Monday, 2 June 2014

Caged bird

Happy Monday! We have started on a stretch of warm weather so it will be much gardening again for me once again to do lots of clean-up. For some reason I just caught up with other things. 

Here's one, a caged bird...on linen. The design is The Gilded Cage by Carriage House Samplings. An oldie but goodie. The colours are much more brilliant than how they are showing up in the photo. I had to make small adjustments to the design due to a counting error...
Next I picked up an UFO from mid-Sept 2011! It's the Mary Gibson sampler from the Haselmere Museum. Here's where I'd left it.
...and here is where I left it a couple of days ago. I'm glad I managed to finish the blue house. I have a dilemma with this one. It's stitched on 35 ct WDW Straw linen which I have used before. However, now I am having trouble seeing the holes in the linen. The funny thing is I think it's the way the Daylight Lamp is casting the light on the linen, like it almost bounces back into my eyes. Have you ever had this happen to you?

I use this lamp all the time, like on the Gilded Cage and I never had a problem with it. Now I think it's the linen. It's much, much darker than how it's showing up in the photo. I might have to put it aside again...not feeling the love for it! 
I spent all of yesterday painting. Here's a painting (of grapes in case you are wondering) I had to finish for my "homework". Again, my teacher helped with the painting so there are her brushstrokes showing me the way!
Next is something I did for a Traveling Journal project. I expressed my feelings for a poem that I love. It's done with watercolour and I had so much fun playing with colours.


Not much in the way of gardening but here is our dragonfly again. It comes to the same spot every year, it's very odd. I'm sure it can't be the SAME dragonfly but there must be something there that attracts it. 
Here's the Christopher Marlowe rose again but see how there is yellow in the centre when it opens up? Amazing! It also has a lovely fragrance. 
Thanks for visiting! Must run. Have a great week! 

27 comments:

Annette-California said...

Love your bird cage sampler its so pretty. And WOW your UFO is so beautiful. Great painting you've been doing and your journal is amazing. I am so happy that you've got blooms!!! Gorgeous!
love Annette

valerie said...

Congrats on your Gilded Cage finish! Such a pretty design! So sorry that Mary is giving you a hard time. Can you adjust the angle of the tilt of the lamp or does the same thing happen? Great painting...especially like the poem one. Very happy colors! Great blooms...the rose reminds me more of a peony which I am enjoying at home thanks to Trader Joe's! lol

Margaret said...

Love your Gilded Cage! Once again you have stitched something I want to stitch someday. lol! Love Mary Gibson too! As for your trouble seeing -- I had trouble seeing my A Parrot. I was using a Daylight lamp too, but I've always felt it was too dark. So I splurged (and I do mean splurge) and bought a Stella lamp. It made all the difference in the world! I can see now. lol! My Ott lite is much brighter than the Daylight one too. Love your grape painting and your journal project too!

Barb said...

Both the art and the stitching are wonderful. If that sampler is not making you happy, it might be time to try something new.

Giovanna said...

Congrats on finishing the Cage, it's really pretty. Have you tried changing the angle of the illumination, if that is possible? The direction from which light illuminates a fabric can make quite a difference.

Stitchinowl said...

Lovely Gilded Cage finish! I am also stitching Gilded Cage and am about 3/4 through. Seeing your finish is motivating me to finish already!
Carolyn

Penny said...

I've been looking at some of my CHS charts and remembering just how much I love some of the older designs. Your Gilded Cage finish is so pretty! That's too bad about Mary - love the houses! Those grapes look good enough to eat. :) And I love your journal project! Your beautiful flowers always make me want to run out and work in my garden. :)

Busy Lizzie said...

gorgeous stitching ♥

Anne said...

Ooh, I love CHS a lot! I've got a few patterns from CHS but yet to stitch. The gilded cage is beautiful and funnily enough, one of the Good Huswife charts I recently bought features a cage. Perhaps would you like to borrow it after I stitch it? The Mary Gibson sampler is so lovely and that's happened to me too with lights. I don't have a special light to stitch with but I do use our headlamps we have for camping! Your plums are amazing Melissa! I think you are very talented and what a great picture to hang in your home!! I believe the roses are in bloom in Stanley Park. Yours seem to be coming out. The Christopher Marlowe one is so pretty.

Take care

Anne

Beth said...

