Hello and happy Friday and if in the land of Down Under--happy Saturday. It is funny, well not ha ha ha funny but funny to me that we are all on the same planet and half of us are having Summer and half of us are having Winter. I have friends and family in the Down Under and they say it is wet and freezing for them, I always think I am going to keep track of their weather and see if ours is similar for each season. If they get the cold and wet and then we do or visa versa --we get the cold and wet and then they get it. Very interesting to me. Let me tell you from first hand, it is hot here today. Toasty, warm your bones hot. We have good old refrigerated air and I am thankful for it in every way, even our fur babies have refrigerated air in their "dog house" aka Sun Room. We can't let them roast or combust they are our babies.
Just grab a glass of Ice Tea and read on dear readers. I got a little windy here today.
Nothing to exciting going on in the dog days of Summer, here but on the way home from lunch today with a friend there was a song playing on the radio. I am not sure who sung it and what the name of the song was but I thought I have to blog today on the song. Words in the song were Hi Ho Silver. It made me immediately think of the Lone Ranger and Tonto a true western that had movies made and I loved them. Now I do have a note from Annette on this---we saw the current Lone Ranger and Tonto movie and sorry Johnny Depp it was awful. I remember listening to their episodes on the radio, which I learned the radio episodes started in 1933 (before my time, yes really !!! ) and 2956 episodes were created. There were other radio shows I listened to but that one was wonderful The horse's name was Silver. For some fun facts and just a summer little exploring to do here is a link to the site HERE .
I just had to share a picture of the two heroes and of course Silver
I have been painting and stitching, I mean isn't that what Relaxed Retired Ladies do? Well besides planting Begonias in your Faerie Garden. The Mosquitoes are being very healthy with our rain but I read that Lavender oil, a few drops now, on a bandana help keep the pests away. So I checked with the vet and am trying that on our fur babies. I do know that Lavender is soothing and have gone down to one drop on a red bandana for them to wear. I don't want them to be Zombies or really lulled down.
The CQJP 2016 for June, well it is one of the blocks above I don't know if you remember but I am doing an Alice in Wonderland book. This is June's block with some silk ribbon Irises and leaves and silk ribbon rose buds and of course every garden has to have a spider. The bottom square has buttons in the tree, don't we all have button trees or is it just in Alice and Wonderland? Bullion roses are fun to make and did enjoy them also on this piece. I have finished July thru December's blocks also, but I will try and hold off to show you them as the months come. Well I say that but I will try really hard.
I embellished this for a friend who I am in a Round Robin with, she sews the block and I add of my goodies to it. She liked birds for I found in my stash two birds with beaks together so I got my scissors and clip clip the birds were separated and I then had one. It is embellished with threads and I did use lots of silk ribbon on this one. Hope you like it.
Sketching while watching the baseball games, GO TEXAS RANGERS. This artsy lady just begged me to sketch her so I couldn't turn her down. It is just pencil and some white pastel dabed here and there. I was going to add color but kept telling my self this a a sketch to keep myself in the groove so in the groove I stayed.
I finished this painting for a friend and the subject was her beautiful daughter. Elizabeth. She had a cap on and of course I had to do some artistic doings on this. I made whimsical and did add just a tad to her hair after taking this photo. There are lots of layers of paint mainly acrylic and acrylic inks. Man alive the acrylic inks are fun to work with and can be transparent. You can drop and drip and let the inks run and just play to your hearts content. I had no idea where this painting was going and then just kept adding and adding things until Elizabeth told me to stop.
Well that is it for the second for me. Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.