Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Gift of Art

 Seattle Winter Table, watercolor, Toni Youngblood
Wild Sunflowers, watercolor, Toni Youngblood
 Refill, Please, watercolor, Toni Youngblood
 Cowl, watercolor, Toni Youngblood
Amalfi Hillside, watercolor, Toni Youngblood

One of my fellow architect buddies, whom I worked with more than twenty years ago, purchased these five watercolors for Christmas gifts to his wife and children.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Moving into the S.O.B.




The Guernsey Wrap knitting project was, in fact, completed and has been worn a couple of times.  Then Thanksgiving came along and I enlisted a couple of helping hands to assist me moving the heavier items into the S.O.B..  And I moved most of my encaustic supplies inside, too.

I decided at the eleventh hour to bring a drawing table into the work space.  That compromised space for a loungey-type seating area.  Ironic that I had a table just like this throughout my undergraduate art school days and moved it everywhere (to three different states) for the next twenty plus years before leaving it behind.  I found this one on craigslist.


The hounds loved relaxing in the studio with me on this past Summer's evenings and they are excited to be back inside it now.  I'll always keep a space for their beds.  💖

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Knitting Project Complete! (Almost)

"Guernsey Wrap" is the name of this pattern; available through Ravelry.  I knitted about half of it last winter and finished the remainder recently...blocked it yesterday and will now weave in the loose ends.  This project was so long, I had to drag the card table from the basement to accommodate the length when blocking.  My friend Roger gave me the beautiful wool yarn for this! 

Next, I'll block a striped poncho I knitted last winter which utilized lots of single skeins of warm neutrals I had on hand.  A favorite of those yarns was an alpaca.  For the poncho, I started with a basic pattern, but made it larger for longer cozy coverage. 

If you don't knit yet, I recommend learning.  It's a stress releaser.  I've knitted nearly seventy of these (see below)  kitchen cloths since last November 8!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Closing in on the S.O.B.

I finished painting the inside walls today.  For many, many months the inside finishes were on hold until the concrete contractor remedied the slab they poured.  The front porch of the SOB sloped towards the building instead of away---sending water inside the building!  If you would like the name a of contractor NOT to call, I can tell you about this one.

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