Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Rainy Days

We have had a wonderful start to June after all!
Today we wake to rain. So, we are inside some catch up on emails and internet surfing.
Most of our days have been spent outside. As soon as I get home in the morning from work, we enjoy the back patio, listening to the birds and insects buzz happily around.

Rorschach has been plotting for weeks his escape to the great unknown, a.k.a. outside.

He succeeded the other day, resulting in a bath.
Neither of us enjoyed the experience.

We cannot risk have fleas invade our home. My boy Napoleon is no longer strong enough to ward off the onslaught. He still believes he is a tough cookie but, he prefers to just lie quietly looking at all the action outside, not having the action come inside.

On a craft note, I completed a pair of socks, Dalekanium.

I used Paton's Kroy Socks in Blue Raspberry.
They are a lot shorter than I usually knit. I am grateful for the toe-up pattern.

I have also been working on a Provincial Birds of Canada series.
Here are a few in the works:

Well, I should probably think about eating something and take care of domestic duties before my morning runs away.
I hope you are all well and I would love to hear from you.
Take care!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

It's May

The month of May is usually met with high hopes and expectations in our Northern Hemisphere.
I notice the days getting longer. The wind not so bitter.
The biggest decision I need to make is whether to bring a coat.
This year the warmer weather was a little later.
I know this because of last year's sketching journals I had kept.
At the end of April last year, my tulips were already visiting and the weather was somewhere between 15 and 24 degrees Celsius.

My tulips had finally paid me a visit the beginning of this week. As usual, they never fail to disappoint.

There are still quite a few that have not shown their colours. Each year it is always a surprise when something pops up. I never remember where I planted what.
I will be honest, I am not much of a gardener. I have to google everything with regards to when to plant things, how often to water, what sort of light my little friends require, the list goes on.
I am however always amazed at the way things grow.

When you were young, did you ever have to do that project where you placed a seed, in my case a bean seed, in a jar with dark construction paper?
The details are a little fuzzy but from what I can remember, we had a mason jar. We lined it with black construction paper.
We place the seed between the glass and the paper.
I remember adding soil and we must have watered it though I cannot recall that detail.
After a while, we would be witness to the mysteries of growth.
A root would develop and then the stalk.
That was such a cool experiment. I wonder if they still do that in schools?

Anyways, I still have that same awe when I something I plant grows into these most wondrous creations.
I think my feelings were contagions this year.
Every year I watch my husband battle the back southern corner on our property.
It is a dark place, filled with trees and mud conditions.
Grass is quite stubborn and refused to grow there.
This year I suggested, let's do something a little different.
We went to one of the many nurseries in our area just to look around and get some ideas.
A lovely lady came upon us and asked if she could help.
We explained our backyard and this woman just lit up!
It brings me so much pleasure to see people with as much passion as this lady was with her plants.
She was positively overflowing with ideas.
She carried us right along with her.
Now we have a game plan!
It is the long game but, it will be so worth it!
This is where we are now:

We can always add more and later on we will add some decorative features. I am on the look out for something special. Something with character that no one else has seen before. Feel free to send me idea on the types of garden statues and objects that you feel might be over the top. There is no such thing as over the top over here! I am looking for weird and exciting! I love fairies and witches and all sorts of fantastical beasts.

Jackie and I have been enjoying the outdoors as much as the rain will permit.

We both enjoying being outside as much as possible especially after experiencing such long and bitter winters. We try and go for walks as often as my schedule allows. That way we can see and hear all sorts of interesting things. I love seeing what other homes do with their yards and how they decorate their houses. We also see different species of birds that do always visit or property. It is rather neat how just one street away can be another Eco-system.

This past long week-end, Hubs and I set out to buy goat cheese from a local producer. We were surprised when they were holding an open house! That is just too perfect for someone who is always looking for something to draw and/or paint. They gave us permission to take as many photos as we wanted.

This fellow named Ollie, stole our hearts with his toothy grin!

There were also chickens and pigs. No photos of those fellows. They were surprisingly nimble.

Of course I have been drawing, painting and knitting up a storm.
Unfortunately, no photos of my progress because I never think to stop and take pictures until after the fact.

I have added a few more prints to my etsy shop, Simple Art. I am rather proud of my Mr. Gold painting!

I'm also on twitter as @Jocelyn13 and on Instagram as @jocelynnkershaw. I also have a facebook page, Simple Art.
Feel free to follow me! I am always looking to make new friends!
Hope you are well and we will chat again!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Is That Sun?

It just may be the sun. I haven't seen it in quite some time.
I feel lucky I do not live in the zones with the evacuations.
We have had some rain, but nothing like what is happening to the north of us.
The rain does seem to have improved the garden somewhat.
There are some green sprouts to be seen. I just can't seem to recall exactly what I planted in those locations.
I can identify tulips, daffodils and irises. The rest will just be a pleasant surprise!
On warmer days, Jackie and I enjoy sitting outside and waiting for Daddy to arrive home for lunch.
Lately we have been confined indoors.

Rorschach and Napoleon get tuckered out quite easily watching all the rain.

That is when Rorschach is not planning mass destruction from his box of solitude.

I completed my Twirla Socks:

They fit amazingly comfortable!

A few drawings and painting have been completed!

I am going to tweak the lady with the fiddle and the snail. I am still very unsure about those two.

I also added another painting to my Etsy shop, Simple Art
I call it Wind Turbines.

I should probably head outside for a little bit now that we seem to be between rains.
I hope you are all well

Monday, April 22, 2019

Simple Art

Happy Monday morning!
After a long thought process, I have taken someone's advice and decided to sell prints of my artworks!
I opened and Etsy shop and created a facebook page.
The name is Simple Art.
I hope you will stop by and let me know what you think.
Jocelynn :)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Slowly Peaks Outside...

