Friday, August 18, 2017

More pics from the game camera

Deer: shy, aloof, quiet shadows passing through the woods...

Yeah, right. Our deer blow, call, and stamp. They also love to pose for the camera.

Nice buck enters stage left
"Is that a camera?"
"It is! It is a camera!"
"It clicked! Run!"
Same buck, re-enter stage left 
"Ignore camera" 
"Did it get me?"
"My left side is my best. I look so noble."
"Hee hee hee." 
Same deer again?
Nope, this time a doe who also likes the camera
"Get a close up"
"Oh, too close?"
"Fine" Exit stage right

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New wool rug for the living room

Have you ever noticed that when you're trying to find a "before" photo this is all you can come up with?

Technically, it shows the living room...
I went a bit further back and did find this one though. The back wall is missing the clock, the side wall doesn't have any paintings, and there aren't any curtains, but at least it shows the floor, right?

A bit more like it
The point of all this is that I finally received the custom-made rug that I purchased way back in February when I was in India. It took them a full 5 months to hand tie the wool rug and I was nervous as all get-out that it wouldn't be as good as I remembered. Or rather, as good as I imagined since I didn't really have an example in exactly my size and colors. That's right, I got to specify size and color. No pressure, right?

Carefully packed
Seems a bit small for a 10'x10' rug...
When we got it rolled out, I was amazed at the depth of color and the feel of the wool. This thing is simply gorgeous. Kind of hard to photograph a rug that covers this much area, but this is about the best I could do.
It's wonderful
It's a deep, dark blue with sage green palm trees. It fills the living room floor and pulls your eye so that the room looks wider. Nice effect and it feels fantastic under your bare feet. I can hardly wait to see how it feels when the floor heat is running this winter.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pottery results

Chris finished his pottery class and brought home a wealth of new stuff. 
The haul
Isn't this sheep adorable???
Berry "bowl"
Two dry erase memo bubbles
I asked for a ring dish
Gorgeous glazing - raku
Change bowl
More raku glazing 
A pen & glasses holder
A yarn bowl (love this!)
Two styles of garlic keeper

An owl bell
Snack bowl
Wonderful color
Wine bottle drip catchers
A perfect fit
My wedding ring for scale in the ring dish
Attaching the bell's clapper 
Hung in the garden 
Fits right in
A small harvest from the bushes
The class was great. Chris learned a lot about throwing pottery and decided he liked it so much we bought a kick wheel off Craig's List. He's now trying to teach me...I'm sure there will be many more posts to get out of that!

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Dog Day Afternoon

Cooper is enjoying the summer. She especially loves the sun-warmed front yard.

Roll, roll. 
Squirm squirm 
Even an empty sour cream container is fun when it's nice out

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pottery class

Chris has been taking another pottery class, this one more focused on different glazing and firing techniques. It's also given him the opportunity to use a pottery wheel (the last class was all about hand-building). 

The studio he's going to has many potters on site and the class has a bunch of students so filling up the kiln wasn't too hard. A full kiln is a happy kiln!
Getting ready to fire
There are many different firing techniques and they each give a different finish to the work. There is raku, which involves burning straw:
There sagar, which uses wood chips and chemicals and even copper wire.  And then there is regular high-firing which results in a food safe finish (if you use the right glaze).

He's had great fun learning new techniques to create change bowls, garlic keepers, ring bowls, statuary, and many miscellaneous type items.
The bee hive cap
Garlic keeper
A yarn bowl
Not everything has made it home yet so I don't have finished photos, but I did get some pictures of the cap for the log bee hive.
Placing the cap
This is a sagar finish 
Isn't it adorable?
He's actually enjoyed this class so much that we're looking at getting a kick wheel so we can turn stuff at home. Maybe we'll be able to convert the Nest into a pottery / art studio. A much better use for it than a storage shed.