Day 894 A Long Winters Nap

And a Happy New Year to all if you dear readers. Sherlock starts tonite in PBS. Hurrah. Ok so maybe it’s just my sense of humor but my JRT Zoe has slept this busy day away. I probably should have but instead decided to clean house, unpack,  paint, unpack, and knit. 

I also started to put the kombucha in the fridge instead of the pantry when one of the bottles decided to explode in the pantry. Sigh. Imagine champagne exploding in the pantry and you have the mess I was dealing with. Dropping off the shelves. Puddles on the floor. I added mopping to the list. 

Back to the sketch which is why you came by right?! She was curled up on the back of a Christmas quilt I left thrown on the living room sofa backside up. 

Colors used quin burnt orange, quin coral,  yellow ochre, burnt sienna, cerulean, cad red and ultramarine blue. 

Dinner time. Hungry so ttyl 

Margaret 

Day 887 Christmas Craziness

Has started. Sorry for the short post! Brunch at Blue Heaven is always a treat. Amazing shrimp eggs Benedict with key lime hollandaise. I know sounds terrible but oh so good. 

And the atmosphere is just fun and whacky. Breakfast with the chickens lunch in the shade is their motto. Actually I fed the chickens some of mine. They LOVE blueberries. 


This is the view from our table. Even during high summer it’s so wonderfully cool under their trees. 

Bytw Hemingway used to box on this property. Famous people are never far away in Key West. 

Back to my Christmas stocking knitting crisis. Oh wait I have to bake cookies and pack the car and finish wrapping and. Sigh. Helllppp. 


Third attempt at stocking is the charm.   


This one which I stayed up til one knitting would turn out to be THREE feet long. So this morning I decided to use the old pattern that my mom first used for our stockings in the late 50s. So far so good. Santas about half done. The first attempt was not even a third done and already 11 inches long. Eekk. 

Ttyl 

Margaret who is oh so busy. Xoxoxo 

Winter Watercolor : Five Tips for Sub Zero Painting

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Over on USK.org they’re doing an article on winter sketching, and they’ve tapped a few northern correspondents for our top tips on winter sketching. Click on over for the full article.

Inspired by the request from our editor Suhita, I check the weather – and it’s zero centigrade today (Dec 13). which is pretty nice considering the forecast has us in for -16’C this weekend. Therefore – today it is! I grab my go-bag and head out for a quick sketch in the snow.

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