it's big, and it was one of the things we liked about the house when we first looked at it
but it has a down side
if you want these things to last, they need maintenance
which means an annual coat of stain/sealer needs to be applied to the decking and the top of the rails to protect the wood
and it needs to be down before the wet of winter starts
this week I did that coat of paint -- breaking it up into two work days -- one for most of the floor and one for the rest, and I finished it yesterday
let me tell you, this work is not for the weak
my arms and shoulders are so sore I could barely dress myself this morning -- YIKES!
it looks beautiful, but it's going to take me a while to recover
since the rusting project went so well a couple of weeks ago, I decided I could handle dyeing some silk organza for the fire piece
I took the piece of silk I wanted to dye and crumpled it up in a gallon zip bag then added white vinegar and some pewter colored dye powder and zipped it up
including some spots that have a very pink overtone
time to make up that fiber sandwich and start quilting
just as soon as I finish quilting this one
I've finished the sky and the mountain and I'm working my want across the field and the fence
moving right along!
I really love the way the sky and mountain background came out
the big blank spot on the side of the big building is there because I'm working on how to create the reflection I need to have there without it being too bright
still thinking about that part
the windmill has been through several design changes, but I finally settled on something that I like
the part that is being stitched in this photo is the top left corner of the sky
one of the online bead groups I belong to has a challenge running that is titled "Shadow and Shade"
I thought it would be fun to create a cuff bracelet that was silhouettes of cats and pumpkins with shadows behind them
it's getting pretty close to finished
then I'll go back to the other piece
the San Marzano tomatoes are starting to ripen --- and there are some Early Girl and Cherokee Blacks that are a good size for Fried Green Tomatoes!