Monday, 1 August 2016

Where DOES the time go???

It has been a VERY busy summer here in sunny Burlington! Following our trip to TN for Dr Daughter's graduation in May, we celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary (01 July) and DD and family came to celebrate with us and to visit and to show Oliver some of the sights his Mummy enjoyed as a little one..

We enjoyed a fun morning at Bronte Creek Provincial Park nearby where we spent our time visiting the Farm. Bronte Creek Park is on the site of a Victorian Farm and the house and barns have been preserved. There are plenty of old tractors ( guess who REALLY enjoyed those?) and farm animals- even peacocks!!It was VERY hot but still a very enjoyable morning.
One of the Barns.

Billy et al.

Nice Farm View.

O in Seventh Heaven!!

Nine Little Piggies!!

We visited Hutch's on the Beach where our son in law ate Fish and Chips. The rest of us had hamburgers and we all enjoyed ice cream cones for "afters"!!! Then, down to the beach to get wet and sandy. Who do you suppose LOVED THAT??
Serious discussion between Granddad and O

Father and Son in a little Photo Shoot.

Lovely day at the beach.

Water, Sand and a Little boy!! He LOVED it! Said he liked the "Big Water"!!

The "kids" visited some of Katherine's friends from work and school . We visited Great Great Granny and Great Grand Aunty and Uncle. We played A LOTTT! Generally, we had a ball, got VERY tired and had a VERY sad, quiet, lonely couple of weeks after they returned home. We'll see each other again in November some time  though when we go south to witness the birth of our SECOND GRANDSON!!!!!

In the meantime, I have been taking a LOT of photos. DH and I spent a lovely afternoon at a Lavender Farm, Steed & Co down near Lake Erie at Sparta ON. If you have never been , DO go if you get a chance. It is lovely. Best to go a bit earlier than we did when the lavender is in FULL bloom . Hot tip!!! Try the DEELISH Lavender Ice Cream Bars!!!!! They are TO DIE FOR- lavender infused vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two VERY chocolatey cookies. Another hot tip... NOT recommended by Weight Watchers  ;-)!!!( BTW, I have lost 22.5 lb since February!)
Steed & Co Lavender Farm! 

Glorious views. Fabulous fragrance!
Don't know these folks, but they are headed TOWARD the Ice Cream

Don't know these folks either. They are headed AWAY from the Ice Cream !!
Just a few odd shots I have taken . Some are not the best ones because they were too small when I selected them but you get the idea. The petals of a cut sunflower bloom.

Macro shot across the top of the centre of that bloom.



More sunflower petals in late afternoon sunshine.

And blueberries. I belong to a Flickr Group called Macro Mondays. It is a themed group. Each week they issue a themed challenge and you post ONE shot on Monday. This week's was Fill The Frame With Food. That is why there is so much food here. I am NOT hungry!!

Last, but not least, three of my art quilts were accepted into the SAQA  show, Fibre Content 2016. The show runs at the Art Gallery of Burlington from 08 September to 18 September, 2016. Try to go and see it if you can.

A Green Thought in a Green Shade

Poppies AglowII

In case you are interested in more photos, check my Flickr account. The easiest way is just to google "Carolynn McMillan on Flickr". IF I can find pics of the quilts that were chosen , I'll add them at the end here. Enjoy the remaining hot days of this VERY HOT, VERY DRY summer. Take care !

As you can see, I HAVE found the photos, not fully edited but you get the picture. Many of you have seen them a zillion times in one state or another. Try to see the show. It should be an interesting one!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


It has been a crazy few months. I DID finish the Calla!
Still has the pins showing here but it IS actually DONE!!!

Closeups of the quilting! 

I must say it was fun getting back to this, however, I think I am leaning heavily toward photography so may cut back on the quilting.

This was fun! I dyed the mottled yellow green then overpainted it with red dye (into the still wet yellows)

AND, just last night DH and I returned from TN from a visit to our dear daughter, Katherine and her family! She graduated on 12 May from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with her PhD!!!! I HAVE to say that we are terribly proud of her! She has been at it for ten years and is finished and about to launch into her career now with both feet - AND a second miracle baby on the way!!! Our cup TRULY runneth over! Katherine is an archaeologist specializing in lithic analysis and interpretation and is becoming quite expert at interpreting "use wear". Different stone tools were used for different tasks and Katherine , with the aid of a lot of knowledge and study and a MIGHTY fancy microscope, can tell now by the marks on the edges of those tools what they were used for!! It is a fascinating field and helps us interpret the lives of ancient peoples through the only artifacts that remain to us from those VERY long ago times! Our sweet little Grandboy calls her Dr Mommy now and has even christened his old , tattered grey bunny that I gave him , Dr Greybunny!! EVERYONE is now a Dr to Oliver!

So....for your further delectation, here are a few more pics that have NOTHING to do with Fibre Art!

Katherine, husband,Clay, Baby Oliver and big sis, Chloe- missing Big Bro, Cosmo

Way out of order but O found a dead Froggy! He was fascinated - especially with "Mommy!!! TINY hands!"!

