Sunday, July 17, 2011
The peonies were spectacular this year, it's a shame they don't last longer in the garden. No sooner are they there, but they're gone.
This year we've added a more permanent piece of loveliness to the garden. Her name is Yolande and she's a cast stone sculpture made by an American company called Campania, from they're "Mythical" series of garden sculptures.
There is a long, ugly story attached to the acquisition of Yolande; the kind of story that makes me look bad, so I'm not going to share. An abbreviated version goes something like: first ordered over two years ago, three order mix-ups, one gigantic hissy fit (that would be me), a hefty price tag, and a shop that I will never shop at again.
how gorgeous is she? She hides herself away in the corner of the garden and watches the back of house - I could stare at her all day. I think she's going to look quite majestic year-round.
Also new and majestic, is our new Betta, he's deepest black all over with shots of midnight blue running through his long, frilly fins. I've named him Robert Smith, after the lead singer of The Cure.
Oooo...how lovely? (Tricky to photograph, unfortunately).
Recently off the needles is a mermaid based on the Minnowmaid pattern by Amy Florence (that's a Ravelry link).
She's a tad on the hideous side, I think living under the sea is to blame, it's made her pasty-looking and all the swimming has given her shoulders like a linebacker.
Great hair and tail though, yes?
Also off the needles recently is Abrazo made from the Sweet Georgia Lace I blogged about back in March. This pattern only used about half of the hank, so another project may eventually appear in the future.
It turned out beautifully, though I miscounted the lace pattern the first go-round and had to rip it out and start again. I found the orange very cheery to knit with, but it's not a colour I can wear. I will have to gift it to someone...hmmm....I wonder who...?
A friend and I will be undertaking a major project tomorrow. We are going to sort and categorise my buttons.
I sincerely doubt we'll make it through all of them, since when all set out on the dining-room table I can't photograph them all at once.
Clearly, the amassed buttons are calling for a wide-angle lens.
In a brief effort to make use of a few I put together a bracelet this afternoon using some of the shell buttons.
It's not bad, but about two buttons too long.
I shall try again.
While I work on that, here's a look at the real Robert Smith in all his black, frilly-ness: