A few steps forward....

...a few back , then a few forward again! That's how this week has gone. I have actually been doing some more piecing on the Hosta swirl but it is slow going. Anyway, here's the story so far...
This is the beginning of several "instars" of this piece.

I have now removed that dark bit half way up the right side and am back to what's below.I have left the veining though. I like that.

That is where I am now but here's an earlier shot .
That bit half way up on the right looks like this now! I still have work to do on it.

I am now somewhere in between! There is still a fair way to go but I SHALL get there!

Anyway, Here is a little guessing game! I succumbed and bought a new camera this week!!!! Yes, I KNOW I bought one last fall and it is great- except!!!!A LOT of the stuff I really want to do creatively, I was having issues with ( egad, what grammar!) . So... I bought a new Nikon D7200 ( last one was D5300). It is FAB! I am a VERY happy old camper - with a HUGE learning curve to tackle.

So what's the guessing game, I hear you ask?? Well, I was playing with the new camera and my beloved Macro lens, photographing the top of an old teapot using the "mirror up" feature( Mup!! LOVE IT!!) and here's what I got. Try to zoom in on it before you read the question.....

Look very closely if you are able to.

The question.....
What do you think has taken precedence round this household this week?- Dusting ??
                                                                                                                     - Artsy pursuits?

No real prizes for guessing the latter. LOOK at the dust on that pot lid. Great lens though, no???

I did a bit of more serious work in the garden and on Photoshop too- see below.
These are all the same bloom but I was just messing about- Here using Auto Levels. I rarely do that when I use Levels but these colours are kind of nifty!!

The "real " photo.

Same pic with Poster Edges filter applied. I can maybe see a quilt in the offing!
And so, Dear Friends, we come to the end of this week's post. As it is Wednesday, (and My Sister Violet's birthday __any other Keeping Up Appearances Fans out there? - We are four siblings in my family and we are ALL Violet- even our brother!!)- I will give her a call and then post this to the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com I hope for everyone's sake that the rest of the posts are not quite so giddy as this one! Enjoy.


  1. Are there people who actually dust? I have heard rumours, but I don't see a lot of evidence around here.
    Lovely pictures. Enjoy the new camera.

  2. Are there people who actually dust? I have heard rumours, but I don't see a lot of evidence around here.
    Lovely pictures. Enjoy the new camera.

  3. That new camera is amazing! I don't dust either. Except when I have company coming. Which isn't all that often. Sometimes, I make a point of inviting someone over to force me to dust. LOL

    The detail on that camera is wonderful. I can't imagine what it was like to create that teapot detail. Do you know if it was done by hand?

    Thanks for posting to TN&TN's WIP Wednesday!

  4. Ah, good for you. I thought I needed a bigger camera and got a Rebel but it was heavy, complicated, required a big case and I wasn't using it much. So after a kinda expensive down sizing I am now happily shooting up everything again. But you definitely know how to get the most out of your camera!!! :)

  5. Dust. That's the grey fuzzy stuff I found when I moved the sofa a few days ago, I think. I wouldn't've moved it except I lost something on the floor and it rolled underneath.

    Does anyone else think the decoration on the pot lid looks like the face of a small terrier dog?

  6. I seem to be getting a number of duplicate comments?? Recently, when I have tried to post a comment I have had to stop, enter my email address and my PW and THEN retype my message? I wonder if this is why I have had duplicate messages? Any comments, Dera Readers???

  7. No answers for your double posting questions ... but I am a huge 'Keeping Up Appearances' fan ! Love all the characters, just wish I could watch them everyday :(

    That's a fantastic camera ... will keep that one in mind when I go shopping for a new one myself.
    Glad that you seem to be on the mend.