The jasmine covering the lattice fence in the backyard is blooming it's little heart out and the heady perfume carries on the breeze all the way to the front yard. I can imagine it floating away toward my neighbors noses and I hope they love it as much as I do. The hibiscus, bougainvillea and my orchids are blooming too and it is so pretty outside I just want to be on my bike or walking these days.
I have been working a lot up until recently and am trying to get a lot of old projects finished up while I have the free time. This is a wren that I made using a pattern from Abigail Glassenberg's new book titled The Artful Bird. When I started it several months ago I knew it would be difficult but I was excited about making one since I had been waiting for what seemed like forever for her book to be published. I was doing well with it until I lost the tail section- I laid it down someplace and then couldn't find it. Like, um, it was there one minute and suddenly gone the next! I had set it aside when I answered the phone and then just couldn't remember where it was. I searched for a while and even left a note for the husband to keep his eyes peeled- finally I gave up after Days went by (and then weeks and months!) but I knew that if I started another tail or wing section then I would find the missing pieces!
This past weekend I saw the poor pitiful bird, waiting, blind, wingless and forlorn and decided to just cut out new tail and wings and get it finished! So I did and it was fun and satisfying to finally complete the project. I used a vintage silk scarf that was reversible to construct the bird.
Abigail's book is loaded with different bird patterns and I look forward to making more some day. The directions are clear and easy to follow. I think I will try an owl next or maybe the lark which is quite whimsical. Check out her Blog which has fun projects like daffodils and goldfish made using felt.
Today I was cleaning up my guest bedroom which is also a craft room (for the stamps, paints, yarn and spinning supplies) and I let out a little screech when I found the tail and wing pieces laying on the bed! I couldn't have been more surprised! They were camouflaged in with the crocheted blanket at the foot of the bed and maybe covered a bit with a stack of whatever (yarn, papers or books) that always seems to accumulate around the place. Just goes to show that the little house elf has such a wicked sense of humor! Either that or the early dementia has taken root and doing fine!
Anyway, hope you had a Happy Easter and are enjoying the weather where you are,
I hope to share more projects soon-
thanks for being patient- I have had some major changes in my world lately and there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the days to get everything done.
so it goes.
just another calamity,