Friday, January 27, 2012

Cotton 026


We went to our Upstate Master Naturalist meeting and did a nature hike at Hagood Mill in Pickens, SC. We passed a huge field of cotton. I can't imagine having to pick this by hand and even spinning it! 1/26/12

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Corner 025


Here is the corner of our playroom. The Sego Palm sits on a plant stand near our hot tub. Hopefully the humidity helps keep it alive in the winter. 1/25/12

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Carving 024

Here is a wood carving we bought on one of our travels. I thought the man in the wood looked so wise and thoughtful. When I look at him, he also seems very kind. I am always fascinated when I see carvings like this in wood.
Assignment: Make a photograph the features a subject made of wood today., post it then Tag it with #TP77

Year of the Dragon 023


This is my collection of dragons. The one in the back was in our house while I was growing up. When I got married, my mother gave this one to me. The green one is actually a little teapot. The one on the right is a wax candle. 1/23/12

Assignment:  Chinese New Year, Year of the Dragon 'As Is' or a Dragon or mythical creatures , post it then Tag it with #TP76

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lotus Pods 022

012212These are some lotus pods painted gold in a flower arrangement I have. The L is for loonyhiker and the P is for Pat so I included both.

Assignment: Make a photo that has your first letter of your given name (either real or Flickr) in it. , post it then Tag it with #TP76

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Map 021


Here is a map of the USA and some of the places we have been. We are still in the process of marking more places but we ran out of pins. 1/21/12

Friday, January 20, 2012

Drop Spindles 020


These are my 3 drop spindles that I use for spinning fiber. People have used drop spindles for hundreds of years. In some cultures, children begin spinning on these at a very young age.

According to Wikipedia, "Technology is the making, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or perform a specific function. " 1/20/12

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Old Phone 019


Here is an old phone we have up on one of our walls. We like to hunt for old things at flea markets and antique shops. 1/19/12

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fabric 018


Here is the texture on one of the shawls that I knit. I love the lacy pattern on it. It feels soft and lacy too. 1/18/12

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Light Source 017


This is the light source in my kitchen. My ceilings are 11 feet high so I had to find the perfect light fixture for this room. I like the way this one looks. 1/17/12

Containers 016


We have picked up these different items at flea markets and antique shops. I like the way they all look different but old. 1/16/12

Pecans 015


We have 2 boxes of pecans from our pecan trees. I need to crack them and freeze them but I am too lazy to do that. Eventually I will get them done. 1/15/12

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Frosty Window 014


We had to leave early this morning so I decided to heat up the car ahead of time.  This was the first day we have had frost on our car this winter. 1/14/12

Friday, January 13, 2012

Horizon 013


I ran out this morning to get a picture of the horizon. I love mornings and I love morning skies! It was 28F outside. 1/13/12

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stain Glass 012


This is a lampshade on the lamps in my Living room. I love when the afternoon sun hits them. I found it interesting that when I was taking this picture, one of the panels looked purple through the lens but when I saw the picture, there was no purple. I guess it was the light hitting the panel. 1/12/12

Flooring 011


Here is the floor tiles on the bathroom floor.  We live in a pretty old house and I love all the tile work throughout my house. 1/11/12

Vent 010


This was the air vent for the fan on my treadmill. I keep forgetting it is there and don't use it. Maybe now that I took a picture of it, I will use it. 1/10/12

Heater 009


We heat about 4 rooms in the winter because our house is so big and shut the doors off to the rest of the house. Unfortunately my bathroom is on the cold side of the house. So, rather than heating up that area, I just use a space heater when I take a shower. I think it saves us a lot of money. 1/9/12

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Gardening Boots 008


These are the boots I wear when I garden. They are perfect especially when the soil is wet and muddy. Plus I like how colorful they are. These remind me of when I was a little girl and my parents bought me galoshes. 1/8/12

Umbrella Palm 007


We have had unseasonably warm temperatures so my Umbrella Palm is still green.  These are great to use in flower arrangements. According to Wikipedia, “Cyperus alternifolius (umbrella papyrus, umbrella sedge or umbrella palm) is a grass-like plant in the very large genus Cyperus of the sedge family, Cyperaceae. It is native to Madagascar, but is frequently cultivated worldwide.” 1/7/12

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Fibery Goodness 006


Here is some fiber I ordered from Miss Babs to spin. It is 80% Merino Wool and 20% Tussah Silk. The colorway is Chicory. I really enjoy spinning my own yarn and the more I do the better I seem to be getting. 1/6/12

Icy 005


This morning I watched a cardinal come to my water garden for some water. But it couldn't get any because the water was frozen. So I went out with my trusty hammer and broke up the ice for my little bird friends. 1/5/12

Reaching Out 004


When I look up at these branches, it looks like they are reaching for the sky.  Even in the dead of winter, there is hope. I know that when spring comes, green leaves will appear and new growth begins again. 1/4/12

Cannas 003


I look at these and think about how beautiful these Cannas looked in the summer. They were tall green leaves and vibrant red flowers. Even when they are dead, there stalks show the life and strength they had. 1/3/12

Monday, January 2, 2012