Sunday, August 2, 2009

Rocks, New Canvas Piece, Company

After long last (well, 26 days to be exact) my rocks are done!

I've gotten quite used to not having a workshop so between the bathtub and the kitchen sink, I do what I need to do.

This picture shows a "before and after". The unpolished or raw piece of marble on the right is washed and brushed but it was a little too big to go into the machine. I display it with the polished rocks as a comparison.

These are all the polished marble pieces along with the polished "creekbed" stones. There are a couple that probably should be re-worked with the next run but I like the crevices and veins.

Polished rocks are kind of like life...not perfect but the imperfections add to the beauty and uniqueness.

My canvas piece is coming along nicely. I don't know why, though, I can't seem to photograph it very well.

I'm getting now to the place where my alterations to the pattern are going to come into play. It's pretty exciting. And...beads? I'm thinking about that too. I've never done beading on canvas but I think this piece may need some beading.

Sonya and Vipin came yesterday for a visit!!! We're not too used to having company but I think we were good hosts. I thought Sonya might like to make the Wienerschnitzel with me, just to see how it is done. We had a wonderful time in the kitchen, along with help here and there from the guys. They mostly stayed very far away from the kitchen scene!

The results were awesome! And every single plate was licked clean. I also had a cucumber/tomato salad to go with the meal and we had watermelon for dessert.

Sonya and Vipin at facing the windows so that they could look out onto our daily view. We enjoyed the slight breeze and shade from the umbrellas on the balcony after our meal. It is such a treat to have family come. We decided that it had been something like 10 or 11 years since Sonya had been to my house. Sonya and are welcome ANY TIME!!! Please come back soon!!!

Sonya and Vipin brought us this beautiful orchid plant. I don't think I've ever attempted to have one of these because I know they are fairly hard to take care of. But they had asked the flower store lady about caring for them so I got the scoop. Abby Cat is not interested in this plant, thank goodness, so I don't have to worry about her eating it. Not like the spider plant!!

Well, the house is back to normal now that the rock polishing machine is packed away in the basement. Things are nice and clean because I had it ready for our company. The weather is looking fairly good for the next week.....things are good. Very good.


Plays with Needles said...

Oh, it's fun getting caught up! I feel like you just put those rocks in the tumbler so, for me, it was quick! I like the colors in your canvas work and also very much enjoyed seeing the food and the view from your company's visit. I know what you mean about getting ready for them to come...but it's probably good for us.

As for the orchid, I think you'll find that they're extremely easy to care for and will bloom for a very long time. I have had mine rebloom many times as well so good luck with that!

quiltmom said...

How nice for you to have visitors- I am sure you were wonderful hosts. The orchid is gorgeous and your rocks tumbled beautifully.

I made beef rouladen one year for a special dinner we had for fundraiser for a Bach festival that my father in law created. I had no clue what I was doing but it turned out well everyone said.
Your schnitzel looks yummy and your table very elegant.
Sending good wishes,

Emmy said...

Thank you so much for the nice words you are richt I am in need of vacation 2 more weeks of work and then we hope to go on a lovely trip to Ierland ,,,,,,

I love the embroidery and I also love the rocks the orchid is so beautiful
regards Emmy

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your rocks turned out pretty cool!!!

Your canvas piece is just stunning!

em's scrapbag said...

Your dinner sounds so yummy. I love the rocks. The veins in them look great!

Susan said...

I've totally enjoyed both your blogs. I know I'm supposed to like the "Susan's Peacock" slide show the best....but....the orange slug is SO COOL on "The Colors" slide show! Your canvas piece looks surprise there! I'm sure you will make exciting changes in the pattern that will result in a more pleasing composition than would have happened if you'd followed the instructions! I can't wait to see Stephanie's wedding photos too. The rocks look fantastic. Oh....I went ahead and posted some of the old family photos (there are literally hundreds of them waiting for color and contract corrections)...but these few were ready....including some great ones of Janet Janet and Uncle Howard and one that has to be Mom at Disney in January 1958 when she went with the OSU trip to the Rose Bowl game.

Exuberant Color said...

I really like your canvas piece. I used to do extensive hand embroidery but never cared for the canvas work. I love to look it, didn't care to actually do it.


Hey everyone...the meal WAS delish! We licked our plates clean! You are a wonderful and perfect host and it was a perfect afternoon!