Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ruddy Turnstone

Just last week I had my eye out for Ruddies and Buffies, or any duck with an early schedule. I found another 'Ruddy' on my Thanksgiving visit to St. Augustine. On the warm but windy beach a small group of Ruddy Turnstones were trying to find a bite to eat and keep out of the wind.

And what a treat to hear Ospreys call again just a couple months after they left our area.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Snake shed

Snake skin sheds (pieces of them) are typical around the garden. None compare to this one found on a high shelf inside the garage today. It is complete! I estimate a 2 1/2 feet to a yard long shed from a black snake.

This shed will be saved and placed in the vegie garden next spring for the Flycatcher to find. A snake shed is required for the Flycatcher's nest box, perhaps as a deterrent to who peers into the box? It's a deterrent for me climbing up to that shelf again, period.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A beautiful day

A gift in November, mon ami. Tee shirt weather, nearly. I finished a project in the morning, took a nice long bike ride with a friend in the afternoon. This weather cannot be wasted.
And to top it all off, a flock of Swans cruised by over the Outer Banks before 4 pm. The Swans can make the worst day a beautiful day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Barry White as a Frog

Hello Baby. That's just what I thought when I saw this fat guy parked on a jade leaf. He was on the same leaf yesterday. It's time to move summered plants inside and I need to find all the hidden frogs so they won't dry out in the house. This fat frog will probably winter over nicely in some potting soil and be a seed frog for next year.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Patchwork is a traditional quilting style. Pieces of fabric are sewn together to make a 'whole' cloth. It was originally a way of using scraps to a better end and made its way to cutting up 'perfectly good' materials to create something unique and new.

I have taken the patchwork style to a smaller purpose than the quilt. I make tiny patchwork bags. My patchwork includes my photography. I print my work on silk or cotton and work it into the design. Traditional three layers and free motion quilting complete the fabric before it is fashioned into wearable art.

My Mother's CD player bag: Waterlilies!

My own day pack with a bird and a fawn featured on the pockets.

And my latest, a slightly smaller daypack in blue with winter gulls on the pockets.
I'm showing the back. This one can be found at Mellow Dog.