UFOs and other sightings.

Happy April Fools Day.  The UFOs I reference are the Un-Finished Objects type, not the Roswell, New Mexico ones.  I seem to have a few knitting projects waiting to be finished.  And somewhere there is an embroidery project begging to see the light of day.   UFOs can feel overwhelming at times, so I will choose one at a time and plug away.

Another amazing sighting is the mosaic, “The Witching Hour”, created by my talented friend, Josephine Alexander.  We had our hooked rug/mosaic exchange at Breakfast Club last Friday and her mosaic is even more impressive in person!  It will be hung in the hallway, so everyone who enters can admire it.  For right now, it’s sitting on the antique cupboard until the hubby can get it hung on the wall.  I will do a bit of redecorating in that area to highlight this masterpiece.  Be sure to check out Jo’s amazing mosaics on Facebook under her business page, Grandmother Moon Mosaics.  Her still lifes, flowers, goddesses, and chubby mermaids are beautiful.

I am making progress on a super-secret hooking project.  And there’s another secret one that I have to design and hook.  They don’t help when I want something to blog about.  I think I will start my next piece in my Mother Earth Speaks series.. It will be a man-made disaster this time.  And what a sad disaster it is!  Stay tuned.

Spring has sprung around Crow's Foot Farm with chirping birds, spring peepers, daffodils, and increased wild animal sightings.  I hope you’re seeing lots of signs of new life where you live.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the gifts of nature and friends.

The Witching Hour 24” x 34” mosaic by Josephine Alexander of Grandmother Moon Mosaics.

The Witching Hour 24” x 34” mosaic by Josephine Alexander of Grandmother Moon Mosaics.

The Witching Hour 24” x 34” mosaic by Josephine Alexander of Grandmother Moon Mosaics.

The Witching Hour 24” x 34” mosaic by Josephine Alexander of Grandmother Moon Mosaics.

Talented friends.

I’m fortunate to have many talented and artistic friends. They never cease to amaze and inspire me.  Some of them make unique jewelry, knit beautiful garments, do creative embroidery, hook wonderful rugs, and create mosaic masterpieces. 

My friend, Josephine [Jo] Alexander is a mosaic artist, whose pieces take my breath away.  I love glass and have been tempted to take classes from her, but I’m resisting adding another craft to my repertoire.  I have a studio filled with wool. Can you imagine it equally filled with glass?!

Jo Alexander’s mosaic business is called, Grandmother Moon Mosaics.  Do yourself a favor and check her out on Facebook. She is prolific and extremely talented.  I am very excited that she and I are doing a trade.  To be honest, I think I’ll get the best of this deal.

I have begun hooking my design, Harvest Moon, for Jo.  I love hooking pumpkins, because orange is my favorite Creative Energy color.  One pumpkin is a brighter orange, with magenta highlights, which I love to add to orange.  The next pumpkin is more of a yellow color with a few dark teal highlights. The third pumpkin will be a blue gourd, I think.  I’ll have to see how it looks behind the barn owl.

I purchased a beautiful piece of Jan Cole /The Wool n’ Gardener’s spot-dyed deep turquoise wool just for this rug.  Jo loves rich colors and the turquoise behind the orange will be perfect.  I can’t wait to hook further to see how this all will play out.  The vines and leaves will be hooked in a variety of yellow-greens and I think the outer border will be a deep magenta, which I will dye. 

Oh, and the mosaic that Jo is doing for me also has pumpkins. And a crow. How perfect!

This new project has given me new energy during these snowy, quiet days.  I hope your winter is progressing well and giving you time for creativity, too.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the vibrant colors of a new hooking project.

Oh! These colors!  The start of my Harvest Moon piece.

Oh! These colors! The start of my Harvest Moon piece.

Color closeup.

Color closeup.