Saturday, June 28, 2014

Where I've Been

If you haven't seen me around blogland lately, it's because I was on vacation in Sarasota, Florida! In keeping with the solemn tradition of vacationers throughout time, I now feel obliged to bore you with my vacation photos.  Lucky for you, since this is a blog, you are free to ignore them if you wish! If you do choose to peruse them, I hope you enjoy!

The water at Siesta Key really did appear to be this strange but lovely shade of green...

... which made the sky seem almost purplish by comparison. When you got in it, though, it was so clear you could easily see to the bottom.

There were lots of unfamiliar seabirds...

... but most wouldn't let me get close enough to photograph them.

You could see their little footprints all over the beautiful white sand beach...

My self-portrait on the beach...

Stay tuned for more vacation photos in the next post - I actually went to some places that are not the beach, such as Selby Botanical Gardens and the Dali Museum!

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Back to Shabo-Mekaw

We hadn't been to our beautiful get-away out in the country for some weeks, mostly because we were busy with this:

....scraping and painting the house (which isn't finished yet),

and this:

 ...planting and tending the gardens (which is ongoing in summer months).

 We also got a new roof, and all new windows on the house.

But despite the fact that many things still need to be done, and will for some time, we decided to go out to Shabo-Mekaw the last two weekends.

Luckily, everything there is fine, and looks as beautiful as ever.

 We spent some time cutting and fitting oak boards, cut from our own downed trees, for the log cabin floor and upstairs walls.

 One day, the dogs and I took quite a long hike, from one end of the island... the other. The far end of the island was very overgrown, so I thought I'd come back up the other side of the creek, which proved to be probably just as difficult.

Some stuff we saw:

If you want to find out more about Shabo-Mekaw, click here, here, here, here and here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fragments of Memory

New work:

Fragments of Memory
ingredients: vintage book cover, various vintage ephemera (book page, post cards, notebook scrap, envelope, dress pattern), vintage textiles, image transfers, colored pencil drawings, pressed flowers, glass, stitching


My eyes are not a camera
my ears cannot hold
the sounds
they slide by
like flashes of light
through the window of a speeding car

Between one fragment
and the next
the spaces are
half filled in with

and the other half - ?

Don't ask me where the poem came from. The other half, maybe?