Thursday, September 23, 2010
I finished my felted and stitched Whooping Crane and Chick. The felt background consists of hand-dyed merino with a pineapple fiber from Habu Textiles, embedded for texture and to represent the dried grasses in the terrain that Whooping Cranes nest. I also dyed some Tencel fiber using MX Reactive dyes and then needle felted it to the lower edge of the composition to give the illusion of water. The images of the mother bending down to feed her chick, were hand stitched using DMC floss. This will now get mounted and prepared for framing in a shadow box frame. I plan to use this new work as one of my entries for the Massachusetts-Rhode Island juried Surface Design Association member show.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
ETA - I just figured out that this is a Buff Breasted Sandpiper.
Another bird to add to my life list!
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
|Immature Common Tern|
Monday, August 09, 2010
We are on "egg watch for egg #3 to hatch sometime today. I could hear it peeping through the shell earlier this morning.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Here is my finished piece, drying in preparation for the hand stitching and embellishing that I plan to do to capture more of the grasses, the chick and the whooping crane's neck and head.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Here is a screen shot that I just took around 8:00PM,, Thursday the 6th. It appears that the first egg of Molly's second clutch will be hatching soon. You can hear peeps from the egg, with Molly responding back, whenever she stands up and moves around. Join the crowd of over 2,000 viewers and check out the excitement at http://www.ustream.tv/theowlbox.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Many of you who know me are aware that I am an avid bird watcher. Last week I discovered that Ustream.com has numerous live cameras of birds nesting, all around the United States.
My all time favorite has to be The Owl Box, in San Marcos, California. This live video cam shows the life of Molly, a Barn Owl, and her four owlets. I have learned so much about the daily life of a Barn Owl and the raising of little owlets. Watching each of them grow, day by day, developing in size and new habits has been a very rewarding experience, and sometimes very comical.
Carlos and Donna, the owners of this camera, are to be commended for their interaction with local elementary schools and educating the children on the lives of Barn Owls.
There are recorded videos for anyone to watch and see the earlier stages of Molly and her family. If you are real lucky, you might even see McGee, the dad, arrive with some dinner for the pantry, such as mice, moles, possum and rabbits. Check it out! You'll love it!
A few others I am following are:
Cardinal family in San Antonio, Texas, with thee newly hatched babies
Osprey in Brewster, Massachusetts, building their nest
Eagles in New Jersey
Eagles in California
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Here is my latest shawl, knit with my handspun which is a light fingering weight blend of wool/silk/angora. I made this as part of Ravelympics 2010, an event held in conjunction with the 2010 Winter Olympics, on my online knitting community of Ravelry.