Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mural and Embroidery


 A little embroidery today. And below are two pictures of a mural in progress. I intend it to be a forest scene, but it's only just underway. It does make one's arm tired after one is used to painting small paintings.



 Below is a teapot embroidery. I somehow missed taking pictures of this one in progress. So below this is the picture of the finished ornament/ sachet. It has a muslin envelope sewn into the back, and extra pouch, for holding a note perhaps, or some cinnamon sticks and cloves, to make a nice, naturally scented sachet. Jade Teapot Embroidered Ornament at My Good Babushka.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dreaming Cake




Painting in progress today. Painting inspired by several rituals of Dumb Cake or Dreaming Bread. A ritually made confection, sometimes made without speaking, by three young maidens who each take a piece to bed, believing it will lead them to dreams of their true love. It is sometimes said that a slice of wedding cake under the pillow will lead to a dream vision of the same subject. I was also thinking of the roof angels carved into Blythburgh Cathedral of the Marshes when I sketched this piece. The finished Dreaming Cake is at My Good Babushka

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Dreaming Cake





Painting inspired by several rituals of Dumb Cake or Dreaming Bread. A ritually made confection, sometimes made without speaking, by three young maidens who each take a piece to bed, believing it will lead them to dreams of their true love. It is sometimes said that a slice of wedding cake under the pillow will lead to a dream vision of the same subject. I was also thinking of the roof angels carved into Blythburgh Cathedral of the Marshes when I sketched this piece.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

TMBG. Jacobean Embroidery. Day of the Dead Embroidery

 I really liked the part Jacobean, part Day of the Dead embroidery I just finished:
And I wanted to do another one, a larger one, and make it more musical. Skeletons playing instruments are always fun. But I didn't want to make a regular sombrero-wearing day of the dead skeleton band because there are already lots of those.
 So I'm making a They Might Be Giants, Jacobean, Day of the Dead, Embroidery project.  Here it is sketched out on canvas, blanket stitched all around, two times, and ready to go. 16" x 16"
I'm pleased with the composition, and I think it will make a nice textile piece though I haven't decided yet if I'll mount it on a stretcher or make it into a pillow.
Maybe when I'm finished I'll submit it to the TMBG are OK Tumblr!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Brother Rush. Friar Rush


There is a medieval German folk tale about the devil disguising himself as a monk and infiltrating a monastery, where he causes much mischief. He kills and cooks the cook. I've been sketching a little on the theme, but have landed on nothing firm as yet.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fairy Tale Illustration no.3 and 4


 I finished up my fussy baby illustration. I sketched out the picture below of the emperor and his young son, coming to an amicable agreement.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cardigan in Progress and Chocolate Cake

 The front and back are sewn together, the pockets are sewn in, all we need now are some sleeves and a collar, and then buttons. Then it will look like this:
Long Oatmeal Cardigan with Front Pockets and Toggle Buttons at My Good Babushka.



The chocolate cake still life is finished and you can get a better look at it, or other foodie still life paintings at  My Good Babushka.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chocolate Cake





Still life with chocolate cake in progress. You can see the finished work Still Life with Chocolate Cake at  My Good Babushka along with some other tasty still life paintings.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fairy Tale Illustration



Poor tired fairy tale parents with a crying, colicky baby. How do they like being the emperor and empress now? Not so much fun, is it?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

BNM Auto Sales, 922 N Croton Ave, New Castle, PA 16101



  As I have written about earlier, my husband and I bought a car from BNM Auto Sales, New Castle, Pa. in January with a new inspection sticker, only to find out soon after it had tremendous damage, a bent frame, and should never have passed inspection. The tire blew out, nearly killing my husband, within the first two weeks. When he went back to BNM to talk about his concerns, they put brake fluid in. Immediately after, the master cylinder went and he lost his brakes, almost getting killed again. They had put the wrong brake fluid in. We have had to put $1500 into this car within 3 months. The guy at BNM laughed at my husband on the phone, and won't take any responsibility for their expensive mistake, and endangering our lives. I have two young sons and they could have been in the car, either time or both times that the machine failed in spectacular fashion.

Since this happened, and it scared the hell out of me, I've been making studies of car crashes. I am also warning anyone in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, anyone far and wide, and anywhere this blog goes, not to give any business to BNM Auto Sales, New Castle, Pa. It's unfortunate, but when someone tries to kill me with lying and negligence, I do tend to dwell on these things.

Car Crash Study #1 at My Good Babushka.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fairy Tale Illustration




The emperor and empress have a cranky baby. I had one of those!