A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Seagulls and mumblings

Over the weekend I completed another little area on my summer pillow cover.  See?...


In case you are wondering - the perspective is 'off' between the sandcastle and the seagulls on purpose.  I'm hoping to give a sense of depth to the scene by changing the scale of the gulls to appear in the foreground.  At least such is the plan!

In my travels about the internet, I've found a few things you might find of interest...

- There's a really cute tutorial HERE for how to alter an Altoid tin

- If you like kitties, there's a free download  HERE for those who work with paper.  So cute!!

- This one might be a little early for some of us (those of us who, ahem, woke up to 3" of snow this morning!!)....but if you want to know how to make skeleton leaves there's a great tutorial HERE

- If you like suncatchers, you might want to check THIS out.  Would be fun to do with teens too!

- Kathy Shaw has announced that she's planning to offer her free intermediate crazy quilting classes at least once more.  You can find further details HERE.  

- For the cross stitchers out there, HERE's a wonderful Pooh Bear pattern!

- Through another blogger (http://www.sewwequilt.com) I found an absolutely wonderful photographer - Vivian Maier - and you will enjoy seeing her amazing photographs HERE.  Be sure to check through her portfolios!

I will leave you with another poem, written by my mother, circa 1970....

When April ends the winter
With the snow banks high and long
There's nothing more encouraging
Than the lilting robin song

I certainly thought of this one when we awoke to all that snow this morning - and apparently more to come.


9 comments:

Createology said...

You have truly gotten the perspective of being close with the Seagulls and seeing the sandcastle further in the background. Looking wonderful!

Jillayne said...

A lovely poem... it speaks perfectly of this time of year...
I like your summer stitchery - and the way you are creating perspective and depth is perfect. Looking at it makes me long for the beach, warm sand, glittering water and pail and shovel of my own...

Christine Barnsley said...

Love how your Summer cover is progressing Mary Anne! Thank you for the lovely links too! Christine x

Baa. xxx said...

Love seagulls!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Great links...thanks.
The gulls are cool, but that sandcastle really grabs my attention. Love it!!
xx, Carol

allthingzsewn said...

Your mother's poem was quite appropriate. Very true, we have the robin's coming through here by the hundreds. We are on a migratory path and can tell how long along till spring and how far we are into it by what birds are coming through. Its interesting to say the least. I loved the little suitcase, at one time when I was sewing Tilda doll that would have been on my list of to does. I saw Sam's post and really admire this lady's photography. What an eye and heart she had. Have a great day. Thanks for the links.
Blessings
Tonia

Suztats said...

We got the snow, too. What's happened to spring?
Thanks for the links. I like your summer pillow cover.

Mary Ann said...

It's looking good. I love the sandcastle. I did an altered Altoids tin for a mixed media group I used to belong to. I made a sort of small picture books that folded out from the tin. Lots of fun.

Sarah Aldrich said...

I feel your pain with the snow. Here in my little corner of Connecticut we had snow and ice yesterday. It was 17 degrees when I got up this morning. What an April Fools joke this felt like. On the upside, as I drove to my store I saw a pair of robins, red against the snow. It lifted my haert. I love the sandcastle!!