Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sumi Ink Painting & Crochet Scarf

The week between Christmas and New Years has always been a special time for me.  The big hoop-de-do of Christmas is but a fond memory and I make it a practice not to schedule any meetings or appointments during this week.  It's a time to relax, enjoy our home and each other's company and just recoup.  I had one thing I needed to do - I got an order for 3 Sumi ink painted cards from a new blog friend, Gracie, from "One Saylor's Log".  She lives not far from me and someday we might meet for coffee.  
She found the designs she liked on my card website.  She wanted green bamboo, fuchsia and iris with a grasshopper.  I was able to test out my new watercolor paints from M. Graham.  They are made using honey so they don't dry out so much as regular watercolor paints.  I was pretty pleased with it!
I finished the red and white scarf I started.. well.. I thought I'd do red all around but haven't done that.. I kind of like it like it is.  The pattern is here.  It's a very thick and textured pattern and easy to do.  Basically you chain how long you want it and then do a single, double then triple crochet.. keep going and turn and go back doing the single on the last triple, double over the double and triple over the single.  
I went swimming today and it was a big bust.  The pool water looked icky.. and sure enough the pool guy arrived 20 minutes into my hour swim and closed the pool and sent us all out so he could work on it.  Grrrr.  The light was out in the shower room so I had to shower in the dark, too.  I wish I would have stayed home.  Oh well!  

The weather here is full out winter-y.  Raining like crazy, windy and cold.  I heard a big thumpety-thump on the roof and hubby went out to see and found nothing.  I just heard another big noise.. I'm sure glad we had the huge dead maple removed before winter!

Edited to add:  This last noise was one of our big huge walnut trees - it blew down across Bell Road.. I've called 911 and the police are heading out.  Hubby is going to try to move it with his tractor.  Yikes!  (The policeman helped by wrapping the tow chain around the tree parts and Dayle pulled them out of the middle of the road - I did some traffic directing and got sopping wet.  I called our son to help but by the time they got here it was mostly cleaned up.  Sheesh!)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fun New Years Eve.. and especially I hope you have a spectacular 2012!!  I will enjoy getting to know you all better and look forward to making new friends from around this lovely globe we inhabit together.

  *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*
((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Hi Teresa,
    We're having the same weather in Spokane. Rain, wind and more rain and wind!

    I love your scarf. I finished a baby blanket today for the Appalachia charity group on raveled and have now begun a crocheted queen blanket for a wedding gift in February. I'm also enjoying a slower pace this week. Hubby had a four day weekend last weekend and also for next weekend. I enjoy the extra time with him.

    Hunker down for the night and enjoy your cozy home!


  2. So excited to see you have out your watercolors again. What fun. I really need to go find mine and play around some. Very cool scarf.

  3. Oh, and I love your new header. I need to get busy on mine now.

  4. Never a dull moment eh ? What with the pool incident then the tree falling down - what next? Well at least you have that beautiful scarf to keep you nice and warm. I love the pattern and will have to give it a try. Did you just do one row of each colour? I'm intrigued by the different effect on each side. Those cards are gorgeous Teresa. Its been very quiet for me too - my daughter and son in law have taken his parents away to see a bit of Australia and I'm by myself. Well, I do have 2 little doggies and a cat but they sleep all day. At least I have plenty of time to crochet or knit.

  5. Your Sumi ink cards are absolutely beautiful! What talent you have (yes I know I keep telling you that, but it is SO true)!
    I LOVE your new header--it is perfect for the season! How I hope we will get some snow this winter as I love how everything looks so magical with a frosty, white blanket.
    Yuck on the pool--I don't think I'd have been as brave as you to get in. Hope next time is nicer...
    Be safe-no more downed tree reports:)

  6. Ohhh a beautiful preview of what is headed my way. Thank you, Teresa!!! Our power was out early this morning, but no trees down here. I am sorry you lost a tree and had a frustrating swim only to get drenched again thanks to the storm. Hope you are warm, cozy, safe and able to enjoy more of the creative pursuits you enjoy most!

  7. Goodness me what a lot of drama! I'm sorry about your tree and your spoilt swim. Your cards and scarf are beautiful though. I wish Ii could draw or paint just a little bit but I'm hopeless!
    Happy New Year to you all.

  8. Your cards are beautiful Teresa you have such a skill with these. I'm glad the tree didn't hit anything on it's way down. Enjoy your holiday time I also love this time of year plenty of crafting time is possible as the garden is asleep . Wishing you the best of everything for 2012 dear friend and I look forward to sharing our news and lives.
    Jane x

  9. I discovered your blog through 'Inthesky' and I am so glad I did, what a lovely blog!

  10. I love the scarf Teresa! I may try that. Thank you!

    Happy New Year!! :o)

  11. I LOVE those cards. Just gorgeous! We've moved on from the rain - finally. It's chilly but nice. Hope you have an amazing New Year!

  12. Lovely cards and scarf Teresa. Glad that you had a lovely Christmas and all my best wishes for the New Year. Anne x

  13. Your cards are beautiful Teresa. I love your scarf and might just try that pattern. All the very best for the New Year ((hugs)) Joanna xx

  14. Teresa, beautiful cards and scarf. I have hunkered in my house and spent a lot of time on my loom, it has been lovely. Hugs to you as always,

  15. You are so talented! I love the cards and the scarf is lovely. :)

    Wishing you and your family a most Happy New Year. :)

    Blessings always

  16. Hi Teresa! So lovely to catch up here after my two weeks abroad! Your watercolour paintings are beautiful, and oh my, such an amazing Victorian doll house! I wish you and your loved ones a very happy New Year!! xxxx

  17. Your paintings are lovely...I have done these before and painting the bamboo is so much fun and the results are stunning.
    Hugs for a great New Year dear one...thank you for your sweet Friendship xoxo

  18. Teresa, So happy you all had a great Christmas. Your ink painting is fabulous. It looks like it comes so naturally to you!? Am I right? We had a great time and still have one 5 year old visitor!
    Happy New Year dear friend, xoRobin❤


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