Sunday, June 26, 2011

A visit from guess HOO?

We had an unexpected visitor in the yard this morning. While we were out on the patio with our coffee and the Sunday papers, we heard a giant ruckus. The bluejays were screeching and the squirrels were squawking. Brian went over to investigate under the holly bushes below the big magnolia tree, which is where the ruckus seemed to be centered, thinking it must be a cat. Nothing. The ruckus continued, however. No cat, possum, or fierce wolverine. Finally, a fourth time, Brian spotted, not 5 feet away, a little gray screech owl, trying to take it's daytime nap. It is now 7:00 pm, and it is still there. It has been mobbed by squirrels, blue jays, mockingbirds,...even cardinals and chickadees. It doesn't seem fazed, however. It just sits there snoozing. And letting me take pictures! I have never seen one in the wild before. If you can count suburban Fort Worth as the wild.

He really upset our other backyard residents:

But he didn't let it faze him. He napped the day away:

Texas Reps meeting

The four Texas SAQA representatives got together over the weekend at the home of Lynn Allen in Austin, Texas. Not only did we have a chance to get to know each other a little better, but we also made some plans for SAQA Texas. It was a delightful day, and a very productive meeting!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Workshop in Pipe Creek

I just got back from another one of Susie Monday's wonderful workshops! This one was on markmaking, and involved two days of deconstructed screen printing, monoprinting, gelatin printing, stamping and screen printing. On Sunday afternoon, we showed off our newly printed fabrics:

I loved some of the fabrics I created. The pieces below were all created with deconstructed screen printing, and the one on the right has been overdyed in blue:

Susie has a great studio, with wonderful facilities for dyeing and painting. We had dyes, paints and screens spread all over both the studio and her driveway:

The weekend also involved lots of great food, good music, swimming and just hanging out, enjoying the fabulous view from Susie's deck:

I left San Antonio on Sunday, and spent the rest of the week with Kyra in Austin. We always have a great time together, and I got a few strips sets pieced as well.

It's always good to come home, though. I missed Brian and Boomer. And my garden:

Check out Susie's workshops! They are great!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More flower pics

A few more pictures of our garden. Everything is green and lush right now, but it won't last. The heat of summer is starting.

The daylilies have been fabulous this year. Best show ever:

Texas Scottish Festival

The first weekend in June -- hot, humid and time for the Texas Scottish Festival! It's one of my favorite events of the year. We go for the great music, the Scottish food and the beer.

Two of our favorite bands -- Tullamore from Kansas City:

And the Killdares from Dallas:

As you can see, the Scottish piper has updated his wardrobe...

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