Round here

April 16, 2014

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It’s been a quiet sort of day round here. A little work, a little play, a walk in the rain around the hood…nothing special going on.

I suppose it’s the first day we’ve had without someone rushing around. Chloe has finished her semester now and had a big sigh of relief, and now she’s off to Bryson’s parent’s cabin for a few days rest and cats and dogs and horses.

Robert and I are trying to figure out the best way to photograph my art work without a lot of natural light and it isn’t really working so I’m going to put it off till we get a brighter day.

Yesterday I made C a new ring, a bit of a congratulations of finishing your semester prezzy. I love the way it turned out but I still have a bit of work to finish burnishing the bezel around the beach glass and black goldstone.

And, after starting all the sweet peas and ending up with about 200% more healthy seedlings than my garden can accommodate, I smartened up and bought five nasturtium seedlings…just the right amount.

What’s going on with everyone? How’s spring coming along? Has it shown up in your part of the old globe yet?

My friend John has sprouted enough cabbage seedlings for England, Diane is having to protect her porch flowers from some late frost, Michelle has made the most wonderful, cuddly, bear sweater in the world, (she’s such a talented knitter), and Joanne is brewing some wonderful natural dyes. Can’t wait to see what she does with them. Speaking of, has anyone been dyeing with onion skins lately? I remember colouring Easter eggs with them. Think I might try again this year.

Let me know what you’re all up to. 😀

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  • Reply patty April 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Love your photos and the ring is just wonderful. I remember how great it felt to be done with school – so congrats to your daughter. I’m trying to keep up with cleaning the house and playing in my craft room! Made bird nest pendants I will post soon!

    • Reply Veronica April 17, 2014 at 5:05 am

      Oh that sounds lovely Patty and so absolutely the perfect thing for spring. Chloe made ma a lovely bird nest bracelet one year from a silver wire and some turquoise beads. Where did I put it? Looking forward to seeing yours. 😀

  • Reply Joanne April 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I’ve also been re-potting my succulents into new terracotta pots. I love watching them grow, slowly but steadily. My Aloe Vera had a baby last spring, and now it’s in it’s own little pot. I have wrapped some of the fabric in onion skins, they are the first to leach out their colour in the jars. I hope I have enough patience for solar dying!!
    love the rings your are making – you are a natural Veronica 🙂

    • Reply Veronica April 17, 2014 at 5:04 am

      Aw, thank you Joanne. 😀 Those succulents were a rescue from the dust pan of my favourite nursery. I couldn’t believe they were throwing out such valuable plant material! Solar dyeing sounds wonderful, but I’m sure I wouldn’t have the patience for that…lol. XX

  • Reply Renee April 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Getting ready for spring for us has been almost non-existent in this part of Alberta. One day it is 14 degrees and the next the temperature is near zero and snowing and horribly windy. The grass is starting to green, but there is no evidence of spring blossoms.

    I know the struggle of trying to get good photos of my art too. One day, I hope to figure it out!

    Your dining room table looks like mine, full of art and supplies! How perfect!

    It is wonderful that you are continuing to explore jewelry making! How exciting to be able to wear your own art and to be able to give a true gift of the heart to others! Happy day to you!

    • Reply Veronica April 17, 2014 at 5:01 am

      Hi Renee, I’m just giving up till I get some good light! Well, I did actually plan to try the living room floor under the south facing window today. But it’s that leaden West Coast day out there with not a lot of light. Have to pop by to see what you’ve been up to. 😀

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn April 17, 2014 at 12:21 am

    It’s deceptively sunny and bright here in Southern Oxfordshire and sharply ‘brisk’ which is the England way of saying ‘annoyingly too cold for summer clothes and not cold enough for fleeces’ … hundreds of tiny tadpoles in the pond, a rush of torrid red and orange tulips in the beautiful flower bed you created for me last year … tree blossoms coming out in patches, one tree fully garbed, the next tree naked …. lots and lots of birdsong of many varieties X

    • Reply Veronica April 17, 2014 at 4:59 am

      I bet it’s lovely Catherine. I love the bird song in England. Nothing like it in Vancouver at all. XX

  • Reply georgeplace2013DebiSwim April 17, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Love the ring you made! How do you color eggs with onionskins? That sounds like a fun project to do with the grands.

    • Reply Veronica April 17, 2014 at 4:57 am

      Hi Debi. Thank you so much. I usually wrap some fine leaves or grasses around white eggs and hold them in place with elastic bands or muslin tied with an elastic band, and then boil the eggs with the onion skins. I love the patterns the leaves make. 😀 Hope you give it a try.

  • Reply Ock Du Spock April 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Oh I can relate to planting to many seeds! I do it all the time too. I’m always giving away loads of seedlings to everyone I know 🙂

  • Reply Ida P. Krause April 19, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Nice post. Nasturtiums are really pretty. I grew some last year but have been planting different things this year.
    The ring you made is really nice. Kitty looks mighty relaxed. Just got through planting more flowers and getting ready to make up Easter Baskets. Also doing laundry.

    • Reply Veronica April 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Nice! I just have two neighbours whose houses are going to be knocked down for new duplexes, so I’ve been saving plants left, right and centre! Also doing laundry! 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein April 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

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    • Reply Veronica April 23, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Checking! 😀

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