Dr Katherine with her wonderful Co Advisor/CoChair, Dr B Driskell! Katherine had no need to stoop to be hooded by Dr D!!!

And, just as an extra, this is looking north on I75 near Caryville, TN where a HUGE rock and mudslide occurred a couple months ago. It affected BOTH sides of the highway requiring it ti be closed  BOTH ways till the mess was cleared and the hillside stabilized! I cannot believe that nobody was killed or even injured ! Some of the rocks were are large as cars!!!
Well, guess that's all for the moment. I apologize for being so slow and sluggish on my blog but we have had a LOT on the go! Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful end to spring and anticipating a great summer ahead! I shall post this to the Have a look! I am going there myself now!!

Monday, 7 March 2016

Finally ready to layer and quilt!

I have actually made progress! The abstract Calla is now ready to layer and then to quilt! It seems to have been very slow going but after all this time , I am a tad rusty in both techniques and organization! As well, I have been VERY busy with the camera.
Hah! I have found the last picture of the final piece ready to quilt but cannot get it into the proper order . Blogger is giving me the pip today! I think it KNOWS that I have been otherwise occupied, is ticked off with me and this is its revenge!! 

Here it is but I see now that this is not the FINAL piece. I am not sure where that photo is but I think YOU would not notice the subtle differences. I do though and it is bugging me. I will finish up and then look for it. If I find the final picture, I shall post it at the end!--- OR at the BEGINNING!!!
The Camera and I have been doing ALL sorts of different things. I am doing a 365 project- post one photo per day for a year! I think today's is about number 107? It is NOT easy because life gets in the way sometimes but I am doing well so far. I have not missed a day yet!! As a sample of my eclectic subject matter, I have chosen a few pics to show you! Hope you enjoy them. BTW, today was actually number 109! Chugging right along;-)

From my Atlantic Coast collection of stuff- a dry seaweed stem with a little snail shell attached.

A macro shot of a new ( nameless , as yet! Anyone know what it is??) orchid.

The whole bloom of that orchid. VERY profuse bloomer!

A VERY dry rose from two that came at Christmas in a lovely table centre arrangement from Lucy!

Just another look at the dry rose. They were very deep red and have dried to almost black under normal light but with the photoflood- look at the rich but subtle colours!

Snowdrops from the garden ! YAY Spring!! Today, I saw BEES foraging in them in the sun at the front door!!!
The waist of my Dad's lovely old violin . Mum gave it to me over fifty years ago after Daddy died -1965.
And the beautiful scroll of dad's violin. I love the colours and the light . Love the way the light reflects and delineates the carving. These are part of a little series I am working on .

Well, I guess if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! I cannot seem to add my concluding yammering to the END of this post so I will yammer HERE, NOW! I have news that I would not normally share around but it is just so exciting!! After ten years of research and hard work, MANY obstacles of all sorts, DD is doing her final edit on her doctoral dissertation and will defend it in the next few weeks!!! We are SOOO pleased and happy for her and soooo VERY VERY proud of her determination and dedication, persistence, and her strong passion for archaeology. Stay tuned . I shall report further anon!
As well, Our Darling little Grandboy has just turned TWO and he is THRIVING! LIFE IS GOOD! Aren't we fortunate!!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the onset of spring 2016- after almost NO winter of 2015-16! Hope there are bees in your gardens now too! More in a bit! As you see, I DID manage to get this added in the right place. LOTS of fiddling around but I did it! I, TOO am persistent!

I am adding this now to  the Be sure to check it out! There is always lots of interesting stuff going on there!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Back in the Fold at last!!!

Hello my Dear Artsy Friends! I am here to report that I have STARTED a new piece of work for the first time in months!!! YAY! I have been down in the cellar dyeing for about a week and am now starting to make my Freezer Paper pattern. I have been busy with the camera and Flickr . I've collected a few photos to show you what I have in mind and what has been keeping me busy otherwise!!
This is a part of a Calla Lily bloom from a potful I purchased to photograph. This shot has been slightly altered in Lightroom just to give a little more "punch" to the colours.
Here are some of the dyed fabrics I have finished , the photos and my pattern in the background.
The pattern broken into sections ready to trace onto the Freezer Paper!
This Blogger programme is giving me the pip tonight!!!!

These two are pretty similar but here is where I stopped today. I have the original pattern on the lightbox and am tracing it onto the Freezer Paper.

These Urchins and the Moon Snail are part of my Atlantic coast hoarde. This photo is a piece of very dry seaweed stem that is a wonderful Baroque , twisted piece of seashore sculpture- and a tiny snail made it his home at one time! 
I have been doing a LOT of tabletop macro work.

We had a major mild spell and our spring flowering Erica came into bloom so I lay on my belly on a plastic tablecloth on the VERY COLD ground with my trusty macro lens!

These little Urchins are VERY tiny, only about 5/8" in diameter.
I am going to post this now to the and shall keep you posted on the progress of this NEW PROJECT!!! SOOO exciting!! I hope you'll all pop over there to see what everyone is up to. Nice to be back!