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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happy Anniversary "Pomegranate Trail"

Tomorrow is my four year mark.  Pomegranate Trail began with an idea that simmered for a while and has been slowly been rolling along for the past four years.
It began with dreams and inspiration and has morphed into that plus reflection, nature and lots of recent hiking!
Being a lover of tradition, I would love to celebrate with a give-away again.  But here's the thing: I'm busy and I sew ridiculously slow.  My interests shift over days.  This does not seem like a great offer for a give-away.

So, like my birthday tradition post, I think I'll give it a rest.
Of course, if you're dying to still play...just let me know.

Last year the winner was Els over at Fiberrainbow.  her work is always thoughtful, unique and oh-so beautiful!  Go take a peek.  I'll save part of her gift, done for almost one year now, as a surprise.  But, the other part I am in the thick of right now.  I'm really enjoying this texture piece.


Three layers
Wool - velour(?) - Silk(?)
So far, anyway.


The silk is a piece of packaged quilt binding from the late 1980's.
I used to add this to cloth diapers as welcome gifts for newborns.

This piece has been dyed in something and rust.
It ended up in permanent creases.
I honored one with red stitch.


Others hide little surprises!
Threadbeads.


Some wonky 9-patches in Magic Thread from Jude.


Center stitches began marking time, in a spiral.
I thought that fitting, as it sure is taking me a long time to create this quite small cloth!
This time-marking morphed into a basic running stitch spiral.
You can add your own meaningful metaphor here!


I am not really sure what I think of the 'look' of it.
But, I really like the 'feel' of it.
A variety of textures...layered, thick, like sandwich from a great deli!
All of those center stitches feel so good between thumb and fingertips!
I have more even stitches to add before it will go into the mail.
So, Els may have to wait a bit longer!

To those of you who still take the time to stop by and have a look and/or leave a comment...
Thank you so much for your continued support, friendship, inspiration 
and sharing of yourself.
You are much appreciated,
Nancy

  Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring and Eleven Days in April

It's April.
My birth month.
Spring.

I celebrated with a little John Denver on my way to work.
I little bit of "Sunshine on My Shoulders".

Morning work drive

When I got home there was a cake and birthday wishes from J. and Obama!
Yum!


Some of you may notice, I've decided not to keep the tradition this year of the 
"5 Things" Birthday celebration.
I got bored of it.  Maybe you did too.
At any rate, sometimes a tradition is just an obligation in disguise.

How's that for profound!  Ha.

Anyway, I've been delighting in the simple beauty around me.

Sunset on lavender
Roadside flower
Sneaky neighbor
April's egg moon!
Hatching
Along with noticing nature, I've added a bit to the scar cloth.
Is that what I was calling it?
Oh well.

Scar and a heartbeat
I completed the scar down the whole length of the cloth diaper.
Now I've started the 'heartbeat'.
There's always a heartbeat, even if there are scars.
This one looks pretty out of sync, which tells me to take care of my heart.
Even if it is my sewing skills that make it turn out this way!!
I like the symbolism.
New puppy ~ Sonny
Lastly, I've been thinking of this guy a lot lately.
Possibly because many of you post your dog (or cat) happenings or because there are so many silly, touching or even sad dog posts on FB.
This is Sonny.  I got him as a puppy, sort of for my13th birthday.
I'd begged for a dog for years, but they were not allowed in our apartment building.
So, one week after moving into a house my sister and I got sibling puppies!
Sonny was the kind of dog you wish for.
Smart, sweet and loyal.
I adored him (as did my daddy).
He lived a good, long life.
My wise old man.
I still miss him.

Old Man, Sonny
Have a great week everyone.
Enjoy spring in your neck of the woods!
~Nancy
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2015