Too talented Melissa - you commented on my blog about painting one of my birds or critters - now I know that you are skilled enough to do a wonderful job. I really like your WIP that you've picked up again.

Sharon said...

Oh my stars Melissa, love your painting and the colors. Just so pretty. Lovely finish and your flowers are beautiful too. Just great eye candy all over your blog today! :-)

blue star stitcher said...

The colors in your grape painting are just beautiful (as is the painting), you are so creative!

Vickie said...

Love Gilded Cage! Wow! You are doing so very well at painting. Love that pink rose. mmmm

Mii Stitch said...

Beautiful finish on Gilded Cage, it looks so lovely! Impressive painting & enjoy the blooms :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I'm always in awe of anyone that paints. Your grapes and journal are amazing! Do you stitch in a q-snap or a frame? I've found with my Hornbook that I have to use an additional clip-on light to the left. Don't know if it would help.

Kevin said...

Love "The Gilded Cage" finish! Really love designs with birds in them, so I must search my stash to see if I have this chart! Your sampler is beautiful as well. I have had the problem with the odd angle of my Ott Lite at times, so I often find myself moving the lamp around and fiddling with the light until it's "just right!" I also invested in a set of MagEyes which I found on Amazon.com and they've made a WORLD of difference for me. I love 36 and 40 count linens, but there's no way on Earth I could stitch on those counts without the MagEyes. Might be worth it to get a pair? Happy stitching!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely stitching and painting Melissa. Great photo of the dragonfly. I have the same issue sometimes and find myself fiddling constantly with my lamp. I don't know what the answer is, I'm afraid.

Von said...

Of course, congrats on your finished stitching project, but even more for your finished painting! Great job! I know you got some help, but that's how we learn. :) My middle daughter is a painter and is making a bit of a name for herself in the Northwest, so I know how much she gains from other artists and teachers.

And isn't it fun to see how the roses change in color sometimes from the bud stage to full bloom? I have Eden which is creamy, except for this rim of pink around the edges of the petals. When it's fully opened, it looks quite pink as there are so many petals. So much fun!

Maggee said...

Great finish! I wonder why all of a sudden you cannot see to stitch on the 35-count WDW Straw Linen, if you have used it before? Could be the darker color or maybe the lamp is fading out? We had a dragonfly visit us the other day, landing on our window screen. I tried to get a picture, but all I got was the body--the wings would not show up! Ha!

Carol said...

Oh, Melissa--just look at the artist blooming in you! I'm so impressed with your grapes and the watercolor poem project. Honestly! I've always thought you had such a great eye for color and it is shining through even more in your paintings... Are you enjoying the classes?

Love your pretty new finish--haven't seen that one before. I'm sorry linen is giving you trouble. Would stitching outside without a lamp help? I sometimes take my projects out on the patio if I'm having trouble seeing... Hope you can figure out a solution.

Enjoy your day, my friend!

Mmanka said...

Your bird cage sampler is so pretty and you are doing very well at painting.

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing the Gilded Cage, it's lovely.

Nice to see Mary Gibson again, she's such a lovely sampler. I hope you can sort something out with the lighting so we can see some more of her

Marilyn said...

Gilded Cage is very pretty.
Love the Sampler also.
Like Kevin said, sometimes you have to fiddle around with the light to get it just right.
Your artwork is beautiful!
Marilyn

Marie said...

You are beyond talented! Your painting is wonderful.

Mary Gibson is such a pretty samplers. I love the smaller counts but they seem to give me trouble these days.

Congrats on the completion of Gilded Cage.

Andrea said...

Beautiful stitching. Love the birdcage piece.

You didn't have to tell us they are grapes, we can see that, they are so life-like, just like the ones I had at lunchtime. The classes are paying off and you produce beautiful artwork.

Brigitte said...

Wonderful, your birdcage sampler. And I truely love the WIP you pulled out. It has some lovely little houses and the colours are fantastic. Isn't it great to continue stitching on an older project that hasn't seen the light of day for quite a while? I love doing this and the motivation is always there to keep on stitching on it. So sorry that the linen gave you so much trouble that you had to put it away again.

Your painting is looking so so good, I love the way how you play with the colours, very impressive.

The roses in your garden are wonderful. It's one of my favourite flowers and I wish we had more of them in our garden. I have to talk to my hubby to see what he can do about it.

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