We have been assured by the weather channel that cold, bitter months of winter are behind us.
I have my doubts.
I just glanced at my posting history and realized that I have totally missed the month of March.
I was hibernating.
At least when I am hunkering down, trying to avoid the cold, I have many hobbies to occupy my mind.
I have been knitting.
I am making great progress on my Twirla Socks. Pattern by Amanda Schwaba.

I have been making steady progress on my 10 stitch blanket.
I had no idea I had knit that many socks!
Napoleon was kind enough to model for me.

Napoleon gave us a little scare the other week.
I know he is no longer the young kitten , hell-bent on destroying and taking over universes, though he is still my kitten at heart.
To be honest, I have no idea how old he might be.
We noticed he was rapidly losing weight and more grumpy than usual.
We decided to switch up his food a little and add some wet into his dry.
At first he looked at this mixture with utter confusion and a dash of WTF.
We have noticed that he is eating more slowly and all of his portion.
His fur is getting a little thicker.
He also seems to be taking an interest in things going on outside the patio doors.
So far so good.
I also notice that as he gets older, he enjoys cuddling more.
I think it brings us both comfort.
I am one very relieved mother of fuzzy children.

Jackie and I are still venturing outside for our walks.
I made a painting based on a photo I captured along the scenic trail close to our home.

I am quite proud of this watercolour.

I also completed another rabbit painting.

Lastly, a little card I just finished for a friend's birthday.

I have been feeling a little under the weather. I did something odd to my back last month and I am just now able to put on my socks with crying. Standing is no problem. It is the bending that gets me. If I ever learn what it was I did to create this much pain, I promise to never, ever, EVER, do it again.

I hope you are well.
Jackie and I going to visit our backyard and see if any of out flora friends have decided to make an appearance.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Oooh! It's Getting Warmer! Nevermind :(

February has been a real mish-mash of weather and emotions.
We experienced temperatures at -20 C and +10, all in the same week!
The sidewalks were not at all walkable for Jackie and I so, we did a few truck outings and stayed close to our backyard.
That in itself is quite the adventure.
We have a huge pile of snow on our front lawn that is taller than I am. For reference, I am 5'6 and 3/4 of an inch!
When you live with people that over six feet, that 3/4's of an inch is quite important!

I have been trying to draw and paint.
A few of my projects are complete. A few are still in the progress stage. At least they are progressing!

One of the prompts for Doodlewash's February challenge was Palm Tree:

This is a work still sitting on my desk,

I like the direction it is heading. I will probably do a bit more on this later in the week.

I have also found my pencils again and started to sketch Jackie! I cannot believe it took me this long to attempt a portrait of her.

When I draw animals and birds, I always work off a photograph. I do not sketch quickly enough to work on life action models. I am too obsessive about details to let go in order to work quickly. I might work on this, but not likely.

I have also dusted off my cross-stitch!
It is really starting to take shape.

I love how this looks!

It is currently -9. I might actually make it outside today!
I hope you are all doing well! Until next time.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Thank You 2018

I just glanced at my calendar at work and realized we are almost through the year!
As I am sure with you, there were lots of ups and downs.
I am content with my learning process of watercolour painting.
When I had first started ages ago, I would have never thought I would pick up those paints again.
It just did not go well.
After the long break, I thought, why not?
I am glad I did!
Here is another I have just completed titled, Lighthouse.

It is based on a photo I found on Unsplash.

Of course I have been knitting up a storm.
I completed a pair of socks from Knit Picks' Artful Arches

The pattern is, Westney Socks, by Dana Gervais. Yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi Rose City. They took me a bit of time as I had to fiddle with a way that allowed me to wrap multiple stitches as cleanly as possible. I'm sure there are more effective, easier ways than I engineered but, I managed and I am happy with the result.

I am steadily progressing on my Ten Stitch Blanket.

I just randomly pull out a scrap ball and tie it into my blanket. There is really no rhyme or reason. I have a feeling it will be quite the kaleidoscope of colour.

Also, I made this wonderful mittens for a friend!
How Cold is It?

If you are a bit sensitive to cursing, you might want to scroll quickly down past the next photograph.

The recipient was pleased with her new mitts.

For the most part, Jackie and I have just been enjoying the rapidly changing weather.
One day there is two feet of the snow on the ground. The next it is +10. Today it is currently +2 and sleet.

Someone also turned 16! Where on Earth did those last few years even go?
The boy is now way taller than I am. I never really thought I was short until I was struggling to reach something on the top shelf.
He strolls over and plucks it down like no one's business.

I am super happy with how this cake turned out!

We have had some interesting times this boy and I.
We have disagreements.
I nag him.
He calls me mom.
I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Speaking of family,
Nice segue eh?
We put up our Christmas tree.

Shortly after, all my Christmas decorations began migrating to the top of the tree because of this little guy!

Rorschach was on hand to remind us he is the gift.
It was many days of me playing hide and seek with my ornaments.
This particular one,
I have had since I was quite little. My mom gifted it to me last year.
Poor Mr. Snowman was swimming in someone's water dish.
I dried him off and re-located him into the ornament protection plan.

Lastly, I want to show you my Christmas Cactus!!
I never thought it would ever bloom!
It was so sad looking for most of the year,

I am so proud of this little guy.
He is hiding in the bathroom to avoid the mayhem that comes from my gardening cats.

I think that sums it up.
I hope you are all well and enjoyed a lovely holiday so far.
I wish you all the best for 2019!
(it feels really weird to write that)