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Dog Watching

It’s Black Friday. The mid day air has been hot here in LA for a few days.  But as the temperature cools by late afternoon, the fall light becomes very soft.

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Christmas reminders appear everywhere.  Sights, sounds.  I was at my mom’s house the other day and even the spacing of the oranges on her orange tree looked like balls hanging on a Christmas tree.

 

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They won’t be ready to eat until February or March.  The tree is very old. FIFTY YEARS old.  But it continues to produce amazingly delicious oranges year after year.  It’s one of those constants in life.  It is always a sweet moment to look out her kitchen window and see it still thriving.

 

I am completely finished with my items for the Christmas boutique.  I took another picture of the mold ornaments with some additional embellishment hanging on a wooden tree I made to display them.

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Some parting shots of Lucy as she watches through the front window for any neighbors, dogs or strangers that might be strolling through the neighborhood.

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“Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?”

Jonathan Safran Foer   (author, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

 

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Cut, Sew, Paint…

My Mexican marigold plant is blooming again.  Each time it does, it stretches further out into its allotted area recreating the landscape.  Bricks I had put in as decorative stepping stones had to be removed, as well as a couple plants.  But it’s OK.  The yard goes through a continual change as some plants prosper and others are moved to better locations.

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The butterfly bush in the corner bloomed beautifully, but the whole plant seems to have withered along with the flowers.  I’ll have to find something else for that corner, unless the marigold keeps spreading.

 

I’ve been finishing up the ornaments for my friend’s church boutique.

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For the ornaments above I used tiny (2″x2″) canvases. In the picture below I used some corrugated cardboard to make a tree to use as a display.  And for the ornaments hanging on it I cut up an old Christmas carol book so each one has a line from a different carol, and then stitched on some antique Santas.

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I found old tin molds in the shape of a star, bell and tree and glued in old Christmas cards.

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I still need to drill a small hole in each to put in a ribbon for hanging.  Below I used a handkerchief to trim a felt stocking.

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With the cutting, sewing and painting of ornaments almost finished,  it’s time to get back to my mixed media art, where I’ll do some cutting, sewing and painting.

 

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso