Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The "Wait" before the storm

It's September, and if you live in Florida, it means that you are waiting for some sort of storm.  For us, it is Hurricane Irma.  It is so hard to believe that a category 5 Hurricane will be coming our way soon, as the sun shines and the birds are singing all around us.

We are prepared! We have put up the hurricane screens, put away all of the outside 'stuff'; put our valuables & a suitcase full of clothing aside for immediate evacuation.  We have water and the cars are all gassed up and waiting to sit on I-75 heading away from the Hurricane.  It might not be too bad, but one must think about such things and wait patiently for Mother Nature to make up her mind.

On a lighter note, I have been quite busy this month.  I have been drawing a lot this summer, and I want to share my work.  I have also been doing some projects around the house, since the heat has limited a lot of outdoor activities.  So, let me begin.....

The Eclipse!
Well, it was only a partial one and we didn't have glasses
so I made up a wheaties box for viewing.
This is my photo with my phone
Not sure just what to make of it,
but I think that we missed the effect of the total eclipse.

Next time, I think we will travel to see the total eclipse.  I was grateful to watch the West Coast eclipse on NASA video.  Wow!  I can only imagine how fun it would have been to actually be there.

I had some cards made from a drawing that I did in Maine.

work in progress

I worked on this Wasp Nest.  I had brought it from Colorado
and wanted to draw it for several years.
It was done in graphite and overlaid with colored pencil.

I worked on this old cabinet, found at a local garage sale.  It was filthy, stained, and sort of a big mess, but I painted it white, and Robins egg blue inside.....and put on some new handles, that I picked up on our vacation in Maine.  (Look Closely....hope they make you smile).

We are using it as a bar or serving station, when company comes a calling.

This is a very old piece, a dried Sunflower,
that I went back and detailed just a bit.
It is fun to go back to look at old work and be able
to make it feel more finished.

While Houston was dealing with a deluge, we received 16 inches of rain.
Our 'already saturated' ground couldn't hold any more water, and
we had some neighborhood flooding.
I fear that this will repeat itself again this weekend.  

Water, water everywhere!!

I am ready to see the close of this Hurricane season.  I would also like to see the fires on the West Coast calm down and some of our rain would head their way.  You have to admit, that there are some CRAZY natural disasters happening out in the universe.

And....(drum roll, please....), I have saved the best for last.   I spent three weeks of the past month, working on this project.  I learned to sew as a young girl, and I have slip covered many pieces of furniture.  This was an old red Wing chair, and I wanted to change the color to a more neutral one.  I like the way that it turned out.  

This was almost finished...but I wanted to add a different pillow.
Let me know which one you like best.

the back
before it was ironed and a few details were completed.

Here is the final look.  I stenciled the chair & the pillow
with chalk paint.  The chair now sits in a transition space
between living room and the family room.

I may trade out the pillows for fun.

So, that was my August.  While the heat was on in Florida, I made use of my time inside.

I hope to come back next month with good news regarding weather.  You will know before I write, just how this area handled "Irma".  I am preparing for the worst and hoping for the best for all of Florida.  I am also hoping that Houston is back on it's feet soon.  Hopefully, we can all focus on their recovery, and help them in any way we can.  

Be well....

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