Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday tidbits

...in which our plucky heroine shares some recent items of note...

this tiny OCF peach, made from a disc of pure silver just under 3/4" in diameter, and stamped by Bill Dawson... I enameled it using an attempt at the medieval basse-taille technique, where the bas-relief of the base plate is enhanced by adding transparent enamels in various colors across the surface, without using wires to separate the color as in cloisonne.

All the small decorative enameled discs for the Wastekeep coronets are finished, and were sent off northwards to be added to the component parts in process, bringing the project that much closer to completion. In addition, I have now acquired cobalt blue and golden yellow dupioni silk, so as to start on creating the striped silk coronet padding, which will be an interesting project in itself.

This is, in fact, a tiny drawstring bag, inspired by a Japanese style of rice storage bag... made by me. I was inspired by the talented Gwen Bury to start creating small cloth bags-of-holding to contain my assorted bits inside the lovely tine box that Drusa made for me, so that when opening the lid, the interior does justice to the beautiful exterior. Also small bags keep the contents of sewing box or purse well organised and tidy


I was in the backyard, summer pruning the apple, when I noticed that the young feral grapevine has two tiny bunches of grapes!! This grape plant showed up in the middle of the backyard three years ago, probably planted by squirrels. When I realised what it was, we transplanted it next to the chain link fence, where it has been growing for the last two years... this year it grew exponentially, and had some tiny flower bunches, and some now seem to have turned into grapes... No idea if they are a tasty variety, but can always be used for verjuice... I figured to be happy with some grape leaves I could use for making dolmas, actual grapes are a plus.

July SMART goals (x=extra)
1 20 enamels for Wastekeep apron dress yard waste bin
2 tiny peach enamel workbench refurbishbag to Goodwill
3 tiny linen bag x x
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