Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hummingbird studies

Presently working on a study of hummingbirds and botanical illustrations. . .

With the advantage of so many people taking pictures in our day there are a lot of hummingbird photos showing their wings out stretched and perfectly visible. But in real life, one never sees the wings when in motion, they appear as a blur. Only when the hummer is perched can the little folded wings be seen.  Youtube has some pretty fascinating presentations showing how many times the wings actually beat. One can hear the buzz of those fast moving wing even before seeing the little bird.
I used these thoughts in drawing the hummingbird's moving wings.

Round 'barrel like' cactus with wreath of delicate pink flowers crowning top.

Hummingbird and Fuchsia


This drawing with two hummingbirds looks like the male and female cooperate jointly in hatching and raising the young but actually the female does all the work alone.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

New fabric art work

New designs are in my Etsy store of quilt squares with pen and ink drawing on fabric. Having lived in the southwest as a child and in the recent past, I am featuring birds, animals and plants found in desert.


      I had a number of window feeders for the many hummingbirds who would come for my homemade nectar - sometimes in the summer I would make 9 cups of sugar water a week to keep them all coming back.





Cracked corn and a basin of water would encourage the quail to feed in my rock yard giving me the chance to watch the large families of adults with baby chicks running behind.



This is the first of a series of 'sea theme' quilt squares I plan to do - gulls, shells, lighthouses. . .



Sea Fever

BY JOHN MASEFIELD
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Drawing with Pen and Ink on Fabric

Here's a recent illustration project - using archival ink on unbleached muslin and sewn into a tea cosy. The black fabric boarder does a striking job of framing the drawing.
This type of slip over cosy does a good job keeping the teapot warm for a while. Especially when  placed on a potholder.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Making little girls' dresses has always been a favorite project of mine - sewing for this little Wellie Wisher™ is just about as much fun. This dress is an old fashion look two tiered skirt with venetian lace trimmed puffed sleeves.





Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wellie Wisher Dress

Spring is just around the corner and my little Wellie Wisher™ is wearing a sweetly white smocked on white fancy dress. A half slip worn under the skirt adds a little lace to complete the look. This dress and slip will also fit the Hearts 4 Heart dolls.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MonicaMinto



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tea cosy

Someone dear to me loves tea, in fact, she loves it so much she has a special Brown Betty teapot from England to brew her tea in.  And this had to be an old Brown Betty teapot, made by the original company before the clay was mixed differently.  I'd say she is a tea snob - in a good way, of course!

Her gift request for this last Christmas was a tea cosy.  Or maybe several, or maybe one for each season. . .
And they needed to match her Folk Art Pfaltzgraff dishes which are brown and blue. :o)
Here's a few I made for her:



Brown Betty Tea Pot

This bird pattern came from Debbie Mumm in a free craft project she offered:



Crazy Quilt tea cosy

 Patchwork with quilting tea cosy

Star burst patchwork with quilting



Friday, February 10, 2017

Dress for Wellie

After borrowing my granddaughter's Wellie Wisher™ for two weeks to use as a model for the beginning of a doll clothes wardrobe offered in my Etsy Store. I have now purchased my own doll. Here is the first dress and matching shoes she is modeling. The  pattern for shoes is from Pixiefaire.com.