Tag Archive | creativity

Inktober 24-31, 2019

This concludes my Inktober 2019 album.

One Daisy

I bought a new painting knife so I had to try it out.  Not quite off the easel.

One Daisy – 34x48cm – acrylic

Another Project Finished

black and gray vest


This project has been ongoing for maybe three years.  I had some design and supply difficulties.

My husband who is a trained electronic and mechanical engineer says a wire cut to the right length will be too short.  With that inspiration I bought what I thought was plenty of braid.  Of course I could not have taken into account the changes which would be made later.  I have 6 inches braid left!

This vest was crocheted with yarn I had on hand.  I finally decided to close it with a zipper.  It’s not something one really needs in July, but at least it’s off my table now.

The Little Red Hen Sews Again 2

one out of three

One out of Three


I visited (hit up?) a fabric store. When I saw the price of the pattern I told myself I must use it more than once, so three tunic-shirts are planned. Sewing is a good activity when fasting since it isn’t done in the kitchen.  🙂   I plan to vary the style and maybe do some fancy collar work. Perhaps some kind of jabot or embroidery?


Creativity is one of the divine gifts which makes us specifically human.

Entrelac and Cups in Blue

entrelac front

 entrelac back

This project took a long time.  Thanks to my blog, I know when I started it, February 1, 2008.


The next post:


Third post, in 2009:


I am not sure I really like it.  I wondered if I should put it up for sale but who would pay for all those hours?  Not to mention a round trip ticket Paris-LA to get the buttons.  Yes, I found them in a button shop in West Beverly Hills where I spent a very nice afternoon looking at all they had.  My decision is to wear it a couple times to see.  A friend said if I don’t want it to send it over to her house; that reassured me.

Here is my latest watercolour:

cups in blue

When I arrived at our art club on Friday afternoon, I did not have a subject in mind but I found one in the crate with the things for tea.  One pigment, Sennelier phthalo blue.


Exhibit with Carding and Spinning Demonstration

Some time ago as we minded an art exhibit I watched my friend Maria as she used her spinning wheel.  I didn’t think to film even though I was fascinated by her expertise which I witnessed especially in the gesture she uses when adding wool to the thread.  She is aware of each fiber.

This week she gave a demonstration to a group of people who study French and English.  I was happy to be able to attend and try using the video function on our camera.  The movement I wanted to capture is at about the 6:05 moment.

She had a very nice exhibit set up including samples of wool, drawings of sheep, knitted items and more.  There were two identical sweaters except that one had been washed and the other not.  She prefers to spin unwashed wool.  The unwashed sweater was created for a Guinness record “from sheep to shoulder”.  Maria spun while 4 women knitted and in under 2 hours (1 hour, 55 minutes and some seconds) Maria was clothed in a new sweater.

One day Maria was struck by the beauty of some Virginia creeper which inspired her to make a scarf in those colours, dying the wool with onion skins.  Another day she saw a splendid caterpillar which she immediately captured by painting it; the ensuing sweater is magnificent.

I hope you enjoy this video.  I combined several “episodes” and some photos.

Taste Week ou la semaine du goût II

The women at the library did a very good job of setting up an exhibit presenting a wide array of food, games and tasting.  They had posters and print-outs of most food elements and displays of sugar, spices, herbs, tea, and cereals.

On this table there was a tray of banana slices, chocolate and apple pieces to be dipped in mixtures of ginger sugar, cocoa or cinnamon sugar.  There was also gazpacho to be sampled and a menu game.  We were to select a slip of each colour paper and put the elements together to create a dish.  The woman with me was sort of saying yuck (she pulled out calf’s head), while I was thinking, hmmm, maybe, about my omelet of Savoy pink river trout with Madagascar algae juice and Sauternes jelly

One of the librarians accompanied children in composing these vegetable heads inspired by the artist Arcimboldo.  She confided that she was careful not to mess the vegetables up too much so that they can still be used for soup.
On this table was a presentation of preserves and other products, some home-made, some purchased.  There was a jar of Marmite (a British product that people either love or hate, it seems) but I think they should have had some toast on hand since that is how one usually eats it.  I enjoyed the red pepper with saffron preserve.

Here were some jams and chutneys made by my club friends – apple and ginger, rhubarb and ginger, tomato chutney, and not in the photo, a South African preparation somewhat reminiscent of piccalilli and a Christmas chutney – all delicious.

Here you can see some more homemade jams, cookies, my applesauce cake and a coffee Queen Victoria cake.  In the background are chef’s hats made by children earlier in the day.

Quite a few people stopped in and had the courage to taste.  One man told us that when he was in London, the food wasn’t that great and he gained 7 kilos.  I guess he had managed to eat it anyway.  Most people very much enjoyed the different foods and were copying the recipes for the jams and chutneys.

The library ladies plan to do the same thing next year which gives a bit of time to prepare entries for the photo, poster, and cross stitch contests.

Food is a large part of culture.  I think it is important to be open to different tastes and ways of doing things so that we rise above and go beyond culture, to realize that we are all human beings and that more than one way of doing a thing may be “right”.