Today’s the autumnal equinox here on the northern hemisphere, and it’s starting to show:
This year looks perhaps – it’s a little too early to tell for sure yet – to be especially vibrant.
I just love fall colors; don’t you?
Like last month, I’ve done some prototype work this April. For a while I’ve wondered about using felt as interfacing in various projects. We’ve already been using my two placemat prototypes for over six months; they seem to be holding well.
This time I started a purse. Here are the fabrics during the color test / fabric selection phase:
I had two golden ribbons to choose between; if you look carefully, the one on the right has tone-on-tone striping. In the end, I decided on the plainer ribbon. I may have regrets, though…
A major roadblock for this project has been an 8-point applique star. I started that already in March by making a pattern. As this was to be a prototype, I wanted to use up some scraps from my remnants bin. In hindsight that wasn’t a very good decision; I had an inordinate amount of trouble with the star, since I foolishly selected two very slippery, knit-based fabrics: crushed velvet and faux chamois.
I did finish the star eventually, after much cursing and procrastination.
Now I just can’t decide whether it’s good enough to apply on the purse. I guess that means not.
Well. You win some, you lose some. That’s just the nature of the creative process.
But: Having finished my taxes earlier than usual, I also had ample time to rearrange my workroom. That invariably meant flinging the smaller bookcases around. In addition, I took the opportunity to death clean some of my possessions, and all that lead to restyling my shelves. I made a curtain to hide some of the less than handsome binders and folders:
The rest of the shelves aren’t quite there yet, but the curtain is looking great, don’t you think? 🙂
Since I moved my desk, my office phone handset was displaced. I made it a tiny end table out of two upcycled oatmeal containers, posterboard and a round tablecloth:
Here’s a secret: the tablecloth is actually one of my SCA veils, naturally well-washed and pressed. (SCA here means Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., i.e., a group of medieval re-enactors.)
In early April, we finally lost the last of the snow and got to enjoy the first leaf buds and flowers, albeit a little late. Spring is my favorite time of the year! 🙂
We continue to experiment with new foods due to dietary restrictions. Here’s a dessert that happened to be all vegan: poached pears, roasted & salted cashews and almondmilk vanilla ice cream.
Will I sound too childish if I say OM NOM NOM!?! 🙂
And, of course, at the end of the month we saw Avengers: Endgame. I’m still mulling it over, but it definitely is a one-of-a-kind ending to a one-of-a-kind series of independent but interlinked movies.
Among the most interesting to me were these three toppers that include embroidery-like elements:
Her geode cakes would make great treats for theme parties for N.K. Jemisin The Broken Earth trilogy:
There are also a few explicitly geeky ones, like this Groot cake:
Visit the My Modern Met article and Vigil’s Instagram for more – there are so many designs to love! Almost makes me wish I were in California, too. Then again, I’m sure my doctor would be much happier if I were to stay away, far away, from cakes. 🙂
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.
The other day I was thinking of last December. I went through some photos to remind myself of everything that happened and ran into this gem. At the very end of last year, we were treated to gorgeous, glittering woods after snowfall:
It was really hard to get the light and shadow balanced well; this is one of my better shots, I think, in that respect. The light on the icy trees is so beautiful!
The Halloween weekend in our corner of woods has offered all kinds of fall weather, from bright and breathtakingly glorious…
…to grey and bland, to rainy and windy, and everything in between. One day we quite unintentionally had appropriate Halloween effects delivered by nature (with an assist by us):
We’ve stripped our garden canopy for the winter season already. If the sun’s just right, we get the shadow of a huge “spider” cast on our window.
We also witnessed an attempted murder…
…but the two crows in question never found enough flockmates to complete it. #BadPuns
There’s a new “baby” in our house! The monstera plant grew a new leaf:
I find the new, uncurling leaves of any plants fascinating – the shapes and colors change almost daily, and the shape, especially, can get very ornate. Beautiful.
P.S. I won’t be blogging on Monday due to Labor Day. Hope my U.S. readers have a relaxing long weekend!