Sitting with Mom looking at the Hudson River just there (it's so close!), we talk about the things we see. Sailboats, barges and their tugs, jet ski's today, fancy yachts, Coast Guard cruisers, kayaks. Right now at the end of the day, the water has a silvery sparkle on one riverwide patch, moving with the current like the flicker of fast-moving fish. All the light is leaving the sky, poured onto that slim reaching piece of water. A sailboat cuts through the silver on its way north.
We can't see it, but the train stops and leaves Hastings. First you hear the train chattering toward the station, then the long squealing stop, the measured rest and the humming lurch and pop as it goes on again toward the city. The library lights are on, the flat glass box twinkling through the darkening trees.
Straight ahead in the streaking, dusky sky, there are hawks, helicopters, finches, gliders, crows, a blimp and a determined, inquisitive bumblebee that comes all the way up to see us on the sixth floor. No butterflies yet. Is it too early in the year?
You can make your own butterfly. Tear two butterfly shapes from old book pages and stitch a seam down the center. Leave the thread tails long enough to suggest antennae. Lift the top piece, folding up the wings gently at the seams.
Enjoy the weekend. xoC
Wednesday update: add the yellow swallowtail butterfly on Sunday, the blue heron in flight on Monday and red-headed woodpecker on the sycamore Tuesday.
Thanks to everyone for the good thoughts. I so appreciate each and every bit of comfort. We're hanging in there. Just have to see the brighter, lighter side of this and hope for better days. Lots of summery sunshine helps for sure.
This image has been waiting in my postcard file and today it gets a turn. I'm thinking about getting a bicycle lock for Grammy's pushchair, our most precious accessory of late. I guard that thing like a vintage Corvette. Of all things, why worry about that? Well, who steals plants from the Botanical Garden? Apparently someone who has done so enough times that the organization has to go out and have a plaque made to deter the Plant Thief from swiping plants from the greenhouse!
I think that might have been the longest away yet for me. My mom has been ill and I've been staying with her, sleeping on the couch, trying to keep her comfortable at home. That has meant being away from pretty much everything. The past few days have been better though, with family and friendly assistance so I've had a chance to come back home a little, though still not to the studio.
My camera is full of images from the wedding in Florida, but I'm going to upload and edit those later. For now, I thought I would share this flower garden I made some time ago. Nothing is glued down, it's just a temporary fooling around with paper and the sewing machine. After tearing out a stack of rounds from book pages, I sewed all around the middle of them and then just ruffled up the petals. An experiment to revisit later.
I think about blogging and all of you, dear friends. Just can't get to it right now as often as I used to. Hoping that Mom feels better very soon, we are all cheering her on with lots and lots of love and the essential sense of humor -and courage- she spent her life instilling in each of us. xoC
Gabreial at Vintage Indie is posting an interview with me today in a new feature there called Art Stories. Hoping it's up and that you stop by to see. If I'm not there, be sure to read the one from April 30 with Denyse Schmidt.
Under an umbrella, I'm reading and sewing at the beach today. And then helping with the flowers for my niece's wedding tomorrow. Perfect, no? xoC
Thanks so much for the well wishes for Mom. She's doing better, but it takes awhile to bounce back at her age. Loved all those comments about the grab-and-go info sheets. I decided to add a few things to Mom's: the hospital of choice and a list of doctors for specialties. (Getting her to tell me her weight was interesting!)
Mother's Day is coming. Sunday, May 10.
Remember that well-wishes book project for Pam? I never posted my page and cover for that .... and the whole how-to article is in Somerset Spring issue. I was just thinking that this format would make a good Mother's Day gift. Get your family - all ages - to work on pages for your book. It's easier than it looks. They do the pages, you do one and then collect, decorate the cover and assemble.
Endless possibilities if you add in photos, handwritten messages, artwork. For Pam's book, I used an old Golden encyclopedia for the covers. A tattered cookbook would be sweet for Mom.
Pam and I are going to artFiberfest together and looking forward to that great getaway, learning and teaching event in June. Maybe you are coming too. LMK if so .... it will be exciting to see you there.