Monday, September 14, 2009

It May Have Been Worth It...

One of the more interesting tasks you can expect to be faced with when you live on a dairy farm is the rounding up of animals who have gotten out of where they are supposed to be, and are now wandering around where they have no business being, usually causing damage as they go. Early Saturday morning we awoke to the sound of a commotion in the calf house. (Oh no... not the young stock!) Sigh... the yearlings were out.

Older cows are pretty easy to convince to return to where they belong, especially if they are hungry. The young ones just like to run, and they are agile and FAST. We did get them rounded up eventually, and as I trudged back to the house I looked up and this is what I saw...


There is nothing as beautiful as September in Oregon.

I have a few other little things to share to make up for being absent last week - these are my bring-alongs for the Iowa Retreat. (This week!) This is a 4"x4" canvas to commemorate the first Retreat held at Sherry's new school. It is collaged with foil gum wrappers, then painted and glitzed up with some metallic paint and microbeads.


There is also going to be a pincushion exchange one evening... This little frog is my offering. The lily, pad, frog, and pin heads are all of polymer clay, while the cushion itself is needlefelted wool/mohair blend embellished with yet more microbeads. (Is there life without microbeads, LOL?) I still need to paint the details on the ladybug pins, but I have a little time left before I leave to get it all done. I hope!


I can't wait til Thursday!

8 comments:

MaryO said...

Ah, you should thank those frisky yearlings for giving you that lovely sunrise.
Your canvas is just amazing. One would never guess it started with a pile of gum-wrappers!
I've commented on your pin cushion elsewhere, but you know I love it and those micro beads set it off beautifully!
Have a glorious time at the retreat....I'm very envious!

BumbleVee said...

have a fun time Judi...I thought you were gone already.... lol....

gum wrappers....who knew? .....

Shashi Nayagam said...

Well even if you had to work hard early in the morning I bet sunrise made it all worth the while.
Love the canvas it is beautiful and your pincushion is awesome. Have a lovely time.

Jennifer Rose said...

gorgeous sunrise :D the colours are stunning.

your pin cushion is lovely, really neat idea :)

HElen said...

Beautiful sunrise!
Canvas is beautiful! Finally I as ablr to see it :) and pincushion - is really great idea and beautiful execution!

Serena said...

a beautiful sunrise!

Your canvas and pincushion are gorgeous! I am falling in love with texture in art though I've yet to dabble fully with it.

Kerry said...

Wow! gorgeous sunrise!! and love both the canvas and the pincushion, love all the texture!!

Carla said...

Love the pincushion!