Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gardening

This week has been so wonderful that I have been working outside. Lots of weeding! It is amazing how with a bit of heat things are really starting to grow! (Especially the weeds!)

Flowers in the front.
Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers on the sunny south side.

Vegetable patch in the back.

I ordered some great books from Amazon, and I am so pleased. I want to start making art quilts and these books have fantastic ideas.

This one is painting fabric with acrylic fabric paints (SoSoft by DecoArt), and then embellishing with thread. The author, Pat Durbin, has included five projects in the book.

This one is based on a raw edge applique technique, with thread embellishments. The author, Leni Levenson Wiener, is a photographer and the first chapter in the book is "The Elements of Good Design". It has wonderful tips that would be applicable to regular quilt making, photography etc. It comes with a DVD (I haven't had time to look at it, the books came yesterday).

Time for something new for me, and these two books really inspire me. With the mosquitoes being horrendous outside, I might be spending a bit more time indoors!


Have a great day and thanks for visiting!!

5 comments:

Cyndi said...

Your gardens look lovely, Joanne! The photos of the individual flowers are so pretty. My flower beds are a mess right now...we have had so much rain and it's pretty warm, so the humidity factor is HIGH! Those darn weeds sprout from no where! I can't keep up with then. Thank goodness for RoundUp! :o)

Good luck with your new project. Can't wait to see what you make!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Wendy said...

I'm interested in getting that Pat Durbin book. Do you think it's something I might like?

Laura said...

Is your dirt really that lovely black color, or have you added something to it?? In NC where I live, the soil is RED clay, it's awful stuff to work with, and needs so much added to it. Your soil is just wonderful looking in comparison!

canuckquilter said...

Your gardens look lovely. I love this time of year.

Karen said...

Hi, Joanne: Laura mentions your black soil...and that's one thing that I recall from living in Winnipeg. I coudln't get over the colour of the earth in Manitoba! You are way ahead of me in keeping up with your gardens - the weeds are taking over here on the rainy east coast! you're doing a great job!