Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The greedy idiots are still destroying Portland

There are lots of demolitions of wonderful houses.  Every now and then people get excited about a specific grand home and they save it.  I am more upset by the many less expensive less grand but still wonderful bungalows that get destroyed every day, especially by the hated Vic Remmers, AKA Everett Custom Homes.  May a curse be on you if you buy one.  There is already a curse on him.

Here is a grand home in Eastmoreland (a pricey Portland neighborhood) that Remmers is slated to demolish.  Boy is he ever greedy.  And Portland lets him get away with it.  I am losing respect for my beloved city.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Garden in August

 I cut down quite a bit of the bee balm.  Bee balm is pretty tough here and does okay with things like being cut to the ground.  I moved a few pots in to fill the space a little.  Looks pretty good.

Here is the other side of the front.  Our yard is so small.  It doesn't look like it here, though.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Piece in Progress

Melody Johnson is doing an online class in fusing fabric, both technique and design.  I've done a little fusing but Melody is an expert.  She also makes beautiful fun stuff and blogs about it here.  The class has been fun.  We have a place to post our homework.  It's great to see other people's stuff.

I made this from crookedy bits fused on  shibori fabric.  Most all of the fabrics are hand dyed by Vicki Welsh.  I just love her fabric, though I usually like her "failures" best (those things that she gives away because they didn't come out quite as she expected).

Anyway, here is the piece I am working on.  I do not generally plan out the things I make.  And so the question is, what to do with it next.  This one is challenging me because I am torn about what to do.

 There MUST be stitching.  But what kind?

I think the quilting has to be horizontal if it crosses the foreground pieces.  In the photo below, I drew wavy lines horizontally across the photo in a color close to the background purple.  You might have to click on the photo to see them.  That looks kind of nice.  I think it would need to be stitched by machine.  It would be so final.  I couldn't take it out.  It would leave marks in the fused parts.  So I have to be SURE before I do it.

I could add some decorative pieces.  Something like this.  I kind of like that, too.  I like how it divides the space.  And it hooks the colors together in a way I like.

I love the shibori background.  I want to enhance it.  I want to add some texture.   I tried a little hand stitching, following the design more or less (in my messy way).  I like the thread color.  I am still playing with where to stitch.

So I need to do some mulling and decide where to go next.
We just had three days of 100 degree weather.  These photos were taken before the heat spell.

Cosmos 'Diablo'.

This year I shared my seedlings and there are three houses up the street with this cosmos blooming.  I am so pleased about that.  Makes me feel like kin to the Lupin Lady, Miss Rumphius.   My neighbor gave me that book some 30 years ago because she said it reminded her of me, always sharing my plants.

Quoted from Amazon

Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius
 received the American Book Award in the year of publication.

The heat pretty much finished the bee balm.

The cleomes have too much purple.  My fault.  When I thinned them, I had a strong preference for those with purple tinged leaves.  But there are some later pink ones coming along.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Walking in the neighborhood

These people seem to have folks living in their yard.  It's been going on a LONG time....

It isn't this house.  I just like this house.  Things are all jumbled together in Portland, though.  Homeless.  Nice houses.  Etc.

I like these art deco chairs.

Community garden

Homeless car campers

Homeless campers along the edge of the park.

Cleaning the roof with Dave and Nancy

We helped our friends Dave and Nancy clean the roof on their cabin.   The goal was to clean the roof without a ladder.

Dave threw a tennis ball tied to fishing line over the roof .

Then a (too long) rope was tied to the fishing line and pulled over.

And the double broom thing they made was attached and pulled up.

The rope was pulled back and forth to sweep the roof.

Dave and Nancy got the buggy uneven side.

Nancy and I went for a walk.  It was so quiet there.