday, February 10, 2017

Rainbow Christmas Gift Towels

I finally made Christmas gifts for friends and family plus two for me!
Pulling cotton threads for towels

Winding the warp
Winding the warp onto the loom
using a raddle and lease sticks
threading the heddles so that the threads
make a pattern

Reed is sleyed and tied on
ready to weave
Weaving the towels
I didn't take any photos of the stack of 13 towels but
tomorrow I will take a photo of my two...
the rest are given away.

Working on Sunshine towels right now.
Hopefully I will be done with them
this weekend!

Happy Friday, Everyone!
xo

Monday, February 6, 2017

I Know...It has been a long time...

Victoria and Alex - July 10, 2016
Ava - Flower Girl
Last May I had an aortic valve replacement.  And breathing complications with fluid filling the pleural cavity.  And an allergic reaction to one of the medications given in the hospital.  And several hospital stays, etc. Finally, my lovely pulmonologist gave me steroids to help my appetite and energy levels. My middle son, Alex, married his Victoria in July. Adam, Alicia and Ava came to the farm a week before the wedding. Some of my siblings and I had rented a camp on Saranac Lake for after the wedding and I was able to enjoy all of it! And I made the flower girls fairy crowns out of wire and nail polish.
Faith, Cait, Paul, Meg
 Went to cardio rehab all fall finishing up near Christmas but in January they found that a spot on my lung is growing and February 16 I am back down to Memorial Sloan Kettering for surgery to remove it.  Hospital stay is approximately 5 days and I have no idea how this recovery is going to play out.

Meanwhile, I had been starting to weave some.  Wove some towels for gifts...another 13 towels for a customer...a rainbow scarf...
Rainbow Towels
Towels in Green
Blue Plaid towels
Infinity Wrap
Rainbow Scarf
 So life goes on...Hopefully after this next surgery the year will be a productive one for me!  Meanwhile, Hannah is keeping me good company and we walk everyday with a friend and her corgi...

And yes...I went to Washington for the
Women's March

Magic keeping warm with
Hannah
XO

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer Sorbet Triangle Scarf

Well...I finally finished something...I have most of my looms threaded and stuff started but fatigue has taken a toll this winter.  Mostly I stayed in the kitchen, kept the cookstove going and worked on the fairy houses.  It was too cold in the living room to weave as well.  



Measuring and cutting threads for triangle weaving.


Close-up


3/4 of the way woven!


Finished...now to take it off the loom and
photograph it!  

Happy Weekend Everyone
xo

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Continuing Update

Well...the catheter went fine.  I don't remember a thing.  Feeling very groggy for a day and quiet as well.  Not much appetite.  That was Monday.  Tuesday night I got the shakes woke Gary around 10:30 and we decided to go to the ER.  By the time I got there the heater in the car had stopped the shaking but I was nauseous.  So turns out I had a fever.  Also turns out that when two middle aged old people don't have their glasses on reading a thermometer is purely guesswork.  Heart enzymes elevated, white blood count normal.  Eventually (like at 5am) they decided that I did not have a heart attack, did not have an infection (though they are growing cultures still), but instead had a reaction to the invasion.  Makes sense but was something we were not prepared for.  So slept all day yesterday as well as a good night sleep last night.  I feel good.  All my arteries are good.  Just the valve is bad...soooo off to talk to a surgeon next week in Burlington, VT, though I don't think that is where we will go for surgery.  We'll see.

video

Here is a boring video of Magic and Hannah...Magic keeps her in line because she has very sharp claws that Hannah respects.

Thank you all for your caring.
xo

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Health Update and Fairyland

All is well on the pancreatic cancer front.  Just wanted to get that out there.  But I have been having some heart issues.  Like I always feel like I'm slogging through mud.  Tired when I wake up (thought it was old age).  Can't breathe very well when I climb stairs, or walk with Hannah uphill.  So last May had an echo and again in November which showed chamber pressure changes in those 6 months and he said I needed an aortic valve replacement.  I was supposed to have a treadmill thing in November according to a cardiologist over in Burlington but I didn't because I was enjoying living in denial don't like driving over there in the winter.  So I finally called them and asked if I could have it here and they set it up.  So I showed up with my sneakers and they hooked me up and out from behind the curtain came a local cardiologist who wouldn't let me do it.  Said it was ridiculous because I already had symptoms and he didn't want me to drop dead on him (or on the treadmill) and that I needed to have a cardiac catheter to see if there is blockage which they would have to fix at the same time as the aortic valve.  Sooooo that is what is happening on Monday.

OK enough of that...Fairyland is growing!  I have been keeping warm in the kitchen and staying creatively busy!  Look!  Little houses from Walmart re-worked...I got sand and shale from a friend in Boston...acorns for roofing from a friend along with stone from a fishtank...tile from our local tile store...some wooden fairies from a fb friend...All the stone walls are moveable and the houses can be put inside or out.  AND I have the more rustic houses that I actually made and covered in bark put up in the woods but not photographed yet...Can't wait for my granddaughter to visit!!






Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of spring
Happy Easter!
xo

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fairy House

 Didn't feel like weaving though I wound on a towel warp.  Instead I think Spring has gotten to me and I want to make a little fairy village in the woods for when Ava comes up for the first time in July.  She will be almost 4 then and I wanted to make something magical for our walks.  This was the first one and it is a little clunky...I made a simple structure with scrap wood snitched from the burn pile.  Then Sandy (who rides with me and takes care of the barn every morning) and I went up to the woods and collected stuff.  We went back up today and collected even more stuff including moss and twigs which I added to the original.

Drilling and nailing first layer...


Getting a little more interesting...


Moss and twigs added...


More detail...


More twigs and moss...


Tomorrow is rain but Thursday we will take this first one out to the woods and we'll see how long it lasts...and I will see if Hannah eats it...and whether the moss stays alive...and I will make more.  Totally absorbing

xo