Saturday, January 23, 2016

- PM PJs

"Are you planning on getting out of your pajamas?"

"Probably ... eventually ... after all, we've only just had lunch."

That's how it goes when I'm well into something. Time flies by and I really couldn't care less about appearances (although in my defense, I will say I did brush my teeth this morning).

So what was all the fuss about? Well, I had two things in mind: yesterday's lantana patch and today's snow patch ...

Patch #22 and Patch #23

Because even though we are well out of the East Coast weather system, I remember what driving snow felt like. Not to mention Jude's post this morning, which reminded me what driving snow looks like, which was indeed like the B-side of Patch #10.

The snow was easily done. The lantana, on the other hand, took up most of the morning. First in tracing its outlines ...

A trick I learned from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
"trace" the visible outlines onto plexiglass using an erasable marker

transferring them to cloth ...

Drawn by eye using a permanent Pitt pen

looking closely at the colors in an attempt to find the right flosses ...

Look how much purple is in the leaves!


then finally committing to stitch ...


The leaves are okay, the flowers less so. I suppose I could call this an impression rather than a representation. Still, I learned along the way and didn't feel compelled to rip everything out in search of perfection. The patch records the reality of the process, which makes it good enough for me.

Finally, another weather week was added to the calendar ...


including a dark cloud seam on the horizon ...


Okay. Time to get dressed.

7 comments:

Nancy said...

I love seeing your process to get that flower and leaves on cloth. And not expecting perfection seems like a good plan, for many areas of life. I like what you've been doing here very much. You may have been in PJ's...I wasn't even out of bed! Catching up from a stress-filled week :) Your little block letters on the calendar are adorable!

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Nancy ... I've always been pretty good at tiny and regular. This cloth is turning out to be a good exercise in getting out of my comfort zone, while still having a way to step back into it.

Mo Crow said...

yikes lantana is a major weed here in the Land Down Under, it can take over gullies with the greatest of ease and quickly!
here's a link to a fact sheet
http://www.iewf.org/weedid/Lantana_camara.htm

Liz Ackert said...

What a difference a species makes ... our lantanas are native to Texas and Mexico, low growing and beloved of the local wildlife, butterflies especially. How could anyone not love them? I couldn't believe my eyes when the fact sheet you linked to said your invasive species (from Brazil) grows to 3 meters high. Yikes?

Mo Crow said...

yup 3 metres high and spreads fast in all directions by layering, it's evil! one of the many invasive species that take over here in NSW here's a list of 300 declared as noxious weeds

Mo Crow said...

oops here's the link
http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks for this link, too ... interesting (but not surprising) to see that some of your invasives are pests here, too