Bird Bath 
A wee while back I went to Mitre 10 Garden place to buy plants and came home with a bird bath for my garden instead of plants. It is right outside my studio window and I get a lot of pleasure by watching the birds enjoy their baths. Here is a baby blackbird wanting a swim but not too game to get into the water.

I have had a lot of baby birds around my place and it is a joy to watch them. One ventured inside one day and got stuck in the shelf by the front door and didn't know how to get out of it, so I had to catch it and put it outside. Next day he somehow got locked in the garage overnight and had to be rescued again! They are so funny!

This morning I was sitting outside in the sun eating my breakfast and getting my dose of Vitamin D for the day, when I noticed the sun catching the waterdrops on the grasses of the lawn. The sun was reflecting wonderful colours and I tried to capture that with my camera.

I did capture the water drops, but unfortunately the camera could not see the colours. Disappointing! But it is a lovely image anyway and I do love capturing the small details that we often miss in our busy lives.

Storm clouds over Hamilton 
I really like the clouds here in Hamilton. They are quite different from the clouds in Christchurch where they are mostly lenticular and not the huge fluffy cumulus that we get here. Here is an image of storm clouds over Hamilton a few weeks ago. The beginnings of a thunder storm which are common in the summer.

Lately I have been working on some concepts for a potential tapestry commission.

Progress on the finishings of the Cloak Form 
I have been working on the finishings of this wee tapestry in the evenings while watching the television - if there is anything of interest to watch. Tonight a good movie was on on TV1 - The Reader.

It is quite a long job to darn in all the threads in the back of a tapestry, even a small one and I don't often do that, but decided to in this case as I don't want a lot of bulk on the inside of the form once it is manipulated into its cloak shape.

Starting Harriet - detail 

I am now working on the last portrait in the 'Three Girls' tapestry, so I am on the last lap with this work. Still a lot of work to do though, before it is finally completed. I try to work for at least three hours a day and sometimes more on this tapestry which is the major work at the moment, but as a balance for my body, I need to take regular breaks from weaving and do other things in between the weaving sessions. Even working on a different tapestry, such as the leaf forms on a frame, helps to balance the effect on the body as I think different muscles etc are used on different works. Drawing, painting and designing are also done in between weaving sessions, so I keep busy all day. And of course, teaching tapestry and drawing also takes my time when I have a student staying.

Ants on the sink bench. 
Ants can be a bit of a nuisance here in Hamilton. I never saw them inside in Christchurch, but here if the sink bench isn't wiped down well they soon turn up for a feast. I talk to them and tell them that they had better go away right now or they will be zapped! Have zapped a few here and there, but if I tap on the bench lightly, they don't seem to like that and run away quite quickly. They are fascinating little creatures, aren't they!

Leaves again 

Another tapestry leaf - front side after all warp threads are darned in.

Back of leaf showing how it looks with all the warp threads neatly darned in and trimmed.

Tapestry leaves in process 
Well, here we are, only five days into January and already I have missed a day of adding at least one photo into my blog. So, maybe today I will do two entries, one this morning and one again this evening....haha! Up early this morning and weaving another leaf for the Leaves project. I put a 12cm wide warp on a frame loom, using the 12/9 warp cotton and weave about five or six leaves on the warp. You can see that I am shaping them as I go, surrounding the weave with the soumak knots which give them a tidy edge. Tonight I will show you the back sides of the leaves.

The muddle on my table tonight. 

This is how my table is looking tonight - a real muddle of yarns, photos, scissors etc etc. I have just started another leaf form for my plan of weaving enough tapestry leaves to form an installation of small tapestries. I am thinking of turning them into brooches as well and mounting them on small canvas's as small wearable art pieces. And here are the leaves that I have woven so far. I am aiming to weave at least 40 of them before August.

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