Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Birch Tree Grove, continued

I'm working on the Birch Tree Grove. I want it to look like the end of summer; the leaves are just starting to turn. As you saw in the previous post, I have bits of golden yellow mixed in with the green..... But, it just looks like a big blob of green. The trunks look great (I think), but the green mass of leaves doesn't allow the eye to see separate trees. It needs more dimension...

        See what I mean?.........
 I want the tree with the largest trunk to come forward. I think this is where I need to know about shadowing. I did it fine on the trunk, but I'm not sure what to do with the leaves. I'm pretty sure I want to keep the center part of the green the color that it is, but as the green moves to the left and right of center it needs to get darker.  Does that make sense or am I in La La land yet again???
I think this is where the fabric pens and oil pastels come in handy. The worst that can happen is that I totally screw this up. Right?

     One other thing... I have some of the trees at the edge of the dark woods and some of the trees more in the open with a lighter, sunset type background. I should have shadowed the trees on the right side of the trunks. Am I learning from my mistakes or what?
What a crack-up!

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.
Hugs from Mary

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

Ladies and Gentlemen... we could do this...
I received this as an email from a good friend, and thought, "This is the perfect post for the blog.
If you would like a copy of this article to put on your blog or email to friends just leave a comment and I'll make sure you get it!

> As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking 
> into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of 
> cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at 
> the expense of American labor. This
> year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift 
> of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an 
> excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is 
> produced by American hands. Yes there is!

> It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift 
> needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced 
> wrapping paper?
> Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift 
> certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

> Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking 
> about some health improvement.

> Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, 
> American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell 
> you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

> Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of 
> plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? 
> Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway 
> sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all 
> winter, or games at the local golf course.

> There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift 
> certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what
> about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. 
> Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is 
> about supporting your home town Americans with their financial 
> lives on the line to keep their doors open.

> How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck 
> or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

> Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the 
> services local cleaning lady for a day.

> My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some 
> young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

> OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts 
> people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make 
> jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

> Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants 
> and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to 
> see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

> Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

> Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand 
> Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string 
> of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have 
> those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or 
> babysitter a nice BIG tip.

> You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets 
> so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is 
> now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses 
> to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care 
> about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the 
> benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

> THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.
> Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to 
> discussion groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants 
> and Raves section in your city -- send it to the editor of your 
> local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is 
> a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what 
> Christmas is about?