Monday, May 29, 2017

Do More Art PROJECT ~(^.^~) *May*

Post 501 if it matters to anyone but me :). I am proud of that even if it has taken me six years to get here.

Welcome to my blog!

My goals for this month were: I need to design some labels for my label bags and I want to complete or at least get the backing for my first big weaving project done.

The labels were the easiest of course since that is computer work. I ended up with something very simple:
Address label with line-drawing Rose

The weaving took a lot longer but I expected it to as I had set the size of the frame to 9" x 12" and the background yarn was only a medium weight.

Half way done the backing

The back is now complete

The design elements
I chose the Autumn colour scheme because I was born in October and I love those colours. The design yarns are also in that colour scheme. Though the green has the most texture, orange and black and red and brown are also in there.

This is what it looks like today:

Design in Progress
I do not have an image in mind it is all done without forethought. I think it looks cool but others my feel differently. I am about half way through my tub of design elements so this is the design half done. :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My favourite picture of the month April

The Professor with two of our grandchildren
This was the first time they had ever sat on his knee. Up until now they were very wary of him as they saw him seldom. This and the paintings made this Easter extra special for me!

The first green I saw this year
This stump is outside my window and I was so happy to see green after so many months of grey and white.

Something that made me happy in April!

This year I took charge of the Easter celebration with my daughter because I had a plan I wanted to carry out.

For the meal I brought a huge meal deal from KFC
20 pc with two salads french fries and gravy. It was a big hit!


The next thing I did was pull out paint, brushes and canvases and asked each child to make me a painting to hang on my wall as a keepsake.

The Tools
The Results
Now all I need to do is get them hung!. I have paintings from the older two and will be adding them as well. I think the oldest girl (4) shows the most promise but the baby girl is too young to know yet, The boys all went for abstracts of the three of them I am torn as to which shows the most promise. I am not good with abstracts

I have my keepsake and my grandchildren had a good time what more can one ask for!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

MCM: Reading Through The Alphabet #3- C

Chinatown Beat (A Detective Jack Yu Investigation #1)

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Detective Jack Yu is assigned to the Chinatown precinct as the only officer of Chinese descent. He investigates a series of attacks on children and a missing mistress, shifting between the world of street thugs and gangs and the Chinatown of the rich and powerful.

Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when they’re speaking English, Jack knows what’s going on.

He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.

To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery powerfully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.

Before I started this book I had never read anything by this author, but his name started with a "C" and it was a mystery/detective story which is a genre I like.

It took a lot of getting used to because it is written from a NYC Chinese point of view which made it seem like an alien world to me. After I just let it flow into my mind though it was evocative and kinda scary.

Both the prejudice Jack Yu encounters in daily life from all sides and the attitudes the people of the area are different and is quite sad. Prejudice is alive and well.

I have decided to continue with the series as once I let myself flow into the book it did carry me to a very different and interesting life.

Monday, April 24, 2017

ESG: A typical thing

For this swap you will take 5 pictures of different things you feel are typical from your country/state/city.
This is a wheelchair ramp, this style is typical of the ramps people have that require them. In the area where I live maybe one house in 10 has one. That is because a lot of older folks come here from Toronto.
These are cedar trees and they are our most common evergreen. They are valued for their scent and that it takes a lot to kill one.
Right now everywhere you look the trees are putting out new leaves. This is typical of spring around here.
The garbage can I suspect you recognize but that blue thing on top maybe not. The blue bins as they are nicknamed are the bins we use for our recycling. Most every home has at least one, some have as many as three, depending on if they sort the different materials we recycle or not.
While one of these in someones back yard is unusual, these bottles are quite popular in smaller offices and homes. It is a typical water bottle for a water cooler.

Thursday, April 20, 2017